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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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The Next Generation of Leadership

The Next Generation of Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The most successful leaders in the future will understand their constituencies’ state of mind, says Gallup CEO Jim Clifton. And state of mind is everything that matters to leadership, because it's all the things that create economic growth.

 

In the new normal, says Clifton, the old ways of doing business won't work anymore. The men and women who will conquer this new world will be the ones who best understand their constituencies' state of mind. And state of mind is everything that matters to leadership: talent, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, optimism, determination, and all the other things that create economic growth.

 

This next generation of business, civic, political, and religious leaders, as well as social entrepreneurs, will understand their constituents' state of mind and the capacity to quantify it better than their predecessors did. And those leaders will be uniquely poised to do a very important thing: By understanding the state of mind of their constituencies, those leaders can use that knowledge to create real economic growth -- and more good jobs. That will make them, as Clifton says, the ones who lead the world.

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The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Hobbits - Forbes

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Hobbits - Forbes | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The seven traits that allowed Hobbits to change the course of Middle Earth can also help you in your career. (#LOTR & #leadership!

 

One of the reasons why Hobbits were so successful in the world beyond, to the point that, in the words of Elrond, they could “arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great” is because they have certain habits that predisposed them to success. Follow the habits of the Hobbits and you, too, can find success in your life and career.

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Become A Better Manager: 10 Inspirational Management And Leadership Blogs

Become A Better Manager: 10 Inspirational Management And Leadership Blogs | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

 

As a management and executive coach I spend a good amount of time helping folks understand the “little” things that are necessary to lead and manage a workforce to be more productive and profitable. I thought I would share some resources by drawing on outstanding “expert” advice in related leadership and management blogs that have been recently posted.

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Use the Psychology of Focus to Get More Done

Use the Psychology of Focus to Get More Done | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Beware the Illusion of Multitasking Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like you achieved a lot of things, but when you thought about it before a good night’s sleep, you found you’ve actually achieved nothing?

 

In fact, studies have shown that your brain can really only handle one task at a time, and even though it only takes one-tenths of a second to switch from one task to another, these “little” delays can add up and account for as much as 40% of a person’s productive time. And that’s not even including the 15 minutes it takes, on average, for people to get back “in the flow”.


So you want to multiply your productivity and grow your business? The answer is simple: focus.


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The statement "willpower is a limited resource" stood out to me in this article. Try as we might to resist technological distraction, there is only so much effort we can exude before we give in and sign in to Facebook or check our emails! Although this articles refers generally to multitasking, the same techniques can be adopted when considering online information and infotention. The pursuit of focus in this article can be considered a step towards mindfulness.

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Do You Know Which Gear Your Life Is In?

Do You Know Which Gear Your Life Is In? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

How fast is your life going?

 

Many individuals feel that they are going too slow.

 

Some people think life is passing them by at an alarming rate.

 

Others still are just cruising through life, unaware of their speed or destination.

 

Sometimes, we need to take a moment and check just which gear our life is in.

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Relationship conflicts stress men more than women

Relationship conflicts stress men more than women | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Although both men and women have a physiological response to relationship conflict, the response is much more pronounced in men than in women and involves different attachment factors. Anxiety was a strong predictor for response in men, but in women, only highly avoidant types showed significant cortisol changes. Men in the study who had secure female partners showed the lowest levels of cortisol reactivity, indicating that their partners were helping to regulate their physiological stress levels.


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Thanks Gina. I, for one, can say that this is true. Interesting information.
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How do you Make Decisions about Decision-Making?

How do you Make Decisions about Decision-Making? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you make decisions on your own or do you engage others by asking for them to collaborate? Here are some great guidelines to help you decide. (Who decides? Me or We?

 

Fair process is all about being valued as a human being and there are three principles or elements that facilitate a feeling of being valued.

 

Engagement – Involving people in the decision-making process when the decision impacts them.


Explanation – Helping people understand the context and implications of the decision.


Expectation Clarity – If the decision will result in changes then making sure people know and understand what is expected of them.


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What Toastmasters Did For Me...

A few people talking about why they joined Toastmasters.

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What a 2-Legged Dog taught me about Leadership Resilience

What a 2-Legged Dog taught me about Leadership Resilience | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership Resilience is the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched. A vital trait.

 

I have often felt bent, broken, compressed and stretched as a leader. I am not aware of too many leaders who have not. Particularly at the level of start-ups and small business, the stress and problems can be too much for some to bear. I know of hundreds of small business owners that struggle in one form or another. Their lives are tough, they sleep little, they work a lot, their families suffer, and sometimes they wonder if it is really worth it all.

 

I have been there many times, and while I would like to say that those things are behind me, I know that my trials are most likely preparing me for something more difficult. Only time will tell.

 

I can’t say I have all the answers, but I’d like to share a few thoughts I have on how to foster resilience in your own life.

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If You Think It And Visualize It, Will It Happen?

If You Think It And Visualize It, Will It Happen? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
If You Think It And Visualize It, Will It Happen?

 

Have you ever worked for someone that didn’t believe in you or expected you to fail and treated you accordingly? In that situation, it was probably hard to be successful because you didn’t have someone who believed in you. In addition to visualizing your own success, when you visualize the success of your employees you will help them to be successful. You will help them reach success because you see their potential, and you work to help them reach it.

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An interview on leadership with USTDA Director Leocadia Zak

An interview on leadership with USTDA Director Leocadia Zak | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“Ultimately, a leader’s style must flow from the individual’s personality.”...

 

Where do you turn to for tips about leadership?

 

I am a true believer that knowledge is power. My education provided me with strong analytical skills and I read a lot. However, it is the people and challenges I encounter day to day that have taught me the most about leadership. I see leaders in the private sector and leaders in government and I love to watch them — observing what they are doing and how that fits with my personality and leadership style. Ultimately, a leader’s style must flow from the individual’s personality. It must be natural.

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Good Managers Lead Through a Team

Good Managers Lead Through a Team | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
We consider the ability to manage a team so important that, in a recent book, we made it one of the "3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader:" Manage Your Team — the first imperative — is about creating a real team and managing through it.

 

"Manage your team" might seem clear and straightforward. Yet when we talk about it, we often find it's not an intuitive concept for many managers and for some it even cuts against the grain of what they think they should do as bosses.


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How to Build Your Leadership Brand

How to Build Your Leadership Brand | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What you’re known for determines the way people talk about you. The way people talk about you is your brand.

 

You’re known for what you contribute even if it’s negative. Ultimately, positive brand building is about giving not getting.

 

Building your brand is about bringing value.


Repeated behaviors create brands, negative or positive.


Competency creates positive brands.


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Leadership Performance | Brian Kibby | If Not Now…When?

Leadership Performance | Brian Kibby | If Not Now…When? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Great leadership lesson here ==> If Not Now…When?

 

I hired a hitting coach for my eight-year old son, Liam, this week. The first thing the coach did was to get down on one knee (eye level with Liam) and said “you hit—you play; my job is to teach you how to hit.”

 

You hit—you play. True in baseball and true in life.

 

There are those who object to this thinking. “I guess you’re only as good as your last hit or home run around here!”

 

Yes. You are only as good as your last hit or homerun. If you are a team or enterprise leader, own it and embrace it. Your ability to continue to lead and to win as a team is entirely dependent upon it.

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3 Ways to Prepare for Instructional Leadership

3 Ways to Prepare for Instructional Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

In teaching and teacher leadership, there are so many opportunities to grow, especially in the world of education reform. If you are in a place that does not allow for you to grow or get the support to grow into a desired role, find a place that will foster that within you. Your development should be a priority for you as a teacher leader. One question I frequently get asked is: how can I develop into an instructional leader?

 

Here are 3 ways in which you can prepare yourself for instructional leadership:...

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Transparency: Does Your Company “Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk?”

Transparency: Does Your Company “Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk?” | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Transparency is a word that we all hear about. Declining trust within the organization and increased public scrutiny, coupled with the major bullhorn of social media, has to drive companies to become more transparent. This transparency should be visible to not only investors, but the employees as well.

 

Organizations today have no choice. Transparency is no longer just an option. No matter how hard leaders try to “hide” something, the truth will always raise its head.

If that is the case, it’s always best for all involved to behave ethically and talk openly. ALWAYS!


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Leadership Advice for Young Introverted Leaders | C-Level ...

Leadership Advice for Young Introverted Leaders | C-Level ... | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership Advice for Young Introverted Leaders looking to move up the corporate ladder, based on insight from the Magnetic Leadership Program.

 

Introverts absolutely do not need to change who they are or act like an extrovert in order to be successful. At the same time, there comes a point in our careers where we absolutely do need strategies that will help boost us up the ladder rungs. As I wrote in The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership,


“While both introverted and extraverted leaders excel at leadership and in business, it’s my experience that introverts have a more difficult time moving up the ladder to reach the executive level in the real world, for a variety of reasons....

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Hate Your Job? What to do? 

Hate Your Job?  What to do?  | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ll tell you the answer right off -- Remember, It’s an Inside Job ! So, just...

 

Are you taking responsibility for what you might need to work on in yourself rather than fixing what’s wrong with your job and the people or things that go with it? If not, get going on it! It’s an Inside Job! Yes, there may be people or situations at your current job that aren’t working and a change may be necessary. Just, remember, when you change jobs, you take yourself with you. If you’re seeing yourself as a victim and exhibiting any of the above “negative” or limiting beliefs or behaviors, give yourself a new job – an Inside Job. Release these negative thoughts and behaviors and start focusing on positive, joyful, empowering, and peaceful thoughts about yourself, others and your job. It’s an Inside Job! You’ll be surprised how things on the “outside” begin to look differently!

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Leadership Mantra: Delegation.

Leadership Mantra: Delegation. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Delegation, an indication that identifies a real leader!

 

“Following the suggestion of a reader, in my last leadership mantra, I’ll approach with you a topic that is, in my opinion, very often misunderstood and not often enough used to fair value.”

 

What does mean delegation for you?

 

What are the words that come to your mind when you hear or you think to delegation?

 

Before reading further, you could invest a few minutes, to be clear about this issue.

 

What is emerged and to which group you belong to?

 

Here are a few groups:

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IKMOVE


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5 Things You Should Say to Your Colleagues Today

5 Things You Should Say to Your Colleagues Today | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
They're small things--but they can completely change someone's day.

 

I left the company years ago for another but I still run into former colleagues. Usually the ensuing conversation involves something along the lines of, “Hey, did you hear about the (latest management decision I think is really stupid) at the plant?”

 

This question was different.

 

“You worked there for almost 20 years,” my ex-coworker said. “Is there anything you wish you could go back and do over?"

 

I thought about it later. I don't really regret strategic errors or poor tactical decisions or career missteps (I made plenty of those.) I certainly regretted those things then, but now, not really.

 

Instead I most regret the things I didn't say: To employees who reported to me, to some of my peers, and to at least one person I worked for. Those are moments I'd like to have back.

 

It's too late for me, but it’s not too late for you. Here are five things you should say—today—to people you work with...


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Restoring Your Ability to Choose

Restoring Your Ability to Choose | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

We all like to think we are in charge of our choices. But the fact is that most of the time we are reacting, not choosing. Most of what we label choice is habit. We’re really on automatic. It can even lead us to think that we have no choice. Only when we pause—slow-down to think and reflect—are we exercising our ability to choose.

 

Nance Guilmartin writes in The Power of Pause that a pause is “any space between an action and your reaction.” And it’s vitally important...

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Miller: Finding the right job depends on the person

Miller: Finding the right job depends on the person | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
From softwear engineer to lumberjack, a look at the best and worst jobs..

 

Every individual is different. So what may be a dream job for one person may feel like a root canal to someone else.


The key to finding your dream job is to know yourself.


Sara Sutton Fell, chief executive of FlexJobs, suggests: "There are no guarantees, of course, but ask yourself if the company mission and culture really fit you. If it doesn’t, there’s a far better chance that the job will be a bad one."


In the end, do you homework. Talk to people who know the company and understand what you can realistically expect. As the author of "Get More Money on Your Next Job … In Any Economy," I don’t want to minimize the importance of being well compensated for what you do.

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The flip side of flattery

The flip side of flattery | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
RESEARCH | Flattery not only gets you nowhere, it can also cost you your job.

 

Flattery not only gets you nowhere, it can also cause you to lose your job.

 

That’s especially the case, report researchers from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, if you’re a CEO who is on the receiving end of the flattery. The researchers — James Westphal, Ithai Stern and Sun Hyun Park — found that in poorly performing firms where much ingratiation takes place, the likelihood of a CEO’s dismissal can increase by as much as 64 percent.

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Free Time Management Skill Training

Free Time Management Skill Training | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Discover time management skill training tips that will open your eyes to simple ways that you can immediately improve the value of your time. Know the value of your time. Plus, free leadership tools.

 

Using effective #time management skills is essential to your #leadership success. Discover these helpful time #management best practices...

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Seven Ways to Turn Conflict-Communication Problems Around

Seven Ways to Turn Conflict-Communication Problems Around | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Conflict destroys productivity, engagement, empowerment, communication, leadership and success. Conflict is an emotionally charged situation that is fueled by incompatible interests, goals, feelings, ideas, values, ethnicity, personality differences, or miscommunications.

 

Step 1. Do NOT react; instead use the conflict at hand to build one of your most important Q skills, constructive discontent. While our first instinct when confronted with conflict is often to react, or retreat this is often one of the most counterproductive ways to handle conflict. Your automatic response, a response triggered by your amygdale/your reptilian brain will be to fight or flee. DON’t do either.


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