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How to Manage People Older Than You

How to Manage People Older Than You | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
More and more people are working past age 65. Here's five ways to get the best out of workers--even those who have more experience than you do.
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Sooner or later we will all run into this situation.  Great tips for understanding this diversity aspect of leadership.

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6 Key Tips for Leading by Example

6 Key Tips for Leading by Example | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Become a powerful workplace influence by effectively modeling top-notch behavior. Don't have all the skills yet? Fill in the gaps.
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A good piece on leading effectively and by example.

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Why The Best Leaders Are Self-Aware

Why The Best Leaders Are Self-Aware | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A new book, "Leading With Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice," by Mindy Hall, focuses on the importance of self-awareness in business leadership. "Watch yourself in the moment," the author writes. "How would you experience your actions if you were on the receiving end?"
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An outstanding offering on a topic that, arguably, isn't discussed much.  When I went into wing command I was fully intentional with how I wanted to lead and conduct engagements.  Some of that comes from prior experience and some of it comes from noticing yourself, which is discussed in this article.  Being self aware is highly underrated!  Self reflection on what is working and what isn't is a key to being an intentional leader.

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The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Build Leaders

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Build Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s easy to see a leader’s legacy. That legacy is the leaders that she has built while she had the responsibility to lead. You can’t be a leader if no one is following you. But the measure of your...
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I couldn't say it any better: "Great leaders know that they are building a leadership factory."  Read this real short piece and get energized to lead!

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The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Image source by George Hodan Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret," of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve S...
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Simply stated, this piece reminds us that leadership is about humility and serving others--not being served.

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5 Principles of Leadership Presence | Switch and Shift

5 Principles of Leadership Presence | Switch and Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The aerial maneuvers and precision coordination of the show is rehearsed hundreds of times before being viewed by millions of spectators each year. Often
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Great analogy between the USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team and these 5 leadership principles, #2 particularly--Exhibit Poise. I think this is one of the most underrated skills on this list, both to learn and master, yet it goes a long way in demonstrating discipline, calm, restraint and confidence.  Just this past weekend someone gave my wife this compliment in the course of her responsibilities as a worship leader, and I believe it goes a long way toward enhancing a leader's leadership quotient.

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12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Leader

12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

Learn 12 ways to improve yourself as a more strategic leader.

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This one will hit home with a lot of readers (i.e. when is my boss going to become more strategic in his thinking/viewpoint?).  Many opportunitites to improve through these insights.

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7 Challenges Courageous Leaders Overcome

In the face of overwhelming odds or critical failures, it's easy to lose sight of your aspirations, but the charismatic leaders we admire throughout history don't give in to that temptation. They work to overcome any challenge.
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Some inspirational stories here, and we all have them.  The real question is, "what have we learned from them?"

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Great Leaders Never Stop Trying to Learn

As you gain experience, you may start to feel like you've seen it all. But as former Cabinet secretary John W. Gardner said in his most famous speech, to stay motivated, ambitious, and effective, you need to continue learning.
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I absolutely love this piece!  Every now and again a leader like Gardner appears and provides a profound perspective on paper that brilliantly captures what many are thinking.  In this case its about self development and self renewal boiled down simply to, never stop learning.  How wise is the phrase, "be interested" versus "be interesting"?  This and many others can be read here, and it is also very worthwhile to read Gardner's 1990 speech on self renewal linked inside the piece. This WILL motivate you!

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Effective teams. 4 essential steps for working better together.

Effective teams. 4 essential steps for working better together. | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
When 2 or more people come together, to achieve a common goal, you have a team. With 4 simple steps, you can make sure that your teams are effective teams.
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"Effective teams produce better results, keep members happy and reduce friction and conflict."

 

1. Sense of self

2. A clear vision of success

3. A defined strategy

4. Synergy

 

Makes a lot of sense...see the short article for more.

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Big Questions Leaders Ask

Big Questions Leaders Ask | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
I am very excited about the 10th Anniversary of the book The Secret by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller. Both authors have helped shape my leadership style and beliefs.
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Too often, in my experience, strategic organizations fail to carve out a feasible strategy. Once they do, they fail at execution. Both are addressed here.
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The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready - - The Buffer Blog

What are the habits of successful people? Surely they are just like you and me! Not quite, the habits of successful people can be broken down very concisely like this:
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A reminder (and a good story of how Richard Branson got started) that if you wait to accomplish things when you're 'ready' it's probably too late!  Jump in with both feet, get started and learn/adapt along the way!

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Let Your Employees Bring Their Interests to Work

Let Your Employees Bring Their Interests to Work | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
They’ll be more engaged.
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We all lead busy lives and inevitably some spend a disproportionately high amount of time at work than with our families.  Some are often looked down upon when they bring their personal interests and lives into the workplace but we should challenge that notion aggressively and here's why.  Employees with varied interests who are engaged in multiple interests have an easier time bringing their A-game to work because it engages the creative part of their brain that links these outside interests into the work at hand, and often leads to better solutions to challenges and problems.  Varied interests keep us on our toes and force us to continously think differently under varied circumstances, often contributing to higher work productivity.

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The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders

The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you look at the major news stories in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever, it’s pretty hard to miss that most of the crises we face are crises of leadership. I once worked for a man who couldn’t pull the trigger on a project, ever. I would bring him a request with all the supporting documentation. […]
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Some of these characteristics may seem familiar to you right away because of a past, or even current, boss that in your opinion is holding the organization's progress back.  Yes, I know...nothing can be more frustrating.  To be fair, as you read over this list make sure that our imperfect selves aren't also suffering from the same things we're disparaging our leadership over.

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Credibility Is the Foundation Of Leadership

Credibility Is the Foundation Of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner share 6 measures to build leadership credibility as part of series celebrating Tanveer Naseer's 1st book “Leadership Vertigo”.
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Good piece on credibility making a difference in leadership.  My opinion: it's a mixed bag.  As far as the military profession goes, I believe that credibility is essential in the junior ranks--nothing can substitute for technical expertise, however, for the senior ranks, generally speaking, you have made it that far because of a refined decision-making skill set, which is a valuable commodity! 

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The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
New research reveals exactly how much downtime you should be taking.
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I've always been a big believer in working hard and smart, but not necessarily long. This piece captures some of the science behind why that's true.
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How to Help Managers Become More Strategic

John's frustration had turned to exacerbation.  He'd done everything he could to position himself for the next promotion. His results were amazing. He'd taken on several cross-functional projects a...
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Karin nails it in this piece.  Here's the telling part: "a strategic approach to leadership was, on average, 10 times more important to the perception of effectiveness than other behaviors studied. It was twice as important as communication (the second most important behavior) and almost 50 times more important than hands-on tactical behaviors. (This doesn’t mean that tactical behaviors aren’t important, but they don’t differentiate the highly effective leaders from everyone else.)"

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Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn: Overlook culture at your peril

Share this story:With General Motor’s culture failings fresh in memory, it’s certainly relevant for everyone to take culture very seriously. […]
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Culture drives a perception, both within and outside an organization/company impacting the ability of the organization to perform. I'm a firm believer that aligned leadership is a key component in determining that culture and how it changes--both good and bad. Culture is defined in this piece as "how things get done," and provides somewhat of a framework of how culture can be influenced and changed.
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9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
And how you can avoid them.
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Laziness.Not anticipating unexpected events.Indecisiveness.Remaining locked in the past.Having no strategic alignment.Over-dependence.Isolation.Lack of technical depth.Failure to communicate the what, where, when, and how associated with their decisions.

 

Some real zingers here...please take a personal inventory and see if you need to eliminate some of these behaviors.

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7 Things You Need to Start Saying No to Today

Want to be richer, happier, and healthier? Start saying no to these things right now, suggests a new book.
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This is rich!  Time drains that once you stop dwelling upon will give you more time in the day to be productive and to stop focusing on stuff that doesn't matter.

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7 Examples Of Great Leadership - Joseph Lalonde

7 Examples Of Great Leadership - Joseph Lalonde | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Examples of great leadership are all around us. Discover 7 leaders who led in extraordinary ways and what we can learn from their example.
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Good reminder about patterning our lives to those who were/are great leaders.  5 typical leaders here, however, two are really worth noting--Jim Sinegal, former CEO of COSTCO, and Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson.  Michael's approach is definitely worth emulating--if you have leadership lessons to share, pour them into others.

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The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Switch and Shift

The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Switch and Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Humans tend to model the behavior they see. When leaders appear to be in control, know everything, never doubt, or never ask for help or input, employees think
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A great piece to go with your Monday morning coffee.  "Humans tend to model the behavior they see. When leaders appear to be in control, know everything, never doubt, or never ask for help or input, employees think they have to do the same."  You see, if you are the/a leader in your organization, you are also the barometer by which others act.  If you act a certain way--whether positive or negative--it is likely to be mimicked similarly.  Look in the mirror to determine if it's what you intended. 

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The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders — PsyBlog

The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders — PsyBlog | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Research into 63 companies and their CEOs reveals unexpected leadership factor.
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Aspiring leaders take note!  Humility is the TOP attribute to effective leadership!  Note the findings of this study: "Overall, humble individuals accept that something is greater than the self. Humility is manifested in self-awareness, openness to feedback, appreciation of others, low self-focus, and pursuit of self-transcendence.

Humble people willingly seek accurate self-knowledge and accept their imperfections while remaining fully aware of their talents and abilities.

They appreciate others’ positive worth, strengths, and contributions and thus have no need for entitlement or dominance over others.”

 

For many this should come as no surprise as humble leaders are not only more well-liked (and for the right reasons), their demeanor unleashes greater productivity and job satisfaction.

 

Duh!

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10 Leadership Techniques That Do Not Work

How to become a better leader? Don't make the same mistakes I made.
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These are all right on target!

1. Lack of Vision

2. Failure to Communicate

3. Intimidation

4. Micromanagement

5. "No Tolerance Policy"

6. Being a Know-It-All

7. Offering Incentives

8. Withholding Helpful Information

9. Taking Credit for Others' Work

10. Management by Walking Around the Office

 

Read this short piece to learn more about each!

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Are You a Mentally Strong Leader? - WorkIntelligent.ly

Are You a Mentally Strong Leader? - WorkIntelligent.ly | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence separates mediocre leaders from amazing ones. Here are five universal traits that make people a mentally strong leader.
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Drink these insights in, leaders.  Nothing new here but a refresher and validation that feeds our self-esteem.

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6 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Undervalue Their Employees

6 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Undervalue Their Employees | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders often find themselves getting lost within the growing demands of the workplace and losing sight of what matters most to their employees. As such, they fail to realize the negative repercussions that the lack of strategic focus can have on their ability to deepen relationships with employees, which is important to understanding their specific needs for success. As a consequence, employees begin to lose trust in leaders that they perceive as self-absorbed, complacent and only concerned about their own well-being – rather than interested in advancing the people they are responsible for leading.

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"Leadership requires a high level of self-awareness of your own style and approach."  Wow, just being self aware and in tune with the heartbeat of an organization can go a long way to understanding where the organization is and how to take it to the next level.  Today's inbox mentality can lead to organizational stunting of its talents and capabilities and eventually to lowered morale and worth.  The "lack of strategic focus" if your organization is strategic can feel like a weighted anchor dragging you into the tactical depths.  Challenge your team to rise above to keep your leadership appropriately focused at the right level.

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