Surviving Leadership Chaos
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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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Great Leaders are Great Because They ...

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Great leadership is more about others and less about you. Stop focusing on yourself.

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(From the article): Great leadership isn’t about you. It’s about the people around you. “Get the right people on the bus.” Jim Collins.

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Relationships - The First and Last Responsibility of Any Business

Relationships - The First and Last Responsibility of Any Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An experience this past week drove home the importance of fostering meaningful relationships in business.

Via Mike Ellsworth
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(From the article): Throughout the life of the relationship or engagement make sure the original concerns have not changed. As in life, priorities shift during projects and the customer may assume you are aware of the shift. I know, it’s not fair but neither is life. We need to account for this lack of fairness with sound processes and good habits.

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Mike Ellsworth's curator insight, March 2, 2013 6:38 PM

Did you client or prospect just leave the cap off the toothpaste? How do deal with relationships by following four simple steps:

 

Step 1 – Shut up!

 

Step 2 – Calibrate

 

Step 3 – Take Your Customer’s Temperature

 

Step 4 – Rinse and Repeat

 

Via @JasonPromotesU

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When is the Best Time To Coach?

When is the Best Time To Coach? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How coaches can find and use the best possible time to coach others.
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(From the article): If the coachable moment is such a valuable time, it is worth a few minutes to understand it so we, as leaders and coaches, can be most effective in helping others learn and grow. Now is that few minutes.

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Man’s body of work is a life well-lived

Man’s body of work is a life well-lived | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Mike Francois doesn’t go to bodybuilding competitions anymore, not even to watch. There’s a part of him that still can’t let go.
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(From the article): Francois will return to the Arnold stage on Saturday. He’ll be honored with some of the other winners from the past 24 years, including four-time champ Flex Wheeler and three-timer Jay Cutler. He’ll try not to wonder what could have been. Because when it’s over, he’ll go home with his wife to his boys and his boring, happy life, and he’ll remember something he hopes others think of him — that his body isn’t who he is.

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13 Power Tips for Leading Through Uncertainty

13 Power Tips for Leading Through Uncertainty | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s certain that we live in uncertain times. The article contains 13 Power Tips for Leading through Uncertainty.

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(From the article): Speak hard truths optimistically. Express highest points of confidence. “I’m not sure how this turns out but I’m giving it my best.” Pretending everything’s ok doesn’t instill confidence in those who know it’s not.

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Listen Your Way to the Top

Listen Your Way to the Top | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In recent years, we’ve seen a new emphasis on the art of listening. It can’t be because listening is all of a sudden more important than it ever was before. Maybe the nature of work in the information age means the the cost of misunderstanding is higher. Or maybe our experts and trainers have been burned by poor listening and decided to produce more thought leadership on the topic.

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Why is listening so difficult? Who do you know that listens really well?

 
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5 Key Practices to Earn Trust

5 Key Practices to Earn Trust | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

To trust or not to trust is a decision we all make every day. As leaders, we can influence people’s decision to trust not only us, but others in the organization and even the organization itself. 

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(From the article): The first three are more about the trustee’s character as perceived by the trustor – while the other seven are more about the trustor’s perception of the situation.

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9 Essential Elements of Leadership

9 Essential Elements of Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A few months ago, in the span of one week, I found myself speaking about what makes for effective leadership at three different leadership development programs at three different companies.
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(From the article): Humility and integrity, not hubris and self-interest.

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JoAnn's comment, February 26, 2013 6:05 PM
Great list of skills necessary for leadership.
Lauran Star's curator insight, February 26, 2013 6:45 PM

9 Essential Elements of Leadership.

Camille Smith's curator insight, February 26, 2013 7:42 PM

individuals lead when they do what works to be their word, not because of a title or that somene's watching. leaders aren't focused on being called a leader, they are focused on developing other leaders.

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10 Ways to Conquer Boredom (and Feeling Too Busy)

10 Ways to Conquer Boredom (and Feeling Too Busy) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Boredom and feeling too busy are the same problem. Some people might claim I’m being too ambitious trying to strike down chronic boredom and busyness at the same time. I’d argue that the only way to take them out is simultaneously.

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(From the article): So how do you improve quality in your experiences? I believe there are two major ways you can do it, externally and internally. But if you chronically experience busyness (not just being busy, but actively disliking the busyness) or boredom then you would probably need to tackle to problem from both ends.

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World Trade Center High Wire Artist Philippe Petit's Colorful Advice For A Career On The Edge

World Trade Center High Wire Artist Philippe Petit's Colorful Advice For A Career On The Edge | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
On a summer day in 1974, a 24-year-old Frenchman stepped onto the world stage with one of the most astonishing performances in modern history--walking back and forth on a wire illegally rigged across the void between New York’s World Trade Center...
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(From the article): Make your art a joyful adventure. When I begin a new project, I embark upon an adventure that has many forks in the road. At each one I must decide, “Should I take the left or the right?” This joy of exploration is childlike, though not childish. It carries me along and gives me my energy to fight and succeed. Without this sense of a solitary joyful journey of a child who is free to go where he or she wants, I would not do good work. If I were to sit at a desk, write a list, make a schedule, and go and meet the building and then make a plan to do a high wire walk in the most safe and intelligent way, I would not have that sense of adventure and exploration. And, there would be no point in living. Although today I would add wisdom to my madness!

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12 Ways To Increase Your Leadership Capacity

12 Ways To Increase Your Leadership Capacity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We want to do things different, we want to think different and we want to be different, as long as the end result means growth.  Growth is a critical component of the vehicle that drives you down the road of success.

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(From the article): Shh Listen For A Change:  Don’t be the person who is always talking – Shh, Be Quiet and Listen for a change.

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7 Unexpected Principles to Finding Your Most Productive Self

7 Unexpected Principles to Finding Your Most Productive Self | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“Either you run the day or the day runs you”  - Jim Rohn

 

Have you ever tried a productivity system like creating massive to-do lists, not-to-do lists,GTD, the 4-Hour Workweek …only to find out this doesn’t quite work for you?

 

Worst of all, do you have a sense of overwhelm and anxiety when you think of your priorities for the day?

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(From the article): You see you don’t have to be an athlete to apply these principles.


All you need is to approach time with an open-mind and some imagination.
One system does not fit all.


Play around with your new work routine until it’s a second skin.


The ultimate reward is getting the results you’ve been chasing all along.
And keeping your passion alive!

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Three Qualities Traditional Leaders Reject

Three Qualities Traditional Leaders Reject | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Get out of yourself before you shrivel and die.

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(From the article): Quick minded decision makers inadvertently destroy growth. Stow what you think you know in the attic. Judgment ends growth and begins stagnation.

 

Keep in mind, stability requires decision making. Withhold judgment, don’t end it completely.

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4 Games That Leaders Play

4 Games That Leaders Play | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Childhood games are fun for kids, but when leaders play games instead of really leading it's not fun for anybody.

 

International Leadership Blogathon - Day 3.  Insight from Dan Forbes


Via Richard Andrews
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(From the article): There you have it.  Leadership is pulling people up, it’s inspiring others to want to follow you, it’s leading from the front, it’s having a vision that excites and compels others to follow. Good leaders don’t play games.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:40 AM

Another bang on article from the ongoing Leadersghip Blogathon.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 5, 2013 9:16 AM

Exellent!

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The No. 1 Leadership Trait You Really Need to be Successful

The No. 1 Leadership Trait You Really Need to be Successful | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most workplace disputes and disasters can be traced back to one thing: a lack of leadership. So, what’s the absolute No. 1 most important leadership trait in the history of the universe? …

Via Roger Francis, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): Leaders who are truly (1) servant-hearted; (2) able to put others and the organization first ; and, (3) willing to listen with humility to other points of view are the ones that people will follow.

 

Thus, if you want to win in today’s hyper-competitive world of work you should (1) hire, promote and retain people who fit that description; and, (2) strive to fit it yourself.

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Tom Hood's comment, March 2, 2013 10:37 AM
Agree 1000% I remember a concept from Practically Radical where they talked about IBM's transformation with a major factor being Humbition - the combination of Humility and Ambition. And the sign on Ronald Reagan's desk that said, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:39 AM

Agree 1000% I remember a concept from Practically Radical where they talked about IBM's transformation with a major factor being Humbition - the combination of Humility and Ambition. And the sign on Ronald Reagan's desk that said, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 3, 2013 10:59 AM

Smooth dance moves didn't win?

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7 Lessons From The Beatles' Biggest Failure

7 Lessons From The Beatles' Biggest Failure | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What the Beatles' early failures can teach you about staffing, timing, market research, and product development.
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(From the the article): The words "failure" and "the Beatles" seldom appear in the same sentence. But the Beatles' early career was actually a series of failures--a record that culminated in their unsuccessful audition with the leading record company of their era, Decca Records. This particular failure nearly caused the band to break up.

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Mastering Leadership Relationships

Mastering Leadership Relationships | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

People look to leaders when things aren’t working.

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(From the article): “You don’t have to go all the way to bright – just make it better today.”

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10 Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves

10 Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, authors of Helping People Win At Work:...

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(From the article): Great questions including: Are my values driving the behavior I want in my organization?

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Ten magical thoughts to let go of

Ten magical thoughts to let go of | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I see plenty of examples of magical thinking by leaders every day about those who report to them. Uncovering this kind of thinking requires some reflection because it’s often below the surface.

 

Magical thoughts create ineffective action. They sap your energy. Letting go of them allows you to be able to use that energy for things that are more positive, realistic, and productive. You can uncover your magical thoughts by considering the things that frustrate or irritate you as a leader.

 

Here are some of the magical thoughts I’ve noticed from leaders, and some ideas on remedying them:

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(From the article): There is nothing more for you to learn: You may have been a leader for a long time. You may receive stellar feedback. But look closely. There is always room for improvement, even in your signature strengths. Besides, if you start believing there is nothing you can do go improve, you’re likely to become extremely annoying. Leadership requires ongoing learning and development.

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Great Leaders Know When to Forgive

Great Leaders Know When to Forgive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leaders must be firm and foster accountability, but they also must know when to forgive past wrongs in the service of building a brighter future. One of the most courageous acts of leadership is to forgo the temptation to take revenge on those on the other side of an issue or those who opposed the leader's rise to power.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Roger Francis
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(From the article): Anger and blame are unproductive emotions that tie up energy in destroying rather than creating. People who want to save a marriage, for example, must let go of the desire to hurt a partner the way they think the partner has hurt them and instead make a gesture of reconciliation.

 

Those whose main motivation is to settle scores and get payback — to obstruct rather than construct — are on the wrong side of history. Their legacy is not rebuilding, but rubble. From (ahem) members of Congress to leaders in any turnaround situation, it's a lesson worth remembering: Taking revenge can destroy countries, companies, and relationships. Forgiveness can rebuild them.

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Dana K. Dwyer's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:06 AM

Some entrepreneurs become entrepreneurs out of revenge for a precived wrong from an employer.  If revenge is part of your story, how is that emotion serving you now?  Is it time to forgive?

Valentine Chapus's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:13 AM

so true... good examples to follow

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Leadership Perspectives: Being Civil

Leadership Perspectives: Being Civil | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I’ve been giving a great deal of thought lately to the concept of civility.


Via The People Development Network
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(From the article): For me, being civil is living in mutual respect and having meaningful connections and conversations across and among groups. These are necessary to building trust and social capital in our government, community, churches, businesses, and in our homes.  It means being able to know what truth is, and being able to speak it, while at the same time listening carefully to the truth of those we do not understand or know.

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Richard Hart's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:03 PM

CIV·il  (svl) - adj. Of, relating to, or befitting a citizen or citizens...

 

CIV ility (si vil’ it ee) - n. Quality of being civilized; the manner of a civil person; politeness...

 

If civility has its roots in the notion of citizenship -- the assumption of rights and responsibilities in relation both to others, and to a larger community -- it's hard to imagine that anyone aspiring to be a leader in an organziation could undervalue this quality. What could be a more fundamental acknowledgement of that inter-relatedness than the intentional and deliberate offering of common courtesies, the extension of everyday thoughtfulness?

And yet, in the midst of our busy lives, this is precisely the thing we so often do forget….

 

 

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How To Answer a Wake Up Call

How To Answer a Wake Up Call | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We all get wake up calls at some point. The question is: how are your going to answer yours? Snooze and you lose. Here are four tips on the best way to answer a wake up call:
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(From the article): While you’re waiting for clarity to arise, don’t just sit back. It’s important to show up and be present so when opportunity arises, you’ll recognize it.  Susan could have started listening more to her team. She could have asked for more information to better understand the feedback or even asked for their thoughts on how to proceed with the current project. If your wake up call involves a career change, you could talk with people who are doing things that look interesting about what their work really entails, what they like about it and what they don’t. This is a time to ask lots of questions.

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Mastering The Art Of Bosslessness

Mastering The Art Of Bosslessness | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Conventional wisdom says that when it comes to managing a company, we need organizations to be highly ordered, with a strong and well-defined structure, plus rules and regulations, led by a strong boss.

 

But what if that's wrong?


Via Fabrice De Zanet
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(From the article): Accountability is to the customer and to the team, not a boss--FAVI people are free to experiment, innovate, and solve problems for customers. They're known for working off-shift to serve customers or to test out new procedures. Equipment, tooling, workspace, and process redesign all rest in the hands of those doing the work.

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:25 AM

FAVI encore ! 

Très bon article, en anglais. 

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, February 25, 2013 3:35 PM

Want to know more about FAVI ?  http://www.favi.com/managf.php

Great reading in french !

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Make It Easy to Do the Right Thing

Make It Easy to Do the Right Thing | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It was after midnight. A friend had left his cell phone in his car, so he went out to his hotel’s parking lot to retrieve it. He noticed a man standing next to the car parked a couple of spaces away from his.

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(From the article): In the absence of clear workplace expectations for performance and values, aggressive behaviors can overwhelm cooperative intentions. In the absence of clear workplace expectations for performance and values, aggressive behaviors can overwhelm cooperative intentions.

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Thought for the Week - 02/24/13 : Humility...

Thought for the Week - 02/24/13 : Humility... | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them."  — John J. McCloy

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Question: What are the mistakes can you strive to make admends this week? 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 24, 2013 12:11 PM

So true.  Simple, relevant, and always helpful.