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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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New Leaders: To Make Your Mark, Do Nothing

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New Leaders: To Make Your Mark, Do Nothing - In the video below, my Kotter International colleague Bill Taylor and I discuss what it really takes for new leaders to have a positive impact on their organizations.

 

"...it’s a tendency to immediately show the troops and show the board and show Wall Street that you have taken over and you are in charge and you are decisive. And often that “making the mark” can backfire on them, because there are obviously a lot of good things already in place, even though this change at the top has happened. But it certainly is a double-edged sword."


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Unleashing Intrinsic Motivation Through Servant Leadership

More than any other type of leader, servant leaders create an environment where others are able to experience the sense of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

 

It will take time for the extrinsic-oriented, command-and-control mindset of twentieth century management to give way to the intrinsically-focused servant leader mindset. Fortunately, over time leaders exemplifying these ideals plant the seeds of servant leadership amongst those they serve.

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Are You Learning as Fast as the World Is Changing?

Are You Learning as Fast as the World Is Changing? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Tom Kelly, general manager of IDEO, the world-renowned design firm, likes to quote French novelist Marcel Proust, who famously said, "The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes." What goes for novelists...

 

Today, the challenge for leaders at every level is no longer just to out-hustle, out-muscle, and out-maneuver the competition. It is to out-think the competition in ways big and small, ===> to develop a unique point of view about the future and help your organization get there before anyone else does. <===

 

Which is why a defining challenge of leadership is whether you can answer a question that is as simple as it is powerful: Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?


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Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership

Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders' primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. These nuances are the softer side of leadership, beyond the technical skills that you have already mastered.

 

Leadership is the "eighth wonder of the world." It is better seen and felt than defined and said. It’s easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize.

 

The world’s most impactful leaders in all arenas, from business to government, understand the paradox that although leadership starts with the leader, it’s never about the leader. This wisdom should be emulated and applied by everyone who aspires to leadership.

 

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What I Learned About To-Do Lists from My Eight-Year-Old Son

What I Learned About To-Do Lists from My Eight-Year-Old Son | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
In this guest post, Barry Hill shares a to-list written by his eight-year-old son and what it taught about the difference between being and doing

 

Like many people, I am much more comfortable asking the question what is there “to-do” and a lot less focused on what/who I am called “to-be.”

 

So, in order to be more intentional with developing habits that remind me that I am not simply a collection of my accomplishments and my to-do’s, I have started thinking about not only my to-do list but my to-be list.

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Transcript: Why charismatic leaders are sometimes ineffective ones

Transcript: Why charismatic leaders are sometimes ineffective ones | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Cambridge management professor Martin Kilduff tells Karl Moore that leaders who are put on a pedestal are rarely approached and are not asked for advice...

 

Our hypothesis, or our supposition, is that that they are regarded with some awe, are put on a pedestal, they are not approached and are not asked for advice. So, in some ways, their effectiveness is diluted because, though they may be making visionary pronouncements and regarded with great admiration, it is a rather distant relationship in terms of the work group.


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Changing Your Mind to Change Your Leadership

Changing Your Mind to Change Your Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

It's a funny thing when we are willing and open to change how we think about things; life (and leadership) can change for the better. 

 

The trick is knowing when you are stuck in your thinking and noticing what changes you need to make.

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8 Leadership Skills Essential for Success in the Future

8 Leadership Skills Essential for Success in the Future | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Driven by technology, our interconnection and inter-dependence as individuals, as companies, and as countries are expanding exponentially. These 8 leadership skills are important now, but will be ESSENTIAL for success in the future.

 

These changes require some new sets of leadership skills. I believe these skills will soon be required of leaders in all types of organizations. 

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The Most Important Lesson in Life

The Most Important Lesson in Life | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Some people have it all. And yet, even though they have so much promise and so much to offer, this fairy tale doesn’t always have a happy ending.

 

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that people who care about the needs of others and give of themselves go much further in life. “Are you kidding?” may be what you’re thinking. “That’s the most important lesson?”

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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.

 

In short, purpose and related goals are the glue that holds a team together. Purpose without concrete goals is just a dream. Goals without purpose are aimless activity. But although they are critical, purpose and goals are not enough. A team also needs clarity.

 

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On Leadership, Vulnerability, and Freedom

On Leadership, Vulnerability, and Freedom | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

I spent most of my life thinking about all my imperfections and being wrong. And so do a lot of leaders.


Most of us travel through life in a some kind of insulated bubble where we become deaf, dumb, and blind to our behaviors; consequently, we probably do not think that there is anything wrong with focusing on our imperfections and being wrong.
This is not only a problem with me and a few others. It is a cultural issue that has impacted our lives, communities, organizations, and families.


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A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought

A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

“I deserve.”

 

Leadership is demanding. It takes a personal toll and if we are not careful, we can begin to make it about us. It’s not a difficult position to rationalize.

 

“I deserve” thinking threatens our ability to lead. It diminishes our influence because it takes us out of the community; out of the narrative. We no longer lead for the cause but only as a means to serve ourselves. Side effects include distrust, cynicism, the wrong kind competition and isolated thinking. Good leadership creates connections and avoids points of disconnect.

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15 Ways to Be Nice at Work

15 Ways to Be Nice at Work | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

If we don’t shine the light on this important value, then it will soon move from “old-fashioned” to “obsolete”. That’s not acceptable. We must have civility in our communities, our schools and, yes, our workplaces in order to thrive. It’s what makes us human.

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John Wooden: Coaching for people, not points

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. 

 

In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

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Coach Calipari: A Winner and a Servant Leader

Coach Calipari: A Winner and a Servant Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
The world is in a desperate need of a different leadership role model. Everyone has seen the effects of self-serving leaders in every aspect of our society. What we need today are leaders who are s...

 

As Reid Cherner recently said in USA Today, “John Calipari persuaded teenagers to put others first, play unselfishly, and believe the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Every parent of a teen has to be in slack-jawed awe of that.” 

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Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership

Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The key success factor becomes the ability to persuade someone over whom you have no power to collaborate with you in pursuit of a common mission.

 

Leadership development is not dead, but it does need reformulating. The scale is different, for one thing; the new world needs many more leadership-capable people than did the old world. And the teaching of trust needs to be defined.


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Leadership and Self-Awareness

Leadership and Self-Awareness | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leader Beware – ignorant bliss, no matter how enjoyable, is still ignorant. If you’re in a position of leadership and don’t feel you have any blind spots, you’re either very naïve or very arrogant.

 

All leaders have blind spots – the question is what are they doing about them?

 

The reality is most leaders invest so much time assessing the cultural and functional dynamics of their organizations they often forget the importance of critically assessing themselves – big mistake.

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Avoid the Most Common Leadership Mistakes: 4 Tips

Avoid the Most Common Leadership Mistakes: 4 Tips | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Most leadership mistakes start with the leader's own sense of identity -- or lack thereof. How to keep your flaws from sabotaging your leadership.

 

Even a good leader like you makes mistakes. But a good leader learns from each one, so we rarely make the same mistake twice.

 

Or do we?

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Leadership Productivity Through Improved Energy

Leadership Productivity Through Improved Energy | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The article is about the importance of keeping your body healthy so you have a good balance in your business and personal life. (My article for @toddbnielsen Start your exercise today!

 

After a busy day, even when I am tired, I go to the gym and exercise. After my workout, my energy level soars. I a filled with positive energy and my head is clear! With this energy I can spend quality time with my family, rather than going directly home and giving the negative energy of a busy day to my wife.


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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. I hope you noticed the previous sentence didn't refer to being a great talker - big difference.

 

Effective communication is an essential component of professional success whether it is at the interpersonal, intergroup, intragroup, organizational, or external level. While developing an understanding of great communication skills is easier than one might think, being able to appropriately draw upon said skills when the chips are down is not always as easy as one might hope for.

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The Sponge Principle: Soak Or Squeeze

The Sponge Principle: Soak Or Squeeze | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
I believe that each of us is equipped with the capacity to learn, to grow, and to absorb things from life and others that will let us do both of those things.

 

But even if we surround ourselves with people that we can learn from, we miss our chance to learn if we hold onto our own perspective too tightly.

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Your Leadership Identity: Do You Respond Like a Leader?

Your Leadership Identity: Do You Respond Like a Leader? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Your responses in any given interaction broadcast your leadership potential.

 

We have hundreds of interactions and situations we encounter in a day. They’re virtual and live; written and spoken. They take place via email, social media, phone calls, or in meetings and presentations. Your responses in any given interaction broadcast your leadership potential.

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The Mistake Bank: Carol Dweck interviewed.

The Mistake Bank: Carol Dweck interviewed. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Learning from faux pas, miscalculations and decisions gone wrong:

The person giving the feedback needs to focus on...how they engaged in the process, maybe as a team, what strategies they tried, how they gauge when and whether those strategies were being successful, whether they were sensitive enough to change strategies when they were starting to get the negative feedback. How they went forward, how they corrected themselves. And why, in the end, it might not have worked and what they might do differently next time.


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great find! Thanks!
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A Leader Must Be….

A Leader Must Be…. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
1. Ready to take the fall. 2. Willing to have to sacrifice. 3. Always informed enough to make the tough decisions. 4. Constantly learning. 5. In touch with reality. 6. Able to plan for the future while leading in the present and honoring the past.

 

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NedLaCelle's comment, April 27, 2012 2:07 PM
Great points of leadership. I might add, "Serving others according to their needs and gifts, with an eye to push them in their strengths to excel".
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When the Problem Isn’t the Problem

When the Problem Isn’t the Problem | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Big problems are the result of neglecting small ones. “How often have we learned the harsh lesson that, like unharvested fruit, untended problems turn rotten?” Jim Moorhead, The Instant Survivor

 

Ask yourself and others, “If things continue as they are, where do we end up?” Moorhead called this, “Illuminating trajectory.” Take action by shining the light on direction. If nothing changes where will you be next month?


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