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The Six Key Elements of Strategic Thinking

The Six Key Elements of Strategic Thinking | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
In a time of unprecedented uncertainty in the business landscape, strategic leadership is more critical than ever.
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Strategic planning seems to be an undervalued, yet critical, function in today's work environment.  The statistic in this piece, that "according to Chief Executive Magazine, seven out of 10 leaders are not strategic," does not surprise me.  First, there is a paucity of executive education in this are that business schools should be eager to teach.  It is not easy work...frankly, it's very HARD work, yet necessary for the viability and long-term potential of any organization.  In this piece, the author covers the Six Elements of Strategic Thinking including the ability to: anticipate, challenge, interpret, decide, align and learn. While each of these elements has received isolated attention, they become significant in entirely new ways when examined in the context of one comprehensive framework.  

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6 Secret Habits of Highly Successful Millennials

6 Secret Habits of Highly Successful Millennials | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Why are Millennials more successful than older people? Let's start with how much sleep they get.
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Keep killin' it millennial leaders!
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5 Small Changes That Will Make You a Much Better Communicator

5 Small Changes That Will Make You a Much Better Communicator | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Your success depends on your communication skills. Here's how to hone them.
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Improving your communication and oration skills enhances your leadership cache.
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Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One?

Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s not about performing, in either sense of the word.
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Great, in your face, perspective on authentic leadership.
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20 Ways to Reward Your Employees Without Spending a Dime

20 Ways to Reward Your Employees Without Spending a Dime | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You won't need another loan from the bank when it comes to these 20 remarkably simple ways to make your employees feel appreciated.
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Great advice that doesn't cost you anything.

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How 'Connected Leadership' Helps Startup Teams Achieve Greatness

How 'Connected Leadership' Helps Startup Teams Achieve Greatness | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
By investing in your people first, all the other problems can get more effectively solved together by the team.
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Empathy is big...putting this into practice right now!
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Your Annual Checkup: The 2 Minute Business Audit [Download]

Your Annual Checkup: The 2 Minute Business Audit [Download] | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here's our handy guide to giving your business an annual checkup in just a few minutes, plus a handy downloadable checklist.
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Great tips for 2016 strategic planning!
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Two Keys to Great Leadership - People Development Network

Two Keys to Great Leadership - People Development Network | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Explore two keys to great leadership by looking at Roosevelt's leadership of the Rough Riders with Jeff Ton from Rivers of Thought
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It's about vision and buy-in!

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So You’re the Boss—Now What? How to Be a Successful Leader

So You’re the Boss—Now What? How to Be a Successful Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leading people takes skills and everyone has to find the managerial approach that works best for them, their employees and the organization.
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Great advice for new business owners or managers on how to transitioon smoothly to becoming a better leader.

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Where We Are Missing the Boat in Leadership Development

Where We Are Missing the Boat in Leadership Development | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Millennials want leadership development. Why after 16 years of education don’t they have is the real question to be answered.
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A great piece on when and how leadership development might begin for youth.  Bottom line is that there doesn't seem to be enough opportunities for the demands in the adult workplace.

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50 Maxims for Being a Great Leader

50 Maxims for Being a Great Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Sample rule: Sometimes saying nothing is better than saying just anything.
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I like this list a LOT!  As leaders, you can all benefit from the simple wisdom this laundry list provides, but more importantly I think you can use this list to share your own experiences and stories with those you lead.

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6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done? Know how many days per week you’re actually productive? About 3: People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).
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Great article to open Monday morning!  Some will resist some of these tips, yet much of them are backed up with solid research.  You decide:

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Manage Your MoodDon’t Check Email in The MorningBefore You Try To Do It Faster, Ask Whether It Should Be Done At AllFocus Is Nothing More Than Eliminating DistractionsHave A Personal SystemDefine Your Goals The Night Before
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10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence

10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you want to know if you have high emotional intelligence, here are a few tips to guide you along the way.
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A fantastic read for us all to take inventory of our personal/professional traits.

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11 Ways a Nightmare Boss Sucks the Life out of Employees

11 Ways a Nightmare Boss Sucks the Life out of Employees | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A bad boss with terrible leadership qualities takes a negative toll on employees' lives — find out how.
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This is an enlightening, if not disturbing, article about a negative trend some are seeing out there.  Here are some of the stats feeding the 11 ways:

Employees with respectful managers are 32% less likely to think about a new jobStrong management transparency leads to 30% better employee retentionMicromanaged employees are 28% more likely to think about a new job

Very enlightening indeed.

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Want to Be More Confident? 9 Ways to Overcome Your Own Fears

Want to Be More Confident? 9 Ways to Overcome Your Own Fears | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't wish your fear away--use it to be better.
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This is why I do obstacle course racing (Tough Mudders and Spartan Races) and lead teams of people who have never done them.
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5 Rules to Introduce a Speaker

5 Rules to Introduce a Speaker | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It may not be your spotlight, but all eyes are still on you. Follow these suggestions to make a great introduction.
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I like this a lot and haven't run across such simple, yet useful, tips for introducing a speaker.
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The Best Way to Lead? Intentionally Influence Others

The Best Way to Lead? Intentionally Influence Others | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
I find it ironic that when I ask leaders—even good ones—what constitutes leadership, I often get vague, disparate, and vapid responses. You’d think this educated and successful population could offer
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Indeed, leadership IS influence.

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How to Defy Limits By Raising Your Strategic Game

How to Defy Limits By Raising Your Strategic Game | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Grand strategy is the highest level of vision.
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Setting strategic goals for your organization will give your workforce the impetus and motivation to put in the daily work. Here is a good template.
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7 Reasons the Best Leaders Treat Their Employees Like Customers

7 Reasons the Best Leaders Treat Their Employees Like Customers | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you don't, you could be stunting your own growth.
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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, February 1, 8:47 AM

I could not agree more with this approach. 


I also like to challenge my team to this approach ... "Pretend as though your employees have contracted you for the year.  Ask yourself truthfully, would they re-hire you once the year is up?  Did you take care of them in a way that they would be afraid to contract another leader or department because no one else would take care of them and add value as you would?


That is the mind set that I like to challenge myself to uphold, because our employees are our internal customers. 

What do you think?

Trish


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How to Become Ruthless, in a Thoughtful Way, With Managing Your Time.

How to Become Ruthless, in a Thoughtful Way, With Managing Your Time. | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
17 Brilliant Productivity Tips to Immediately Create More Time.
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17 great tips for using your work time more productively.
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7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders

7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Your technical skills might get you a promotion, but it's your people skills that will earn you the respect of your employees.
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Great reminders...

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When it comes to habits, it's crucial to include continuous improvement toward high performance.

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Why the First and Most Important Person You Need to Lead Is Yourself

Why the First and Most Important Person You Need to Lead Is Yourself | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
To successfully lead others, sharpen your skills so you can set yourself apart as a leader.
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Great insights, as always, from Lolly Daskal on leading yourself before leading others.

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Why Leading By Example Isn't Always Enough

Why Leading By Example Isn't Always Enough | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It takes more than just being a good person to inspire ethical conduct in employees.
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"It would be great if all you had to do as a leader was to be a good person yourself....but leading ethically may be one of those sweet spots where doing well and doing good actually go together."

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Effective Leadership: How toxic leaders destroy people and organisations

Effective Leadership: How toxic leaders destroy people and  organisations | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
That’s why there is a pressing need for leaders to understand the nature, dynamics and evolution of toxic leadership and organisations.
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3 out of 10 leaders are toxic...a sad commentary on organizations writ large.  This article looks at the DNA of most toxic leader types.

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The Three Measures of Your Leadership Success

The Three Measures of Your Leadership Success | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Assessing your effectiveness requires looking simultaneously at the past, the present, and the future.
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Keys to avoiding self-serving bias in measuring your leadership effectiveness.

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Should Managers Focus on Performance or Engagement?

Should Managers Focus on Performance or Engagement? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Gallup surveyed more than 8,000 employees to examine this question. The answer isn't as "either/or" as many companies might think.
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Spoiler alert: "What we discovered is that managers don't have to choose between creating strong, positive teams or focusing on high performance and accountability".  See the 12 elements of great managing within the piece.

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