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The dark side of leadership: Five reasons power corrupts

The dark side of leadership: Five reasons power corrupts | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Psychology research has provided some interesting insights into why certain people in power behave the way they do, but if you are working for a megalomaniac, there are steps you can take to deal with the situation.

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Fascinating piece.  This spirit of entitlement, as I call it, has led to many downfalls in military leadership over the last decade.  Do yourself a favor and self-check on these reasons.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 18, 2013 3:48 PM

Florida State University professor Jon Maner found that when people were given power, they thought they were more attractive than they really were. They also misconstrued innocuous comments as come-ons.

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Top Tips To Being a Great Mentor

Top Tips To Being a Great Mentor | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
During the course of my career in business, as I have become more successful I have always believed in the importance of lending a helping hand to others looking to make a success of their lives (RT @AMAnet: Top Tips To Being a Great Mentor.
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Good tips on being a productive mentor.

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Growing Patience

Growing Patience | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
As a leader, one of the hardest skills to maintain in today's "do more with less" economy is demonstrating patience.
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There's wisdom in properly appropriating the time in your day.  Done poorly, impatience can take hold leading to numerous physiological and physical changes taking your focus from your work.  "Critical to tamping down our impatience is the ability to distinguish between what we can control and what we cannot."

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4 Steps to Prevent Stress and Burnout - CCL e-Newsletter September 2013

4 Steps to Prevent Stress and Burnout - CCL e-Newsletter September 2013 | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Stress and burnout are consistently among the top two challenges leaders face. Here's what you can do about it.
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Very interesting read here on how to stay in engaged despite our daily ruminations.  Theses four steps (wake up, control your attention, detach, and let go), and their repetition will allow your to be more productive and take back your day. 

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10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

10 Ways to Motivate Anyone | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Understand the unique brain and personality types of your employees to keep them invested in work. You'll see amazing results.
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Understanding how employees/subordinates are motivated provides insight on how to sustain motivation over the long haul.  Realizing that everyone responds differently to different kinds of motivation informs how you recognize achievements and accomplishments, however, I would caution that motivating and rewarding people in different ways may lead to a perception of unequal treatment.  Find your motivation sweet spot by balancing what works best for both you and your subordinates.

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Don't Let Strategy Become Planning

Don't Let Strategy Become Planning | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Many people find it hard to distinguish between the two.
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The art of making strategy, once understood, is not all that hard.  We must separate the obvious chaff (financials, perceived need for complex and lengthy strategies, etc.) and get to the core of what our organizations do, provide and represent. 

 

"Strategy is a singular thing; there is one strategy for a given business — not a set of strategies. It is one integrated set of choices: what is our winning aspiration; where will we play; how will we win; what capabilities need to be in place; and what management systems must be instituted?"

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The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday

The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't let pockets of free time go to waste. Try this easy time-saving strategy.
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This is a must read!  How do you spend the scraps of time in the margins of your day?  I would submit that we often waste this precious time, that in aggregate, adds up to a lot of lost opportunity!  The approach here is simple, and preparation is the key.  It starts with making deliberate plans about how you will use this extra time and posturing to do so.

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New Strategy? Don't Forget The Execution

New Strategy? Don't Forget The Execution | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
By Knowledge@Wharton In a Q & A with author and Wharton Professor Lawrence G. Hrebiniak, he explains why it's critical for firms to create a ''culture of execution'' in order to succeed.
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Really good insights on the power of strategy follow through.  How often do you see really good organization strategy that lacks corresponding execution?  It takes discipline on the leader's part to hold downlines accountable for the execution they bought into.  I find that consistent--perhaps monthly--gatherings by the top of the food chain supported by lower-level meetings to discuss progress and alignment to the top, allow for strategy to remain at the forefront and to track progress toward organizational goals and vision.

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Hidden Qualities Of Leadership

Hidden Qualities Of Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
As a leader do you regularly demonstrate empathy, kindness, and commitment in ways that encourage your followers, those people with whom you have a positive (Hidden Qualities Of Leadership - http://t.co/1975NNYTFm)...

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As a leader do you regularly demonstrate empathy, kindness, and commitment in ways that encourage your followers, those people with whom you have a positive productive relationship that allows you and them to accomplish the goals of the organization and the individuals themselves?

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Leaders today have qualities we would not necessarily associate with leadership strategies even though we have always been drawn to follow those who had them. One of these qualities is empathy, a genuine appreciation and understanding of the values of others.

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Millennials Will Soon Rule The World: But How Will They Lead?

Millennials Will Soon Rule The World: But How Will They Lead? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
In the last few years there has been a lot of research on Millennials and how they're different. But a new topic has now come up in many of my conversations with HR and business executives: What is their leadership style and how will they lead?
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Your future as a senior leader/manager is dependent on how well you understand your talent pool and how they think and operate.  This piece accompanied by Deloitte research shows the differences between Gen X and Gen Y and how to approach career development.  I have a slight disagreement with number 4, though.  If Gen Y'ers 'demand' career growth as the piece suggests, they will still have to earn it.

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6 Ways To Be A Hemingway-Level Productive Badass

6 Ways To Be A Hemingway-Level Productive Badass | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Like they always say: Where there's an indomitable will there's a Hemingway.
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As a huge fan of Hemingway's work and a fellow writer, I had to scoop this piece!  One of the tips that struck me, particularly, was the first and the benfits of using standing desks (or the perils of sitting down all day, if flipped).  Studies and evidence abound, now, of how sitting all day could shorten your life, and even nullifies the benefits gained from regular exercise!  See this recent article in The Economist from last month (http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21583239-real-science-lies-behind-fad-standing-up-work-standing-orders).  The other tips are also tried and true axioms for anyone who wants to be more productive at work.

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Great Leadership: 8 Condescending Things a Manager Should Avoid Saying to an Employee

Great Leadership: 8 Condescending Things a Manager Should Avoid Saying to an Employee | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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The title of this piece could easily interchange manager for leader.  I highly recommend all leaders check this one out--it falls in a category I would call 'blind spots.'  Sometime we forget what it is/was like to be in the trenches and when we reach positions of influence we often say things off the cuff without much thought.  Some of these condescending remarks may seem harmless to all of us but as the author points out, they may be the larger piece of the iceberg below the waterline you are totally unaware.  Think before you respond to your employees.  This will help ensure the lines of communication remain open!

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7 Personal Habits Every CEO Should Have

7 Personal Habits Every CEO Should Have | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Balancing health, relationships, and work doesn't have to mean walking a tightrope. Here's how to get focused.
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Great advice here...now where can I get a good massage!

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Humility is key to workplace leadership

Humility is key to workplace leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership development programs need to develop a component on humility. Evidence shows that the trait inspires loyalty, helps build and sustain cohesive, ­productive teamwork and decreases staff turnover.
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Ah... humility.  One of the most cherished leadership attributes, but elusive for many. How can organisations cultivate humility in their leadership ranks?

How would that goal take shape in a formal leadership development program?  Six great axioms here.

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8 Ways To Overcome Your Leadership Blind Spots

8 Ways To Overcome Your Leadership Blind Spots | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
To be a successful leader or entrepreneur, we need to become intimate not only with our strengths but also with our blind spots, those aspects of our personality that can derail us.
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Great piece on how to cover down on your blind spots (which we all have).  One study found that "89 percent of front-line leaders have at least one blind spot in their leadership skills."  I especially like the "don't hire in your own image" concept.  It's so easy to hire people that look and think like us, but this leads to an even larger blind spot than the one you already have!

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How Strategy Really Works

How Strategy Really Works | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The 1993 HBR article ‘Customer Intimacy and Other Value Disciplines’ argued that every company had to become champions of one of three value disciplines — operational excellence, customer intimacy,...
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This piece is a book review on a new work on strategy.  A recurring comment on my scoops on strategy articulate the difficulty in creating strategy and confusing strategy with vision.  This piece is no exception and I can't wait to see what's on the inside!

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4 Leadership Lessons From a Coach, a Dream and a Miracle

4 Leadership Lessons From a Coach, a Dream and a Miracle | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How the leadership principles of 1980 Olympics coach Herb Brooks can help you become a better leader.
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As a big hockey fan (Go Red Wings!) I can't help passing along this short, sound piece on getting the most out of your team: 1) see the potential in others; 2) encourage others; 3) never stop learning; and 4) push your folks.

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To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder

To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
For a team that goes above and beyond the requirements, you need to build a strong foundation.
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Do you work at building your teammates up?  Positive interactions and reinforcement enable the foundation.

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8 Unobvious Ways To Have Way More Energy At Work

8 Unobvious Ways To Have Way More Energy At Work | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
From how you make decisions to what you decide to eat--everything in your day has power-sapping potential. Here's how to fight back against fatigue.
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Tired at work in the morning?  The reasons could be varied but start here for some answers and get the most out of your mornings (and days)!

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Leadership by Engagement

Leadership by Engagement | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
In today’s world, we are connected through various forms of communication channels.  Emails, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ continue to drive w...
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Related to MBWA--management by walking around.  I have colleagues who are very good at this, and the pay off is enormous in terms of building trusting relationships.

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Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
After years of debate, people still confuse these ideas - at their peril.
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Dr John Kotter provides us a good reminder on the distinction between management and leadership--two concepts that are NOT interchangeable, yet many continue to do so.

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Don't Sugarcoat Negative Feedback

Don't Sugarcoat Negative Feedback | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A spoonful of sugar does not help the medicine go down. (RT @R_Levin_Assoc: Be careful. It's the world as you see it...
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Great leaders tell it like it is to their folks.  Negative feedback, delivered appropriately, according to research (and my personal experience) leads ultimately to positive change and outcomes on the job.  Deep down, most subordinates understand their weaknesses on the job and want to hear that someone is paying close enough attention to perceive them.  We owe it to our folks to provide this constructive criticism and transparently work toward improvement.  Plus, as leaders we will sleep better at night knowing we've aired it!

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7 Ways to (Always) Leave Work on Time | The Daily Muse

7 Ways to (Always) Leave Work on Time | The Daily Muse | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Between a huge pile of work and a never-ending stream of email, it can seem impossible to leave work on time each night. But with these tips, it's possible.
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Oh how I love this one! When I was a wing commander I was an exemplar of this concept. When I arrived I informed my staff that I would (generally) have no meetings before 8:30 AM and I would be leaving work around 5:00 or 5:30 PM. You could have heard the gasps! I'm a big fan of this simple formula: work harder/smarter ≠ work longer!  Keeping this concept in mind drove behaviors that would facilitate higher productivity and allow for people to go home to their families earlier in the evening.  Great tips here!

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Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Neither, actually.
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Another thought-provoking piece from the Harvard Business Review on whether employees prefer the 'tough' or 'nice' boss approach to leadership.  Unsurprisingly, both attributes are desired when the situation dictates.  Research/polling results included. 

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5 Ways to Be a Badass Leader, James Bond Style

5 Ways to Be a Badass Leader, James Bond Style | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You can learn valuable lessons about leadership from 007 and his ilk. Here are five big take-aways. (Entrepreneur: 5 Ways to Be a Badass Leader, James Bond Style: You can learn valuable lessons about leadership ...
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This title caught my eyes and has some goodm substance, too.  Networking and relationships, particular at the mid- to senior levels is a requirement to continue advancing in any organization of size and scope.  Appealing to me, too, is the piece on sharpening your memory.  Those who do a lot of public speaking in conjunction with your leadership roles know that memory of details and names is extremely important.  Brain games like Lumosity and others can enhance your memory skills.  Remembering names is a learned skill all must work at.

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