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How To Read Way More Books (And, Thus, Know Way More Stuff)

How To Read Way More Books (And, Thus, Know Way More Stuff) | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Humanity has learned a lot of stuff. Most of it is in books. So we should read more of them. Here's how.
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Many of you know my insatiable appetite for reading.  At certain stretches in my career I have read so much I sometimes have forgotten what I've read, but when reminded of what I've read I can remember and recall a lot of detail from a specific book.  Why does this matter and why should you care?  Reading widely and out of your area of expertise naturally forces you into a mode of "comparative familiarity" where you try to relate what you've read to your current job, life etc.  You may even try to apply some of the material you've come across to the challenges you face at home and work.  Lastly, reading widely and often contributes to enhancing your problem solving skill set--a skill we all need to keep sharp in the course of our work and other activities

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Don’t Run in the Pentagon

Don’t Run in the Pentagon | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership lessons from a career in the military.
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Good leadership gems applicable not only to military, but to all executive leaders.  Flexibility, patience and leadership by walking around...check it out!

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Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s a trick question.
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Despite the analysis and evidence this article brings to bear, the answer, in my experience, is quite simple--people.  Investing in them every time will bring results.  Have the self-confidence to develop your people and they will always bring results!

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John Michel's curator insight, November 17, 6:57 PM

Social skills are a great multiplier.  A leader with strong social skills can leverage the analytical abilities of team members far more efficiently. Having the social intelligence to predict how team members will work together will promote better pairings. 

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3 Steps to Leading Your Life in a More Excellent Way

3 Steps to Leading Your Life in a More Excellent Way | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
“We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?” Edward YoungDifferent is good.In fact, I believe different can be very, very good.Of course, thinking and being different than those
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Great post by my friend John Michel about making the most of your leadership potential.  Reminds me a lot about the plot line for "Atlas Shrugged."

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Simple Acts That Build Your Leadership Presence

Simple Acts That Build Your Leadership Presence | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Nobody is born a leader, but the traits that we associate with big-picture vision can be built over time in small ways.
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“[Leadership is] about doing less and being more. The reason you want to do these kinds of practices is that it increases your availability to your task, which is being aware of and solving problems so that other people can do great work.”  This quote in the piece says it all--if you read nothing all day, read this short inspiring piece on channeling your inner leader.  Great read!

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10 Habits of Remarkably Polite People

Go beyond good manners to make an incredible first, and lasting, impression.
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I really like this piece, first, because it testifies to many of my own personal shortcomings, and second, if you follow these habits, you will have exercised extreme personal discipline.  Check these out and read the article and see how you measure up.

 

1. They always step forward.

2. They keep using the name you used to introduce yourself.

3. They don't touch unless they are touched first.

4. They never let on they know more than they should.

5. They never ignore the elephants.

6. They never gossip--or listen to gossip.

7. They never speak just to share the greater glory of themselves.

8. They never push their opinions.

9. They're masters of the art of social jiujitsu.

10. They never stop being polite.

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A Simple, Effective Way to Say Thanks to Your Team

A Simple, Effective Way to Say Thanks to Your Team | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It's hard to benefit from the impact of gratitude if you don't do it
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I completely love this article, for it serves as a great reminder that Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner, is not just about family, friends and other blessings, but those relationships in our workplace that matter to us, both up and down the chain.  Take time before Thanksgiving to pen those personal notes.  I know I will!

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The Top 5 Myths About Leadership - US News

The Top 5 Myths About Leadership - US News | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't believe these misconceptions about what it takes to be a great leader.
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Very true myths in my experience.  Remain skeptical whenever anyone tags the terms always or never to something.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 29, 9:46 PM

Instead of being viewed in a popularity contest, leaders should strive to be respected and trusted.

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5 Powerful Habits of Extraordinary Leaders

Take your business from good to great by applying the methods of today's most successful leaders.
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1. Set the bar high

2. Build a productive work culture

3. Be visible and honest, and keep promises

4. Make your team a part of the plan

5. Celebrate your team's successes

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2 Things Great Leaders Do When They Give Feedback

Managers give the most useful feedback on the fly, not from a script. But how they deliver it is just as important, says author and professor Brené Brown.
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Feedback is a development opportunity for your subordinates.  It should be constructive and provide useful signposts for them to improve performance moving forward.  Often lost is how to deliver it without alienating the subordinate...which is addressed here.

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3 Critical Attributes of Leadership Presence | Switch and Shift

3 Critical Attributes of Leadership Presence | Switch and Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
In the best leaders with whom I’ve worked, there are three consistent attributes I’ve noticed. These attributes create a presence that is strong, professional
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I couldn't agree more with Karen Hough's attributes here: 1) be real and vulnerable, 2) be an empathic communicator, and be calm in chaos!

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Is your boss making you sick?

Is your boss making you sick? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Besides causing employees to dread work, a bad boss can have a negative effect on others' physical and mental well-being.
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New research does indicate a link between a stressful work environment (code for tough boss) and negative physical effects.

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The Art of Moving On

The Art of Moving On | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
We all experience disappointments at work. Passed over for a promotion. Argument with a client or colleague. Office politics run amok. As a leader, your colleagues may see you as the cause of their
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For those who can't seem to let go when they have have apparently been spurned, this piece is for you.  Call it forgiveness, forgetting, or just simply putting it behind you, 'moving on' is important to your credibility as a leader (and follower).  The one who can't move on is ultimately considered inconsistent, overly emotional, unstable, etc.--you get the picture.  We may not like the decisions or circumstances imposed on us, but when done so by competent authorities, we have a moral and professional obligation to move on.

 

"The secret of high performance leadership is to get over something quickly, and help others get over something quickly to build a high bonding and cohesive state."

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The ten things the best leaders never say

The ten things the best leaders never say | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," wrote Mark Twain.
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Danger signs if you hear any of these phrases from your bosses:

 

"I'm the boss."

"That's not my fault."

"I'll do it myself."

"I know that — I've thought of everything."

"Failure is not an option."

"That's not the way we do it here."

"I want results, not relationships."

"I don't care if it's unethical. If it's not illegal, do it."

"Don't bring me any bad news or surprises."

"You're lucky to have a job here."

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14 Essentials That Help Today’s Leaders Do Great Work

14 Essentials That Help Today’s Leaders Do Great Work | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about one thing they need to do good work. Here are the responses.
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Check out this simple laundry list of things to make you a more effective leader.

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Four Keys to Long-Haul Leadership

Four Keys to Long-Haul Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
He was once regarded as one of the best business leaders in the world. At the end of his career, he was disgraced and, by some measures, considered one of
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Key #1: Passion

Key #2: Work Ethic

Key #3: Persistence 

Key #4: Humility

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9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military

9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Three US military veterans explain how their time serving as officers prepared them for leadership roles in the corporate world.
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I want to give a plug for a program referenced in this piece regarding the Master of Business for Veterans, or MBV.  Check out this article if you are a mid-level officer (or NCO with a Bachelor's degree) for details at the hyper-link to the MBV within the article--particularly if you are thinking of transitioning from the military to the civilian sector. 

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How Strong are the Questions You’re Asking? Use This Index to Know | Verus Global

How Strong are the Questions You’re Asking? Use This Index to Know | Verus Global | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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Ok, so I read this piece thinking I was going to learn about the value of the questions leaders ask, and this piece goes down that road it falls short.  I think the broader issue leaders need to know about their people (downlines) and vice versa is about the quality of the questions asked.  The piece suggests plotting this, yet we all know when we give a pitch to our upline leadership whether they have truly grasped the presentation by the quality and depth of their probing follow-on questions.  Strive to be this kind of leader!

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6 Leadership Myths and Realities

6 Leadership Myths and Realities | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There are many false impressions of what makes a great leader. Many people think that it's baked into your DNA whether or not you are destined to become an effective leader. Well guess what, they are wrong. I've shattered the top leadership myths and...
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Good piece debunking traditional notions of leadership.  Connect with people and care for them at a personal level for the best results.

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How Breaking Bread Can Help Offices Break Down Walls

How Breaking Bread Can Help Offices Break Down Walls | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
One of business's greatest practices--brainstorming--and one of life's greatest pleasures--eating--commonly happen around a table. It is only natural that the two should meet.
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I recently held a catered lunch social in our work spaces for my team and it was amazing to hear all the non-work related stories circulating!  I am doing something similar--a DC scavenger hunt--in a couple of weeks that will culminate in a centralized social spot in DC!

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The Trouble With Hiring for 'Critical Thinking' Skills

Most employers agree: they want job candidates with critical thinking skills. The problem? Everyone seems to define the term differently.
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Good reminder that not all critical thinking skills are created equally.  When an employer hires on this ideal, it's important to note that critical thinking in general is honed by experience and education, with the former helping inform the specific industry in question.

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5 Ways Elite Teams MUST Be Led

5 Ways Elite Teams MUST Be Led | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations. - Navy SEAL Creed
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Written by a former Navy SEAL, this piece takes a militarily matter-of-fact approach to leading teams.  Sometimes, though, it's not as easy as he notes. 

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21st Century Secrets Of Leadership Gravitas

21st Century Secrets Of Leadership Gravitas | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There are now two rooms in the 21st century. How does a leader own the room when the room is virtual and the audience can be global?
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Definitely a Leadership 201 or 301 piece here.  Gravitas takes experienced leadership to develop over repeated occurrences.

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Leadership Matters: Never Too Many Leaders

Leadership Matters: Never Too Many Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
No one is immune to the need for leadership. There are already too many followers in our world, and the oft-quoted idea that only 1 percent of the population leads the many is actually true. This is not an effective, humane or sustainable paradigm f...
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This piece should pump you up and motivate you if you're in a leadership lull.

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Toxic people defy logic. They create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all, stress.
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This can be a very topic for many...I would say the majority of you have experienced this in your careers/professions.  In any event, some really good coping strategies here for you.  As one of my old bosses used to say, "like water off a duck's back..."

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5 Qualities To Look For In A Mentor

5 Qualities To Look For In A Mentor | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It can be wonderful to have a mentor - or not so wonderful. Here's what makes the difference...
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Always an intriguing concept, mentorship is thrown around a lot, yet is elusive to those who really want to enter into either side of this kind of relationship.  I am always humbled by those who seek me out for coffee or lunch on a regular basis to talk about their futures.  However, I seem to get more out of the opportunity than those being mentored as I have to step up my game and live up to why someone wants to see me in the first place.  These one-on-one mentoring opportunities are to be cherished, and as leaders we should be seeking mentors 'up' as well as availing ourselves 'down.'  Don't forget the value of other mentoring relationships you have--those with different sets of work colleagues, or others, perhaps as volunteer work you may enter into.

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