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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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The Importance of Being Memorable

The Importance of Being Memorable | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Business owners, are usually the face of their businesses when it comes to networking and promotional activities, and as such they need to ensure that people they interact with remember both them and their business long after the initial encounter.

 

Improving one's understanding the importance of being memorable, and taking action to improve one's memorability, are actions that every business owner can take to assist their business to be more successful.

 

This excellent article, suggests that if people don't remember you after events, they are unlikely to want to do business with you, and it then provides five tips to make yourself more memorable in future face-to-face meetings.

 

 


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Business owners, are usually the face of their businesses when it comes to networking and promotional activities, and as such they need to ensure that people they interact with remember both them and their business long after the initial encounter.

Improving one's understanding the importance of being memorable, and taking action to improve one's memorability, are actions that every business owner can take to assist their business to be more successful.

This excellent article, suggests that if people don't remember you after events, they are unlikely to want to do business with you, and it then provides five tips to make yourself more memorable in future face-to-face meetings.

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Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing

Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Hearing, for the most part, is a no-brainer. When we listen, that’s when the neurons really fire.

 

HERE’S a trick question. What do you hear right now?

 

If your home is like mine, you hear the humming sound of a printer, the low throbbing of traffic from the nearby highway and the clatter of plastic followed by the muffled impact of paws landing on linoleum — meaning that the cat has once again tried to open the catnip container atop the fridge and succeeded only in knocking it to the kitchen floor.

 

The slight trick in the question is that, by asking you what you were hearing, I prompted your brain to take control of the sensory experience — and made you listen rather than just hear. That, in effect, is what happens when an event jumps out of the background enough to be perceived consciously rather than just being part of your auditory surroundings. The difference between the sense of hearing and the skill of listening is attention.


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How the Internet is Shaping Our "Global Brain"

How the Internet is Shaping Our "Global Brain" | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
And why we must be mindful of technology's risks and rewards.

 

The South Africans have a beautiful philosophy called Ubuntu, which translates as "I am what I am because of who we all are." This is a perfect way to think about the way a brain develops, influenced by its surrounding people and experiences. It's also how we should think about the way the Internet is developing, and about the way our choices in how we use technology are shaping this global brain. For both the brain and the Internet, networks are always binding us in new ways and changing our understanding of who we are and how we perceive the world. If we believe that the Internet comparatively is in the same critical stage of early development as a child, making as many connections as possible, then we need to be mindful of how we're building its foundation.

 

In his latest book, Net Smart, Howard Rheingold outlines five skills for mindfully connecting online: attention (focusing on what's relevant); participation (being a good Internet contributor); collaboration (working with a diverse online community to develop new ideas); critical consumption of information (or, as he calls it, "crap detection"); and network smarts (learning about and building networks). As Rheingold argues, "There is a bigger social issue at work in digital literacy, one that goes beyond personal empowerment. If we combine our efforts wisely, it could produce a more thoughtful society: countless small acts like publishing a Web page or sharing a link could add up to a public good that enriches everybody."

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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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Thanks John van den Brink!
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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

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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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11 Ways to Sleep Better at Night

11 Ways to Sleep Better at Night | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You're a 24-7 entrepreneur. But you need to get some shut-eye. Here's how to make the sleep you do get a whole lot better.Owning your own business has many cool outcomes.

 

Owning your own business has many cool outcomes. A good night's sleep may not be one of them, though, especially when you're overwhelmed or stressed--which could be most of the time.

(Old joke: Entrepreneurs sleep like babies: They wake up crying every two hours.)

 

If that's you, forget the Ambien and the warm milk. Take steps to fix the source of your stress or anxiety.

 

Try a few of these--or all of them:

 

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3 Things Every Great Leader Gets Wrong

3 Things Every Great Leader Gets Wrong | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Think you're a great leader? Make sure you aren't guilty of one of these three reality-distorting traits.

 

Every great leader possesses a degree of what Walter Isaacson (in his biography of Steve Jobs) describes as "an ability to distort reality."

 

What Isaacson meant is that Jobs forced his will on Apple, often pushing people to create things they never thought possible--a powerful asset in any leader.

 

But that reality distortion effect works both ways. It also means that every leader, to a greater or lesser degree, distorts the reality around themselves, leading to tensions, inconsistency, and bad decisions.

 

There are two reasons why leaders who live in a bubble become so dangerous to themselves and those they lead.


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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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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

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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

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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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