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How Leadership and Culture Impact Business Profit

How Leadership and Culture Impact Business Profit | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Business exists solely to make a profit! Controversial? Possibly….

 

But this is worth investigating because I feel this point is critical to business and personal success. And it is in some ways counter-intuitive to what many of us have been led to believe.

It is also not my view.


The Purpose Of Business


A few months ago I read a quote that I understand was attributed to Bill Gates. It contained several points related to business and the context of how an employee should ‘feel’ about working for a business.


Essentially, the argument that business exists primarily to make a profit was the premise.
Now, whether this statement reflects on Bill Gates or Microsoft positively or negatively is not my point.


I consider that business exists for other reasons. Whilst researching this blog I came across literally hundreds of sites and quotes arguing that business should exist for a higher purpose. Fair enough but not really my point either…well, not entirely.


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Three Best Practices Employees Crave

Three Best Practices Employees Crave | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Satisfying someone's cravings is a sure fire way to their heart, yet when it comes to the workplace, business owners and managers seem to be constantly missing the mark in satisfying the cravings of their employees.

 

Capturing the heart of your employees is an important key to improving employee engagement levels, so it makes sound sense to understand what it is that employees really crave, and then to take action to satisfy these cravings.

 

This excellent article, provide research findings as to what employees really crave, and it then suggests three practices that employers can adopt to satisfy these cravings.


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Leadership Skills of Dealing with the Elephant

Leadership Skills of Dealing with the Elephant | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How will YOU Deal with the Elephant? This is a hard question and sometimes the answer is not easy.

 

Have you ever been in a business meeting, event or even at home and there was this issue nobody wanted to discuss or bring up?

 

This is a situation where solid leadership skills are important.

 

If you were junior in the company or the youngest in the family, it may have felt like it was not in your best interest to bring the elephant to the forefront. I have experienced the “elephant on the table syndrome” in both my professional and personal life.

 

The Obvious Issue


According, to Wikipedia, the term refers to a question, problem, solution, or controversial issue that is obvious, but which is ignored by a group of people, generally because it causes embarrassment or is taboo. The idiom can imply a value judgment that the issue ought to be discussed openly, or it can simply be an acknowledgment that the issue is there and not going to go away by itself.

 

I would like to point out a few reasons why we don’t invite the elephant to the table for an honest, factual discussion.


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Your Power as a Leader

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As leaders, we possess more power than we think. But we can only use it for good if we understand it and embrace it.

 

Years ago, I had a very difficult boss. One-on-one he wasn’t a bad guy. He was warm and likable. But in a group—particularly in meetings—he become another person. Dr. Jekyll became Mr. Hyde.


He would suddenly become cold and aloof. If I, or someone on my team, reported good news, he either didn’t acknowledge it or quickly dismissed it.

 

“Okay, we get it. You had a great month. Can we move on?” he would snap.

 

If we confessed bad news, he would begin his interrogation. He would bludgeon us with questions, one after another. He often asked the same question more than once, wearing us down and sucking the life out of us. We would leave these meetings depleted and discouraged.

I was very much aware of the impact he had on me.

 

I vowed I would never lead this way when I got promoted....


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Tips for Breaking Bad Habits and Developing Good Habits

Tips for Breaking Bad Habits and Developing Good Habits | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Most of life is habitual. You do the same things you did yesterday, the day before and every day for the last month. It’s estimated that out of every 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40.


Habits, good or bad, make you who you are. The key is controlling them. If you know how to change your habits, then even a small effort can create big changes.


I’ve been using these techniques for years to re-engineer many aspects of my life. That includes overhauling my diet, exercising regularly, cutting out television, and bulking my e-mail and work routines.

 

Little changes that, when put on autopilot, can result in an improved quality of life.


Here are some tips to get you started:...


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Why You Didn't Get the Job

Why You Didn't Get the Job | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Over the course of his career, Dave Fecak has scheduled thousands of interviews at a wide array of companies and organizations.

 

Over the course of his career, Dave Fecak has scheduled thousands of interviews at a wide array of companies and organizations. In that time, he has learned that while no two managers look for the exact same set of skills or behaviors, recognizable patterns emerge when a candidate isn't offered the job.


The examples of feedback below are things I have heard repeatedly over the years, and tend to be the leading causes of failed interviews across industries.

 

Candidate has wide breadth but little depth...


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Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility

Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
But leaders of all ages could afford to act as if help is not coming more often. And doing so may start with three simple points of understanding.

 

Are you stalled in a project at work, waiting on someone else to take initiative to get things moving? Are you in a broken professional relationship — with a manager, coworker, or employee — hoping the other person assumes blame and fixes the issue?

 

Are you looking for an easy way to get focused or improve your productivity — a silver bullet from an unexpected source?

 

One of the most common momentum killers I've seen in my professional life is our propensity to wait for someone else to act, take initiative, assume blame, or take charge. But very often, no help comes.

 

One year ago, I heard Tal Ben-Shahar speak about this concept; he learned it from Nathaniel Branden, the father of the self-esteem movement. According to Ben-Shaher, Branden believed that taking responsibility was the first step to developing a healthy sense of self and that we internalize the idea of taking responsibility when we realize, "no one is coming."


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Those who Discourage Destroy

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Leaders encourage – losers discourage.

 

It’s shockingly easy to discourage others. It takes no skill to knock people down. It’s the joy of fools to drag down.

 

Leaders encourage – losers discourage.


Discouragement comes quickly, easily, and without thought. Encouragement – positive momentum – is a fragile flame that requires fuel, protection, and repetition.

 

Encouragement fuels success;
discouragement destroys it.

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5 Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in B-School

5 Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in B-School | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Forget vision, passion, and other B-school platitudes. Here are the nitty gritty details on what makes leaders great.First he spoke about the importance of inspiration. Then he talked about the power of passion.

 

First he spoke about the importance of inspiration. Then he talked about the power of passion. Then he discussed the value of vision.

 

Then I almost fell asleep.

 

I was sitting in on a class, and the professor was describing the traits of a great leader. I certainly didn't disagree with his list: vision, passion, inspiration, dedication, fairness, accountability. Those are important traits of a great leader. Still, I realized I would retain very little of what he said.

 

Platitudes are hard to remember, much less put into practice.

 

After all, "Inspire your team" is great advice, but how do you pull that off?


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Changing How We Think About Change

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Change.


The only constant is change. Change happens to everyone. Some changes are personal and some changes are widespread affecting many people.

 

We get married or divorced. We have children and they leave for college—sometimes they return home. We get promoted—we lose jobs. We move to another neighborhood—our parents move back to town.

 

Regardless of the change, all changes force us to go through a process of psychological and emotional adjustment. We need to “let go” of the way things used to be and get ourselves ready for the way things are now.


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11 Golden Rules for Public Speakers

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Whether you like it or not, as a business owner you are a public speaker, and for the sake of your business you need to develop your skills in this area to outshine your competition.

 

Public speaking, like any other practiced discipline, operates under a set of rules that if followed lead to much improved performance.

 

This excellent article, explains that public speaking is much more than formal speaches, and it provides 11 tips that you can follow to improve your performance as a speaker.


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The Key to Time Management: Stop Wasting It

The Key to Time Management: Stop Wasting It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The key to investing your time wisely and having the life you want is to learn to say “no” to small things so you can say “yes” to bigger things. Stop wasting time.

 

Your fancy day timer binder can’t help you manage your time. The time management classes you took can’t help you either (even though there is nothing wrong with the methodology they taught you). The books and magazine articles you pored over in search of the secret to time management revealed nothing new, nothing that made a difference. Neither did syncing your calendar to the Cloud.

 

The reason nothing you have tried has improved your time management is because, until now, no one has told you the truth: The key to time management is to stop wasting it.

 

Maybe It’s Just Wasted Time

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Leadership is Healthy

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Leadership is healthy.

 

Your true leadership grows out of recognizing and appreciating your true self. Leadership is not about being someone else; leadership is about being who you are.

 

The health of your leadership reflects your own health.

 

There is nothing inherently stressful about leadership. There are very effective leaders who do not suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other stress-related issues. There are very good leaders who regularly take time to reflect and to listen. There are leaders whose leadership benefits not only their organizations, but also themselves.

 

Leadership is more than just making good decisions about the bottom line, or setting the right course for the future.

 

Leadership is about using what you have to its best advantage in the long run.

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Four Lessons From the Best Bosses

Four Lessons From the Best Bosses | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"Having a great boss shouldn't be such an unusual experience."

 

My first boss at Bell Labs had a habit of yelling. While he was an equal-opportunity yeller, when he shouted at me in my first department meeting, I got up, told him when he wanted to talk, not yell, I'd be in my office and walked out. I was 20 years old, just out of undergrad, and sitting among a group of aghast Ph.D.'s . Perhaps this was not the best initial career move. But about 30 minutes later, he walked into my office and apologized. He never yelled at me again (though he did keep yelling at the rest of the team), and became one of three manager-mentors that shaped my career at Bell Labs and AT&T — and taught me to manage others and myself. I'll share one story from each boss and the lesson I learned from each.

 

That first boss, the reformed yeller, provided multiple opportunities for visibility up to the president of Bell Labs, coaching me all the way. He went out on a limb to make me the first person promoted to Member of Technical Staff (MTS) without a Ph.D. or M.S., and under the age of 25.


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Why Remote Workers Are More (Yes, More) Engaged

Why Remote Workers Are More (Yes, More) Engaged | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Who is more engaged and more committed to their work and rates their leaders the highest?

A. People who work in the office
B. People who work remotely


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Seven Ways to Influence Others

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Seven stunningly simple ways to influence others.

 

It had been a long day of work and travel, and it was going to get longer.

 

Due to weather issues around the country, flights across the eastern half of the U.S. were delayed and canceled. It was snowing heavily in Denver, where I had just landed to find my connecting flight canceled. I quickly found my way to the end of the long line of other harried travelers who were trying to figure out how to get to their destinations.

 

It wasn’t a picture of serenity.

 

As I got closer to the front of the line, I watched the ticket agents behind the desk take one complaint after another. I noticed how normally sane travelers were angry, screaming, and generally blaming these ticket agents for their issues as if those agents could change the weather or magically make a plane appear.

 

I decided I would take a different approach. Yes, I was tired and I was frustrated, yet screaming didn’t seem like a kind —or particularly effective —approach to the situation.  

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Leaders Must Unplug and Recharge

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Leaders lead best when they allow themselves the freedom to unplug and recharge.

 

To unplug or not to unplug?


That is the big question.

 

I’ve always been pretty darn good at taking vacations and setting boundaries around them. In the early days of the Blackberry, I didn’t own one so it was easy to disconnect from work–especially since I like to travel to more remote locations. I also stayed away from computers while on holiday, figuring my email could wait until I got home and my friends would still be there.

Isn’t the idea of a holiday to get away, relax, recharge, experience something new, and shift perspectives?

 

If we are on email, our attention is back at home. Why bother leaving? You may think me selfish, but I don’t even send postcards. I want my full attention on my holiday, on my traveling companion and on wherever I am.

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7 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Big Dreamer

7 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Big Dreamer | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Being a big dreamer doesn’t mean that you walk around with your head in the clouds. It means that you’re seeking a purpose for your life and it means that you’re becoming fulfilled in the process.


People that get into the habit of dreaming big will accomplish those goals because they have the right mindset. You need to look at life with the perspective that you can achieve anything that’s possible. If you can accomplish big dreams, why wouldn’t you go after them? Why would you want to settle for small dreams?


Here’s a list of reasons why you should be a big dreamer:


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Why Work?

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Too many people derive little or no satisfaction from their work. So what does it take to achieve lasting fulfillment in our employment?

 

How many people do you know who are happy with their jobs?

 

Perhaps you are one who is working just to survive and make ends meet, deriving little satisfaction from your employment. 

Do we have the courage to ask ourselves whether it's possible that people weren't intended to live and work as we do today?

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We all do it. We put off that dreaded task for five more minutes, then for thirty minutes, then for another hour, until it doesn’t get done at all.

 

We all do it. We put off that dreaded task for five more minutes, then for thirty minutes, then for another hour, until it doesn’t get done at all. And the worst part is we still weren’t able to enjoy our day. We spend so much time stressing over that looming task that it deprives us from actually being able to focus on other tasks.


Why do we do it? We know it never ends well. The problem is that the cycle can feel nearly impossible to break. We get so caught up in the cycle of procrastination that we almost forget how to effectively tackle hard tasks.

 

Here are five tips for nipping procrastination in the bud and taking back control over your daily life.


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Strong Personal Mission Statement Works Like A Career GPS

Strong Personal Mission Statement Works Like A Career GPS | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In order to bridge the gap from college to your first career you need to know yourself; what you bring to the table and what drives you, what you value and what...

 

In order to bridge the gap from college to your first career you need to know yourself; what you bring to the table and what drives you, what you value and what you can do that adds value.  All of this should be succinctly crafted into a personal mission statement. Eric Hellweg who writes for the Harvard Business Review asserts,

 

Most companies, regardless of their sectors, have a mission statement. And most are awash in jargon and marble-mouthed pronouncements. Worse still, these gobbledy-gook statements are often forgotten by, misremembered, or flatly ignored by frontline employees.

 

You can’t anticipate every conflict of interest employees might encounter. But, you can increase the likeliness that employees act in the company’s best interest if you provide clear guidelines. A well-crafted mission statement serves as a “true north” for all employees to follow and can do the same for individuals.

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Great Leadership: How to be a Leader in a Crappy Culture

Great Leadership: How to be a Leader in a Crappy Culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It’s easy to be a great leader in a company that values leadership, develops leaders, and is full of role model leaders to earn from.

 

These companies, while not perfect, tend to have great hiring and promotional practices, and invest in succession planning and leadership development. 

 

However….what about the rest of us?


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Not Having a Blog Is Not An Option

Not Having a Blog Is Not An Option | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today's guest is Joel Libava - otherwise known as The Franchise King - Enjoy! If your business doesn’t have a website, it doesn’t have a chance.

 

If your business doesn’t have a website, it doesn’t have a chance. And, I’m not even talking about a professionally designed and optimized one. If you don’t have even a basic website up and running these days, your prospective customers and clients are going to have a hard time seeing you as being relevant.

 

And, if you don’t have a blog attached to your website, those same prospective customers and clients aren’t going to have a chance to learn about your expertise, and about the human side of your business.

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Working Out Doesn’t Just Make You Stronger, It Makes You Smarter

Working Out Doesn’t Just Make You Stronger, It Makes You Smarter | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We already know the facts: Our country is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Few American adults exercise enough, and that poor lifestyle choice is getting handed down to our children, who are getting fat at record levels.

 

And all that obesity is affecting our health, causing heart disease, diabetes, and untold other health consequences. But what if the effects aren’t only mental?

 

This new infographic, from OnlineCollegeCourses.com points out that exercise has some great benefits for not just how our body works, but how our brains work, too. It’s clearly important for kids, who need all the brain power they can get for school, but it’s equally important for adults: A fit worker is a fast, efficient worker.

 

First, let’s review the facts. Children--who should be buzzing about with so much energy that we have to ask them not to exercise--aren’t moving around that much anymore. (Ironically, part of the problem is the diminished role of phys ed in many public schools.) Only one in four children get 30 minutes of daily exercise, and by the time they’re teenagers, only 12% are getting their daily recommended amount of physical activity.

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Ten Things to Stop Avoiding

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I have a lengthy list of things in my head that leaders avoid doing; here are the top ten. I also hear plenty of excuses for not doing them.

 

 

I have a lengthy list of things in my head that leaders avoid doing; here are the top ten. I also hear plenty of excuses for not doing them. Time to remind you of what’s important. What’s your excuse for not doing these?

 

Developing: It’s is your responsibility to prepare your team members for their next step; it may be your job. And they won’t be ready. Who on your team needs to be stretched and how will you coach them?

 

Delegating: You’re running ragged because you are the only one who can do some things (or so you think). Meanwhile, your staff would love to be challenged. What can you delegate and challenge them with?

 

Giving: Your best employees want and need your feedback. Give it to them. What do they need to know?

 

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