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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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3 Ways To Replace Busy With Effective - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO

3 Ways To Replace Busy With Effective - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you promoting activity and busyness or are you focused on being effective? Here are some ways to dial in on the latter.
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I am always looking for ways to be less busy - and therefore more effective.  This article has a number of great suggestions.  

 

(From the article):The bottom line is the demand that managers tend to put on their people create a flurry of activity, yet little additional productivity. When in the end, being really busy in itself doesn’t pay bills, doesn’t foster innovation, and won’t strengthen culture. In fact, too much busyness may in fact yield the opposite. So with this in mind, try replacing busy with the following three things to yield greater results.

 

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, December 16, 2012 10:03 AM

Slow down, breathe, and consider what is essential and the best ways of engaging.  Good insights of core values at the heart of what we need to do.

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6 Ways to Transform Conflict

6 Ways to Transform Conflict | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Conflict is inevitable, but fallout from that conflict can be avoided. In this guest post, Lawrence Wilson six ways for doing so.
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(From the article): "Conflict Transformation is a third way to view conflict. It sees conflict not as a problem to managed or resolved but as an opportunity to strengthen the common life of any group.

Here are six keys to moving from a management or resolution mind-set to conflict transformation."  

Great points to reflect upon... 

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Practicing What We Preach | Leading with Empathy

Practicing What We Preach |  Leading with Empathy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In a Word: Empathy
"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own." Henry Ford

As UX professionals, it is our imperative to create valuable and engaging experiences for our users. We often have to play the role of “user advocate” on project teams where other requirements and constraints can push our recommendations for more user-centric designs to the bottom of the list of priorities. In this article, I will discuss not only why empathy is critical—offering a truly competitive advantage when designing experiences for users—but also why this same ability is key to managing your project teams, your department, and your entire organization.

In the past, being empathetic in the professional world has been marginalized as being "too soft” or “too touchy-feely.” However, empathetic approaches should be implemented both internally and externally and do not fit into any pre-defined box.

by Astrid Chow
Via Edwin Rutsch
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(From the article): "In fact, the higher the leader was ranked, the more emotional intelligence they were perceived to have. Empathy is integral to emotional intelligence, and is most easily recognized within it. Goleman is careful to explain that empathy for a leader in an organization, “doesn’t mean adopting other people’s emotions as one’s own and trying to please everyone. Rather, empathy means thoughtfully considering employees’ feelings – along with other factors—in the process of making intelligent decisions.”

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Critical Thinking From The Ground Up

Critical Thinking From The Ground Up | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking From The Ground Up

Images of critical thinking in full bloom abound—teams in furious concentration to send rockets to Mars, the ferment of ideas in businesses like Apple and Google, and the patient concentration of a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

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Read also my curation about Critical-Thinking here:

- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=critical+thinking

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Via Gust MEES
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 “Cast your net broadly.  Learn a lot and have confidence in what you know.  Be able to express it, learn from others, and think about it.”

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Stop Thinking About Your Leadership

Stop Thinking About Your Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The greatest leaders throughout history increased their influence. However, the primary concerns of these leaders were not their leadership, but service.

No, great leaders don’t think about their leadership. They think about their people.

Want to be a great leader? Hone your leadership skills, but focus on service.

Question: What other benefits do great leaders realize by focusing on service, rather than leadership?
Via Amy Melendez, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): ...great leaders don’t think about their leadership. They think about their people.

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Richard Hart's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:31 AM

Attitude and intent are everything in leadership


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The 5 Levers of Employee Engagement

The 5 Levers of Employee Engagement | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are five levers that can lead to employee engagement.
Via David Hain
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(The Takeaway): "By understanding that the manager controls the process and works to set the system, the behaviors will adjust to engagement. Everyone wants to do their best work, and feel connected and engaged with their organization, work, manager and coworkers. By focusing on the 5 areas above you will create a system that drives engagement and innovation."

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Leadership and the art of plate spinning

Leadership and the art of plate spinning | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Senior executives will better balance people and priorities by embracing the paradoxes of organizational life.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(Reading) Embracing the paradoxes described in this article can be uncomfortable: it’s counterintuitive to stimulate change by grounding it in sources of reassuring stability or to focus on boundaries and control when a company wants to stir up new ideas. Yet the act of trying to reconcile these tensions helps leaders keep their eyes on all their spinning plates and identify when interventions are needed to keep the organization lined up with its top priorities.

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6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Becoming and staying productive isn't about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It's about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.
Via Abdul Abdirahman, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(Great quote - and excellent suggestions) “Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way,” Mike said. “Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.”

 

Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

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Abdul Abdirahman's curator insight, December 11, 2012 11:13 PM

What to be more productive and feel like you are accomplishing your goals DAILY, here are a few tips that can help.

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Career lessons from Gen Y

Career lessons from Gen Y | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Members of Gen Y have a bit of career advice for the rest of us about surviving in a turbulent economy.
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Embrace change, keep learning, be willing to start over, and find what you really want to do. Not bad career advice, especially from those who are so young.

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How to Become a Morning Person

How to Become a Morning Person | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard the benefits of becoming a morning person. But how do you become one? In this post I provide a nine steps you can take starting today.
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“Morning people” tend to:

Make more money.Be more productive.Be healthier and live longer.Be more happy and satisfied in their lives.
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12 Ways to Thrive Under Stress

12 Ways to Thrive Under Stress | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Talking about stress is stressful. It’s one more problem to solve. But, ignoring it never resolves it. Stress builds up.

Disproportionate reactions indicate stress build-up.

Mary says, “Would you mind handing me that pencil?” Bob responds in anger, “You’re always asking for something. Get it yourself!” “Sheesh!”
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The article contains good common sense on handling stress.  Who doesn't have stress?

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How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right)

How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We've all been in the circumstance where we're having a conversation (or argument) with someone and they're convinced you're wrong about something, even though you know you're right.
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(Great Thoughts): "Just because you know you're right it doesn't mean getting into an actual argument is worth it. Sometimes, it's best to just let things go. At the very least, before you set out to prove that you're right, it's good to check your own argument. To those ends, Gil suggests you consider a few points before you even react."

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Face value: where to look when you want to read someone

Face value: where to look when you want to read someone | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their face. From a glance, we can glean information about a person’s emotional state, sex, age, ethnicity, where their attention is focused and, of course – if we recognise them – who they are.

But where should you look on a face to get the best look – that is, where should we focus our gaze to gather the most information?
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their face.

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5 Reasons Leadership Falls Flat

5 Reasons Leadership Falls Flat | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Although these errors are surprisingly common, they're easily overcome. Here's how.
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(from the article): "You can read a dozen books on leadership and attend just as many leadership seminars, but your employees won't follow your lead if you make any of these five common errors:"

 

The article contains a number of good suggestions for those struggling with their own leadership development.

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3 Ways to Fix Your Company Culture

3 Ways to Fix Your Company Culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Scheming, back-biting and gossiping do no good. How to put an end to it, now.

Have you ever worked for a really exceptional company? For me, that company was McCaw Cellular Communications. Like many companies, McCaw had its list of company goals and values. The real difference was that everyone in the company truly embraced the culture, making a huge difference in how the company operated.
Via Jose Luis Anzizar, David Hain, Anne Egros
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(From the article): "Start Now.  It is very difficult to change the culture once it’s embedded within an organization. Far better to set expectations from Day One. This means proactively screening candidates for culture fit along with other key attributes. What will drive success for your business? We often want our employees to be honest, responsible, customer-focused, flexible, innovative and efficient. Design your company’s personality to be the way you want your customers to experience it."

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Anne Egros's curator insight, December 14, 2012 2:45 PM

Do you check if future employees fit with your corporate culture ? From my experience very few companies have a formal process to check how someone will adpat to management styles, team work spirit and general expectations in term of  behavior. Do you ?

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Questions to guide you in understanding your organizational culture

Questions to guide you in understanding your organizational culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Organizational leaders must develop questions and categories to identify issues of “organizational culture,” explore them, and take action.

Via Sparktheaction
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(From thet article): "The challenge for organizational leaders, whether executives or managers, is to develop questions and categories that can be used to identify key issues associated with “organizational culture,” explore them, and take action to strengthen and reinforce desired cultural characteristics or initiate changes aimed at greater member satisfaction and enhanced organizational performance."

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7 Steps to Become an Authority in Your Industry

7 Steps to Become an Authority in Your Industry | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How developing your reputation as a leader can help boost your business and brand.
Via Anne Egros, David Hain
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(From the article): "Becoming an authority in your industry can be a great way to promote your business and help you better serve your clients. It takes a consistent dose of education and risk, but the rewards can be well worth the effort."


Excellent suggestions contained in the article.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, December 13, 2012 12:43 PM

The last point of this article (http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/225225)  "Keep Learning", is for me the most important factor to become an expert in your field.

 

For organizing and sharing interesting articles I like Scoop.it. To discuss new topics and ideas with other experts I like Linkedin groups. I am not using yet the new Google+ feature, "communities",  but it seems something interesting.

 

If you have started a Google + community, please share your experience or wait for the next post after I learn how to use this new tool.

 

For organizing ideas and actually learn, I like to write in my blog. Learning by teaching is one of my favorite way to learn. I can't explain clearly something if I did not understand it fully.


What about you ? What do you do to be known as an expert in your industry ?

 

 

David Hain's curator insight, December 14, 2012 2:47 AM

Read also the thoughtful comments from Anne.

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Do More by Working Less

Do More by Working Less | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Do you really believe that neglecting yourself and living in overdrive will build your business faster? Time to debunk that myth.

Via Jose Luis Yañez
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(From the article): "You know who you are. You want to do it all and won't let go of the controls, even for a moment. You want to please everyone and typically put your own needs on the back burner to do so. Perhaps you don't see enough of your family, or your stress doesn't allow you to enjoy the time you do have with them. It's time to reach for the oxygen mask."

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5 Steps From Lying to Responsibility

5 Steps From Lying to Responsibility | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Everyone lies every day. “How are you feeling?” “Just fine,” you reply. Actually, you feel terrible but don’t want to talk about it. You lie. Leaders are tempted to lie when ________: Under-perform...
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Leadership stands on trust. Lying destroys leadership. All successful leaders are truth-tellers.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 13, 2012 11:06 AM

Here's a short blog post from Dan Rockwell that shows a great example of day to day ethics.  Moral of the story?


Leadership stands on trust. Lying destroys leadership. All successful leaders are truth-tellers.

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I, Bully. Unexpected Leadership Lessons

I, Bully. Unexpected Leadership Lessons | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The Bully was ME! Twice!

As a kid, I was an overt and mean bully. As a manager, I learned ways of bullying covertly by hiding behind my rank. Although I may not have been as bad as other bosses, I was still a bully and very good at getting away with it.

In both situations, albeit years apart, I found ways to justify my behavior. I felt entitled to my actions!

I was wrong both times and had to look in the mirror long and hard to face up to the fact that it was ME who needed to change.

It took courageous and caring feedback from a few trusted colleagues to help me realize what I was doing, but it also took my years of remorse to humble and remind me that I had bullied before and could definitely be bullying others again.
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 12, 2012 11:41 PM

This is my own personal story.  I hope it helps communicate the difficulty of changing bullying behavior both in our schools and places of work. 

Enzo Guardino's curator insight, August 4, 2013 10:09 AM

If only all Leaders would identify their vulnerabilities and turn them around for positive purposes.

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5 Traits of Leaders Who Are Ready for Social Good

5 Traits of Leaders Who Are Ready for Social Good | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
‘Tis the season to do good. You might not believe it if you’ve just come from the Mall, but the spirit of good is out there.
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‘Tis the season to do good. You might not believe it if you’ve just come from the Mall, but the spirit of good is out there. Perhaps unexpectedly, good deeds and real social change are coming from business leaders who understand that success carries with it the opportunity to exercise social responsibility without the burden of government mandate.

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Top Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

Top Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Whether you consciously aware of it or not, on some level you are continually leading yourself and others – you don’t necessarily have to have a large team reporting to you to be considered a leader.
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Consider some of the following tips for how to become a better leader and think about ways that you can implement these strategies in your daily life.

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Steps to Build a Return-to-Work Program

Steps to Build a Return-to-Work Program | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Consider a program that helps experienced professionals re-enter the workforce while you fill critical roles on a temporary basis.


Ever since Goldman Sachs started its return-to-work program in 2006, “returnships” have grown into a viable tool that can benefit companies as well as experienced professionals who’ve taken extended time off.

Goldman’s effort started in 2006, when it offered a one-day information session in New York for folks who’d interrupted their careers and wanted to get back to work. In 2008, the bank began its returnship program, an eight-week paid internship in non-client facing departments, where returning, experienced workers could get their feet wet again. It even trademarked the term Returnship, with an upper-case “R.”
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For talent managers looking to develop a similar back-to-work program in their organizations, Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of iRelaunch, a career re-entry programming firm, has a few tips.

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How to Hold a Growth Strategy Planning Day

How to Hold a Growth Strategy Planning Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Now, take your goals, projects and tactics and align them on one page each in support of the proper topline objective. Assign each objective an owner and charge that person with assembling the team, resources and plan for tackling the objective’s associated projects.

 

When it comes to keeping your entire business focused on what matters most, this could be the most important day for your organization’s day-to-day alignment and focus.

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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, December 12, 2012 7:20 PM

Brilliant idea!...check it out

ManagingAmericans's comment, January 25, 2013 11:46 AM
Its also a great idea to do this offsite without distractions. Don points out some great points and I would just add that it is important to document actions, put a plan together to tackle those actions with clearly defined responsibilities, time-frames and resources and follow up.
Sigrid de Kaste's comment, January 25, 2013 11:24 PM
Thanks, great point! thanks for your input!
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5 Skills Every Leader Must Have

5 Skills Every Leader Must Have | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The world moves fast and if you can't keep up, your company is doomed. Here are five skills that every leader must have to run a company in today's culture.
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The article contains some keen insight on the nature of leadership for today.  I especially appreciated the following:

 

"Sure, the ability to write and speak effectively is perhaps more important today than ever before. But if you have that unique ability to listen and really hear what people are saying, to empathize, to really relate and truly connect with folks, then chances are you’ll be writing tomorrow’s success stories."

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