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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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3 Big Lessons These Startups Learned From Their Mentors

3 Big Lessons These Startups Learned From Their Mentors | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The top honorees from our 2016 Startups to Watch list share what they've learned so far from working with their advisors.
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Here’s a look at the biggest lessons the startups—The Town Kitchen, Bitsbox, and Leesa Sleep—learned from working with their mentors.
 
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5 Morning Rituals That Will Double Your Energy Levels

5 Morning Rituals That Will Double Your Energy Levels | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether you're at the starting line preparing to compete for the gold in the 100 meters or you're trying to be at your most productive state--how you start often predicts the outcome.

If you stumble at the start of the 100 meters--it's nearly impossible to catch up. If you get off to a lethargic start to your day--you're going to be reacting to the day instead of being proactive.

Successful people understand that the day starts as soon as their alarm clock rings.

 

Via The Learning Factor, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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If you desire to become a more productive, healthier, and happier individual, adopt these five powerful morning habits. Practice them before starting your workday to, in turn, help you win the day.
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 14, 6:46 PM

Use these simple habits to not only win your day, but to also change your life.

Allan Whitworth's curator insight, March 15, 3:18 AM
what's good for the worker is good for the customer
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5 Morning Rituals That Will Double Your Energy Levels
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The Forgotten Skill That Will Make You a Better Leader  

The Forgotten Skill That Will Make You a Better Leader   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s easy to tell a good leader from a bad one—but how do you tell a good leader from a great leader? That secret lies in their forgotten skill. Many

 
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Understand leadership is not about you. It’s about others. The leader may hold power and authority, but those things come with obligations. Leadership is ultimately an act of service. It’s impossible to treat it otherwise and achieve greatness. With great power comes great responsibility—not only to yourself but also to those you lead. As a leader, you must always be willing to show accountability and to respect and serve others. The true source of power is not titles or bank accounts but service and responsibility.
 
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You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed 

You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Napoleon Hill once said “There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
People who are constantly striving to achieve something meaningful in life crave clarity. It’s the only way to reach deeper into yourself to find out what makes you come alive. We all start from somewhere confusing, because you probably like to do a lot of things. But once you define your purpose, you will become unstoppable.
Successful people have a definite sense of direction. They have a clear understanding of what success means to them. Everything they do is consistent with their goals. They look forward and decide where they want to be. Their day to day actions help them move closer to their vision.
Once you find your why, you will be more careful and selective about your daily actions.

Via David Hain
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Think about it: When you feel unclear about a goal, you have difficulty achieving it. And if you don’t know why you should do something, you lack committed to taking action.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 6:30 AM

Why finding your why is where you should be aiming...

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Reminds me of the following three questions: Where am I going, Where am I now, How do I close the gap?
 
Arron Saini's comment, March 16, 7:16 AM
Once your goal is clear then everything you do in life will help you work towards that goal. If your goal is unclear your decisions could take you away from you goal and you will not even realize it. http://www.dadabhagwan.org/path-to-happiness/humanity/help-others-the-purpose-of-life/
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3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead

3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A leader's ability to build relationships with their employees is fast becoming a critical key to their success. Learn about 3 strategies to help with this.
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The unfortunate truth is that we’re living in an increasingly divisive world – whether it’s because of our political viewpoints, because of our religious beliefs, or even because of where we or our parents came from. And yet, the undeniable truth is that the longevity of today’s organizations is no longer dependent on what technologies you use, where you operate, or even what you create. Rather, your organization’s ability to adapt, evolve, and grow in today’s interconnected, global environment is dependent on the people who show up every day to help your organization move one step closer to achieving your shared purpose.
 
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The most effective way I have found to build relationships with my employees it to praise in the presence of everyone and to criticize in private. Not only does the employee appreciate the fact that you didn't ashame them in public but they feel great when they are praised in front of their peers. http://www.dadabhagwan.org/path-to-happiness/relationship/learn-conflict-management-in-life/abuse-of-power/
Nicky Ren's curator insight, March 10, 11:31 AM

The unfortunate truth is that we’re living in an increasingly divisive world – whether it’s because of our political viewpoints, because of our religious beliefs, or even because of where we or our parents came from. And yet, the undeniable truth is that the longevity of today’s organizations is no longer dependent on what technologies you use, where you operate, or even what you create. Rather, your organization’s ability to adapt, evolve, and grow in today’s interconnected, global environment is dependent on the people who show up every day to help your organization move one step closer to achieving your shared purpose.

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38 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes...Ever

38 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes...Ever | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
According to Dr. Travis Bradberry...

Via Daniel Tremblay, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best.
 
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Motivating People Starts with Having the Right Attitude

Motivating People Starts with Having the Right Attitude | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Most leaders know what strong motivation looks like. When I ask leadership development clients to describe the type of motivation they’d like to see in their teams, they mention qualities such as persistence, being a self-starter, having a sense of accountability for and commitment to achieving results, and being willing to go the extra mile on projects or to help other team members. But many leaders have little idea of how to boost or sustain that level of motivation.


Via Roger Francis, Aki Puustinen
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It is entirely possible for leaders to learn to motivate even those employees they’ve given up on.
 
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Attitude is everything

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4 Ways Intuition Can Help You Make Better Decisions  

4 Ways Intuition Can Help You Make Better Decisions   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Intuition requires you to do the legwork. You can’t sit in an armchair and expect to be enlightened by some mystical wave of understanding.
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The key in developing intuition so you can make better decisions is to constantly explore and discover why you are experiencing feelings of doubt. You need to make better decisions so you can avoid unfavorable outcomes, but intuition must be followed by action. Otherwise, it remains nothing more than curiosity.
 
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Are your employees seen but not heard?

Are your employees seen but not heard? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

People no longer just rely on trade unions or staff forums as a channel through which to express their views and concerns about their working conditions. With the rise of conduits like Glassdoor, Twitter and other social media, employee voice is becoming more public and is being captured in real time.

But it’s often not being heard in the workplace so it’s important for employers to consider how aligned their internal/external mechanisms are, and make sure the voices of all of their employees are heard, because not doing so risks alienating people.


Via Roger Francis
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Hearing different voices may not be an easy task, but can help to unlock people’s potential and drive innovation, while balancing the power between the organization and its employees.
 
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What You Need to Stand Out in a Noisy World

What You Need to Stand Out in a Noisy World | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are three foundational elements, and you need at least two.
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There are plenty of useful ways to make a name for yourself in your field. But at a foundational level, you need to be viewed as credible, you need to share your ideas publicly so others can see your expertise for themselves, and you need to have a network that’s eager to spread the word. With those three elements in place, even amid oversaturation and information overload, you’ve done everything possible to ensure your voice is heard and your talents are recognized.
 
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10 Horrible Leadership Habits You Need to Get Rid Of

10 Horrible Leadership Habits You Need to Get Rid Of | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here's one: Get rid of your inability to actively listen.
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You want to disengage employees as fast as a joy ride on the Autobahn? Treat them as if they are plain worker bees with dead-end career paths. Great leaders will invest in top employees long term, with learning, development, and mentoring opportunities.
 
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Meditation: The Search for Inner Peace 

Meditation: The Search for Inner Peace  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What does the word meditation mean to you? Here’s a completely different approach—one that can be of tremendous value to every one of us.

 
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Meditation can have many practical benefits and holds out the hope of a variety of positive outcomes. Part of this undoubtedly involves looking within ourselves, challenging the way we think and creating new and better mental attitudes.
 
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Employees Naturally Trust Leaders That Display These 3 Powerful Habits

Employees Naturally Trust Leaders That Display These 3 Powerful Habits | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Who wouldn't want to work for a boss like this?
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What's your experience with what makes truly loyal employees who will give their best for a leader? What would you add to this list as hallmarks of leaders that employees naturally trust?
 
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5 Ways to be a Leader Who Turns Heads

5 Ways to be a Leader Who Turns Heads | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s an ego boost to sit in the power chair and see heads turn in your direction. You enjoy it. You come to expect it.

The beginning of the leadership journey is about getting heads turning in your direction. As time passes, you see that leadership is about turning heads toward each other.


Via David Hain
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Pour into your leadership if you expect amazing results from your leadership.
 
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The beginning of the leadership journey is about getting heads turning in your direction. As time passes, you see that leadership is about turning heads toward each other.
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Growing a Small Company

Growing a Small Company | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed how often the counter-intuitive strategy, or the contrarian view yields the best return? If you’ve not thought about this, maybe today’s post will help. One example is our attempt to grow a small company. Clearly, most leaders are trying to grow a large company – the bigger the better. But what would happen if you could grow a small one?
 
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I am personally excited about the new book from bestselling author Mark Miller. LEADERS MADE HERE provides an insightful look on how leaders can build a leadership culture in their organizations. I am sharing the following article (with permission) from Mark that provides a great sample of his work. I highly recommend LEADERS MADE HERE.
 
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How Much Time Do You Spend Communicating?

How Much Time Do You Spend Communicating? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s fair to say that 80% to 90% of the average leader’s week is spent communicating. Yet, how much time is spent on planning communications for effectiveness?

Via Bobby Dillard
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Email is not the best way to communicate. Face-to-face, in person, “live”—whatever you want to call it, this is best when communication is about a tough issue or is a tough message. And, remember, there’s no winging it—every communication, even those that are in person, needs to be strategic, prepared for and planned.
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Five Signs Your Company Values You -- And Five Signs They Don't

Five Signs Your Company Values You  --  And Five Signs They Don't | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are five signs your company values you — and five signs they don't.

Via David Hain, Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Your company doesn't value you if they tell you they do but when you ask for something — a stapler or a half-day off work — it's viewed as a major inconvenience.
 
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David Hain's curator insight, March 13, 5:37 AM

How valued do you feel? Maybe you should ask yourself these questions...?

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How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? Backed by Science. 

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? Backed by Science.  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How long does it really take to form a new habit? Read this article to learn the science behind habit formation and how to use it best.

Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard, Jose Luis Yañez
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At the end of the day, how long it takes to form a particular habit doesn't really matter that much. Whether it takes 50 days or 500 days, you have to put in the work either way. The only way to get to Day 500 is to start with Day 1. So forget about the number and focus on doing the work.
 
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How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? Backed by Science.
 
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Thought Leadership: How to Become Known to People Who Matter  

Thought Leadership: How to Become Known to People Who Matter   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Social Media Marketing Podcast 239. In this episode Mark Schaefer explores the concept of becoming known.
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Do you want to be recognized as an expert in your field? Wondering how to make a name for yourself? To explore how to become known, here's a great interview with Mark Schaefer.
 
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Bob Tiede | Innovative leaders ask powerful “what if?” questions

Bob Tiede | Innovative leaders ask powerful “what if?” questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Asking questions is an essential component of leadership. Voltaire said that we should “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” and Albert
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Imagine the impact you could have, if you started to ask those all-important questions. 
 
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How to Recover From Job Loss: Dealing With the Practicalities of Moving On

How to Recover From Job Loss: Dealing With the Practicalities of Moving On | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whether you've been laid off or fired, a job loss can be devastating. Your career, finances and self-esteem can all be hit hard and, in an instant, doubt and uncertainty wipe out any satisfaction and security.

But, while losing your job may be out of your control, the way that you react to it is not. With the determination to bounce back and a focus on the positive aspects of your situation, you can turn adversity into opportunity. This article will show you how.


Via Roger Francis
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Losing your job can be a crushing experience. However devastated you feel, though, it's essential to react calmly and professionally, and to avoid doing anything that might tarnish your reputation or integrity.
 
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How To Tackle The Goal Setting Problem Nobody Talks About 

How To Tackle The Goal Setting Problem Nobody Talks About  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are myriad goal-setting books on the market and an equal number of goal-setting systems, each with its own fans. Much of this ignores the plain truth – most people, when you ask them, don’t know what they want. Goals, beyond a daily to-do list, are a hazy concept for most.

Via Ariana Amorim, Kevin Watson
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We have somehow confused adulthood with having less physical pleasure in our working day but it’s totally OK to devise a life that pleasures your senses (in case you were wondering). If nothing else is working why not stop thinking and come to your senses?
 
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22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader

22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Want to be a laudable leader? Study these characteristics -- and the wise words of leaders who strive to embody them.
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What makes a great leader? 

 “It’s true that imitation is one of the greatest forms of flattery, but not when it comes to leadership—and every great leader in my life, from Mike Tomlin to Olympic ski coach Scott Rawles, led from a place of authenticity. Learn from others, read autobiographies of your favorite leaders, pick up skills along the way... but never lose your authentic voice, opinions and, ultimately, how you make decisions.” —Jeremy Bloom
 
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Goodwill isn't just an asset, it's also a strategy 

Goodwill isn't just an asset, it's also a strategy  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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Approaching others with goodwill engenders empathy; you cut them slack, do your best to walk in their shoes, and view things from their perspective.
 
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Servant-leadership and the goodwill it engenders are hard work.
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7 Important Life Lessons You’ll Learn the Hard Way but Need Now

7 Important Life Lessons You’ll Learn the Hard Way but Need Now | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Life lessons are among the most important things that you’ll learn after completing your academic career.
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Most people end up learning important life lessons the hard way, so they allow everyone else to do the same. But that ends here because there’s really no point in you suffering through the same process everyone else did.
 
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