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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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Self Refinement and Character Building

Self Refinement and Character Building | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
For self refinement we need to explore the various means and ways of protecting our mind and psyche against the lightning effect of bad qualities and thoughts.

Via Amanda Simmons
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(From the article): Love for God and love for others is the corner stone of self refinement. Refinement of self should emanate from within, for which some good qualities such as righteousness, selflessness, are needed. If a person becomes a refined individual with his good qualities, he is really well-armed to face the battle of life. If we have all the qualities to become refined human beings, we are bound to become successful and prosperous.


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If I started over …

If I started over … | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Joel Garfinkle’s response to, “If I started over, knowing what I know today,” took a surprising turn. He said, I would…“Realize I can’t do it alone.”

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(From the article): As advocates, they value and believe in what I do. By asking them to share my work with others, I’m making them feel valued and providing them with a greater opportunity to make a difference.

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How to Set the Wrong Goals

How to Set the Wrong Goals | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Take a look at these five steps to set the wrong goals for 2013. Do any of them sound familiar? If you want to set goals that work this new year, make sure you don’t follow these steps.
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(From the article): But a lot of people have no idea how to set goals for themselves. Instead of setting goals that will work, they do the opposite—and then wonder what happened.

 

Take a look at these five steps to set the wrong goals for 2013. Do any of them sound familiar? If you want to set goals that work this new year, make sure you don’t follow these steps:.

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The Secret to Leadership Growth

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The number one way leaders grow is listening. 

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(From the article): Leadership feels like a talking role, but it is predominately a listening role. That can be hard to accept. It feels counterintuitive. A leadership role often makes us feel like we should be talking all the time; like we’re the most important person in the room. We’re not.

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Wellbeing is Contagious (for Better or Worse)

Wellbeing is Contagious (for Better or Worse) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
"Leave your personal life at home when you come to work" is totally unrealistic advice. Your wellbeing affects the wellbeing of everyone on your team -- and vice versa.

Via Richard Andrews, David Hain
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(From the article): "There is plenty of evidence that wellbeing is shared within existing formal and informal networks and that it spreads based on social ties," Harter continues. So it may be that people with high levels of wellbeing are good role models for others. A manager who cares about her health, for instance, may be more likely to encourage her employees to exercise or get checkups, if only by example.

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Feeling Unproductive? Blame Your Lunch

Feeling Unproductive? Blame Your Lunch | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employees who eat healthy all day long were 25% more likely to have higher job performance, a new study finds.
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(From the article): Employees who eat healthy all day long were 25% more likely to have higher job performance, the study found, while those who eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables at least four times a week were 20% more likely to be more productive.

 

In addition, employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, were 15% more likely to have higher job performance.

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Why sitting still and listening to your own thoughts for a few minutes a day may be the best business move you can make.

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(from the article): Too often as leaders we tend to hold on, hold in, and hold back. Whether it's "holding onto" our jobs, our prestige, our paychecks; "holding back" our views, concerns and suggestions; or "holding in" our frustrations, inspirations and ideas--at work our bias toward "holding" can have a singularly blinding effect on how we skillfully engage challenges. Letting go, on the other hand, of our fixed mindsets, discursiveness, opinions, emotional habits and much more, can provide vital perspective in effectively leading a team, an enterprise, or a life.

 

And what happens when we exercise this muscle of "letting go" in conducting daily business? We become agile.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:10 AM

Insightful article. Great thought here:

 

"This gesture of "letting go" of our internal gossip, while simple, is also a highly concentrated gesture of leadership agility. Like ballet dancers rehearsing a demi-plié or an acrobat practicing a handstand pirouette over and over again, here in mindfulness awareness meditation we, too, are exercising core muscles of basic human wisdom and agility."

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10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day

10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

They're small things, but each has the power to dramatically change someone's day. Including yours.


Via Roger Francis, donhornsby
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(From the article): Before you speak, spend more time considering how employees will think and feel than you do evaluating whether the decision makes objective sense. You can easily recover from a mistake made because of faulty data or inaccurate projections.

 

You'll never recover from the damage you inflict on an employee's self-esteem.

 

Be quiet until you know exactly what to say--and exactly what affect your words will have.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 10, 2013 8:52 AM

(From the article): Before you speak, spend more time considering how employees will think and feel than you do evaluating whether the decision makes objective sense. You can easily recover from a mistake made because of faulty data or inaccurate projections.

 

You'll never recover from the damage you inflict on an employee's self-esteem.

 

Be quiet until you know exactly what to say--and exactly what affect your words will have.

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Getting Past Excuses

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If I started over, knowing what I know today, I would …Aim higher and start sooner. - Mark Hopkins

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(From the article): Connect with mentors. “I would need a mentor who can take the pie-in-the-sky vision that I am hesitant to even say out loud and, through experience and personal example, lead me to the point where I can see my team making it happen.”

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The Opportunity of Seeing the World Differently

The Opportunity of Seeing the World Differently | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"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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Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Insight from John Kotter about the difference between leadership and management.

 

The mistakes people make on the issue are threefold:

 

Mistake #1: People use the terms "management" and "leadership" interchangeably. This shows that they don't see the crucial difference between the two and the vital functions that each role plays.

 

Mistake #2: People use the term "leadership" to refer to the people at the very top of hierarchies. They then call the people in the layers below them in the organization "management." And then all the rest are workers, specialists, and individual contributors. This is also a mistake and very misleading.

 

Mistake #3: People often think of "leadership" in terms of personality characteristics, usually as something they call charisma. Since few people have great charisma, this leads logically to the conclusion that few people can provide leadership, which gets us into increasing trouble.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(Key Thought): "People use the terms "management" and "leadership" interchangeably. This shows that they don't see the crucial difference between the two and the vital functions that each role plays."


QUESTION: Do you know the difference?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:29 PM

Thank YOU!

David Hain's curator insight, January 12, 2013 3:37 AM

Lots of good sense.

Andrew Spence's curator insight, January 12, 2013 5:42 AM

Really clear, short article from John Kotter.  The 3 mistakes highlighted have caused enormous amount of damage, particularly the 3rd mistake, thinking of leadership in terms of personality characteristics.

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Leadership Means Putting Others First

Leadership Means Putting Others First | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’re in a lead­er­ship position within an orga­ni­za­tion, it doesn’t stop at the office. The most effective leaders are leaders both in and out of work.

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(From the article): When your actions are thought­less and hurtful, an apology never brings back the time lost in regret; by the time you realize what you’ve done, it can be too late. It would be unre­al­is­tic to think I’ll never put myself in this position again—I will. But I can work towards reducing it, can’t I? In the long run, putting others first is in my best interest, AND theirs. Leaders put others first. Be a leader 24/7.

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How to accomplish your New Years goal

How to accomplish your New Years goal | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Accomplishing your goal can be possible. Here's the details:
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10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you want to be the best in your industry, you have to get rid of your outdated management style.

Via Jean-claude Zaugg, Karine Aubry, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): You might not feel it day-to-day, but business management is in a major transition.  The old days of command-and-control leadership are fading in favor of what might be better termed a trust-and-track method, in which people are not just told what to do, but why they are doing it.  More formally, we're moving from what was called "transactional" leadership to "transformative" leadership. And there's no turning back.

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One Huge Step Every Great Boss Takes

One Huge Step Every Great Boss Takes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Where your employees are concerned, one small step makes all the difference.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Every time you praise an employee, be the one who takes the step. Be the one who makes the effort. Go where she works. Congratulate him in front of his peers.

 

Let everyone see that whatever he or she accomplished is well worth your time to recognize.

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Leadership Pride – Where Is It Placed?

Leadership Pride – Where Is It Placed? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Pride is a funny thing. We want pride to be evident in what we do. We want our pride to show in where we work and gather as a community. We want to be proud of the places we engage and participate in. Pride is a good thing.

In leadership, it gets trickier.
Via ThinDifference
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(From the article): Although confidence is required in leadership, being overly proud of our abilities leads to downfalls and pitfalls. It is a misplaced pride that gets leaders off track.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:13 AM

Pride can be powerful... for the good or bad. Getting it right is an important practice leaders need to embrace, gaining trust and productivity.

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8 Things That Leadership Is Not

8 Things That Leadership Is Not | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership is powerful, actionable, passionate, and inspiring. How do you lead?


Via Amy Melendez
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(From the article): The idea of leadership is profound. Leadership is many things, and it is also “Not” many things. Here I outline 8 things that leadership is not and a connecting blog post to further explore the topic.

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Managing the mind: How to change gears

Managing the mind: How to change gears | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A few years ago, Dr Adam Fraser found out his best friend had been killed just as he was about to address an audience of 5000 people. He didn't know what to do.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, David Hain
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(From article): “The reality is we spend our lives transitioning from one thing to the next,” he says. “My research has looked at how we do this in a business context.”

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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

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Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
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(A few key thoughts from article): "Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," the authors write.


Nearly a quarter of Americans do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful.


What sets human beings apart from animals is not the pursuit of happiness, which occurs all across the natural world, but the pursuit of meaning, which is unique to humans, according to Roy Baumeister, the lead researcher of the study and author, with John Tierney, of the recent bookWillpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

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David Hain's comment, January 10, 2013 8:53 AM
Totally agree with your comments Don!
Ricard Lloria's comment, January 11, 2013 4:57 PM
Total agree with all the comments!
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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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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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ThinDifference's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:50 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?

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