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How to Write a Fair Business Contract Between Partners

How to Write a Fair Business Contract Between Partners | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Business contracts are typically one-sided in favor of the party who wrote it. Instead, ensure your contract is fair in both directions. The deal will go more
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Looking at Life Through a Rear View Mirror | Switch and Shift

Looking at Life Through a Rear View Mirror | Switch and Shift | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
When was the last time you experienced an event that made you feel as if the world was coming to an end for you? It seemed like a big deal at the time, but time
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A Different Take on Feedback

A Different Take on Feedback | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

That take is that feedback says as much about us (the giver) as it does about the receiver. (Tweet that). I say this often, and many times people look at me funny. After all, the feedback I give you...

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Make sure you are giving feedback that is more observation and less judgment.

Make sure that you recognize your filters and consider the behavior more broadly than just from your perspective.

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There Is a Gap Between Our Leadership vision and Our Impact On Those We ... - Huffington Post

There Is a Gap Between Our Leadership vision and Our Impact On Those We ... - Huffington Post | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

“There Is a Gap Between Our Leadership vision and Our Impact On Those We ...”


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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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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, March 28, 2014 2:13 AM

When employees feel that their contribution is truly valued, they are challenged to experiment, and they can constructively express their opinions (however different), it triggers greater ownership of their own success as well as their commitment to the larger organizational mission.

Ledcome's curator insight, March 28, 2014 6:15 AM

This graphic is captures a key characteristic of leadership...

david o'connor's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:12 AM

This is a really great post.

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The Future of Learning is Stuck in the Past

The Future of Learning is Stuck in the Past | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

With the rise of social and mobile, technology is now part of our everyday lifestyle. The result however, is that consumer familiarity with technology and how quickly they adopt and incorporate it into all they do has outpaced that of companies and institutions.

 

The impact is profound.

 

People are learning, communicating and collaborating differently in their personal life. Yet elsewhere, they’re expected to follow dated protocol that is at best counter-intuitive. This is causing a revolt which is only going to become increasingly dire as time and technology progress.

Students, employees, are fueling an escalation of expectations and demands to do things differently.

 

At the same time, decision-makers are struggling to figure out why investments don’t pan out according to plan. They still see how people use technology as novelty and even frustrating because it’s always compared to the way the world was and not the world as it’s changing. 

 


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:47 PM

Sorry, conservatives.

 

You can't stay still in this world.

 

Not for long, if at all.

 

And that is the only thing that will remain unchanged about this universe.  Whether you're mentally and emotionally able to cope is a different story.

 

Think about it.

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Leaders: 3 Ways To Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown | Empower the Leader in You

Leaders: 3 Ways To Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown | Empower the Leader in You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Why do we fear the unknown? Success is achieved when we move into action, and yet, we all encounter those moments when moving forward fills us with fear.
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:49 AM

Great scoop by Amy Melendez via @amygmelendez.  Here is a wonderful quote:


 "Why do we fear the unknown?  Success is achieved when we move into action, and yet, we all encounter those moments when moving forward fills us with fear."

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Why We Work.

Why We Work. | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
At its very core, your work is essential to us. Society benefits. As each individual is able to pursue work in their area of giftedness and passion.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:39 PM

There are some interesting points i.e. 70% of Americans hate their work. I suspect this is similar in Canada. A key is to find a Job with a capital J and stop doing someone else's work. As much as I love teaching and being in the classroom, I had to leave. I was not working from the script closest to my heart, but being told to operate from a bureaucratic and technocratic scripture with no input from me.

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Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership

Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn about the one thing successful leaders do that more of us need to do in leading our teams and organizations.
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That’s the secret in how successful leaders show up in those daily interactions – because their focus is not internalized on what they want to accomplish, but on what they want us to achieve. Through this intentional, outward focus on those around them, they’re able to encourage and enable us to commit ourselves to living up to our potential to be better than we are today.

 
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Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 2014 9:33 AM

Secretos del liderazgo

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7 Sales Skills for Leaders

7 Sales Skills for Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

What sales skills do you think are important for leaders?


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 21, 2014 6:51 AM

(From the article): But the truth is, leadership and sales have a lot in common:  Inspiring a vision; building genuine relationships; finding creative solutions   Selling well is about caring and helping others achieve what they imagine.   Leaders can benefit from honing some of their “sales” skills.

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5 Questions Every New Manager Should Ask

5 Questions Every New Manager Should Ask | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Earlier in my career, I was a journalist. As a correspondent working in a series of countries that were completely foreign to me, I learned the fastest way to get a lay of the land was to have big

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How to Build a Culture of Innovation by Killing Mediocrity Pt. 1

How to Build a Culture of Innovation by Killing Mediocrity Pt. 1 | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Innovation Suffocates in a Culture of Mediocrity: How to breathe life into company culture to compete for the futureIdeas are a dime a dozen. Everyone seems to have one or more.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2014 6:40 AM

Risk management is no longer an executive’s leverage. While risk should always be considered, they’re guardrails in the end. Governance, legal, and decision-making as it exists was defined for an era of business that is gone or ephemeral. Creativity, ingenuity, and inspiration are to be celebrated moving forward. The hardest part is recognizing that the culture that lives today is actually stifling breakthroughs.

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The Power of a Grateful Leader | Switch and Shift

The Power of a Grateful Leader | Switch and Shift | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
How would you like to go to work every day never feeling appreciated? How long would it be before you stopped trying? How long would it take for you to quit?
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 30, 2014 7:24 PM

(From the article): Expressing gratitude effectively is an art form. If done correctly, gratitude generates positive energy that benefits the employee, you, and your organization as a whole. Gratitude doesn’t have to be extravagant as long as it’s sincere. 

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 31, 2014 12:56 PM

There is great power in authentic gratitude!

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How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas

How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.

 


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John Michel's curator insight, March 30, 2014 8:43 AM

Studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more.

niftyjock's curator insight, April 1, 2014 5:31 PM

I think in Private but I make mistakes in public 

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Mindset and Personal Development | What to Do When You Want to Give Up | Jeannie Spiro

Mindset and Personal Development | What to Do When You Want to Give Up | Jeannie Spiro | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
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Traditional Leadership Hierarchies Are Dead, Or Should Be

Traditional Leadership Hierarchies Are Dead, Or Should Be | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Growth and innovation doesn't necessarily come from the people with lofty titles, but from the people who develop new ideas and execute them on a daily basis. And that's why, increasingly, traditional hierarchies don't work--and neither do traditional promotion and recognition systems.

 


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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:33 PM

Interesting article.  It does not propose that hierarchies should not exist or are bad for the organisation, but that the traditional hierarchies based on tenure rather than merit should be challenges  I especially like the comment - listen to your employees to determine the real leaders.

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Tips for Improving Communication Skills

Tips for Improving Communication Skills | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Sherry Ji's curator insight, February 9, 2014 8:19 AM

useful

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Tips for Improving Business and Personal Communication Skills

#Communication Skills

KG Mozumder's curator insight, February 22, 2014 7:49 AM
Communication Skills are a very important thing that growing your business effectively.
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Art of listening: Build relationships by fine-tuning your listening skills

Art of listening: Build relationships by fine-tuning your listening skills | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” — Anonymous

 

“We do this when we listen,” she said. “ It’s also incredibly important that we listen to ourselves so we can understand and meet our own needs for self-care. That way we are better able to care for others. These acts of listening and caring for ourselves first is the realm of self-compassion.”

So what makes a good listener?

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Good listeners show genuine interest in

what’s being said and show empathy

to the speaker by caring.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 25, 2014 1:40 PM

More than anything, a lack of listening, understanding and probing for the truth is what leads to the biggest failures in policy and decision making.

 

Just look at the mess that the US and Russia have created out of the Ukrainian situation.  Look what the Ukrainian government could have done in order to stave off Russian intervention and aggression.  It may not have worked in keeping the Russians out.  However, by embracing the Russian-speaking Ukrainians in government and in society, the Ukrainian-speaking population may have been able to give themselves a stronger point of argumentation against the Russian incursion into Crimea.  The failure to acknowledge both Russia's concerns about NATO taking over in Ukraine, plus the legitimate economic and social concerns of the ethnic Russians in Eastern and Southern Ukraine is probably what at least partially led to the current state of affairs in Ukraine.

 

And the US, for our part, failed to acknowledge, listen and abide by the other peoples' interests as well, choosing instead to small-selfishly pursue our own ends regardless of the costs and consequences of that pursuit in the grand scheme of things.

 

Think about it.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 26, 2014 4:07 AM

This applies to all of us in any of our roles in children's lives: parents, grandparents, carers, teachers, early years workers, you name it...

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The Future Of Business: 4 Ways Companies Will Change

The Future Of Business: 4 Ways Companies Will Change | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

We've shifted to a business world where collaboration and connection are replacing hierarchy and bureaucracy. The outdated "alpha" notion of aggressive management has given way to the modern era of cooperative "beta" leadership.

 

We're already seeing this take place as some companies take the lead in thinking about how, by giving up top-down control, they can actually get more work done. Here are some examples of what the future has in store for these beta organizations.


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6 Ways Successful People Use Their Brain To Achieve Goals | Empower the Leader in You

6 Ways Successful People Use Their Brain To Achieve Goals | Empower the Leader in You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Mental toughness is using our brain to move through life with energy and enthusiasm, and not succumb to self-limiting beliefs.
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"Success comes from thinking positively about our situation and not succumbing to the self-limiting belief that nothing can be done. This means using our brain to move through life with energy and enthusiasm."

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The Simple Secrets That Make People Fascinating

The Simple Secrets That Make People Fascinating | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether you want to be a star in your field or make your product irresistibly interesting, being fascinating is about standing out from the crowd--and...

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John Michel's curator insight, March 22, 2014 6:08 PM


TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE WHO YOU ARE; YOU HAVE TO BECOME MORE OF WHO YOU ARE.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 23, 2014 1:24 AM

Seven checks, I think.

 

And yet I still can't seem to draw enough of you folks in to work with the reality that is in front of you.

 

What gives?

 

Think about it.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 26, 2014 1:10 AM

No need to be famous or so to be fascinating, patterns to the brands that seem to fascinate consumers most, such as:


  1. A brand shows power
  2. It demonstrates passion
  3. It has mystique
  4. It offers prestige
  5. It gives alarm
  6. It has rebellion
  7. or it evokes trust.
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The Indirect Cost of Growing Leaders

The Indirect Cost of Growing Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership development is costly. Indirect costs exceed direct costs. Leadership coaching has less indirect costs than classroom training or job rotations
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Don't Believe Everything You Think - Great Leaders Serve

Don't Believe Everything You Think - Great Leaders Serve | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
At our annual meeting a few weeks ago, we were fortunate to have several great communicators and thought leaders address our group. One of them was Andy Andrews. One of the things he said that caught my attention was this… “Don’t believe everything you think.” As leaders, we’re a confident group. We have to be. » Read More
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 21, 2014 6:38 AM

An insightful article from Mark Miller.

 

(From the article): Once you reach a level of maturity and humility to be open to input, I have only one caution – Don’t just listen to people who agree with you.


If we only surround ourselves with people who always agree with us, we might as well be alone. They will add no value with regards to helping us think. The people I’ve enjoyed working with the most over the years are those who have an opinion, are willing to share it and don’t mind if we disagree.

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The Happy Trap

The Happy Trap | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders don’t make everyone happy. That may sound harsh to you – it may even sound wrong – but it's true. Why? Here are five reasons.
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