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Do less. You’ll be able to achieve more!

Do less. You’ll be able to achieve more! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In today’s economy the challenge of doing more with less is definitely more prevalent in corporations than ever. However, the strategy of “multi tasking” as a solution is simply the wrong answer.
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A helpful article on how to do more - by actually doing less!

 

(From the article): If you want to achieve greater, more complex and extraordinary things with higher quality, slow down and focus: you’ll get there much faster.

 

And as a bonus, you’ll be a happier, healthier person. That’s something you and your family can enjoy, at your leisure.

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High Impact Communication part 1 of 3: Saying it with Substance

High Impact Communication part 1 of 3: Saying it with Substance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What you say has high impact when listeners:  Remember your message beyond the conversation or presentation Have a change of heart brought about by the message Take action as a result Influence oth...
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(From the article): The strong substance of your words and your delivery can create a magnetic pull that draws listeners in. When you speak, people know that you have done your homework. Your wisdom shines through loud and clear. Use this credibility as an asset to move your team forward. 

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Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership

Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn about the one thing successful leaders do that more of us need to do in leading our teams and organizations.
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(From the article): That’s the secret in how successful leaders show up in those daily interactions – because their focus is not internalized on what they want to accomplish, but on what they want us to achieve. Through this intentional, outward focus on those around them, they’re able to encourage and enable us to commit ourselves to living up to our potential to be better than we are today.

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5 Scientific Principles of Success

5 Scientific Principles of Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research.


Via Rim Riahi, David Hain
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(From the article) Having a strong, meaningful story creates a sense of community. Only doing what's important reduces both busywork and overwork. Building teams rather than spotlighting prima donnas reduces conflict, as does encouraging honesty and trust.


Not every successful business embodies all five principles, but if you read some of those thousands of books about business success, I'd wager you'll find that all successful businesses implement at least four of them.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:37 AM

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

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Leadership: Promoting beliefs and values

Leadership: Promoting beliefs and values | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Beliefs and values form the heart of an organization’s culture. Great leaders never miss an opportunity to reinforce them.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 2014 2:37 AM

Behaviour reinforces beliefs and culture - make it intentional!

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5 Suggestions to Recover after You’ve Made a Leadership Mistake.

5 Suggestions to Recover after You’ve Made a Leadership Mistake. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You know you made a mistake. It's just a matter of time before someone finds out. What do you do now? 

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(From article): The way you respond after a mistake always determines the quality of recovery.


So, when you’ve made the mistake — and admitting it to yourself is the first step — what do you do now?

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Where do you spend your time as a leader?

Where do you spend your time as a leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Where you spend your time defines you as a leader.  Don’t let time pull you along.

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(From the article): Coaching: In our complex business environments it isn’t enough to simply delegate. You may not have the luxury of having a team that has the breadth and depth needed to do everything that needs to be done alone. You’ll have seasoned team members and you’ll have new ones that need to learn the ropes. Both can use coaching – from you or from whomever else is appropriate – when they can’t see their way forward. Coaching is a collaborative conversation, and you can find the right path forward together. You don’t have to have all the answers.


Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Where you spend your time defines you as a leader”. Don’t let time pull you along. Figure out what it means to lead, and spend your time doing what’s most important.

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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development

Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The phrase nosce teipsum, know thyself, has been a classic theme throughout history. It is important for a leader?


Via John Michel
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  It is extremely valuable to know ourselves in order to leverage our potentialities:
 

We need to know our strengths to assert them in the appropriate circumstances;We need to know our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and distressing emotions, to check them and to prevent asserting them inappropriately and in non-value creating ways;When we are not self-aware, people around us have a better sense of our strengths and weaknesses than we do, and we lose credibility;When we are self-aware, we are more in touch with reality; people trust and respect us more.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2014 3:19 PM

 Self-awareness is the most crucial developmental breakthrough for accelerating personal leadership growth and authenticity.  Learning to pause to build self-awareness is an evolving process critical to leader success. 

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10 Steps to End Procrastination

10 Steps to End Procrastination | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Why do we procrastinate? 


Via Daniel Watson
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Why do we procrastinate?  This article provides a nice 10 point list to attach the procrastination tendencies in your life.

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Catherine Besse's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:21 AM

Sus à la procrastination ;)

Ann Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:45 AM

Which of these are you guilty of?

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Employee engagement is as vital as customer experience

Employee engagement is as vital as customer experience | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In the days when the world was real, consumer facing organisations had mission statements often engraved into a piece of metal and screwed into one of each stores’ four walls.
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(From the article): The mission statement usually referenced helping a community, both by providing employment and services or goods to the populace. The emphasis was on quality, both for employees and customers.

 

Some would say both of these commitments were neglected by many in the age of globalisation. But digital transformation programmes now gain their impetus from the need to improve customer experience, enabled by new technology.

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How To Make Work Matter

How To Make Work Matter | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How do leaders and employees make the work matter?


Via Daniel Watson, Roger Francis
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(From the article): Happiness is a loaded word in our culture, and in our workplace cultures. It’s important to keep in mind that we all have our own personal definition of happiness. But I firmly believe that a fulfilling career is a direct result of doing work that matters – that engages us mind, heart, and soul. Leaders can’t force employees into the zone, but they can certainly facilitate and nurture the process and make this more of a reality by making decisions that keep this in mind. And for employees – it’s a satisfying challenge if you decide to make it matter.

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Your human capital is soooo important.  Learn more...

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50 Great Coaching Questions

50 Great Coaching Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

One of the key skills to being an effective coach is learning how to ask the right questions. 

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A great resource of 50 questions to help one start on a path of effectiveness and improvement.  

 

(From the article):  A few of the questions...

 

1. What must you accomplish in the next 12 months?

2. What would you like to focus on today?

3. What’s important to you at the moment?

4. What are you working on at the moment?

5. What challenges are you struggling with at the moment? 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:33 PM

The first question is tough without asking the other questions which follow it. Planning for next week is hard, but knowing what we want now makes it more workable.

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The 8 Guiding Principles of More Human Leadership

The 8 Guiding Principles of More Human Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I believe there are 8 leadership principles that guide the More Human Leader to greatness, and more importantly, personal fulfillment.
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(From the article) “Love” and “Care” are words not usually spoken in the hallways and boardrooms of the business world, but for a more human leader, they are most important things of all. The trifecta cannot happen without them.

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Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions

Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Great leaders are those who instead ask the right questions and engage others to arrive at the best answers together.

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(From the article) “When a leader asks the questions,” says Wiseman, “they channel the energy and intelligence of their team on the challenge at hand, and they shift the burden of thinking onto others.”

 

Instead of looking to answer the big and important questions on his or her own, the multiplier asks provocative questions of the group and encourages them to work on it together. This engages employees like nothing else and no longer has them sitting on the sidelines awaiting the answer from their leader.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:59 PM

A key is when asking questions is to listen deeply. I read Parker Palmer and use his work in my writing. The key person to question and listen to is one's self. This requires quietness that we do not find in the hectic pace of daily life. It is a meditative space when we listen to our self and to others.

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 20, 2014 3:46 PM

Effective questions are those that accomplish their purpose as well as build a positive relationships. Questions that work should build a deeper and better understanding of the problem and possible solutions, but should also construct better working relations among the problem solvers.  Edgar Schein in his book Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling promotes the kind of inquiry that comes from an attitude of interest and curiosity. Inviting others to tell their story in their own words helps to establish rapport, gather information and increase understanding.

 

Humble Inquiry changes the quality of listening from confirming habitual judgments and the focus on the factual/objective data to more empathic and generative listening (Otto Scharmer) and greater humility. My whole being is able to slow down and to be present when I can suspend my judgment and enter into the question at a deeper level. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 2014 5:00 AM

Lee would simply share: The role of the leader is to be a virtuoso question-asker.  Questions open. Answers close. 


Thanks to Annette Schmeling for sharing from Serving and Leadership.

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6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement: How “Attitude Reflects Leadership”

6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement: How “Attitude Reflects Leadership” | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you value highly engaged teams, you must foster a highly engaging work environment, and be a highly engaged team member yourself. (What does your attitude say in the workplace?).


Via Richard Andrews, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): In its report, Gallup states, “Gallup’s research has found that managers are primarily responsible for their employee’s engagement levels.” If this is true, we all must continually develop these skills in order to inspire employees and unleash their full potential.


How do you ensure you are an engaged leader?

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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:54 AM

Here are six characteristics of an engaging team environment. Ask yourself how you can personally role model these characteristics with your team:

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13 Reasons Teams Lose Momentum

13 Reasons Teams Lose Momentum | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The capacity of teams to waste time and resources staggers the imagination. It’s one thing to tolerate one person wasting time. But, the amount of time and resources stalled teams waste is incomprehensible.

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How can leaders build momentum?

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The One Trait That Happy People Share

The One Trait That Happy People Share | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. To celebrate, I'm setting you all a challenge - for one day only, try not to experience life through a lens. How wonderful all the tools

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Here is a simple and visual exercise. Find a jar, and at the end of the day write a small note about one moment during the day that made you happy. It doesn’t have to be a significant moment – it may be something as simple as watching your dog roll around on his back on the lawn. Fold up the paper and put it in the jar. If you’re ever feeling down, go to the jar and relive a moment that made you smile. The tactile nature of it will put a smile on your dial - and it separates - good feelings from the smart phone - which may well also be your work device.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 20, 2014 5:42 AM

Happy Happiness Day! Treat yourself to a jar!

Angie Mc's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:41 PM

Be present with loved ones.

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10 Ways to Provide Quality Feedback

10 Ways to Provide Quality Feedback | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employees want feedback. They want an honest assessment of their behavior to help them improve their work. They know that if they listen to, and take action on, clear and constructive feedback, their overall performance will improve. And so will their job satisfaction.
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What are the 10 ways to provide quality feedback to those you are leading?  A good list to start...

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Start a More Meaningful Conversation #meanit - Let's Grow Leaders

Start a More Meaningful Conversation #meanit - Let's Grow Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 Here are several questions that can help you slow down and start a more meaningful conversation..

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(From the article): Leaders who are insecure are more likely to cover up their fears by limiting feedback and placing blame.  What appears tough on the outside, may actually a false barricade to protect a fragile ego.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:29 PM

Meditating has helped considerably for me. It is certainly not what everyone needs, but it slowed me down and allowed me to think about what I controlled in relationships. Sometimes the answers were surprising and led to me reducing the energy output required in dealing with certain issues. The first meaningful conversation we should have is with our self.

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7 Leadership Lessons From the SEALs Commander Who Got bin Laden

7 Leadership Lessons From the SEALs Commander Who Got bin Laden | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You're probably not leading troops on a special forces raid. But the principles espoused by elite military units can help you become a better leader.
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I thought this was a great article on the subject of leadership. The first point is a must for all leaders:

 

(From the article): 

1. It's about people

Let's face it: There are so many bad leaders in the world--for the simple reason that good leadership is really hard. It's about having clear goals and a plan to reach them, but it's also about the constant ebb and flow of human relationships. Don't underestimate the scope of that challenge.

 

"Nothing--nothing--is more daunting, more frustrating, more complex, than trying to lead men and women in tough times," McRaven said. "Those officers that do it well earn your respect, because doing it poorly is commonplace."

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The 7 Beautiful Things Excellent Leaders Do

The 7 Beautiful Things Excellent Leaders Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Robin Sharma shares the seven tactics the business best use to lead successfully

Via Kevin Watson
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An invigorating article to read this morning.

 

(From the article): Excellent leaders are different. They get knocked down or laughed at or disappointed. And they stay in the game. They persist. They keep the faith. They rise even higher. 

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How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits

How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live? I’d say that one very common and destructive thing is that they think too much. They overthink every little problem until it becomes bigger and scarier

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): In this article I would like to share 9 habits that have helped me in a big, big way to become a simpler and smarter thinker and to live a happier and less fearful life.

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A Happy Employee Equals Happy Customers

A Happy Employee Equals Happy Customers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

One of the most valuable assets a company owns is its employees, and ensuring their happiness can be one of the most challenging aspects facing a business owner.

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These suggestions represent only some of the ways that employers can work toward earning the satisfaction of their employees. The success of a business depends on the success of the employee. It can’t be overstated: happy employees equal happy customers.

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Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great

Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Focus on a few core components of leadership and you can take your company to new heights.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Highly effective leaders are decisive when called upon to make tough calls quickly and confidently. Take a moment to assess a difficult situation and then calmly and rationally consider your options. As soon as you have the information you need to make an informed decision, make it. Don't let fear of being wrong prevent you from making what you know is the right call.

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By PETER ECONOMY the author of Managing For Dummies, The Management Bible, Leading Through Uncertainty, and more than 60 other books.

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New Book: Lead Positive

New Book: Lead Positive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In Lead Positive, Dr. Kathy Cramer takes the fundamentals of ABT and turns them into a playbook for successful leadership; a practical three-step framework to shift what leaders see, say, and do toward driving positive change.

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I would recommend Lead Positive to anyone interested in Leadership. A must read. You can read a sample chapter at the above link.

 

Find #LeadPositive, the new book from @drkathycramer, in bookstores everywhere, or order online at Amazon: http://bit.ly/LeadPositive

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