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Organizational Leaders Can't Fix People

Organizational Leaders Can't Fix People | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Last week, in the middle of an important project, my printer stopped working. My first response was unbridled frustration and then I shifted into figuring out what went wrong. It turned out that the problem had to do with the cartridge and all that was needed to fix it was to replace it with a new part. Done –  not very exciting or interesting news. But, it got me thinking about how organizations still go about dealing with change and human dynamics.

In my attempt to resolve the problem with my printer I took a linear approach; get to the source of the problem and replace it with a new part. I can’t begin to tell you how often I hear stories from the workplace that reveal the same approach to efforts to ‘fix” what’s broken – a program, a communication issue, a person. In fix-it cultural concerned more with quick results, this poses major obstacles to the massive changes needed to shift mindsets towards greater resiliency, transparency and collaboration.


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David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2014 2:20 AM

You can't change organisation behaviour without changing human behaviour!  Wise article from George Altman @mindfullmatters

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40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have

40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Happiness is an attitude we act upon.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happier and stronger.  The amount of work is the same.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 7, 2014 7:51 AM

A nice list to review and ponder today...

 

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Stop looking for external validation. – You don’t have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions.  Leave them to their own judgments.  Don’t feel threatened and don’t conform just to please them.  Let others love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be.
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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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malek's comment, April 28, 2014 4:54 PM
as one attempts to "think" about intuition, the intuition seems to dissolve.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 28, 2014 8:24 PM

This is are all wrapped into one. The listening to the inner voice emerges from solitude and being present to what is happening inside a person and outside.

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Empathy: A Top Skill of the Effective (and Loving) Educator

Empathy: A Top Skill of the Effective (and Loving) Educator | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy gro...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 29, 2014 10:44 AM

The Kozol quotes are so incredibly true. Empathic teaching is about being present without being overbearing and intrusive.

Chris Carter's comment, April 29, 2014 8:24 PM
Thank you, Beth Dichter, for sharing!
Chris Carter's curator insight, April 29, 2014 8:24 PM

Affective is effective!

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Seth's Blog: Deconstructing generosity

Seth's Blog: Deconstructing generosity | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The connection economy is based on generosity. After all, why would someone want to connect to a selfish organization? But the critical need for generosity as an element of our new economy is easy to get lost because it leads...
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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, April 24, 2014 4:53 AM

When possible, attempt to surround yourself with winners; those who are positive and uplifting and just seem to radiate happiness.

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This is How You Know You’re A Leader

This is How You Know You’re A Leader | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

I never felt much like a leader. The kids in leadership were young life kids, the “rah-rah” game-playing kids. They were the dance-attending kids, the popular kids, the outgoing, sports-playing, quick-on-their-feet kids. They were the debate kids, the well-spoken kids, the shop-at-Abercrombie kids. I was nothing like them. I was the book-reading kid. The unsure-of-herself kid. The slow-to-decide-kid. The wallflower.

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From the post:  The best leaders are reluctant leaders. Or, at least, that’s what my friend Thad says, and it really helps me. When I find myself hesitant to take accountability for the story unfolding around me, I remind myself no leader feels totally ready. No leader feels good enough, no leader feels completely prepared.

And yet no leader has to. It’s not about me anyway. So I can stop worrying.

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Great Leaders Do Not Walk on Water | QSB Insight

Great Leaders Do Not Walk on Water | QSB Insight | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The essentials

In an excerpt from his recently published book, The Science of Leadership, Julian Barling, Borden Chair of Leadership at Queen's School of Business, writes that the smallest things leaders choose to do (but do not have to) not only inspire followers, they re-inspire them again and again. Such actions from their leaders convey the trust, respect, self-efficacy, and sense of belonging that employees crave. As well, when effective leaders make a mistake, they take ownership and apologize. 

Excerpted from The Science of Leadership by Julian Barling with permission from Oxford University Press USA, © 2014 by OUP.

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Stress: The Pathway to Growth, Renewal, and Success | The John Maxwell Company

Stress: The Pathway to Growth, Renewal, and Success | The John Maxwell Company | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

To live stress-free would be to deny our responsibility as leaders. Stress accompanies growth. We have to accept that all worthwhile change, every amazing transformation and renewal, brings about temporary stress.

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From the post: "Change looks different on the back end than on the front side. Initially, the challenges of change are daunting. We see the sacrifices that are required of us in order to change, and we can only imagine the good things we’ll gain by making them. Once the change is completed, however, we delight in the benefits it has brought, and the earlier stresses seem insignificant in comparison to the joys we have gained."

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Strenghtening Our Receptivity Muscles | Bob Burg

Strenghtening Our Receptivity Muscles | Bob Burg | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
In John David Mann’s and my book, The Go-Giver, Law #5 is “The Law of Receptivity.” Both of us are continually told by others that, while applying this
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How to Start a Podcast – Pat’s Complete Step-By-Step Podcasting Tutorial

How to Start a Podcast – Pat’s Complete Step-By-Step Podcasting Tutorial | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Starting a podcast has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my brand. Ever. Since starting The Smart Passive Income Podcast in July of 2010:
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What Gets in the Way of Listening

What Gets in the Way of Listening | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.


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daniel peled's curator insight, April 17, 2014 3:07 AM

להקשיב...זה שם המשחק

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 5, 2014 4:33 AM

This HBR blog post presents 4 Listening Skills necessary for good leadership. "You cannot have leadership presence without hearing what others have to say."

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Want Someone to Change? You Go First. - Alli Polin

Want Someone to Change? You Go First. - Alli Polin | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Does this sound familiar?  You really want someone to make a change in their life or leadership and you see the need for change so clearly, it’s killing you that they are not changing a thing.  You take their change on as your personal mission and encourage them to change, tell them what they need to do, and practically beg them to make a shift yet for all of your pleas, they are not moving a muscle.  What’s going on?  Why is this person totally immune to your rational arguments, emotional plays and aggressive threats?

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10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. They must evaluate how their leadership brand is being perceived by others and whether or not it has grown tired and requires a tune-up.  Leaders must take pause and reach out to those before them who have already lived the situations they are about to experience themselves – and embrace these perspectives as nuggets of wisdom in preparation for what lies ahead of them.

 


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Progressive training's curator insight, May 9, 2014 9:21 AM

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

 

#leadership #management #business

donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 2014 9:14 AM

Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. 

 

 

(From the article): As leaders, you must begin to look beyond the obvious and open your eyes to see the opportunities previous unseen.   Leadership requires you to have circular vision and when you begin to grow complacent, you only see the obvious details before you – rather than those they lie around, beneath and beyond what you seek.  In fact, your mindset becomes stagnate because you are not stretching your perspectives enough to see more than you want to.

 

When you fall into this trap, it’s time to reshuffle the deck, and map out the internal and external factors that are influencing your thinking. You must begin to identify areas that can be improved –  such as relationships, workshop culture, networking, how you are investing in yourself (or lack thereof), etc.

 

It’s not experience, but rather opportunity that is the true mother of success.   Be more mindful about how you manage opportunity before it begins to manage you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 22, 2014 10:41 AM

The first lesson is a good place to begin. We become so busy we do not look up and from side-to-side. Leaders need to be present and aware of what is happening and not happening. They need to be aware of who is best served to take the reins in a given situation.

 

In School, leadership and management should be intertwined. Quite often, I found that the latter was used almost exclusively and leadership did not exist.

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Seth's Blog: "I didn't have time"

Seth's Blog: "I didn't have time" | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
This actually means, "it wasn't important enough." It wasn't a high priority, fun, distracting, profitable or urgent enough to make it to the top of the list. Every few days, Twitter and Facebook soak up a billion hours of 'spare'...
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CIM Academy's curator insight, May 1, 2014 11:20 AM

Interesting comments for sales people here!

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Conquering 12 Deadly Leadership Sins

Conquering 12 Deadly Leadership Sins | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders who never make mistakes are confused and blind. The day of savior-leadership is coming to an end. Everyone knows the emperor has no clothes. If you have it all together, you don't. Image so...

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Shifting the Meaning of Hierarchy to Community

Shifting the Meaning of Hierarchy to Community | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Over the last year or so, a fascinating bow wave of interest has been converging on a growing cadre of companies who appear to be doing something quite novel and seemingly new. Specifically, these organizations have apparently thrown off many of the traditional structures and processes of corporate management. Interestingly, all of these organizations are focusing on change through people first, technology second, if at all.

 


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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 30, 2014 8:21 AM
Those words (of the title) maybe best reflect what we all try to define as "internet wonder", " internet revolution", "communism" and so on, things we live in for several years already.
Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 30, 2014 8:23 AM

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The Consecquences of the disruption of Industrial Age Hierarchy Model to the Network Economy

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15 Revealing Signs You Genuinely Love What You Do

15 Revealing Signs You Genuinely Love What You Do | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
See where you stand--and whether you need to start making changes.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 21, 2014 5:20 AM

Passion and purpose--in short, doing what you love--can be difficult to find. Some people search forever. Some gain remarkable skills and talents only to think, I'm great at this. So why don't I feel successful? Others, even after building successful businesses, suddenly think, Hold on. This is just not me.

Eli Levine's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:40 PM

There's wisdom here.

 

Enjoy.

 

And assess.

Think about it.

David Hain's curator insight, April 25, 2014 4:29 AM

Excellent checklist to help you find your mojo in work.

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One Word... Hope - Great Leaders Serve

One Word... Hope - Great Leaders Serve | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Over the last few months, I’ve written several posts under the banner – One Word. These have included, Vision (A three-part mini series), Data, Diversity and others. Today, let’s explore a word that is critical to our success… Hope. The ability to generate hope is one of the hallmarks of leadership. Napoleon said, “A leader » Read More
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Hope, and the ability to generate it, is a big part of what we do as leaders. But the truth is, at some point, we must deliver. Hope without progress is unsustainable. It actually fades rather quickly.

The good news for us as leaders is we are more than dealers in hope; we create the future. That’s what ultimately keeps hope alive!

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 17, 2014 6:13 PM

Hope, and the ability to generate it, is a big part of what we do as leaders. But the truth is, at some point, we must deliver. Hope without progress is unsustainable. It actually fades rather quickly.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 17, 2014 7:36 PM

There is a lot of servant-leadership in the article. The interesting thing about competence is it shares a common root with compete rather than collaborate. Collaborate has negative implications based on its etymology. Competing is striving together which takes competency.

Ali Anani's curator insight, April 19, 2014 1:57 AM

Insightful words for leaders

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It takes courage to say NO to cynicism, resignation and suffering!

It takes courage to say NO to cynicism, resignation and suffering! | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The true heroes in any organization are those who have the courage to say NO to cynicism, resignation and suffering.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 16, 2014 8:16 AM

(From the article): But, the moral of this story is not all bad. Even though I do see too many people at all levels of so many organizations that fit the bill I have described above, I also meet many really brave, committed and powerful leaders, managers and employees in all organizations. People who have taken a bold stand and not buying into the cynicism, resignation, negativism and suffering that surround them. People who have made a decision to always fully express themselves and communicate authentically and effectively at all times. People who will never become victims and always stay true to themselves by making a difference in everything they do.

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A Mindset Template for Success

A Mindset Template for Success | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Success is highly sought after, for the rewards: money, status, professional respect, personal fulfillment, continued opportunity, and because it’s fun. Success is fun. It’s the satisfaction of
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From the post: "Success is fun. It’s the satisfaction of applying talent, ambition, and determination to make something come alive in the world: the vision, ability to execute, and creativity to take an idea, an elusive thing, and harness and shape it into something that works. And then stand back and own the results."

 

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Are You Driven by Character or Emotion? | John C. Maxwell

Are You Driven by Character or Emotion? | John C. Maxwell | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

“The greatest gap in life is the one between knowing and doing.”
- Dick Biggs

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This post is very eye opening and a great reminder. The comments are also very helpful.

From the post: Decisions can only help us start. Discipline helps us finish.

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Stop Giving Me Empathy! It Makes Me Feel Bad

Stop Giving Me Empathy! It Makes Me Feel Bad | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Can you believe YOU might not receive empathy well?
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Very helpful article. I describes the difference in the terms empathy, pity and sympathy.

From the article: "The main point I want to make about empathy is that even though it is sometimes difficult to give, to get, and to learn, it is worth the effort."

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4 Ways To Be In Control of Your Life | Empower the Leader in You

4 Ways To Be In Control of Your Life | Empower the Leader in You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
We are in control of our life when we seize opportunities to improve ourselves and our situation.
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Leadership: Disappointed To The Core

Leadership: Disappointed To The Core | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
If you meet a leader who’s a loner, who doesn’t communicate, who’s not engaged, who seems removed and not trusting, it’s probably not because they enjoy solitude or disengagement. It’s far more likely that they have been disappointed. We get disappointed when… People say they are

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:31 AM

Those of us, who have experienced disappointment need to be reminded that in this corridor we have doors to the left and to the right. These are the doors made for our choosing.

 

And as leaders, we must choose to:...