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Why We're So Afraid of Change -- And Why That Holds Businesses Back - Forbes

Why We're So Afraid of Change -- And Why That Holds Businesses Back - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it

A former client contacted us recently, saying: “We’re stuck.” As in so many cases after 2008’s Great Recession, his division,...

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CEOs know they have to change but are typically:

Afraid of the unknownDriven by well-honed habitsConvinced the past will reappear and save them
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The Importance of Scheduling Nothing

The Importance of Scheduling Nothing | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
If you were to see my calendar, you'd probably notice a host of time slots greyed out but with no indication of what's going on. There is no problem with my Outlook or printer. The grey sections
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Really good suggestion. We all need to carve out time to rest, think, do something creative, read, or just hang out.

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10 Signs You're Burning Out -- And What To Do About It - Forbes

10 Signs You're Burning Out -- And What To Do About It - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Burnout can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, relationships and job performance. Here's how to know if you're suffering from it.
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Take notice of the issue of burnout. It is huge regardless of the area you work in.

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Customers Don't Want Ads, They Want A Conversation

Customers Don't Want Ads, They Want A Conversation | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
It is becoming clear that the future of social marketing, and marketing in general, will be built around collaboration.
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Marketing is rapidly transforming into a dialogue between buyers and sellers or collaborative marketing. Crowdtap CEO Brandon Evans on the five trends driving the shift.

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The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership

The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
By Jack and Suzy WelchBeing a leader is perhaps the hardest challenge any of us will ever face. No matter how long we work at it, practicing the right behaviors is a never-ending task. Knowing –
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Being a leader is perhaps the hardest challenge any of us will ever face. No matter how long we work at it, practicing the right behaviors is a never-ending task. Knowing – and avoiding – the wrong ones is too. Thus, we offer the following six common leadership pitfalls:

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The Surprising Secret To Getting Your Emails Read

The Surprising Secret To Getting Your Emails Read | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
"Vagueness is the opposite of useful," Geoffrey James writes for Inc.
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The Re-publicity of privatized rhetoric

The Re-publicity of privatized rhetoric | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
I'm not one prone to critiquing the teacher, and in this case not the teacher but the author, but I feel the authors have whiffed on something. Ok, in this case, not whiffed completely, just that t...
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This is a post I wrote for a Master's in Communication class recently...


There has been a decline is the impact of rhetoric in the public sphere over the past several decades. One of the reason’s for that is the rise of technology – radio, television, internet, and now social media, the blogosphere and youtube. 


The confluence of television and the rise of suburbia over time reduced social interaction and thus social discourse. I would also suggest that the social hibernation that occurred has created an emotional immaturity that is prevalent today, and in terms of public discourse, one reason for the rise of self-perpetuating ideology.

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The young and the creditless: Young adults eschew credit cards

The young and the creditless: Young adults eschew credit cards | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Samantha Henderson has heard the horror stories of young people buried by too much debt. That's why the Edgewater student doesn't have a Visa or MasterCard, limiting herself to a debit card that she uses to withdraw cash for purchases.
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Financial health can create economic worries. Scoring personal credit will have to change.

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Stylin' when you're profilin'

Stylin' when you're profilin' | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
I have spent many of the last 26 years standing before people trying to communicate verbally, trying to persuade people to believe something, change behavior or even purchase what I was trying to s...
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Communication is extremely hard work, requiring profiling the audience and understanding the most effective style that will move them. But if we do that, we are able to make a difference in people and communities, motivating them to great achievements and seeing transformation.

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Study: Women See Color Better : Durability + Design News

Study: Women See Color Better : Durability + Design News | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Guys who are weighing a choice between Brewski Burnish and Sandy Suds for their next man-cave paint job may want to run the swatches by a woman.
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But men have the edge when it comes to fine details and moving objects lol!

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World's Easiest Way to Get Rid of Stress

World's Easiest Way to Get Rid of Stress | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Can't retire to a peaceful mountain cabin? You can still reduce the toll stress takes on your health by simply rethinking it.
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stress may be inevitable for entrepreneurs and other busy professionals, but its destructive power rests not in its simple existence, but in how we think about it.

 

In short, science suggests that how we think about stress determines how harmful it is to our health

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5 Things Leaders Are Thinking, But Not Talking About - Forbes

5 Things Leaders Are Thinking, But Not Talking About - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
It amazes me just how many leaders don’t act like leaders.
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Most leaders don’t want to admit that they are not knowledgeable enough about certain issues and/or that they don’t know how to adapt to changing trends.  The marketplace is moving so fast that it has become almost impossible to stay current and informed about everything that one should.  

 

Leaders must be more proactive in coming to grips with today’s new normal.   In doing so, they must face their greatest fears head-on and get on with the business at hand.  The marketplace, the workplace and those whom they serve demand it.   Until they do, here are five things leaders are thinking, but not talking enough about.

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Why IT Consultants Fail Pt 4 | Leadership Excellence | Organizational Change | True North

Why IT Consultants Fail Pt 4 | Leadership Excellence | Organizational Change | True North | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Ignoring the need for leadership development jeopardizes the long term viability of consulting firms. Weak leadership sets the stage for a series of problems.
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10 Things To Do Every Workday

10 Things To Do Every Workday | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve always been focused on performance. I’m a list person. I love the feeling of crossing things off. It makes me feel productive. Plus, consistent productivity has the wonderful
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Love this... develop habits for the everyday. There is value of having a daily to-do list beautifully: You don’t wait to do the work until you get the dream job - you do the work in order to get the dream job.

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Not A Happy Accident: How Google Deliberately Designs Workplace Satisfaction

Not A Happy Accident: How Google Deliberately Designs Workplace Satisfaction | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
“Imagine a world where most organizations were the best place to work.
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In Google’s short lifespan, it has also grown from a two-man startup to an organization with nearly 37,000 employees in 40 different countries. This notable and relentless workforce expansion begs the very important question: How have they successfully managed and integrated all these new people while concurrently motivating them to be consistently loyal, ambitious, innovative, and productive?

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7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own

7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That's a huge mistake.
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The Most Effective Strategies for Success

The Most Effective Strategies for Success | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Based on thousands of diagnostics, we're starting to know what really works.
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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...
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Creativity is an integral part of being human, and to deny its expression is like denying the expression of other crucial human elements that we intuitively realize we’d be miserable without. Creativity is no less a part of who and what we are. What follows are 10 reasons why we frequently struggle to get into a creative space, along with suggestions on how to get there.

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Princess Leia hologram could become reality

Princess Leia hologram could become reality | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Scientists have created a 3D display that could mimic the Princess Leia hologram in Star Wars – even on mobile phones
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It's coming! 3D mobile phone holographic project. Here's to a movie in 3D in your living room!

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Bringing a Virtual Brain to Life

Bringing a Virtual Brain to Life | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
With the Human Brain Project, Henry Markram and his team in Lausanne, Switzerland, are trying to bring together scientists worldwide to create a “virtual copy of the human brain.”
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A fascinating project to say the least. However, I'm skeptical that a machine can be re-engineered to mimic a learning, organic, brain.

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Pew Pew! Scientists Build Lasers Out of Sound, Call Them Phasers | Wired Science | Wired.com

Pew Pew! Scientists Build Lasers Out of Sound, Call Them Phasers | Wired Science | Wired.com | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Using a nanoscale drum, scientists have built a laser that uses sound waves instead of light like a conventional laser.
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Don't start setting your phasers to stun just yet. But it's coming! Cool article...

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