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15 Big Differences Between Acting Like a Boss and BEING a Leader

15 Big Differences Between Acting Like a Boss and BEING a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In fast paced, high stress business environments it can be all too easy sometimes for leaders to slip into what I call “Boss Man” mode. What I mean by that is that they stop being a leader, and start acting like a boss.

Via Gary Morrison, David Hain, Roger Francis
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Some nice distinctions.

 

(From the article): Keep this list handy, or better yet, post it on your personal bulletin board as you continue on your leadership journey, so you can recognize any Boss Man tendencies and stop them in their tracks.

 

BE a leader, not a boss!

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David Hain's curator insight, January 9, 2013 2:57 AM

Some nice distinctions.

Roger Francis's curator insight, January 9, 2013 5:32 AM

Some nice distinctions.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 9, 2013 3:11 PM

This can come across as a bit too critical, but, the truth is, we can all slip into this mode and this list can be a job aid on how to continue leading and being as good of a boss as we can be.  :)

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13 Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself

13 Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Whenever you’re anxious, sad or overwhelmed or simply need some soothing, it helps to have a collection of comforting -- and healthy -- tools to turn to.

But some calming activities don’t work for everyone. 

So we asked three experts for their take on how readers can truly soothe their minds and bodies without needing more money, time or anything else, for that matter. Below are 13 strategies anyone can use to comfort themselves when they’re having a bad day.


Via Ariana Amorim, David Hain
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(I agree!) Great Tips. I'm sure you'll find at least one strategie that works for you.

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Wise Leader™'s curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:43 AM

Great Tips. I'm sure you'll find at least one strategie that works for you.

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Mario Maresca's curator insight, January 10, 2013 10:00 AM

Esercizi per calmarsi e rilassarsi.

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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Many would say if you’re in the leadership business, you’re also in the business of dealing with adversity. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today’s post I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some to succeed where others fail.

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(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

Amy Melendez's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:31 AM

(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

 

Just as a diamond cannot be polished without friction, neither can you fully develop your skills without them being tested by adversity. Use obstacles and failures as an opportunity to polish your skills. I think Winston Churchill said it best when he noted, “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:54 PM

Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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John E. Michel is a widely recognized expert in culture, strategy & individual and organizational change. An accomplished unconventional leader and proven status quo buster, he has successfully led several multi-billion dollar transformation efforts and his award-winning work has been featured in a wide variety of articles and journals, including the Harvard Business Review. You are encouraged to learn more about John at his website, www.MedicoreMe.com

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Facing the Challenge of Challenging Others

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Challenge people! Fully prepared is boring. Wrong: “Who is ready for opportunities?” is the wrong question. Ready is overrated. You weren’t ready. Remember how you didn’t know?

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(From the article): How can leaders challenge the right people to do more than they thought they could do?

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6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built To Last

6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built To Last | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It takes great leadership to build great teams. Leaders  who are not  afraid to course correct, make the difficult decisions and establish standards of performance that are constantly  being met – and improving at all times.   
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(From the article): As you evaluate the sustainability of the team(s) you lead and its real impact on the organization you serve, here are six ways successful teams are built to last:(Great list!).

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Wise Leader™'s curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:18 AM

(From the article): As you evaluate the sustainability of the team(s) you lead and its real impact on the organization you serve, here are six ways successful teams are built to last:(Great list!).

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Leadership is Setting Strong Goals: 3 A’s of Strong Goals

Leadership is Setting Strong Goals: 3 A’s of Strong Goals | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leaders set strong goals, particularly annual goals. There are three key qualities that strong annual goals have in common. First, strong goals are authentic.

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(From the article): The lessons this year brings may give us what we need to accomplish all of our annual goals in a few months, or teach us that the goals we set were not as strong as we thought they were.

 

We need goals that give us the freedom to apply the lessons we learn throughout the year.

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4 Leadership Roles You Should Never Fill

4 Leadership Roles You Should Never Fill | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Being a leader is a great thing, it means you fill a position of power, influence and responsibly.  However, despite the positive connotations there are some less-than-desirable leadership roles lurking in the shadows.  Abstain from any missteps by familiarizing yourself with the 4 roles worth avoiding.    

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A great list of roles/shoes to avoid: The Out-of-Touch Leader, The Big-Step Leader, The Self-Centered Leader, and The Results-Only Leader.

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Extreme Leadership: You Go to a Crisis with the Values You Brought

Extreme Leadership: You Go to a Crisis with the Values You Brought | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Extreme Leadership: You Go to a Crisis with the Values You Brought http://t.co/oo586kJt
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(From the article): “You can’t become in 30 seconds what you haven’t been in 30 years.” Leaders need to know that in a crisis people will react quickly and that even people not in leadership positions will feel empowered to make decisions. So, it’s important to ensure that subordinates know the values of the organization, and one way to do that is to share what the intent of the core values is supposed to be. Leaders need to make sure that everyone, even those who are not managers, know the types of decisions leaders would make in any situation.

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Why Failure Is Good for Leaders

Why Failure Is Good for Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Integrity, leadership, vision – we all know that’s what great leaders are made of. But with the corporate world rapidly evolving, that’s no longer enough, says Annmarie Neal, author of the forthcoming Leading from the Edge (ASTD Press, 2013).

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(From the article): Successful leaders today need two surprising new skills that may not have been appreciated in the past, but are mandatory for the future. One is a liberal arts orientation – and the other is a track record of failure.

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Are You Ready to Stop Being Afraid?

Are You Ready to Stop Being Afraid? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. ~Judy Blume
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(From the article): Left unchecked, our fears can easily rob us of the best part of our lives, and the only way to prevent that is to bring our fears, large and small, out into the light and work through them. How about you? Do you have any fears you’d like to banish this year?

 
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What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
1) Get out in nature: You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there's research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, impr...
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A nice list of things to include in your every day schedule.  I would add a few more....but it is a great place to start.

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How to Optimize Social Media to Kick Start Your Career

How to Optimize Social Media to Kick Start Your Career | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The very social media skills possessed by today’s university student, regardless if they are 18 or 35, might lead to that first good job even in tough times if they take the time to start a career oriented blog, use Facebook wisely and optimise LinkedIn...
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(From the article): News of economic uncertainty and the attendant bleak jobs outlook are re-tweeted with ferocity across every networking site in existence. The irony accompanying this no-doubt troubling news is that the very modes of sharing bad news with students and others are experiencing their own period of unprecedented expansion.

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The Opportunity of Seeing the World Differently

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"When old patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”– Tuli Kupferberg

 

I am still amazed at the fullness of life that minimalism and simplicity offer: freedom, opportunity, meaning. I wish I had found it sooner. Unfortunately, for most of my life, I had been told something different. I had been told that joy could be found in material success—that the more I owned, the happier I would be. But they were wrong. I’m far happier today owning less than I ever was pursuing more.

 

Which got me wondering… what if some of the other messages I have been told are also wrong? What if some of the other views of the world promoted by our culture and society don’t actually lead to joy and fulfillment? What if true meaning and passion is found in the opposite?

 

What if there is unspeakable opportunity in beginning to see the world differently?"

 


Via Brad Abbott, David Hain
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Less is more - a mantra I have to keep reminding myself about but always worthwhile doing so.

 

(From the article): What if there is unspeakable opportunity in beginning to see the world differently?

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David Hain's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:29 AM

Less is more - a mantra I have to keep reminding myself about but always worthwhile doing so.

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Little tweaks add up to big changes

Little tweaks add up to big changes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A new book argues that achieving a better blend of work and life is in our hands

 

When life feels out of whack, we have a tendency to look, first, at the activity that occupies many of our waking hours: Work. Our companies need better work-life balance initiatives. We need permission from our colleagues and bosses to take time for ourselves


Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): Rather than wait for someone to show them the way to enlightenment, and rather than waiting for permission, they made whatever tweaks they thought were important. Most were small, but "if you pull all of these together into a practice, you build your own foundation of well-being and order over time," says Yost. "That's the power of it."

 

What tweaks would make your work and life better?

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How to Be Happy at Work

How to Be Happy at Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you're unhappy at work--or anywhere else, for that matter--it's because you've made yourself unhappy. There's an easy way to change that.
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(Excellent thought for today): That saleswoman once told me: When you're unhappy, it's because you've decided to be unhappy.

 

Maybe it wasn't a conscious decision; maybe it crept up on you while you weren't looking–but it was a decision nonetheless.  And that's good news, because you can decide instead to be happy. You just need to understand how and why you make the decisions.

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Are These 8 Mistakes Sabotaging Your Resolution to Change Your Life?

Are These 8 Mistakes Sabotaging Your Resolution to Change Your Life? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Maybe it’s something simple like getting up an hour earlier every day so you don’t spend the whole morning barking orders at your kids like an army sergeant as your rush them out the door without so much as a goodbye kiss.

 

Or maybe it’s something a little more ambitious like getting your finances in order so you can finally quit the job you hate to become a musician, a writer, an Iron Chef or a globetrotter who has No Reservations.

 

Whatever it is, you are excited. Determined. All set to change your life.

Except, quite innocently, you may be making the mistakes that could quietly sabotage all your efforts.

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The article contains a great list of reasons that new habits seem to fail in our lives.  I especially appreciated the first one: You expect change to happen instantaneously.

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How to Keep Your Team Goals on Track

How to Keep Your Team Goals on Track | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A team might start off aligned around a shared vision, but unaligned systems and practices can quickly derail them.

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(From the article): Not only must goals be aligned with your vision, but your team must also have “structural integrity” – all of the underlying systems and processes that support your team must be designed to steer you in the direction you want to go.

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Video: The Age of Anxiety

Video: The Age of Anxiety | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We are living through times of great stress—personally, nationally and even globally. How do we cope with worries and find lasting peace of mind?
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It's important for leaders and managers to have peace of mind.  A helpful video highlighting the importance of peace of mind in an age of anxiety.

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Is Showing Up Enough To Lead?

Is Showing Up Enough To Lead? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I’ve heard it said that success is 90% showing up.  Bringing the lunch pail every day.  Being there.  Available.  The commitment to “show up” and grind it out every day.

 

Is Showing Up Enough?

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(From the article): You can’t play it safe when you really show up.  You embrace the change.  Who gets credit is meaningless.  How much value you create means everything.  When you choose to show up you have to lead.  Your position doesn’t matter.  Your attitude and passion count.

Show up and lead: are you willing?  It may be 90% of the battle.

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Leadership Principle #1: You Need Your People More Than They Need You

Leadership Principle #1: You Need Your People More Than They Need You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In leadership one principle stands above all: You need your people more than they need you. Another way of saying this is that you get paid for what your people do, not for what you do.

 

If you only internalize one lesson about leadership, make this the one. A basic understanding that you need your people more than they need you is the single most important leadership lesson you will ever learn. In our leadership seminars, we spend more time on this principle than any other concept. Why? Because until you get this—and I mean really make this principle part of your heart and soul—you cannot be a great leader. No exceptions.

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(From the article): But what if on Monday morning all of your people showed up to work and you didn’t? Would things get done? Absolutely. The fact is, even if you went on a two-week vacation, and all of your people showed up each day, things would likely be just fine. The work would get done.

 

One of the core traits of ineffective leaders and bad bosses is that they believe that they get paid for the things they do. These bosses range from the arrogantly self-centered to workaholics to micromanagers. These bosses believe, at the core, that they are more important, smarter, and more competent than the people working for them.

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A Leadership Agenda for 2013

A Leadership Agenda for 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Certainly resolutions have many downsides. But it can be empowering to look at our own humanity, accomplishments, failures and investigate what can be learned and acted on.

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(from the article): Make Time for Solitude

 

Daily competing demands tug at our attention and distort our perspective on what’s important. We hastily run from one meeting to the next with little to no time to reflect on what was discussed, decided. By day’s end we have depleted our energy and mental capacity.

 

Our best work suffers, and our leadership is weakened when we don’t find and reach for the proverbial pause button.

 

The competing demands and distractions are not likely to subside. Leaders must make room on their calendars for solitude. Time defended as vigorously as other people’s meetings (needs from you). Use solitude to read over meeting notes. Plan. Strategize. Read papers relevant to your profession. Meditate. Pray.

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10 things I’ve learned about leadership

10 things I’ve learned about leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I just recently finished my first semester as the Director of Curriculum and Personnel in the Union R-XI School District in St. Louis, Missouri. The transition from a building level administrator to a central office administrator has proven to be quite the learning experience.


The last several years have been huge in terms of my professional growth. Throughout this journey I have continued the practice of self-reflection and I have attempted to learn from my mistakes. Here is a little bit of what I’ve learned:

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(From the article): The biggest hurdles you will face as a leader will almost always originate with your own real or perceived struggles. When working with others, you need to look in the mirror and judge yourself much more often than judging the actions of those with whom you work.

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3-D Printing: Technology May Bring New Industrial Revolution - SPIEGEL ONLINE

3-D Printing: Technology May Bring New Industrial Revolution - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
3-D printing technology, used industrially for the last few decades, is poised to break into the mass market.

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Jerry de Gier's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:02 PM

This is a great way of communicating change in 3-D printing!

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Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013

Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | 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 Dr. 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!