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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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How to Keep Your Team Goals on Track

How to Keep Your Team Goals on Track | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A team might start off aligned around a shared vision, but unaligned systems and practices can quickly derail them.

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(From the article): Not only must goals be aligned with your vision, but your team must also have “structural integrity” – all of the underlying systems and processes that support your team must be designed to steer you in the direction you want to go.

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Video: The Age of Anxiety

Video: The Age of Anxiety | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We are living through times of great stress—personally, nationally and even globally. How do we cope with worries and find lasting peace of mind?
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It's important for leaders and managers to have peace of mind.  A helpful video highlighting the importance of peace of mind in an age of anxiety.

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Is Showing Up Enough To Lead?

Is Showing Up Enough To Lead? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I’ve heard it said that success is 90% showing up.  Bringing the lunch pail every day.  Being there.  Available.  The commitment to “show up” and grind it out every day.

 

Is Showing Up Enough?

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(From the article): You can’t play it safe when you really show up.  You embrace the change.  Who gets credit is meaningless.  How much value you create means everything.  When you choose to show up you have to lead.  Your position doesn’t matter.  Your attitude and passion count.

Show up and lead: are you willing?  It may be 90% of the battle.

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Leadership Principle #1: You Need Your People More Than They Need You

Leadership Principle #1: You Need Your People More Than They Need You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In leadership one principle stands above all: You need your people more than they need you. Another way of saying this is that you get paid for what your people do, not for what you do.

 

If you only internalize one lesson about leadership, make this the one. A basic understanding that you need your people more than they need you is the single most important leadership lesson you will ever learn. In our leadership seminars, we spend more time on this principle than any other concept. Why? Because until you get this—and I mean really make this principle part of your heart and soul—you cannot be a great leader. No exceptions.

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(From the article): But what if on Monday morning all of your people showed up to work and you didn’t? Would things get done? Absolutely. The fact is, even if you went on a two-week vacation, and all of your people showed up each day, things would likely be just fine. The work would get done.

 

One of the core traits of ineffective leaders and bad bosses is that they believe that they get paid for the things they do. These bosses range from the arrogantly self-centered to workaholics to micromanagers. These bosses believe, at the core, that they are more important, smarter, and more competent than the people working for them.

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A Leadership Agenda for 2013

A Leadership Agenda for 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Certainly resolutions have many downsides. But it can be empowering to look at our own humanity, accomplishments, failures and investigate what can be learned and acted on.

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(from the article): Make Time for Solitude

 

Daily competing demands tug at our attention and distort our perspective on what’s important. We hastily run from one meeting to the next with little to no time to reflect on what was discussed, decided. By day’s end we have depleted our energy and mental capacity.

 

Our best work suffers, and our leadership is weakened when we don’t find and reach for the proverbial pause button.

 

The competing demands and distractions are not likely to subside. Leaders must make room on their calendars for solitude. Time defended as vigorously as other people’s meetings (needs from you). Use solitude to read over meeting notes. Plan. Strategize. Read papers relevant to your profession. Meditate. Pray.

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10 things I’ve learned about leadership

10 things I’ve learned about leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I just recently finished my first semester as the Director of Curriculum and Personnel in the Union R-XI School District in St. Louis, Missouri. The transition from a building level administrator to a central office administrator has proven to be quite the learning experience.


The last several years have been huge in terms of my professional growth. Throughout this journey I have continued the practice of self-reflection and I have attempted to learn from my mistakes. Here is a little bit of what I’ve learned:

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(From the article): The biggest hurdles you will face as a leader will almost always originate with your own real or perceived struggles. When working with others, you need to look in the mirror and judge yourself much more often than judging the actions of those with whom you work.

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3-D Printing: Technology May Bring New Industrial Revolution - SPIEGEL ONLINE

3-D Printing: Technology May Bring New Industrial Revolution - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
3-D printing technology, used industrially for the last few decades, is poised to break into the mass market.

Via David Hulme
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Jerry de Gier's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:02 PM

This is a great way of communicating change in 3-D printing!

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Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013

Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations.  While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with the intention of stepping up our own leadership.


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, ThinDifference
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(From the article): If you are up to the challenge, pause to consider these six questions to elevate your leadership in 2013. Great Questions!

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Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:56 AM

Great simple 6 questions which may change a lot in the way you lead and act at work.

Students Elective Course's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:56 AM

Great 6 questions, quite simple, that can change your management style.

ratzelster's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:33 PM

Where do you stand on your New Year's resolutions to do a more effective job of leading?  Check out this January 1st kind of article and see if you need to put more punch into your summer re-tooling plans!

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Leadership: Proving Need Not Stop Improving

Leadership: Proving Need Not Stop Improving | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders, do employees focus on proving themselves to you or improving contribution to org. success? Assess w/ this checklist fr The People-Skills Coach™. (TY!

Via David Hain, Roger Francis
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(From the article): If you are thinking you must constantly prove your value to your boss, then you are likely spreading this prove to survive outlook to your direct reports.

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The Formula For Creating Happiness At Work

The Formula For Creating Happiness At Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Professional happiness is elusive--but you can have it (or even manufacture it), if you know where to look.

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(From the article): “There have been in my career a handful of times when I had what I call true happiness--where who I was at that time felt in harmony with what my company did and was about,” says Tom Harbeck, who is today senior vice president for strategy and marketing at OTX, a consumer research firm. And Tom connects his professional happiness during those times with a few key factors: working for a company where there was “a team of people who ‘got it,’” where everyone felt plugged into some larger vision and shared the goal of making the mission come to life. Tom is talking about the collective experience of flow, the happiness derived from face-to-face, day-to-day social connection with other seriously engaged people on the same wavelength.

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9 Beliefs of Highly Ineffective People

9 Beliefs of Highly Ineffective People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 

It is nearly impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose a life of tedious grief after becoming fully enlightened to the fact that ineffectiveness is a choice.  It is the direct outcome of unproductive beliefs and behaviors.

 

So here’s a quick reminder – nine things to stop believing:


Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): To be happy is to truly live.  Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it to the fullest.

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Barb Jemmott's curator insight, January 4, 2013 8:25 AM

In a recurring theme on habits that can hold a person back it's not hard to see trends. In this article there are clear items to work on. Take a step towards improving your own effectiveness.

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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

Via ThinDifference
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(Important thought from the article): ...mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way. The formulation dates from the work of the psychologist Ellen Langer, who demonstrated in the 1970s that mindful thought could lead to improvements on measures of cognitive function and even vital functions in older adults.

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Christine Heine's comment, January 4, 2013 5:42 AM
A good reminder about the power of simplicity of mind and spirit. In our hectic day-to-day, paring down to the simple task of peaceful exercise of meditation, can prove to be the "reboot" that we can all benefit from.
Ricard Lloria's comment, January 6, 2013 4:21 PM
Very practical addition to the groundswell for mindfulness - it's about impulse control and emotional intelligence as well as spirituality. the same like David, the mind right set it so interested post
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Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Forget the small stuff, for now. What's your big objective?
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(From the article): As January approaches, and we bid another year adieu, our thoughts turn to making resolutions: this year I will lose that extra weight, drink less alcohol, give up sugar, get out of debt. All worthy goals, but why do we perennially return to resolutions that seem based on the idea of fixing all the things we're doing "wrong?"

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6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built To Last

6 Ways Successful Teams Are Built To Last | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It takes great leadership to build great teams. Leaders  who are not  afraid to course correct, make the difficult decisions and establish standards of performance that are constantly  being met – and improving at all times.   
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(From the article): As you evaluate the sustainability of the team(s) you lead and its real impact on the organization you serve, here are six ways successful teams are built to last:(Great list!).

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Create Wise Leader's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:18 AM

(From the article): As you evaluate the sustainability of the team(s) you lead and its real impact on the organization you serve, here are six ways successful teams are built to last:(Great list!).

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Leadership is Setting Strong Goals: 3 A’s of Strong Goals

Leadership is Setting Strong Goals: 3 A’s of Strong Goals | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leaders set strong goals, particularly annual goals. There are three key qualities that strong annual goals have in common. First, strong goals are authentic.

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(From the article): The lessons this year brings may give us what we need to accomplish all of our annual goals in a few months, or teach us that the goals we set were not as strong as we thought they were.

 

We need goals that give us the freedom to apply the lessons we learn throughout the year.

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4 Leadership Roles You Should Never Fill

4 Leadership Roles You Should Never Fill | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Being a leader is a great thing, it means you fill a position of power, influence and responsibly.  However, despite the positive connotations there are some less-than-desirable leadership roles lurking in the shadows.  Abstain from any missteps by familiarizing yourself with the 4 roles worth avoiding.    

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A great list of roles/shoes to avoid: The Out-of-Touch Leader, The Big-Step Leader, The Self-Centered Leader, and The Results-Only Leader.

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Extreme Leadership: You Go to a Crisis with the Values You Brought

Extreme Leadership: You Go to a Crisis with the Values You Brought | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Extreme Leadership: You Go to a Crisis with the Values You Brought http://t.co/oo586kJt
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(From the article): “You can’t become in 30 seconds what you haven’t been in 30 years.” Leaders need to know that in a crisis people will react quickly and that even people not in leadership positions will feel empowered to make decisions. So, it’s important to ensure that subordinates know the values of the organization, and one way to do that is to share what the intent of the core values is supposed to be. Leaders need to make sure that everyone, even those who are not managers, know the types of decisions leaders would make in any situation.

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Why Failure Is Good for Leaders

Why Failure Is Good for Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Integrity, leadership, vision – we all know that’s what great leaders are made of. But with the corporate world rapidly evolving, that’s no longer enough, says Annmarie Neal, author of the forthcoming Leading from the Edge (ASTD Press, 2013).

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(From the article): Successful leaders today need two surprising new skills that may not have been appreciated in the past, but are mandatory for the future. One is a liberal arts orientation – and the other is a track record of failure.

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Are You Ready to Stop Being Afraid?

Are You Ready to Stop Being Afraid? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. ~Judy Blume
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(From the article): Left unchecked, our fears can easily rob us of the best part of our lives, and the only way to prevent that is to bring our fears, large and small, out into the light and work through them. How about you? Do you have any fears you’d like to banish this year?

 
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What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
1) Get out in nature: You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there's research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, impr...
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A nice list of things to include in your every day schedule.  I would add a few more....but it is a great place to start.

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How to Optimize Social Media to Kick Start Your Career

How to Optimize Social Media to Kick Start Your Career | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The very social media skills possessed by today’s university student, regardless if they are 18 or 35, might lead to that first good job even in tough times if they take the time to start a career oriented blog, use Facebook wisely and optimise LinkedIn...
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(From the article): News of economic uncertainty and the attendant bleak jobs outlook are re-tweeted with ferocity across every networking site in existence. The irony accompanying this no-doubt troubling news is that the very modes of sharing bad news with students and others are experiencing their own period of unprecedented expansion.

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The Ten Principles of Pain

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Pain persists till something changes. Pain increases the longer it’s tolerated.

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Developing the Global Leader

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What does it take to develop a leader who can navigate successfully on the global scene? In this blog post, professor Bill George from Harvard Business School, highlights six essential skills. 

 

 

If you're interested in this topic I can recommend reading theese articles also: 

 

1. What Do Good Global Leaders Do?: 

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/01/what_do_good_global_leaders_do.html

 

2. Leadership for a global future: http://www.mannaz.com/knowledge/leadership-for-a-global-future/

 

3. Stretching Your Global Mindset: http://hbr.org/search/ghemawat/4294902529/

 

 

I can also recommend following Anne Egros here on Scoop.it. Anne is the curator of a specialised section about global leaders, which you can find here: http://www.scoop.it/t/global-leaders

 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, HR Trend Institute, Roger Francis
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Cerebral circuitry - Are gadgets changing how our brains work?

Cerebral circuitry - Are gadgets changing how our brains work? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I am flying. No plane, no wings, just me soaring over rooftops with a mild flip in my belly as I dip closer to the grid of city streets. I lean to the right to curve past a skyscraper, then speed up and tilt left to skirt by a tree.
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Researchers are focusing on whether gadgets are changing how our brains work as regards empathy and human interaction.

(From the article):  Many new technologies begin with such virtuous goals of making the world a better place and its citizens better people. But many come with hidden costs that take time to surface. Now that mainstream internet sites such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are all in close reach with a few touches of the smartphone in your pocket, the human side-effects of being constantly connected are starting to emerge.

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Researchers are focusing on whether gadgets are changing how our brains work as regards empathy and human interaction.

(From the article):  Many new technologies begin with such virtuous goals of making the world a better place and its citizens better people. But many come with hidden costs that take time to surface. Now that mainstream internet sites such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are all in close reach with a few touches of the smartphone in your pocket, the human side-effects of being constantly connected are starting to emerge.

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Resolve: Have It, Use It

Resolve: Have It, Use It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The resolution time of the year has arrived. We resolve to:

 

Do differently

Do more

Do less

Do this

Do that

 

Although I believe in making principles and values a verb, in this case, a noun may be better. We need to have resolve.

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(Great insight): Resolve is something that lasts beyond January. Its presence is evident most days of every month.

 

In the year ahead, do more than resolve, have resolve. It is an important twist to resolve; it is an unlife life way.

 

Clear eyes. Spirited plans. A strong dash of resolve will fortify you in your purposeful work ahead.

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Joe Boutte's comment, January 3, 2013 9:11 PM
A few years ago I created a Power Point slide with the following items:
Joe Boutte's comment, January 3, 2013 9:12 PM
Think, Think Critically, Think Differently, Think Creatively, but Just Think.
Joe Boutte's comment, January 3, 2013 9:12 PM
I like the DO list! Thanks.