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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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4 Ways to Keep Your Millennial Workers Happy

4 Ways to Keep Your Millennial Workers Happy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A recent survey reveals that millennial workers aren't the job-hoppers you thought. They want stability, job growth and opportunity. Can your business offer that?
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(From the article): Develop a personal career plan for each employee. Do you ask job candidates in interviews where they want to be in five years? Make that question more than just an interview formality by sitting down with new employees and their direct supervisors to develop a road map for that person’s career development. (Do this with all your employees at review time or more often.) Discuss what they hope to achieve and what you want them to attain. Set goals that are measurable and realistic, so people feel challenged but not overwhelmed. Break it down into smaller interim steps in between the major milestones.

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Why social media is not about social media

Why social media is not about social media | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’re an executive who’s still uncertain about using social media for business, here’s a compelling reason to consider it: almost two billion consumers already do.


Via AlGonzalezinfo
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A disconnect is that many leaders continue to think about social media as a channel, specifically for communications or sales. But its reach is far greater. 

What social media, like technology, delivers is an expectation that cannot necessarily be delivered under legacy business structures: immediacy. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 10, 2013 5:53 AM

Excellent article by Dionne Lew on the impact of social media on business and the necessity for executives to get out of their comfort zones when it comes to using the social web strategically. 

 

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A recent two-year joint study by Capgemini and MIT Sloan of almost 400 firms found that businesses who are more digitally mature, or ‘digirati’ as the report calls them, have a clear digital advantage over their less mature peers. This trend applies to every industry. 

The report found that digirati were:

26% more profitable than their less mature peers;Generate 9% more revenue through their employees and physical assets;Generate 12% higher market valuation ratios.
donhornsby's curator insight, October 10, 2013 7:19 AM

If you’re an executive who’s still uncertain about using social media for business, here’s a compelling reason to consider it: almost two billion consumers already do.

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When Eye Contact Backfires

When Eye Contact Backfires | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Forget what you learned in Public Speaking 101: Eye contact may actually dissuade your audience from your argument, says a new study in Psychological Science.


Via Bobby Dillard
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(From the article): Researchers say if you’re skeptical, excessive eye contact makes you lessinclined to change your mind, unless you already agree with the speaker to begin with. How come? The researchers speculate that eye contact sends different messages—trust in friendly situations, but competition or hostility in others.

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James Bond Leadership Series: Unleashing Personal Energy

James Bond Leadership Series: Unleashing Personal Energy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“We communicate at a furious pace, yet we connect less and less.” (Achim Nowak, Infectious, page xiv)


Via David Hain
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Talk less;Own your own power and intent, “act more like”;Show up, be alert and aware with a clear purpose;Unleash your vibrating energy; and,Viscerally impact others.
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David Hain's curator insight, October 9, 2013 3:06 AM

"To engage in resonant connections:

Talk less;Own your own power and intent, “act more like”;Show up, be alert and aware with a clear purpose;Unleash your vibrating energy; and,Viscerally impact others."

 

Infectious stuff!

 

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How To Tap Your Inner Creativity At Work.

How To Tap Your Inner Creativity At Work. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

To better understand how creativity works and to debunk a lot of creativity myths, I spoke to David Burkus. David is the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. 


Via Ann Zuccardy
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(From the article) DS: What is the biggest truth about creativity?


DB: Creativity is a team sport. We tend to think of outstandingly creative people as working alone, slaving away in a studio or workshop like a mad scientist or genius inventor. The truth is that almost all outstandingly creative people have teams behind them. Thomas Edison didn’t work on the light bulb, or much of anything else, alone. At the peak of his performance inventing, he had a team of 15-20 inventors working alongside him at his Menlo Park facility. Michelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine chapel alone; he built a team of 13 artists who assisted him at all stages of the project. If you really want to enhance your creativity and generate innovative solutions, start by finding people who will work together as a team.




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The Insiders Guide to the Dark Side

The Insiders Guide to the Dark Side | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You’ve had those moments.  So have I.   You desperately want a leadership do-over, but it’s too late.  It’s out there– your dark side in all it’s glory.

 

What can you learn from your dark side?

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(From the article): Your dark side comes bearing gifts.  Lean into your stupidity to understand your pain.

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How Does Your Company Fare Against the Peter Drucker Checklist?

How Does Your Company Fare Against the Peter Drucker Checklist? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If an organization were to embody the core principles laid out by management icon Peter Drucker, what would it look like? And how does yours compare?

 


Via John Lasschuit ®™, juandoming
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(From the article): You have a Drucker-like company if you:

 

• Have a strong mission and a cogent answer to the deceptively difficult question, “What business are we in?”

 

• Always remember that “there is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer” while accepting that “quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for.”

 

• Push responsibility and accountability as far down into the organization as possible and follow this basic communications strategy: Listen down, talk up. 

 

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:28 PM

Drucker was a very well respected guru of management. Another was Stephen Covey senior who told us something Drucker never mentioned, that the possible performance gain from properly managing people is 500%. That is a huge number, almost unbelievable. But with the right actions, it is achievable.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:44 PM

I know education would get a failing grade and that includes at the local school level.

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How I Hire: Da Vinci Didn’t Have a Job Description

How I Hire: Da Vinci Didn’t Have a Job Description | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
People often ask me, “How do you hire people at the Institute for the Future? What backgrounds are you looking for?” The reality is that it is almost impossible to describe what makes a good “futurist”.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Finding the right people for the Institute is one of the toughest jobs in the world, but having great people in your midst makes all the difference.

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10-Minute Leadership Lesson From Twitter's CEO

10-Minute Leadership Lesson From Twitter's CEO | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt Monday, Dick Costolo shared three nuggets of wisdom for fellow entrepreneurs.

Via The People Development Network
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(From the article): The first tip: Don't lead by trying to be liked. Lead by being forthright.

 

"It's quite simply this: As a leader you need to care deeply--deeply--about people, without caring what they think about you," he said. 

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John Michel's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:18 AM

Simple, straight up advice from a successful CEO leader. 

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Are you a "serving" or "self serving" leader?

How can you tell the difference between a "serving" or "self serving" leader?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 4, 2013 1:29 PM

We need more leaders who are willing to serve in their leadership.

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:09 AM

Great question.  That said, I would offer only those who serve their people and set them up for success are truly leaders.

 

That is, being self-serving is mutually exclusive to being a leader ... there's no such thing as a "self-serving leader" -- they are just "self-serving."

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:02 PM

Ken Blanchard: The 4 Keys to Effective Leadership

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Three Tips For Overcoming Your Blind Spots

Three Tips For Overcoming Your Blind Spots | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Simple workarounds can help you avoid common biases.
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(from the article): Here’s one way to check hindsight bias: Keep a diary. And record minutes from important meetings. We have a friend who just for fun asks dinner guests in his Capitol Hill home in Washington – he entertains some pretty heady gatherings – to scribble on a piece of paper their predictions about politics, business, and world events. He tucks the scraps in a drawer, let’s them settle for a year or so, and then pulls them out for a reading over coffee and dessert. It’s pretty funny stuff. What becomes painfully clear is that we failed to predict much of anything – claims after the fact notwithstanding.

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What Brain Science Can Teach Us About Leadership - Jesse Lyn Stoner

What Brain Science Can Teach Us About Leadership - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our prefrontal cortex allows our judgment to override primitive instincts that no longer serve us. These lessons from brain science can increase your leadership effectiveness.
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(From the article): Studies in brain science have revealed that our prefrontal cortex provides thinking processes that allow us to override the primitive instincts that no longer serve us. It gives us the ability to makechoices about our behavior – IF we are intentional.

 

Brain science shows us the old excuses don’t hold up.

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3 Questions To Ask – To Be A Little More Intentional About Change

3 Questions To Ask – To Be A Little More Intentional About Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In case you have not noticed, three is still a little change going on around us.  Some good, some bad.  Some, on purpose, some – not so purposeful. I think it is probably smarter, wiser, more produ...
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3 great questions to be asking while pursuing change at work and home.

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7 Tips For Giving Feedback (and Making It a Lot Less Difficult, Too)

7 Tips For Giving Feedback (and Making It a Lot Less Difficult, Too) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How do you feel when it’s that time to provide “feedback” to your team?

Via Anna Conrad, Lauren Nichols, David Hain
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(From the article): Here’s where it all comes together. You can provide context and consequences, and, you can leave the choice of action to the employee. But the bottom line is, you are the leader and you are the one held ultimately accountable for the overall performance.

 

Keeping that role in perspective can help you provide the sincere, honest feedback. This is your job, and the ultimate decisions about the work of the team falls to you.

 

You aren’t their friend, you’re their leader and your responsibility is to provide open and candid feedback. It is their choice to accept it or not.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, October 10, 2013 12:08 AM

 How do you feel when it’s that time to provide “feedback” to your team?

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 11, 2013 3:49 PM

Some great tips... especially #1 and #2.  Which one resonates to you?

Sylvie Houliere - Mayca's curator insight, October 16, 2013 5:22 AM

L'art du feedback ets un art difficile. Quelques conseils clairs et simples à lire dans cet article.

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Leaders, Drop Your Masks

Leaders, Drop Your Masks | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Authenticity requires you to be vulnerable.

Via David Hain, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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(From the article): There two main ways in which leaders wear masks. Some conceal their perceived inadequacies and flaws behind the polished facade we have come to expect of “great” leaders, a bit like the Phantom from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical The Phantom of the Opera. Others take on a new persona at work that they feel is necessary for success, much like Jim Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss in the movie The Mask, who transforms into a flamboyant green superhero. Both types of mask undermine trust and effectiveness. They also create inner conflict, as leaders struggle to align their work and home lives. 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:34 PM

One has to reveal who one is in the real world and increasingly, I hope, in the virtual world.

donhornsby's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:50 AM

(From the article) : There two main ways in which leaders wear masks. Some conceal their perceived inadequacies and flaws behind the polished facade we have come to expect of “great” leaders, a bit like the Phantom from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical The Phantom of the Opera. Others take on a new persona at work that they feel is necessary for success, much like Jim Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss in the movie The Mask, who transforms into a flamboyant green superhero. Both types of mask undermine trust and effectiveness. They also create inner conflict, as leaders struggle to align their work and home lives. 

Annette Swann's curator insight, October 9, 2013 4:43 PM

Great, fun video included in the article

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7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do

7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Want to be successful? You have to communicate effectively. Here are 7 practices to master.

Via steve batchelder, Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): The most interesting conversations can delve into great detail. If you overwhelm your listeners, they will zone out from confusion or boredom. Reagan was best known for being simple and clear. Don't assume just because you understand what you're saying that your audience does. Amazing communicators find ways to simplify complex concepts without being condescending. Check in during the conversation to make sure everyone is still on board.

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5 Myths Of Leadership

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5 common misconceptions about leadership and successful business people.

Via Les Howard
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(From the article): Truly amazing leaders empower others to become leaders. Their higher goal is to work themselves out of the job so that if they are not around, the organization functions just as successfully as when they are.

 

“Leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

 

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

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Know When to Coach and When to Teach - Management Tip of the Day - October 08, 2013

Know When to Coach and When to Teach  - Management Tip of the Day - October 08, 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To develop your employees’ skills, evaluate the situation before choosing an approach. Are you working with someone who’s inexperienced or a colleague who requires immediate...

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David Hain's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:35 AM

Valuable mini-tip!

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The Seven Decisions of Decisive Leaders

The Seven Decisions of Decisive Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Decisiveness is a strength and weakness. I often hear complaints about bosses who can’t make decisions. Then there’s the leader who makes all the decisions. In both cases the results are the same.

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(From the article): If the decision is yours to make, decide to invite others to challenge your decision.

 

Leaders who persistently make decisions in isolation end up stressed out and alone.

 

How or when does decisiveness go wrong?

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Does Trust Really Matter?

Does Trust Really Matter? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I was asked by a friend of mine, someone recently promoted to a leadership position, just how much trust mattered in a leadership role.


Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Trust is the foundation of leadership. You can build your leadership with all the proper skills, tools and techniques but without a foundation of trust, your leadership will fail.

 

So, what do you think, does trust really matter to a leader? 

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The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change

The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A paper from Journal for Business Ethics suggests fairness in leadership is a powerful motivator inside and outside a company

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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(From the article): Fairness inside a company has ripples far beyond the office too. Employees who are treated fairly are far more likely to treat others fairly – be they customers, suppliers, business partners, whoever. With fairness comes trust, and with trust comes loyalty. And loyalty carries real commercial weight.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:45 PM

Integrity and strength of character are at the heart of leadership ... and a culture of "fairness" resonates across and outside of an organization.

Cath Daley's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:16 AM

And I think fairness follows on automatically if you have integrity very high in your values, both personally and as accompany.fairness and integrity go hand in hand

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:03 AM

Would you use "fair" to describe your leader?

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8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them

8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Get ready to have your mind blown:

 

1. We surround ourselves with information that matches our beliefs

 

2. We believe in the “swimmer’s body” illusion

 

3. We worry about things we’ve already lost

 

4. We incorrectly predict odds

 

5. We rationalize purchases we don’t want

 

6. We make decisions based on the anchoring effect

 

7. We believe our memories more than facts

 

8. We pay more attention to stereotypes than we think


Via Jim Manske, Alessandro Cerboni, Philippe Vallat, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): Clearly, it’s normal for us to be irrational and to think illogically, especially when language acts as a limitation to how we think, even though we rarely realize we’re doing it. Still, being aware of the pitfalls we often fall into when making decisions can help us to at least recognize them, if not avoid them.

Have you come across any other interesting mistakes we make in the way we think?

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:14 AM

I can always use more explanations about fallacies and cognitive bias

Troy Crayton's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:00 PM

Thank you for making us "aware" of this article, Duane....

Lawrence Lanoff's curator insight, December 30, 2013 12:18 AM

This article is dense, but profound. Worth chomping on if you have some time. 

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Is creativity inherent in your leadership? 9 ways to harness

Is creativity inherent in your leadership? 9 ways to harness | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Creativity is inherent within leadership. It is impossible to be future focused, to imagine a different future without the use of creativity.

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(From the article): Leadership is about influence and change, questioning what is happening now and envisioning a way that is different – it’s about improving, doing better, progressing, doing differently…it’s about change and for that to take place, one must imagine ‘what could be’. For that to happen, you need to be creative in your thinking and doing.

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Say Keng Lee's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:51 AM

YES! Creativity is inherent within leadership. It is impossible to be future focused, to imagine a different future without the use of creativity.

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Stop Trying to Engineer Success

Stop Trying to Engineer Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Excellence is complicated and context-specific. And sadly, there are no short cuts.
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Unfortunately, there are no short cuts to excellence. We should always try to learn what drove the success of other organizations, but never believe our own success can be as simple as borrowing the keys. We must pay attention to the innovation bubbling up in our own organizations, and work to spread it further – not try to transplant what has grown up elsewhere, in very different contexts.

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How to Rise Above Butterfly Conversations

How to Rise Above Butterfly Conversations | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Lousy conversations bounce like butterflies on sunny days, lots of movement but no progress.

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How do you keep conversations moving toward useful solutions?

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