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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Experienced Hires Will Save You From Yourself

Experienced Hires Will Save You From Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Justin Kan, founder of Exec, Justin.tv, and Twitch.tv, calls himself a "non-biased hirer of all types," and turns a Silicon Valley stereotype--hire young, cheap, and hungry--on its head.

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(From the article): My general rule of thumb at Exec has been that as a founder, you should do the first version of everything yourself. Build the first product, test the first sales channels. By doing things yourself, you can quickly discover if they will pay dividends (or if it is time to move on to the next experiment). Once you discover something worth doing, then hire a professional to come in and clean up the mess you’ve made.

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How Important is Experience to Great Leadership?

How Important is Experience to Great Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not as much as you think. I was reading a quote the other day from John F. Kennedy, who in 1960 was battling perceptions in his presidential campaign that he didn’t have enough experience.
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(From the article): Experience, he said, “is like taillights on a boat which illuminate where we have been when we should be focusing on where we should be going“.

 

This quote got me to thinking about the value of experience in being a great leader, and my own struggles to overcome a perceived lack of experience in becoming a leader.

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Lenka Lutonska's curator insight, February 5, 2013 5:05 PM

Excellent read for both employers and future leaders.

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The Magic of Leadership – Converting

The Magic of Leadership – Converting | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of the magical aspect of leadership is the work of converting - thoughts to actions, plans to actions, actions to results.

Via Joe Boutte
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(From the article): Everyone is unique in their gifts and capabilities so what each of us can convert can be as different as who we are. We need to identify what we need to move forward and then practice the act of converting. This expands the list of what to convert:

Converting creativity to product or canvasLeads to prospects; prospects to customers; customers to advocatesConverting ideas to fundable venturesConverting leadership principles to consistent actions during challenging timesConverting life philosophies to life plans
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 5, 2013 7:00 PM

We must come out of the clouds and put "feet' to concepts so that people can implement tomorrow.  

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Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, February 9, 2013 2:54 PM

 

  Ideas que valen la pena de tener siempre en cuenta.

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Stop Being Comfortable & Start Being Motivated

Stop Being Comfortable & Start Being Motivated | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Like most, you probably don’t like new things that you can’t control.

You prefer to be in your comfort zone.

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(From the article): As we head into the New Year, ask yourself, “Am I too comfortable?”

 

Ask, “What do I want to accomplish?”

 

Then, make a decision to leave your comfort zone.

 

Don’t sit there any longer.

 

Don’t settle anymore.

 

And of course, don’t be comfortable.

 

What do you need to leave your comfort zone to achieve?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:38 AM

fantastic scoop, thanks Dan!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:55 AM

Excellent perspective...time to move and capture our future!

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 5, 2013 7:01 PM

change=growth

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10 Strategies for Starting Over

10 Strategies for Starting Over | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

An employee frustrates the heck out of you. Wish you could start over? Your boss drives you crazy. Wouldn’t it be nice to start fresh?

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(From the article): I hear you thinking, “Starting fresh won’t eliminate old frustration.”

 

A series of small wins may eliminate the need for “perfect” solutions. Additionally, starting over provides positive energy for addressing negative history, when the time is right.

 

Free yourself from the past, just for today. Turn forward. Stop pushing back, controlling, and fixing. The path to the future begins by starting over.

 

What prevents leaders from starting over?


What “starting over” tips help you?

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5 Sneaky Tricks Your Left Brain is Playing on You

5 Sneaky Tricks Your Left Brain is Playing on You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The truth is that your left brain is probably playing tricks on you and robbing you of creative ideas.


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(From the article): How we use our brains is not only crucial to our survival, it also determines whether we succeed or fail. 

Our world is changing at a rapid rate and this makes it necessary to be able to think in a nonlinear fashion as well as a linear fashion.

We need use our right brains to get the “big picture,” generate creative ideas and novel approaches to think strategically. 

We have to improve our brain power.

On that note, let’s take a look at how our “left brain” tricks us into thinking we are not creative.

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:12 AM

(From the article): How we use our brains is not only crucial to our survival, it also determines whether we succeed or fail. 

Our world is changing at a rapid rate and this makes it necessary to be able to think in a nonlinear fashion as well as a linear fashion.

We need use our right brains to get the “big picture,” generate creative ideas and novel approaches to think strategically. 

We have to improve our brain power.

On that note, let’s take a look at how our “left brain” tricks us into thinking we are not creative.

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Thought for the Week - 02/03/2013

Thought for the Week - 02/03/2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"Value your listening and reading time at roughly ten times your talking time. This will assure you that you are on a course of continuous learning and self-improvement."

 

                                                                 — Gerald McGinnis

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Core Values: 3 Ways to Cut the B.S.

Core Values: 3 Ways to Cut the B.S. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Corporate America is filled with examples of companies that say one thing... and then do the opposite. Make your values mean something. Here's how.

Via Wise Leader™, David Hain
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(From the article): It’s actually not that difficult to close the values-behavior gap. The day-to-day measures that companies use to guide what they do and how they evaluate employees need to incorporate, in very concrete, specific fashion, the values they espouse. Unless and until that happens, profit and loss, something that is always measured, will remain the only focus of attention. As the quality movement taught us, if you want something (like quality or values adherence), measure it. What’s not measured will almost certainly be ignored.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:46 AM

As we tell our client's...walk the talk people!

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Who Cheers for You

Who Cheers for You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You cheer for others. Who cheers for you?

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(From the article): Bonus: Invite whiners, kill-joys, and complainers to make three positive statements. Say, “I’ll wait.”

 

How can you build a positive vibe around your life and leadership?

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Top 25 TED Talks You Must Watch: Amazing, Inspiring and Unique

Top 25 TED Talks You Must Watch: Amazing, Inspiring and Unique | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

These talks don’t focus on just business or startups but more importantly they cover a wide range of amazing, inspiring and unique ideas. One of the most important things we believe in is educating yourself inareas outside of your comfort zone. The below are 25 of TED’s most viewed talks covering things like a brain scientists who studied her own massive stroke, a passenger on the plane that crash landed in the Hudson and the dangers of hearing only a single story about anything in the world. Hopefully you take some time to explore all that these remarkable speakers have to offer.

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This is an excellent collection of some of the brillant insights one can absorb while spending time on TED.  I would check these (and others) out - if you have not already done so.

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Personal Leadership

Personal Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
"Personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things." 

                                                                  - Stephen Covey
 
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When you feel inadequate

When you feel inadequate | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A common “secret” I hear from some of the leaders is that they lack self-confidence that they can rise to being the leader they envision. This feeling of inadequacy might happen with a new job, a new promotion, a new goal, or when there is a change to deal with (in other words, at any time!).

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(From the article):Remember that you are only human. You will make mistakes that need to be turned into learning opportunities. Nobody else can do that for you. In the depths of your despair over whatever didn’t turn out as you wanted it to, find the learning nuggets. Give yourself grace for seeing your role in whatever didn’t go as you expected and discover the gold in it.

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Six social-media skills every leader needs

Six social-media skills every leader needs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Organizational social-media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. Learn, through the lens of executives at General Electric, how you and your leaders can keep up.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): We believe that capitalizing on the transformational power of social media while mitigating its risks calls for a new type of leader. The dynamics of social media amplify the need for qualities that have long been a staple of effective leadership, such as strategic creativity, authentic communication, and the ability to deal with a corporation’s social and political dynamics and to design an agile and responsive organization.

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(From the article): We believe that capitalizing on the transformational power of social media while mitigating its risks calls for a new type of leader. The dynamics of social media amplify the need for qualities that have long been a staple of effective leadership, such as strategic creativity, authentic communication, and the ability to deal with a corporation’s social and political dynamics and to design an agile and responsive organization.

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3 Reasons to Grow the Talent You Have Into the Leaders You Need

3 Reasons to Grow the Talent You Have Into the Leaders You Need | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

While many organizations are recruiting leaders from competitors (with cost per hire only rising), few are doing much to develop the talent they have into the leaders they need.

 

Here’s what I don’t understand: Why is the process of finding a leader – whether to backfill someone or to fill a new role – often treated as an isolated event rather than an ongoing process?


Via Lenka Lutonska
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(From the article): Almost three years ago, Neil Nicoll, President and CEO of YMCA said in Finding Leaders for America’s Nonprofits: Commentaries, “Until [we] become much more intentional about development of internal talent, we are doomed to an ever-growing leadership deficit.”

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Lenka Lutonska's curator insight, February 5, 2013 5:27 AM

“Until [we] become much more intentional about development of internal talent, we are doomed to an ever-growing leadership deficit.” - Neil Nicoll

Trumans's curator insight, February 5, 2013 5:02 PM

Leadership development is key to the success of any organisation.  Seems obvious really.  What is not so obvious is that those that come from within often have a much better "heart" for the organisation than those that are brought in specifically for a role.  We should not lose sight of that. 

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Do You Lead Like a Lioness?

Do You Lead Like a Lioness? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Did you know that a lioness has just two short years to prepare her cubs for independence? And on this day, she was in the process of teaching them how to hunt for lunch. As I watched the lioness interact with her cubs, I couldn’t help but think how she would make a great role model for leaders. So what did she display with her cubs that made her such a great role model?
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(From the article): Lessons in leadership can be found in the most unexpected places. And as an executive coach and leadership development advisor, I am always in search of leadership lessons. Whether it be on vacation in Africa, volunteering with a non- profit, observing young children at play, or enjoying a movie there are leadership lessons everywhere.

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Servant First, Leader Second

Servant First, Leader Second | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

More people talk about servant leadership than really understand it--or have the humility to practice it. When is the last time you acted as a servant to your team?


Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): Today, when you interact with your team, start by truly listening. Don’t interrupt. Just listen. Then, ask your people how you can help, and follow up on your promises quickly. If they don’t need your help, don’t force it on them. Encourage them to carry on with your full support. Step back and let them take care of business.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:24 AM

A key insight into the modern, effective leadership...

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Are You Wasting Your Life by Not Making Decisions?

Are You Wasting Your Life by Not Making Decisions? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some people spend their entire lives waiting to make decisions.

They let days pass by. They miss opportunities.

And yet, they continue to wait.

 

They go through life hesitating to take any action.

What decision have you been putting off?

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(From the article): Will you make the tough choices?  Or let life pass you by?

Make a decision today. Big or small. And then act on it. Better to have chosen and tried, then to let life pass you by. Question: What decision have you been avoiding? What will you act on today?

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 6, 2013 8:16 AM

Leadership starts with leading yourself...making decisions is a part of that process.

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Leadership Rituals and the Power of Habit

Leadership Rituals and the Power of Habit | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Building fearless leadership is a journey, not a single decision. Decide today on what your leadership journey is about, and develop the habits that will support you and bring your values to life.

Via Richard Andrews
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(From the article): Leadership rests on the foundation of rituals, and it is ritual which binds us together, honors our higher intentions, and acknowledges our journey. Your personal rituals -- what you make time for, and what you do not -- become the leadership rituals that define your influence, your style and your legacy. When you decide to have a clean desk, an empty inbox, run every morning, eat more vegetables, you are articulating your values and setting the example for people who work with you. You are creating a set of rituals that give you energy, exert your influence, and shift the way you are perceived.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:05 AM

Intention is a key consideration to create a set of rituals that will focus you on your leadership journey. Rituals, rooted in a strong values, can open doors to do more, provide predictability, unleash creativity, inspire others & builds community. 

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The 8 Types Of Imagination

The 8 Types Of Imagination | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It has been said that imagination is more important than knowledge, and for any experienced classroom teacher it is easy to see daily evidence of this.

In the blog post, Dr. Murray Hunter of the University of Malaysia Perlis has listed the 8 types of imagination we use on a daily basis, with explanations for each. Dr. Hunter defines imagination as “the ability to form mental images, phonological passages, analogies, or narratives of something that is not perceived through our senses.


Via Adam Atodl, David Hain
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(From the article): “Imagination is a manifestation of our memory and enables us to scrutinize our past and construct hypothetical future scenarios that do not yet, but could exist. Imagination also gives us the ability to see things from other points of view and empathize with others.”

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A diet for your mind

A diet for your mind | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's Groundhog Day, which means that January is over. January, of course, is official diet book month, the time of year that formerly young, formerly thin people buy books in the hopes that by osmosis, they will magically become post-holiday skinny.

 

Now that this madness is over, perhaps it's time to invest in something you can change: the way you think. Here are a bunch of books, ebooks and recordings that can help with that: Diet books for the mind.


Via Barb Jemmott
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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy.

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

Via David Ednie, Cyrille Jansem, David Hain, ThinDifference
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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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Two Sides of Respect

Two Sides of Respect | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Respect is a two-sided coin.  Generally respect is defined as esteem for a person or deference to a person or thing.  We often hear people say they have respect for someone or they show respect to someone or something.  They acknowledge the other person; their importance or their value.  In short, respect for another person shows up by giving preference or simply hoping the other person wins.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson, David Hain
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(From the article): Focusing on the right side of the respect coin will produce positive results in your leadership effectiveness and your team’s engagement and development.  What can you do today to appreciate your people and help them appreciate others in a way that makes the team more effective and produces better results?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:18 PM

Respect begets respect.  It's that simple.  

 

Do we respect the culture our students/teachers  bring or are we expecting them to be just like us?

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:24 AM

Interesting insights on one of the most important traits of attitude towards others. A reading deserving attention (and respect, of course).

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To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First

To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Envisioning a better future, setting worthy goals, and following through with sustainable impact first and foremost requires leading yourself. Often leadership is a lonely road. And to keep ourselves inspired, motivated, and energized we need to lead ourselves with our heart, purpose, and devotion.

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(From the article): As the late Stephen Covey so eloquently stated, "personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things."

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:14 PM

Purpose, heart, devotion.  Simple.