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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 Become a Better Leader

How to Become a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Four tips to help you better understand yourself and others in your business.

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(From the article): "For leaders in particular, empathy means understanding how you come across to others and how you're perceived by others," says Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of Good Boss, Bad Boss (Business Plus, 2010). "It also means understanding others' strengths and weaknesses, as well as what motivates them."

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Creating Sustainable Relationships

Creating Sustainable Relationships | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leadership expert Will Marré suggests that new approaches to modern lifestyles will improve personal effectiveness and interpersonal benefits.
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(From the article): “We have developed a work style that does not accommodate the human pace of life.”


“When we begin to define our significance through the number of goals we’ve achieved, and we get overloaded, something happens to us psychologically.” 

 

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The 4 Steps For Giving Constructive Feedback

The 4 Steps For Giving Constructive Feedback | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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Eric Harvey and Al Lucia wrote a booklet called, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk. They provide the following great advice about giving feedback:

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Leading a Team for the First Time

Leading a Team for the First Time | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leading a team for the first time is exhilarating and stressful. If you aren’t nervous, you’re oblivious.

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(From the article): Leaders ultimately focus on what’s best for others.

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Move Beyond "Me" to "We" in your Leadership Brand

Move Beyond "Me" to "We" in your Leadership Brand | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Many of us have been brought up to think that humility is a virtue. Isn’t personal branding contradictory to being humble, and, therefore, bad? The answer is “no.” Having humility and doing a good job at personal branding are not mutually exclusive.

Via Richard Andrews, Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): The measure of your success is not just what others are saying about you, but in the impact you are making on the world. Moving from “me” to “we” makes your leadership brand both attractive and valuable.

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Find your flow

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Where we want to be on the Yerkes-Dodson arc is the zone of optimal performance, known as “flow” in the research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at the University of Chicago. Flow represents a peak of self-regulation, the maximal harnessing of emotions in the service of performance or learning. In flow we channel positive emotions in an energized pursuit of the task at hand. Our focus is undistracted, and we feel a spontaneous joy, even rapture.


Via Sandeep Gautam, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, David Hain
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(From the article): An organization will be top performing to the extent to which its employees can contribute their best skills at full force. The more moments of flow – or even just staying in the zone of engagement and motivation – the better.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 22, 2013 6:04 AM

Flow: A: +ve emotion; B: top execution; C: unbreakable concentration and D: drive to meet challenges head-on & responsively. 

Iosu Lazcoz Iso's curator insight, November 14, 2013 7:45 AM

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There are subtle clues that can show up before a noticeable performance decrement. Some of these include wandering attention, loss of focus, boredom or someone who is cranky and easily perturbed – any of which might signal that anxiety is impairing their cognitive efficiency. Find out how to handle this state.

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Get your organization through times of change

Get your organization through times of change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan is a business consultant and author of “ Change-friendly Leadership.” The book focuses on leadership, human performance and the strategic management of change.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): Successful leadership during change requires engagement. You can have satisfied employees, but they may not be engaged in their work. Leaders must use the specific behaviors that enable them to create and maintain an environment where people are genuinely engaged and feel a sense of psychological ownership of their jobs and the organization’s mission. That sounds old fashioned, but when you can create an environment like that, wonderful things can happen.

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How to Refresh Your Brain--in 10 Minutes

How to Refresh Your Brain--in 10 Minutes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When you go from one task to the next--all day long--your mind constantly races to catch up. Hit the reset button with this underrated trick.
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(From the article): “We can’t change every little thing that happens to us,” he acknowledges, “but we can change how we experience it.”

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7 Simple Ways to Be a Positive Influence As a Leader

7 Simple Ways to Be a Positive Influence As a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you ever wonder what other people think of you?  One of my greatest sayings is “People tell you who they are”  This is so true in day to day interactions.  If you are irritated, impatient, or just downright fed up, you are telling people who you are because as you remain in that state you radiate it out to the world, whether you are aware of it or not.  


Via The People Development Network
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(From the article): Being glad for others for most of us is quite easy.  It’s great to see people doing well.  Showing you’re glad means actively helping them to celebrate their successes.  When someone gets that qualification or loses that 6lb, find a way to help them celebrate.  Buy a bunch of flowers or send that card, or take the time to drop an email, pop your head round the door and tell them “Well done”.  Too often in our fast paced lives, even though we may be glad for others, we fall short of showing we are.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 21, 2013 5:47 PM

If you want to lead people in the right direction, here are 7 uncommon ways you can be a positive influence on yourself and others

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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15 Ways Twitter Can Make You A Better Leader

15 Ways Twitter Can Make You A Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are 15 Simple Ways That Twitter Can Make You A Better Leader, all in 140 or less.

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(From the article): 12. Understanding Influence- You quickly understand that influence isn;t simply about a position or role but rather what you offer your tribe.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 21, 2013 8:57 AM

(from the article): 12. Understanding Influence- You quickly understand that influence isn;t simply about a position or role but rather what you offer your tribe.

Mike Benton's curator insight, January 21, 2013 9:28 AM

I believe Twitter is the forgoten Social Media platform when I meet with business owners..

donhornsby's comment, January 21, 2013 10:08 AM
I agree Mike. It is an overlooked resource in business and leadership.
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The Great Leadership Learning Matrix

The Great Leadership Learning Matrix | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What I would find make this model even more helpful, would be the strategies/options to help oneself/others. Would/Could the different levers be awareness, choices, intrinsic inspiration? or change leadership building?

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): So what do you think of the model? As a coach, trainer, or manager, do you recognize your clients, students,  or employees?

More importantly - can you recognize yourself, and catch yourself if you're in a quadrant that you shouldn't be in for the situation?

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The Question-able Habits of Successful Leaders

The Question-able Habits of Successful Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Habits of successful leaders can be punctuated with a question mark!

Via The People Development Network, Roger Francis
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(From the article): Books and articles about leadership tend to focus on decisions, not questions. That’s because readers prefer clean narrative arcs and a relatively small cast of characters. We like to see leaders struggle a bit with adversity, but then rally the troops to victory. We value resolve and pride in leaders more than curiosity and selflessness.

 

When leaders ask others not only for their input, but to make their own decisions and accept responsibility, it doesn’t make for as good a story. The reasons for success are harder to pin down, the heroes spread throughout the organization. But which leader would you rather work for–the one who makes all the decisions or the one who trusts you to do your job, take risks, and learn?

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Remember, It Was Once Someone’s Good Idea

Remember, It Was Once Someone’s Good Idea | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Many, if not most good ideas are not good forever. Over time they lose the luster they once had. They become irrelevant and ineffective.

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(From the article): When advocating a change, we need to be sure we are informed with the thinking behind the decisions of those that have come before us.

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Needy Leaders

Needy Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In leadership, somebody’s always tugging. The more they need, the more important you’ve become. Or at least it seems that way.

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(From the article): The more essential you are, the less effective you’ve become. Successful leaders develop followers who need them less as time passes.

 

You may feel important because toddler-followers tug at your pant leg but you aren’t, you’re needy.

 

Their neediness reflects your neediness.

 

They won’t act without you because you don’t want them to.

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One Thing All Outstanding Organizations Do

One Thing All Outstanding Organizations Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Aspiration is useless, on its own. You aspire to excellence, success, and fulfillment. Big deal. Who doesn’t?

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(from the article):   All outstanding organizations pursue clarity, passionately. Lack of clarity comforts the mediocre.

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John C. Maxwell on 'Will'.

Maxwell on "Will".
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When you have no "will", there's no way to accomplish anything.

 

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Squelch Gossip in your Team

Squelch Gossip in your Team | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Whenever we bring diverse groups of people together to accomplish work, there is always potential for gossip.

Via The People Development Network
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(From the article): There’s no better time to start a ban on gossip than now. Real leaders don’t participate in gossip and they don’t tolerate gossip from others. To improve productivity and build a work environment where employees love to come to work, take the lead on reducing gossip.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 24, 2013 10:32 AM

Hain's ratio - the level of goosip in a team is inversely related to the level of authenticity nd communication from the leader(ship) of the team!

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Facebook may be making you hate life, study says

Facebook may be making you hate life, study says | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook.

 

Scrolling through photos of other people's vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled "Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users' life satisfaction?"


Via Manlio Mannozzi
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(From the article): Those of us who often feel bad about ourselves after a Facebook binge might stave off those unpleasant feelings of jealousy by pumping up our own accomplishments -- a strategy the researchers call the "self promotion-envy cycle." Additionally, we might stay off the social networking site entirely, or hide posts by people who make us feel the worst.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 23, 2013 7:20 AM

(From the article): Those of us who often feel bad about ourselves after a Facebook binge might stave off those unpleasant feelings of jealousy by pumping up our own accomplishments -- a strategy the researchers call the "self promotion-envy cycle." Additionally, we might stay off the social networking site entirely, or hide posts by people who make us feel the worst.

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5 Things Smart Risk Takers Do Well

5 Things Smart Risk Takers Do Well | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Doug Sundheim’s book, Taking Smart Risks, isn’t really about making your next risky decision smarter or safer; it’s about pushing all of your choices to be riskier, but smarter on a daily basis.


We tend to view our choices as risky or safe.


Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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(From the article): Smart risk takers consistently do five things well to disrisk whatever they’re up to:

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, January 23, 2013 5:54 AM

Very interesting.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 23, 2013 6:28 PM

Depending on who you are and who your clientele or work is will define the "smart-risk culture" of your decision making situation.  

Sometimes our skills and tools get in the way of being our best and serving to our true calling.   ~  Deb

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Why You're Not A Leader

Why You're Not A Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Everybody thinks they’re a leader – most are far from it. The harsh reality is that we live in a world awash with wannabe leaders. As much as some don’t want to admit it, not everyone can or should become a leader (my take on the born vs. made argument). Simply desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader.


Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): If you think you’re a leader, but haven’t been recognized as such, you have a problem. Either you’re incorrect in your self-assessment, or those you report to don’t recognize your talent. Here’s the good news; handled correctly, either scenario can be resolved if you’re willing to do some work.

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Kon Leong of ZL Technologies, on Encouraging Creativity

Kon Leong of ZL Technologies, on Encouraging Creativity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It's often best for bosses to avoid making some decisions, says Kon Leong, co-founder and CEO of ZL Technologies. Answer your workers' questions with questions, and encourage them to find the answers for themselves. "It can be very frustrating to my employees, but I'm trying to get others to scale up and learn," Leong explains

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(from the article): Q. How do you get at the question of attitude?


A. Are you willing to learn from your mistakes? Do you do that automatically? Are you willing to set the bar higher? Are you able to deal with failure? Can you bounce back from it?

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6 Ways to Enhance Your Credibility

6 Ways to Enhance Your Credibility | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You won't succeed in business if nobody believes in you. Here's how to make certain they do.
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(From the article): Be genuine about who you really are.

 

The days are long gone when customers were impressed by an illustrious corporate name or a fancy job title. Customers are more likely to respect you if you present yourself as an individual rather than a plug-and-play "representative." The moment you pretend to be more (or other) than you really are, your credibility flies out the window. Be authentic, even if all you bring to the table is your enthusiasm.

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Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. On this day we celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): 5. Great leaders call people to act in accord with their highest values. It would be easy for the civil rights movement to change tactics and resort to violence. Some did. However, like Nelson Mandela did when he became president of South Africa, Dr. King called his people to a higher standard:

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:01 AM

Lesson #8:  Great leaders paint a vivid picture of a better tomorrow.


Leaders can never, never, never grow weary of articulating their vision. They must be clear and concrete. They have to help their followers seewhat they see

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Surprising Connections Between Our Well-being and Giving, Getting, and Gratitude

Surprising Connections Between Our Well-being and Giving, Getting, and Gratitude | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We all know that getting a good night's sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships. 

 

"A plethora of research highlights the importance of getting a good night’s sleep for physical and psychological well-being, yet in our society, people still seem to take pride in needing, and getting, little sleep,” says Amie Gordon of the University of California, Berkeley. "And in the past, research has shown that gratitude promotes good sleep, but our research looks at the link in the other direction and, to our knowledge, is the first to show that everyday experiences of poor sleep are negatively associated with gratitude toward others – an important emotion that helps form and maintain close social bonds.”

 

This research follows on other recent work published in Psychological Science by Norton and colleagues that shows that giving time to others – from helping with homework to shoveling a neighbors’ driveway – actually makes people feel that they have more time. "In fact, giving time away alleviates people’s sense of time famine even more than receiving unexpected windfalls of free time.”

 

That people feel wealthier from spending money on others may explain why poor individuals tend to give away a higher fraction of their income than members of the middle class do. In one study, researchers reported that Americans earning less than $20,000 a year give a higher percentage of their income to charity than others earning up to $300,000 a year.

 


Via Gina Stepp
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(From the article): "Poor sleep is not just experienced in isolation,” Gordon says. "Instead, it influences our interactions with others, such as our ability to be grateful, a vital social emotion.”

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