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Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders

Top 10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

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From Daniel Watson: This excellent short video, offers ten clear differentiators between leaders and managers, and suggests that businesses require both leadership and management to be successful.

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David Schultz's curator insight, April 3, 2013 3:33 PM

I like the simplicity of this video, and I don't disagree with anything they say fundamentally.  In fact I think they are right on the mark with the exception of their use of the word "follower."  They say that Leaders produce followers, but I believe leaders produce leaders.  They may be front line employees who do not lead anyone else, but instead of following they lead out in their sphere of responsibilities.

 

So other than a little nuance in semantics this is a great video.

Socius Ars's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:07 PM

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America's Happiest Companies Make More Money

America's Happiest Companies Make More Money | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Workplace happiness may seem like a fuzzy concept when it comes to financial value. But as the Parnassus Workplace Fund has proven, dignity has - and creates - value.


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(From the article): According to a 1997 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, many business leaders dismissed Moskowitz’s earliest list of “Best Places To Work” and derided it as being “a ’beauty contest’ that didn’t matter to anyone outside of corporate personnel departments.” But Moskowitz, and soon after, Dodson, have gone on to prove that the leaders at organizations which ensure employees feel valued, supported, developed, and rewarded are the most enlightened. They inspire a greatly expanded bottom line and set an example for all to follow in this 21st century.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 22, 2013 10:50 AM

 

"At this point, the evidence suggests many of us remain suspicious of any firm that, say, allows its employees to play foosball or shoot hoops during work hours.

 

But our enduring cynicism may also have its roots in traditional beliefs about leadership effectiveness.

 

Many of us have been taught that it’s actually desirable to have some worker unhappiness. The idea is that keeping people under some constant tension actually is a more powerful driver of productivity.

 

There’s also the concern that when employees are cared for to any extent they’re likely to get soft in the middle--so sufficiently sated that motivation to work hard and produce is spoiled. "

 

Check out this article for evidence that suggests that our enduring cynicism  and thought patterns are wrong...

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11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for my last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things - things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. Below are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader:


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(From the article): The world is more complex than ever before, and yet what customers often respond to best is simplicity — in design, form, and function. Taking complex projects, challenges, and ideas and distilling them to their simplest components allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to better understand and buy into your vision. We humans all crave simplicity, and so today's leader must be focused and deliver simplicity.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 14, 2013 11:36 PM


As a business owner or business manager, whether you like it or not, you are occupying a position that requires you to effectively lead others to achieve required outcomes.


Leadership based on key principles, has been demonstrated to be an effective approach to gaining the support of followers, and then getting those followers to do what they need to do, to achieve results.


This excellent article, suggests that developing likeability is the first step on the path to becoming a better leader, and it outlines 11 important principles for business owners and managers to integrate into their leadership practices to become better leaders.

Claudia Crescenzi's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:51 AM

Concetti semplici...ma mai banali

Gilles FOURNIER's curator insight, February 16, 2013 4:58 PM

 cc'est est simple mais tellement vrai

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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy.

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan?

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(From the article): The skills and mindset for today’s strategic planning will come from continuously asking ourselves these questions about our organizations, programs, and initiatives. Once we accept Dwight D. Eisenhower’s sage advice that “Plans are useless, but planning is everything,” we will be ready to adapt to whatever curveballs the twenty-first century sees fit to throw.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:01 AM

Thinking and planning in this type of growth oriented mind-set could set public education on an entirely different course of growth and innovation.

Maya Mathias's curator insight, February 2, 2013 3:01 PM

Plan, then experiment and be fluid to changing course.  Adaptive strategy is THE way to succeed in the 21st Century economy.  Thoughts?

Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:34 PM

Lose the assumptions...  Love it!

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Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. On this day we celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.

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(From the article): 5. Great leaders call people to act in accord with their highest values. It would be easy for the civil rights movement to change tactics and resort to violence. Some did. However, like Nelson Mandela did when he became president of South Africa, Dr. King called his people to a higher standard:

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:01 AM

Lesson #8:  Great leaders paint a vivid picture of a better tomorrow.


Leaders can never, never, never grow weary of articulating their vision. They must be clear and concrete. They have to help their followers seewhat they see

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Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013

Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations.  While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with the intention of stepping up our own leadership.


Via Susan Bainbridge, ThinDifference
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(From the article): If you are up to the challenge, pause to consider these six questions to elevate your leadership in 2013. Great Questions!

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Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:56 AM

Great simple 6 questions which may change a lot in the way you lead and act at work.

Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:56 AM

Great 6 questions, quite simple, that can change your management style.

ratzelster's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:33 PM

Where do you stand on your New Year's resolutions to do a more effective job of leading?  Check out this January 1st kind of article and see if you need to put more punch into your summer re-tooling plans!

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How to hear what you don't want to hear

How to hear what you don't want to hear | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Recently, I received some less than stellar information about a research project that I am involved in. I felt frustrated - unhappily contemplating what might happen next. My mind seem to be racing into negative oblivion, and I had to intervene quickly to stop the process.


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(From the article): Interestingly, our brains may be wired to selectively pay more attention to negative information. As a result, over-reaction and panic can often occur. However, utilizing "bad" news wisely - can become a clear contributor to future success and survival. Predictably, most of us need a plan, to wade through the emotional "muck" and reach the safe shore on the other side.

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F. Thunus's curator insight, December 23, 2012 1:02 PM

Mostly common sense, but so true !

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5 Ways Executives Can Participate in Social Business

5 Ways Executives Can Participate in  Social Business | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the most important criteria of a social business is executive level participation. 5 ways executives can participate in a social business.

 

I recently wrote a blog post about the 5 characteristics of a social business, and I’ve previously provided my slide deck on the topic from speaking gigs on the topic. One of the most important criteria of a social business is executive level participation. Simply stated when the C suite gets it, the organization is well positioned to become a social business.

 

The “C suite” is typically the phrase that represents the highest ranking executives starting with the Chief Executive Officer or CEO. Executive titles vary from business to business. So, if “C” titles don’t apply in your organization, don’t sweat it. Just apply these ideas to the top managers running your company.


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Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders

Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the businesses of the future? Plenty of companies are worried that the pool might not be big enough to pick from in the future, so check out this infographic by NowSourcing to see if you’ve got the right stuff to succeed.

 


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Best Ideas? They Can Come From Anyone – IF You’re Willing to Listen

Best Ideas? They Can Come From Anyone – IF You’re Willing to Listen | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“Don’t credit me with that success. That idea came from a janitor at the NFL Films production facility.

 

That statement was from Steve Sabol, the late co-founder (with his father, Ed) of NFL Films. NFL Films was started by accident by his father from his love for home movies. Steve recently passed away from cancer, but his thoughts were captured in a documentary on how they built their organization

 

Have you ever seen the segment where all the fumbles and hits are compiled into a popular show of its own?

 

As a matter of fact, it has become a brand itself within the company franchise.

 

And, that idea came from possibly the lowest person on the org chart.


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Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark?

Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Why do some leaders make little difference to organizations and countries while others turn out to be indispensable?

 

Consider the 44 men who have been president. How many would you say have left an indelible mark?

 

Historians may know what James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson did, but most Americans only remember the guy who came between them: Abraham Lincoln.

 

So how did Lincoln become Lincoln and Andrew Johnson become, well, Andrew Johnson? At the Harvard Business School, organizational psychology professor Gautam Mukunda says it comes down to a handful of key decisions.


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The Trust Maturity Model

The Trust Maturity Model | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The Trust Maturity Model from www.giveleaderhip.com...

 

What is the level of trust in your team?

 

Chaos? Learning? Optimizing? Or, Innovating?


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AlGonzalezinfo thank you for all the follows - love your curated work as well. Still learning how to use all the features
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@Metta Solutions, you are welcome, I really like your curated work as well. One suggestion would be to link your twitter account to scoop.it, this way you will be mentioned automatically on twitter when we rescoop your posts.
Geoff Roberts's curator insight, January 18, 12:43 PM

Nice descriptive framework, but it needs a 'how to get there' as well...

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Four Lessons From the Best Bosses

Four Lessons From the Best Bosses | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

"Having a great boss shouldn't be such an unusual experience."

 

My first boss at Bell Labs had a habit of yelling. While he was an equal-opportunity yeller, when he shouted at me in my first department meeting, I got up, told him when he wanted to talk, not yell, I'd be in my office and walked out. I was 20 years old, just out of undergrad, and sitting among a group of aghast Ph.D.'s . Perhaps this was not the best initial career move. But about 30 minutes later, he walked into my office and apologized. He never yelled at me again (though he did keep yelling at the rest of the team), and became one of three manager-mentors that shaped my career at Bell Labs and AT&T — and taught me to manage others and myself. I'll share one story from each boss and the lesson I learned from each.

 

That first boss, the reformed yeller, provided multiple opportunities for visibility up to the president of Bell Labs, coaching me all the way. He went out on a limb to make me the first person promoted to Member of Technical Staff (MTS) without a Ph.D. or M.S., and under the age of 25.


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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership.

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(From the article): The solution is to stop looking at social media as another platform you have to learn—yet another responsibility—and start seeing it for what it can be instead: a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, March 22, 2013 9:34 AM

Simple answer is "yes" but this article highlights some great ideas to use.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:18 AM

The article has some great ideas to implement as leaders on social media.

Robin Martin's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:25 AM

Keeping up with what's going on around them should definitely be a plus for any leader...convincing them to do this may be easier said than done!  

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[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action

[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
We put together an infographic that describes some leadership qualities that can be developed and put in your own skills filing cabinet.

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Ali Godding's curator insight, February 21, 2013 11:14 AM

There it is... the challenge of management on one page.  Being all of these things is a tall order.  Many are up for it, few really live it.... great infographic! 

Larry Davies's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:52 PM

Love me some infographics.

Lauran Star's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:00 PM

Leadership qualities.

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Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential

Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

We create our own barriers to active listening, and our performance suffers accordingly.


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(From the article): The failure to truly listen is a big barrier to high performance and performance improvement for most leaders and their teams. It takes deliberate effort to focus, get in the moment and strive to understand before moving to judgment. Starting today, use every encounter as an opportunity to strengthen your focus and understanding. Get this right and you’ll transform your own effectiveness and the effectiveness of those looking to you for leadership.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:52 PM

Karen's insights say it well.

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Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:30 PM

Are you just hearing others or truly listening to others?

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The Importance of Leadership in Business Development

The Importance of Leadership in Business Development | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When it comes to achieving business success, most people think it is mostly because of the strategy that the business comes up with. The strategy is one part of the whole range of reasons but not the reason for success. There are a lot of things that amount the success of an organization, and leadership without a doubt is the main reason for this success. 


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(From the article): A leader without vision is nothing. When it comes to business development they need to have a vision, a strategy and a plan. Without a plan the business development team, no matter how good it is can never achieve what they set out to achieve in the long run. The leader is there to make sure that everything is going on track and the business development targets are being met along with growth of the employees.

 

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, January 28, 2013 5:09 AM


Business owners who do not see the strong link between their leadership and the income producing activities of their business, are more likely than not, to be bettered by their competitors in the markets in which they compete.


Understanding why it is important to both show and demonstrate good leadership, especially in the face of increasing competition that your sales team confront every day, is the first step on the road to becoming a better leader in the area of business development.


This excellent article, explains the importance of leadership to successful business development, and it outlines six areas to focus on to become a better business leader.

Stephen Giglio's curator insight, January 30, 2013 8:39 AM

A good reminder that leadership, while there are other goals for sure, is most effective when it results in more sales.

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Leadership Pride – Where Is It Placed?

Leadership Pride – Where Is It Placed? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Pride is a funny thing. We want pride to be evident in what we do. We want our pride to show in where we work and gather as a community. We want to be proud of the places we engage and participate in. Pride is a good thing.

In leadership, it gets trickier.
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(From the article): Although confidence is required in leadership, being overly proud of our abilities leads to downfalls and pitfalls. It is a misplaced pride that gets leaders off track.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:13 AM

Pride can be powerful... for the good or bad. Getting it right is an important practice leaders need to embrace, gaining trust and productivity.

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Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance

Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Since people tend to avoid confrontation, especially with authority figures, passive resistance is more common in organizations than most of us realize.

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(From the article): Since people tend to avoid confrontation, especially with authority figures, passive resistance is more common in organizations than most of us realize. And sometimes it’s actually a good thing — it causes managers to avoid impulsive actions, think through implications of change, get people on board, and deal with emotional issues. Most of the time, however, passive resistance undermines a leader’s ability to get things done quickly and effectively. In fact it often puts leaders in the untenable position of confidently charging ahead — only to later discover that the team was not fully on-board.

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F. Thunus's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:43 PM

Basically pleading for the introduction of art of hosting methods :-)

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5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013

5 Steps to Sharpen Your Leadership Style in 2013 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Many types of leaders and styles of leadership exist.

 

Becoming intentional about your leadership style can make a big difference in your influence. Two of the most important questions today regarding leadership style may be: Who has God called me to lead? and How can I develop the most effective leadership style to do what God is calling me to do?

 


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(Great thought): Lead with your strengths. Knowing what your strengths are and how to best use them may be your greatest leadership asset. More than likely, you will lead with more effectiveness, influence, and success when you are leading with your strengths.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, December 23, 2012 10:16 AM

Great steps to take. Read the complete article to gain these insights:

 

5 steps to sharpen your leadership style.    

 

Be Strengths-Smart

Be Clear About Where You’re Going

Be a Risk-Taker

Be Honoring to Your Followers Be Aware of Your “Unique"

 

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The 7 Habits of Purposeful Managers

The 7 Habits of Purposeful Managers | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leading and managing in VUCA times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation.

 

Leading and managing in VUCA times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation. Without a foundation of productive habits we become easily distracted and although we may find ourselves busy we fail to make any meaningful progress.

 

Research by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal described in the Harvard Business Review article “Beware the Busy Manager” found that:

 

“Our findings on managerial behavior should frighten you: Fully 90 percent of managers squander their time in all sort of ineffective activities. In other words, a mere 10 percent of managers spend their time in a committed, purposeful, and reflective manner.”


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Nigel Cameron: Time for Leaders to ‘Get’ Twitter

Nigel Cameron: Time for Leaders to ‘Get’ Twitter | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Is Twitter one of the most important phenomena for the future of learning and business?


Nigel Cameron thinks so. Strategic adviser and futurist, he is Chairman of FutureofBiz, LLC (Chicago, Washington DC, and London) and President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET, Washington DC).


He consults, speaks and blogs about the emerging future and its vast impacts on business, and is writing a book intended to aid greater understanding of how to prepare ourselves and our organizations for tomorrow.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://community.paper.li/2012/09/17/nigel-cameron-time-for-leaders-to-get-twitter/

 


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Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate

Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Chronic problems with delegation can cripple your team's productivity and create a major impediment to your own career success..

 

You've gotten feedback from your manager as well as word of rumblings within your team: You're seen as a micromanager who tends to get into the weeds — and stay there. You produce great results but senior management sees you as an operational manager and questions your ability to let go and operate at a strategic level. Wait a minute, you think. Who are they trying to kid?

 

Delegation sounds great on paper, but you're responsible for some major projects, and management expects flawless execution. How can they have it both ways?

 

Managers prone to micromanagement fall prey to several misconceptions about delegating to staff. The first is the assumption that delegation has an on and off switch. That is, that they either delegate totally to all direct reports in all situations or not at all. They fail to assess each subordinate's ability to operate independently and don't put in place the "eyehooks" of implementation — the check-ins, milestones, and metrics — that promote predictable execution.

 

And they forget that there are times when they need to get directly involved to get a major initiative back on course.


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5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity

5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

More emotional intelligence, is what our world strongly need. This excellent post say all what you need to know about this subject. [note Martin Gysler]

 

Employees today are much more aware of whether or not they are a good fit in their workplace culture and they want their leaders to be more mindful of their needs. In general, employees have become more sensitive about how to best co-exist in a workplace environment that allows them to be who they naturally are.

 

Employees are tired of playing games and just want to be themselves. As such, they are managing their careers and looking to advance by searching for jobs that truly fuel their passion, fulfill their desires, and ignite their real talent. For most, today’s economic landscape has made the career management journey extra challenging. And beyond career advancement opportunities, people want their supervisors and leaders to be more in touch with who they are as people (not just as their colleagues) to assure that their career track is in proper alignment with and supports their personal and professional goals.

 

Read more: http://onforb.es/S5CSgI


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5 Rules For Making Your Vision Stick

5 Rules For Making Your Vision Stick | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

If your business is on the path to success, it most likely is being managed in accordance with the strong vision of the founder, or a vision collectively agreed to by the management team.

 

The extent to which a business that actually has a vision for the future, will manage to achieve the articulated vision, depends on many factors ,not the least being communicating the vision in a way that sticks in the mind of all required to work towards its achievement.

 

This excellent article, discusses a study that identified the best ways to communicate the vision of the business to stakeholders, and suggests five qualities which need to be displayed in communicating the vision.

 


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Stefano Principato's curator insight, April 25, 6:37 AM

Making a vision easily understood is critical. Drop the buzzwords and corporate speak. Use terms that are easily understood, unambiguous, and as simple as possible.