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Leadership lessons from social media > font

Leadership lessons from social media > font | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership lessons from the online world extend beyond the content. Learn as much from watching what bloggers do, as what they say. (RT @fonttalent: What have you learned about leadership through social media?
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Great advice on how to get the most business buck from your social media engagements.

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Simon Sinek: How Do You Get Your Colleagues To Trust You?

Simon Sinek: How Do You Get Your Colleagues To Trust You? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How do you create trust? Management theorist Simon Sinek says it starts with a leader who makes people feel safe.
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I don't usually Scoop videos, yet I'm a Simon Sinek fan and the TED Talk is really good if you have 12 minutes to watch it.  Employee trust is the heart of the issue.

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Five Signs Of An Ungrateful Leader

Five Signs Of An Ungrateful Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Is your leadership grateful? Do they really understand how – and how much – you contribute; do they appreciate your unique way of thinking and doing and the value you add to the organization as a result? I’ve noticed that many leaders don’t take enough time to appreciate or pay much attention to their teams and the individual efforts of their employees. They just expect people to do what they are told, rather than investing the required time to properly lead, guide and educate them rightly – so they can stop feeling taken advantage of and start having fun again. It’s no wonder the workplace isn’t innovative enough. This also explains why employees feel undervalued.
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My current military assignment has been very gratifying for a few simple reasons.  The best has been listening to, and then carrying out, the feedback and ideas our innovative military workforce has given me to improve the quality of life and work efficiency within, and without, our organization.  It has been an exciting process to use my influence to make the necessary changes, and as a result, everyone seems to be enjoying their work more, often reporting, "this is the best deployment I've ever been on."  Don't think I'm patting myself on the back here because you'll misinterpret the main point, which is we need to listen to our work force more.  They are doing the work on the floor, in the trenches, etc., and they know far better than us what needs to be done to make things better for all, which leads to better work satisfaction and loyalty/trust. 

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Invest in Your Team for Improved Customer Care

Invest in Your Team for Improved Customer Care | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Many companies invest heavily into marketing their business and implementing a dynamic customer care service, but many businesses often forget
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Amazingly, it's small things like empowering your work force, or creating a great culture at work that many leaders overlook in getting great returns and keeping customers happy.  Don't let this happen to you!

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The Crucibles of Leadership, Walking Through the Fire, and Rising to Greatness

Have you faced a crucible of leadership?The Term crucible is defined as a place or occasion of severe test or trial and a situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.The concept of the "crucible of leadership" was suggested by Abraham Zaleznik in a 1977 Harvard Business Review article in which he argued that a true leader is “twice born!” In other words, they had a traumatic experience in their life which resulted in a deepened sense of self, relatively free of dependency on social structure.According to Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas, in
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Thoughtful, contemplative piece of leadership during crises and adversity and 'tefloning' your leadership cache.

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The Paucity of Leadership

The Paucity of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Organizations must focus on developing the leadership competencies of their middle managers.
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Making professional leadership development opportunities available for your key leaders is a great investment that usually pays big dividends.

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Are You Easy to Follow? 10 Things Great Leaders Know and Do

Are You Easy to Follow? 10 Things Great Leaders Know and Do | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
"He's a pretty easy guy to follow." That was the response from a friend when we were recently talking about how much she enjoys her job. She's worked with this person for several years, they have a...
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Incorporate (if you don't already) these habits into your work routines for great success.  Great reminders!

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Building soft skills essential for young people

Building soft skills essential for young people | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Course gives youngsters the boost they need, says Martin Davidson
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I recently wrote a birthday letter to my 16 year old.  One of the 'secrets' I imparted to her as she grows into adulthood was the important of building relationships and connecting with others.  Young people into the workforce are often so focused on learning the technical skills required to succeed that they sometimes miss the skills required for longevity in a given position or profession.  Soft skills matter and employers look closely for them.

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Strategic Leadership: How to Avoid the Most Common Error Leaders Make

Strategic Leadership: How to Avoid the Most Common Error Leaders Make | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
In my interview with Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, I asked him about the biggest mistake leaders…
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Great advice: "get out of your own way," and "don't believe your own hype."

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Make It OK for Employees to Challenge Your Ideas

Make It OK for Employees to Challenge Your Ideas | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Advice for avoiding isolation at the top.
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In my current organization when I took the lead I told our newcomers that I would solicit their feedback on how we were organized, if we operated efficiently, and so forth.  I asked them to use the newcomer perspective and previous experiences to challenge our ways and have been rewarded with great ideas that have improved our organization over all.

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10 Things Great Leaders Never Hear Employees Say

10 Things Great Leaders Never Hear Employees Say | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Heard any of these common comments? If so take action--now.
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If you DO overhear your employees/subordinates say these things, it's time for some personal reflection and leadership re-direction!

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Good Leadership Sometimes Means Keeping Your Opinion To Yourself | Task & Purpose

Good Leadership Sometimes Means Keeping Your Opinion To Yourself | Task & Purpose | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s easy to feel like you’re not really leading unless you are contributing something. Here’s why that’s dangerous.
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Very interesting phenomenon worth considering when/if you find yourself needing to 'pile on' with commentary under similar circumstances.

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Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

Our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen.
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Of course those who know me well expect me to post something like this. In my profession exercise and fitness is literally a condition of employment. If you don't meet established fitness standards on a regular basis you will find yourself in another profession. So as Ron Friedman points out here, "Studies indicate that our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen." Very good strategies and advice for getting into the swing of things and how it will tangibly benefit and complement your work experience.
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To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors

To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors - IDEO Stories - Medium
Lessons learned from my year working with IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown
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Good advice with even better examples...

1. Act with humility.

2. Trust the intuition of others.

3. Encourage half-baked ideas.

4. Inspire, don’t instruct.

5. Model behaviors.

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4 Ways to Develop Your Leadership “X-Factor”Switch & Shift

4 Ways to Develop Your Leadership “X-Factor”Switch & Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Influence is an exceptional quality that has an impact on one or a large group of individuals. When we meet a great communicator, we might say they have charisma or that “x-factor” that draws others to them. Here are 4 ways to develop these qua [...]
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My favorite is number four, and is so true: "Having a sense of humor keeps you focused on the humanness around you.  When people take themselves too seriously or come across as lacking a sense of humor, it can repel people. Be vulnerable."  We have a lot of fun at work and joke around...and we get a boatload of work done, too.

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This skill is the best indicator of a person's ability to succeed

This skill is the best indicator of a person's ability to succeed | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How you handle the hurdles is very telling.
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"Possessing the skill of handling obstacles well demonstrates a high level of self-reliance, good judgment, and resourcefulness."  How do you handle adversity, difficult circumstances, things not taught in leadership development environments?  Your handling of those events and their results tell you what you need to know about your mettle.

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7 Ways to Become a Respected Leader

7 Ways to Become a Respected Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You don’t need position when people respect you. Respect amplifies leadership. Leaders who aren’t respected, depend on position, power, authority, and control. Respect and influence: You have the m...
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Short, powerful truisms  on respect and leadership.

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What is good leadership?

What is good leadership? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There are many facets that make up a good leader - Matt Driscoll from Thales Learning & Development tries to unravel what makes a leader great
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Good, quick refresher on good leadership.

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The Best Leaders Shine from Within

The Best Leaders Shine from Within | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There is an old fable by Aseop about a man, the wind, and the sun. One day the wind and the sun were talking about which was stronger. When they saw a man walking below in his overcoat, they decided to see who was more powerful. They dared each other to a contest: who could …
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Good insights from Lolly Daskal.

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How to Work Smart and Ditch The Long Hours Culture

How to Work Smart and Ditch The Long Hours Culture | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it

 always say to newcomers in my organizationIf you have a long hours culture or a rigid 9 – 5 culture and you want to change it: Here are some suggestions how to achieve a healthier way of working

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What I always say to newcomers into my organizations: "We will work smart and hard, but that doesn't always translate to working long."  Oh, and let's have fun doing it!

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Why Improving Leadership Development Is an Organizational Imperative

Why Improving Leadership Development Is an Organizational Imperative | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There is a disconnect between what organizations expect from their leaders and what employees expect from leaders. This will require human capital professionals to establish improved leadership development models. 
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An investment in personal development for employees pays back dividends many fold.  And the best companies are really good at it--GE for example (look at how many CEOs were made from GE leaders and senior VPs).  This investment also creates trust and loyalty, in most cases, to that organization.

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The Admiral in the Library: James Stavridis

The Admiral in the Library: James Stavridis | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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Retired ADM James Stavridis, one of the great intellectual military leaders of our time, is both well-read, and has a PhD (from Tufts where he is now also Dean of the Fletcher School). My including this piece here is about something I firmly believe in, as does the admiral--reading widely and often contributes to one's leadership cache and understanding.  Read this fascinating interview to learn how reading has shaped his career and life.

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What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty

What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
This is not a deep psychology dive on ego and power in business leadership, which is a huge topic. But I want to share some practical observations about how good leaders build a powerful …
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Love this piece...most real power that subordinates respect springs from the humility and openness of a leader--even a high-level formal leader--conveyed not by their formal authority, but by their influence alone.

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Humility: A Mission Command Essential

By Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown and Col. Robert M. Taradash On Sept. 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Capt. William D. Swenson earned the Medal of Honor by displaying conspicuous gallantry. Tha...
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There are lot of parallel character attributes between the military and business and one biggie is humility.  This article and discussion teaches us all how to learn to be better, more humble leaders. 

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Becoming Powerful Makes You Less Empathetic

Becoming Powerful Makes You Less Empathetic | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Have you crossed a line?
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The title of this article immediately caught my eye.  Not because I didn’t believe it was true—quite the opposite.  Yet I haven’t seen many who were willing to argue this point.  Lou Solomon brilliantly describes a condition many leaders suffer when they receive more power at work.  And the funny thing is that though this conduct is not as spectacularly devastating as others we read about—embezzlement, fraud, bribes, etc.—I would contend it’s more dangerous because it lies just under the water line of what’s acceptable conduct, yet also stifles the teamwork and progress many subordinates desire.  As Solomon says, these behaviors can “suck the life out of the room.”  Dangerous indeed…please read!

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