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Your Leadership Only Drives Success, Not Powers It. Here's What Does

Your Leadership Only Drives Success, Not Powers It. Here's What Does | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Culture reflects leadership. And one of the most essential components to leadership is to model the culture the company needs in order to succeed.
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Interesting perspective on what fuels employee engagement.
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7 Things Great Bosses Do (That You're Probably Not Aware Of)

7 Things Great Bosses Do (That You're Probably Not Aware Of) | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You don't realize how good you have it until it's gone.
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All good!
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Want To Train Millennials To Lead? 6 Things You Should Know About The Millennial Mindset

Want To Train Millennials To Lead? 6 Things You Should Know About The Millennial Mindset | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Millennials will need to be equipped to take leadership positions in organizations sooner than any other generation in history. Understanding the millennial mindset can help organizations prepare them to be leaders.
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Millennials are a quickly growing segment of the leadership workforce. Understanding their general core principles will aid in how to train them for those leadership roles.
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The One Thing You're Sure to Struggle With as a Leader

The One Thing You're Sure to Struggle With as a Leader | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders face a lot of issues but one thing they will struggle with is sometimes staying positive. Being a leader is all about balance. You have to be
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Stay positive!
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6 Things the Best Bosses Do to Stay Friends With Their Employees

6 Things the Best Bosses Do to Stay Friends With Their Employees | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Simply running a business is not enough. Here's a guide to help you tackle interoffice relationships
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I would submit many struggle in this area but these are simple and straightforward ways to get it right. Judgment needed, though.
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Reflections on Persuasive Leadership: Leading When You're Not In Charge

Reflections on Persuasive Leadership: Leading When You're Not In Charge | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The ability to persuade others is paramount to success at every level.
Effective persuasive leadership can turn ideas into approved contingency
plans, doctrine, concepts, or programs of record. Convincing others of the
importance of a project or plan to gain their support and effort can be the
difference between success and failure.
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Great advice...
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The One Thing All Successful People Have In Common

The One Thing All Successful People Have In Common | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
This one marker is the most consistent and vital behavior you need to be innovative, lead a successful business, and have a happy life.
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"They don't seek acceptance."
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Why Storytellers Are Attractive In Life And Business

Why Storytellers Are Attractive In Life And Business | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
According to a recent study, great storytellers are attractive in more ways than one.
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Interesting research on storytelling as a foundation for presentations.
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The Truth About Authentic Leaders

The Truth About Authentic Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Is "Be yourself" terrible advice for a leader? Bill George, the creator of the "authentic leadership" approach to management, answers critics and outlines the path for executives to be more effective.
Chad Manske's insight:
Though a lengthier piece than most, Bill George defends the concept of authentic leadership (and I happen to agree with his position) from those in business circles who deny its worth, and in essence promote being someone you're not. Authenticity at work and in all relationships is the conscience-clearing right thing to do.
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Work/Life balance is bullshit

Work/Life balance is bullshit. - Desk of van Schneider - Medium
by Tobias van Schneider
first appeared on my private email list.
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Here's an interesting piece, and from an author who lists himself as unemployed. A number of ideas/assumptions to challenge here that are semantics. First, it is not assumed/implied that (with respect to work/life) one is negative and the other is positive, or that one is evil and one is good--it's about moderation and proportion that defy labels.  He does make some good points about how we often bias specific jobs, like garbage men, without thinking it might have actually been sought and it is something they love to do.  This is the big takeaway from the piece--love your work, then it really doesn't feel like work.  
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24 Easy Ways to Empower Everyone Around You

24 Easy Ways to Empower Everyone Around You | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are simple habits that will help create a culture of empowerment.
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Good hard-hitting leadership empowerment nuggets!
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3 Ways to Be Happily Engaged at Work

3 Ways to Be Happily Engaged at Work | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't place blame for your lack of fulfillment. Take charge, make some changes and get on the road to success.
Chad Manske's insight:
What a great topic! In determining what is important on your calendar--assuming you can control much of it--I ruthlessly whittle out meaningless or wasteful meetings and I am always looking for ways to cut out routine meetings unless I have something productive to share/engage.  Our people's time is too valuable to waste it on unproductive sessions and what the author calls 'fake work'--I love that term!  I also like what the author says about measuring the impact of your work with respect to others and your workforce.  For me, I try to empower my people and remove the barriers to their successful production--whatever that may be. If it's merely to provide top cover for my crack staff, and it makes sense to me, that is enough because that sometime is all they want from me and I'm content to use my influence to positively keep things flowing while eliminating miscommunication.
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Stop Trying to Graduate from Leadership Basics

Stop Trying to Graduate from Leadership Basics | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach, famously gathered his Green Bay Packer team together as training camp opened in 1961, held a football, and declared, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” H…
Chad Manske's insight:
I like this piece for two reasons. First, the author won me over by relating a Vince Lombardi story that culminated in a Packers championship, but his second point that a strong foundation of leadership basics is necessary to the furtherance of all other leadership tasks should not be lost on all leaders.
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25 Dumb Mistakes That Very Smart Bosses Make

25 Dumb Mistakes That Very Smart Bosses Make | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Very smart leaders make very dumb mistakes all the time. Maybe it's time to stop.
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All bad!
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4 Traits of Exceptional Leaders That Appeal to Every Generation

4 Traits of Exceptional Leaders That Appeal to Every Generation | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Yes, Boomers and Gen Xers love these as much as Millennials.
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Great words and advice.
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How To Project Authority Right After You Get Promoted

How To Project Authority Right After You Get Promoted | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How do you get former peers and supervisors to take you seriously as a boss when everyone remembers the mistakes you made years ago?
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Great common-sense advice!
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3 Reasons Writing Is Great for Your Mental Health

3 Reasons Writing Is Great for Your Mental Health | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
According to a stack of studies, regular writing is great for your mental health.
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I'm personally a big believer in this concept! Most of my academic military writing is behind me, however, I still take the opportunity to pen an op-Ed or write a book review and get them published. Doing so helps me organize my thoughts for clarity and ultimately makes me a better leader. It takes time and discipline, but it's worth it!
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Dramatically Improve Your Listening Skills in 5 Simple Steps

Dramatically Improve Your Listening Skills in 5 Simple Steps | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
You can do it! Here's how to boost your abilities
Chad Manske's insight:
Simple advice we all need a refresher on (especially me) from time to time!
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Alex's curator insight, July 28, 2016 1:58 AM
In a time where distractions are more present than ever, listening skills have become even more important and relevant!
Alex's curator insight, July 28, 2016 2:17 AM
In a world that's even more filled with distractions, listening skills become all the more important!
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If It Doesn't Suck, It's Not Worth Doing

If It Doesn't Suck, It's Not Worth Doing | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Do something and don't stop until it's complete, no matter how long it takes.
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BL: work hard, challenge yourself and make yourself resilient for future hardships.
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10 Principles of Strategic Leadership

10 Principles of Strategic Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
How to develop and retain leaders who can guide your organization through times of fundamental change.
Chad Manske's insight:
A well-written piece with a lot of examples to action this concept in your own career and subordinates.  From the article: "These leaders tend to have several common personality traits: They can challenge the prevailing view without provoking outrage or cynicism; they can act on the big and small picture at the same time, and change course if their chosen path turns out to be incorrect; and they lead with inquiry as well as advocacy, and with engagement as well as command, operating all the while from a deeply held humility and respect for others." I especially like item 5--having access to other strategists...as an educated and trained/experienced military strategist I am part of a closed Facebook group of 300+ military strategists who constantly share ideas and information, thereby constantly sharpening us all.  Read this piece!
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What Employees Are Saying When They Say They Don't Trust Leaders

What Employees Are Saying When They Say They Don't Trust Leaders | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Employees think competency, honesty, transparency and empathy are not too much to expect from leaders.
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Good advice if you catch wind you aren't a trustworthy leader.
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How Exceptional Leaders Establish Genuine Connections With Their Employees

How Exceptional Leaders Establish Genuine Connections With Their Employees | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are eight ways to be real with your employees.
Chad Manske's insight:
This quote is the essence of it: "The simple truth is that leadership (and life, really) is about people and relationships."
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8 ways to be REAL with your employees. 
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Five Leadership Mistakes You're Making That Sabotage Employee Autonomy

Five Leadership Mistakes You're Making That Sabotage Employee Autonomy | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Recognize your role in fostering an empowered and autonomous work environment.
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Yep, don't make these mistakes.  Good lead in.
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7 Phrases Smart Leaders Always Use to Inspire Teamwork

7 Phrases Smart Leaders Always Use to Inspire Teamwork | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Smart leaders know it takes a team of motivated people -- all working together as one -- to accomplish great things.
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Simple phrases and ways to get behind your team and motivate their efforts.
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Millennials and Leadership: What They Really Think

Millennials and Leadership: What They Really Think | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
  Studies on generations often end up in generalizations. Baby boomers think this. Generation X thinks that. My mind usually goes to the exceptions and challenges the assumptions.     Still, I’m fascinated by the research because I want to …
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If knowing what a majority of your workforce values consist reflects directly on how you lead them, understanding millennials and their proclivities may be better understood from this survey results' infographic.
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