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Let's Stop the Glorification of Busy

Let's Stop the Glorification of Busy | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Our two main metrics for success are money and power, and they drive us to work longer hours, sleep with our phones and tablets, miss important moments with our families, and impacts our health. In Arianna Huffington's new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder she proposes a third metric for success: thriving. When you thrive, you take care of your health, get enough sleep, and do not live to work.

 


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The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you"

The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you" | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Perform a search of “leadership” on Google and you will find dozens of listed leadership “rules” and “qualities” (most of which are very accurate).


But there is one primary axiom of leadership that trumps all others:


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donhornsby's curator insight, August 27, 5:25 PM

(From the article) The most effective leaders follow Leadership Rule #1, and return to it during those leadership challenges that require the very best of their leadership abilities. They understand that you cannot change expectations, alter perceptions, and motivate others unless you maintain the ability to influence them in a positive manner. When followers sense that your leadership decisions are made with other priorities, they will not trust you. Without trust, you will lose the ability maintain the positive influence necessary to motivate and inspire others, and you will have limited the value of your leadership investment.

 

Whether you are a brand new leader, or someone with years of experience, the next time you find yourself faced with a leadership decision, pause and remind yourself of this:

 

“It’s not about you.”

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Its not about you and then its not about you all too; imho, its about us:-)

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How To Get Respect: 5 Points Backed By Science

How To Get Respect: 5 Points Backed By Science | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Nobody likes to be disrespected. And everyone loves getting respect. But it can be tricky. Here are the scientific secrets of how to get respect.

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How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget

How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders and organizations are under more stress than ever to do two things simultaneously: deliver on today’s pressing commitments by troubleshooting and refining processes; and find and invest in innovation opportunities that will create tomorrow’s success.


How your organization responds to this stress in allocating scarce resources is a crucial but often unaddressed issue. The natural bias is to respond immediately to what is in front of you. The problem is, this instinct crowds out longer term, innovative thinking.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 26, 7:11 AM

Here, on average, is what leaders estimate they were currently spending their time on:


  • 85% on day-to-day operations
  • 5% on incremental improvements that produced faster, cheaper, better sameness
  • 5% on small sustaining innovations
  • 5% on big, disruptive innovations


Perspective matters, and is the key to leadership effectiveness. To make sense of what’s happening in the world and anticipate what the future has in store, an intelligent, informed perspective is now more important than ever. 


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How to Know if You’re Truly Resilient - World of Psychology

How to Know if You’re Truly Resilient - World of Psychology | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
If there’s a word people in the top ranks of human capital are buzzing about these days, it’s resilience. I get asked all the time what it means -- followed by

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Claves para lidiar con un jefe incompetente

La contracara menos pensada de un ambiente laboral puede llegar a ser un gerente o director, con pocas habilidades en la toma de decisiones 

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Don't Solve Your Problems

Don't Solve Your Problems | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Posted on 30. Apr, 2013 by lollydaskal in Blog, Career, Lead From Within, Leadership, Leadership Development, Life Skills, Personal Development, Relationships, Self Help, Workplace


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Joe Boutte's curator insight, September 25, 8:54 PM

Take a break and unleash your freedom of thought!  Everyday leadership is not just problem-solving, it's teamwork, thinking, failing, succeeding, and influencing people through a variety of approaches. Don't be afraid to try something new and different.  There's a reason we had recess in school and we may need a recess each day to stimulate our mind, body, and soul.  Give it a try!

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The Cost Question: Are You Willing to Pay The Price For Your Dream? by The John Maxwell Company

The Cost Question: Are You Willing to Pay The Price For Your Dream? by The John Maxwell Company | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
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The dream is free, but the journey isn’t. At some point, you have to make a transition from believer of the dream to buyer of the dream. No dream comes true without somebody paying for it. If you want to achieve the dream, you have to be willing to do more than just imagine the outcome. You have to sacrifice your comfort, money, time, and energy. Over the next year, what sacrifices do you anticipate needing to make in order to move closer to your dream?
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Why You Should Use Neuroscience to Master Change Management

Why You Should Use Neuroscience to Master Change Management | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Andrea Strube's curator insight, September 24, 5:06 AM

Why applying the SCARF method (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness) can help you lead change successfully

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12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever

12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Practical Tips for Productive Living - Make these promises to yourself, and keep them forever.


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In a world where vows are often left unfulfilled – where making a pledge means less than it used to – where promises seem like they’re made to be broken – it would be nice to see words come back into power, wouldn’t it?  Yet, words can be twisted into any shape, so you must be careful not to be careless.  Remember this when you make promises to yourself.  Your promises must be backed by devoted action.

The image you have of yourself in the future depends on the actions you watch yourself take today.

Promise yourself and then prove it!

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 24, 9:07 AM

“I will dedicate myself to personal excellence.” – Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.  And excellence is never an accident.  It’s the result of high intention, focused effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution, and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.  It’s also important to note that excellence cannot be judged by looking at where you are at any given point in time, but by measuring the distance you have traveled from the point where you started.  It’s about being diligent and making progress – either a step forward or a lesson learned – day in and day out. 

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10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Those in the thick of business ownership understand that even considering all its rewards, entrepreneurship is a difficult and complicated path.
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Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t about being born with a specific mindset, it’s about being prepared for the challenges that await you.

 

 

 

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John Michel's curator insight, September 23, 10:15 PM

Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t about being born with a specific mindset, it’s about being prepared for the challenges that await you.

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The Most Important Leadership Behavior That Builds Trust (and 3 ways to demonstrate it)

The Most Important Leadership Behavior That Builds Trust (and 3 ways to demonstrate it) | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

What does it mean for a leader to act with integrity? 


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(From the article): The cost of not acting with integrity is immense and recovering from a breach of integrity is perhaps one of the most difficult challenges a leader can face. That’s because people perceive integrity to be about who you are as a leader, not just what you do. One only needs to look at today’s news headlines to see the devastating effects of these failures. Politicians resigning from office, corporate leaders arrested for wrongdoing, celebrities losing millions from lost endorsements, and spiritual leaders being disgraced are all results from not acting with a sense of integrity.

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Seth's Blog: Marketing used to be what you say

Seth's Blog: Marketing used to be what you say | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Now, marketing is what you do. What you make. How you act. The choices you make when you are sure no one is looking.
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Top Leadership Digital Human Resources Ethics Content for Mon.Sep 08, 2014

Top Leadership Digital Human Resources Ethics Content for Mon.Sep 08, 2014 | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
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Standard Of Living, Self-Actualization, Or Significance...What Are You Shooting For?

Standard Of Living, Self-Actualization, Or Significance...What Are You Shooting For? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Truly great men and women are not acclaimed because of what they own and earn. Nor are they admired merely on account of their talents or level of professional performance. Rather, they’re respected because of their willingness to give themselves to people and purposes that will live beyond them.

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In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Reassess your dream by asking, “Who will benefit the most when it comes true?” If the answer revolves around you, then you still have some thinking to do in order to stretch your dream from selfishness to significance.

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If You Think Leadership Development Is A Waste Of Time You May Be Right

If You Think Leadership Development Is A Waste Of Time You May Be Right | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership development programs can be transformative or a total waste of employee time. Here are five ways to make sure your programs create what you desire: more effective leaders.

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#5: Clear and honest program rationale.

Finally, we also have to be courageous about the reason for the leadership program in the first place. If there’s a serious deficit that needs to be addressed, it’s better to be honest about it. If high performers are being put into a program to escalate promotion, then be clear about that. If the program is meant to top-grade skills for current positions, that’s fine too.

Everyone is well meaning, and this can get in the way. Too often, companies disguise, or don’t know, the real reason for the program. They worry about setting incorrect expectations. Just because a senior leader wants it doesn’t make a program meaningful. Greater transparency about why participants are selected and what the program will lead to is critical. Otherwise, there’s widespread skepticism and even frustration which foils learning every time.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, September 25, 4:27 PM

Great article by Kristi Hedges on the role of leadership development. Love her insights.

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Develop Leadership Qualities of Courageous People

Courage is one of the most important leadership qualities. There is no greatness in life amongst those who avoid taking risks. Learn the secrets to courage.

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How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.

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3 Ways To Strengthen Your Bench Of Next Generation Leaders

3 Ways To Strengthen Your Bench Of Next Generation Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away. At the end of one’s life, we celebrate the selflessness not the title, status, or accumulation. Selflessness is what makes our lives truly bigger than ourselves. If your leadership is all about you, it ends when you come to an end but if your leadership isn’t all about you, it will live beyond you.

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Give power rather than accumulate and hoard for you and yours.

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Angela Maiers - #YouMatter

Excerpt from "Mattering is the Agenda" from Choose 2Matter on Vimeo .
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"You are a genius and the world needs your contribution" "You Matter" Angela Maiers

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Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster?  The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help?

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"Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today’s Leadership" @TanveerNaseer

"Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today’s Leadership" @TanveerNaseer | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

..".if we’re hard-wired to empathize and consequently, to exhibit compassion to those around us, how come we don’t see evidence of this behaviour in the workplace? Why are so many workplaces suffering from a lack of human compassion, connection, and shared belonging? And perhaps more importantlyin light of the increasing demands for our time, attention and resources, why is addressing this critical to our ability to lead our organizations towards a more prosperous, stable, and thriving future?"  @TanveerNaseer


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Unfortunately, as we grow older, we lose touch with that internal sense of wonder and fascination because we convince ourselves that our education and life experiences have provided us with the knowledge we need to know and understand the world around us. Consequently, we’re no longer interested in discovering how others experience our world, or in the case of those in leadership positions, how those we lead experience our leadership.

Seen from this vantage point, we can now appreciate that to show our employees that we care about the realities they face in our organization – of the challenges and opportunities they see going unaddressed – requires that we rekindle our sense of curiosity about ourselves and those we lead, and tying this to our sense of empathy so that we’re now driven to do something about it.

In other words, our compassion arises from our curiosity to listen and learn, paired with our innate drive to relate to the realities of those around us.

This is why compassion is vital in today’s leadership because it’s the key to the internal driving force found within each us to understand what motivates our employees, what matters to them, and how we can connect the work they do to the shared purpose that defines why we do what we do. No doubt this is why studies have shown that compassion in the workplace leads to not only higher levels of employee engagement and job satisfaction, but lower levels of employee absenteeism and burnout.

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8 Practical Steps To Getting Over Your Impostor Syndrome

8 Practical Steps To Getting Over Your Impostor Syndrome | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
If you feel like a fraud, you're not alone. Follow these eight steps to reverse the cycle of self-doubt.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 23, 10:44 AM

(From the article): When that fear strikes, you start thinking that everyone is smarter than you, that there are lots of things that you don’t know that everyone else already knows, and that they are expecting you to know them, too.

 

But there are ways to reverse this cycle and overcome impostor syndrome. Here are eight steps that can help.

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The Way We Work is Evolving: Are You Ready?

The Way We Work is Evolving: Are You Ready? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 19, 6:29 PM

Timely and relevant post here from from Elizabeth Stincelli,  @infinitestin.  I completely agree with her, especially on the following statement: 


The evolution of work utilizes these social avenues to promote organizations, monitor public opinion, and stay connected to customers and colleagues. You must learn to be conscious of the impact your posts, status changes, pictures, likes, and shares have both personally and professionally. If you are going to be responsible for steering your own career path, you have to care about your digital footprint and your personal brand.


Check out the rest of the post at:  

http://lizstincelli.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/the-way-we-work-is-evolving-are-you-ready/

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Is Integrity the Secret to Great Leadership?

Is Integrity the Secret to Great Leadership? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

The actions of a business are its value statement. Actions speak volumes about what really matters most – not what should matter, not what we wish mattered, but what really does matter to us. They swamp mission statements, speeches or memos, and they eclipse intentions.

 

Having the kind of integrity that leaves no room between what we say and what we do is really hard work. It’s much easier to follow the words of JR Ewing of the TV series Dallas, who said: “Once you lose your integrity, everything’s easy.” Lots of people have chosen this path. Others find it to be too much work to align their decisions and actions with what they claim as priorities.

 


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If you’re leading a team or a company, if you’re part of a family or teaching a class, your only lasting message will be what you do, not what you say.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, September 26, 12:41 PM

From the article: If you force yourself to look at where you actually spend your time and what you do with your resources, you may notice an internal conflict arising. It will not revolve around what I think of as “level 1 integrity” – things like never lying, cheating or stealing. Instead, it will likely challenge your “level 2 integrity” – the kind that has to do with not being divided or misaligned.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 26, 1:13 PM

Integrity is important. It has multiple meanings beginning with honesty and authenticity. It also has to do with being part of the greater whole. Too often, I found School managers were just that managers and operated as observers. It allowed them to hang on to the idea of cause and effect without thinking of the bigger picture as complex with considerable uncertainty.

 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 26, 6:15 PM

Excellent article. A key is living values. Are there agreed behaviours for your values?

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7 Ways to Build Trust When Your New Team is Skeptical

7 Ways to Build Trust When Your New Team is Skeptical | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
You've got a long track record of leading well. You just wish your new team would talk to your last team. That would save a heck of a lot of precious time. If they would just trust you, you could g...
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Let’s Drive a Stake In the Heart of the Industrial Age! | Switch and Shift

Let’s Drive a Stake In the Heart of the Industrial Age! | Switch and Shift | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Wasn’t the Industrial Age supposed to be over in the 1970s? Oh, it was? Then why are so many companies still following the Industrial Age script? In a word:
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