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Book Review: Leadership is Dead - George Ambler - On Leadership

Book Review: Leadership is Dead - George Ambler - On Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s not that leadership is dead, it’s the way in that many choose to lead that is dead.

 


Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It is a book by Jeremie Kubicek (@jeremiekubicek), President and CEO of GiANT Impact, a leadership development organisation involved in the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as other leadership initiatives and programs.

 

Overview


The book’s structure is fairly straightforward. Chapters one through four provide context and theory, and then chapters five through nine provide practical steps and applications.

Why the title “Leadership is Dead”? This is the question that comes to the minds of many who read the book’s title. The best way of answering this is in the words of the author.

 

“In my view, leadership as we have known it is dead because far too many leaders have abused their positions and lost their moral bearings."

 

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Developing Leadership Qualities in Kids

Developing Leadership Qualities in Kids | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you want to give your young leaders their own edge in learning how to lead you can do so by making sure you Endorse, Define, Goal, and Evaluate their leadership experiences.

 

Imagine almost any adult gathering you’ve ever attended. It could be a workshop, dinner party, political rally, anything. There are always those first few moments when the people who didn’t previously know each other begin to mingle and meet.

 

If you listen carefully to those conversations they contain some interesting probing questions about profession, education, hobbies maybe… but the answers are even more telling. The answers include job title, degree, or length of experience and credentials.

 

It’s almost comical how much adult conversation, especially introductory conversation, is spent in determining ranking. Who is going to play the dominant role and who is going to play the more subservient role? In short, who is the leader?

 

As adults we have all kinds of cues from which to draw hierarchy and we do it almost unconsciously all of the time. By way of example? How many are already wondering about my qualifications to be writing about developing leadership in children?

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The Indispensable, Unlikely Leadership of Abraham Lincoln

The Indispensable, Unlikely Leadership of Abraham Lincoln | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Gautam Mukunda, Harvard Business School assistant professor and author of "Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter." (“@HarvardBiz: The Indispensable, Unlikely innovation #innovation Leadership of Abraham Lincoln

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Leadership lessons in how to fail well

Leadership lessons in how to fail well | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders need to think about failure as a process we go through rather than an event to avoid at all costs.

 

I crashed my car recently. It was about 8 a.m. I was in a rush (what else is new?) to get to a meeting for a nonprofit I belong to. I learned how to drive in Thailand, so I’m rather proud of my driving reflexes — even pride myself on holding my own with the cab drivers in New York City. The car in front of me stopped. Unfortunately I didn’t.


The good news is that I emerged totally functional (or at least no more dysfunctional than usual). The other piece of good news is that the experience taught me some lessons on how to fail well. It taught me that we need to think about failure as a process we go through rather than an event to avoid at all costs.


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Unselfish – Think of Yourself Less

Unselfish – Think of Yourself Less | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Recently I have had the opportunity to visit many different cities and organizations to share the principles of Love Works. Reviewing my presentation, the principle I spend the most amount of time covering is unselfish. Being unselfish has many layers and it doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself – it means thinking of yourself less.

 

At the personal level, it requires being unselfish with your time and treasure. Giving of yourself is not easy, but it is certainly worth it. The people and organizations you support certainly benefit from your gifts, but I would argue that your selfless giving benefits you even more.

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Understanding the Perils of E-Mail

Understanding the Perils of E-Mail | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In this column I discuss a book called Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home by David Shipley, the deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times and editor of its Op-Ed page, and Will Schwalbe, the editor-in-chief of Hyperion, who is also my publisher and friend.

 

Send is a book that I highly recommend you buy for yourself – and for everyone in your company. I have been amazed at how many people in even the best companies don’t understand the power – and the consequences – of e-mail. Below are some questions and answers that may help you in your own e-mail future, courtesy of David and Will, who jointly supplied the answers – by e-mail of course!

 

One of the important points you make is that managers need to worry not just about their own e-mail but also that of their employees. Why?

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How to Calculate the Value of a Like

How to Calculate the Value of a Like | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Do the math....

 

Over my decade working in web marketing, I've spent a ton of time at various marketing conferences, and I've read countless books and blogs about new media. I've noticed a disturbing trend over the past few years in the social media end of the communications world. Much of the advice and strategy I hear boils down to little more than "unicorns and rainbows" superstitions like "engage in the conversation" and "be awesome." Not only has much of the industry ignored hard metrics and dollars-and-cents ROI math; there has actually been a vocal opposition to measurement and accountability.

 

Effective marketers expect to see clear cut, positive ROI for every other channel of online marketing including email, search, and display advertising. But for some reason, many seem to forget about return when it comes to channels like Facebook and Twitter.

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70 Ways To Be A Better Leader

70 Ways To Be A Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The 70 tips below make for a good list for learning how to become a better leader when you don't have a lot of time to read books about leadership.

And, if you've been a leader for a long time, how about taking a few minutes to run through the list and scoring yourself on how well you carry out each leadership skill?

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Five Leadership Keys to “Getting the People Right”

Five Leadership Keys to “Getting the People Right” | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Your “secret sauce” without a brilliant team will get you nowhere..

 

One theme that is always heard at CEO Connection Boot Camps is something that sounds like, “You’ve got to get the people right.”

 

After all, your people are your most strategic asset. Your “secret sauce” without a brilliant team will get you nowhere. But how do you make sure you actually are“getting the people right?’

 

From my perspective, these are the five keys for you as a leader to make sure you’re leveraging:


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Finding Focus: 12 Leadership Focal Points

Finding Focus: 12 Leadership Focal Points | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Achievement requires focus.

 

Ever end the day worn our but wondering what you accomplished. Coach Wooden warned, “Never confuse activity with achievement.”

 

Life without focus is wasted.


Worse yet, wrong focus guarantees wrong results.

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The Best Business Books Of 2012: Find Fulfillment, Get Productive, And Create Healthy Habits

The Best Business Books Of 2012: Find Fulfillment, Get Productive, And Create Healthy Habits | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Did we miss one of your favorites?

 

These 12 books have shaped not only the way we work this year, but how we think and the conversations we're having. Authored by luminaries like Nate Silver, Clay Christensen, and Susan Cain, these delightful-to-read tomes offer insight into the power of vulnerability, habit, social media, and more.

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Get Less Busy

Get Less Busy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The irony is, that at this time, perhaps more than ever before, our leaders need to be making themselves much less ‘busy’, and focusing more than they ever have done on nurturing their workforce.

 

People in our workforces are under serious strain. They are constantly being asked to do more with less. Our businesses and government departments are responding to the austerity drives by trimming more and more from their budgets, which inevitably means fewer people are left to do the work. Meanwhile the demands are increasing. With everyone in the economy tightening their belts, company profits are falling, which means that a smaller and smaller workforce is being challenged to work smarter, harder, more innovatively and to ‘keep their chins up and stay engaged’.


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The Four Powers of Gratitude

The Four Powers of Gratitude | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Gratitude enhances impact.

 

Show me a leader who is happy with everything and I’ll show you a loser. The gift of young leaders is unhappiness. The tragedy of old leaders is contentment.

 

Unhappiness and discontent ignite passion for change.

 

Warning:

 

Slime pits of ingratitude lie just beyond unhappiness. Nothing de-motivates like churlish ungratefulness. On the other hand, gratitude provides rich feedback that motivates forward movement.

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How to Master a New Skill

How to Master a New Skill | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work.

 

We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person, but there are some general rules you can follow.

 

What the Experts Say


Mastering new skills is not optional in today's business environment. "In a fast-moving, competitive world, being able to learn new skills is one of the keys to success. It's not enough to be smart — you need to always be getting smarter," says Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist and author of the HBR Single Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Joseph Weintraub, a professor of management and organizational behavior at Babson College and coauthor of the book, The Coaching Manager: Developing Top Talent in Business, agrees: "We need to constantly look for opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways that may not always feel comfortable at first. Continual improvement is necessary to get ahead." Here are some principles to follow in your quest for self-improvement:

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Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it.

Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership is not just a title; and a leadership title, does not necessarily make someone a leader. There are many unsung people in every organisation who exercise the attributes of a leader everyday without the recognition of title. These are the ones who take ownership for their own area of the organisation. They do the best they can to fulfill the cause or vision. They are often un-thanked, forgotten, and overlooked.

 

What a leader needs to remember is that they are not the most important person in the organisation. A great leader is more concerned with the vision and cause of the organisation than their own position.

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Bullying: Something That Leaders Cannot Afford to Ignore

Bullying: Something That Leaders Cannot Afford to Ignore | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

So, what exactly is bullying?
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:


-Verbal abuse
-Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
-Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done


How to Spot It:


Most likely, you won’t catch the bully right-handed, screaming at the target. But watch out for some more subtle clues, for example:

 

-Nonverbal bully behavior in meetings (interrupting, sarcasm, rolling eyes etc.)
-An employee being cut-off from communication (not included in email-lists, meeting invitations etc.)
-Signs of fear and intimidation by the potential target, lower work performance and frequent absences


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Why Do Great Ideas Take So Long to Spread?

Why Do Great Ideas Take So Long to Spread? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Resistance and stubbornness from the old guard isn't slowing things down.

 

Just because a new fact or idea seems right, doesn't mean it will spread like wildfire. Evolution, hand washing in hospitals, the inevitability that personal computers were the future of technology — none of these ideas were accepted immediately, even though they seem obvious today. Change takes time. But why? 

The short answer is we're intellectually stubborn. We don't always weigh all the evidence before we make a decision, and this is especially true if a change of opinion requires a wholesale overhaul of our worldview. Usually, we're defensive in the face of change, spouting alternative theories and contradictory data. Although this type of resistance can help keep everyone honest, it can also produce very bad effects.

 

Just take Ignaz Semmelweis — a physician who recommended doctors clean their hands prior to delivering babies — who was ignored and essentially driven mad by his colleagues' refusal to accept the truth. But eventually, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the majority will generally accept the new theory, before their recalcitrance becomes too counterproductive.

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Getting Defensive at Work is Holding You Back

Getting Defensive at Work is Holding You Back | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“You know that situation where you get an evaluation from your boss, and she tells you 37 things you do really awesome, and one thing – an ‘opportunity for growth?’ And all you can think about is that opportunity for growth, right?” says Brene Brown, professor at University of Houston, says in her TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability.

 

It’s that kind of obsession with criticism that stands between us and success. Dwelling on negativity – especially when the criticism is meant to be constructive – stunts professional growth and hurts happiness.

 

If you cannot face failure, you will not innovate, says Joseph Grenny, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers Influencer and Change Anything. And, he says, if you cannot embrace criticism, you will shut down feedback that’s essential for furthering your career.

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Why Accountability Is So Muddled, and How to Un-Muddle It

Why Accountability Is So Muddled, and How to Un-Muddle It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Three reasons almost every organization is so bad at holding people responsible

 

One of the most sacred tenets of management is the need for clear accountability. As such, organizations spend enormous amounts of time and energy defining jobs, roles, and goals — and then figure out who to reward or punish when things go well or poorly. The assumption of course is that people will perform more effectively if they know exactly what they are supposed to accomplish and what will happen if they make or miss the target.

 

But the reality of organizational life is never quite so black and white. More often than not, accountability is muddled, rewards are misapplied, consequences are watered down or never occur, and people do not see the direct connection between results and recognition. As the senior manager of a large technology firm said to one of my colleagues: "If you work hard and get good results here, you'll be rewarded; and if you don't work hard and get mediocre results, you'll also be rewarded."

 

From my experience, there are three common reasons that organizations fall into accountability traps like these.

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Don’t spend all day on email

Don’t spend all day on email | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Constant email interruptions steal precious time from other tasks because it takes you several minutes to refocus on your work after each interruption.

 

Your move into management probably means a big jump in the number of emails you receive. It’s likely that you feel obligated to read emails as they arrive because you want to be available at a moment’s notice and to stay on top of everything, but if you aren’t careful, email can be a huge productivity killer.

 

Constant email interruptions steal precious time from other tasks because it takes you several minutes to refocus on your work after each interruption. Yet, if you neglect your inbox, you’ll create a backlog of messages and incomplete to-dos. It can be overwhelming, stressful and time-consuming to wade through all that email once you finally do tackle the daunting task, and you may find that some of your to-dos have slipped through the cracks because of your negligence.

 

Manage your email more effectively by following these tips:

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Development Deluge: Are You Working Too Hard?

Development Deluge: Are You Working Too Hard? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Bob (not his real name) pulled me aside after the meeting. "I've been reading your blog and all the books you talked about.  I went out and got 5 mentors, all of whom are giving me feedback.

 

Leaders must work on their development to grow.  Most folks I know don’t work on their development enough.  On the other hand too much development can be overwhelming, even paralyzing.

 

It’s like working on a marriage.  Sometimes you need to talk about stuff.  But sometimes, you just need to go throw a frisbee.

 

Back to Bob…. and so I asked him, “what if you just stopped?”

 

His shoulders relaxed.  I am pretty sure he started to breathe again.

 

“Development work takes time to steep. What if you just steeped in all this for a while?”

 

Bob is steeping now.  That seems to be working well.  The truth is, he seems to be growing more than ever.

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Striving to be a Real Leader

Striving to be a Real Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a real leader will be stimulating, energising, and, perhaps most important, enjoyable.

 

The last couple of years have brought an intriguing quandary for senior leaders, and one that is probably here to stay. These are times when leaders have the option of keeping their heads down, staying out of the firing line, and playing it safe. The other option is to contribute to the current and future health of the organisation by stepping up to be real leaders.

The choices you make as a real leader Being a real leader is not easy, which is why too many incumbents of leadership positions - knowingly or unknowingly - go for the easier option of safe leadership. Although I am sure you have some friends who have gone for the safe option, you, of course, will have opted to be a real leader and, in doing so, have made a number of choices that you will need to remind yourself of from time to time.
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Starbucks Is Done With 'Coffee'

Starbucks Is Done With 'Coffee' | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Consumption is falling, and it's just not enough anymore.

 

YOUNGER Americans will have to take our word for it: there was a time, way back when Ronald Reagan was president, when your countrymen ordered coffee by simply asking for “coffee”. Ordering a “venti skinny chai latte” or a “grande chocolate cookie crumble frappuccino” would have earned, at best, a blank stare.

 

But that was before Howard Schultz took Starbucks from a single coffeehouse in downtown Seattle to a chain with more than 17,000 shops in 55 countries. The chain grew so quickly, and in some areas seemed so ubiquitous, that as early as 1998 a headline in The Onion, a satirical American newspaper, joked, “New Starbucks Opens in Rest Room of Existing Starbucks”. After suffering through lean years in 2008 and 2009, the company is again going strong. In the 2011 fiscal year the company served 60m customers per week—more than ever. It also had its highest-ever earnings-per-share ($1.62) and global net revenue ($11.7 billion).

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Fatigue Is Your Enemy

Fatigue Is Your Enemy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Get more from people by giving them a break.

 

Two years ago, I began hearing the phrase "It isn't sustainable" over and over from senior executives. They were talking about the everyday demands at work.

 

The day of reckoning seems to have arrived. During the past month alone, no less than a half dozen senior executives have told me that fatigue, exhaustion and even burnout are the biggest issues they're facing both for themselves and among their troops.

 

Sustainable capacity — meaning sufficient fuel in the tank — is what makes it possible to bring one's skill and talent to life. Not even the most talented and motivated employees can run on empty.

 

One CEO of a multinational company told me that just dealing with time differences had left him so exhausted he was seriously considering quitting. Another CEO at a much-admired company told me that for the first time, he's losing truly valued employees who say they simply can't take it anymore. In a recent survey at a third organization, over 80% of the top 400 leaders reported they spend the majority of their days feeling negative emotions, fueled in large part by overload and overwhelm.

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Ways to Be Happy and Productive at Work

Ways to Be Happy and Productive at Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employees who are the most productive are also the happiest at work. Here are five things organizations, bosses and individuals can do to have a happier and productive workforce.

 

What in the world is happening in the workplace? Economic data over the last couple of years shows a confusing picture of productivity. The U.S. reported a modest increase due to downwards wage pressure, while the U.K., outperformed by France and Germany, has reported more employment but less output.

 

South African productivity has hit a 46-year low, while even China and India which have been fueling their economies with cheap labor are seeing costs rise as investors eye up cheaper countries or territories in which it’s easier to do business.

 

Productivity is a combination of many things: traditionally it includes investment, innovation, skills, enterprise and competition. But there’s one key ingredient missing here.

 

The happiness of employees.

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