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How to Stay Energized

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An interesting discovery from working with people on their leadership skills is that they tend to work against their motivational needs.


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Three Solid Reasons for Leadership Development

Three Solid Reasons for Leadership Development | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Why is the process of finding a leader–whether to backfill someone or to fill a new role–often treated as an isolated event rather than an ongoing process? With the cost per hire only rising, why do so few organizations have a ...

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Hey Leaders: Your Attitude is Contagious

Hey Leaders: Your Attitude is Contagious | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a leader, your attitude speaks volumes before a word is uttered. And like your shadow, it follows you every where you go and you often are unaware of it. Speaking Your Mind… Out Loud Your ...

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Leadership Lessons — Inspiration from History

Leadership Lessons — Inspiration from History | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Sovereignty requires great leaders who can lead in what is referred to as “transformational leadership”. Leadership skills and Leadership qualities..

 

Each year across the globe, countless countries acknowledge their rich heritage and heroes even as other countries find themselves currently in a struggle for identity and/or independence.

An individual’s perspective is shaped by which side of the struggle they find themselves.

 

While stating the obvious, each country has its own history, tradition, and heroes that it celebrates, and for good reason. For those in the U.S., the summer is our time to be reminded of the struggle for independence. Reflecting on history illustrates common leadership threads that are consistent across time and geography. These struggles demonstrate how many layers of leadership band together into a unified force.

 

Often this banding together is more chaotic than orderly. These threads are instructive for business leaders as they work to lead their organizations through the many challenges in today’s marketplace, including the competitive, regulatory, or the general economic stress today’s organizations find themselves.


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Do You Have the Brain of An Olympian?

Do You Have the Brain of An Olympian? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Citius, Altius, Fortius!

 

The Summer Olympics are upon us. And over the next three weeks, more than 10,000 athletes from around the globe will do their best to go faster, higher and stronger. In the process, they will push the boundaries of what is currently considered humanly possible, and remind of us what can happen when we follow a dream.


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Speaking Truth to Power

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There's a crisis of trust in this country.

 

There's a crisis of trust in this country. You can see it everywhere you look: business, politics, financial Institutions...somewhere along the way authentic communication became a thing of the past. In recent times, transparency, vulnerability, and empathy in the workplace have been lost. It’s for this reason I’ve made it my life’s mission to shine the light on authentic communication both in the workplace and elsewhere.

 

In researching for my book, DARE, I came across great articles about speaking truth to leaders, and the reasons leaders need their followers to challenge them.

 

In corporate cultures, it’s not often encouraged to challenge authority. I believe that is due to what many deem “the boss effect”, which is the higher up one goes, the less truth they hear, the more distorted their reality, and the more difficult it is for people to speak openly to them.

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Your Brain on Self-Deception

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Vision looks at three books focusing on the cognitive tricks employed by the brain as it works to preserve our cherished beliefs and self deceptions.

 

We don’t like to look in that inward mirror; it can be very unpleasant to identify our self-deceptions, or even to entertain the possibility that we may have them.

 

We feel much safer avoiding what Fine calls “disturbing self-revelations.” But the downside of safety is that shrouding the mirror in a cloak of self-deception leaves us unable to compare “what I am doing” to “what I should be doing”—an exercise, Fine points out, that is “essential for keeping the self in line.”

 

Of course, there is more to keeping the self in line than simply identifying differences between how we think and how we should think. The clear implication of all this research is that an actual change in the way we use the mind is required. Having seen our real face in the mirror, the next logical step must be to do something about it. But what?


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Leaders hold the key to a more ethical business culture

Leaders hold the key to a more ethical business culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Business leaders who want to root out unethical practices need to start at the very top of their organization, experts say. People find it easier to rationalize their unethical behavior when leaders have failed to communicate values and consequences.

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When Talent Defeats

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Super stars aren’t the answer they’re the problem.

 

Isn’t it thrilling when high performers join your organization? Finally, someone can bring home the bacon like no one else. Wrong!

 

Super stars who think they save the day may be selfish hogs. Organizations don’t need swine they need strong teams that deliver results together. Individual contributors – super stars – might work for the short-term but eventually they cripple organizations and destroy morale.

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The Best Leaders Know Self Esteem is Scarce

The Best Leaders Know Self Esteem is Scarce | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Economics teaches us that if something is scarce, it is more valuable. And while self-esteem might be scarce in your workplace, it doesn’t have to be.

 

A key concept in economics is scarcity.  In economic terms, it is when people have unlimited wants but resources are limited.  If you look up scarcity in the dictionary, you will find a similar idea:

 

1.  insufficiency or shortness of supply; dearth.


2.  rarity; infrequency.

 

(Source: Dictionary.com)


In practice, when things are scarce, several things happen.  Scarcity creates value – when there is less of something, it becomes more valuable – economically and emotionally. 

 

And because of this fact, when things are scarce, we treat them more carefully and intentionally. While scarcity will always create these conditions, when the item has significant inherent value to start with, the importance of scarcity grows even further.

 

Why the economics lesson?

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Most Powerful Word Used to Influence Others

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What you have to say is not powerful.  The power comes from positioning your ideas and offers in the CONTEXT of what’s important to the listener.

 

The most powerful word you can use to influence others is the word CONTEXT.  Context is not the word you should be using, but rather the strategy on how to influence others.

 

What you have to say is not powerful.  The power comes from positioning your ideas and offers in the CONTEXT of what’s important to the listener.  This may sound like a minor point to you, but it is the GREATEST DISTINCTION of what separates the most influential people from others.

 

Here’s an example.  Scott Nadell, Director of Sales for Mextrx LLC, a third party biller in New York specializing in workers compensation and no fault receivables, called me up after reading Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way.  He asked me how could he do a better job of opening his client’s minds to listen to what he has to say.  He described his clients as being closed minded and downright rude to him.

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Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate - Stephen R Covey

Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate - Stephen R Covey | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When you are in a conversation, do you listen with your own autobiographical filter? Or do you listen to actually understand the speaker?

 

When I say empathic listening, I mean listening with intent to understand. I mean seeking first to understand, to really understand. It's an entirely different paradigm. Empathic (from empathy) listening gets inside another person's frame of reference. You look out through it, you see the world the way they see the world, you understand their paradigm, you understand how they feel.


Empathy is not sympathy. Sympathy is a form of agreement, a form of judgment. And it is sometimes the more appropriate emotion and response. But people often feed on sympathy. It makes them dependent. The essence of empathic listening is not that you agree with someone; it's that you fully, deeply, understand that person, emotionally as well as intellectually.


Empathic listening involves much more than registering, reflecting, or even understanding the words that are said.

 

by Stephen R. Covey 

http://j.mp/OElhWz
 


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Damn that Hurts…

Damn that Hurts… | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The trouble with pain is ignoring it. Toothaches begin as dull twinges. Tumors are coughs. Before long, fillings are root canals and tumors are death.

 

The trouble with pain is ignoring it. Toothaches begin as dull twinges. Tumors are coughs. Before long, fillings are root canals and tumors are death.

 

Pain is a slow sunrise, quiet. But, noon always comes. Listen to pain in the morning; don’t wait for noon.

 

Courage:


Life without pain is death.


Leaders courageously listen for pains voice. Delay invites damage. Toothaches and tumors never magically go away. Pain is not the enemy. Invite it in for a chat. “Damn that hurts.”

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Early relationships, not brainpower, key to adult happiness

Early relationships, not brainpower, key to adult happiness | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

32-Year Longitudinal Study finds: Social connection is a more important route to adult well-being than academic ability.

 

Social connectedness in childhood is defined by the parent and teacher ratings of the child being liked, not being alone, and the child's level of confidence. Social connectedness in adolescence is demonstrated by social attachments (parents, peers, school, confidant) and participation in youth groups and sporting clubs.

 

The researchers found, on the one hand, a strong pathway from child and adolescent social connectedness to adult well-being. This illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships over the lifespan to adulthood. On the other hand, the pathway from early language development, through adolescent academic achievement, to adult well-being was weak, which is in line with existing research showing a lack of association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.


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Four Ways to Be Present – A Leadership Imperative

Four Ways to Be Present – A Leadership Imperative | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Our 2011 Catalyst Conference had the theme “Be Present.” On the surface it seems like a simple idea but sometimes the simplest of ideas are the most complex, aren’t they?

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What is Purpose? What is yours? – Ben Quinn on Leadership ...

What is Purpose? What is yours? – Ben Quinn on Leadership ... | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A leader must have vision. A leader must be strong in their convictions. A leader must build a good team. They must listen to their team. A leader must synthesise all stimuli and formulate a plan best placed to achieve a final ...

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12 Ways to Build Relationships through Public Speaking | Dr. Michelle Mazur

12 Ways to Build Relationships through Public Speaking | Dr. Michelle Mazur | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of best way to spread your message, find new clients, and network is through public speaking. 12 tips on how to build relationships through public speaking.

 

What is the best way to find new clients, network and build new relationships?Public speaking. I once told a colleague this and she looked at me as if I was insane. She asked, “Build relationships? How can that be? There are so many people in the audience. How is that possible?”

 

Building relationships is not about selling the audience a product or service, but showing that you, the speaker, have the audience’s best interest in mind and you want them to succeed. Here are 12 most effective ways to build connections using public speaking that will build your business and your network.


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5 Effective & Genuine Techniques to Motivate Employees

5 Effective & Genuine Techniques to Motivate Employees | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Reward your staffers in ways they'll find meaningful, and you'll convey that keeping them motivated is important to you.

 

As a business owner, it's my job to make my business grow. There has never been a doubt in my mind that most of that growth comes not from mysterious market forces, but rather from my most precious internal resource: my employees. To that end, I've always tried to make sure my employees are treated well with paid health benefits, three weeks' vacation from year one, a matching 401(k) plan, and even homemade (by me!) birthday treats.

 

All of these things help build a great team. But to really keep the team intact--and working together to grow the business--I've learned and tried to master these five effective and genuine techniques:


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Eight Inspiring Career Lessons From The Life Of Sally Ride

Eight Inspiring Career Lessons From The Life Of Sally Ride | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 

Ride’s career and trajectory offer some lessons at a time when women’s public role is once again being examined under a microscope, with the publication of former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article on women’s career/family balancing act and the buzz about Yahoo‘s hiring of very pregnant Marissa Meyer as its new CEO, and Mayer’s decision to take only a microscopic maternity leave.

 

Here’s what we can learn from Ride’s hurtle into the stratosphere:...


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A Submarine Captain On The Power Of Leadership Language

A Submarine Captain On The Power Of Leadership Language | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You think your office is a pressure cooker? Try commanding a nuclear-powered warship.

 

The key to your team becoming more proactive rests in the language subordinates and superiors use.

 

Here is a short list of "disempowered phrases" that passive followers use:

 

Request permission to . . .

 

I would like to . . .

 

What should I do about . . .

 

Do you think we should . . .

 

Could we . . .

 

Here is a short list of "empowered phrases" that active doers use:

 

I intend to . . .

 

I plan on . . .

 

I will . . .

 

We will . . .

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Dale R. Wilson's comment, July 29, 2012 7:10 PM
I'll let David Marquet know that you've featured the article about him on your Scoop.it! page.
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I am glad to see you feature the article, "A Submarine Captain On The Power Of Leadership Language," about Captain David Marquet and his book, "Turn The Ship Around!" David Marquet is a remarkable person.

David's book reveals a solid, well-proven leadership approach which comes down to empowering people; giving people real responsibility and real authority; inspiring the empowerment of engaged people and leadership at all levels. On the USS Santa Fe, David's leadership structure established mechanisms that created a favorable environment in which the crew were released to grow their knowledge and skills, ultimately gaining the autonomy over their tasks and resources to become leaders. At the same time, David's approach challenged the paradigm of the hierarchical organization by revealing the process to tear down pyramids, create a flat organization, and to develop leaders, not followers.

David's accomplishments onboard the USS Santa Fe are impressive, and his book is a must read.
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Pleasure Dale, was an officer in the Navy (South African) myself for many years so the article really resonated.
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5 Reasons Why Servant Leadership Works

5 Reasons Why Servant Leadership Works | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

To be a servant leader requires that you let go of self-importance.

 

I have worked in my field for twenty eight years. I have served as a leader and have served under a number of leaders during that time. Some have been good while some have not.

 

Good, healthy leadership is out there but you have to look for it. I have learned just as much from the mistakes of those around me, as well as my own, as I have from the successes.

 

I have also had the privilege of working for some incredible servant leaders as well. One in particular I served with for almost ten years and to this day he is one of my closest friends.

 

He showed me what a servant leader looks like and has had a profound impact on my life. So I can tell you from experience that these five principles work.


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The 8 Laws of Being of Service | Copyblogger

The 8 Laws of Being of Service | Copyblogger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I’ve got an ego big enough you could weekend there.  The views are gorgeous and there’s some pretty good fishing up there too.

 

So I sometimes wonder if I’m in this coaching/writing thing for the wrong reasons.  Do I do this just to fuel my ego and because I want to feel good about myself?

 

I know that when I’m working with someone and it all goes great, I feel fantastic. I’ve received cards and gifts from clients who’ve thanked me profusely, and I feel on top of the world as a result.

 

I’ve been really keen to walk on the right side of the line on this one, and having thought long and hard about where that line is, here’s what I’ve learned about business, helping others, and being of service.

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The Value of Working for a Bad Boss

The Value of Working for a Bad Boss | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I’ve had more than twenty bosses in my career. I worked well with nearly all of them. But surprisingly, I learned the most from the worst ones. Here are a few of the lessons.

 

I’ve had more than twenty bosses in my career. I worked well with nearly all of them. But surprisingly, I learned the most from the worst ones.


The truth is that most of my supervisors were average. Sadly, I really can’t remember much about them.

 

One was exceptional and became a role model. He took responsibility when things went badly. He gave others credit when things went well. He exuded integrity and became a close friend.

 

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Leadership: A short primer on doing the right thing in business

Leadership: A short primer on doing the right thing in business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A mensch is an individual who is decent and honorable in all of his undertakings—he or she is the same person privately and publicly.

 

A mensch is an individual who is decent and honorable in all of his undertakings—he or she is the same person privately and publicly. This is a person of high integrity, someone that you would feel totally comfortable doing business with.

 

A mensch’s word is as good as his signature. One of the hallmarks of a mensch is empathy and compassion, a genuine caring for his fellow man. A mensch will always look for an opportunity to do good in life, to be of help to the community. When you are in the presence of a mensch, you feel good about you—you sense a total absence of artifice, you know that you are in the presence of a genuine human being, one who will not deceive you, undermine you or try to diminish you in any way.


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Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You?

Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

So, you want to change your life and be happier? Maybe happiness means unlocking your greater potential, enhancing your quality of life, or realizing your lifelong dreams. 

By now you may have absorbed countless personal development books, videos, or blogs. Sometimes you find something that resonates but the excitement constantly fades. Too often, you feel like you're back right where you started.

Lost.


Have you ever considered that your own mind is sabotaging your path to happiness? While your mind may not be the sole culprit, it is a clever foe. Your brain can mislead and make you miserable...and you won't even know it.

But all is not lost. You can learn how to recognize your mind's deception and develop the right mindset. Check out this list of seemingly harmless thoughts to see if your mind is tricking you out of your happiness.
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