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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4 Ways to Be a Leader Who Matters

4 Ways to Be a Leader Who Matters | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

4. Model more than you share.


In the over-sharing culture we live in, we're in danger of forgetting that leadership comes through leading, not by telling.

 

Seeing it isn't doing it. Sharing it isn't doing it. Only doing it is doing it.

 

 

Try this: Next time you see a leadership need in your organization--whether it's about how people should be treated (customers, clients or employees); how you communicate internally or externally; or what your long-term mission, vision or values are--try modeling the change you want to see without the use of emails, memos or powerpoint presentations. 


Via Wise Leader™, Amy Melendez, AlGonzalezinfo, David Hain, JLAndrianarisoa
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(From the article): Leaders who build lasting legacies don't do so overnight. For long term impact, a leader must be reflective and thoughtful.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 16, 2013 6:06 PM

good read!

JLAndrianarisoa's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:37 AM

I like the "rule of 90"

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7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology

7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.

Via ThinDifference, David Hain, Fabrice De Zanet
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(From the article): Here are seven ways you can practice mindfulness with your technology platforms. Try these practices as an experiment to raise your own awareness. Refrain from judging yourself or being too harsh about how these practices work for you. These exercises are intended to raise awareness by simply being aware.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, January 15, 2013 11:00 AM

In the moment of the ringing sound or downtime, we need to unplug and breath in.... re-setting ourselves and releasing the pressures that have built up. Social media, email, and voicemail can wait for a moment....

Wise Leader™'s comment, January 16, 2013 7:57 AM
Some great practices to help ensure our technological gadgets serve us rather than the other way round.
Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:14 PM

Technology can be an anxiety-producing energy depending on our approach. How we discipline ourselves and think about the daily onslaught of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages impacts how much we are truly connected or disconnected in our life. Mindfulness practices recommended in this article are very practical and impacts the quality of connections between people and their capacity to feel seen, heard and valued. 

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The End of a Job as We Know It

The End of a Job as We Know It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The concept of a job, as we know it, is starting to go away.

 

Over the last year I've been speaking with many corporate business and HR leaders and have heard a common theme:we need our organizations to be more agile. We need to redesign the organization so we can learn faster, communicate better, and respond more rapidly to change. This quest for the agile organization has changed the nature of what we call a job.


Via Martin Gysler, David Hain
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(From the article): Well the world has changed. Today, thanks to communications technology, people can do their "jobs" everywhere and anywhere.  We collaborate across the globe just as easily as we can in the same room. People don't necessarily progress "upward," but often "sideways" or "deeper" in expertise.

 

And as a result of this shift, if you let your skills atrophy, you're dead.  Your employer can likely find those skills elsewhere by hiring a contractor, bidding out work, or finding another internal expert. We have entered a workforce where deep skills are the currency of employment, not just experience.

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Martin Gysler's comment, January 16, 2013 4:36 AM
Yes David, a long time ago that things have changed ... finally happily. I think you gave good advice to your children, who will always be on the safe side if they focus on life and relationships.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 16, 2013 4:43 AM
@ Don - I read an article last week on the same subject and I think you say right that deep skills are (or should be) the currency of the job. More and more companies have understood this reality today.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 16, 2013 4:54 AM
@Trumans - Yes, I totally agree with you. Relationships and our network is more important than ever. It is sometimes simply complicated, for me, to set a limit ... :-). Your training seems to be great, if you can put together five acronyms and if those who follow the training understands the strong message sent.
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Five Good Reasons To Curate Content That Has Already Been Published in Your Niche

Five Good Reasons To Curate Content That Has Already Been Published in Your Niche | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Blog Topics

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Semantic Society's comment, January 15, 2013 9:08 PM
I'm glad I read this article. I hadn't thought about the value of roundup blog articles.
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 16, 2013 5:44 PM

The 5 reasons are:
1. You want to be the main resources in your niche.
2.You want your blog to rank in search results for particular keywords.

3. Your audience wants to know your thoughts on a particular topic.

4. The last time the topic was covered was so long ago, it’s out of date.5. You could get listed in a roundup post about a particular topic.

 

GO!!! CURATE

'Timothy Leyfer's curator insight, January 16, 2013 11:45 PM

This article provides a frame work tha you can use to model your curation strategies around.I saved a copy of this for future reference Give it a look!...

Timothy Leyfer

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Popping the Self-Delusion Bubble

Popping the Self-Delusion Bubble | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I woke up this morning disturbed at the subtlety of self-delusion. The trouble with delusion is illusion.

 

What do you call someone who believes they’re:

 

1. Supportive but demanding, instead.

 

2. Humble but in reality, arrogant.

 

3. Listening when they’re talking.

 

4. Able to do everything “right” while others fall short.

 

5 Informed when they don’t know.

 

You call them deluded leaders.

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(From the article): Leaders who don’t serve rely on authority and coercion. They pressure rather than enable. Saying and telling aren’t serving.

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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights. But it's a challenge to take that sort of time off in the midst of a busy day. Here are three specific, quick, and easy ways to build purposeful break time into your day.


Via Vicky Ellam-Dyson, Wise Leader™, David Hain, ThinDifference
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(From the article): New research from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests that people who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. In other words, meditation might make your brain bigger, faster, and "younger". As lead researcher Eileen Luders explains, "it appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain."

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David Hain's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:59 AM

We all need this!

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 14, 2013 7:14 AM

It is amazing what 20 minutes can do to settle us, let us create, and refresh us...

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Your Best Time Management Tool

Your Best Time Management Tool | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Most of us have more on our plates than any two or three people would want to handle. And every day we get inundated with much more information than we need or can possibly use. Throw in all the distractions from voice mail, email, texting, tweeting, etc., and it’s a wonder we can focus on a single task for more than a few minutes at a time.


Via Daniel Watson
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(From the article): I believe the problem is not so much a lack of time as a lack of focus. Accordingly, I have found one of the simplest ways to manage time more effectively is to get and stay focused on winning — in big ways and in little ways.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, January 13, 2013 4:24 PM


One of every business owners greatest challenges, is to make effective use of the time they have available to themselves each day, to drive their business forward.


Unfortunately, in today's world we all face continual distractions which eat up our available time, and unless we minimise these distractions we run the risk of never becoming effective business owners.


This excellent article, suggests that all business owners can become more effective through focussing on winning, and it suggests both big and little ways that developing this level of focus can be achieved.

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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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Missing the Mark

Missing the Mark | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“When an archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s-eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim – improve yourself.”

                                                              - Gilbert Arland

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10 Leadership Lessons for Gen-Y

10 Leadership Lessons for Gen-Y | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It might be a brave new world, but an old-school approach to leadership still works. Take notes.
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(From the article): One more thing. I wouldn't think of depriving you all of learning these lessons in your own good time. If you want to throw caution to the wind as I suggested earlier, go ahead and hit "delete." Be my guest. But there's an old expression that I think still applies in our information society: "Forewarned is forearmed." And, after all, you can never go back.

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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

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(From the article): Not only do the greatest teammates allow different leaders to consistently emerge based on their strengths, but also they realize that leadership can and should be situational, depending on the needs of the team. Sometimes a teammate needs a warm hug. Sometimes the team needs a visionary, a new style of coaching, someone to lead the way or even, on occasion, a kick in the bike shorts. For that reason, great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal and the best tool for the job.

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Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear

Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the willingness to act in spite of my fear. Here’s how I learned this invaluable lesson.
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(From the article): I learned an important lesson that day. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the willingness to act in spite of my fear.

 

My people also learned an important lesson. They learned that I was willing to stand up for them, even at the expense of my own comfort. It drew us closer together as a team.

 

Frankly, I still find it difficult to be brave. I don’t consider myself to be a courageous person. But now having several of these experiences under my belt, it is a little easier. Now I just notice the fear, pull up my big boy pants, and lean into the situation.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 14, 2013 9:52 AM

"It is a bewildering thing in human life that the thing that causes the greatest fear is the source of greatest wisdom." C.G. Jung

 

Only the boldest among us can acknowledge the role that fear plays in our lives. Fear is the enemy; the Other is not your enemy. A person that can take a conscientious inventory to discern the divine design, and let go of the inordinate searches for connection and reassurance, will not be governed by fear and truly be able to respond to the needs of others.

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 17, 2013 1:57 PM

Don't Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Miguel Angel Ruiz

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Don't Overthink It: 5 Tips for Daily Decision-Making

Don't Overthink It: 5 Tips for Daily Decision-Making | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Indecisiveness is a productivity killer. We look at the science of decision-making, and how you can make better choices.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): After digging into the research, I learned that there are no hard and fast rules for decision-making. (If only!) There are, however, a number of interesting tendencies that play into how we decide, which we should all be aware of. 

Here’s a quick stroll through some of the key findings on the art of decision-making:

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, January 14, 2013 4:03 PM
Besides from the great books by Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely on this subject - let me also refer you to the R.A.P.I.D design-making proces. You'll find an informative article here: http://thesavvystrategist.com/2010/11/27/making-critical-decisions-the-r-a-p-i-d-1-way/
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Bringing Hands-Off and Hands-On Together

Bringing Hands-Off and Hands-On Together | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I lead with a hands-on type leader.  I’m a hands-off.  He’s a, “get things done type,” I’m a, “go with it type.” I thrive in ambiguity; too much frustrates him. 

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(From the article): My colleague is interested in developing others and I’m interested in getting things done. But, we have different motivations. Different is rich and useful.

 

How do you balance hands-on and hands-off?

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Self Refinement and Character Building

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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

The Secret to Leadership Growth | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

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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