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The Secret Power of Hearing Shadows

The Secret Power of Hearing Shadows | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Listening is a skill. Hearing someone is a gift.

 

My dad’s first words when I told him about my new job were, “It’s not very close to home.” I was a fresh college graduate in Missouri. He was back home in Maine and the job was in Pennsylvania.

 

I did the easy thing. I heard words but I didn’t hear meanings.


It didn’t seem closer to him but it seemed closer to me. I resisted his words, observed he was right and moved with my young family to live in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

Today, it sounds silly that I heard the words but didn’t hear meanings. I totally missed it. My excuses are youth and enthusiasm.

 

Now that my own children are out and on their own, I know what he meant. It wasn’t geography. It was relationship.

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Interview: Taming the Monster Inside Us

Interview: Taming the Monster Inside Us | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Injustice takes many forms but at its simplest might be described as people treating others unfairly. Jonathan Glover addresses the human cruelty.

 

Jonathan Glover is director of the Center of Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College, London. His book, Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century, has received enthusiastic reviews.


In it Glover strips bare the human proclivity for cruelty, in addition to putting forward some ideas for moral recovery. In this interview he expands on the book’s main themes with Vision.


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What Does Leadership Really Mean?

What Does Leadership Really Mean? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership means seeing the challenges we face with new eyes;eyes that ignite passion, purpose and potential at the speed of change, in the face of multiple challenges and incredible opportunities. 

 

Leadership means  building the solution focused collaboration, communication, ideation that will build a new bridge, a stronger bridge between what is and what can be; a bridge that will help guide us from the Age of Information to the Age of Innovation.

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Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual

Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In this episode of my podcast, I explore how you can reengineer your morning ritual to become more productive and set yourself up for success.

 

The good news is that if you aren’t a morning person, you can become one. (See, for example, “10 Benefits of Rising Early and How to Do It.”)

 

But what about the “ritual” part of the equation? If you are like some people, the word ritual may have a negative connotation.

 

If you look it up on Dictionary.com, the first definition is this: “an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.”

 

The problem is that we typically think of it in a religious sense. I am not using it in this sense, though for me, even there, it has a positive connotation.

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Why Content is the Foundation of your Social Media Marketing

Why Content is the Foundation of your Social Media Marketing | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Social media marketing requires content that is compelling and contagious. It requires content that begs to be shared. It requires content that is so liquid that it spreads globally and virally.

 

Coca Cola, which is one of the worlds most recognized brands has recently announced that its marketing strategy is moving from “creative excellence” to “content excellence“.

 

This is due to the the realization that on a social web people can create more dynamic stories about a business and brand than they can ever hope to achieve on their own.

 

Coca Cola is making sure that it is embracing this changing paradigm in marketing and creating content that is  liquid and contagious and let the global crowd create the dynamic stories about a brand.

 

This is the crowd sourcing of marketing.

 

This is what makes social media marketing so effective, it taps into the leverage of the conversations of billions of people that communicate and share daily on the global web.


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12 Signs They Are Not A Good Leader

12 Signs They Are Not A Good Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Most of us have worked for leaders that are for all intents and purposes were not very good.  I have worked with and for both great leaders and those not very good leaders.

 

To be honest, I actually learned a lot in my early days of leadership from some really bad leaders.  Not only were they bad leaders, they were oblivious to the negative affects of their poor leadership.   There are many signs that a leader is not a good leader and below are 12 Obvious Signs.

 

The reason I attribute these signs to not being a ”Good Leader” instead of “Great Leader,” is due to the fact that a leader usually goes through the progression of being a “Good Leader” before they can become a “Great Leader.”

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The 3 Most Valuable Things I Learned From My Favorite Boss

The 3 Most Valuable Things I Learned From My Favorite Boss | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I recently sent a thank you note to a boss that I had back in 1995. I’ve had good bosses since then, but this particular person stands out as Number One for me. Working for him was an amazing learning experience, and when I reflect back on that time, I can readily say that what I learned from him I later used with my own teams.What makes him rise to the top of my list?

 

Here are three top-of-mind things that he taught me (from among the many I could mention):

 

 


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The Power of Negative Thinking

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Pop psychology tells us we can't go wrong with positive thinking. But new studies show that taking account of our obstacles is essential to success.

 

Gabriele Oettingen's psychology lab at New York University has showed that visualizing our aims as already achieved can backfire. The positive imagery can be inspiring at first but it also tricks the mind into relaxing, as if the hard work is done.

 

This means the more compelling the mental scene of success, the more likely it is that your energy will seep away.


In the study, volunteers felt de-energized after visualizing success in an essay competition. In another, participants who fantasised about their goals for the coming week felt less energetic and achieved fewer of their goals.

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Leaders: Are You Driving from the Back Seat?

Leaders: Are You Driving from the Back Seat? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Dusk was settling in fast as I drove along a winding road. Waves crashed on the rocky cliffs below. Why was I driving on the wrong side of the road?

 

Dusk was settling in fast as I drove along a winding road. Waves crashed on the rocky cliffs below. Why was I driving on the wrong side of the road? I couldn’t control my car and move into the correct lane. With my arms and legs outstretched from the back seat, I tried to grab ahold of the wheel and steer. My feet barely reached the pedals. Further on, I could see my destination, but had no confidence I would reach it in tact.

 

A lucid moment. What was I doing in the back seat? Poof. I woke up.

 

My dreams speak to me. When I wake up remembering my dream, there is something I need to learn. My subconscious has a way of reaching up through murky layers of my unconscious self, to grab my attention. The message is usually quite obvious if I don’t over-analyze and just take it at face value.


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The 9 Types of Collaborators

The 9 Types of Collaborators | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you approach your collaboration strategy with a “one-size-fits-all” mentality, your rollout is far more likely to fail. Within an organization, there exist all different types of users that each prefer to work in their own unique ways – some prefer to work in groups, others in silos, some on iPads, others on pen and paper.


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Liking Someone Affects How Your Brain Processes the Way They Move

Liking Someone Affects How Your Brain Processes the Way They Move | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Liking someone can affect the way your brain processes their actions, according to scientists.

 

Researchers said that watching someone else move usually causes a 'mirroring' effect. The mirroring effect is when parts of the brain responsible for motor skills are activated by watching someone else in action.

 

The latest findings, published in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that your feelings toward the person you're watching can actually affect the activity in the part of your brain responsible for motor actions, and can for example lead to "differential processing" like thinking the person you dislike is moving slower than they actually are.


"We address the basic question of whether social factors influence our perception of simple actions," researcher Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, an assistant professor with the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC and the Division of Occupational Science, said in a statement. "These results indicate that an abstract sense of group membership, and not only differences in physical appearance, can affect basic sensory-motor processing," she added.

 


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Demystifying social media for Leaders

Demystifying social media for Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As the marketing power of social media grows, it no longer makes sense to treat it as an experiment. Here’s how senior leaders can harness social media to shape consumer decision
making in predictable ways.

 

Executives certainly know what social media is. After all, if Facebook users constituted a country, it would be the world’s third largest, behind China and India. Executives can even claim to know what makes social media so potent: its ability to amplify word-of-mouth effects. Yet the vast majority of executives have no idea how to harness social media’s power. Companies diligently establish Twitter feeds and branded Facebook pages, but few have a deep understanding of exactly how social media interacts with consumers to expand product and brand recognition, drive sales and profitability, and engender loyalty.

 

We believe there are two interrelated reasons why social media remains an enigma wrapped in a riddle for many executives, particularly nonmarketers. The first is its seemingly nebulous nature. It’s no secret that consumers increasingly go online to discuss products and brands, seek advice, and offer guidance. Yet it’s often difficult to see where and how to influence these conversations, which take place across an ever-growing variety of platforms, among diverse and dispersed communities, and may occur either with lightning speed or over the course of months. Second, there’s no single measure of social media’s financial impact, and many companies find that it’s difficult to justify devoting significant resources—financial or human—to an activity whose precise effect remains unclear.

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6 Steps for Creating a Game Changer

6 Steps for Creating a Game Changer | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
This piece can be a game changer to many people if those who read it are willing to share their collective wisdom.

 

At one time or another all great leaders experience something so big and so impactful it literally changes the landscape – it’s what I call a “Game Changer.”


A game changer is that ah-ha moment where you see something others don’t. It’s the transformational magic that takes organizations from ordinary to exceptional. In today’s column I’ll provide you with a blue print for manufacturing ah-ha moments.


I hope this piece is a game changer for you…

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Six Ways to Refuel Your Energy Every Day

Six Ways to Refuel Your Energy Every Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you working longer hours, attending more meetings, taking shorter vacations, answering more emails and eating lunch at your desk, if you eat lunch at all?

 

Are you working longer hours, attending more meetings, taking shorter vacations, answering more emails and eating lunch at your desk, if you eat lunch at all?

 

Does demand in your life just keep getting higher, so you're struggling more and more just to keep up? Are you utterly sick of hearing the phrase "do more with less?" Does the word "unsustainable" sound about right?

 

Human beings aren't meant to operate like computers — at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time. We're designed to be rhythmic, and to intermittently renew. Here are the six strategies we've found work best:

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World Mental Health Day 2012: Got Resilience?

World Mental Health Day 2012: Got Resilience? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Resilience isn’t something we just “work up” on our own.

 

Depression and anxiety disorders often occur after the brain’s stress centers have been forced to remain at high alert for extended periods of time.

 

But why is it that some people seem to bounce back very quickly from stress while others succumb to depression, anxiety or even Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Are some people just better at pulling themselves up by their bootstraps?


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It's all summed up in the final paragraph:

"Resilience isn’t something we just “work up” on our own. It is rooted deeply in our first interactions with other human beings—and is watered and fed by the social connections we continue to make throughout our lifespan. Perhaps it’s no accident that we talk about “the milk of human kindness.” After all, just as milk forms the foundation of a baby’s physical health, a parent’s kind and responsive attention forms the foundation of the child’s mental health."

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Lessons on Leadership and Life from a Football Match

Lessons on Leadership and Life from a Football Match | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Based on a national soccer cup final that my team lost! But in losing, they inspired millions across the world. My reflections on the lessons.

 

I’m a big football fan, season ticket holder at Cardiff City, my local team in the UK.   We’re a good side, among the best in England’s second tier league.  3 weeks ago we played a national cup final, at Wembley Stadium, against Liverpool Football Club, arguably the most famous team in the world.  They’re pretty close to the top of the Premier League, which we’re battling to get into.  Their team on the day cost £450m, the most expensive player £35m.  Our full team, including seven substitutes, was pieced together for £4 million.

 

You could have made a lot of money with a winning bet on Cardiff. Every pundit agreed – if Liverpool turned up anywhere near their best, we had virtually no chance.  The game was watched live by 90,000 passionate supporters and broadcasted live across the world.  It was set to be a valediction for Liverpool.

 

They duly won, we lost.  So why did it mean so much to me that I’ve chosen to tell the blogosphere about it?

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People-Skills: The Critical Moment to Handle With Ease

People-Skills: The Critical Moment to Handle With Ease | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When someone asks you to stop doing something that bugs them, what is your response?

 

Professional relationships take time to develop and along the way they go through a few ups and downs. Those with outstanding people-skills smooth the bumpy ride by handling a critical moment with ease.


What is the one moment? The please don’t moment.


The ease and success in handling this moment comes from the courage and confidence to handle it from the heart without fear of looking weak.

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Leadership is About Balance

Leadership is About Balance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership is about finding your balance.

 

It is more than sorting through all the things that demand your attention. It is more than addressing conflicts and working out reasonable compromises. It is more than finding an efficient path through competing options and desires.

 

Leadership is about balance that encompasses the full spectrum of different perspectives.

Leadership is finding your own path which grows out of your core values and principles, is shaped by your vision, and helps you move toward your goals.

 

Leadership is recognizing your true self, and sharing yourself with the true selves around you.

It is not balancing the interests and demands that swirl around you. Leadership is finding the balance within you.

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Are You In Control Of Your Life?

Are You In Control Of Your Life? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you in control of your life by making your own choices, you will find greater happiness. You may not always get your desired outcome, but you will find opportunities to for growth

 

You can probably find many differences between these two people, but I want to focus on two key differences that are at the root of their decisions. The first man does not take control of his life. He gave control of his life to others. The second guy took complete control of his life.

 

He understood a long time ago that he could either wait for his life to happen or take control of his choices and make his life into what he wanted. He decided to take control of his life. If you are not proactive, it is very easy to sit back and wait for others to make the first move. When you make a habit of waiting for others to make decisions for you, you begin reacting to what they do and stop taking control of your life.


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Massive-scale online collaboration

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After re-purposing a computer challenge-response test so that each human-typed response helps digitise books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for the greater good.

 

His ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately – all for free.


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Should Businesses Avoid Politics?

Should Businesses Avoid Politics? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
While there ARE reasons a business might decide to comment on something as controversial as politics, there are benefits AND potential pitfalls. What they are.

 

DO POLITICS AND BUSINESS MIX?

 

All that activity is bound to tempt at least some people who normally would never mix business with politics to forget themselves and tweet about it on Twitter or comment on blogs, Facebook or other social networks.

 

THINK CAREFULLY before discussing politics AS your business!

 

Even if you only comment as yourself, if you are the business owner or someone who has an online presence as a spokesperson or representative of your company that may still affect your business.


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10 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Brain While You Work

10 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Brain While You Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In my last column, I wrote about how I lead groups of volunteers to work with the Kenyan Children Foundation in Africa, and how we all return home exhausted but with our brains refreshed and renewed. We take a break from our usual ways of thinking and open our minds to new ideas and experiences. But you don’t have to travel thousands of miles from home to recharge your brain.

 

As an entrepreneur, you probably work upward of 60 hours a week. Forbes interviewed 20 entrepreneurs about their work habits and found they worked an average of 60 to more than 100 hours per week. Most noted that weekdays were not much different from weekends, and that personal time off did not exist at all. One responded, “the concept of ‘work’ disappears–it is just what we do.”

 

As anyone who has crammed for an exam can tell you, usually the number of hours we work without interruption is inversely proportionate to how much we accomplish. So how do these entrepreneurs manage to work so many hours without suffering from brain fatigue?




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20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader

20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
From the corporate workplace to the elementary school classroom, leaders are everywhere. Even born leaders need inspiration and practical tips to help them reach their highest potential.

 

From the corporate workplace to the elementary school classroom, leaders are everywhere. Even born leaders need inspiration and practical tips to help them reach their highest potential.

Thankfully, leaders and future leaders today live in a world where advice is readily available on the Internet. In particular, leadership and management blogs can offer the inspiration needed for success. These are our 20 favorite leadership blogs because they aim to inspire, teach, advise, coach and entertain.

 

Tweak Your Biz: Entrepreneurs, corporate managers and business owners contribute to and visit this business leadership site. Contributors with varied backgrounds in sales, marketing, finance and technology offer management tips, pointers, advice, case studies and lessons learned.


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Betrayed in the Workplace? 7 Steps for Healing

Betrayed in the Workplace? 7 Steps for Healing | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A co-worker breaks a confidence. A teammate takes credit for your work. Your boss is chronically late. Another reorganization – and another round of layoffs – is impending.

 

It’s easy to see how business as usual can feel like betrayal as usual.

 

About 85 percent of workplace betrayal – a breach of trust or the perception of that breach – is unintended, however, says Dr. Dennis Reina, founder of The Reina Trust Building Institute. “These minor betrayals eat away at us, until one day we either mentally check out or physically walk out.”

 

While you can’t prevent betrayal among co-workers and colleagues, you do have a choice about how to respond and what to do when it happens.  Try the Institute’s seven-step process for working through betrayal.

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