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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 Tap the Full Potential of Your Executive Team

How to Tap the Full Potential of Your Executive Team | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Executive teams play 2 critical roles in an organization.

The first is obvious; they provide strategic and operational leadership to the company. They set goals, develop strategy, and ensure the strategy is executed effectively.

The second is less obvious, but just as important; the executive team provides the organizational and cultural DNA for the company. How well the executive team functions as a collective leadership body and how its members interact serves as the model that teams throughout the company will follow.

Via David Hain
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David Hain's curator insight, April 19, 5:23 AM

Much of my coaching work is focused on having the top team recognise their role beyond getting tasks done!

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4 Kinds of Workplaces, and How to Know Which Is Best for You

4 Kinds of Workplaces, and How to Know Which Is Best for You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There’s more than one kind of successful organization.
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There’s nothing like doing work that matters, but that means finding a company, organization, or team with a workplace that’s right for you. In a world with so much interesting and important work to do, we all deserve the chance to be at our best and to be surrounded by colleagues who bring out the best in us.
 
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Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround

Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Putting people at the core is the key to major improvements in financial, performance, regulatory, and quality indicators.
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A vision can create a unity of purpose and spur everyone in an institution to reach higher and contribute to improvement. Data transparency enables everyone to see benchmarks and measure progress. And efforts to upgrade and support talent bring energy and build commitment. Clearly, other institutions could benefit from following NYU Langone’s three-part prescription for organizational transformation.
 
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How Great Leaders Pull and Push To Success

How Great Leaders Pull and Push To Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The number one behavior tied to innovation is the willingness to change. We can all probably come up with a variety of activities that we continue to do even though there is a faster, more efficient way. Change takes energy, discipline, and often a willingness to do something we have never done before.

The people who are most likely to be innovative are those who are not satisfied with good performance, but are constantly looking for superior performance. It is amazing how much mediocrity we can all put up with in our lives. Possibly it is the combination of traffic jams, the lines in stores, and the bureaucracy that develops at work that influences expectations that everything is going to be slow and difficult. It is easy for people to simply go with the flow and not look for efficiency or faster options.


Via Roger Francis
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In addition to what needs to be done today, these leaders had the long view of where the organization needed to be in the future. That long view of an aspirational goal and objective keeps people on track, and it provides them with a sense of destination about where they need to go.
 
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The three stages of leadership  

The three stages of leadership   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Your leadership journey is unique to you, but there are three distinct stages almost every leader will go through on their way to the top. The best ones make moving through the levels look easy. But it isn’t.


Via Roger Francis
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Be conscious of the new skills you’ll need. Be aware that the old skills are still needed on top of the new ones. And know that you’ll need help. None of the world’s best leaders today got there alone.
 
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Daniel Tremblay's curator insight, February 17, 10:02 AM
Stage 1 - Expert at "doing"

Stage 2 - Team Leader.

Stage 3 - Multi-functionnal leadership

Going from Stage 1 to Stage 2 is the biggest step....

Le passage du Stage 1 au Stage 2 est le plus difficile.  L'expert doit apprendre à ne plus faire les choses.  Plusieurs experts promus gestionnaire ont une tendance au micro-management, à être plus intéressés par la méthode que par le résultat, à penser qu'il possède LA bonne façon de faire les choses ...

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How to Do Less When You Have More to Do

How to Do Less When You Have More to Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You can either run the day or let the day run you.
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Many of us were taught that in order to succeed we have to exert enormous amounts of effort and be constantly busy. However, the most successful people don't necessarily work harder than everyone else--instead, they work smarter.
 
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The 5 Essential Questions for Every Servant Leader 

The 5 Essential Questions for Every Servant Leader  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you a servant leader? Let us find out. You may already be one and be unaware of it. Test yourself.

 
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“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” ~Robert K. Greenleaf 
 
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100 Ways You Can Express Love as a Leader

100 Ways You Can Express Love as a Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Expressing leadership love--how to show appreciation for and recognition of the people you care about most.
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Each time you say I love you, you are letting people know you care. Take the time today to tell someone "I appreciate you" and express your love to them.
 
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How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Company’s Leadership 

How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Company’s Leadership  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A workshop or two can help provide tools for resilience, but other improvements require practice.
Via Richard Andrews, Roger Francis, Aki Puustinen
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Mindfulness training is not a silver bullet. But when combined with at least 10 minutes of formal daily practice that is supported over a sustained period, it can lead to really valuable change.
 
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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 22, 2016 3:38 AM

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How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Leader

How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Setting aside 15 minutes a day can help you prioritize, prepare, and build a stronger team
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The reason many, many people have trouble balancing their lives is that they have not been self-reflective enough to figure out what they’re trying to balance.
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The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well

The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
For one, they provide clear strategic perspective.
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Set stretch goals and maintain high standards. 

Stretch goals have a natural tendency to increase speed. People will stay busy without stretch goals but will not accomplish as much. Stretch goals can increase our effort. To ensure quality these leaders also set high standards so that others knew exactly what high quality work looked like.
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Purpose or Engagement? Is One Better Than the Other?

Purpose or Engagement? Is One Better Than the Other? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Purpose and engagement are important aspects in the workforce. But is one better than the other? Find out.

Via Anne Leong, Roger Francis
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If you want to improve your employee engagement, start by defining your company’s purpose—better engagement will likely follow.
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Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 1, 2016 7:44 AM

Simply purpose drives engagement ... as a lender check in our your folks and give them a strong sense of purpose ...answer the "Why" for them and watch them engage and perform 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 1, 2016 4:56 PM
Without purpose, can we have engagement? Engage comes from a word meaning commitment. Teachers and students who find purpose and meaning will engage and commit.
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Isolate Toxic Employees to Reduce Their Negative Effects

Isolate Toxic Employees to Reduce Their Negative Effects | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Even a small act of rudeness can ripple across a team.
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The overall health of your organization depends on how you deal with toxic employees. Toxic employees are simply too costly to ignore. Like a virus, their negativity can spread through your team and organization. To immunize your organization, consider what you can do to isolate the toxic person — or get rid of them altogether. Your employees and organization will have a much better chance of thriving. And, you will have a much better chance of retaining your talent
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Employee Burnout Is a Problem with the Company, Not the Person

Employee Burnout Is a Problem with the Company, Not the Person | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Executives need to own up to their role.
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Everyone knows the human toll of burnout. Unchecked organizational norms insidiously create the conditions for burnout—but leaders can change them to make burnout less likely. Giving people back the time to do work that drives the company’s success will pay huge dividends by raising productivity, increasing productive output and reducing burnout. Everybody wins.
 
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How to Distinguish Fact From Fiction From Your Employees  

How to Distinguish Fact From Fiction From Your Employees   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a leader, it's your job to recognize that not everything you hear and read from others is true. Feel confident about the decisions you make. Here's how.
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When your people are doing a great job at providing you important facts or if they’re courageously speaking up about important truths, make a point to reward those people and honor their actions. Don’t just say “Great job getting me all the facts,” but do let them know how their activities empowered you to make a great decision or shaped your leadership responsibility in a way that’s better for the organization at large. Make it relevant and meaningful, and this will reinforce those positive behaviors you appreciate and consistently need from your people. - See more at: https://www.mapconsulting.com/blog/how-to-distinguish-fact-from-fiction-from-your-employees#sthash.fFtAF8nl.dpuf
 
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As a teacher, I experienced the opposite of what is proposed in this article. Too many school managers want people to agree with them.
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Are competing priorities impacting your health?

Are competing priorities impacting your health? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Everyone can recognise that familiar tug of war inside us; go out or stay in and catch up on work, make a fresh dinner for the kids or finish catching up on e-mails; work late or go to the gym? These are common everyday dilemmas we all face but have you ever stopped to consider that this constant tug of war could be impacting your health?
 
Underneath these seemingly tedious choices there are darker forces at play.

Our values - things which are important to us and we are willing to invest time, money and energy to achieve - drive our decision-making behaviour. Good when they help us make clear choices, less helpful when we are choosing between things that are of similar importance.


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The Difference Between Leaders & Managers

The Difference Between Leaders & Managers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What is the biggest difference between managers and leaders? This question has been asked many times before both roles are important but they seek to do different things...Leadership begins where management ends and smart organizations value both and great organizations work hard to make each a part of their team.
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Leaders shape culture. Managers enact culture.
 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 15, 4:36 PM
Management and leadership complement each other. Peter Drucker who wrote about management and Abraham Maslow used the words interchangeably. We lead people i.e. teachers lead students (pedagogy) and we manage things.
Ian Berry's curator insight, February 18, 1:50 AM
There's value in lists like this. I worry though that the perception is that leadership is somehow more desirable work than management. Leadership and management are two sides of the same coin - one is all about people and the other all about processes. We need both operating in harmony.
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How to Be a Real Leader And Great Manager  

How to Be a Real Leader And Great Manager   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
From time to time through the years, I’ve written on the difference between leadership and management. I am revisiting the subject now because it’s not
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As leaders and managers, we have to understand that the differences in the two roles allow for the emergence of skills that will make each more successful.
 
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How to make clear commitments and fulfill them 

How to make clear commitments and fulfill them  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you want to take on a transformation in your own team in any area read these key 6 steps.
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There are many leadership competencies that shape, define and distinguish a powerful and effective team. I believe that one of the biggest ones is the ability to make and keep decisions and commitments. Furthermore, a team that lacks the ability to make and keep decisions and commitments lacks a fundamental integrity; the integrity to think and operate cohesively and generate accomplishments that are larger than the sum of their parts.
 
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Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Research explores the pros and cons of two distinct leadership styles.
Via Richard Andrews
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“Good leaders intuit the need for one strategy over another,” Maner says. “But there is always room for improvement in knowing which hat to wear depending on the situation.”
 
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7 Signs Your Employees Are Unhappy and What to Do About It

7 Signs Your Employees Are Unhappy and What to Do About It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are your workers "reaching for the minimum"? Clock-watching? Fidgeting? Those are all clues.
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When your workers are happy, they’ll work harder for you, and stay committed to you longer. They won’t be happy 100 percent of the time, but if you can learn to recognize these signs of dissatisfaction and unrest, you’ll be able to nip the problem in the bud and restore your employees’ satisfaction in no time.
 
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3 Personality Traits That Reveal Whether You're a Leader or a Tyrant

3 Personality Traits That Reveal Whether You're a Leader or a Tyrant | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What most people tend to forget about leadership, however, is that it is not a position. It's not a title. It's not a badge, or a crown, or a throne you sit upon with the right to order around others.

 

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People don't follow a leader because of what that leader preaches. They follow leaders who live and breathe the very example they expect to be upheld. After all, it's not the words that truly change people and their behavior, but the energy that comes with them. And the only way for a leader's energy to truly have an impact on others is if it is being spoken with absolute conviction. The kind of conviction that is only possible if leaders are living what they're preaching. 

 Keep your eyes peeled for the quiet employee who follows through with exactly what he or she said they were going to do. That's your leader, right there.
 
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Anita's curator insight, December 12, 2016 3:31 PM
Good article on how to become a good leader without letting the power create bad habits.
donhornsby's curator insight, December 16, 2016 10:45 AM
People don't follow a leader because of what that leader preaches. They follow leaders who live and breathe the very example they expect to be upheld. After all, it's not the words that truly change people and their behavior, but the energy that comes with them. And the only way for a leader's energy to truly have an impact on others is if it is being spoken with absolute conviction. The kind of conviction that is only possible if leaders are living what they're preaching. 

 Keep your eyes peeled for the quiet employee who follows through with exactly what he or she said they were going to do. That's your leader, right there.
 
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How to Drastically Improve Your Relationships 

How to Drastically Improve Your Relationships  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 When you hold on too tight to your connections you won't be able to improve your relationships and interactions with others.


Via The People Development Network, Roger Francis
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Letting go is a practice that takes time and patience. However, once you make it into a habit you will have much better relationships with yourself and with others. This is the essence of what it means to improve your relationships, because when you improve the relationship with yourself you also improve your relationships with others. Finally, I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes; “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” – Lao Tzu.
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The key steps for transforming your organization 

The key steps for transforming your organization  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What are the key principles and steps that must be in place for any transformation to succeed?

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From a culture of cynicism, resignation and discouragement – to a culture of enthusiasm, passion, high energy, and pride. 

 From teams working in siloes, hiding and looking out for themselves – to a dynamic of genuine cross-function alignment, collaboration, trust and sense of “we are in this together”. 

 From people blaming others when there are issues and behaving like victims who can’t make a difference – to a state in which everyone feels empowered to think and behave as courageous owners who take risks and do the right thing. 

 So, what are the key principles and steps that must be in place for any transformation to succeed?
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The World Just Got More Uncertain and Your Strategy Needs to Adjust

The World Just Got More Uncertain and Your Strategy Needs to Adjust | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Five ways to respond.
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(From the article): As the next weeks and months unfold, managers accustomed to stabler times will have to improve their game for strategy in uncertainty. Those leaders who succeed will thrive in the long term, no matter what lies ahead tomorrow.
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