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Habits of Successful People: Start Before You Feel Ready

Habits of Successful People: Start Before You Feel Ready | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
This article reveals the habits of successful people, like billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, and how you can use these habits in your life.
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(From the article):  If you want to summarize the habits of successful people into one phrase, it’s this: successful people start before they feel ready.

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Is leadership ready for the social age?

Is leadership ready for the social age? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The social age is a revolution; one that affects all parts of the business model. The way an organization creates, delivers and captures value. The way a business talks with employees, customers, communities, even regulators and government. And certainly the way leaders lead and behave.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Kevin Watson
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(From the article) So we face a big challenge. But it certainly is not Facebook, Twitter or the latest social media platform. The biggest challenge the world has seen since the Industrial Age is not social media. It is transparency.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 28, 4:44 AM

The biggest challenge the world has seen since the Industrial Age isn't the internet or social media. It is transparency.


David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 5:20 AM

"The business world needs: Less jargon, more sincerity, less propaganda, more value, less process, more humanity." ` @PeterAceto

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Why good leaders make you feel safe

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust.

Via Richard Andrews
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Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. 

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12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Jay Z didn't become worth $520 million by only wanting it five out of seven days of the week. Read the top 12 weekend habits of highly successful people.
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It's almost the weekend.....here are some interesting and helpful suggestions of what you can do this weekend that will help you in the week ahead!

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9 Ways You Can Keep Your Employees Happy And Engaged

9 Ways You Can Keep Your Employees Happy And Engaged | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Helping your employees prosper—keeping them informed and showing them appreciation and respect—is worth your time.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Happy employees are engaged employees. They know that who they are and understand that what they do matters to the organization.

 

Helping your employees prosper—keeping them informed and showing them appreciation and respect—is worth your time.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 24, 8:58 AM

More soul and sense from @LollyDaskal.  The secret sauce is in the soul!

Claude Emond's curator insight, October 25, 9:57 AM

Happiness and Engagement go hand in hand! Happy people are engaged people. Engaged people usually have a clear purpose, and a clear purpose gives sense to your work and make you happy ! You can't lead unhappy, unengaged people !

Claude Emond's comment, October 25, 9:58 AM
Happiness and Engagement go hand in hand! Happy people are engaged people. Engaged people usually have a clear purpose, and a clear purpose gives sense to your work and make you happy ! You can't lead unhappy, unengaged people !
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Do I Have What it Takes to be a Transformational Leader?

Do I Have What it Takes to be a Transformational Leader? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Are you willing to make the leadership commitment? Do you have what it takes? 


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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(From the article): Becoming a Transformational Leader can be hard work. Why? Because it involves dealing with people. Sure. You are still accountable for results, but as a leader you need to get them in an entirely different way than you did as an individual contributor. Being an effective leader means that you need to spend a significant time helping your Team members by being a good coach, motivator and strategic planner. 

Are you willing to make the leadership commitment? Do you have what it takes? 

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TEMPERATURE: A Minute With John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell talks about the importance of temperature at work - and what you as a leader can do about it.

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Your culture at work will determine your temperature. If you want your temperature to go up, you need to increase your values at work. 

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Why Are Businesses Ignoring Their Future – The Millennials?

Why Are Businesses Ignoring Their Future – The Millennials? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Millennials seem to be misunderstood and a feared generation for most businesses yet they will become 75% of the workforce in the next 10 years.

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If millennials have this much to offer, why aren’t they working for some of the biggest companies? Why aren’t more millennials leading companies?

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Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
And follow the four C’s of effective communication.
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(From the article): Just because someone contacts you by email or text does not mean you have to respond by that channel. Email and text lend themselves to misinterpretation and misunderstanding. They are often likelier to prolong or inflame a debate than to resolve it. As I’ve written before, sometimes it’s much more effective and efficient just to pick up the phone or meet up in person. Email is great for transmitting factual information — a spreadsheet of a business model, for example, or a summary of a prior discussion. But when there are issues to resolve, talking usually works better.


As the pressure grows to respond quickly, the value of pausing and thinking is growing too. We all should work toward developing better, saner norms of communication amid the explosion of channels available to us. But that will take time and thought to get right. In the interim, we just need to stop being so damned trigger-happy with that send button.

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6 Bad Things That Happen When Leaders Avoid Conflict

6 Bad Things That Happen When Leaders Avoid Conflict | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
A leader's unwillingness to address issues for fear of causing conflict can bring a business to its knees.
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(From the article): Indeed, it is a leader's job to address issues as they arise. If we choose to avoid conflict at any price, the price may be far greater than we are willing to pay. The impact of conflict avoidance can ripple throughout the organization and cripple the future growth and success of the business. So, embrace conflict resolution. After all, conflict can be very healthy, too. It is often how we get the best answers to the toughest questions.

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Team Toward "Yes You Can"

5 Ways to Encourage Your Team Toward "Yes You Can" | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
28 eyes looked at me skeptically. They were convinced the task I had outlined for their strategy session was beyond their reach. "Just too hard," they explained. "I'm not that creative," said anoth...
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(From the article): Teams need encouragement to take little risks that feel big.

 

Little risks lead to brave steps which lead to bold work which lead to breakthrough results.

 

Encourage them. Please.

 

The world needs more brave doers.

 



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Stop People from Wasting Your Time

Stop People from Wasting Your Time | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Regain control of your schedule.
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Will you face blow-back by toughening up and putting clear boundaries around your time? 

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Three Steps for Building a New Habit

Three Steps for Building a New Habit | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
When you decide to make a change, you've taken an important step. Now you need to follow through on your commitment.
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You can accelerate the rewiring process by using the third step,REFLECTION, to learn from your experience. Instead of simply repeating the behavior, you think about what happened. The lessons your take away will refine your skill. Each time you repeat the new behavior, you answer a series of five questions:

What happened?Why did it happen that way?What were the consequences?What would you do differently in the future?What are your next steps?

Completion of these three steps - Focus, Action and Reflection - is what we refer to as a “rep,” or repetition of the desired behavior. Learning what to do, then practicing the behavior in real life, followed by learning from the experience.

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7 Traits That Make A Leader

7 Traits That Make A Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Successful leadership, like happiness, is one of those things that everyone claims to have the "secret" to. There are more than 27,000 leadership books on Amazon, thousands of seminars on leadership skills held in conference rooms across the country, and countless articles in business magazines and websites pruning leadership lessons from CEOs and corporate movers and shakers.

But leadership isn't just about sitting at the top of the corporate ladder and running the show -- it's a way of engaging with your social network, community, colleagues and employees to share a vision and unite people in pursuit of a common goal. Good leadership brings out the best individual qualities of everyone participating.

So what does it actually mean to be a good leader? There are many different ways of leading, but great leaders have a few important habits that anyone can cultivate in themselves.

Here are seven habits of natural-born leaders.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): There are three types of people in this world, according to organizational psychologist Adam Grant: Givers (those who prioritize helping others), takers (those who help themselves) and matchers (those who seek equal benefit for self and other). After investigating years' worth of psychological studies as well as conducting his own research, Grant concluded that givers are the most successful.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 6:25 AM

You've seen many lists like this, but It's one of the good ones!

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The 1 Spot in Your Office You Need to Avoid at All Costs

The 1 Spot in Your Office You Need to Avoid at All Costs | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to get things done? Avoid this spot if you can
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(From the article): While productivity experts say that it is important to take breaksduring the day, unscheduled interruptions can derail your momentum. “Since printing devices are widely dispersed across offices, long trips to the device are a given. And social conversations have become the norm,” Sandler says.

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3 Ways You’re Killing Employee Motivation — and How to Stop

3 Ways You’re Killing Employee Motivation — and How to Stop | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Employers are always looking for ways to boost employee engagement and get the best out of their people. But even as they do, many are inadvertently causing their workers to disengage. Could you be one of them?

 

Are you guilty of any of these common motivation killers?

 


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): For years it’s been standard for employers to keep salaries, sales numbers and other key statistics a secret shared only by board members, senior leaders and anyone government regulators required them to inform. 

 

The problem with this is that secrets erode trust — the foundation of great teams and teamwork. When employees don’t feel trusted and don’t have every reason to trust their employers, they’re less engaged and less motivated to do their best.

 

What to do instead: Recognize that transparency builds trust, trust supports teams, and great teams — not great individuals — build successful organizations. Make transparency your default.

Many new organizations are starting to do this. For example, Buffer, a company I respect a lot, publishes every employee’s salary from the CEO down and includes details about its pay structure and the rationale for the way it’s set it up. Buffer is also completely open about its revenue, paying customers and other metrics.

When employees aren’t engaged at work, they don’t give their employers their best. If you want your employees’ best, you need to make sure you’re not inadvertently killing their motivation to give it to you.

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REDEMPTION: An important part of leadership!

Is there someone in your life that you need to redeem or maybe a relationship you need to salvage?

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(From the article): Redemption is the act or process of redeeming, which means to purchase something back. Redemption is also a picture of something that was lost that is found; something that may have been previously wasted that is now valued. We all need redemption from others at different times in our lives. We may need forgiveness or maybe we just need a second chance.

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7 Performance Characteristics of a Great Team Member

7 Performance Characteristics of a Great Team Member | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

I previously wrote 7 Traits of a Great Team Member. But, how does a great team member perform on a team? 

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(From the article): It also bears mentioning that it is difficult to be a great team member without a great team environment and a great team leader. I get that. Granted. I have, however, worked with some great team members who served on a dysfunctional team. And, I’ve seen one great team member help transform an unhealthy team.

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Leadership: How many times should you try ?

Leadership: How many times should you try ? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
How many times should you try ?
Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Kevin Watson
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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.” - Thomas Edison

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Quote Of The Day: Your Smile Is Your Logo

Quote Of The Day: Your Smile Is Your Logo | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Your smile is your logo. Your personality is your business card. How you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.
~ Jay Danzie.


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4 Keys To Successful Crisis Management In Today's Wired World

4 Keys To Successful Crisis Management In Today's Wired World | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Discover 4 measures leaders should implement to ensure successful crisis management in today's 24/7, wired world.
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(From the article): This last measure is one that so many leaders tend to overlook in large part due to our relief at finally having a problem resolved that we just want to move on to other matters. However, as our principal demonstrated, to regain the confidence and trust of those under your care, you need to be open about the lessons learned, about your understanding of the difficulties a crisis or failure in your organization has on those you serve – both inside and outside your organization.

 

It’s also important that you provide a clear roadmap for what you are putting in place going forward to reassure everyone that the problem has not only been fixed, but that your organization now has the insights and experience to be more responsive in addressing similar issues in the future.

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Three Necessary Conditions for Changing Someone’s Mind

Three Necessary Conditions for Changing Someone’s Mind | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

To engage in a mind-changing conversation with someone, first assess their levels of Willingness, Desire, and Courage.


Via David Hain
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(From the article): Mind-changing conversations are like a hero’s journey.  You are taking someone on an adventure of self-exploration where he may need to battle mental habits. The battle takes courage. You need to create a sense of safety before going into the conversation, and then maintain safety throughout the conversation even when you challenge his assumptions and fears. 


There will be times when he will refuse to accept the challenge; you can’t make people feel courageous. If, however, he trusts your intention is linked to his desire, you should be able to help him move forward when the demons arise. Helping someone muster the courage to say, “Yes!” when he feels awkward, afraid, or unhappy is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

 
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Bonne lecture et réflexion, à bientôt..Hervé Odet, Cabinet Baud

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Five Leadership Insights I Wish I Knew 25 Years Ago

Five Leadership Insights I Wish I Knew 25 Years Ago | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Looking back over a long tenure in ministry,  Charles Stone reflects on the leadership lessons learned through experience.

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(From the article): Groups actually “catch” the emotional state of their leaders. I used to feel I had the right to get angry, pout, or emotionally cut myself off from others if things did not go well. I was being “authentic,” or so I thought. While not discounting the importance of authenticity, I have learned that I must bring a positive and hopeful tone to my leadership daily. When I experience something painful, and it is appropriate to share it, I do it with those closest to me in a way that actually can build trust.

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5 Ways to Use Discomfort to Be More Effective as a Leader

5 Ways to Use Discomfort to Be More Effective as a Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
In this guest post, Marcia Reynolds, author of The Discomfort Zone, explains 5 ways leaders and coaches can discomfort to create breakthrough thinking.
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(From the article): Effective leaders help others think more broadly for themselves. They do this by reflecting what they hear and sense, and then asking powerful questions that disrupt and expand how people think. It is in these moments of discomfort that solutions appear and radical growth occurs. Developing people includes developing their minds.

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Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Drawing on cutting-edge social science research, the authors reveal how we size each other up—and how we can learn to win the admiration, respect, and affection we desire.
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(From the article): This book lays out its basic premise early on – it isn’t the first time I read the premise or the research behind it – if you haven’t, the path to greater influence is through a balance of strength (the root of respect) and warmth (the root of affection). The authors do a great job of laying out this idea – and that chapter alone is worth reading the book if this balance is a new idea to you.

 

Beyond that they talk about who we are – our natural genetic makeup and how we can understand how others may perceive us as a result. There may not be as much new here, but all is backed up with research and is well connected to their overall premise.

 

In the third section the authors give us real help. They take the reader through a treasure trove of examples and ideas to project strength and warmth (and the paradoxes therein) – everything from gestures to voice to word choice and much more.



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