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Work is Learning and Learning is the Work

Work is Learning and Learning is the Work | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

We have come to a point where organizations can no longer leave learning to their HR or training departments. Being able to understand emerging situations, see patterns, and co-solve problems are essential business skills. Learning is the work.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:56 PM

Our workplaces are shifting from hierarchies to networks. Hyperlinks have subverted hierarchy. Everyone is connected. In many hierarchical organisations, workers are more connected when they go home than when they’re at work. This is a sure sign of the obsolescence of our older management control systems and why becoming a social business is so important today.

Living and working in non-hierarchical networks is our challenge this decade. The effective use of social media, to learn from and with others, is essential for individuals and organizations to be productive in networks. Social learning, simply put, is getting things done in networks.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:46 AM

How are you learning?

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Leadership Builds Character

Leadership Builds Character | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

I have been learning about character my whole life. Some people would say probably that is why I am such a character today. I was born in Wisconsin, on the first day of winter. I remember long winter nights. I grew up with month after month of cold, grey, icy existence each year.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:44 AM

Brief but typically penetrating and profound reflection from Greg Richardson. aka @StrategicMonk

John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:55 AM

What's your approach to building character? 

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Don’t Take the Wrong Paths to Power

Don’t Take the Wrong Paths to Power | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Forget the common good – it’s your own good that matters. Seek power, seize it, and hoard it. If you have to bruise egos along the way, so what? No one will care or even remember how you


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Gisele HELOU's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:10 AM

Power is'nt grabbed. It's created and distributed.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 28, 2013 1:31 PM

We need leaders who do the right things.

donhornsby's curator insight, September 29, 2013 8:54 AM

(From the article): Pfeffer’s right about one thing: there are a thousand pathways to power and influence. If you are a lone wolf seeking power by any means, you may gain influence for a while at a cost of long-run success, and happiness. Success doesn’t come from stepping on toes and hustling behind backs, but from stepping up, and having peoples’ backs. Exploiting others on a “Paths to Power” quest may get you rolling fast, but it won’t be long before you notice that you’re heading downhill – and taking your team with you.

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21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
It's not rocket science. Being a better leader starts with the little things. Here's what you need to know.

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Graham Wilson's curator insight, November 5, 2013 4:10 AM

Leadership is about taking action... just do these 21 simple ways to improve performance.

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Becoming Great is Simple, Just Not Easy - Inspiring better leaders for a better world

Becoming Great is Simple, Just Not Easy - Inspiring better leaders for a better world | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
By Will Marre (23 Posts)Marre is the CEO of the REALeadership Alliance and co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center, which brought "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to millions worldwide.(Note to readers: the response...

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John Michel's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:52 PM

New research reveals that 93% of successful startups fundamentally change their business strategy in order to succeed. In other words the first business plan didn’t work.

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The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

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Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret,” of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity.


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donhornsby's curator insight, February 12, 2013 7:46 AM

One question that everyone needs to ask daily:

 

(From the article): The ultimate question - “Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”

Chris Brown's curator insight, September 24, 2013 6:26 PM

SERVE... leadership is to serve others.

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Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem - and could it also be part of the solution?


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:17 AM

 a really good talk about what flexible working really means!

bancoideas's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:46 PM

Algunas #ideas interesante sobre el #trabajo en nuestros tiempos

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:32 PM

Are the office spaces that we have created fit for purpose? How can you create trust and be able to innovate in the creation of work spaces?

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Why Your Employees Aren't Following You

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If you feel like your employees aren't standing behind you, here are eight reasons why.

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Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

 

Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a circle of safety for their teams...

 

 

 

 


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:56 AM

(From the article): Leadership has one definition: leaders are willing to sacrifice themselves for their people. As a senior leader you have to extend the circle wider, and if you have 3 people that work for you, your job is to work for them.

 

Real leaders are the very few willing to sacrifice themselves for their people. When they do, we will do anything to see that our leader's visions are advanced.

Mhd.Shadi Khudr's comment, October 30, 2013 11:08 AM
All the best
David Hain's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:31 AM

Making it safe to grow...

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Leadership That Gets Results

Ask any group of businesspeople the question “What do effective leaders do?” and you’ll hear a sweep of answers. Leaders set strategy; they motivate; they create a mission; they build a culture. Then ask “What should leaders do?” If the group is seasoned, you’ll likely hear one response: the leader’s singular job is to get results.

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15 Leadership Short Cuts (That Are Dead Ends In Disguise) | TerryStarbucker.com

15 Leadership Short Cuts (That Are Dead Ends In Disguise) | TerryStarbucker.com | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
I fell in love with road maps when I was 4 years old, paging through my dad’s Rand McNally atlas in the backseat of our Oldsmobile Jetstar 88 as we made our annual trips to northern Minnesota to visit my grandparents and extended family.

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Using Micro-Learning to Boost Influence Skills in Emergent Leaders | MIX M-Prize

Using Micro-Learning to Boost Influence Skills in Emergent Leaders | MIX M-Prize | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

It turns out that knowledge cards are an excellent tool for teaching influence and other leadership skills

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Empower your employees and watch customer loyalty blossom | HRZone

Empower your employees and watch customer loyalty blossom | HRZone | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
Here are some smart ways to empower your frontline staff to deliver outstanding service and create loyal customers.

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3 Qualities That Define The Natural Leader - Do You Have Them? - Forbes

3 Qualities That Define The Natural Leader - Do You Have Them? - Forbes | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Whose advice is sought most often on any particular topic? Who responds most promptly to requests from peers? Whose responses are judged most helpful? Who is most likely to reach across organizational boundaries to aid a colleague? Whose opinions are most valued, internally and externally? Who gets the most kudos from customers? Who’s the most densely connected to other employees? Who’s generating the most buzz outside the company? Who consistently demonstrates real thought leadership? Who seems truly critical to key decisions?


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Chris Brown's curator insight, September 19, 2013 5:18 PM

How much do people look to you for direction?

How deeply do people value your thinking?

How supported by you do others feel?

A good exercise in the article from Forbes.  I challenge you to take the challenge!

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8 Leadership Lessons From Apple And Samsung - Forbes

8 Leadership Lessons From Apple And Samsung - Forbes | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

 Apple is the most successful service company on the planet. Samsung is a manufacturing and innovation powerhouse. What have we learned from them in recent weeks about where strategy and leadership should focus?


The short answer is we are learning about how the future of business is being bedded-in by two extraordinary practitioners. The longer answer is we can also learn a lot from the conflict between them:


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4 Hiring Mistakes Most Entrepreneurs Make

4 Hiring Mistakes Most Entrepreneurs Make | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
Don't rush to bring a new person on board without considering these four commonly made mistakes.

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Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors's curator insight, September 13, 2013 8:00 AM

Rushing the hiring process will usually end up in a mistake.

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7 Traits of True Leaders

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Control is a mirage. The most effective leaders right now--men and women--are those who embrace traits once considered feminine: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility. Inclusiveness. Generosity. Balance. Patience.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 3, 2013 2:50 PM

Generosity is the ultimate silo destroyer. CEOs who model it inspire that most elusive of goals: a work force in which everyone develops everyone else.

carol k's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:55 PM

Great piece! Studies show that empathetic organisations have a greater return on investment than those that are not.

 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:14 PM

It looks like a good article. A question that has begun to poke at me is: "Is engagement just another level of exploitation?"

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Leadership: 5 Simple Moves to Engage Employees #peopleskills - Kate Nasser

Leadership: 5 Simple Moves to Engage Employees #peopleskills - Kate Nasser | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
Leadership for Employee Engagement: Does morale have to suffer in tough times? No! 5 easy shifts to engage employees. Kate Nasser The People Skills Coach™.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 3, 2013 2:04 PM

The behavior of leaders and managers at all levels, including supervisors, team leads, and project managers, shapes culture and outcomes. Leaders who see their own behavior clearly and shift to engage employees transform results. 

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The Human-Side of Leadership

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In the early part of my career, I thought that my education and experience allowed me to tell people what to do and to see people as ‘functions’ and not as people


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Eric_Determined / Eric Silverstein's comment, October 4, 2013 6:39 PM
Dear Sally and John, please feel free to share with others.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's comment, October 5, 2013 4:08 PM
I agree Eric. It is time to do something in education. I am working on it through a doctoral process and dissertation which I hope leads to making a difference somehow. The challenge is it takes a group, even a small group, to make a difference per Margaret Mead.
Eric_Determined / Eric Silverstein's comment, October 7, 2013 12:10 AM
Hi Ivon, we'll look forward to learn more about your dissertation. It starts with one person, then you are correct, you build the community from there. Best wishes!
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How Emotional Literacy Can Make You A Better Leader

How Emotional Literacy Can Make You A Better Leader | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
While we all know some of the greatest names in innovation didn?t earn so much as a bachelor?s degree, there?s little question that education?not just what you?re taught, but how to apply and even question what you?

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David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:57 AM

And a better parent, friend, colleague and follower!!

John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:09 AM

Emotional intelligence and the skills to develop it are invaluable for helping the next generation grow up to be emotionally adjusted and capable of communicating with clarity and care. But those same skills are just as critical and worth cultivating in your workforce. A team that communicates powerfully and effectively while also being sensitive to others’ responses (and the customers’ needs and expectations), will have the competitive edge in any marketplace.

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What Good Managers Do: Management Priorities for the 21st Century

What Good Managers Do: Management Priorities for the 21st Century | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

To manage organisations in the twenty-first century is to manage people as the center of any activity in the firm.


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:15 AM

(From the article): “What is good management? What is a good manager? One could try to find an answer in literature, just to realise that there is no clear answer….We decided to ask managers directly.”

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, November 15, 2013 3:12 AM

Nice synthesis in EBR on 21st Century Management Practices and What Good Managers Do. 

 

1. Creating and communicating a future
2. Constant adapting the business model
3. Putting people as the center of the organisation
4. Integrating with an institutional strategy

 

"Managing these elements is a fundamental task for top management in any organisation. They may do it with different styles, in different forms, with different emphasis… but all do it."

Gary Johnsen's curator insight, January 3, 2014 2:34 PM

1. Create a future and communicate it. All the managers shared with us his/her worries about the future. Mr. Jaime Aguilera, President of Unilever in Spain, clearly summarised the role of a General Manager as ‘leaving the company is a better position to face the future than the initial one’. This role can be trivialised but it is extremely important. It means an exercise in the anticipation of changes, in sensing opportunities, in creating new spaces for competition… If the top manager is not thinking about the future, who in the company is doing it?

Future plans are reflected in a clear strategy that can be communicated and that helps in mobilising the whole organisation. Peter Betzel, now at IKEA Germany, explained that any good strategy should have a long-term vision but clear short-term objectives. Laura González-Molero from Merck explained that strategy should focus the organisation on a common goal but be flexible to contingencies in the way to reach it. Enrique Martinez from FNAC reminded us that clear goals are needed to better assign resources even in good times.

2. Constant adaptation of the business model.

Our protagonists talk about constant adaptation, continual change, renewal, noting that nothing lasts forever anymore. A Company such as Ficosa International, a component supplier to the auto industry, had to totally re-invent itself when it realised the industry was rapidly globalising. Even a company such as IKEA, an innovative business model, has been changing and adapting as its size and geographical imprint has been changing.

 

“To manage organisations in the twenty-first century is to manage people as the center of any activity in the firm.”

3. People as the center of the organisation. Many corporate cultures highlight people, human capital, and/or knowledge as the key resources and advantages in organisations. But the managers in our sample have a clear commitment to people in terms of the time they involve and the effort they exert in this area. They are thinking ahead of the capabilities they will need to reach the future they dream about, and they develop talent as needed in their organisations.

 

 

4. Integrate with an institutional strategy. Essentially this is providing meaning to any task in a firm. While the other three priority task are quite expected, they emerge in other studies, perhaps with other wording, subdivided in different ways, but essentially are constant in most studies. However in our work a fundamentally different task emerged that integrates everything in the organisation and it is a unique and exclusive priority for the top management of a company. We have called it institutional strategy.

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The Two Leadership Styles That Can Destroy A Business

The Two Leadership Styles That Can Destroy A Business | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
Your leadership style has a critical impact on your business. If you're using one of these two styles, you may be doing more harm than good.

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Leadership Wisdom From My Daughter — Break The Frame

Leadership Wisdom From My Daughter — Break The Frame | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
Many leadership development experts would like us to believe that leadership is complex. Truth is, even a 10-year-old has leadership wisdom.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 1, 2013 6:34 AM

Great wisdom from the family Polin!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 1, 2013 12:27 PM

Sometimes we need children to remind us.

Gabriel Driver's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:58 PM

I chose this article because often we, as adults, make leadership more complicated than it has to be. From the innocence of a 10 year old girl we have the summation of pure and authentic leadership.

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Creating a Leadership Advantage: Announcing the Winners of the Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize

Creating a Leadership Advantage: Announcing the Winners of the Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
For all of the billions organizations invest each year in “leadership development,” a criminal amount of human potential is left on the table.
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David Hain's comment, October 1, 2013 3:00 AM
Congratulations to all the winners, with case studies available in the article. Must read.
Create Wise Leader's curator insight, October 1, 2013 3:36 AM

This article contains some great leadership stories demonstrating that everyone can take the lead and make a significant difference.  Congratulations to all the winners.

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50 Heavyweight Leadership Quotes

50 Heavyweight Leadership Quotes | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
50 powerful leadership quotes that pack a punch and make us think about the true meaning of leadership.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:55 PM

Wise words to inspire you