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The Conscious Lifestyle: The Soul of Leadership

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In almost every situation someone is called upon to lead. Taking up the call involves a conscious choice, and yet for many leaders, even those who are very experienced, not much consciousness is
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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 2, 2013 4:59 PM

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David Hain's curator insight, January 3, 2013 12:23 AM

Well worth reading!

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:17 PM

As a leadership and change practitioner (and behavioral scientist) I often find myself having to make the case to leaders for the importance of awareness - which in my mind, like many other of the great traits listed, can't exist without consciousness! The graphic is a wonderful visual for...

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How to Manage Talented People by Not Bossing Them Around

How to Manage Talented People by Not Bossing Them Around | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
Getting rid of managers may seem like just another tech trend, but much of the skepticism around going “bossless” or flat is due to misleading terminology.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 9, 3:39 AM

(From the article): Your company doesn’t have to get rid of managers or implement some formal system to adopt practices that will help your employees flourish. You do, however, have to build a foundation of trust and set up ways to guide and enable your employees to be collaborative, peer-managing leaders.

 

Moving towards bosslessness, as with these three approaches, is a process of figuring out a better way for great employees to thrive and develop great companies.

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5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In Their Teams

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Leaders are accountable to assemble teams and lead them to optimal performance outcomes.
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Why the 'Employee Engagement' Industry Has to Change

Why the 'Employee Engagement' Industry Has to Change | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
The whole concept of "employee engagement" has to change.
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How Employers Can Create a Sustainable Culture of Empowerment

How Employers Can Create a Sustainable Culture of Empowerment | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
As your company begins to look inward to attract and retain employees, here are five tips that any business can use to create its own culture manual.
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What is the best way to address an underperforming employee?

What is the best way to address an underperforming employee? | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.
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The Case for Team Diversity Gets Even Better

The Case for Team Diversity Gets Even Better | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
We know intuitively that innovation goals are well served by cross-functional “SWAT” teams that are diverse in their membership.
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Is Gossip Holding Back Your Employee Engagement Efforts? - Forbes

Is Gossip Holding Back Your Employee Engagement Efforts? - Forbes | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
Is Gossip Holding Back Your Employee Engagement Efforts?
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A few days ago, I saw an article on a new global employee engagement study which had just been released by ORC International.
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8 Reasons Socially Responsible Businesses Survive and Thrive

8 Reasons Socially Responsible Businesses Survive and Thrive | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
How do we as leaders distinguish ourselves? The key is to understand how our brands can provide solutions to problems (our own or others).
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5 Suggestions to Recover after You've Made a Leadership Mistake ...

5 Suggestions to Recover after You've Made a Leadership Mistake ... | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
You know you made a mistake. It's just a matter of time before someone finds out. What do you do now? I have often watched leaders struggle to recover from a mistake made that probably didn't have to be as personally or ...
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The Must-Have Habitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders | Switch and Shift

The conversation around must-have, 21st century leadership skills has been in full swing for years. From business to education; classroom to community, the (Want to Raise the Bar on Your Leadership?
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With Change Agents, One Size Does Not Fit All

With Change Agents, One Size Does Not Fit All | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
Have you been disrupted recently? Do you sometimes feel like your organization is flailing, barely able to keep up with the pace of change? You are not alone.
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6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement: How “Attitude Reflects Leadership” | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog

6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement: How “Attitude Reflects Leadership” | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
If you value highly engaged teams, you must foster a highly engaging work environment, and be a highly engaged team member yourself. (What does your attitude say in the workplace?
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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 5:54 AM

Here are six characteristics of an engaging team environment. Ask yourself how you can personally role model these characteristics with your team:

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 5:18 AM

(From the article): In its report, Gallup states, “Gallup’s research has found that managers are primarily responsible for their employee’s engagement levels.” If this is true, we all must continually develop these skills in order to inspire employees and unleash their full potential.


How do you ensure you are an engaged leader?

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The rise of emotional intelligence

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While there are many models of leadership, we inevitably return time and again to those with emotional intelligence at the core when working with groups and individuals who wish to inspire and motivate others.  

The work of James Kouzes and Barry Posner in this area is a very good place to begin.  

Both highly regarded academics, it is the basis in research that makes the work of Kouzes & Posner, outlined in their book The Leadership Challenge, so well respected. Over the past thirty years the co-authors have carried out surveys and interviews with over 60,000 leaders from every industry and background and identified five practices that outstanding leaders use consistently when dealing with others.  


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Tom Wojick's curator insight, March 9, 1:23 PM

EI (EQ) is one way leaders can awaken, inspire and empower the human potential in their organizations.

Alex Moyle's curator insight, March 11, 6:21 AM

5 Excellent Skills to develop,   Kouzes and Posner one of my favourite leadership books

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Is your leadership presence a true reflection of who you really are?

Is your leadership presence a true reflection of who you really are? | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
How do others experience you as a leader? According to psychologist Kathryn Cramer, every leader has a “signature presence,” a set of leadership assets that are as unique as your handwritten signature.
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Are executive sleepovers the best way for staff to bond? - BBC News

Are executive sleepovers the best way for staff to bond? - BBC News | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
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Are executive sleepovers the best way for staff to bond?
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Gallup's most recent study of employee engagement in the US workplace found an alarming 70% of those surveyed either hated their jobs or were completely disengaged.
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What does ROI really mean for L&D? | TrainingZone.co.uk

What does ROI really mean for L&D? | TrainingZone.co.uk | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
To kick off evaluation month we turn to Ashridge's Dan Griffin who asks a pertinent question about L&D's return on investment.
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Real Business - Do small businesses need to think about company culture?

Real Business - Do small businesses need to think about company culture? | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
A strong company culture can increase the performance of all businesses, no matter what their size.
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Denis Thuillier's curator insight, March 31, 12:43 AM

La culture d'entreprise fixe le cap pour les PME, comme pour les grands groupes ; mais ce qui fonde la performance c'est l'exemplarité du management et la qualité des comportements au quotidien.

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The Collaboration Imperative

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Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Google’s Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance (and Much More)

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More than 65 years ago in Massachusetts, doctors began a longitudinal study that would transform our understanding of heart disease.
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The Real Cure for Employee Engagement May Surprise You - Huffington Post

The Real Cure for Employee Engagement May Surprise You - Huffington Post | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
The Real Cure for Employee Engagement May Surprise You
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Employee engagement may seem like a huge mystery, but the cure actually lies in the little things you do that accumulate to larger results.
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Workplace Happiness: Why Should Your Boss Care?

Workplace Happiness: Why Should Your Boss Care? | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
What’s the fuss about workplace happiness? In a recent post on Forbes.com, HR expert (and founder of Bersin by Deloitte) [...] (RT @ingoodco: 10 simple steps to a happier workplace.
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 21, 3:43 AM

The article offers proof that a focus on the work environment will improve the productivity of the employees.

Kudos's curator insight, March 21, 8:50 AM

This is a neat site. Also a very simple way to present the business case for happy employee's. Now the next question is - how do you make them happy?

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Preparing for the leadership challenges that await

Preparing for the leadership challenges that await | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
Early in my career, I embarked on a soul-searching exercise to help me define who I wanted to be, what I was willing to pin my reputation on and what skills I needed to develop to be true to my vision and succeed.
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Surfacing elephants and new ideas

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I’ve known many leaders who talk too much. They can suck the life out of a room by commandeering it and shutting out other voices that need to be heard.
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How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss | Success Leadership | Scoop.it
Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.
But he has a friend problem.
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The Tension Connection - What’s A Tension Map?

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After reading Steven’s Snyder’s new book, Leadership and the Art of Struggle, I wanted to know more about his theory of positive and destructive tension.  So we connected to talk about vision, experiences, maps and tension.

My key take away:  The right pressures in the right combinations create positive Flow.

Steven describes several sources of tension which he maps into quadrants.   We experience “tensions of tradition” when we work to challenge and disrupt our team’s patterns.   We may feel the “tensions of aspiration” when we have conflicting visions or goals for the future.  These can be good, or the source of deep struggle.

I asked Steve to share more… just how can those tight shoulders lead to “flow”?  What would I want my map to look like?

“Maps which show moderate to moderate-high levels of aspirational tension, lower levels of Tradition Tension and very low levels of Relationship or Identity Tension are which i would call “Flow”.    Tension maps which show low levels of all tensions are not producing enough tension to motivate high levels of achievement.

With respect to higher levels of tension.  This is a struggle.  There is not an “ideal” type of struggle.  everyone struggles differently.  The point is that the tension map can tell you what to do about it.”

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If you’re curious as to how this all works, you can get in on a free pilot of Steve’s online assessment, Adaptive Leader Profile.  You go online, answer some questions about yourself and your situation, and he will send you back a free map and interpretation.  The only caveat is that you need to wait until he get’s enough data to ensure validity (hey, it’s a pilot).

I took it, and am looking forward to the report.  Like you, I’ve got plenty of pressure worth mapping.

For great synopsis and overviews of Snyder’s book checkout these posts by Jon Mertz or Bill George.  Or download a free chapter.


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David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:28 AM

Great concept from an excellent book.

Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™'s curator insight, March 2, 5:01 PM

People skills perspective -- the value of tension! Interesting ...