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Five ways to make a difference

Five ways to make a difference | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We aren’t here just to generate papers, people. We’re here to make a difference, to improve things. Heaven knows, there are enough issues out there that need our help! If your research ...

 

We aren’t here just to generate papers, people.


We’re here to make a difference, to improve things.


Heaven knows, there are enough issues out there that need our help!


If your research sits within the academy, being cited by other researchers, then you might get a promotion. But you probably won’t make a difference.


Here are five ways you can get out there and help put your research into action.


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Jonathan O'Donnell's comment, November 18, 2012 6:28 AM
Thank you so much for translating the title, juandoming. Little touches like that make it so much easier for knowledge to jump the language barrier.
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Thank you, Ana, and everybody else who has scooped and shared this. I never would have discovered Scoop.it if not for the activity on this article. Thank you all.
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Thank you Jonathan for your great feedback! I'm glad that you found this article of interest, as I certainly did. Welcome to the Scoop community! :-)
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Happiness is most readily achieved in community

Happiness is most readily achieved in community | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Happiness, like friendship, trust, altruism, virtue, enduring values and real relationships, is most readily achieved in community, and in an age when face-to-face communities are elsewhere in steep decline, in houses of worship they are still strong.


So ignore the world of brands and bling, and consider joining a religious congregation. Unlike the culture of glossy surfaces and glittering superficiality, it’s the real thing.

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Yes, You CAN Manage Your Time

Yes, You CAN Manage Your Time | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can’t manage time… you can only manage your choices.

 

I had someone tell me recently, “You can’t manage your time.”

 

Taking the bait I inquired, “Why is that?”

 

“You can’t manage time… you can only manage your choices.”

 

Hmm, sounds like we are talking about the same things. 

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Overcoming the Downside of Pursuing Excellence

Overcoming the Downside of Pursuing Excellence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How does the pursuit of excellence turn negative in organizations?

 

The problem with the pursuit of excellence is there is no done, only better.

 

Done satisfies. Move on. Yes!

 

There is no check box in the pursuit of excellence.

 

The second challenge with the pursuit of excellence is feedback. Excellence demands feedback but feedback begins in the past. Beware, the past sucks in like black holes.

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To Make People Innovate, Write Them a Blank Check

To Make People Innovate, Write Them a Blank Check | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can’t simply throw money at people and leave it at that, of course.

 

In other words, unleash the world of possibilities that a blank check and real freedom to innovate can open up, but with smarts about getting that check to the right kind of people facing the right kind of challenge, and, perhaps hardest of all, with serious discipline that will encourage, not stifle, creativity and ensure real progress toward the final goal.


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The Eight Pillars of Trust

The Eight Pillars of Trust | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The Trust Edge explains how you and your organization can become trusted. A lack of trust is your biggest expense. It is the currency of business and life. 

Author David Horsager, explains that trust is tangible, learnable, and measureable. Trust is a confident belief in someone or something to do what is right, deliver what is promised, and to be the same every time in spite of circumstances. 

Horsager identifies twelve barriers to trust: conflict of interest, threat of litigation, lack of loyalty, increasing examples of others untrustworthiness, threat of exposure, lack of control over technology, fear of the unknown, negative experiences, individualism, differences between people, desire for instant gratification, and a focus on the negative.

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Green Chameleon » Too Busy for Knowledge Sharing

Green Chameleon » Too Busy for Knowledge Sharing | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are we all too busy for knowledge sharing when time is wasted on knowledge seeking?


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Decidedly better choices

Decidedly better choices | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 

Efforts to understand how we can make decisions more effectively can lead to an improvement in outcomes, writes Philip Delves Broughton in Financial Times. 

 

How to improve your decision-making:

 

● The ability to make good decisions fluctuates throughout the day. Don’t exhaust yourself with small choices. Save your decision-making energy for what matters.

 

● Good process leads to good decisions. Consciously work to challenge the bases of decisions and the biases and prejudices of decision makers.

 

● Make decision-making a constant and flexible process. Keep a running list of several options for important decisions, discussing them with fellow managers and updating them with new discoveries. This lessens the drama of big decisions and allows for more course corrections en route.

 

● Seek ways to distance yourself from the emotion of decision-making. Going over the decision in a second language might sound a strange approach, but it has been shown to lead to more rational decisions.

 

 


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10 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late

10 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Your life is not between the moments of your birth and death. Your life is between now and your next breath.

 

Before you know it you’ll be asking, “How did it get so late so soon?”

 

So take time to figure yourself out. Take time to realize what you want and need. Take time to take risks. Take time to love, laugh, cry, learn, and forgive. Life is shorter than it often seems.

 

Here are ten things you need to know, before it’s too late:


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Take Ownership of Your Life in 4 Steps

Take Ownership of Your Life in 4 Steps | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When we give up ownership of our lives, we give up control. In this guest post, Anne-Sophie Reinhardt provides four steps for getting it back.

 

“Remember, ultimately you are in control of your workout! I can motivate you to push harder. I can try to keep you from giving up, but in the end, it’s all up to you.”


This statement of our cycling instructor stuck with me because I see people give up control over crucial areas of their lives all the time.This lack of ownership reaches from personal health to thriving in our jobs and the level of destruction we create is often not realized until it is too late.

 

When I gave my eating disorder power over me, I stopped functioning, lost myself, and almost my life. When my brother beat me up over and over again for years, I resigned and stopped fighting. When I worked for Starbucks, I gave my boss the power to decide how much money I could make any given month.

 

Three completely distinct areas of a life. Three ways of giving up control.


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Five Forces Shaping the Future

Five Forces Shaping the Future | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The 21st century didn’t start in the year 2000. It started in 2010, the same way the 20th century began in 1908 with the advent of the automobile.

 

The 21st century didn’t start in the year 2000. It started in 2010, the same way the 20th century began in 1908 with the advent of the automobile. It became the century of highways and freeways, the century of the auto—the American century. Similarly, if you look at what happened a couple of years ago, there were all kinds of crossover points that happened around the same time: more cell phones than landlines, more laptops than desktops, more debit cards than credit cards, more farmed fish than wild fish, more girls in college than boys.

 

I am dedicated to the belief that if you get the right information to the right place at the right time and in the right context, you can make the world a better place. This is something I call the two-second advantage. In order to achieve that, you need to understand five forces shaping the 21st century.

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Leading Through The Power Of Persuasion

Leading Through The Power Of Persuasion | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Taking part in the adventure of persuading others, sweeping them up into an idea, an unexpected action or an unproven vision, is a wonderful experience. The ability to create excitement all around you is what leadership is about.

 

Taking part in the adventure of persuading others, sweeping them up into an idea, an unexpected action or an unproven vision, is a wonderful experience. The ability to create excitement all around you is what leadership is about. Listen to the sound of leadership; it is you being eloquent, powerful, convincing, compelling, and forceful. It is not for the faint of heart, but the outcome is inevitable if you care enough to ignite a spark, which will grow into a flame.

 

Leading through persuasion is a form of communicating that must be learned. In fact, it has to be learned, for if you can’t persuade or convince others, you cannot lead. It helps to focus on the response you hope to evoke rather than just what you want to say as a way to counter your own reluctance to ask others to change. Of course, laying out the response you want is a central part of good communication, but in the goal of leading others, you are also always after one very specific response: “I never thought of it that way.”

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Leaders Hold The Power to Engage

Leaders Hold The Power to Engage | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Attracting and keeping a skilled and engaged workforce is not something that can be addressed solely through recruitment and retention strategies.

 

I recently came across an article in my local newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, entitled 70% of Workers Thinking of Quitting. 


In it, a local recruitment company quotes a study they carried out with 10,000 employees in Australia and New Zealand in which 70% of employees say that they are considering moving jobs.  About 60% of respondents also say they feel they deserve a salary increase. The article seems to hint that employee salary expectations and thoughts about changing jobs are linked.


 Accompanying the article, the NZ Herald put an online poll, for which the question was “How do you feel about your salary?”  I couldn’t help thinking there was something missing.

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How To Create, Curate & Connect People Who Are Fired Up For Change

How To Create, Curate & Connect People Who Are Fired Up For Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

This piece is from Fastcompany it's from The World Vision Activism Network. (October 2012) I selected it because there are some great takeaways whether you have a community or are starting one from scratch.

 

Intro:

 

When you build a brand, one of the most important measures of success is the actual engagement and connection of your loyal customers, followers, supporters, partners, fans and friends--your community.


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I believe in staying active on a regular basis by doing so you are creating and continually influencing your audience. IMO

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Leadership: Is Too Much Expected of Me?

Leadership: Is Too Much Expected of Me? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
 In order to succeed, we need to slow it down. We need to expect less from ourselves and be okay with it. We need to help others see that less is more.  

 

Business is not local or national any more, but worldwide. The internet and social media keeps us connected constantly. Nothing is private and most of us are dancing through hoops to keep up with the demand. 
 
So if too much is expected of us, I say: 

Stop. 

Get off the treadmill. 

Do less. 

Decrease the sound. 

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5 Roadblocks of Good Leadership

5 Roadblocks of Good Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Have you ever encountered one of these 5 roadblocks to good leadership?

 

I’ve witnessed many leaders, including myself at times, get distracted from good leadership. Many times it’s a natural occurrence.


We aren’t feeling well physically or emotionally. Life struggles distract us for a season. There are unavoidable distractions for any leader. It’s the distractions we can avoid which tend to be most frustrating and can become roadblocks to good leadership and organizational health.

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The “Bright Spots” in Leadership

The “Bright Spots” in Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Let’s face it, no one is perfect. Most of us strive to be and others think they are, but no one will ever be perfect and it is the strive to be perfect that keeps us motivated and on top of our game, right? Or does it hinder our ability to lead effectively?

 

Think back to when you were a kid and you were told not to do something; did you focus on not doing it again or did you do it again and have to be told multiple times not to do it?

 

Now think about a time when your parents told you they were proud of you, how did that make you feel? Did you try your hardest to do it again and be even better?

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The Top 10 Reasons That Your Employees Really Quit

The Top 10 Reasons That Your Employees Really Quit | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Ever wonder why your employees really quit? A study of nearly 20,000 job quitters reveals some rather intriguing facts.

 

The data

 

The myth: 89 percent of employers believe that employees leave because of money.

 

The reality: 88 percent of employees leave because of things other than money.

 

According to the study, here are the top 10 reasons employees quit:


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Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader?

Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
ForbesLeadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader?ForbesGreat leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand.

 

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even great leaders can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds unique skills into an integrated whole.


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Love how this is broken in to categories. Allows development focus for each category

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How Active is Your Listening?

How Active is Your Listening? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Business owners are not universally noted for their active listening skills, and any efforts made by them to improve their skills in this area, can pay long term dividends for themselves and their businesses.

 

Because active listening requires effort and overt behaviour, it is not something that comes naturally to a busy business owner, and is a skill that requires both understanding and practice to master.

 

This excellent article, outlines the important purposes active listening serves, and it suggests three useful techniques that can help any business owner to improve their active listening skills.


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Four Ways To Build Trust Through Better Listening

Four Ways To Build Trust Through Better Listening | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Good leaders know they don’t have all the answers.

 

It’s easy for leaders to fall into the trap of thinking they need to have the answer to every problem or situation that arises. After all, that’s in a leader’s job description, right? Solve problems, make decisions, have answers…that’s what we do! Why listen to others when you already know everything?

 

Good leaders know they don’t have all the answers. They spend time listening to the ideas, feedback, and thoughts of their people, and they incorporate that information into the decisions and plans they make. When a person feels listened to, it builds trust, loyalty, and commitment in the relationship. Here are some tips for building trust by improving the way you listen in conversations:

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10 Things You Should be Spending More Time On

10 Things You Should be Spending More Time On | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Where Should You Spend More Time?

 

 

You get caught up in the busyness of the day-to-day.

 

You say you don’t have enough time.

 

Yet, the question isn’t where are you spending your time…

 

But rather, where should you be spending your time?

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9 characteristics of daring leadership

9 characteristics of daring leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Secure Base Leaders mix nine characteristics to provide just the right amount of safety and encourage just the right amount of risk.

 

Secure Base Leaders engage in a high level of caring and also encourage a high level of daring. In this way, both the leader and their followers can reach the highest levels of performance and have the most positive impact on others. We call that place the “sweet spot” of leadership. This sweet spot is of particular relevance to organizations focused on learning, innovation and change.

 

Unfortunately, we can’t give you a precise recipe for the sweet spot. Secure Base Leaders mix together nine characteristics in just the right way, at just the right time, to provide just the right amount of safety and encourage just the right amount of risk. Even though Secure Base Leadership is more of an art that responds to the sensitivities at hand than a science based on codified behavior, the behaviors of Secure Base Leaders are clear, practical and learnable.

 

In fact, you may already be exhibiting some of these:

 

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One Out of Every Two Managers Is Terrible at Accountability

One Out of Every Two Managers Is Terrible at Accountability | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Someone needs to be the sheriff, even if it's a thankless job.

 

Out of all the things we expect of leaders — taking charge, setting strategy, empowering people, driving execution, you name it — what one single behavior would you guess is most often neglected or avoided among executives? Seeing the big picture?

 

Nope. Delegating? Nope. Mapping out detailed project plans? Nope.

 

Although many upper-level managers don't do these things enough, by far and away the single-most shirked responsibility of executives is holding people accountable.

 

No matter how tough a game they may talk about performance, when it comes to holding people's feet to the fire, leaders step back from the heat.

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