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Surviving Leadership Chaos
" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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7 Ways to Ask Questions like a Coach

7 Ways to Ask Questions like a Coach | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Leaders should be more coach-like. I’m probably not the first person who has penned those words in a blog post. My guess is that you’ve heard that advice before—possibly even tried being more coach-like with your team members and direct reports but ultimately realized that it takes a lot of time to do well. 

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If you are a well-meaning manager who wants to have more-productive conversations with your people, try these questions. Bonus: They also work great for those work-related conversations at home—you know, right after you ask, “How was your day?” You’ll see the power of these questions immediately.
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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. He says, “To lead is to be all in, transparent and accessible, calm in the face of upset and even crisis, and always mindful that you are a steward of something bigger than yourself.” That’s not easy. To whom much is given much is required. That’s the part that easily trips us up.


His book, The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership offers insight from his lifetime in leadership, interacting with some of the world's top leaders in the C-suite and boardrooms, as well as heads of state.


He offers a framework based on fundamental human truths and the essential elements of leadership. The “Absolutes” are building blocks that must be present regardless of your leadership style or approach.


Here are the 12 Absolutes with Burnison’s thoughts on each:...

Via Gary Morrison, AlGonzalezinfo
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How to Choose a Mentor

How to Choose a Mentor | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
The benefits of having a mentor are big. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that 96% of executives credited mentoring as an important development tool and 75% said mentoring played a key role in their career success.

But how do you get a mentor?

Many employees and managers complain about not having a mentor. Such people are usually waiting for the company to assign a mentor to them. Mentoring works much better when the mentee takes responsibility for choosing a mentor.

So, the first place to start is to find one yourself! Below are some characteristics of great mentors:

Via David Hain
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(From the article): The aim of mentoring is to build the capability of you, the mentee. As such, you should always choose a mentor who you feel can respond to your needs in a way that enables you to find your own solutions to problems that you may be dealing with. Ultimately, your mentor should help build you up to eventually have a mentee of your own!
David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2016 4:39 AM

Everyone needs a mentor! I certainly do. How to find the right one for you...

Raynak Search's curator insight, May 25, 2016 11:29 AM
Great advice for all of you on your way to the C-Suite and beyond
Rey Carr's curator insight, May 26, 2016 4:58 PM
A comprehensive list of Find-a-Mentor services, if you need help, at