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Is It Time for You to Triage Your Calendar?

Is It Time for You to Triage Your Calendar? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you ever feel like you are running out of bandwidth? Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at your calendar and start cutting back on your commitments. Here’s how.

 

Do you ever feel like you are running out of bandwidth? I do. I am in one of those periods right now. The last several weeks have been crazy.

 

My new book, Platform, is about to be published. My speaking calendar is full for the next several weeks. And I have a daughter getting married at the end of this month.

As a result, I feel like I am falling further and further behind, especially as I try to keep up with my e-mail load and meeting requests. Something has to go.

 

This weekend, I am planning to go through my calendar and engage in a little calendar triage. In case you are not familiar with it, triage is a battlefield term. Medics have to decide where to apply their limited resources. They can’t help everyone.

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The value of visiting other cultures

The value of visiting other cultures | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
In a multicultural, multinational world, many Americans have a severe deficiency in understanding other cultures -- or having the interest in learning -- says Henry Rollins, the musician who is also an author and activist.

 

The world is not without danger, especially in countries affected by war, unrest or suspicion of outsiders. But, Rollins says, the bigger danger is in refusing to engage with other cultures, particularly visiting them and interacting with people.


“Middle Eastern culture, Arabic culture, I’m no expert. Even the experts will tell you they are not experts,” Rollins says. “But there are ways of life there, ideas of civility that are so many centuries old.

 

There’s a decency amongst some people in some parts of the world that you can learn astonishing lessons from.

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5 Challenges For Relationship-Oriented Managers

5 Challenges For Relationship-Oriented Managers | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Often, managers who are good at Relating (asking, listening, coaching, including, and encouraging) shy away from Requiring activities (insisting on excellence, confronting poor or marginal performers, or just telling an employee what is expected or needed).

 

We see this pattern among the managers who have completed the free assessment at www.ManagingPeopleBetter.com

 

If asking for what you want or talking with employees about a performance shortcoming conjures images of a root canal, the following five mindsets will make asserting and insisting easier:...

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Sitting is Killing You

Sitting is Killing You | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there is one thing nearly all modern Americans have in common: we sit all the time.

 

Though our great shift towards computer-based work has done great things for productivity, it has, unfortunately, done terrible things for our health. From increased risk of heart disease and obesity in the long term, to sharply hampered cholesterol maintenance in the short term, the negative health effects of sitting are starting to weigh heavily against the benefits.

 

Even the medical field – the greatest advocates of reducing sitting time – is plagued by this new health issue.

 

Though doctors and nurses get plenty of walking time, it usually falls to the secretaries, billers, and coders to do all the sitting. And, as we can see, something has to change.

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How Leaders Can Leverage Pinterest

How Leaders Can Leverage Pinterest | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders? Use Pinterest?

 

Isn’t Pinterest the hot new social media tool that is growing by leaps and bounds?

 

Yes.

 

Isn’t this the site that seems to be largely about recipes, crafts and wedding planning?

 

Not entirely.

 

Are you talking about how leaders of business could use Pinterest in their marketing efforts?

 

No, though that is a possibility.

 

How, then, can I as a leader in any organization use Pinterest to be a more effective leader?

 

I’m glad you asked. That is what is article is about!

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A Leader Is Someone We Can Believe In

A Leader Is Someone We Can Believe In | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When I ask others what they think a leader is, they have lots of different responses.

 

However, there is one that always inspires me: “A leader is someone I can believe in”.

 

When we believe in a leader, it shows they are doing something – or a lot of “somethings” – right.

 

What behaviors do they exhibit that cause us to believe? Here are a few I’ve heard:

Count on them to do what they say they will. If anyone else has gone before them and done it, they know can do it. They may even be able to forge new paths, and do something nobody before them has done. No matter what, they will do it, and we can count on them....

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30 specialist (and super smart) search engines

30 specialist (and super smart) search engines | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Google is widely (and rightly) recognised as the mother of all search engines. But, if you need to drill down your searches by more specific details, do you trust Google to give you what you need every single time?

 

Here’s a collection of 3o vertical search engines which you should have up your sleeve when you need some specialist power.


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Try them out...

 

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 29, 2013 5:42 PM

Great list and useful alternatives to Google search.

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Can you compete under pressure?

Can you compete under pressure? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

‘Can you compete under pressure?’ aims to be the biggest ever study of the psychology of pressure.

 

By analysing the data from those who take part, the scientists who designed it aim to shine unprecedented light on what affects performance under pressure. In doing so, they’ll discover something new about pressure in sport and in everyday life.


In this article, Professor Andy Lane of the University of Wolverhampton and Professor Peter Totterdell of the University of Sheffield explain more about what the experiment will reveal.


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Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You

Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
February 1st, 2009, was a very memorable day for me. It was the day I arrived back at my family home in Newcastle, England, to start working for myself full-time.

 

I had just left a job which for the previous two years saw me working with companies like Nissan, Hewlett Packard and Land Rover as their social media manager. My position in the rat race was actually an awesome one, but it was nothing compared to being my own boss.

 

As some people here don't care about making their living from the internet, I understand that this post will not be for everybody. However, if you've just made the leap to working for yourself, currently run your own business, or you're looking to make your money online in the future, this article may be just what you need.

 

13 Lessons from 18 Months of Self-Employment...

 

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List of leadership characteristics – transformational leadership research

My doctoral thesis energy analysis mainly targeted on the effect and connection between energy and issues.

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14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life

14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“Never leave that 'till tomorrow which you can do today.”...

 

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

 

His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life.

 

Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done.

 

Here are 14 action-inducing lessons from him:...


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How to Reverse Negativity and Come out on Top

How to Reverse Negativity and Come out on Top | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Sometimes there is nothing more irritating than those trite phrases like “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” When you’re having a tough time in...

 

Sometimes there is nothing more irritating than those trite phrases like “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” When you’re having a tough time in life, your first inclination may be to tell those full of such homespun logic to go suck a lemon.


Those people don’t have to deal with an ogre boss or a long commute, you think, so they don’t know that it’s difficult to just be so darn positive all the time.


But what if there was a way to flip the switch in your life? To start seeing negative aspects of your work in a way that helped you be happier and less eaten up by guilt or stress or unhappiness?

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Authentic Leadership Means Eliminating Buzzwords and BS

Authentic Leadership Means Eliminating Buzzwords and BS | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

If you have been in the professional world for more than a year, you have probably heard something like this a million times:

 

“My leadership philosophy is to optimally leverage the passions of my people such that at the end of the day we maximize employee engagement to get them to think outside the box and synergistically drive value-added activities in a profit-maximizing way that is a win-win for our people, our shareholders, and our customers.”

 

It sounds great. It is polysyllabic. It uses words with long definitions. I have only one question: what the _____ does it mean?

 

I want you to wipe away all those unproductive phrases and words that get in the way of you being an authentic leader.

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One in four managers 'don't know how bad they are'

One in four managers 'don't know how bad they are' | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Millions of managers fail to realise "how bad they are at managing", which is undermining company efforts to boost productivity and growth, according to a damning new report.

 

One in four of the UK’s line managers – almost 2m people – have an inflated opinion of their ability to lead teams, the study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.


The so-called “reality gap” is having a negative impact on business attempts to motivate and inspire teams to go the extra mile amid a tough economic climate, the CIPD warned.


Poor managers should “look in the mirror” if they want to get the best out of their people, the body said.


Eight out of 10 managers believe their staff are satisfied or very satisfied with them as a manger, compared to just 58pc of workers stating this is the case, the research revealed.


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Self Development Tips

Self Development Tips | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
As long as you are still alive, you are capable of changing and growing. You can do anything you want to do, be anything you want to be. Listen to some positive thoughts on how to continue your self development and then apply them in your own life.

 

Accept personal responsibility for your own growth; no one can do it for you. What you do today will determine your readiness for tomorrow. Take time every day to do something for yourself. Take classes to stay current in your field of expertise. The world is changing rapidly and you must learn to manage change to avoid obsolescence. The way Will Rogers put this was that "Even if you are on the right track, if you just sit there you will get run over."


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The Leader's Role in Driving Transformation

The Leader's Role in Driving Transformation | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Too often executives ask everyone else to change, but in reality this usually isn’t possible until they first change themselves.

 

It is important for leaders to understand how a mindset and its associated behaviors can either enable or hinder attainment of business transformation goals.

 

Executives must model new behaviors in order to influence mindset and behavior change in their people.

 

It would behoove executives to assess their own personal change agility before embarking on a major transformation effort.

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Are You A Muse for Magnificence?

Are You A Muse for Magnificence? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Is there anyone in your life who listens for the best in you even when you are at your worst?

 

They might even be tough on you, not out of judgement, but because they know who you really are and are calling for you to be and do your best at all times.

 

Do you have someone you call on your best days and feel free to unabashedly boast about your most recent accomplishment, big or small.

 

You call them because you know they not only want to celebrate your wins with you, but feel joy when you do. And they know, perhaps better than anyone, what the accomplishment means to you in terms of what you had to do and who you had to be to make it happen.

 

Do you have a “muse for magnificence”? If so, what do they uniquely provide for you that brings out your personal best?

 

Are you a “muse for magnificence” for others? If so, what guidance can you provide in helping others to become one too?

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The Heart and Craft of Life Writing: Snippets

The Heart and Craft of Life Writing: Snippets | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

I’m thinking we should write down some of our snippets, our stories. My grandfather did this, and I am so grateful. He lived in such a different time.

 

Because I only knew him as a somewhat sedate older gentleman, it is delightful to know about the time he and his friends played a trick on their teacher by moving his buggy out of the garage and lodging it between two trees. Imagine their consternation when Mr. Brown turned out to be in the buggy they’d just moved, and said, “Thank you boys, I would have had to hitch the horses to move the buggy.”


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Learn From Your Leadership Experiences

Learn From Your Leadership Experiences | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Today, I had a conversation with one of my coworkers about children. I have a 2-1/2 year old little girl, so my co-worker told me to do all I can to enjoy her. He said that once she grows up to be a teenager she will know everything, and things will be different. He then explained that his teenage kids think they know everything so they don’t seem to listen much anymore.


So, as a leader, do you know it all?

 

Do you have all the answers?

 

Are you open to input from others?

 

If you are anything like me, the more you learn, the more you realize how little you really know. You probably also do all you can to learn from each experience so you don’t have to repeat your past mistakes.

 

As leaders, there is a lot you can learn from your experiences. You must have an open mind and know how to get the most from each experience. To learn from your experiences, I suggest four actions you can take....

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15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently

15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What is the difference between happy people and unhappy people?


 Of course, it may be very obvious, happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right?

 

 Well, that is correct, but we want to know what are the things that these people do differently and that is why, I have put together a list of things that HAPPY people do differently than UNHAPPY people.

 

Read more: 15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently http://bit.ly/IUUIwv


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Charisma: An obsolete leadership quality

Charisma: An obsolete leadership quality | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Conventional wisdom teaches us that charisma is a key leadership trait, especially in the political realm. Well, the world has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Perhaps our model of the quintessential leader should change, as well.

 

And while being introverted and charismatic are not antonyms or even mutually exclusive, the point is that, out of habit, inertia, or some misplaced idealistic notion, we're perhaps putting the emphasis on the wrong leadership attributes.

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The Fifty Success Habits

The Fifty Success Habits | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

So I thought that I might write a quick review of every self-help book ever written all right here in this one little post. Simple enough. I love the easy jobs. Surely it couldn’t be that hard, could it? I figured that maybe I could take the important lessons from every self-help book I’ve read and every life experience I’ve endured, condense all that into fifty key points and save everybody a whole bunch of reading time. Sure, global book sales in the self-help field might take a down-turn for a decade or so, but I’m willing to take that chance and put in a solid sixty minutes (or so) work for the good of humanity; my gift to mankind.

 

Selfless I know.


I thought that perhaps I could follow Stephen Covey’s lead (the Seven Habits) and come up with my own list of say…

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/K0qqcN


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Slavica Bogdanov's comment, May 1, 2012 5:24 PM
Thank you. It felt good to read this, more than words can say.
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Great Slavica! Yes, this post gives us a lot of interesting insights to be successful and it easy to read!
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On writing, memory, and forgetting: Socrates and Hemingway take on Zeigarnik

On writing, memory, and forgetting: Socrates and Hemingway take on Zeigarnik | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Your mind wants to know what comes next. It wants to finish. It wants to keep working – and it will keep working even if you tell it to stop. All through those other tasks, it will subconsciously be remembering the ones it never got to complete.

 

I would never give up the ability to record, to access, to research endless topics at the click of a button. But, with Hemingway and Socrates never far from mind, I may be slightly more cautious about how I use that ability.


The Zeigarnik effect is a powerful motivating force. And a motivated mind is a mind that is much more capable of thought and accomplishment – even if it does sometimes need to use a cheat sheet to remember just what it wanted to include, be it in a story or an order. I, for one, know that I will always prefer a waiter who writes my order down to one that remembers it—however urgently—all in his head.

 

Articles about MEMORY: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=memory

 


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dj Goddessa's comment, May 1, 2012 3:45 PM
I truly enjoyed reading this excellent article! Sakis, thank you once again! :)
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Welcome @dj Goddessa :-)
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How Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot

How Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

 

Everyone engages in self-defeating behaviors. “Part of my job is helping people get out of their own way,” Joel Garfinkle author of Getting Ahead.

 

Which of these self-defeating behaviors hold you back?

 

Hiding from what you really think or feel.

 

Over thinking and under acting.


Focusing on “why” at the expense of “what” and “how.”


Complaining.


Blaming.


Excuse making.


Avoiding.


Self-defeating behaviors first live in our heads. We are what we think. Shirzad Chamine identifies 10 internal enemies – internal Saboteurs - in his new book, Positive Intelligence...

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Patagonia's Founder Is America's Most Unlikely Business Guru

Patagonia's Founder Is America's Most Unlikely Business Guru | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
For years, Yvon Chouinard kept his eco-conscious, employee-friendly practices largely to himself. Now megacorporations like Walmart, Levi Straus and Nike are following his lead.

 

Patagonia boss Yvon Chouinard has a "management by absence" approach to running his company.

 

He spends months at a time away from the office putting Patagonia's outdoor-clothing wear through its paces on climbing or fishing trips, and instead of a computer, his desk features an Etch A Sketch on which workers are encouraged to leave friendly messages.

 

"If I had to be a businessman, I was going to do it on my own terms," Chouinard explains.

 

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