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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Techniques to help you hear, process, and respond.
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In-depth piece on the importance and techniques for empathic listening.

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Leadership self-control: 3 ways to avoid losing your cool | SmartBlogs

Leadership self-control: 3 ways to avoid losing your cool | SmartBlogs | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s tough to respect a leader who’s always losing his cool. Case in point: during college, I worked in a family-owned Italian restaurant whose proprietor
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A good piece here if you are prone to outburts.  Outburts are not a recommended leadership style BTW...

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11 Tough Truths About Leadership That No One Talks About

11 Tough Truths About Leadership That No One Talks About | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
"Great leaders know that every step they take, every decision they make, matters in the end," writes Deirdre Maloney in her book "Tough Truths."
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Read all of these truths--they are very good!  I especially like the one about credit and responsibility.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:17 PM

Thought #1:

It is all about politics. Doesn't mean it is bad or selfish, quite the opposite: Great leaders understand the importance of persuasion and that, in addition to a great work ethic, you also have to have the "ability to have relatable, effective, and influential relationships.

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Mission Possible: Creating a Strategy for Limitless Success | Switch and Shift

Mission Possible: Creating a Strategy for Limitless Success | Switch and Shift | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Strategy enables an individual, team or organization to know where they are, where they are going and the way to get to their desired destination. Developing a smart strategy translates intention into focused action.
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My friend John Michel hits the nail on the head!!!  "In the military, we take strategy seriously. Strategy enables an individual, team or organization to know where they are, where they are going and the way to get to their desired destination. Developing a smart strategy translates intention into focused action. It transforms bold goals into inspiring realities."  Thank you sir!

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Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them

Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
A National Public Radio news investigation aired this week covers the topic of toxic leadership in the military. It focuses on an anthropology professor named David Matsuda who was working with the army in Iraq to help understand local cultures.
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Usually, the military system is a leadership laboratory of the positive kind, however, a new investigation (and this is anything but new) describes the toxic leadership within today's US military culture.  The military is establishing mandatory 360 degree feedback processes for generals and flag officers to help combat this problem in the senior military ranks.

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6 New Year's Resolutions for Managers

6 New Year's Resolutions for Managers | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Forget the typical new year’s resolutions about flossing more or getting to the gym. If you’re a manager, we’ve got your new year’s resolutions right here. 1. Set clear goals.
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Another good set of 6 resolutions to get you started well for 2014.  Setting clear goals (#1) is a great exericse to perform with your team to strengthen buy in.  Where I work, we conduct a strategic leader offsite in the late fall where we all get together for half a day, with a set agenda and gatekeepers, that allow us to stay on task for that focused set of hours.  As fall turns to winter and the new year the result of the offsite and their corresponding goals are vetted and matured to where my boss recently released them back to us as our annual guidance for 2014.  Now, we can start the new year without figuring out what our 2014 goals should be as we've already clearly worked them out. 

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Unbelievably Satisfying Leadership! - WellSpirit Consulting, Inc.

Unbelievably Satisfying Leadership! - WellSpirit Consulting, Inc. | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
To carry out unbelievably satisfying leadership, leaders and followers must build relationships, learn leadership skills, and demonstrate integrity.
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Worth taking a drink of this unbelievably satisfying leadership piece!

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3 Ways to Prevent Resistance to your Leadership | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership

3 Ways to Prevent Resistance to your Leadership | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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Keys to effective leadership and fighting the natural resistance to it:  lead by example (get your hands dirty, too), hit followers at an emotional level (connect on comman ground), and collabrate (don't lead from the ivory tower).

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Why Employees' Big Dreams Should Be Your Company's Top Priority

Why Employees' Big Dreams Should Be Your Company's Top Priority | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
The best employees don't work because they love their company or boss--they do it to advance personal goals. By helping them do so you create driven...
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Tapping into the productivity of your down line employees can be a challenge for leaders who lack skill, however, setting your agenda aside and listening to what your employees want to do there jobs can be a key to building trust and a more productive working relationship.

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What JFK learned - and taught - about leadership

Editor's note: Warren Bennis, a pioneer in leadership studies, is the author of more than two dozen books and has served as an adviser to four presidents.
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Great read as we all reflect on the assassination of President Kennedy almost 50 years ago.  A great leader and visionary in his time and his leadership example is one we can all learn.

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Humble Leadership: The Research Shows It’s a Competitive Advantage

Humble Leadership: The Research Shows It’s a Competitive Advantage | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Humility may be a virtue, but it’s also a competitive advantage. According to research from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, humble people are more likely to be high …
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Outstanding piece reminding us (especially me) that we are not "all that" and a bag of chips.  Fortunately, this can be learned, and I'd like to start...please pass me a slice of 'pie!'

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The Power of Clarity

The Power of Clarity | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It's worth the effort to get clear - especially on the job in goal setting, managing expectations, giving feedback and deciding next steps.
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I often don't mind working in an environment of ambiguity, especially in the strategy realm as fluidity is often a watchword.  However, when it comes to responsibility in the workplace, clarity is the watchword.  Clarity of expectations, goals, performance feedback (the good constructive kind that can be acted upon), and follow through actions are the focus of this piece.

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Putting Leadership Back into Strategy

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More evidence that strategy and leadership should not be disconnected management and leadership principles.

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Leadership Skills: Helping Others Find Meaning

Leadership Skills: Helping Others Find Meaning | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
"Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for." - Viktor E.
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This article demonstrates that leadership is just as much about style as it is substance.  Author refers repeatedly to Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning, an excellent book about one man's perseverance in a WW II holocaust concentration camp.

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The Five Keys to Being Human (While At Work)

The Five Keys to Being Human (While At Work) | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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Integrity and relationships, sense of humor, compassion and caring, positive attitude, and dependability.  "These five human behaviors or behavioral building blocks will greatly influence your destiny at work." "If you are a manager, you might even find it helpful to use these five keys to set expectations in terms of what others can expect of you and what you expect of them in order to build a stronger team."

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6 Surprising Leadership Lessons From Climbing Mount Everest

6 Surprising Leadership Lessons From Climbing Mount Everest | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Mountaineer and leadership expert Alison Levine reveals the lessons she learned conquering the most dangerous place on Earth.
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Exceptional article and interesting twist on traditional leadership thoughts and lessons from an accomplished mountain peak climber who also scaled the treacherous terrain of corporate America!

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Why Exercise Is The Key To Work-Life Balance

Why Exercise Is The Key To Work-Life Balance | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Getting enough exercise doesn't just make your butt look good it can change your life.
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Can I get a big, "DUH!"?

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What Every Leader Must Know About Personal Development

What Every Leader Must Know About Personal Development | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether you call it personal development, personal growth, self-actualization, self-transcendence, or spirituality does not matter. What matters is realizing that the reason you were born is to become the best human being you can possibly be.
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Finally, a great article describing how self-improvement is not a means to end, but is actually an end unto itself!  As I've walked my own leadership path I've begun to realize how the former was necessary to enhance my art (and career).  Yet as I've developed to the other side of the experience horizon I've tried to learn and experience things because I enjoy them, intuitively understanding they will enhance other aspects of my life, including leadership, because they will teach me something and unlock surprises within my abilities I know will manifest!

 

The author here uses the example of the lives of Trappist monks to best illustrate this concept: "The secret to the amazing business success of Trappist monks is not that they have managed to establish the mythical “healthy balance” between their personal and professional lives. The secret is that their personal, organizational, and business lives are all subsets of their one, high, overarching mission- becoming the best human beings they can possibly be."

 

What am I doing in 2014 to develop?  I'm learning to play the guitar baby!!

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 13, 2014 12:25 AM

How much time did you spend this last month, on personal development?

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Leaders: The Art of Giving Feedback

Leaders: The Art of Giving Feedback | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Giving feedback is a tricky thing to master. No matter which position we hold in our workplace, we will need to give feedback to our co-workers at one point or another. For managers, it is a must s...
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I've mentioned the importance of feedback before (I don't think it can be overemphasized) because of its direct correlation to job performance.  As leaders you need to approach this task as honestly and directly as you can.  Employees need to hear it straight and they need to know you are paying attention to their performance.  It's the least you can do for them!

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10 Leadership Resolutions to Make It a Very Good Year

10 Leadership Resolutions to Make It a Very Good Year | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
By Jack and Suzy WelchNew Year resolutions -- who keeps them? Practically no one. But if you're a leader, be it of three people or 3,000, it's your flat-out responsibility to not just go into work
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Great advice from Jack and Suzy Welch along with a listing of leader resolutions to begin 2014 anew.

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What's the Difference Between Strategy and Plan?

What's the Difference Between Strategy and Plan? | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
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Now that 2014 is here we embark upon new strategies and plans for the year, but is there a difference between the two?  Yes, argues this columnist.

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7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Being productive is less about time management and more on managing your energy. Here are 7 I things I stopped doing to become more productive.
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I couldn't agree more with this article's content!  As a matter of fact, there are some tenets here that I have always touted in my circles of influence, like, "work smarter, not harder," and "stop doing everything yourself and start letting people help you" (i.e. delegate and empower more), and have "do-nothing time" (i.e. get a hobby so you can 'get a life' outside your work). 

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Chris Bennett's curator insight, December 31, 2013 7:12 PM

A boss I once had, more brilliant that I was, often said we're too busy and have "no time to think."  I took his comment to heart, would shut my office door from distractions, and just think.  Note: I wouldn't sit at my computer, for that would prevent me from thinking.  His advice worked, and by doing less I was able to be more effective.  

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Ten Traits That Define A Strong Leader - Shane Barker

Ten Traits That Define A Strong Leader - Shane Barker | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
Although everyone understands that strong leadership skills are essential for success in business, it is one of those vague terms that have a different definition for different people.
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Back to basics common sense here...happy reading!

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7 Ways To Give Presentations That People Actually Care About

7 Ways To Give Presentations That People Actually Care About | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
No one will be looking at their phones--unless they're tweeting about how awesome your talk is. Really.
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Excellent, yet simple, tips for delivering memorable and effective presentations!

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Leadership: A Sense of Purpose

Leadership: A Sense of Purpose | Strategy and Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s been said that 95 percent of business promotions are based on performance, but results account for only 10 percent of the reasons people follow a leader. The most common reason we follow a leader is because of who they are.
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This short piece by Lolly nails it.  If leaders don't convey a sense of purpose and a caring commitment to subordinates they won't be remembered, or worse, they won't be followed.

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