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Playing the Part of Leader

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"Don't just act like the character.....Be the character."

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Lean Into Your Fear

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We all fear something. Often that something is between who we are now and who we want to become. The best way to expand your limits is to lean into your fear.
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Making the Awkward Jump from Peer to Boss

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Life is full of awkward moments: the first kiss, an interview candidate having spinach stuck in their teeth, having your boss catch you leaving the wrong restroom. But one of the most awkward situations you can encounter in business is when someone goes from being a peer to being the boss. There are two sides to that awkward moment too – either you’ve become the boss or your peer has.
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Collaboration Is the Remedy for Polarization

Collaboration Is the Remedy for Polarization | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
Polarization keeps us apart, disconnected, unable to find creative solutions that benefit all. There is only “win-lose” and a perpetual loop of insular thinking
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The Three Conversations that Follow Feedback

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Three conversations follow negative feedback; excuse, denial, and/or tell-me-more. Excuse-conversations blame. Everyone who says, “It’s not my fault,” subtly or directly says, “I’m not responsible ...
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Start Fresh; Don’t Fix

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Toddlers who stumble and fall aren’t broken; they need practice. Fixing is a backward-facing activity that centers on mistakes and weaknesses. Move forward; don’t fix. Leaders grow leaders. Develop...
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Catch Them In the Act

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Recognize and celebrate leadership in action. Catch people in random acts of leadership and help them to see & seize the moment to moment opportunities to lead.
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The Leadership Gap

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We have started 2013 on an accelerated pace. We cannot help ourselves because the pressure of constant innovation, information, and 24/7 work cycles is rampant. It seems like the world is spinning faster and the conversation are becoming shorter.
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Spark the Action's - Flint & Steel Blog

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Infusing Energy into Your Leadership
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Make Time for Personal Renewal—4 Strategies for the New Year

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“When people don’t take time out, they stop being productive.” ~ Carisa Bianchi I started experiencing back pain around the time I turned 50. When I went to the doctor she told me, “John, you...
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7 things employees hate about your leadership

7 things employees hate about your leadership | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
Do you want to get your business off to a fresh start in 2013? Focus on the issues your employees hate.
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Leaders, Are You Helpfully Objective or Actually Indifferent? | Kate Nasser

Leaders, Are You Helpfully Objective or Actually Indifferent? | Kate Nasser | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
Leaders use objectivity to prevent emotionally skewed decisions. Yet if it turns into indifference, results suffer. Here's a checklist to prevent it.
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The Law of Trust

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    No matter the resume of a leader, we humans take turns leading and following – it’s built into the fabric of our ultra social human brains. Think of the hotshot vice presi...
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If I started over …

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Joel Garfinkle’s response to, “If I started over, knowing what I know today,” took a surprising turn. He said, I would… “Realize I can’t do it alone.” I expected Joel to explain a group of pe...
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What Does Success Really Look Like?

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What does success look like for your organization? This piece discusses 3 questions that will help you and your organization discover the answer.
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A Glimmer of Hope: When Leaders Get It Right

A Glimmer of Hope:  When Leaders Get It Right | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
I just arrived back from beautiful Fujairah—one of the northernmost emirates in the UAE—where we held the final module of six in a 15-month leadership development curriculum for a global technology...
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Leadership and Breaking the Rules

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This post is a refreshed version of one I wrote in 2010.  While I’m not among those who believe rules are made to be broken, I do think some of us have a nasty habit of clinging to them long ...
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Three Elements of Great Communication, According to Aristotle

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The first master of the art believed in ethos, pathos, and logos.
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Create sacred space as a way of honoring yourself and others | SmartBlogs

Create sacred space as a way of honoring yourself and others | SmartBlogs | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
Sacred: devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose); entitled to reverence and respect (excerpted from Merriam-Webster dictionary
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How to Find Your Passion and Change Your Life

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Everyone says, “Follow your passion.” But what if you can’t find it? Find your passion; don’t wait for it to find you. Discontent: Pick the scab of dissatisfaction. Hidden passion often lurks...
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A “TO-BE” List for Aspiring Leaders by Angela Maiers

A “TO-BE” List for Aspiring Leaders by Angela Maiers | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
”Being’ and ‘doing’ are inseparable aspects of your presence and influence. -author unknown I have the privilege each year of speaking to auditoriums full of aspiring young leaders, anxious to go o...
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Popping the Self-Delusion Bubble

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I woke up this morning disturbed at the subtlety of self-delusion. The trouble with delusion is illusion. What do you call someone who believes they’re: Supportive but demanding, instead. Humble bu...
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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions For 2013 | Glassdoor Blog

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions For 2013 | Glassdoor Blog | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
Not sure what to expect in an interview?
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Certainty Versus Confidence (SSIR)

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Leaders of social change can benefit from making the distinction.
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Communication: Four Occasions When It’s Best to Keep Quiet

Communication: Four Occasions When It’s Best to Keep Quiet | Spark The Action | Scoop.it
Will Rogers once said, “Never miss a good chance to shut up”. I think he has a point. Rarely though, do we consider that effective communication also means keeping quiet.   And yet, nothing can be ...
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Bringing Hands-Off and Hands-On Together

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I lead with a hands-on type leader.  I’m a hands-off.  He’s a, “get things done type,” I’m a, “go with it type.” I thrive in ambiguity; too much frustrates him. The other day, he said, “If we do it...
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