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The 10 Questions Good Leaders Should I Ask Themselves

The 10 Questions Good Leaders Should I Ask Themselves | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Good leaders are self-aware, and have thought through the issues and complications of leadership. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself – and to answer:

 

1. How do you personally define leadership?


Definitions of leadership abound. But if one of your subordinates asked what your definition is, would you have an answer?


2. Who are some of the leaders that you admire and why?


We can learn from other leaders, particularly from their failures. Are there leaders from business, politics, the arts, or sports who you admire, and why?


3. Who have been some of the influential leaders in your life?


While we can learn from contemporary and historical figures we have never met, the most influential leaders are often people we have known – from grandparents to neighbours to bosses – who have shaped our lives in some way. Who are they, and what did you learn from them about ethics, core values, and leadership style?

 

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5 Important Reasons to Slow Down Today

5 Important Reasons to Slow Down Today | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Slowing down could be as simple as taking ten minutes each day to meditate. It could mean giving yourself permission to sit and read a novel all evening, instead of catching up on your to-do list.

 

Do you find yourself rushing from one task to the next, trying to cram as much as possible into each day?


It’s great to live a full, productive life … but sometimes that doesn’t mean speeding up. It means slowing down.


Slowing down could be as simple as taking ten minutes each day to meditate. It could mean giving yourself permission to sit and read a novel all evening, instead of catching up on your to-do list. Or it might involve having a vacation somewhere relaxing, to get away from the busyness of daily life.


If you struggle to slow down, perhaps one of these reasons will convince you to give it a go:


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Why You Need A Creative Shift Instead Of A Vacation, As Explained By Joss Whedon

Why You Need A Creative Shift Instead Of A Vacation, As Explained By Joss Whedon | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Why Joss Whedon followed up one of the biggest blockbusters ever, The Avengers, with a low budget Shakespeare film, and what you can learn from that act of creative recharging.

 

The Whedonverse faithful--a mob more diverse than you might expect--pull themselves away from Queen Street West’s comic book shops and fill Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre to the rafters. Even from the back aisle of the theater’s top balcony, they proudly flash their fandom for writer/director Joss Whedon via Firefly T-shirts and Buffy the Vampire Slayer souvenir magazines.

 

The Whedonverse faithful are also screamers, easily surpassing Bollywood fans as the loudest crowds at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. They’re here on a warm Saturday afternoon because the fantasy mastermind, Joss Whedon himself, the creator of cult TV shows Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly, a longtime comic book scribe and the filmmaker behind the most successful superhero movie to date, the Marvel Studios adventure The Avengers, is on stage talking about his latest and perhaps most unusual, project. Whedon stands before them to introduce the world premiere of his new movie--a movie far removed from superheroes, spaceship crews, or teen vampire hunters.

 

Much Ado About Nothing is a low-budget, black-and-white version of William Shakespeare’s comedy, set in present day and shot over 12 days in Whedon’s Santa Monica home.

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Why Focusing on Weaknesses Doesn’t Create Exceptional Leadership

Why Focusing on Weaknesses Doesn’t Create Exceptional Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are a variety of benefits that come from building strengths:

 

There is psychological problem that some people experience called body dysmorphic disorder, sometimes referred to as imagined ugliness. People with this disorder exaggerate a small flaw in their appearance and perceive themselves to be completely ugly or grotesque. They cannot stop thinking about this minor or imagined flaw.

 

In many ways, believing that a small weakness will crater a person’s overall effectiveness is a similar serious misperception.

 

In talking with groups about strengths and weaknesses, we often ask the groups to think of the best leader that they have ever worked with, know of, or read about. After describing this leader’s profound strengths, we ask the question, “Did this leader have any weaknesses?” Almost everyone says yes; and when we ask people to describe what the weakness was, we are frequently surprised to hear things like:

 

- He would occasionally lose his temper.”
- “This leader was very shortsighted.”
- “She failed to appreciate other people.”
- “He did not understand the technology.”

 

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This Is The Biggest Reason Talented Young Employees Quit Their Jobs

This Is The Biggest Reason Talented Young Employees Quit Their Jobs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Hint: it's not about the money....

 

The biggest reason young, talented workers leave for new jobs? They’re not learning enough, writes Diane Stafford of the Kansas City Star:


“Hirers often complain that their young workers jump ship quickly. A study published this summer in the Harvard Business Review confirmed that young top performers—the workers that organizations would most like to stick around—are leaving in droves.


Researchers found that high achievers, 30 years old on average with great school and work credentials, are leaving their employers after an average of 28 months.

 

Furthermore, three-quarters of them admit to sending out resumes, contacting search firms and interviewing for jobs at least once a year during their first employment. And 95 percent said they regularly watch for potential employers.

 

 


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When Do You Know Enough To Teach?

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I've had this conversation so many times. Maybe you have too... To make money, I've been told, you must position yourself as the wizard.

 

I’ve had this conversation so many times. Maybe you have too…

 

To make money, I’ve been told, you must position yourself as the wizard. The all-knowing sage who doth bestow knowledge upon the poor ignorant masses. You must be…the guru. The teacher of teachers. The ONE!

 

I see this mindset in nonfiction book land in a major way. Publishers want to sign authors who proactively label themselves gods of their domain. Because they think it’ll sell more books. Far more often than not, it doesn’t.

 

Makes you wonder if that’s the only way.

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14 Things You Should Do On Your Lunch Break Every Day

14 Things You Should Do On Your Lunch Break Every Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What you do during your lunch break will not only affect your level of productivity throughout the work day, but it will also impact your health and happiness inside and outside of the office.

 

How do you spend your lunch break? Do you quickly chow down a sandwich at a nearby deli with your eyes glued to your Blackberry? Do you devour a salad at your desk with one hand on your keyboard? Perhaps you skip lunch altogether because you have “too much on your plate.”

 

“A common complaint I hear is about lunch time getting squeezed down to ten minutes, or to nothing at all, with people eating on the fly or eating while hunched over their computers,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, author and president of Humor at Work.

 

Why does this happen? Because America has become such a work-obsessed society that we tend to shun the notion of taking a break, explains Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, PhD, organizational psychologist and author of The YOU Plan. “Just like professional athletes, we all need the energy from calories for our minds to function at their best. And we all need a little time to recharge, too.”

 

 

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Help them Grow or Watch them Go

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The people you want on your team want to learn and grow.

 

What’s the point of staff development if career ladders look like traffic jams? Tough times end promotions and pay raises.

 

Maybe it’s better to slow or stop staff development. What can you offer? Don’t raise hopes. However…

 

The people you want on your team want to learn and grow.


If they don’t want to grow, they’re dead-ends. They’ll take you there too.

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You Can’t Go Back… Only Forward

You Can’t Go Back… Only Forward | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you ever find yourself looking back?

 

To the way things were? To how you used to be?

 

While you may long for the ways of yesterday, they are just that, yesterday.

 

After all, the past is in the past.

 

You must live in the present.

 

The Past Has Passed

 

You can’t go back.

 

Some people think they can.

 

They live in the past. And they miss the present.

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A Question That Changes Everything

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You can’t always choose what happens to you. Accidents and tragedy's happen. But you can choose how you respond to those situations. One of the best ways to begin is to ask yourself the right questions.

 

One of the best questions you can ask when something negative happens is this:

 

“What does this experience make possible?”

 

Do you see the subtle shift? Suddenly, your attention moves from the past—which you can’t do a thing about—to the future.

 

It is also an acknowledgment that nothing happens by chance. Everything has a purpose. Even the bad things can have a positive impact, when we open our hearts and accept them as “part of the plan.”

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The Most Overused Phrase in Just About Any Work Environment

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“It’s not my job!” Let’s face it: it’s probably the most overused phrase in every work environment – corporate, non-profit, your kids!

 

Let’s face it: it’s probably the most overused phrase in every work environment – corporate, non-profit, your kids!

 

I was under the impression this wasn’t really used anymore and that it was just an old joke, an urban legend. But it’s not. People are still really using this.

 

I speak a lot in the fall and I make a joke in one of my presentations about HR not wanting to plan the company picnic – “It’s not our job!” — and we all get a big laugh. My point is, it should be your job. You should want to plan the company picnic – it will get you noticed – so own it, do it better than anyone has ever done it, and make it EPIC!

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The ABCs Of Leadership From Fisher-Price

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How does an 83-year-old toy company stay relevant in the digital age? David Allmark thinks he’s hit on the answer--and it’s not all about apps (though the iPhone does figure prominently).

 

As the executive vice president of Fisher-Price, Mattel, Inc.’s largest brand, Allmark presides over the company’s innovative toys for tots by making sure that technology and old-fashioned fun play well together.

 

“A lot of people think about learning as just ABCs,” says Allmark. “But in ages 0-5 it is about social, cognitive, and physical development.” But how to maximize time preschoolers spend in mom’s minivan or dad’s shopping cart?

 

It didn’t require reinventing the virtual wheel. Allmark says the parents who take part in Fisher-Price’s PlayLab proving ground for new products paved the way.

 

Observing how they passed their smartphones to their toddlers, Allmark’s team hit on a way to integrate electronics into the learning process while solving a pain point for parents, too.


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Management: Develop Your Emotional Quotient

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Management has changed over the last couple of decades.

 

To stay ahead of the game, managers need to possess a high degree of emotional intelligence (EI). In the past, IQ was enough to get you to the top but in our current business environment, your emotional quotient (EQ) is just as vital and, in some cases, more so.

 

In an environment where IQ levels are likely to be comparable (such as an accountancy firm) your EQ could be the differentiating factor that sets you apart.

 

Many organizations are now measuring EQ at the recruitment stage and when developing management capability. A good emotional intelligence course is the ideal way to learn how to increase your EQ and become a better manager.

 

There are 4 areas of EI, all equally important for a manager. These were developed by the originators of the Emotional Intelligence theory – Professor Jack Mayer and Professor Peter Salovey:


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4 secrets of focused people

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You can carve out quiet time in the busiest offices -- if you play the game right...

 

At one of my workshops recently, a man mentioned that he'd like to make better use of his time. In particular, he wanted long stretches of time to focus on big projects. But, as he asked his colleagues in the room, if he didn't return their emails immediately, would they hold it against him?

 

I think this question is quite common. People describe the modern workday as a firefight. Emails are constantly coming at you, seemingly requiring an instant response. There's no time to think except outside of normal business hours. And that doesn't seem very fair if you want a normal life, too.


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Your Body Language Speaks for You in Meetings

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You have to mind how you talk to people at least as much as what you say to them.

 

Besides our choice of words and the volume and tone of a voice, gestures, posture and facial expressions all convey powerful messages to the people we are talking to, which is precisely why everyone pays close attention to other people's body language. What's more, some research suggests that your body language can even affect your hormones, which affect your decisions and attitudes to risk. In other words, how we say what we say to people is at least as important as what we say to them.

 

Yet for all the care we take to read other people's body language, we're remarkably unconscious when it comes to our own. This is largely, I think, because knowledge of our true selves is hard and does not come naturally to us. Most of us are not what we think we are and therefore we need to question our self-image, which all too often is an idealized version of our true selves.

 

I have found over the course of a long career that the best way to become more aware of myself and of the impact of my own largely unconscious behavior is to systematically run through some standard drivers of negative body language. Before you go into a meeting, for example, make a habit of asking yourself the following:


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Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room

Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Mastering small talk will help you find common ground to create a mini-bond with new contacts.

 

Mastering small talk will help you find common ground to create a mini-bond with new contacts. Small talk may feel trite and unimportant, but it's the small talk that leads to the big talk.

 

Ideally small talk will uncover common interests, business alignments, the six degrees that separate you, potential need for your product or service, and basically whether or not you enjoy each other's company. The goal is not to become best friends or a new client on the spot. Although it's nice when those instant connections happen, usually that's not the case.

 

The goal of conversation at functions is to establish enough common ground to determine a reason to connect again.

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Don’t Tell People What To Do; Tell Them Who They Are

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The most subtle and powerful rule you’ll ever learn for motivating people is to tell them who they are rather than telling them what to do.

 

The most subtle and powerful rule you’ll ever learn for motivating people is to tell them who they are rather than telling them what to do.

 

Example: You’re at the DMV, and you approach the clerk with an exasperated expression. You sigh and say, “This form is confusing; I can’t figure it out.” The clerk looks at you disdainfully and advises you to read the instructions on the reverse of the form, looks past you, and says, “Next.”

Now imagine approaching the same clerk with the same problem. This time, however, you approach her with a smile and say, “You look like the person who can answer a couple of questions for me about this form.”

 

The clerk smiles back and says, “Let’s see what you’ve got here,” and quickly answers your questions.

 

In the first example it’s all about you and your problem. In the second example it’s all about the clerk. You began your request by telling her who she is by acknowledging her as an expert with the knowledge that can help you. She immediately wants to prove you right and she does.


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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
G. Randy Kasten is an attorney and author of Just Trust Me: Finding the Truth in a World of Spin.

 

   The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. Critical thinking reduces the power of advertisers, the unscrupulous and the pretentious, and can neutralize the sway of an unsupported argument. This is a skill most students enjoy learning because they see immediately that it gives them more control.

 

Devastating Consequences


That said, young people -- without significant life experience and anxious to fit in -- are especially vulnerable to surface appeal. Targeted advertising affects their buying and eating habits; choosing friends for the wrong reasons can lead to real heartache. Decisions about joining the military, becoming a parent or choosing a career have indelible effects on a person's life.

 

An inability to think critically at an early age can have devastating consequences.


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The Five Benefits of Humility for a Leader

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As I’ve worked with leaders from top companies and organizations around America, I’ve seen how pride can weaken a leader. I’ve also seen how humility can strength a leader. Here are five key benefits of humility I’ve noticed.

 

As I’ve worked with leaders from top companies and organizations around America, I’ve seen how pride can weaken a leader. I’ve also seen how humility can strength a leader. Here are five key benefits of humility I’ve noticed.

 

1. Humility gives a leader the capacity to lead out of a position of strength. Though humility is often viewed as a weakness in our loud, proud, take-no-prisoners culture today, it’s actually an incredible gesture of strength. First, it’s a choice. That’s the difference between being humiliated and being humbled.

 

When you’re humiliated, a negative occurrence, it’s usually at the hands of someone else. But when you’re humble, it’s a consequence of a series of choices you’ve made.

 

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Are You A Bit Of A Loser? Don’t Worry, You’re Probably Really Creative

Are You A Bit Of A Loser? Don’t Worry, You’re Probably Really Creative | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you a recovering high school geek who still can’t get the girl? Are you always the last person picked for your company’s softball team? When you watched Office Space, did you feel a special kinship to the stapler-obsessed Milton Waddams?

 

Are you a recovering high school geek who still can’t get the girl? Are you always the last person picked for your company’s softball team? When you watched Office Space, did you feel a special kinship to the stapler-obsessed Milton Waddams? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do not despair. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Cornell have recently found that the socially rejected might also be society’s most creatively powerful people.

 

The study, which is forthcoming in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, is called “Outside Advantage: Can Social Rejection Fuel Creative Thought?” It found that people who already have a strong “self-concept”--i.e. are independently minded--become creatively fecund in the face of rejection. “We were inspired by the stories of highly creative individuals like Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga,” says the study’s lead author, Hopkins professor Sharon Kim.

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Five Tips to Delegate More Effectively

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Every business owner eventually comes to the realisation that they cannot do everything themselves, and the longer they delay sharing of responsibility for outcomes with others, the less they are able to use their higher level skills that got the business off the ground in the first place.

 

Delegation is not a skill one is born with, it needs to be learned and regularly practiced, if one aspires to being a successful business owner of manager.

 

This excellent article, acknowledges that getting it right when it comes to effective delegation is harder than most people think it is, and it provides five tips you can follow to become a more effective delegator.


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Secrets to Leadership Development

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When you develop leaders you do less others do more.
Your work is working yourself out and working others in.

 

The more time you dedicate to developing leaders the more successful you’ll become.

 

Successful leaders develop leaders.


You may think your job is explained in a list of responsibilities that include oversee financials, cast vision, hire and fire, etc. That’s only half the picture. If you plan to do great things you must develop great leaders.

 

When you develop leaders you do less others do more.
Your work is working yourself out and working others in.


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How To Move Past The "Everything's Been Done" Trap And Find Your Next Great Idea

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Have you ever felt the sheer terror of a stark white document? Have you raged at your inability to simply tap your keyboard and put down just one semi-original thought? Yes, you have.

 

Have you ever felt the sheer terror of a stark white document? Have you raged at your inability to simply tap your keyboard and put down just one semi-original thought? Yes, you have.

 

Everybody has, especially in fast-paced creative fields where the biggest roadblock is often all the great ideas that have come before.

 

“People say there are maybe five or six truly original plots in this world,” says Carlo Cavallone, executive creative director at ad agency 72andSunny Amsterdam. “The same applies to everything. If you stop and think about that, you’ll panic.”

 

Every browser tab you open, every social feed you check brings evidence of just how clever the world has become, leaving you stranded at your laptop. You know you have not actually tried everything-- yet you feel it deep in your soul. So how do you fix the feeling and move forward with another great idea?

 

To find out, we interviewed people in fields with rapid idea turnover rates for suggestions on what they do when everything seems done already. Here's what they came up with.

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Assessments Provide Focus and Perspective on Your Leadership

Assessments Provide Focus and Perspective on Your Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Considering assessing your leadership abilities? The pros and cons of a self-scoring assessment vs a 360 degree process.

 

Chances are, at some point in your career, you’ve been asked to complete a leadership assessment – either for yourself, or rating someone else’s leadership abilities. Based on your experience, you might have found the exercise enlightening or a waste of time not-so-great.

 

People are naturally skeptical about assessments and for good reason – I’ve seen some really poor execution of an assessment process. But it doesn’t have to be a train wreck.

 

A reputable researched-based assessment, interpreted by a knowledgeable coach, can be invaluable to your professional development.

 

The key is to understand how assessments are structured. From there, you can make the experience work for you, rather than feeling like something has been “done to you.”


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Here's How to Listen to Your Customers & Go From Good to Great

Here's How to Listen to Your Customers & Go From Good to Great | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What causes customers to flock to one brand while remaining coldly indifferent to another—even when the offerings of the companies in question aren't substantially different?


Years of research have revealed that the single most important factor that separates the good companies from the great companies—Adidas from Nike, Kawasaki from Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard from Apple—is the ability to listen to their customers. That's the starting point.


Dominant organizations, we've learned, are those that can discern meaning from the information given. In other words, they're doing more than listening. They're hearing. And they're deriving their direction from what they hear.


How, exactly, does such effective listening work?


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