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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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Leaders hold the key to a more ethical business culture

Leaders hold the key to a more ethical business culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Business leaders who want to root out unethical practices need to start at the very top of their organization, experts say. People find it easier to rationalize their unethical behavior when leaders have failed to communicate values and consequences.

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When Talent Defeats

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Super stars aren’t the answer they’re the problem.

 

Isn’t it thrilling when high performers join your organization? Finally, someone can bring home the bacon like no one else. Wrong!

 

Super stars who think they save the day may be selfish hogs. Organizations don’t need swine they need strong teams that deliver results together. Individual contributors – super stars – might work for the short-term but eventually they cripple organizations and destroy morale.

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The Best Leaders Know Self Esteem is Scarce

The Best Leaders Know Self Esteem is Scarce | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Economics teaches us that if something is scarce, it is more valuable. And while self-esteem might be scarce in your workplace, it doesn’t have to be.

 

A key concept in economics is scarcity.  In economic terms, it is when people have unlimited wants but resources are limited.  If you look up scarcity in the dictionary, you will find a similar idea:

 

1.  insufficiency or shortness of supply; dearth.


2.  rarity; infrequency.

 

(Source: Dictionary.com)


In practice, when things are scarce, several things happen.  Scarcity creates value – when there is less of something, it becomes more valuable – economically and emotionally. 

 

And because of this fact, when things are scarce, we treat them more carefully and intentionally. While scarcity will always create these conditions, when the item has significant inherent value to start with, the importance of scarcity grows even further.

 

Why the economics lesson?

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Most Powerful Word Used to Influence Others

Most Powerful Word Used to Influence Others | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What you have to say is not powerful.  The power comes from positioning your ideas and offers in the CONTEXT of what’s important to the listener.

 

The most powerful word you can use to influence others is the word CONTEXT.  Context is not the word you should be using, but rather the strategy on how to influence others.

 

What you have to say is not powerful.  The power comes from positioning your ideas and offers in the CONTEXT of what’s important to the listener.  This may sound like a minor point to you, but it is the GREATEST DISTINCTION of what separates the most influential people from others.

 

Here’s an example.  Scott Nadell, Director of Sales for Mextrx LLC, a third party biller in New York specializing in workers compensation and no fault receivables, called me up after reading Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way.  He asked me how could he do a better job of opening his client’s minds to listen to what he has to say.  He described his clients as being closed minded and downright rude to him.

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Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate - Stephen R Covey

Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate - Stephen R Covey | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When you are in a conversation, do you listen with your own autobiographical filter? Or do you listen to actually understand the speaker?

 

When I say empathic listening, I mean listening with intent to understand. I mean seeking first to understand, to really understand. It's an entirely different paradigm. Empathic (from empathy) listening gets inside another person's frame of reference. You look out through it, you see the world the way they see the world, you understand their paradigm, you understand how they feel.


Empathy is not sympathy. Sympathy is a form of agreement, a form of judgment. And it is sometimes the more appropriate emotion and response. But people often feed on sympathy. It makes them dependent. The essence of empathic listening is not that you agree with someone; it's that you fully, deeply, understand that person, emotionally as well as intellectually.


Empathic listening involves much more than registering, reflecting, or even understanding the words that are said.

 

by Stephen R. Covey 

http://j.mp/OElhWz
 


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Damn that Hurts…

Damn that Hurts… | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The trouble with pain is ignoring it. Toothaches begin as dull twinges. Tumors are coughs. Before long, fillings are root canals and tumors are death.

 

The trouble with pain is ignoring it. Toothaches begin as dull twinges. Tumors are coughs. Before long, fillings are root canals and tumors are death.

 

Pain is a slow sunrise, quiet. But, noon always comes. Listen to pain in the morning; don’t wait for noon.

 

Courage:


Life without pain is death.


Leaders courageously listen for pains voice. Delay invites damage. Toothaches and tumors never magically go away. Pain is not the enemy. Invite it in for a chat. “Damn that hurts.”

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Management Tip ~ 5 Simple Steps To Command Your Day

Management Tip ~  5 Simple Steps To Command Your Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“Don’t allow the fear of making the wrong decision prevent your decision. No decision is the wrong decision”. ~Shaun Mahoney

 

The longer you live the more life changing decisions you will make along the way. Every decision we make shapes our reality. Our decisions shape our present and our future. Who we are as a person is a direct reflection of the decisions we make. This is especially true when you are running our own business. For many the problem is knowing they have reached the point when a final decision needs to be made.  For others the challenge is actually making a decision. Taking command of your day involves making decisions before your day even starts. Commanding your day establishes what’s important and necessary for you and your business. If you don’t control your day, things can quickly go a rye and your day will control you.

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20 Ways to Find Your Calling

20 Ways to Find Your Calling | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not sure what to be when you grow up (whenever that is)? Fret no more. We can figure this out together. Let's get started. 1. Ignore the future, deal with the present.  The question, “What should I be when I grow up?

 

The question, “What should I be when I grow up?” is wrong. Ask instead, “What is next today?”

 

People become fat one bite at a time, and we become adults one hour at a time, so what we do today matters.

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Lack of exercise kills roughly as many as smoking, study says

Lack of exercise kills roughly as many as smoking, study says | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

People across the world are falling so far short on exercise that the problem has become a global pandemic, causing nearly a tenth of deaths worldwide and killing roughly as many people as smoking, researchers warned this week as an alarming series of studies was published in the Lancet.

 

Eight out of 10 youngsters age 13 to 15 don't get enough exercise, according to one of the Lancet studies released Tuesday, and nearly a third of adults fall short. The problem is even worse for girls and women, who are less active than boys and men, researchers found.

 

The results are fatal. Lack of exercise is tied to worldwide killers such as heart disease, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. If just a quarter of inactive adults got enough exercise, more than 1.3 million deaths could be prevented worldwide annually, researchers said. Half an hour of brisk walking five times a week would do the trick.

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5 Character Traits that Make You Happy

5 Character Traits that Make You Happy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When we look in the mirror, it’s often our character (or lack thereof) that speaks the loudest.

 

Character is not the only characteristic of happiness. There are also particular ways of thinking, attitudes, fundamental beliefs and specific actions that can either detract from or add to the level of happiness we experience at any given time. But character is still one essential component to living life at its happiest.

 

Why Character Matters


Who we are makes a difference. The way we treat others matters. The decency or indecency that fills our hearts and minds matters. Our values as expressions of what we believe and how we live our lives really does make a difference to our happiness. The traits we’ve developed over time is of no little consequence to how we feel about who we are.

 

When we look in the mirror, it’s often our character (or lack thereof) that speaks the loudest.

But not all character traits are created equal, at least not insofar as happiness is concerned.

 

Following, then, are those traits I’m convinced will have the greatest impact on your happiness....


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How competent are you as a leader?

How competent are you as a leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The author John Gardner once said, “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy.

 

The author John Gardner once said, “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”


We all admire people who display high competence, whether they are precision craftsmen, world-class athletes, or successful business leaders. And most of us want to be seen as competent at our work. For leaders, competence is especially important. It can determine whether followers respect and follow you — or don’t. Here are some specific ways to cultivate the quality of competence:


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Leadership Through the Ages | Visual.ly

Leadership Through the Ages | Visual.ly | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An infographic designed to assist in leadership development courses by helping participants to increase their awareness of leaders and leadership theories through the ages, and the correlation between these and the developing world.
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Leadership Lessons Learned from Nature

Leadership Lessons Learned from Nature | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
  A few years ago I had the distinct privilege of being one of the few who actually watched a hummingbird weave her nest out of lichen and spider webs,...

 

A few years ago I had the distinct privilege of being one of the few who actually watched a hummingbird weave her nest out of lichen and spider webs, nurture the eggs, feed the very tiny babies, and teach them to fly.


It was an extraordinary experience captured from the window of my office. I spent more time observing this wonderful spectacle than I should have, captivated at the tiny, fierce mother and the babies as they went out on their own.


In my mind’s eye, I won’t forget what I saw. It was fascinating and humbling to watch the persistence of this tiny bird. I remember some of the lessons the mother hummer imparted that are relevant to leading others:

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5 Reasons Why Servant Leadership Works

5 Reasons Why Servant Leadership Works | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

To be a servant leader requires that you let go of self-importance.

 

I have worked in my field for twenty eight years. I have served as a leader and have served under a number of leaders during that time. Some have been good while some have not.

 

Good, healthy leadership is out there but you have to look for it. I have learned just as much from the mistakes of those around me, as well as my own, as I have from the successes.

 

I have also had the privilege of working for some incredible servant leaders as well. One in particular I served with for almost ten years and to this day he is one of my closest friends.

 

He showed me what a servant leader looks like and has had a profound impact on my life. So I can tell you from experience that these five principles work.


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The 8 Laws of Being of Service | Copyblogger

The 8 Laws of Being of Service | Copyblogger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I’ve got an ego big enough you could weekend there.  The views are gorgeous and there’s some pretty good fishing up there too.

 

So I sometimes wonder if I’m in this coaching/writing thing for the wrong reasons.  Do I do this just to fuel my ego and because I want to feel good about myself?

 

I know that when I’m working with someone and it all goes great, I feel fantastic. I’ve received cards and gifts from clients who’ve thanked me profusely, and I feel on top of the world as a result.

 

I’ve been really keen to walk on the right side of the line on this one, and having thought long and hard about where that line is, here’s what I’ve learned about business, helping others, and being of service.

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The Value of Working for a Bad Boss

The Value of Working for a Bad Boss | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I’ve had more than twenty bosses in my career. I worked well with nearly all of them. But surprisingly, I learned the most from the worst ones. Here are a few of the lessons.

 

I’ve had more than twenty bosses in my career. I worked well with nearly all of them. But surprisingly, I learned the most from the worst ones.


The truth is that most of my supervisors were average. Sadly, I really can’t remember much about them.

 

One was exceptional and became a role model. He took responsibility when things went badly. He gave others credit when things went well. He exuded integrity and became a close friend.

 

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Leadership: A short primer on doing the right thing in business

Leadership: A short primer on doing the right thing in business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A mensch is an individual who is decent and honorable in all of his undertakings—he or she is the same person privately and publicly.

 

A mensch is an individual who is decent and honorable in all of his undertakings—he or she is the same person privately and publicly. This is a person of high integrity, someone that you would feel totally comfortable doing business with.

 

A mensch’s word is as good as his signature. One of the hallmarks of a mensch is empathy and compassion, a genuine caring for his fellow man. A mensch will always look for an opportunity to do good in life, to be of help to the community. When you are in the presence of a mensch, you feel good about you—you sense a total absence of artifice, you know that you are in the presence of a genuine human being, one who will not deceive you, undermine you or try to diminish you in any way.


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Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You?

Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

So, you want to change your life and be happier? Maybe happiness means unlocking your greater potential, enhancing your quality of life, or realizing your lifelong dreams. 

By now you may have absorbed countless personal development books, videos, or blogs. Sometimes you find something that resonates but the excitement constantly fades. Too often, you feel like you're back right where you started.

Lost.


Have you ever considered that your own mind is sabotaging your path to happiness? While your mind may not be the sole culprit, it is a clever foe. Your brain can mislead and make you miserable...and you won't even know it.

But all is not lost. You can learn how to recognize your mind's deception and develop the right mindset. Check out this list of seemingly harmless thoughts to see if your mind is tricking you out of your happiness.
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Being a Great Leader Means You Go First - Forbes

Being a Great Leader Means You Go First - Forbes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A leader will help your organization steer through tough times; a good leader will have a plan in place already to react quickly to change; a great leader will have course corrected long ago so that you will never know what dangers were in your path.

What few understand is that being a great leader means having to stand completely alone with your beliefs.


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The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Nothing incredible is accomplished alone.

 

You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.

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3 Interview Questions That Reveal Everything

3 Interview Questions That Reveal Everything | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Employee fit is crucial. Here's a simple way to know if a job candidate is right for your business.

Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working.

To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here's a simple but incredibly effective interview technique I learned from John Younger, the CEO of Accolo, a cloud recruiting solutions provider. (If you think you've conducted a lot of interviews, think again: Younger has interviewed thousands of people.)


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How Prepared Are You?

How Prepared Are You? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Thoughts on the importance of preparation to presentations and more.

 

Today’s quotation is in part about presentations, which I give many of and have the chance to give feedback and coaching on many others.  Whether you give presentations or not, or whether you take Mr. Webster’s words literally or not, the point he makes is important and worth applying far beyond presentations.

 

“I would as soon appear before an audience half clothed as half prepared.”


- Daniel Webster, Senator, lawyer, and U.S. Secretary of State

 

Questions to Ponder


How important is preparation to me?

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How to create a learning culture

How to create a learning culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Does your organization have a culture of perfection, or a culture of learning?

 

What do you do when your young leaders completely mess up? Are you tempted to pull them back “until they are ready”?

 

When we watch people fail, it hurts. Believe me. I could feel the entire congregation begin breathing again when I got off that stage.

 

Yet, for some of us, the only way to get good at something is to do it enough times that you have failed in every way possible. Once you’ve learned what not to do, you learn what to do. How do you help the young people in your organization develop the skills to lead when they keep making mistakes? Better yet, how do you keep your congregation engaged while your young leaders are falling on their faces?

 

Here are some things that might help:


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Joe Boutte's comment, July 19, 2012 10:02 AM
Thanks Kim. Excellent thoughts and guidance on creating a learning environment.
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Thanks Joe! I appreciate your input!
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It Takes Empathy

It Takes Empathy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"In a world where we’re taught the importance of monitoring and measuring sentiment with the new tools before us, we miss the essential ingredient to meaningful relationships…empathy.

 

If you look at the picture above, you might see a sunset. Some of you will see a sunrise. Much like the famous philosophical discourse between skeptics and optimists, a glass can only be either half empty or half full. I believe nonetheless that the above picture is that of a sunrise. I’m an optimist. I also believe that a glass is reflective of its current state. Either you just poured into or poured out of it. Otherwise, it’s a glass with water sitting at the half-way mark.


This theoretical circle of dissension is constant and without the ability to achieve closure or satisfaction. It all comes down to perspective. That’s why in a time where we’re actively pushed out of our comfort zones, perspective is a powerful enabler.


For those struggling with where to steer the ship of transformation, this is for you.


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Great statement 

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10 Proven Practices for More Productive Leadership

10 Proven Practices for More Productive Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The best way to produce consistent outcomes is to employ proven patterns and practices that make them repeatable. In this guest post, J.D. Meier outlines 10 of them.

 

Leadership is a verb, and productive leadership is an art. The art part is when you use your experience and judgment to apply proven practices to the situation you are in to produce effective results.

 

While you can always wing it, or luck into success, you can use patterns and practices to find the shortcuts and make your success more repeatable.

 

As a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft I’ve lead distributed teams around the world for more than ten years. I like to think of the Program Manager role as a technical Entrepreneur with an interesting blend of customer, business, and technical perspective.

 

As a Program Manager, my job is to take on big challenges, build a team of smart people, and drive projects from cradle to grave. That includes everything from creating the Vision and Scope to leading the project through the initiating, planning, controlling, and closing phases.

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