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What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit?

What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Everything important requires work. Hard work. And sometimes there is a long arc between the dream and it’s realization. That’s when we want to quit, but that is also where the work and the transformation occur.
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Interestingly, this piece attracted me because of the runner in the picture (as well as the title), and the connection to hard work being required to achieve things of worth.  But it did more than that for me, because as Michael Hyatt gets into the piece, he's primarily talking about the state of marriages and how hard work is required to maintain them--and that it's worth it!  I definitely want the 4 girls in my life to read this one!

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11 Things The Military Teaches You About Leadership

11 Things The Military Teaches You About Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Ex-military officers are disproportionately represented among S&P 500 CEOs. Here's what helps them climb the corporate ladder.
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Unsurprisingly, and thankfully, this piece brings together in a very short piece snippets from CEOs reflecting upon their military experience and how it has benefited their civilian companies--many of which are CEOs.  What strikes me as apropos is this statement:

"Stay calm under pressure:  Morris also likes to compare a CEO to a pilot in bad weather — it's up to him to keep his cool through a storm so his passengers (or shareholders and employees) stay calm. "The last thing you want is to appear to be rattled,""  Why? Because I am a pilot!!
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There are 16 leadership skills, but here’s why you should only worry about two or three

There are 16 leadership skills, but here’s why you should only worry about two or three | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
To be a really great leader, you are better off developing a few things you already do well, than stressing out about your weaknesses.
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Very interesting piece.  First skill is about setting goals, pushing and driving people on--a must for every leader and their value to the organization.  The other 3 include driving performance, “technical and professional excellence”, “honesty and high integrity” and “taking the initiative”.

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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on respect and leadership | opensource.com

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on respect and leadership | opensource.com | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst offers some insight on how respect is integral to good leadership and how respect is earned.
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A humble perspective on leadership regarding the earning of respect.  One point in particular that leaders often miss is his point on demonstrating confidence.  Weak, unconfident leaders exercise their authority from a basis of fear, while confident leaders do so based on trust and empowerment.  Confidence doesn't necessarily mean you have all the answers, but means having the confidence to get to the answer through active listening, asking good questions and trusting those around you to give you good advice and counsel.

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If You Want to Lead, You Also Need to Manage

If You Want to Lead, You Also Need to Manage | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
We think the key to being a successful leader has to do with vision and strategy. But it is also in nuts-and-bolts management.
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As one who prizes leadership over management, I can't ignore some of the good points of this piece worth noting:  1) "If you reside on the skinny point of the pyramid, then you are responsible for leading, mentoring and coaching."  This applies in every organizational setting and also includes working strategy as the author points out. 2) "Along with all the other responsibilities, the C-suite creates the culture, sets the tone of firm-wide leadership and fosters employees as they rise up the organizational chart."  Also a leadewrship truism. 3) "despite how hands on you need to be, you have to walk that delicate balance to avoid micromanaging."  This is often the fine point that separates leadership fromm management.

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4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People

4 Habits Of The Most Resilient People | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
When the going gets tough, what makes some bounce back while others fizzle out? Firing the naysayers in your head, surrounding yourself with a board...
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Resilience is the common thread to all 4 habits.  Is your glass half full or half empty?  You get to make the choice on how you react to any situation and this determines your resiliency factor.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, March 11, 11:08 AM

I can't tell you how empowered I felt and became when a mentor helped me to identify persistence as one of my strengths.  I was young when I had the aha moment, and it literally changed the way I looked at anything.

 

Resilient people aren't those who are smarter, never make mistakes, or don't fail; however, resilient individuals don't see the small delays as failures.  My mantra has always been "Failure is not an option." 

 

Instead of being inpatient and focusing on what you don't have, it is imporatant to acknowledge progress and keep the goal in sight daily and consistently.

 

Michael Jordon said: 

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

 

Hope you enjoy the article, and until we meet again...PS - Live on Purpose!

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.


Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/michaeljor127660.html#ITzWFgDeKjmtCp2m.99
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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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Learning Leadership from Losers - General Leadership

Learning Leadership from Losers - General Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Celebrate the bad with the good, embrace the demons from your past and make the bad leaders pay by turning it into losers lessons on leadership.
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Someday I plan to write an article exactly like this one as I can certainly attest to the concept.  In learning from bad leaders, what John calls losers, it actually spurns me on to go out of my way to act in the opposite way by which the bad leader demonstrated the loser behavior, and it's been a big motivator for me. 

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4 Ways Leaders Help People Grow

4 Ways Leaders Help People Grow | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to help people grow. For now, here are four things you can do as a leader to help those around you grow.
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Really good piece on developing leaders--wow!  1) "Share what you learn": how often do experienced leaders mentor and take the time to develop others in real time during there own active and busy careers?  we need more of this.  2) "Ask great questions":  I instinctively can tell when I'm working with someone who's really engaged on what we're doing when they ask engaging and smart questions--it really energizes a supervisor!  3) "Share opportunities":  When I was a wing commander my command chief and I established a shadow program for junior enlisted folks who would go through our day of meetings, travel and engagements with us.  We would try to pick days that were chock full of opportunities and teaching opportunities for the individual.  We wanted to impart and invest in that person as much as humanly possible that day.  Think about doing this where you work.  That investment will pay off.  4) "Provide challenging work": who really wants droll, boring and repetitive work?  Most go-getters want to be challenged day-to-day.  Provide the springboard through strategic vision and objectives that informs their journey.

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Why Leaders Must Say What They Mean | Switch and Shift

Why Leaders Must Say What They Mean | Switch and Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Positioning, spin, strategic ambiguity - why do so many leaders fail to say what they mean? Leaders worry that if they say what they really mean… Someone m
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Nice short read reminding us to be clear in our communications for organizational alignment sake.  How can employees know what we mean if we can't communicate clearly and simply?

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To Get Honest Feedback, Leaders Need to Ask

To Get Honest Feedback, Leaders Need to Ask | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
At a certain level, people stop just giving it to you.
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I recently asked one of my bosses for feedback recently as the person had been with the organization about 5 months and also because where I sit in the organization I don't receive much.  I knew that in doing so I would have to listen to, and incorporate positive aspects of the negative feedback while tucking away the positive.  By doing so I made myself vulnerable, yet teachable, to what I was going to hear, as well as building trust with my boss.  I'm glad I took the step because I learned some insights on how to adjust my work and that of my subordinates to better serve my bosses--insights I might not have otherwise received had I not asked.  You've got to be willing and open to hear negative and constructive feedback to improve!

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Servant Leaders Put On the Miles - Triune Leadership Services

Servant Leaders Put On the Miles - Triune Leadership Services | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Every single person has immense value, and no one is any better than anyone else, regardless of their title or role within an organization.
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Another spot-on article by Mark Deterding worth your time.  Thanking more people for the work they do, walking their work spaces and engaging them is how we REALLY learn what is going on in the organization.

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9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do

9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Being more productive isn't just about what you do--it's also about what you don't.
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I don't necessarily agree with most of what this author posits one to dump from their list of things to do, and that's not really the point--some of these may work in your organization or business.  The point is really to examine how you are spending your hours, days and weeks and determine what you can easily (and ethically) delegate to others, and what you need to retain doing yourself.  The more you can delegate, and furthermore empower others to learn and do, the more your focus as a leader can be spent on the higher level things you were hired to accomplish.

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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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Why Leaders need to ask Empowering Questions?

Why Leaders need to ask Empowering Questions? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Peter Drucker, considered the leadership guru of the twentieth notes that, “The leader of the past may have been a person who knew how to tell, but certainly the leader of the future will be a pers...
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The best leaders I have been around ask great open-ended questions that advance the conversation and get other people to open up on their opinions.  This piece captures that idea well: “the quality of life is determined by the quality of the questions we learn to ask…”

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, March 29, 7:54 AM

As a consultant I feel very fortunate to work with some of the most talented leaders and organizations across the globe. 


One of the most powerful leadership questions I have seen leaders ask their teams is so simple yet so powerful..."What can I do to help"?


This article discusses some other suggested questions empowering leaders ask.  If you have powerful questions....please share with us, would love to hear from you.


Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

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Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor--Here's How To Make The Most Of It

Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor--Here's How To Make The Most Of It | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Mentoring is a way to be smart about investing in your future. Here's how to fit it into your busy life.
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Mentoring is a HIGHLY under-utilized and under-valued skill in my profession.  This past Tuesday I spent 2 hours with 16 of our best and brightest officers on the Joint Staff who will be this summer's crop of Group, Vice Wing and Wing Commanders throughout the Air Force.  As a former commander at those levels myself, I gained valuable experience and insight--both good and bad--I feel obligated to share with those who might benefit.  And it really doesn't take all that much time, but it does require you to make a deliberate effort to capture, record and reflect to turn those insights into useful mentoring advice and application. 

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If you're a leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff

If you're a leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Unless they’re in crisis mode, bosses simply need to be able to motivate people to achieve shared goals
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Outstanding motivational piece on how to effectively lead.  Avoid coming into a new organization having all the answers, create a shared vision, earn commitment and trust, etc.  A great read!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 29, 7:15 PM

Leading is often about asking questions rather than having answers. Questions suggest that employees do know something the boss might not fully understand. This was rarely my experience in education. Usually, the people outside the classroom had the answers until it was a crisis moment.

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The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader

The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
People respect selflessness in a leader, and perceive it when they see safety, service, and sacrifice.
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What is your motivation to act?  Selfishness or selflessness?  This  author contends that "Safe is a place where people come to work not worried about whether they will have a job tomorrow, where compensation is fair, where employees feel that they have gotten a little bit better at their job every day, where they feel there is opportunity to advance and learn, and where their bosses treat them like they are important contributors to the betterment of the organization."  Keep these concepts in mind as you lead: Selflessness, Safety, Service, and Sacrifice. 

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11 Things the Military Teaches You About Leadership

11 Things the Military Teaches You About Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A few reasons why veterans make excellent entrepreneurs.
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It's interesting as a military veteran to look back upon a career filled with leadership experiences that were both taught and learned.  Our military veterans have so much to offer employers.

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain [...]
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I simply love this piece and the strategies it provides for coping with stress.  I appreciate what author Travis Bradberry has done here.  Coping with stress is something everyone deals with differently and their reaction to it can define them--either negatively, or positively.  Having dealt with dozens of crises over my AF career--from aircraft crashes on my base to suicides, to accidental shootings and more--your response is being watched by many.  Do you panic or do you know how to properly cope?

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10 Leadership Lessons From U.S. Commanding General John E. Michel

Leaders realize it's about people, not things. When you work a lot with technology it can be easy to confuse priorities and become infatuated with the technology. Strong leaders put the people first and leverage technology to make them more efficient...
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Great lessons from my friend General John Michel.  Too numerous to comment on here...read the entire piece!

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Learn something new everyday - Virgin.com

Learn something new everyday - Virgin.com | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. How about you?...
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I don't usually post anything other than full articles but this simple quote from someone who knows a thing or two about innovation and lifelong learning can really teach us something.  Ask yourself if you have learned anything new today, this week, this month?  Do you make a concerted effort to become an expert at your trade, your hobbies, your passions?  As a church youth leader for 10th grade guys I challenged them at the beginning of the year to establish a realistic New Year's resolution we could all track together every Sunday evening.  It's fun watching how they are embracing the learning of something new.  For me, I am learning how to play the guitar and finding painful calluses developing on my fingertips!

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Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life

Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A former CEO reflects on the imperfection of work-life balance.
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We often read of former CEOs such as this reflect back on their lives yearning for more balance but couldn't see it while they were in the thick of things.  It's admirable but it's also late to need.  Today's CEOs, as he rightly recognizes must learn to naturally balance the tension between work, family and other commitments in a healthy, particularly because we are 'hard-wired' to our technology.  There is truly a balance and it's not too late to strive for the formula that works best for you.

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Three Steps to Managing Executive Onboarding as the Crucible of Leadership It Is

Three Steps to Managing Executive Onboarding as the Crucible of Leadership It Is | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How people manage executive onboarding leaves a lasting impact on all involved. It is a crucible of leadership - a transformational experience that helps shape all involved. During the first 100 days of a new job, the journey and the relationships built are just as important as the end point.
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Destination, context and communication, posits this author, are the foundations for entering a new executive position.  I agree for the most part.  One of the books I recommend to all of the commander candidates I mentor is Michael Watkins, "The First 90 Days."  It is an absolute treasure in terms of focusing your efforts in thinking about how to prepare and organize for the big challenge you'll soon face.  By doing so, it will also help manage some of the uncertainty and anxiety we all naturally feel heading into a new leadership position.

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Go Out and Catch People Doing The Right Thing

Go Out and Catch People Doing The Right Thing | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you go into work everyday looking to catch people doing the right thing, or are you more focused on dealing with issues and problems?
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EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS PIECE!!  A little more of this in our work environments makes for more productive people!

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