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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders that try too hard to win people over are the ones that end up losing the respect of their employees – especially when it’s not genuine. The most memorable leaders know how to naturally make a good first impression. They are mindful of what most employees do and don’t expect of them and want to create for them a safe environment that enables engagement. Leadership success is all about people and when leaders forget this fact, they are headed down a path of self-destruction. Here are 14 things every leader should consider if they want to make an unforgettable first impression. Read them carefully and ask yourself which ones you are doing and which ones you still need to introduce.
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Glenn Llopis is wise beyond his years.  At age 30 he was elevated to be the head of a large group of employees many of whom were 20+ years older than he, yet he slipped into his role like a seasoned professional with a caring and genuine commitment to his people at the forefront of his duties.

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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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Leadership Quick Hits to Start 2016

Leadership Quick Hits to Start 2016 | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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Like many of you, I am taking stock of what 2015 provided in terms of organizational results and how to make the most of 2016 in the weeks and months ahead.  Here are three quick hits I have observed to help inform my approach to this years’ leadership challenges.

 

Relationships Matter.  I took part in a high-level professional development course last month emphasizing one of the most significant combat roles for someone of my background and military expertise.  Though small in numbers of students (18), and diverse in backgrounds (all four services and Guard and Reserve representation), as well as experts in air land and sea warfare, I reinforced in myself the importance of both building and renewing professional and personal relationships.  Taking the time and effort required to genuinely get to know my peers will create a strong foundation of trust for future endeavors when our paths are likely to cross again.  Building these relationships is a necessary survival skill for strategic leaders.

 

Invest Time to Grow Leaders.  Though a lifetime leader most of my professional life, I often must remind myself that even though leadership muscle memory is well-ingrained and easily recalled for use, my real role as a more senior leader is ensuring I take the time to impart that muscle memory to those in my circle of influence.  Just today I had a discussion with my executive assistant regarding a decision I had made regarding the promotion potential of an officer in my command.  I had come to the decision after much deliberation and thought over hours and days.  When I gave her my decision I was reminded of my personal responsibility I thought I owed her to share in HOW I arrived at my decision.  Taking the time to convey my decision-making process will, I think, help my assistant be a better leader and commander someday.

 

Make the Most of the Team You Have. A new year inevitably leads to thoughts of personnel changes to occur later in the year.  This may also lead to thoughts of drafting a dream team, yet this thinking is often unrealistic.  Let’s face it—we don’t always get who we ask for and must work within the limits of the personnel/HR system to provide the best fit, and work with building the best functioning team possible with what your dealt.  The best coaches and leaders know how to do this very well.  Take, for example, my alma mater’s (Michigan State University) basketball team.  For the last two weeks they have been without star player (and potentially player of the year candidate) Denzel Valentine due to minor knee surgery.  Over the stretch of games they’ve been without him they’ve gone 3-1, losing their first game of the year along with their number one ranking.  Yet instead of dwelling on the loss of Valentine, Coach Izzo is discovering the hidden strengths of the rest of the team during his absence, which is arguably making for a stronger team now and when Valentine returns.  Losing your best team players or wishing you had better players is likely not the best way to move your organizations’ ball down the field.    

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Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others

Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
As a leader, the most important part of your job isn't your results. Your job is to inspire your employees' results. Here's how.
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Good reminders of habits that multiply 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:

6 tips:

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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How to Fuse Leadership Development With Purpose and Strategy

How to Fuse Leadership Development With Purpose and Strategy | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
According to “Real World Leadership,” aKorn Ferry global survey on leadership development published this month, organizations understand it’s a whole new world where slow growth and disruptive change are the norm.   However, the survey of more than 7,500 responses from 107 countries, also revealed that organizations struggle to understand how they can use leadership development to effectively operate in this forever changed environment. Survey respondents ranked “accelerating the pace of innovation” as one of their most pressing business priorities, roughly on par with more . . .
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Great piece linking personal and strategy development that quite frankly is not talked about enough.  Often we do not connect personnel development with organizational strategy and vision development.  Kudos to this author!

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