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The Regifting Of Leadership

The Regifting Of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

Real, authentic leadership is founded in the idea of regifting…


Via donhornsby
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As an active leader, if you are not working to build up the leaders behind you and are merely a hoarder of leadership insights, how can you then continue to grow?  Regifting, or paying it forward, will give you more satisfaction than you can measure!

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 19, 2013 7:36 AM
Dear Don, thank you for sharing this article! The regift philosophy is a great one, and I absolutely am doing my best to be a regifter! I particularly liked the quote from the article: "Leadership isn’t just about pushing through closed doors…it’s about holding those same doors open for those coming through behind you…"
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:38 AM

What a nice article on leadership! 

 

I am a regifter and I am proud of it:)

 

Make ti a great day!

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 19, 2013 4:56 PM
Chad, I completely agree with you!!!
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Why is Personal Development Critical?

Why is Personal Development Critical? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The corporate Jungle has shifted and changed. How to focus on your personal development and become indispensable by keeping current, relevant, & marketable!
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I've mentioned the importance of personal development before here and firmly believe in its power to enhance all areas of your life.  Think about what is most important to you--what your life priorities are--and ask yourself what you're doing to improve/sharpen those areas for yourself.  For me it's about God, family, work and physical fitness.  To develop these areas I've employed a multi-faceted full court press that feeds my priorities--active youth leader at church, regular golf games with my pastor (two birds with one stone!), read widely, including listening to audio books in the car (I am now reading Divergent (before I see the movie!) and The Endgame by Michael Gordon; and I participate in vigorous exercise about 6 days week while focusing on goal-oriented races and competitions.  Find ways to feed your priorities with a steady diet of development.  

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The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you"

The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you" | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Perform a search of “leadership” on Google and you will find dozens of listed leadership “rules” and “qualities” (most of which are very accurate). But there is one primary axiom of leadership that
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Growing leaders sometimes forget the purpose of ascending into positions of influence and authority.  A real tendency to become a firm mindset is to think your ascension leads you to a place where others serve you, when in fact, quite the opposite should be true.  Your leadership is about helping others and not about you!

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Employee recognition must be done properly

Employee recognition must be done properly | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
My company is considering implementing an employee recognition program. Do these really work?
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In my experience, climate surveys universally point out a few things in nearly all organizations, and one of them is always about a lack of employee recognition.  This is pretty easy folks!  Recognition can take the form of a simple thank you for a job well done, to a handwritten note, to bigger things like time off or a bonus if your organization allows it.  And, it doesn't much time to show how you care!

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10 Things Employees Really Need to Hear From You

10 Things Employees Really Need to Hear From You | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A former CEO provides the exact words you need to say when employees need a morale boost.
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Employees don't ask for much, however, employers often undervalue their accomplishments which often get lost in the busy-ness of the day. Take time to say thanks and use these often unspoken phrases to motivate and appreciate your work force.
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Challenge Assumptions. Don't Be Afraid of Taking a Different Tack.

Challenge Assumptions. Don't Be Afraid of Taking a Different Tack. | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A former Microsoft COO says company leaders need to re-examine their core thinking and test out new approaches to not be left behind.
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Thinking critically and strategically doesn't come natural to most people.  The good news is that it can be taught and learned by willing students.  The seminar version of this type of thinking is typified by the Socratic approach, which consists of breaking down arguments through verbal parry, including challenging assumptions buttressing an argument.  This piece offers 3 suggestions and gives examples how one might implement this approach.

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Leaders need to realize that while it is easier to simply hold on to old assumptions, eventually that course of action can prove disastrous.

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Self Mastery stars with challenging our assumptions and beliefs. 

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Good vs Bad Leadership (Leadership Skills Training Series Article)

Good vs Bad Leadership (Leadership Skills Training Series Article) | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Discover the leadership skills and techniques essential to driving a culture of excellence. Articles, videos, coaching, book about leadership skills and techniques.
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Very good teaching article with practical examples and situations to help you undertand the difference between good and bad...love it!

 

The most important statement in this article many leaders overlook in their own approach, or fail to realize: "Remember this is a Natural Law (inexorible, inescapable). Treat employees as if they are very important and valuable and you will cause them to feel and become this way. They will then treat their work, customers, peers and management this way."  By contrast, then, bad leadership is the obverse, as characterized here: "attempting to control employees through orders, policies, rules, goals, targets, reports, visions, bureaucracy, and changes all designed to almost force employees to work and to create and deliver what management considers to be satisfactory products and services."

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The 7 Things Successful People Never Say

The 7 Things Successful People Never Say | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You want to be successful. Everyone does. But your actual words might be undermining your chances of success. The things you say in the office, no matter how innocuous they seem to you, might be
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If you've ever caught yourself thinking or saying any of these things, you may be in the wrong job, profession, etc.

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How Leaders Can Lower High Anxiety | BusinessBlogs Hub

How Leaders Can Lower High Anxiety | BusinessBlogs Hub | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
All of us experience anxiety. Even today I experienced it as I was driving through Boston on my way to appointments in Rhode Island.
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Through my long experience in the Air Force, and even before that in the Order of DeMolay, I learned to cope with anxiety.  Notice I said learned!  Many people do not know how to cope with anxiety as it manifests from fear, lack of self confidence, a history of failures, or any number of other reasons.  Understanding the source of your anxiety and fears and deconstructing them head-on creates experiences that build upon one another such that one becomes equipped to face any situation.  It's like Neo at the end of the Matrix--once he figures it out, he has tapped into his limitless potential to respond to crises and anxiety of every sort.

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What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit?

What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Everything important requires work. Hard work. And sometimes there is a long arc between the dream and it’s realization. That’s when we want to quit, but that is also where the work and the transformation occur.
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Interestingly, this piece attracted me because of the runner in the picture (as well as the title), and the connection to hard work being required to achieve things of worth.  But it did more than that for me, because as Michael Hyatt gets into the piece, he's primarily talking about the state of marriages and how hard work is required to maintain them--and that it's worth it!  I definitely want the 4 girls in my life to read this one!

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11 Things The Military Teaches You About Leadership

11 Things The Military Teaches You About Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Ex-military officers are disproportionately represented among S&P 500 CEOs. Here's what helps them climb the corporate ladder.
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Unsurprisingly, and thankfully, this piece brings together in a very short piece snippets from CEOs reflecting upon their military experience and how it has benefited their civilian companies--many of which are CEOs.  What strikes me as apropos is this statement:

"Stay calm under pressure:  Morris also likes to compare a CEO to a pilot in bad weather — it's up to him to keep his cool through a storm so his passengers (or shareholders and employees) stay calm. "The last thing you want is to appear to be rattled,""  Why? Because I am a pilot!!
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There are 16 leadership skills, but here’s why you should only worry about two or three

There are 16 leadership skills, but here’s why you should only worry about two or three | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
To be a really great leader, you are better off developing a few things you already do well, than stressing out about your weaknesses.
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Very interesting piece.  First skill is about setting goals, pushing and driving people on--a must for every leader and their value to the organization.  The other 3 include driving performance, “technical and professional excellence”, “honesty and high integrity” and “taking the initiative”.

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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on respect and leadership | opensource.com

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on respect and leadership | opensource.com | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst offers some insight on how respect is integral to good leadership and how respect is earned.
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A humble perspective on leadership regarding the earning of respect.  One point in particular that leaders often miss is his point on demonstrating confidence.  Weak, unconfident leaders exercise their authority from a basis of fear, while confident leaders do so based on trust and empowerment.  Confidence doesn't necessarily mean you have all the answers, but means having the confidence to get to the answer through active listening, asking good questions and trusting those around you to give you good advice and counsel.

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If You Want to Lead, You Also Need to Manage

If You Want to Lead, You Also Need to Manage | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
We think the key to being a successful leader has to do with vision and strategy. But it is also in nuts-and-bolts management.
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As one who prizes leadership over management, I can't ignore some of the good points of this piece worth noting:  1) "If you reside on the skinny point of the pyramid, then you are responsible for leading, mentoring and coaching."  This applies in every organizational setting and also includes working strategy as the author points out. 2) "Along with all the other responsibilities, the C-suite creates the culture, sets the tone of firm-wide leadership and fosters employees as they rise up the organizational chart."  Also a leadewrship truism. 3) "despite how hands on you need to be, you have to walk that delicate balance to avoid micromanaging."  This is often the fine point that separates leadership fromm management.

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22 Things Happy People Do Differently - Successify!

22 Things Happy People Do Differently - Successify! | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy! Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses. There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, ...
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We all know these things to be true somewhere deep within our subconscience, yet bringing them together in one place emphasizes their importance to happiness at work, and in life.

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Leadership Caffeine—Why Should Anyone Trust You to Lead? | Management Excellence by Art Petty

Leadership Caffeine—Why Should Anyone Trust You to Lead? | Management Excellence by Art Petty | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Seriously, why is it that someone or some group should trust you to lead? The real currency of a leader is trust conferred due to credibility earned.
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Go right to the 5 big credibility killers...if you think this might be you, there's a remedy--and that's in the cure section!

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5 Entrepreneurship Lessons You Can Learn from Military Veterans

These two vets went through life-changing experiences in the military. Here, they share the valuable lessons they brought home to build their successful businesses.
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It almost goes without saying...  Military veterans have training, education and discipline that's valuable in any workforce.  This piece highlights a number of key attributes.

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What a CEO Really Does: 'Half the Time I'm a Psychologist'

What a CEO Really Does: 'Half the Time I'm a Psychologist' | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Gravity Media CEO Yuriy Boykiv says leading people means knowing how to dissect and manage human behavior. In fact, that's the bulk of the job.
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As leaders in your organizations this piece may help inform you of one way to look at how you spend your time.  There is no right balance of percentages...it really does depend on the nature of your business.  The important takeaway is ensuring that mix works for you.

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Your business card says you're founder and CEO of your business. What it doesn't say is that you're also ceaseless promoter of your business, big-picture visionaire, and manager of people and their emotions.

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Leadership Lessons: 4 Ways to Connect with Younger Workers

Leadership Lessons: 4 Ways to Connect with Younger Workers | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
As more members of Generation Y continue to enter the workforce, today's leaders are adapting their strategy to connect with them and increase engagement. Here's how to do it.
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A Question That Changes Everything

A Question That Changes Everything | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You can’t always choose what happens to you. Accidents and tragedy's happen. But you can choose how you respond to those situations. One of the best ways to begin is to ask yourself the right questions.
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“What does this experience make possible?”--that is the question!  When faced with adversity that doesn't fall neatly into your 'plan,' how do you react?  Do you take it in stride and look continually for the many silver linings, or do you dwell on the aspects of a change in in circumstances at your peril?

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7 Signs Employees Have Lost Faith in You

7 Signs Employees Have Lost Faith in You | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Finding time for self-reflection is not exactly high on the priority list when you run a startup. But it should be--before you have a staff mutiny brewing.
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I hope you never have to experience the employee side of this, however, we can all stand to see if these signs exist in ourworkplaces where we are the boss and to take some time for self-reflection!

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How to prevent leadership from turning toxic

Good leaders can go bad more easily than one might think.
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Excellent piece toxic leadership in the military and they ways they are combatting it.

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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders that try too hard to win people over are the ones that end up losing the respect of their employees – especially when it’s not genuine. The most memorable leaders know how to naturally make a good first impression. They are mindful of what most employees do and don’t expect of them and want to create for them a safe environment that enables engagement. Leadership success is all about people and when leaders forget this fact, they are headed down a path of self-destruction. Here are 14 things every leader should consider if they want to make an unforgettable first impression. Read them carefully and ask yourself which ones you are doing and which ones you still need to introduce.
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Glenn Llopis is wise beyond his years.  At age 30 he was elevated to be the head of a large group of employees many of whom were 20+ years older than he, yet he slipped into his role like a seasoned professional with a caring and genuine commitment to his people at the forefront of his duties.

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Why Leaders need to ask Empowering Questions?

Why Leaders need to ask Empowering Questions? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Peter Drucker, considered the leadership guru of the twentieth notes that, “The leader of the past may have been a person who knew how to tell, but certainly the leader of the future will be a pers...
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The best leaders I have been around ask great open-ended questions that advance the conversation and get other people to open up on their opinions.  This piece captures that idea well: “the quality of life is determined by the quality of the questions we learn to ask…”

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, March 29, 7:54 AM

As a consultant I feel very fortunate to work with some of the most talented leaders and organizations across the globe. 


One of the most powerful leadership questions I have seen leaders ask their teams is so simple yet so powerful..."What can I do to help"?


This article discusses some other suggested questions empowering leaders ask.  If you have powerful questions....please share with us, would love to hear from you.


Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

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Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor--Here's How To Make The Most Of It

Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor--Here's How To Make The Most Of It | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Mentoring is a way to be smart about investing in your future. Here's how to fit it into your busy life.
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Mentoring is a HIGHLY under-utilized and under-valued skill in my profession.  This past Tuesday I spent 2 hours with 16 of our best and brightest officers on the Joint Staff who will be this summer's crop of Group, Vice Wing and Wing Commanders throughout the Air Force.  As a former commander at those levels myself, I gained valuable experience and insight--both good and bad--I feel obligated to share with those who might benefit.  And it really doesn't take all that much time, but it does require you to make a deliberate effort to capture, record and reflect to turn those insights into useful mentoring advice and application. 

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If you're a leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff

If you're a leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Unless they’re in crisis mode, bosses simply need to be able to motivate people to achieve shared goals
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Outstanding motivational piece on how to effectively lead.  Avoid coming into a new organization having all the answers, create a shared vision, earn commitment and trust, etc.  A great read!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 29, 7:15 PM

Leading is often about asking questions rather than having answers. Questions suggest that employees do know something the boss might not fully understand. This was rarely my experience in education. Usually, the people outside the classroom had the answers until it was a crisis moment.