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Compliance Will Never Take You Where Commitment Can Go | Dondi Scumaci Blog

Compliance Will Never Take You Where Commitment Can Go | Dondi Scumaci Blog | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

What is the first thing that jumps to mind when you hear the question: “Who is accountable for this?” It’s an interesting experiment to ask people for It’s an interesting experiment to ask people for their personal definition of “accountability.” I’ve heard everything from, “responsibility” to “blame.” 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 2014 12:09 AM

What is interesting is that compliance is still deeply embedded in schools as part of the hidden curriculum. It extends to teachers as well. We are rarely asked. We are told what we will do.

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – It’s Not Faking It till You Make It; It’s Learning It While You Make It!

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – It’s Not Faking It till You Make It; It’s Learning It While You Make It! | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
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You Were Born To Make An Impact.

It may not always be clear to you, but there is a reason why you are here.
At some point, the opportunity will appear for you to provide something that ONLY YOU can provide, to someone that needs exactly what ONLY YOU can provide.

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Byron Low's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:07 PM

What's your learning index?

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A Brain, a Heart, and Courage - Three Requirements for Rebuilding Trust

A Brain, a Heart, and Courage - Three Requirements for Rebuilding Trust | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
What does the Wizard of Oz have to offer us when it comes to rebuilding trust? Three things: a brain, a heart, and courage. During a recent TrustWorks! training class for a client, I was leading pa...
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Strategic Intelligence: Motivating and Partnering for Success | Leader Snips, the Blog

Strategic Intelligence: Motivating and Partnering for Success | Leader Snips, the Blog | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Strategic intelligence requires leaders to motivate and partner with the right people who can turn their visionary ideas into real-world profits. Here's how.
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7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 24, 2014 8:57 AM

Thanks for the suggestion @enectoux!  This is relevant article and a great list of tips/tools for any manager who wants to be considered a good leader.  My favorite one is not letting emotions take control!

 

From the article:

 

The 21st century leader sees adversity through the lens of opportunity.  Rather than panic, a leader with composure takes a step back and begins to connect the dots of opportunity within adverse circumstances. 

 

These types of leaders quickly detect the causes of adversity and solve for them immediately.  They then enable the opportunities previously unseen that could have avoided the adversity to begin with.

 

Many times crisis results when composure is missing.

 

 

The next time a problem arises, ask yourself if you or your leader could have shown a greater sense of composure and avoided the problem from surfacing.

donhornsby's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:12 AM

From the article: The composure of a leader is reflected in their attitude, body language and overall presence.   In today’s evolving business environment, it is clear that leadership is not only about elevating the performance, aptitude and development of people – but more so about the ability to make people feel safe and secure.   Employees have grown tired of working in survival mode and thus want to be part of a workplace culture where they can get back to doing their best work without the fear of losing their jobs.

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Positive Speech – Not A Resolution. A Decision

Positive Speech – Not A Resolution. A Decision | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
“Gossip is like a fired bullet. Once you hear the sound, you can’t take it back.” – Paul Myers Each of us is born with - and develops over time - a set of traits that make up our character.
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Team Player - 14 Ways to Be A Great Team Player At Work - Leadership

Team Player - 14 Ways to Be A Great Team Player At Work - Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Christina Lattimer, discusses: Being a collaborative team player, aligning purpose, values and effort will be required in the new social era

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Disruptive Technology: Building Trust and Driving Change

Disruptive Technology: Building Trust and Driving Change | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
We are not going to give up consumerism overnight. But there are signs that people now put a moral perspective on what they buy.
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Dare to disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.

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The Guild Agency

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Stephen Ritz

FOUNDER OF GREEN BRONX MACHINE; GREEN INITIATIVE EDUCATOR; U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL AMBASSADOR; 1% FOR THE PLANET NATIONAL AMBASSADOR

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, January 19, 2014 6:12 PM

"I'm not willing to accept the things I can't change. I'm going to change the thinkgs that I can't accept. And I am the luckiest man on the planet" - Stephen Ritz

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How To Build A Boundaryless Organization

How To Build A Boundaryless Organization | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The first and most important truth any leader must understand is that the human beings who work inside every kind of organization possess unlimited potential.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 4, 2013 5:53 AM

A plea from Jacob Morgan to unlock human potential by removing barriers to collaboration.

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12 Components of Trusted Strategic Partnerships - Let's Grow Leaders

12 Components of Trusted Strategic Partnerships - Let's Grow Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
"But how do you KNOW they'll do it, if we don't put it in the contract?"  I looked at him assuredly, "because they told me they would." "But what if they DON'T?" "If they don't do what they say, w
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Mastering the Art of Influence for Business Leaders

Mastering the Art of Influence for Business Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

How midmarket leaders can master the subtle art of influence.


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Brian Martin's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:35 AM

Balancing the say/do ratio combined with listening, offering help, and building trust are fundamental to broadening influence skills.   Often what stands in the way of a mid-level leader moving into a senior leadership role is their influence (and impact) capability.

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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Is your parenting crippling your child's growth? Here are 7 ways your behaviors may be holding your child back from growing into a leader.

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Character Revealed

Character Revealed | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Is your personal character showing? You may not think so, but it is. It shows with every plan, decision, and action you make. Your character is obvious to those who observe you, who hear you, and w...
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9 Warning Signs an Employee Needs to be Let Go

9 Warning Signs an Employee Needs to be Let Go | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
"We need to let you go." Oomph! Those words feel like a punch to the gut of the employee on the receiving end, and for the leader delivering the bad news, those words create anxiety and many sleepl...

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John Michel's curator insight, January 27, 2014 6:21 AM

No leader likes to see an employee fail on the job. From the moment we start the recruitment process, through interviewing, hiring, and training, our goal is to set up our employees for success. It takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and expense to bring new people into the organization and ramp them up to full productivity, so it’s in everyone’s vested interest to see an employee succeed. Yet we all know there are situations that, for whatever reason, an employee struggles on the job and there isn’t much hope of turning it around.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 27, 2014 7:28 AM

Excellent scoop John!  This is a difficult area for many reasons and this article is very helpful. 

 

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5. Blames others, makes excuses, and challenges authority - You know the incredibly loud sound of air raid sirens used in civil defense situations? That’s the sound you should be hearing if you have an employee with a track record of blaming others and making excuses for his poor performance.

 

Troubled employees will often challenge authority by trying to lay the blame at the boss’ feet by saying things like “You should have done this…” or “You didn’t address that problem…” or whatever the case may be. If you have an employee who always seems to be involved in drama, ask yourself “What (or more appropriately ‘who’) is the common denominator in these situations?”



6. Distorts or manipulates the truth - I’ve dealt with employees who were very skilled at manipulating or distorting the truth. In whatever difficult situation they were in, they would find a kernel of truth to justify and excuse their involvement to the point that I would feel compelled to side with them.

 

I learned you have to be discerning and consistent in your approach to dealing with manipulative people and make sure you document your interactions so you have sufficient data to support your termination decision.

 

 

 

Matthew Fritz's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:42 AM

Not everybody is right for your team--and that is not to say they aren't right for someone else.  Much like buying stock, so much effort goes into selection--but we are all to often unprepared to know when to trade out.  Look for the signs and find ways to be gracious and respectful by doing what is right for the team and the teammate...

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Recharge: 7 Ways to Improve Innovative Thinking

Recharge: 7 Ways to Improve Innovative Thinking | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
In this volatile world the old model of process innovation needs a new framework. It isn’t in sync with the way our minds work, which brain research tells us is more serendipitous than linear.

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Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, December 26, 2013 12:00 PM

It is time to rethink how to process our thinking. Great article.

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Five Steps to a Happier You!

Five Steps to a Happier You! | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you wish to be happier? Doesn't everyone want to be happier? Nobody is happy all of the time but some people are happier than others. If you're happy it makes life better and you have better relationships with people; it changes your...

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 21, 2014 10:05 PM

We all want to be happier, right?  Here...5 steps for a more cheerful YOU!

 

  1. Be optimistic
  2. Smile
  3. Listen to your favorite music
  4. Stay close to uplifting friends and family
  5. Be happy with yourself

 

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Ellen Castro is a motivational/empowering speaker and a leadership/communications/trust executive coach/consultant and best-selling author on trust/leadership.

Ellen Castro is a motivational/empowering speaker and a leadership/communications/trust executive coach/consultant and best-selling author on trust/leadership. | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Ellen Castro is a motivational speaker and leadership/executive coach/consultant who provides life changing leadership.
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There is a better way! Move from mental exhaustion, emotional depletion and spiritual emptiness to living boldly and courageously as only you can – fearless at the core, resilient to external forces.


Liberate your greatness!

Dare to be Greater! - Ellen Castro

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Battling The Perfect Storm... Inside Your Head

Battling The Perfect Storm... Inside Your Head | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
It's a snowy Tuesday night in New England, and I've just returned from a battle with The Perfect Storm. Eight inches or so of snow has already fallen, more is coming down rapidly, and virtually every
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7 Encouraging Tips for Running the Race of Life!

7 Encouraging Tips for Running the Race of Life! | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
This true story appears in my book Fully Alive and has been an inspiration to me for years.  Dave Veerman, a vice president with The Livingstone Corporation in Chicago, once lived in Covington, Louisiana.
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Leadership, Life and Style: The Leadership Ego Equation

Leadership, Life and Style: The Leadership Ego Equation | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Welcome to Leadership, Life and Style. This site is designed to support you on your journey in three levels, Your Career, Your Life and your Style. Postings on how best to lead your life, and drive in your career.

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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On The Business of Others | Switch and Shift

On The Business of Others | Switch and Shift | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Compassion reflects a willingness to think of ourselves less and willingly enter into a person’s situation in their moment of brokenness, heartache and hurt.
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revealing himself in that moment to be a leader who understood that compassion is not a tool of the weak, but rather, a commitment made by those who are strong. Specifically, it’s a commitment to do something, big or small, to build value into others’ lives—one opportunity at a time.

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Unlikely Collaboration: The Secret to Success - Let's Grow Leaders

Unlikely Collaboration: The Secret to Success - Let's Grow Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Trying to describe effective collaboration is a bit like describing true love.  You know when you're in it.  It feels wonderful, but ... it's hard to describe to anyone outside the relationship. And
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What is True Collaboration?

What made this work?  What’s missing when collaborations go South?

Collaboration works when …Vision is bigger than egoEveryone has something to gainThe mission is clearly definedParameters are establishedLeadership is sharedNo one keeps scorePeople play by established ground rulesFolks takes time to get to know one another as peopleStrengths are leveragedIt’s okay to put on the brakes as neededDissent is encouraged and acceptedContributions are recognized
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Change Management vs. Change Leadership — What's the Difference? - YouTube

John Kotter discusses the difference between "change management" and "change leadership," and whether it's just a matter of semantics. These terms are not in... (RT @cullin: "Change Management vs. Change Leadership" ft.


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David Hain's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:35 AM
The two are different sides of the same coin, and you can't spin it without both!