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Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life Inspirational

Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life Inspirational | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Infographics on being creative in life and inspiration with top 29 ways to be creative on success and startup exploring and researching ideas and concept...

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6 Reasons Why People Resist Change

6 Reasons Why People Resist Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Rosabeth Moss Kantor, Professor of Management at Harvard Business School stated once that change is disturbing when it is done to us, exhilarating when it is done by us. It is within the context of this statement that we can review why people resist the concept of change.

 

Change is a necessary part of an organization. Any public agency, not-for-profit organization, or private sector organization must face change daily to survive in a competitive world. How do we deal with change and communicate it, will make the difference between success and failure.

 

Change can be difficult because of its scope, fear of the unknown, rapid pace, previous personal experience, access to information, and leadership vision.

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Don't Innovate. Create a Culture of Innovation

Don't Innovate. Create a Culture of Innovation | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
While many organizations focus on addressing problems, the most successful focus on raising the bar. One of the ways they do this is by creating a culture where innovation thrives.

 

While many organizations focus on addressing problems, the most successful focus on raising the bar. One of the ways they do this is by creating a culture where innovation thrives. When this organizational strength is magnified, it can become a source of competitive advantage.

 

One of my clients asked me to help identify the best practices of leaders who were the most innovative in his organization. In many interviews and meetings, there was very little discussion about brainstorming, generating ideas, prototyping, and the like—the kind of things most of us think about when we consider institutionalizing innovation. Instead, I heard what many of us would call excellent practices for leadership. My one-sentence conclusion: Excellence in leading innovation has far less to do with the leader having innovative ideas; it has everything to do with how that leader creates a culture where innovation and creativity thrives in every corner. Okay, maybe I cheated by having a sentence with a semi-colon but you get the gist in short form.

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The Struggle and Power of Divergent Values

The Struggle and Power of Divergent Values | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Close alignment and diversity
are better than full alignment and unity.

 

It’s a mistake to expect everyone to fully align with your values. Shared values are never fully shared.

 

Power of values: 

 

Shared values are the heartbeat of vibrant organizations.

 

1.Values drive decisions.

 

2. Decisions drive direction.

 

3. Direction drives satisfaction.

 

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A new way forward in collective leadership?

A new way forward in collective leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We have built a world in which competition rules but it's time to pay more attention to the art of collective leadership, says Petra Kuenkel...

 

In a Guardian article in June, George Monbiot stated poignantly that Rio 2012 was "perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war." He goes on to explain that leaders support the paradigm of growth and competition that has led to were we are today.

 

We have built a world in which silos – nations, companies, people – compete with each other and world leaders and many of their followers act accordingly. But what did Monbiot mean when he talked about a "collective leadership"?


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15 Gifts You Can Give Yourself for Free

15 Gifts You Can Give Yourself for Free | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The best things in life aren’t things.

 

The best things in life aren’t things. So next time you want to give yourself a gift, save your money, and consider gifting yourself one of the following instead:


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The Offline Executive

The Offline Executive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A manager’s effectiveness depends not only on using e-mail and other electronic communication, but also on learning to shut it down.

 

Do you ever disconnect, even for just a few minutes? Think about the last time you used your “off button.” Was it at home over the weekend? On vacation? Or were you at the office?

 

BlackBerrys, iPhones, Androids, iPads, and all their digital relatives are transforming our lives — for better and for worse. They are also changing the nature of how and when (and where) work gets done.

 

This new reality has profound implications for management, although studies on the topic have been surprisingly limited.

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Why Good Writing Is Essential For Business

Why Good Writing Is Essential For Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Mark Twain once noted that “to get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.”

 

 

I find it hard to believe the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn considered writing a struggle (though he must have--he also said, "Writing is easy.

 

All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.") Today, with so many publishing platforms, many people fancy themselves writers. But I know how difficult it is, even for those responsible for writing, tweeting, and speaking on behalf of companies, to find the right words and the right place for them. Good writing is, indeed, all too rare.

 

Cranking out masterful writing that is crisp, stirring, and grammatically spot-on is hard--really hard. Still, as a communicator, I want to see writing that inspires me.

 

However, the reality is different. Major news organizations have sent copyeditors packing to save money and to enable writers to publish quickly. People are encouraged to package thoughts in 140 characters or less and express themselves--OMG--in cutesy shorthand. Even Twain--who championed the use of simple language, short words, and brief sentences--would be appalled.


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How Empathy Helps Build Relationship Trust - Ross Floate

In Chapter 9 of 20 in his 2012 interview, branding and design strategist Ross Floate answers "How Do You Establish Trust When Building Relationships?" Floate...

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Thought Leaders Now Being Replaced By Feeling Leaders

Thought Leaders Now Being Replaced By Feeling Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions...

 

A few weeks ago I attended the World Innovation Forum in NYC.

 

My big insight? Thought leaders will soon be a thing of the past.

 

In their place? Feeling leaders -- business savants who have made the journey from head to heart and aren't afraid to let the rest of us know what they've learned along the way.

 

I'm not talking warm and fuzzy. Nor am I diminishing the thoughtfulness of the presenters at the World Innovation Forum. They were. Thoughtful, that is. Very.

 

But it wasn't so much their thinking that moved me -- as it was the feeling behind their thinking.


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Leading Well When People Meet

Leading Well When People Meet | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How can we make effective use of meetings (#in Leadership GPS: Leading Well When People Meet - How can we make effective use of meetings http://t.co/rcV80zEw...)...

 

We all have meetings. Meetings with clients, meetings with staff, meetings with teams… as much as we say we don't care for them, we end up using them daily. As someone in a leadership position, how can we make effective use of those meetings? What should we be doing to make meetings work, and what should we avoid at all costs? 


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8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know!

8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you a collaborative leader?

 

Collaborative leaders understand that organizations are networks of relationships and that relationships are the glue that holds them together.

 

Anyone can be collaborative leader — no matter whether you are the president, a mid-level manager or a front-line supervisor.. or in a large corporation a small business, a non-profit, or a school.

 

Collaborative leaders create communities, whether they lead the entire organization or a team within the organization.


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How Our Words Impact Others

How Our Words Impact Others | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They often impact people for decades, providing the courage to press on or the reason to give up.

 

When I was fourteen, my family moved from Nebraska to Texas. It was the middle of my ninth-grade year. Junior high is always an awkward time, but the move during this critical year made it even more difficult.


I remember walking into the school cafeteria for the first time. I was all by myself. The other kids had the luxury of established friendships. I didn’t know a soul. The cliques were already defined.

 

After making my way through the serving line, I slid into the nearest open seat. The kids at the table gave me the once-over, wrinkled their noses, and then snickered. I could feel my face getting red with embarrassment. I looked down at my food.

 

Finally, one of the kids broke the ice. “Man! You have one BIG nose!”


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The Dangerous Power of Negative Thinking

The Dangerous Power of Negative Thinking | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Letting fear and negativity derail us will never bring rainbows and sunshine into our lives.

 

Negative thinking is our enemy. It dampens our enthusiasm and motivation. It contributes to indecision, inertia, procrastination and outright derailment of our goal-directed actions. It defeats us. It beats us. It creates the “bad luck” that we will later bemoan.

 

We are our own worst enemy when we indulge our negative thinking and tell ourselves, “It’s not going to work out… I’m unlucky… Something will go wrong… Such and such will happen and I’m just going to be more miserable, so why bother?”

 

There are an endless number of negative messages in all shapes and sizes that discourage us from being proactive and going forth into the world. And now is as good a time as any to stop playing this losing hand, to stop giving these negative messages any power.

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Corporate culture changes only when people change

Corporate culture changes only when people change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Only when leaders proactively manage productivity AND citizenship do organizations enjoy a high performance, values-aligned culture.

 

I’m coaching a senior leader through his company’s culture change. He recently told me, “Man, this culture management is hard work!” We both laughed — and agreed.

 

It takes time and energy to tend, monitor, and nurture a safe, inspiring work environment in your organization’s divisions and teams.

 

Safe, inspiring work environments do not happen by chance. Human foibles and temptations, driven by greed and power, can make companies lousy places to work. Only when leaders proactively manage productivity and citizenship do organizations enjoy their desired high performance, values-aligned culture.

 

Many senior leaders believe that they only have to describe desired outcomes and people will immediately align to them. I call that “managing by announcements.” Leaders state lofty performance expectations or increased quality targets or “values we’ll live by from this day forward” without any explanation of how the organization will make those changes. Without the “hows” and demonstrated senior leader commitment, these targets fall by the wayside quickly.

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Think Like a Futurist

Think Like a Futurist | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Thinking like a futurist isn’t a magical process. If it were, we would be a lot better at it. Practically, it is about creativity. It’s learning to step out of our present thinking to make connections with what we don’t yet know. Any good book on “future thinking” should help you do just that. 

Think Like a Futurist by Cecily Sommers, is just such a book. What we can imagine or create or any manifestation of future thinking must link to something that already exists in our mind. The more points of connection we have, the more possibilities we have for discovery. This is the key idea. 

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Engagement and learning: One affects the other

Engagement and learning: One affects the other | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I'll give you an hour of my time, but will I give you an hour of my engagement? Julian Stodd wants to explore the difference.

 

Sitting in the room or taking the elearning is not enough; we need learners to be engaged. But what does engagement mean? How do we get it, and what are the impacts if we miss it? In this article, I want to explore how we capture this most elusive of qualities in learning.

 

There are two sides to every story; what the organisation wants and needs, and what the individual learner wants and needs. Sometimes the two coexist in harmonious peace, but not always. Sometimes organisations want to take people to places they are uncomfortable with, places that are hard to get to. When this is the case, the gap between what I as a learner want, and what the organisation needs grows broader and the leap required to bridge the gap is longer. At times like this, engagement is key.


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Leadership Tools & Resources ~ A teacher's job is never boring

Leadership Tools & Resources ~ A  teacher's job is never boring | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A  teacher's job is never boring.  Great Infographic!  I am not a teacher but have the highest respect for them.


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The Secret to Increased Productivity: 3 Steps to Improved Performance

The Secret to Increased Productivity: 3 Steps to Improved Performance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Do you hope for increased productivity?  The solution may be closer than you think.

 

Looking for increased productivity?  Don’t look for yet another tool to implement in the organization.  Instead, look seriously within yourself as a manager and leader.

 

Scientific studies indicate…

 

Most frustrations during the day are caused by managers

 

Frustration leads to lower productivity

 

Recognition from the manager is by far the largest trigger for increased performance

 

People want to be successful and know when they are successful

 

Highly skilled leaders create high performing teams

 

Why not use yourself as the tool to increase performance and productivity?

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Bounce Back From a Bad Hire: 10 Tips

Bounce Back From a Bad Hire: 10 Tips | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Once you realize you've made a bad hire, don't get mired in regret. Instead, focus on what to do next.

 

You get burned by a couple of bad hires and you can become trigger shy.  But, as with every mistake you make in building your business, view bad hires as great learning experiences so you can recruit more effectively in the future.

 

Here are some tips to help make your next hire successful.

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Seven Ways to Add Value to Your Job

Seven Ways to Add Value to Your Job | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Want some strategic ideas on how to add value to your work and become a superstar in your organization? These seven ideas will change the way you think about doing your job.

 

Adding value to your job–making your contribution unique–is key to survival and success in a competitive job market.

 

What could you do within your existing (or future) company to increase your value and influence? The seven job skills that follow won’t mean you necessarily work harder, but that you work differently and more creatively.

 

You can add value if you choose to be:

 

Experience Manager. Every interaction with another person creates an experience that leaves a memory of you and your work. How are you consciously designing these experiences to be positive? Enriching? Rewarding? Lasting?

 

Since most people don’t tell you about their experience unless it is awful, you have to work intentionally to design experiences that draw people back for more and that gets them to tell others about you, your products, and your services.

 

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The Three L's of Leadership: Love, Listen and Leap

The Three L's of Leadership: Love, Listen and Leap | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are three essential principles, three “L’s” that support and fuel authentic leadership: Love, Listen, and Leap. When facing difficulties with colleagues, family or community, we serve our purpose best when we lead with love, listening, and then leap to a higher level.

 

During times of knee-buckling, gut-wrenching change, like the recent Super-Storm, Hurricane Sandy, that devastated significant parts of the eastern seaboard, we receive a collective wake-up call about what is most fundamental and enduring in our lives.

 

In times of crisis, we feel called to lead, to remind others and ourselves what is important. Managers may remind others about process and profit, but it is up to authentic leaders to remind us of essential life principles.

 

There are three essential principles, three “L’s” that support and fuel authentic leadership: Love, Listen, and Leap. When facing difficulties with colleagues, family or community, we serve our purpose best when we lead with love, listening, and then leap to a higher level.


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How to Build Trust in a Virtual Workplace

How to Build Trust in a Virtual Workplace | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Teams can't function well when co-workers don't trust one another. Building and maintaining trust in the traditional, physical workplace is difficult enough, but the process is even tougher in a virtual environment, where people often have to work with people they haven't met in person.

 

Some biologists believe that we are hardwired to distrust everyone except our own family members. Studies have shown, however, that trust can indeed be actively accelerated and maintained on virtual teams even when they have to be assembled on the fly with employees scattered across the globe.

 

Great blog post by Keith Ferrazzi.

 

He mentions 4 best practices that can help establishing trust in virtual organisations.

 

Curated by Kenneth Mikkelsen on: www.scoop.it/t/first-class-collaboration

 

 


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Is this common employee question killing performance in your organization?

Is this common employee question killing performance in your organization? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What’s in it for me?

 

If there was one question I’d like to hurl into deep space, “What’s in it for me?” would be it. The main reason is that the “What’s in it for me?” question breaks down our hope that we might accomplish something special together, and all be better for it.

 

When individuals prioritize their own needs and gains at the expense of others, our sense of relatedness decreases—and both intra-team competition and interpersonal suspicion increase.


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Stop Burning Out Your Employees

Stop Burning Out Your Employees | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A new study finds that the live-fast, die-young model of overworking employees doesn't pay off--even in the short term. Try these alternative ways to motivate your staff.

 

There's a certain glamour to burning the candle at both ends, living fast, working ridiculously hard, playing hard, and, perhaps, burning out young.

 

And it doesn't just apply to rock stars. It affects plenty of business owners too.

 

Sure, you know pushing your employees to work 60-plus hour weeks or to continually create without recharging their brains isn't sustainable, but perhaps you're calculating that the short-term gains from this big push will make up for the reduced productivity or staff-turnover costs down the line.

 

But if that's what you're thinking, according to new, in-depth research your math is wrong. The Towers Watson 2012 Global Workforce Study looked at 32,000 employees across 30 countries to see how engagement affects productivity (and profits) over the long haul. The HBR Blog Network summarizes the findings:

 

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