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Chuck Hagel Lunches (And Learns From) Service Members

Chuck Hagel Lunches (And Learns From) Service Members | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
When you want to know what’s going on in an organization, especially a very large one, you talk to the people who make the place run well. That is what Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is doing every since he assumed his current position last year. While Hagel was a Senator [...]
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Losing touch with the pulse of your organization??  Then get out and meet with those in the trenches doing the hard work and you'll get great insight while also messaging authentic commitment.

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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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Philosopher kings

Philosopher kings | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
IT IS hard to rise to the top in business without doing an outward-bound course. You spend a precious weekend in sweaty activity—kayaking, climbing, abseiling and...
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This leadership page has often discussed development of leaders and how to keep the edge when you've seemingly 'reached' it.  This piece reminds us that continued 'inward-bound' development by taking part in courses, retreats, relaxation, or a personal reading program--to include the classics--benefits all classes of business and organization leaders.

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5 ways to be a leader who gets it

5 ways to be a leader who gets it | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders who get it bring some heart to their work. They treat people as ends, not means.
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We have all perhaps been apart of conversations about colleagues or bosses where we exclaim, "He/she gets it!"  How is that?  What are the traits of the self aware leader who creates this magnetism and makes us want to do anything for them and the organization? 

 

This piece covers 5 ways:

1. Be well-mannered mavericks

2. Be kind

3. Cultivate a noticing mindset

4. Shine a light on unconscious bias

5. Practice power with

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Trust Changes Everything!

Trust Changes Everything! | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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This morning I had the privilege to take part in a Pentagon Prayer breakfast where Stephen Covey shared his message "Trust Changes Everything."  I want to share the insights he imparted since trust is directly tied to leadership and there is something for us to glean therein.  His three main points were encapsulated in a concept from a story he used to set the stage--a recent fly fishing trip!  Now Stephen had never done this before and was with a guide learning how.  As he and the guide were standing in the middle of the river he asked Stephen what he could see in the water.  Stephen couldn't see a thing due to the glare of the sun that cast light across the surface of the water making the view through it opaque.  The guide stated that there were fish all around them including right in front of them yet Stephen still couldn't see them.  The guide then handed Stephen his polarized sunglasses by which Stephen could then see all the fish.  The point conveyed as the foundation for trust and Stephen's remarks was that the environment and potential for trust exists all around us, and we just have to believe and see it.  To really see it, we sometimes have to take off our 'glasses' of suspicion and put on our 'lens' of trust.

 

Moving on, Stephen's first point was that we need to trust ourselves and look inward before we think about needing others to trust us.  Others can trust us only if we first trust ourselves.  He used the metaphor of riding as a commercial aircraft passenger where during the flight attendant's briefing we are told that when the oxygen masks drop we are to put our own mask on first before helping others.  Our natural instinct, sometimes, though, is to help others first before helping ourselves (eg., children, spouse, etc.), but of course we are less effective in doing so if in the process we pass out before then.  Therefore, we need to look at ourselves and our capacity to trust what we see before anything else.

 

Building on that concept, Stephen's second point was that as leaders we need to be willing to extend trust to others.  If you expect others to trust you, it has to start with you.  He illustrated the concept by showing a couple of video clips.  One in particular drove the point home.  He showed a short story on Jason McElwain, the autistic student basketball manager back in 2006 who faithfully and enthusiastically supported the Greece Athena High School team.  All season long (perhaps for more than one season) Jason served the team, yet during the last game of the season the coach asked Jason to put on a uniform.  Not only that, but in the second half of the game the coach put Jason in with only 4 minutes left as fans cheered wildly.  After missing his first few shots, Jason made a perimeter 3-pointer, followed by 5 MORE, ending the game with 20 points and a win for the team!  The fans streamed on to the court in jubilation (Google the video--it is priceless).  To reiterate the point, if you want to trust from others, be willing to extend it first.

 

Stephen's last point centered on the concept of behavior's role in trust.  To illustrate, he told a story about his son who had just earned his driver's license, and subsequently, the privilege to drive.  The Covey's provided a rule set for their son--always wear your seat belt, no excessive speed, etc.  A couple of weeks later Stephen's son was charged with speeding--82 in a 25!  Upon subsequently going to court Stephen's son was fined over $500 but his license was not suspended.  The Covey's made him pay the fine out of his summer savings and also suspended him from driving until he had earned their trust back.  Months later he said he was ready to drive again after which the Coveys agreed and again shared the rules.  The son said "I got it" and went on to become a model driver as witnessed by the son's friends, parents and the Coveys themselves.  Stephen's point here is that when adverse behavior causes the loss of trust, only the demonstration of positive behavior--not words--earn trust back.

 

Stephen's talk reinforced the importance of trust in relationships, and though I have read most all of his works, Smart Trust and The Speed of Trust are now on my must-read list!

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Trust again!!??? 

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The Future Of Work And The Role Of Leadership

The Future Of Work And The Role Of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Find out how leadership can be a part of the human potential movement and increase productivity in the future of work.
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Very short read to remind us (older leaders) that we must adapt to the following styles of today's men and women entering the work force and lead accordingly.

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Writing a paper on this, good find. 

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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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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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Boss, It’s Just Not Your Job

Boss, It’s Just Not Your Job | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Thinking for your employees is not your job. Facilitating their empowerment is. Creating a culture of personal leadership is. Sometimes I hear this from ma
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Creating lasting and meanigful change, and getting the buy-in you as a leader desires requires rolling your own sleeves up and taking part in showing them the way ahead while helping teach the way ahead.  Your actions and buy in communicate more than a directive approach ever will.

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9 Ways Amazing Leaders Demonstrate Real Authenticity

9 Ways Amazing Leaders Demonstrate Real Authenticity | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
People respond to leaders who are authentic and genuine. Be authentic and genuine every day of the week.
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Great piece with reminders on how to demonstrate authenticity, and mean it!

 

1. They know who they are

2. They have high emotional intelligence

3. They know how to manage fear

4. They dream of a brighter future

5. They genuinely express themselves

6. They do not strive for perfection

7. They love and accept who they are

8. They always ask for second opinions

9. They leave their mark

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Five Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders

Five Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
What is the role of a leader in creating a psychologically healthy and productive workplace? More specifically, what are the things a leader has to stop doing to help teams accomplish their goals?
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Imagine you are part of a highly functioning group of individuals on a team, yet your senior leaders are just a bit off from facilitating what could result in productivity exceeding the sum of the team.  Many of us have been there, so the purpose of this piece is to identify those bad behaviors and how to avoid them so that the team can continue with some modicum of success and effectiveness.

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How Perfectionism Can Hold You Back

When you're trying to get ahead, the drive for perfection can be your worst enemy. The person who never makes a mistake always ends up taking orders from one who does. Here's why.
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Perfect...definitely the enemy of good enough.  If you suffer from this debilitating leadership condition you can be cured!  The more expereinced a leader you are, the more you learn that '80% solutions' and 'vector checks' are a better way to lead and iterate solutions to your work challenges.

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The Values of “Insightfully Aware” Leaders

The Values of “Insightfully Aware” Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Values are the principles and standards that motivate us in life. They are our basic convictions; our belief that tells us what is right, good, or...
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Last week I mentioned the idea of the self-aware leader with an article of the same subject.  This piece reflects more of the values of the self aware leader, including what I would call the moral compass of knowing right from wrong and acting/leading accordingly.

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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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