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What Leaders Need To Do To Help Their Employees Succeed

What Leaders Need To Do To Help Their Employees Succeed | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Discover through two stories why purpose instead of passion is what's key to sustaining employee motivation and growth over the long term.
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(From the article): Ultimately, there’s no question that passion is important as it is the spark that can fuel our drive for change and growth. But what’s most critical to our ability to bring out the best in those we lead and to support both their present and future successes is helping them to derive a sense of purpose in what they do. Of finding meaning and value in the contributions they make to help transform our shared purpose into today’s reality.
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(From the article): Ultimately, there’s no question that passion is important as it is the spark that can fuel our drive for change and growth. But what’s most critical to our ability to bring out the best in those we lead and to support both their present and future successes is helping them to derive a sense of purpose in what they do. Of finding meaning and value in the contributions they make to help transform our shared purpose into today’s reality.
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

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Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2016.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 5, 2015 2:48 PM

I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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How to Forget Like a Leader

How to Forget Like a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Lousy leaders remember what they should forget and forget what they should remember. The power of the past is the permission you give it to influence the present. You expected someone to step up but they fell short. “They’re really good, but ….” (Insert negative experience.) “He gets things done. But Oh! The drama.” “She’s…
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(From the article): Leaders never succeed by magnifying, fixing, or rejecting the past. Successful leaders make the past a platform, not an anchor. Harping on failures is a lousy way to motivate people, writes Dan Rockwell. "When someone persistently fails, after clear direction and equipping, they have the wrong responsibilities," and that means the leader needs to reassign them to something they can handle, Rockwell writes.
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How will you listen to begin obeying today?

How will you listen to begin obeying today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Obedience is not generally one of my greatest strengths. I do not expect other people to obey what I say until we understand each other. I do not appreciate being told what to do without a supporting relationship of trust and communication. It is not a challenge for me to work within a structure, when …
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(From the article): Some of the lessons I am learning about obedience are about respecting and submitting to authority. Part of obedience is recognizing we may not always be right, we may not have all the right answers. Obedience becomes possible as we begin to appreciate the wisdom and insights of other people. Obedience often begins in understanding there may be much more to learn.
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How to de-clutter your career

How to de-clutter your career | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
At work we must constantly be vigilant about possible interferences, doing our best to minimize and manage them.
Via Rami Kantari, massimo facchinetti, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.... So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.” Only by identifying and eliminating distractions can we pursue our purpose with all our energy and passion.
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Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“What do you think?”

I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our employees through finding that answer. More often than not, when I ask this question, my team has a better answer than I do — or one that I hadn’t thought about before.

It can be a powerful technique, especially if there is no single right answer – a situation that will be familiar to anyone doing leading-edge work. But it only works in an organization that values listening.

Via David Hain
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So how can we listen more? 

Three suggestions to try this week: 

 Look people in the eye. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT who studies the psychology of online connectivity, wisely wrote in her recent book Reclaiming Conversation, “We face a significant choice. It is not about giving up our phones but about using them with greater intention. Conversation is there for us to reclaim.” Put down your phone when you’re in meetings. Close your laptop. See if you’re more energized about work and the people with whom you work. 

 Create space in your day. Manage your calendar and stop booking yourself out the entire day. Can someone on your team be part of that meeting? Does it need to be an hour, or can 30 minutes suffice? Give yourself time for reflection and space throughout the day, so that when you are talking with someone, you can give them your full attention. 

 Ask more questions. Next time a colleague or employee asks for advice, make sure you’re listening and understand the situation. Then, before answering, ask a question. Clarify what they really need — usually it’s just validation that their thinking is on the right track.
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David Hain's curator insight, May 27, 7:09 AM

Listening matters - here's the why and some hows!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 28, 10:27 AM

Totally agree.

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12 Neglected Questions Successful Leaders Keep Asking

12 Neglected Questions Successful Leaders Keep Asking | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Wrong questions turn people’s attention to distracting issues. You hinder progress when you distract your team.

Distractions cause damage.

Via David Hain, Roger Francis
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Wrong questions turn people’s attention to distracting issues. You hinder progress when you distract your team.
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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 4:38 AM

5 minutes. 12 questions. A lifetime of exploration! Great coaching input from @Leadershipfreak!

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Is Overcommitment Destroying Your Leadership?

Is Overcommitment Destroying Your Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I have watched a very talented leader self-destruct before my very eyes. He wants to do it all, both professionally and personally. He works long hours in his office, always taking on tough
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(From the article): Do you have a sense of not being able to reach an end? 

Does it seem like as soon as you finish one project, there is always another one to be tackled immediately? Is there no finish line in sight? TIP: Celebrate when assignments are completed by taking a walk, getting some treat or just sharing the news with a colleague or friend.
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Embrace Curiosity: 4 Ways Questioning Makes You A Better Leader

Embrace Curiosity: 4 Ways Questioning Makes You A Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
While being results driven is important, curiosity ensures you’re on the right track.
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(From the article): Curiosity serves a strong leadership purpose. Asking “how can we do XYZ better?” is no good without first asking, “Why are we doing XYZ in the first place?” While being results driven is important, asking the questions—the right questions—ensures you’re on the right track.
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Are You Leading By Example?

Are You Leading By Example? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“Lead by example” is a well-worn piece of advice. We all nod our heads in rapt agreement when we hear it, but how many of us actually do it
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(From the article): You have the ability to create a culture that promotes initiative and rewards risk taking. You can have a team of innovators or a team of subordinates. It’s all up to you.
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How To Enlist Other People To Do Your Networking For You

How To Enlist Other People To Do Your Networking For You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Network franchising is about creating an explicit quid pro quo arrangement with a small handful of champions.

Via Bobby Dillard
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(From the article): CHOOSE YOUR CHAMPIONS WISELY Identify the two to three people with whom you already have an existing authentic relationship and whose skills, networks, or access support your own goals. Ideally these should be people who you would naturally advocate for and vice versa. You might work in the same field in different positions or hold a similar role in different industries. The point is that you'll want enough overlap to be valuable to one another but not so much that your networks are virtually identical already.
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Four Ways To Make Sure Your Culture Is By Design, Not Default

Four Ways To Make Sure Your Culture Is By Design, Not Default | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most CEOs see culture as their company’s version of an appendix: They don’t think much about it and accept it for what it is withou
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(From the article): Senior leadership must eat, breathe, live, and openly exhibit your core values. Sending out an email listing your values isn’t nearly enough. Employees need to see company culture trickle down from the highest level. If senior leadership can’t or won’t champion your chosen values, then reevaluate your choices.
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How to Manage Employees With Difficult Personalities

How to Manage Employees With Difficult Personalities | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Don't let a bad attitude bring down your organizational culture. Find out how to bring relief to the office by addressing these problem behaviors.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Essentially, when it comes to difficult personalities in the workplace, the name of the game is communication. Take the time to understand where these behaviors are springing from and develop solutions around them. Doing so will not only earn you the respect of your workers, but it will also help you foster a positive work environment where everyone can feel comfortable.
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It's Important to Live Life Out Loud

It's Important to Live Life Out Loud | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not long ago, our daughters were home for a visit and we were walking downtown heading to dinner. As we strolled, numerous people stopped to say hi to me or waved from across the street. When we sat down to eat, the girls looked at me with incredulity and said: “Dad, what’s going on, you are actually being social and seem to know people”. I said, “Girls, I have decided to start living out loud.”
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Time To Live Out Loud!

(From the article): I am not sure if it was a midlife crisis or just normal maturation. But, I began to search for clarity in terms of my own sense of purpose. I realized that I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to have a positive impact on my family, my clients and my community. I recognized that I couldn’t do that from the barcalounger in my brain. I was going to have to live out loud.
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Not developing employees makes you a bad leader

Not developing employees makes you a bad leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a leader, letting your employees off the hook for development because “they don’t want to” is a cop-out and weak leadership.
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(From the article): As a leader, letting your employees off the hook for development because “they don’t want to” is a cop-out and weak leadership. You’re letting the employee run the risk of becoming expendable and unemployable, and you’re saying it’s OK to run your team on at less-than-optimal performance.
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The One Leadership Skill You Need To Succeed 

The One Leadership Skill You Need To Succeed  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There is one leadership skill that will influence your overall success more than any other. If you develop it well, your potential grows enormously—but if you don’t bother to learn it can end up costing you a great deal. 

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Don’t be silent for the sake of listening; listen for the sake of understanding. 

Lead from Within: before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you fix, elevate. Before you lead, learn. 

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How Perfectionism Can Keep You From Success

How Perfectionism Can Keep You From Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Don’t get me wrong: Embracing imperfection is a bold move, but it may just be one of the bravest things you will ever do.

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(From the article) : Perfectionism is different for everyone, but for me, the struggle is real. It’s a part of who I am, and while there are positive aspects to it, I’ve recognized that it creates major limitations. It can keep me, and those like me, from moving fast enough, and without the right amount of confidence. Not to mention that it can keep us from reaching for our dreams, achieving our goals, or partaking in those truly transformative experiences.
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How Leaders Can Master Self-Awareness  

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Leadership is not only a skill; it has become something of an industry. Everyone wants to be a good leader–whether at work, at home, or in social settings. Being a good leader means that your words will be respected, your ideas will be embraced, and you will be able to have a (hopefully) positive impact on other people’s lives. In the business world, strong leadership skills also translate into higher compensation. So, it’s no wonder that we all want to be better leaders. The real question is, “How do we go about doing so?” And that’s where the leadership “industry” comes in.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Self-awareness is all about turning that switch back on. Know how you want your leaders to behave, and then allow yourself to see when you are or are not behaving that way yourself. It’s not always comfortable, but it is fairly easy. And when you train yourself to do it, you’ll never struggle with the topic of leadership again.
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A good read and clearly articulates why self awareness is key to becoming a better leader.
"It’s not always comfortable" - good point. Nobody ever said leadership was comfortable.
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The Power of a Positive Attitude

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Be positive . . . A positive attitude can improve your health, enhance your relationships, increase your chances of success, and add years to your life.
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(From the article): A positive attitude can boost your energy, heighten your inner strength, inspire others, and garner the fortitude to meet difficult challenges. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can increase your life span, decrease depression, reduce levels of distress, provide greater resistance to the common cold, offer better psychological and physical well-being, reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and enable you to cope better during hardships and times of stress.
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5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication

5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership communication is much more than the words we say and how we articulate what we want to team to “hear.” Effective communication is also about emotional intelligence, knowing your audience and active listening.

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(From the article): Stay calm and be positive. Calm is contagious. And so is panic.Smile. Carry yourself with confidence. And try not to wear your emotions on your sleeve. I am not saying to deny our normal human functions but be aware that effective communication is about 7% the words we say. The rest is about body language, tone and delivery.
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How to Choose a Mentor

How to Choose a Mentor | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The benefits of having a mentor are big. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that 96% of executives credited mentoring as an important development tool and 75% said mentoring played a key role in their career success.

But how do you get a mentor?

Many employees and managers complain about not having a mentor. Such people are usually waiting for the company to assign a mentor to them. Mentoring works much better when the mentee takes responsibility for choosing a mentor.

So, the first place to start is to find one yourself! Below are some characteristics of great mentors:

Via David Hain
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(From the article): The aim of mentoring is to build the capability of you, the mentee. As such, you should always choose a mentor who you feel can respond to your needs in a way that enables you to find your own solutions to problems that you may be dealing with. Ultimately, your mentor should help build you up to eventually have a mentee of your own!
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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 4:39 AM

Everyone needs a mentor! I certainly do. How to find the right one for you...

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Great advice for all of you on your way to the C-Suite and beyond
Rey Carr's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
A comprehensive list of Find-a-Mentor services, if you need help, at http://www.mentors.ca/findamentor.html
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10 Ways to Help Others Change Trajectory

10 Ways to Help Others Change Trajectory | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The things you believe about yourself, your circumstances, and others determines your future.

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People tend to remain what they are without intervention, and while leaders cannot force development, they can nudge employees onto new and more productive paths. "Intervention is the only thing that changes someone's trajectory,"
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Breakthrough Leadership – A New Way of Thinking

Breakthrough Leadership – A New Way of Thinking | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The exceptional life depends not on working harder, but on different, even opposite actions from habit and the crowd.” This quote was shared by neuroscientist Dr. Robert Cooper at the 2016 YPO Pacific EDGE regional conference in Los Angeles. He used data backed by science and technology to challenge business leaders to achieve their true potential.

“Your brain is not your friend. In terms of you becoming your best possible self, it is a terrible boss. It avoids change, it magnifies the negative, it plays small, it nitpicks; it delays and defers everything that matters most,” he said. “It leans away from possibility.”

Via David Hain
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(From the article): To close, Cooper emphasized that leaders have to make the conscious choice to continue learning and growing. “We are living in a very special moment in history when neuroscience and technology are combining to help us transcend the brain’s limitations and move toward our true potential. This is your time, this is your chance,” he said.
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For better collaboration, encourage constructive discontent.

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Are You A Good Listener?

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We hear a lot about how to speak well in public, but very little about how to learn the equally important art of listening properly to others. This video describes four steps to becoming a good listener.


Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard
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There are many books on how to be a good speaker. But there are few lessons in how to become a good listener. This is a helpful look at this important subject.
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20 Questions for Business Leaders

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 The entire history of management ideas can be seen as a series of answers to a few pragmatic queries.


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(From the article): Whether we’re conscious of it or not, every management decision is motivated by a desire to find universal answers to very specific questions. People who succeed in organizations tend to be pragmatic problem solvers. They have to be, because of the myriad challenges they face. How to grow the enterprise. How to get work done. How to find customers. How to be themselves in the workplace. And so on. Because there are no easy answers to these complex problems, they test the answers by starting a company, launching a project, or making a move. As they succeed and fail, the most attentive of them learn from the results. The history of business is thus the story of entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, and employees, lurching from one experimental answer to another. They gain expertise and acumen, and profits and revenues, and, along the way, add to the theory of management.
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There must be some questions here that you should be asking about the complex issues you face! Together, if you are collaborating...

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Three Ways Your Idea Of Career Paths Is Stuck In The Past

Three Ways Your Idea Of Career Paths Is Stuck In The Past | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are three ways employers’ ideas of career paths are archaic and how to bring them into the 21st century:

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(From the article): As business leaders, ideas of what great career advancement should look like needs to catch up with the times. More than ever, talent is focused on their career development and expect that you will help them achieve their goals. But that means organizations need to be aware of and prepared to offer solutions for the new challenges employees are facing when it comes to their career paths.
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6 Powerful Traits of the Most Inspiring Business Leaders

6 Powerful Traits of the Most Inspiring Business Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Anyone can be a leader--but if you want to be an inspiring leader you need these powerful six traits.
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Authenticity is key. 

(From the article) If you are looking to be an inspiring leader, it is important to be an authentic leader. Authentic leaders are ethical leaders. They've identified their ethical codes, and they never compromise on what they believe to be right and wrong. Authentic leaders are inspiring because they know who they are and they don't let anyone keep them from making a decision that they know is right. They have integrity and a firm moral code, and they manage to stay sensible and stable even during the most difficult times.
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