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To Build A Powerful Company Culture, Create a Powerful Orientation Process

To Build A Powerful Company Culture, Create a Powerful Orientation Process | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you know—for certain—what the first day of work is like for your employees? Is there a chance you're frittering away orientation–a key part of building your corporate culture–on inconsequential details? (‘‘This is the break room. We clean the employee fridge out each Friday.’’) Each day, all around the world, careless orientations like this one are [...]
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Stuck in the Middle With You

Stuck in the Middle With You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The other day I got the kind of feedback that kicks you in the gut and makes your brain hurt for days. I'm sure you know the kind, it stings with truth, but you've got a gazillion counter points yo...
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Sure the system is imperfect. People are imperfect. There are good guys and bad guys at every level. I’ve learned a heck of a lot about getting unstuck on both sides of the equation. I must help, and will do everything in my power to help you, them, and the guys in the middle.

We must work together to create the conversation that will build better organizations through meaningful visions, great cultures, and brilliant execution. Such results come from imperfect, inspired people who care for the big picture – at every level.

I’m not ready to pick a side. The best good I can do is right here, stuck in the middle – with you.

- See more at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/authenticity-transparency-trust/stuck-in-the-middle-with-you/#sthash.9Yknzcfd.dpuf

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How to Prevent a Fight - Blair Glaser

How to Prevent a Fight - Blair Glaser | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Four leadership skills to prevent a fight and help you and your partner (or business partner) have more fun and less unnecessary conflict.
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#Leadership Character... More Caught Than Taught

#Leadership Character... More Caught Than Taught | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the benefits of launching a new book is the number of conversations and questions the process stimulates. Today, regarding The Heart of Leadership, the question is: How can I help my team de...

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:09 PM

Leadership is the way we act and people see that picking out what works for them.

 

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Change Leadership Beliefs or You'll Change Nothing #peopleskills - Kate Nasser

Change Leadership Beliefs or You'll Change Nothing #peopleskills - Kate Nasser | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders, change leadership beliefs & your spur change/growth. Start with these 3 specific beliefs from The People Skills Coach™.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:17 PM
Change wisdom from @KateNasser
donhornsby's curator insight, October 31, 2014 8:48 AM

When change is your goal, change leadership beliefs or you’ll change nothing.

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5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees

5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Here are five ways to go a little further and cultivate employees who will eventually work autonomously and remain loyal to your company.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 2014 5:14 PM
Mentoring works - for both parties!
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Generation vs. Generation: How Can We All Get Along at Work?

Generation vs. Generation: How Can We All Get Along at Work? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
With four very different generations of employees in the workplace today, how can everyone get along at work? By learning about each others' work styles and preferences, and respecting them.

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9 Ways Amazing Leaders Demonstrate Real Authenticity

People respond to leaders who are authentic and genuine. Be authentic and genuine every day of the week.
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3 Toxic Behaviors that Bore and Annoy People - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

3 Toxic Behaviors that Bore and Annoy People - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Are you unintentionally boring and annoying people without realizing it? Here are 3 things people do that irritate others. Are you doing them?


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Leading with the Heart— and a Dash of Emotional Intelligence

Leading with the Heart— and a Dash of Emotional Intelligence | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

..."Manage your own behavior first. Many managers try to control others’ behavior by being coercive, manipulative or demanding. Control your impulses, take responsibility for your actions, and be adaptable. If you aren’t a responsible leader, don’t expect employees to shoulder the responsibility for making your business a success."


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Martin o'neon's curator insight, January 8, 2013 10:06 AM

Why do most managers and executives have trouble "coaching" their teams to higher levels of peformance? Why is it that so few companies spend NOTHING on training managers and executives how to coach, inspire, delegate, assign, and give feedback?

 

Everyone pays lipservice to the idea of leading/managing teams, but so few companies put their resources behind the concept of being a great place to work because of the quality of the leadership/management.

 

We seem to have taken the "heart" out of leading/managing and it's become a very sterile environment that just doesn't work. Trust comes from the heart, and if you're not leading, managing, coaching from that perspective, your team will NEVER trust you!

 

Barry Deutsch

 

Leadership Blog for CEOs and Senior Executives in the Vistage and TEC Community

 

http://www.impacthiringsolutions.com/vistageleadershipcommunity

 

If your passion is focused on being the best leader possible, join us in our LinkedIn Discussion Group for leadership topics ranging from hiring and retaining top talent to outstanding sales management

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IMPACT-Hiring-Solutions-Leadership-Management-1925834/about

 

David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 2014 10:02 AM

You can't make authentic heart-to-heart contact without being in touch with your own!

AnnC's curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:13 PM

Lead with love.

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What to Do When Anger Takes Hold

What to Do When Anger Takes Hold | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Managing strong emotions is a necessary skill.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 3, 2014 9:50 AM

(From the article): When we repress our fear or frustration or longing, the feelings get stuck somewhere in our bodies. Then, at some unexpected time with some unsuspecting person, they come out messy and misdirected. We’re left not knowing why we’re so angry, while the other person is left feeling alienated and untrusting. And that’s the best case scenario. The worst case is that the feeling never leaves us and wreaks havoc; we get either physically ill or mentally burned out.

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7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way

7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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"3. Seeking validation from others invalidates YOU.

Has the fear of rejection held you back?  Have you ever been so fearful of what others might think or say about you that it kept you from taking positive action?  I bet you’re shaking your head, “yes.”

It’s time to change your mindset…

Today, the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.  Prove yourself to yourself, not others.  You are GOOD enough, SMART enough, FINE enough, and STRONG enough.  You don’t need other people to validate you; you are already valuable.

If someone says “no” to you, or if someone says something negative about you, that doesn’t change anything about YOU.  The words and opinions of others have no real bearing on your worth.  Certainly it can be helpful and desirable to make a good impression in certain situations, yet it’s not the end of the world when you are faced with rejection.

It’s great to receive positive feedback, but it simply doesn’t always happen.  That’s OK though, because you know where you’re headed and you know your true worth does not depend on the judgment of others.  When you set out to make a true difference in life, there will be those who disagree with you, those who ignore you, and those who flat out reject your ideas and efforts.  Look beyond them, step confidently forward, do what must be done, and let them think what they will."

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John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2014 7:50 AM

Be a student of life.  Indulge in it and absorb all the knowledge you can, while you can.  You may have to loose some things to gain some things, and you may have to learn some things the hard way.  That’s OK.  All experiences are necessary.  The purpose of your life is to live it in full, to partake in it to the utmost, to reach out with an open mind and an honest heart for the newest and richest experience being offered.

donhornsby's curator insight, October 2, 2014 8:24 PM

(From the article): Nobody in this world is going to blindside you and hit you as hard as life will.  Sometimes life will beat you to the ground and try to keep you there if you let it.  But it’s not about how hard life can hit you, it’s about how hard you can be hit while continuing to move forward.  That’s what true strength is, and that’s what winning the game of life is all about.

 

When you have a lot to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and take a step forward instead, you are growing stronger.  Work through your struggles and hardships.  Even when it feels like things are falling apart, they’re not.  Take control of your emotions before they take control of you.  Everything will fall into place eventually.  Until then, learn what you can, laugh often, live for the moments, and know that it’s all worthwhile in the end.

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How Great Leaders Use Anger

Submitting to or repressing strong emotions like anger can ruin your leadership. Here's how to use anger productively without throwing a temper tantrum or stuffing it deep down inside.

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Titans of Sales: Ted Coine and The Human Touch - Pipeliner CRM Blog

Titans of Sales: Ted Coine and The Human Touch - Pipeliner CRM Blog | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Ted Coine recounts the path that took him from September 11 to a top author on customer centricity and social business.
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New frontiers in strengths-based leadership

New frontiers in strengths-based leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

New frontiers in strengths-based leadership: How Appreciative Inquiry magnifies innovation and positive collaboration.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 30, 2014 4:25 AM

Appreciative Inquiry is a perfect collaborative OD tool for our wicked times!

Nadene Canning's curator insight, November 1, 2014 6:26 AM
An effective way to #facilitate change by shifting a mindset
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Two Simple, Scientific Approaches to Motivational Leadership

Two Simple, Scientific Approaches to Motivational Leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether you’re directing a small team or an entire company, you already know that one of the most persistent challenges of leadership is motivating people. You’ve probably experienced a host of universal frustrations: “Why do they lose steam when I’m not here? Why aren’t they pushing themselves more? I know they can do better.” Here’s a secret: they know this too.

90% of your job as a leader is relentlessly encouraging people to do the things they already know they should be doing. Sure, leadership requires strategy and vision, but truly successful leaders also develop their ability to inspire, push and motivate their team in countless, imaginative ways.

To help you in this quest, here are a few simple motivational techniques based on scientific studies, some of which had rather surprising results. These tactics can have lasting effects on the productivity and happiness of your team—and maybe even yourself.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 31, 2014 2:35 AM

Science says focus on tangible achievement to increase motivation. Makes sense!

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About Hayley

About Hayley | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

“True success is not measured by material possession but by personal life fulfillments: making happiness the journey, not just the destination”
EQ Women Succeed, LLC

Hayley B Colina

 

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Your Choice: Tolerate or Change?

Your Choice: Tolerate or Change? | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
When you're the most stuck... you still have a choice to tolerate or change your experience. Unsure of the signs and solutions? This is for you.

Via David Hain, Graeme Reid, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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David Hain's curator insight, October 14, 2014 12:46 PM

Includes good Haiku Deck.  Does the pain of changing exceed the pain of staying put.  Do you know so that you can calculate?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, October 14, 2014 7:52 PM

You don't need to stay stuck - you can choose to make a change.

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Leadership Presence: A Special Series With Switch & Shift

Leadership Presence: A Special Series With Switch & Shift | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership presence is what allows good leaders to connect with their teams. Characterized by confidence and a clear communication style, leaders who...
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Amy Ragsdale's curator insight, October 13, 2014 10:04 PM

Check back every day this week for new articles. Enjoy!

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5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. Hi an outstanding example of how leading yourself first helps you contribute to the lives of others.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 20, 2014 9:32 AM

(From the article): A leader’s daily struggle is to remain focused on our most important things. The challenge is just how do you stay focused on what’s important? Like many of us Benjamin Franklin found it difficult to stay focused. Especially when we’re bombarded every day with an overwhelming number of distracting tasks, external pressures and conflicting priorities.

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We need a new model of communication!

We need a new model of communication! | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Otto Scharmer points out rightly that a new model of communication is needed, involving all stakeholders and being multilateral. A link needs to be created between all actors in society and economy...


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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, October 4, 2014 2:12 PM
Energy goes where attention flows!
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Courage to Take a Different Path

Courage to Take a Different Path | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The most frightening thing in life is reaching for what lies deepest in your heart. You won’t get there alone. Mentors ignite courage and fuel progress. This post is based on my conversation with L...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2014 11:23 AM

Excellent snippet on mentoring.  Contains a number of 2 minute audio responses from Linda Rottenberg.

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7 Powerful Qualities of Servant-Leaders

7 Powerful Qualities of Servant-Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Every act of leadership is an act of service. Anything less is exploitation. 


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People aren’t in organizations to serve leaders. Leaders are in organizations to serve people.

Weak leaders expect service; strong leaders give it.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 3, 2014 9:53 AM

The leader who serves the most wins.

John Michel's curator insight, October 4, 2014 12:49 AM

Every act of leadership is an act of service. Anything less is exploitation.

Claude Emond's curator insight, October 4, 2014 8:56 AM

This is the way to lead together with people who can self-organize, mainly all humans driven by a common purpose and mutual trust 

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. 


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 2, 2014 10:25 AM

(From the article): Stress and worry are fueled by our own skewed perception of events. It’s easy to think that unrealistic deadlines, unforgiving bosses, and out-of-control traffic are the reasons we’re so stressed all the time. You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control how you respond to them. So before you spend too much time dwelling on something, take a minute to put the situation in perspective. If you aren’t sure when you need to do this, try looking for clues that your anxiety may not be proportional to the stressor. If you’re thinking in broad, sweeping statements such as “Everything is going wrong” or “Nothing will work out,” then you need to reframe the situation. A great way to correct this unproductive thought pattern is to list the specific things that actually are going wrong or not working out. Most likely you will come up with just some things—not everything—and the scope of these stressors will look much more limited than it initially appeared.

J. Daniel Romo's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:14 PM

This is the basis of the Equilibrios de Excelencia" book