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You Can't Do It All, So Expand Your Leadership Circle

You Can't Do It All, So Expand Your Leadership Circle | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Multiply the impact and effectiveness of your people by opening up your leadership circle to all employees, not just a select few. Here's how.

Via John Michel
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Words of wisdom on the strength of empowerment and delegation in the work environment!

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You hired great employees for a reason, so put all their skills to work by enlarging your leadership circle. When you encourage your employees to expand their roles in your company, you give each one of them a chance to show their creativity in different ways. The result? Better ideas and a happier, more engaged workforce.

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21 Secrets Of Success I Learned From Working With The Military's Best Generals | Task & Purpose

21 Secrets Of Success I Learned From Working With The Military's Best Generals | Task & Purpose | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A former military aide-de-camp shares the 21 habits his bosses exhibited that led them to success.
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Great insights for both military leaders and business executives.

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So You Want To Be A Leader? How To Unlock Your Leadership Destiny - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

So You Want To Be A Leader? How To Unlock Your Leadership Destiny - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There's something that has to come before all the hard lessons - your leadership destiny needs to be unlocked, by using a simple notepad and pen.
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Terry’s Eight New Rules Of the Leadership Road

Rule #1 – Don’t worry about that which you cannot control

Rule #2 – Work on things you CAN control

Rule #3 – Sometimes, s**t happens, get over it and move on

Rule #4 – Don’t give up (life is difficult, remember?)

Rule #5 – Try to take some useful satisfaction over previously trivial matters

Rule #6 – Stay in touch with family and friends – these are the people who can bring you joy and laughter

Rule #7 – Keep smiling; people will always wonder what you’re up to – rise above it!

Rule #8 – Don’t take life seriously, because nobody ever got out of it alive (how soon you forget)

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Do Men and Women Lead Differently?

Do Men and Women Lead Differently? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Different leadership styles suggest that talent managers should refocus their development strategies.
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Excellent research to assist in understanding how men and women lead differently.

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8 Ways to Tell if You're a Good Boss or a Bad Boss

8 Ways to Tell if You're a Good Boss or a Bad Boss | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Are you a good boss or a bad boss? That question reminds me of the scene from the Wizard of Oz when Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, first encounters Dorothy in Munchkinland. Glinda asks Doroth...
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Great advice and reminders.

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What Successful Military Strategists

What Successful Military Strategists | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Every two weeks or so here at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, a small group of officers and civilians gets together over lunch to discuss strategic-level topics. This gathering is a low...
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As a US Air Force educated and trained strategist, as well as a long-time practitioner, I endorse this piece and the link to the full book list embedded within.  Not only will the books listed--most all of which I have read and studied in close detail--enhance your leadership cache, they will aid in the application of your profession, whatever it may be.

Aaron Bazin, the article's author, is a leader and member (as am I) of the US Military Strategists Association.

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7 Phrases That Will Undermine Your Leadership

7 Phrases That Will Undermine Your Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Sometimes the hardest thing about communication is hearing your own words. Here are some to think about--and eliminate.
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I agree that these phrases tend to the negative, however, when delivered with a small dose of humility and judgment, they can be effectively delivered when warranted.

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3 Actions Legendary Leaders Take to Get AheadSwitch & Shift

3 Actions Legendary Leaders Take to Get AheadSwitch & Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The writing is on the wall: “Adapt, evolve, thrive… or get out of the way.”
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Good, short piece.  Emotional intelligence plays a big role.

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A Good Leader Must Create the Right Atmosphere

A Good Leader Must Create the Right Atmosphere | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Warren Bennis is an author, corporate consultant and international educator on management and leadership.He once said, “Everyone can improve their leadership abilities. I know I wasn’t born a leader. I learned everything through experience. You learn about leadership basically by reflecting on those experiences. I link leading directly to learning.”While Bennis is accurate in that statement, perhaps the first element of leadership that all managers should learn, (regardless of the industry you’re in), is how to create the right working atmosphere.In leadership seminars
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Good piece with great anecdotes for creating a healthy work environment.

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The 6 Behaviors Of Great Simplification Leaders

The 6 Behaviors Of Great Simplification Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How do you rise out of an environment of overwhelming complexity to one that is simple? One word: Leadership.
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Timely piece!  To understand and make sense of a complex world, simplifying things up the ladder is wise.  Sometimes junior leaders, when preparing to brief more senior leaders, feel the need to make presentations more detailed (showing them everything they know), rather than considering the senior leader's scope of responsibility is much larger, requiring simplification and context.  You must put yourself in your senior leader's shoes when preparing presentations for them.  These are good guidelines.


1. Focus

2. Clarity

3. Collaboration

4. Courage

5. Pragmatism

6. Empowering

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The Linchpins of Leadership

The Linchpins of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Successful leadership relies heavily on three factors that are only loosely tied to the five ECQs: trust, credibility, and respect, which I call the “linchpins of success.” These linchpins, however, can be closely tied to emotional intelligence and character.
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Trust, credibility and respect.  Aimed at federal workers, this piece has more universal application.  Good examples in the piece, too.

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5 Steps for Engineering a Happy Company Culture

5 Steps for Engineering a Happy Company Culture | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are five ways you can use humor at work to be more productive, less stressed, and happier.
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Humor, expressed humbly and sometimes in a self-deprecating way paves the way for productivity, I believe.  Have fun and get the job done!

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My Leadership Fails: Difficult Conversations, Conflict & Feedback

My Leadership Fails: Difficult Conversations, Conflict & Feedback | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
“Feedback is the breakfast of champions” Ken Blanchard“Businesses don't fail for want of intelligent staff, they fail for want of intelligent and courageous feedback” Unknown“Feedback is the bridge between strategy and successful execution” Dr PeteHigh performance teams thrive on feedback. But sadly, many of us avoid feedback and settle for mediocrity, whilst gossiping to our teammates about what is wrong and backstabbing our managers.Having difficult conversations and giving staff feedback is tough!When I was a senior executive in a large corporation, my m
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I've blogged about this many times and here is another article emphasizing the importance of feedback and having difficult conversations.  Some more good advice.

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Speaking Authentically Makes All the Difference for Leaders...and Everyone Else Too

Speaking Authentically Makes All the Difference for Leaders...and Everyone Else Too | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
If you are anything like us, you clap politely at the end of your boss's boss's boss's overly scripted presentation and then turn your attention to thoughts of a free lunch as the smell of catered food and Sterno catches your nose.
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Good perspective on how to radiate warmth and authenticity when delivering remarks.

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The Fine Line Between Friendship and Leadership - Lolly Daskal | Leadership Development

The Fine Line Between Friendship and Leadership - Lolly Daskal | Leadership Development | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
As you walk the fine line between friendship and leadership, remember the importance and interconnectedness of both
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More great wisdom from Lolly Daskal!

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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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Another great piece for your Tuesday reading.

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10 Seconds to Take Your Leadership From Good to Great

10 Seconds to Take Your Leadership From Good to Great | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
All it takes is 10 seconds to grasp these points--and take your leadership from good to great.
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Excellent short piece.

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Interview With General James Mattis

Interview With General James Mattis | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
General James Mattis insists that a rigorous study of military history and shared knowledge from combat are equally essential elements of military training.
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Though a few months old now, this interview from an officer colloquially known as "The Warrior Monk", much sage advice on what to read to be a better (military) leader. 

 

2 good quotes:

"Henry Kissinger once said that as you fill a kettle full of water, you fill your mind with knowledge, and then, when you’re on those high-tempo jobs, you pour it out. Then you get out of those jobs and refill it."

 

"ethical, competent and admired leadership is badly needed nowadays. "

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5 Must-Haves for a Kick-ass Company Culture

5 Must-Haves for a Kick-ass Company Culture | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
To build a great business, leaders should define the culture as carefully as an organization defines its products.
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Back to the basics...these are important, and I especially like #s1, 4 and 5!

 

1. Know your mission

2. Hire right

3. Get to know the workers

4. Acknowledge employee successes

5. Incorporate fun

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What motivates us at work? More than money

What motivates us at work? More than money | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
When you look carefully at the way people work, there’s a lot more at play -- and at stake -- than money. Take a look at 7 studies by the likes of behavioral economist Dan Ariely and psychologist A...
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Excellent piece on TED reflecting research into what motivates people at work.  You may find some of these consumable ideas surprising, yet if implemented, would make a big difference in morale and productivity.

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Do you have a Leadership Brain?

Do you have a Leadership Brain? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
My attention was drawn to a recent article which showed that "Recent research conducted by Ashridge Business School and the University of Reading revealed that when leaders are faced with high impact situations, there is a strong correlation between increased heart rate and the degree of learning reported by participant." Now why this should be a surprise baffles me. As humans we are pre-programmed to choose between “fight or flight.” However, as the article correctly pointed out, it is in times of high stress that leaders are usually required to make the most important
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Here are the author's main points:

 

1.Anticipation is important.

2.Delegation is important.

3.Learning and development is critical in preparing yourself and others to anticipate and then to deal with problems effectively and as learning opportunities.

4 Meet often but informally.

5 React with confidence. 

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How to Create a Feedback-Rich Environment

How to Create a Feedback-Rich Environment | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Giving and receiving constructive criticism takes practice.
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Great piece on the nuts and bolts of conducting meaningful feedback sessions.

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HOW’S YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE?

HOW’S YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Hopefully your parents or guardians disciplined you when you were younger. This is not because I take any joy in whatever misery this may have caused you, but because I know the value of discipline. And if no one disciplined you when you were younger, it is highly unlikely that you’re able to exercise a lot of self-discipline now that you’re older.
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The point of this piece is that if you didn't grow up with self-discipline or parents who disciplined you, you will need to acquire the habit somehow for future long-term success.

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Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone • George Ambler

Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone • George Ambler | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.
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An EXCEPTIONAL piece for your leadership kit bag today.  Leaders who don't grow dwell too long in their comfort zones, then atrophy.  Those who gain the confidence and courage will move into their learning zones (as described in the article) where the most consistent and stimulating growth occurs.  The danger zone is to be avoided.  Love this piece and the explanations underpinning each zone!

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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator.
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Good article on communication and leadership.

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Great advice for all leaders.

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10 Leaders Share the Habits That Help Them Be Freakishly Productive

10 Leaders Share the Habits That Help Them Be Freakishly Productive | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
From time blocking to saying no more often, here are a few tips on how you can stay productive.
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Warren Buffett was definitely on to something, IMHO, when he started spending 80% of his day reading.  These are GREAT tips to help ensure your productivity and to master your schedule!

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