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Can Coach Meyer Help You Become a Stronger Serving Leader?

Can Coach Meyer Help You Become a Stronger Serving Leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
So what can serving leaders learn from Coach Meyer? Coach Meyer teaches us the importance of taking everyone’s game to the next level. Here's how to start!
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(From the article): As a serving leader it is critical to have trust with all your stakeholders, even when it’s uncomfortable.   I had a chance to talk with several coaches who knew Coach Meyer and they each shared a time where they needed something and Coach Meyer had delivered.  His reputation for building strong leaders was a quality we can all emulate. 

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What Leaders Should Really Say Every Single Day

What Leaders Should Really Say Every Single Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Change your words and change your world. Your words can be your greatest gifts or your most destructive weapons.

 

Whether you’re running a large company or leading a small team, the Freibergs have discovered seven (7) things the most successful leaders frequently say to communicate more effectively and draw out the best in their employees.


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Employees are much more willing to go the extra mile if they know their efforts will be appreciated. As a team, come up with meaningful ways to celebrate your victories and offer inspirational recognition and rewards to those who have earned them.

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Artful Leadership

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The most skillful of leaders have learned to fill their canvas with A.R.T. – Autonomy, Reality, and Transparency. 

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(From the article) : Artistic leaders strive to paint a passionate picture, one that touches the heart and soul in another human-being in a way they may never have experienced before. Leadership is no longer about holding on to power, but giving it away. As we build todays’ effective and innovative organizations we must learn to ask others to collaborate and co-create as we fill our canvas. As we enter into this new information age and build organizations with four generations in the workplace, honoring the diverse and artistic talents of every member on the team could not be more relevant. Co-creating and collaborating on a canvas with our team members in a way that grows the artistic talents of all, makes for the perfect environment to create organizational masterpieces and works of art.  

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Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
And four ways to improve it.
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(From the article): Regardless of what you intend to mean, think about how your words are going to impact others and whether that’s how you want to them to feel. Craig was notorious for saying things that made others bristle, but he began to consider the impact of his words. Before every meeting, he spent a few minutes asking himself: What is the impression I want to make? How do I want people to feel about me at the end? How do I need to frame my message to reach that objective?

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Why Complaining is Good Business

Why Complaining is Good Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Complaining alerts the world that the problem is a problem.”

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(From the article): We need more people, perspectives, and ideas to solve most problems. Even the biggest complainers in our lives are asking for help, sounding the alarm or unearthing root problems that are not being addressed.

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7 Apps to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Build New Habits

7 Apps to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Build New Habits | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Hopefully, by now you have written goals for this next year. If not, my new course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, can guide you through the process. 

 

But as much as I believe in having a set of written goals, it is not enough. You have to take actionand then systematically measure your progress. Fortunately, there are numerous apps designed for just this purpose.

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This is a nice list of apps that you can use for goal tracking into 2015!

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Servant Leadership: Putting Your Team First, and Yourself Second

Servant Leadership: Putting Your Team First, and Yourself Second | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a servant leader can boost engagement, increase trust and build better team relationships. Includes 10 key characteristics of servant leadership.

Via Richard Andrews, Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): You are a servant leader when you focus on the needs of others before you consider your own. It's a longer-term approach to leadership, rather than a technique that you can adopt in specific situations. Therefore, you can use it with other leadership styles such as Transformational Leadership.

 

You can become a servant leader by working on these 10 characteristics:

 

Listening.Empathy.Healing.Awareness.Persuasion.Conceptualization.Foresight.Stewardship.Commitment to the growth of people.Building community.

 

Servant leaders are likely to have more engaged employees and enjoy better relationships with team members and other stakeholders than leaders who don't put the interests of others before their own. 

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Art Jones's curator insight, December 30, 2014 11:32 AM

Being brand and marketing strategist positions us to help brands build and lead communities of raving fans, thus leadership development is part of the job.


This article talks about the importance of knowing who you serve and why you serve them which is analogous to knowing your ideal prospect but ultimately more important because it positions the brand in role of servant.


The author provides 10 key characteristics of the servant leader within this article to cultivate and nurture as part of your brands leadership style. Enjoy! 

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10 signs your boss doesn't like you!

10 signs your boss doesn't like you! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Bernard Marr gives you 10 key signs to look out for to answer if you're being overly sensitive or whether you're actually disliked.
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(From the article): Remember, we’re all human, and personality differences happen. But if your boss is letting his or her own dislike or prejudices against you interfere with your work and the work of your team, you should take action.

 

Have you ever had to deal with a boss who didn’t like you? How did you handle the situation?

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The 5 Stages of Becoming a Successful Thought Leader

The 5 Stages of Becoming a Successful Thought Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The idea of becoming a thought leader is a nebulous and confusing concept to grasp. Every leader’s approach is different, and there’s no secret formula to success.

 

Becoming a thought leader doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time — not to mention a willingness to share the “secrets” of your success — and the right mindset to master. But once you understand that it’snot about your ego or selling people on your company, you can start to unlock its true value.


Via Maite Finch, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Armed with a well-defined strategy, your thought leadership articles will begin to open doors to professional opportunities you never thought possible. One article builds on the next, and with strategic deployment in mind, the combined force will impact nearly every aspect of your company. It’s a basic concept in theory, but the credibility and opportunities that’ll arise make it one of the most powerful business tools you have.

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Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What will make your life quest meaningful? Will peace be present? Will you have the courage to be authentic?
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(From the article): What will bring the best within me? The courage to embrace joy as a way to live, lead, and work. The courage to make the tough choices and take the necessary actions to stay true to self. The courage to hold myself accountable to the best person and leader I can be. The courage to smile in the embrace of others while embracing my own dreams.

 

We cannot afford to become cowards in our own life. I cannot.

 

Joy will be the knock on my soul, letting me know when my choices and actions are working right. In joy, there is peace.

Courage will keep me honest and give me backbone strength. In courage, there is authenticity.

 

What will bring you joy and courage in the year ahead? What practices will you engage to keep both?


 

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PerformanceOutsidetheBox's curator insight, January 4, 11:19 AM

Thank you Jon for your great article! It is so true when you wrote : "The reality of our life is in our choices and actions" and  "In courage, there is authenticity". I definitively keep courage and joy by being real and authentic. I wrote about it and focused on the business life : http://performanceoutsidethebox.com/seeking-authenticity/?lang=en
Please share with us your opinion. Thank you and happy new year!

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Building a Culture: You Need to Harness the Value of Core Values

Building a Culture: You Need to Harness the Value of Core Values | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Core values are traits or qualities that represent deeply held beliefs. They reflect what is important to us, and what motivates us.

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Try this simple exercise to give you some insight into your organizational values.

 

If your organization were a group of musicians, what group would you be? What would your music be like, your lyrics? What kind of experience would your fans have? How would the band members interact?

 

And now, what group would you like to be?

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How CEOs crank up their culture of excellence?

How CEOs crank up their culture of excellence? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Who is taking the initiative to shape your company culture? Is it you the leader? Or are you delegating it to Human Resources or middle management?

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(From the article): Many leaders are focusing as they should on performance expectations. But, that’s only half of the equation to creating a great culture! The companies I mentioned earlier got the performance and the culture right! The leaders of these companies model the way and cultivate a healthy culture that creates sustainable business results with employees and customers alike. No one is left out.


Many leaders and managers complain that their people are not performing to their fullest potential. Leaders must remember that a brand culture does not begin on the outside. It does not begin with the customer and vendors. It begins with your employees.

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My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com

My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When I started writing my book on leadership, The Virgin Way, I openly admitted that I’ve never read a leadership advice book. However, I have picked up some useful leadership tips from some brilliant minds along the way. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes on how to be a great leader. 

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A nice list of leadership quotes.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 24, 2014 9:17 PM

Grace Hopper and Lao Tzu on the same list is inspiring.

 

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Let's Make Leadership Real Again!

The Leadership Model is Broken. 

 

What has happened to leadership? With all the crises and challenges we face, and the increasingly risk-averse environment in which we operate, leadership has become generic, ephemeral, and bland.

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(From the article): If you want to be authentic and live a leadership style that’s consistent, you first must embrace the notion that you’re always the same you. At work. At home. At rest. With friends. It’s always the same you. When you try to be something you’re not in any of those realms, you cross the line into inauthentic. You need to strive for the strength of internal consistency that comes from accepting you’re the same person no matter your circumstance.

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Urban Meyer committed to family, Ohio State

Urban Meyer committed to family, Ohio State | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's new commitment to balancing work and family life
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The article is a couple years old...but still a good read for anyone who aspires to be a leader. And I am a big OSU fan!

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Better Leadership in 2015 (And Beyond): 9 Essentials

Better Leadership in 2015 (And Beyond): 9 Essentials | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Our challenges are also opportunities to practice better leadership provided we understand what it takes to succeed as a leader in 2015 (and beyond).

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(From the article) Work is a tool to develop people who, in turn, do great work.Traditional view of leadership is that leaders get work done through people. Which is true, however, I also believe that available body of work is an opportunity to develop people. You can use people as ‘resources’ OR you can use work as a ‘resource’ to develop people.
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Five Personal Reflection Questions to Evaluate Your Year and Start the New Year Right

Five Personal Reflection Questions to Evaluate Your Year and Start the New Year Right | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I’m a reflective person. This time of year — when we start to see all the “best of” reflections online and in the news, I like to do my own personal reflection. How was the year? What can we learn from it? How can I do better next year? 

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Excellent questions to ask at this time of year.  Take a couple hours over the next week or so — get alone — and reflect.

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Differentiate Yourself: Focus on Your Strengths

Differentiate Yourself: Focus on Your Strengths | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.” —Elbert Hubbard 

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(From the article): The most effective tool you have for differentiating yourself is a focus on your strengths. These strengths are your assets. Does your strength lie in your ability to be a visionary? Do find satisfaction in being able to ask the right questions and solve problems? Does your strength consistently lie in planning or in rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done? Your strengths differentiate you by influencing your effectiveness at being a leader, solving problems, and working with your team. Use your strengths to overcome your fears and keep moving yourself forward. Focus on building your strengths rather than overcoming your weaknesses; it is your strengths that will set you apart from the crowd.

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10 Ways to Pursue Excellence Without Negativity

10 Ways to Pursue Excellence Without Negativity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The difference between leading and losing is the courage to pursue excellence without getting sucked into negativity.

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The pursuit of excellence energizes everyone who shares your values and believes in your mission.

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Leadership Finds a Rhythm to Keep Going

Leadership Finds a Rhythm to Keep Going | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It is true that leaders deal with hard situations. There are times when the leaders we choose become tired, discouraged, frustrated. There are times when the challenges seem to overwhelm us, when we must give up. There are times when our challenges seem to overwhelm the people we trust to lead us.

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There is a rhythm to leadership, to life, each of us must learn to follow. As we inhale and exhale, as we we work and rest, we find the rhythm that sustains us.

 

What rhythms sustain your leadership?

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The Science of Dealing With People You Hate

The Science of Dealing With People You Hate | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Try these science-backed ways to deal with 7 types of difficult people — all while keeping your cool
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(From the article): The Social Media Bragger: It doesn’t matter how many times you yawn or audibly sigh — some people will never get the message that you’re tired of hearing how great their jobs, spouses, or vacation plans are. Of course, there’s no shortage of shameless bragging on social media, either (witness the #luckygirl or #humblebrag hashtags). To ease your frustrations, think about the bragger’s underlying motivations — chances are, that person is insecure, needs validation, or has low self-esteem. If all else fails, remember that you’re probably not the only one feeling chafed by your friend’s self-congratulatory attitude; save up your annoyance for some group venting later.

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Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Roger Francis
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(From the article): For many CEOs, the pressure means that they can often disconnect from family and friends. In the limited time that they do try to devote to life outside work, they are often not fully present, and are more focused on using the time to recharge for next week in the office.

 

Crucially, leaders must take responsibility for own work/life balance and their own happiness, so that in the final analysis, they have no regrets. The cautionary tale here is that of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and by any standards one of America’s successful entrepreneurs. However, on his death bed , he admitted that he was never there as a father, husband and friend. He had the wealthiest pockets, but the poorest soul. Walton’s final words? “I blew it.”

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Francisco Marin's curator insight, January 1, 12:17 PM

Very interesting article. It suggests a lot of questions to be answered by any leader about: priorities, motivation, dreams, change, micromanagement, values, passion, competences, team, challenges, corporate culture, and work/life balance.

Xerox Services University's curator insight, January 5, 2:15 PM

I like the idea of avoiding the "Crazy Eight"

Lauran Star's curator insight, January 12, 3:38 PM

Love this

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How to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

How to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box” | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Read this article to learn how to be more productive by using the same strategy that US President Dwight Eisenhower used to master his life and work.
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(From the article): The Eisenhower Method isn’t a perfect strategy, but I have found it to be a useful decision-making tool for increasing my productivity and eliminating the behaviors that take up mental energy, waste time, and rarely move me toward my goals. I hope you’ll find it useful too.

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6 Tips To Overcome The Winter Blues

6 Tips To Overcome The Winter Blues | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Winter is upon us, which means depression is on the rise. Here are 6 tips to overcome the winter blues!
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(From the article): Try something you haven’t tried, or do something you haven’t done in awhile and you may be delightfully surprised that this winter will pass by in a blink of an eye because you are having so much fun.

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
“All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership.  Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post...
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(From the article): Culture that magnifies upward communication. These leaders believed that the best and most innovative ideas bubbled up from underneath. They strived to create a culture that uncorked good ideas from the first level of the organization. They were often described as projecting optimism, being full of energy and always receptive to new ideas. Grimness was replaced with kidding and laughter.
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