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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 28, 2013 7:40 AM

Fantastic post Susan!  I love the following line:

 

Whoever thought of the title "no child left behind" gets irony!

 

 

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Tomorrow's Leaders Will Be Flexible, Selfless, And Ready To Collaborate

Tomorrow's Leaders Will Be Flexible, Selfless, And Ready To Collaborate | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Those are the findings of an exhaustive study that asked 64000 people in 13 countries to identify qualities they want in those at the top. Here one of...
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Talk of the Town #217

TALK OF THE TOWN - Local motivational speaker, Karen Allen interviews business and organizational leaders who are making a positive difference through their service…
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Internet Talk Radio | Leading Beyond the Status Quo – Are you a go-giver, a go-getter, or a go-taker? | WebTalkRadio.net

Internet Talk Radio | Leading Beyond the Status Quo – Are you a go-giver, a go-getter, or a go-taker? | WebTalkRadio.net | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
As you will learn in this show, the answer to the question above is directly related to the quality of your leadership and your ability to succeed in
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The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you have a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development. Our research revealed these six benchmarks:
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John Michel's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:22 AM

In 1996, 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team.  By 2006, it had increased to 84%. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow. Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development.

Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:47 AM

These benchmarks are achievable when supported by effective leadership.

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It's got to be about Why, not How: How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek

"Why FIRST:  Communication and the Golden Circle:  Why, How, What?  Inspire where others do not.  Profit is JUST a result NOT a reason for existing."

 

Simon's examples include Apple (why so innovative?), Martin Luther King (lead major change, Civil Rights movement), and the Wright brothers (controlled powered manned flight that others did not achieve, tho' were working on.)

 

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"The goal is to do business with people who believe what YOU believe." ~ Simon Sinek

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Apple:  NOT, What we do, great computers.  Want to buy one?

RATHER:  Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is making products that are beautifully designed, simple to use & user friendly.  We happen to make computers.  Want to buy one?

 

Counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.  

   

http://www.ted.com Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" 

 

Source here.

 

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Thanks Deb!
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A Mother's Empathy

A Mother's Empathy | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
With 5-year-old twin boys in the house, things get pretty interesting. Their constant interaction reminds me of my childhood growing up with a brother 18 months older than I. For the first 14 years, we fought five times a day, every day.
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Amy Melendez's curator insight, May 10, 2013 8:20 AM

Excellent lesson, so true. -- from the article "True empathy is not putting yourself in others’ shoes as if it were you. It’s putting yourself in others’ shoes as if you were them. Try to feel how they feel, not how you would feel. The only way to do that is to truly get to know them and understand their authentic self."

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Internet Talk Radio | Leading Beyond the Status Quo | WebTalkRadio.net

Internet Talk Radio | Leading Beyond the Status Quo | WebTalkRadio.net | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Host: Al Gonzalez Whether you are the head of a household or a Fortune 500 company, Leading Beyond the Status Quo helps you to improve the quality of your leadership with proven strategies and insight from seasoned leadership expert Al Gonzalez.

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How to Turn a Problem into a Prize

How to Turn a Problem into a Prize | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The difference between a true leader and a misfit manager is this.  The former knows how to take a troubled producer and coach them up or out; nothing in between. The latter fears this confrontatio...

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David Hain's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:36 PM

Is a five year old child on day 1 of school met by a teacher who is thinking "here is a new bundle of potential to nurture" or one who thinks "here is another problem for me to solve"? The former I hope, as this article demonstrates.

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Three Surprising Leaders Who Demonstrated the Importance of Flexibility

Three Surprising Leaders Who Demonstrated the Importance of Flexibility | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

History provides us with many examples of leadership.  Whether you talk about Churchill, Steve Jobs or Abraham Lincoln, one thing they have in common is the ability and wisdom to adapt to the circumstances while still keeping their eye on the goal.   History is also filled with rigid and inflexible types who might not bend, but almost invariably break.  However, history doesn’t always tell the full story.  This article will show three unlikely people who demonstrated the theory of flexibility in leadership.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 1, 2013 6:23 AM

Interesting read> (From the article): Leaders in business today mostly don’t have the same obstacles, but they can still learn the lessons from Arnold: adapting to the circumstances, and keeping the long-term goal (winning the war, maximizing employee performance) intact while making sure the little steps (identifying motivational needs, opposing navies) are the focus.  Just don’t later turn over secrets.

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How leaders and managers can overcome the feeling of powerlessness

How leaders and managers can overcome the feeling of powerlessness | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
You might be first-line supervision or midlevel in your organization, and you might also be a high-potential or high-performing leader. You are an accompli

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Great leaders aren't smug

Great leaders aren't smug | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The executives who overrate their abilities are the ones who do least well; it's the anxious and unconfident who succeed

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From the article: "Individuals who aren't convinced they know all the answers tend to look harder for them. Executives who appreciate that there are others in the world who are better, smarter, sharper than they are may be, as leaders, more appreciative and better able to draw in the complementary talents they need."

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Care to Dare: a challenge to high performance leaders

Care to Dare: a challenge to high performance leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Bond with people, be accessible, develop talent, drive change, encourage risk…these are just a few marks of high performance leadership as outlined by George Kohlrieser.

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Are You Slowly Killing Your Organization? - post-journal.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Jamestown | Post-Journal

Are You Slowly Killing Your Organization? - post-journal.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Jamestown | Post-Journal | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The signs are all there. Everybody sees them. That is, everyone but yo.
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Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines

Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
We all want to work in places where we feel at our best. From an employers’ viewpoint, people who feel at their best can perform at their best.Everyone we encounter can impact our sense of

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:42 AM

Why your emotional channels as a leader impact your bottom line...

John Michel's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:19 PM

Leadership has a great deal to do with which way our inner state goes. Emotions are contagious. And they flow most strongly from the most powerful person in a group outward. This gives leaders a great tool, and a great responsibility. A leader needs to manage her own emotional state well, so she can impact others in the direction of well being.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 27, 2013 7:05 PM

From the post:

 

Leadership has a great deal to do with which way our inner state goes. Emotions are contagious. And they flow most strongly from the most powerful person in a group outward. This gives leaders a great tool, and a great responsibility. A leader needs to manage her own emotional state well, so she can impact others in the direction of well being.

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Karen McCoy » Lessons my son taught me…

Karen McCoy » Lessons my son taught me… | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Image from:  http://www.mccoyfitness.ca/blog/gallery/


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:50 PM

I scooped this one on my fitness topic, but it fits on this one as well. Karen is a truly inpirational leader, in the gym and life in general. 

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John Michel's curator insight, May 22, 2013 5:34 AM

A wonderful reminder how true health and wellness is foremost an inside job...

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What is Influence, Really? – No Carrot, No Stick

What is Influence, Really? – No Carrot, No Stick | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Influence really is “the ability to cause a change in thought OR behavior through non-coercive and transparent means where the influencees voluntarily want the changes even without monetary compensation.”

 

...My definition of influence is: the ability to cause a change in thought OR behavior under the following four conditions:

 

No carrot – means that do not involve monetary compensationNo stick – means that are non-coerciveNo annoyance – means that are voluntaryNo tricks – means that are completely transparent


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 23, 2013 12:15 PM

A useful view of embracing the deep sense of what is influence, relating it to motivation to change.  ~  Deb

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12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership - Forbes

12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership - Forbes | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Courageous leadership. You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though.

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Esther Turón Perez 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:48 AM
Scott for who is the question?
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:58 PM

We need courageous leadership, but lack it.

Richard Dillard, PMP, SSBB, ABD 7.1's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:07 PM

Begs the question...can we even call those who exhibit these characteristics and behaviors a leader?  They are doing something for sure.  I'm convinced leading is not one of them.  I have a particular person in mind at the moment.  Fits the 12 signs to a tee.  I've never considered this individual a leader.  Come to think of it...neither has anyone else.  Probably best to remember that "leader" is a title given to us by those who choose to follow our lead.  People just don't choose to follow cowards.  Real leaders, in contrast, are courageous.  To learn more, put a reminder on your August calendar to look for my new book: Real Leadership! Are You Ready?

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Compliance, Commitment, Values, And…Dondi | Bob Burg

Compliance, Commitment, Values, And…Dondi | Bob Burg | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Compliance will never take you, where commitment can go. ~ Dondi Scumaci As posted previously, I love that saying (what I call, a Dondi-ism) :-) by my
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:03 PM

Any mentor of Bob is a mentor of mine. 

 

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It reminds me that, as leaders and influencers, we always need to ask ourselves where our focus is and who it is on.

 

 

As Dale Carnegie taught us in his classic, How to Win Friends And Influence People, “Ultimately, people do things for THEIR reasons; not our reasons.”

 

 

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Leadership Skills Beyond the Status Quo

Leadership Skills Beyond the Status Quo | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
I am always amazed about the large number of skeptics and cynics when it comes to leadership development. During too many of my sessions, I spend val
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Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything - Harvard Business Review

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything - Harvard Business Review | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
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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From the article: "The first hundred years of management education focused on building strategies and tools that formalized execution and efficiency for existing businesses. Now, we have the first set of tools for searching for new business models as we launch start-up ventures. It also happens to have arrived just in time to help existing companies deal with the forces of continual disruption. In the 21st century those forces will make people in every kind of organization—start-ups, small businesses, corporations, and government—feel the pressure of rapid change. The lean start-up approach will help them meet it head-on, innovate rapidly, and transform business as we know it."

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Trust, Leadership & Employee Engagement | Visual.ly

Trust, Leadership & Employee Engagement | Visual.ly | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership training is an essential component of strategy execution. It can help companies improve the trust between managers and other employees, whi

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The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science

The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, May 1, 2013 2:13 PM

 A life of meaning and purpose is one focused less on satisfying oneself and more on others. It is a life rich in compassion, altruism, and greater meaning.

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30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth

30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:52 PM

Scientists have suggested that, with a little willpower, it takes roughly 30 days for a person to form a new habit.  As with mastering anything new, the act of starting and getting beyond the preliminary stage where everything feels awkward is 80% of the battle.  This is precisely why it’s important to make small, positive changes every day over the course of at least a 30 day period.


Linda Allen's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:29 PM

I'm up for the challenge--how about you?

Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:29 AM

Sometimes we need little reminders about how to stay connected with our humanity and the humanity of others. I found this to be inspiring. 

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The Problem With Charismatic Leaders

The Problem With Charismatic Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The business world loves CEOs with charm and vision. But research suggests chasing these leadership traits comes with plenty of dangers.

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