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Hallmarks of Great Bosses

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Stanford professor and author Bob Sutton covers a number of hallmarks and strategies of smart, in-tune bosses. While traditional management theory dictates constant monitoring of employees and processes, this may not be the best tactic, says Sutton. His research reports this is particularly true for bosses managing creative teams and employees.


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7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening

7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

[Leadership requires good listening.]

 

I listened while she talked, and although we both dropped a few jokes every now and then, I can see that her work situation was definitely weighing her down. The “rant” winded down after a while. She then heaved a sigh of relief and said, “What do you think?”

 

It was my turn to talk. I expressed my thoughts and told her how I think she should deal with this co-worker, nothing earth shattering, mind you, just pieces of advice she probably already figured out but only needed validation.

After that, I joked, “So you dragged me out on a rant date?” We both laughed and she said, “Sorry, I just needed somebody to listen.”

 

Thinking about this, I asked the question, what makes a good listener? What does it mean to truly listen as family or friends pour their heart out or share their problems to you?

 

Here are seven reminders I think we could all use the next time someone asks us to listen, really listen.


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Have You Done a Character Based Leadership Audit Lately?

Have You Done a Character Based Leadership Audit Lately? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Everybody seems to be talking about character based leadership.  Amidst the buzz around character based leadership, I often still find myself wondering; “What does it really mean in practical terms?” Don’t you?

 

Trying to clarify the matter for myself I came up with the following definition and I like to test it with you, so let me know in the comments what you think.

 

“Character based leadership is the discipline to constantly focus on the greater good and to put it and the needs of others above your own desires.”

 

To help me make it practical, I relied on a character based leadership audit from Chery Gegelman based on answering a number of questions related to specific character areas in your role as a leader.


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3 Thoughts On Making Personal Change In Your Life

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“If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now.” - Fred Smith I was listening to talk radio the other day. They were discussing who they thought the hardest working actor in Hollywood was.

 

Personal change just might be the hardest change you can make. Yet it’s also the most necessary change you need to make. Growth doesn’t happen without change.

 

With this in mind, here’s three thoughts for you to consider as you make personal change happen in your own life.

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The Instant Gratification of America

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This infographic illustrates how Internet has brought us instant gratification and has made Americans impatient.
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Leadership Through the Ages

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An infographic designed to assist in leadership development courses by helping participants to increase their awareness of leaders and leadership theory.

 

Read (view) more:

http://visual.ly/leadership-through-ages

 


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How Much Data Is Created Every Minute? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Thursday's sporadic Twitter outages gave addicts like us the shakes. After all, Twitter users average over 100,000 tweets per minute, and the site was down for a whole lot longer than that.

 

Twitter is far from the only channel through which web users funnel data. Business intelligence company DOMO paired up with Column Five Media to create this infographic, which shows just how much data is generated every minute.

 

Next time you run a Google search, think about the fact that it’s just one of 2 million that Google will receive in that minute. In the same amount of time, Facebook users post 684,478 pieces of content. Crazier still, online shoppers spend an average of $272,070 every minute. That’s over $391 million every day — quite the chunk of change.

 

Check out the stats below to learn the amount of data created across all of your favorite platforms. Google+ is noticeably missing from the bunch, but we’re kind of happy about that. It might be kind of embarrassing....

 

 


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Five Essential Skills for Leadership in the 21st Century

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Who You Are and Whether You Care are Just as Important as What You Do By Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D....

 

The 21st century presents many new challenges for both employees and business leaders. In an interconnected, fast moving world, we need to learn cognitive flexibility, stress tolerance, and divergent thinking.

 

While technology can make us more effective, new theories of leadership emphasize the importance of trust and establishing long-term relationships. In a competitive world, we need leaders with novel ideas, who are willing to take risks, inspire and motivate, and build new strategic partnerships to address global challenges.

 

In these endeavors, leaders need to incorporate skills that are more in the realm of psychology and cognitive science. Below is a psychologist’s perspective on what it takes to succeed in the new world of business.


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The Leaders Five-Question Heart Check

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Leaders – and managers for that matter — need to have a heart. If it is your job to guide human beings to be their very best, you need to look at your underlying assumptions about people.

 

In the age of Mass Production it was easy to see people as simply extensions of the machinery; what we couldn’t automate we hired “hands” to do. Seeing people as a means of getting the work done was a mechanistic way of thinking in a mechanistic era.

One of the consequences of this way of thinking was the birth of unions. Employers who took advantage of their people forced the people to fend for themselves and protect their rights.

 

Leading any organization is an awesome responsibility – and I mean HUGE responsibility. Not only do we as leaders have accountability to ensure our complex organization efficiently delivers what customers need, but we have the moral responsibility to create a workplace where humans can thrive – can be fully human.

 

In the age of Mass Customization – far more than during the hay days of Mass Production – we need our people to operate without fear.

 

How can an employee customize to meet the needs of a demanding customer if that employee is afraid to make choices and decisions?


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Your Brain on Self-Deception

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Vision looks at three books focusing on the cognitive tricks employed by the brain as it works to preserve our cherished beliefs and self deceptions.

 

Can common sense really be called common?


Can it even be called sense much of the time? 

 

In this review, Vision looks at three books focusing on the cognitive tricks employed by the brain as it works to preserve our cherished beliefs and self deceptions.

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Are You Headed Toward Burnout?

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You can have a successful career and have a life, but the only person who’s going to make that happen is you. Here are some ideas to get started.

 

It was 7:30 on a Sunday night on the campus of one of the world’s best-known companies, and I was the guest speaker for a group of about 70 of the company’s top high potentials.

 

They had just finished the first week of a two-week program that had wrapped up with a weekend project two hours earlier. Week two was set to start the next morning at 8:00 am. The time slot that every guest speaker covets, right?

 

My goal was to offer up a few ideas and tools that these leaders could use immediately to get results while still having a life, and I was sharing the results of some research that I had conducted with other executives in their company.

 

My take on their most highly self-assessed behaviors was, “You’re all about getting stuff done.” All the heads nodded up and down. And, in reviewing the lowest self-assessed behaviors, my take was “And you’re so busy getting stuff done, that you probably don’t see what needs to be done.” I got more than nodding heads at that point. I got an eruption of emotion.

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What is Your Leadership Style?

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As a young leader I’ve been observing how others treat their peers and subordinates. In fact, before I was a leader I was already identifying how I would and would not lead, when I had people to follow me. Influenced by both those I looked up to and established authors, I started to write down what type of leadership style I would embody.

 

First off, borrowed from John Maxwell’s The 360 Degree Leader book, I firmly believe that a leader is a servant. If you’re at the top, your job is to help those below you do a better job, or as John Maxwell puts it “add value”.

 

If you’re at the bottom, your job is to help those above you do their jobs better. If you’re in the middle, well, you’re helping above, below, and just as importantly across.

 

Let’s also not forget that he advocates you leading yourself before any other leading takes place.


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Fighting the Tide: Finding Your Inbox Nirvana

Fighting the Tide: Finding Your Inbox Nirvana | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

E-mail can be both a godsend and a nightmare, but when you fail to effectively manage your inbox, the nightmare side of the equation will be both dominant and depressing.

 

The benefits which flow from getting on top of your inbox are many, and the more effective you are at managing the timeliness of your responses, the more your clients and employees will appreciate you.

 

This good article, suggests that productivity improvements flow from getting on top of your inbox, and it offers five easy and low tech tips you can implement to help you to remove your e-mail nightmares.


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A Leader’s Legacy

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I have a friend who I think is pretty neat. He’s always got a smile on his face, laughs easily, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Kids love him. He’s a committed husband and Dad, as well as a humble man of faith. He makes learning new things fun, even when they’re challenging. He’s got a servant’s heart, yet is a strong leader, and he volunteers his time to his community and neighbors.

 

During a recent weekend trip with this friend and some others, I realized that everyone who knows him holds him in high regard. I’ve often wondered what people will say about me when I’m gone. (Strange, I know – but it’s part of being intentional about the legacy I want to leave.) It became apparent that my friend has been building his legacy for years already, and it’s a strong and solid one!

 

When it comes right down to it, though, haven’t we all?

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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

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You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.

 

Most of the focus at most companies is on what’s directly ahead. The leaders lack “peripheral vision.” This can leave your company vulnerable to rivals who detect and act on ambiguous signals. To anticipate well, you must:

 

Look for game-changing information at the periphery of your industry


Search beyond the current boundaries of your business


Build wide external networks to help you scan the horizon better


Think Critically

 

“Conventional wisdom” opens you to fewer raised eyebrows and second guessing. But if you swallow every management fad, herdlike belief, and safe opinion at face value, your company loses all competitive advantage.

 

Critical thinkers question everything. To master this skill you must force yourself to:...


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4 Ways to Pour Yourself into Your Pursuits

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To be successful in achieving your purpose, you must invest in yourself. In this guest post, Ryan J. Ferrier shares four ways to do so.

 

Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Nothing can stand in the way of the man who focuses his entire self on a problem” (from The Power of Positive Thinking).

 

If you have a problem worth solving or a prize worth pursuing, it’s not enough to just put your mind to fulfilling that purpose. It is not just a matter of putting your heart into it either.

 

If nothing is going to stand in your way, you’ve got to throw your entire self into that pursuit. It’s an all encompassing task.

 

But what does it look like to put all of who you are into something?

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Is modern technology creating a culture of distraction?

Is modern technology creating a culture of distraction? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are all the modern devices and digital conveniences we have at our disposal — from the web and social media to smartphones and tablets — making us more distracted and less able to concentrate?

 

And is this harming our ability to think and be creative, and therefore by extension harming society as a whole?

 

It’s a question that rears its head from time to time. One of the latest expressions of this fear comes from Joe Kraus, a serial entrepreneur who is now a partner with Google Ventures and gave a presentation recently about his concerns, offering an alternative concept he calls “Slow Tech.”

 

But is this really something that we need to be afraid of?

 

In his presentation, Kraus argues that the incessant demands of cellphones and social media, not to mention email and other forms of distraction, are making it difficult for us to connect with other people — including our families — and also endangering our ability to think about anything other than the next jolt of stimulation from the devices we have all around us, which he compares to the constant stimulus of a slot machine at a casino.


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Leadership’s Most Perplexing People Decision

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Save-the-day leaders weaken others but delay is dangerous.

 

People problems that hang-on are like dripping faucets. Delay escalates irritation. On the other hand, solutions-now seldom work; people need time.

 

The challenge of delay is choosing the moment to step in.

 

Too much delay creates a laundry list of concerns that may feel like attack or betrayal when they come out. “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?

 

On the other hand, stepping in too quickly undermines confidence, invites resentment, and establishes unnecessary dependencies. “Don’t you trust me?”


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Empathy - Secrets of Success

Harding & Yorke (now Compathy Ltd) won a prestigious 'Secrets of Success' award as a part of The Daily Telegraphs Business Club. This short video explains mo...

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The true value of continuous learning - Training Journal

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Training Journal is the resource for training, human resources and learning and development professionals.

 

Today's economic climate may mean that L&D may not be top of the agenda for many organisations or individuals; however, the importance of continuous learning cannot be underestimated. Not only can it have a positive impact on employability, development and progression, but also on mental well-being and engagement.

 

It's not just employees who benefit from continuous learning. In fact, the business case for continuous learning is compelling. When it comes to driving revenue and profits, L&D is key. It plays a vital role in increasing knowledge and improving skills, whilst also creating a more empowered workforce - employees who care about their work, career progression, colleagues and customers. As a result, productivity and innovation can improve significantly, employees can become more confident in their day-to-day roles, while businesses can gain a great reputation for being known as an employer of choice.

 

Despite this, empowerment and continuous learning doesn't just happen. Cultivating a culture of L&D requires the right strategy, effort and commitment from business and leaders, line managers and employees. This includes key activities such as establishing clear employee goals, developing personal career paths, offering regular feedback, enabling collaboration and keeping employees in touch with pay, performance and opportunities within the organisation.


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A Leader's Role in Organizational Alignment

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“alignment can be thought of as both a noun and a verb—a state of being and a set of actions.” The actions taken within an organization are the responsibility of the leaders. Leaders help the organization achieve and sustain organizational alignment—so easy to say, often difficult to do.

 

Organizational alignment is an important concept for leaders to consider. This is especially true in the current fast-paced, complex, and constantly changing environment we find ourselves operating. A Google search shows just fewer than 27,000 books on alignment topics including leadership, strategic, organizational, or management alignment.

 

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Anyone who has either driven a car out of alignment, or experienced debilitating back pain can appreciate the importance of alignment. Without getting into the details of automobile wheel alignments, the basic technique requires adjustments to primary and secondary angles of the wheels relative to each other and the body of the car. The purpose is to make the necessary adjustments to improve the performance of the vehicle on the road and reduce the wear on the tires.


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5 Ways to Become a More Authentic Leader

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Leaders must be authentic if they are to connect with their followers. In this guest post by LaRae Quy, she shares what she learned as a former undercover FBI agent about authenticity when her life was on the line.

 

Leadership begins with knowing who you are and what you believe. Authenticity is the need for leaders to be themselves regardless of the situation. For this reason, it is more than self-awareness. It is the ability to share the deepest and truest part of ourselves with others.

 

While it’s instructive to observe and learn from others, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Successful leaders understand that the path of leadership is a journey of discovery … about themselves. We are not textbooks to be read once and then put away to gather dust. Our lives are a living testimony to change, growth, and renewed hope.

 


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Warning: You Have Entered the Burnout Zone

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Have too many things to do and not enough time to do them? You may be burning yourself out. Here is how to avoid burnout.

 

Living and working in a state of burnout has become the norm in our society. Sadly it’s so common that we fail to recognize the signs. We barely even notice anything is wrong.

 

Stress and exhaustion are now a way of life. Yet, we are making a serious mistake than can have severe consequences.

What does it mean to be “burned out?”

Burnout is a state of overwhelming exhaustion; mental, emotional and physical. It can be caused by work pressures, lifestyle factors, even certainpersonality traits. It’s more than everyday stress. Burnout is characterized by overpowering, unrelenting stress over a long period.

 

The mind and body are so beaten down that simple daily functioning seems like an overwhelming burden.

 

Being burned out has a tremendous impact on both your physical health and mental well-being. As the extreme stress continues, the result is often life altering illness, depression, and a pervasive sense of extreme failure. Essentially, there is nothing left to give and the body starts shutting down.

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Warning: You Have Entered the Burnout Zone

Warning: You Have Entered the Burnout Zone | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Have too many things to do and not enough time to do them? You may be burning yourself out. Here is how to avoid burnout.

 

Living and working in a state of burnout has become the norm in our society. Sadly it’s so common that we fail to recognize the signs. We barely even notice anything is wrong.

 

Stress and exhaustion are now a way of life. Yet, we are making a serious mistake than can have severe consequences.

 

What does it mean to be “burned out?”

 

Burnout is a state of overwhelming exhaustion; mental, emotional and physical. It can be caused by work pressures, lifestyle factors, even certainpersonality traits. It’s more than everyday stress. Burnout is characterized by overpowering, unrelenting stress over a long period.

 

The mind and body are so beaten down that simple daily functioning seems like an overwhelming burden.

 

Being burned out has a tremendous impact on both your physical health and mental well-being. As the extreme stress continues, the result is often life altering illness, depression, and a pervasive sense of extreme failure. Essentially, there is nothing left to give and the body starts shutting down.

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On Thinking and Doing

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I have a confession to make. I am an idea guy.

 

I like to think. It’s been that way ever since I can remember. I’m a dreamer. I love thinking about things and could spend hours just sitting around pondering life.

 

Yes, I could blame the philosophy classes I took as a freshman, but the truth is that it’s in my nature. I’m a thinker.

 

There’s only only one problem with that…

 

 Thinkers generate ideas. Doers generate results. Actionable thinkers generate both.

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