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Create leaders not followers with the leader-leader approach. David Marquet redefines leadership for the modern leader who wants to create empowering environ...

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Give control and create leaders -- simple enough!

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100% Empowerment = 50% Responsibility + 50% Authority... Prof. Hankell

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Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery

Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it


People are innately wired to avoid risk. During times of times of change and uncertainty, our risk aversion is amplified. Yet the number one way to gaining competitive edge is by creating a culture where people feel safe and emboldened to innovate and challenge the status quo thinking. The first key to creating a 'culture of courage' is leading from possibility, not probability.


Winston Churchill once said that courage is the first of all virtues because it is the only one that guarantees all others. Courage is also what it takes to set a bold course for yourself and your organization, engage in a courageous conversation, forge new ground, and to be decisive in uncertainty.



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Courage is the guardian of integrity, the foundation of culture, and the fuel to energize innovation and change. 

 

But it is not enough for a leader to have courage -- rather, it is the leader's responsibility to recruit, breed, and develop courage across the organization.  Here are 5 "must do" tasks that every leader needs to embrace, encourage from their people, and embed into the "DNA" of their institution.

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Marianne Naughton's curator insight, September 3, 2014 2:54 PM

Building Courage In Our Culture ...

Teresa Lucke's curator insight, September 4, 2014 6:14 PM

Courage and passion trump fear, go ahead,  step out of your comfort zone!

Bénédicte Berche's curator insight, September 14, 2014 12:26 PM

L'audace est une habitude à prendre... Voilà 5 clés pour un leadership audacieux !

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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders motivated by power over others will not thrive in this new world.We will see more “altrocentric” leaders, who understand that leadership is a relationship and will therefore primarily focus on others rather than themselves. Adept at engaging rather than commanding, they see themselves as just one integral part of the whole. Altrocentric leaders will be capable of long-term vision encompassing both global and local perspectives.

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The new, ever-connecting, ever-transparent, and ever-more-dynamic world demands true leaders with vision, a passion for setting others up for success, and an insatiable drive to grow more leaders.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2014 5:21 AM

Transparency and complexity make the boss's chair increasingly painful to sit in. Egocentric leaders will struggle more than most>

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Forget Storytelling: Think Story Sharing!

Forget Storytelling: Think Story Sharing! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Business storytelling author and thought leader in the field interviews Karen Dietz about her insights into business storytelling. Listen to the free podcast.


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The best stories are those worth sharing.  Even better stories are those that a leader helps his/her people to create together.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 23, 2013 7:26 PM

Woo hoo! My friend and colleague Annette Simmons (author of The Story Factor, Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins, and Territorial Games) and I had quite a chat recently about the ins-and-outs of business storytelling and Part 1 is now available as a free podcast.


The link only lasts a short time -- so go to iTunes to download the podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-2-karen-dietz/id735863915?i=169716216&mt=2 


We had a great time together and talk about the importance of story sharing instead of storytelling, why I prefer NOT to do single story workshops with clients, and what to pay attention to when working with stories in organizations. Read Annette's intro for more goodies you will hear about in the podcast.


Annette wrote one of the first books on business storytelling and is one of the pioneers who broke ground for us all. See me humbly bowing to her. She's a kick-ass kid and I have learned much from her.


Enjoy this conversation as we talk about how we work with stories, what we've learned along the way, and why we are so passionate about storytelling


This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Rita's curator insight, October 24, 2013 2:13 PM

Share stories...that's what people want to hear. 

Jim Signorelli,Story-Lab's curator insight, October 25, 2013 7:54 AM

Annette Simmons,  one of the "Storyati," has a new weekly podcast. 

In this, her second podcast, and while interviewing my delightful story friend Karen Dietz,  they talk about their connection to story, what it means to them and how they help others make the most of its power. Karen,  who claims she's more of a story scholar than a storyteller, does a pretty good job of telling her own story about some funny things that happened on the way to her doctorate.    Highly recommend a listen and subscribing to these podcasts. 


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What is the most important trait a leader must cultivate? | SmartBlogs

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneu

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Leadership--Are you a storyteller or 'story doer?"

Leadership--Are you a storyteller or 'story doer?" | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Building Resilience, Enhancing Performance

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Are you a storyteller or story doer?  Interesting insights into the differences.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:53 AM

Here is a terrific primer on leadership and storytelling that articulates the difference betwwen a leader who tells stories, and a leader who tells stories and moves people to action. And of course, it's the ability to move people to action with your stories that makes the diffeerence.


The author, Paul Mudd, discusses how leaders (read entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofit directors) share stories to transmit knowledge, values, and life lessons. Of course, that means leaders need to be self-aware and comfortable sharing their personal stories. Mudd does a good job addressing this.


I remind people however that before a leader can tell tell tell stories, they have to earn the right to do so first. And that is not necessarily the priviledge of their position. Instead they need to cultivate the ability to listen to stories first, because listening is the first storytelling skill to master.


I just finished co-facilitating a leadership retreat with 56 women with friend and colleague Madelyn Blair. The entire 2-days we only use story-based tecniques and story listening as the foundation. The results are amazing and this is year 5 of deliving the retreat.


I hope Mudd tackles listening in an upcoming article. Until then, enjoy this piece that applies to us all. And check out the links to additional posts at the end of the article.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Andrea Norwood's comment, October 1, 2013 1:08 PM
I am a little of both, the story teller in me talks about the intelligent of the human spider and how they want to be accepted for who they are spiders and become equal among the humans. The story doer in me creates the materials from my stroy about the spider.
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Are you on this planet to do something, or for something to do? - Jim Kouzes - Leadership

Are you on this planet to do something, or for something to do? -  Jim Kouzes - Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Jim Kouzes is Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and the co-author (with Barry Posner) of The Leadership Challenge: How to Make...

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What is a leader's purpose?  I think the answer is simple ... just look at the impact that he/she has on the people around him/her and the impact that those folks have on others.

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7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander

7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom.

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Great leadership insights -- leadership, ethics, and adaptability forged in an environment where risk taking is the rule (not the exception).

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 26, 2013 12:13 PM

Corporate and military leadership are distinctively different for obvious reasons...

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How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe) | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now. We're in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it's difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is.


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Here's a question (asked several different ways) every leader should be able to answer (and if you can't then perhaps this is something you need to think long and hard about).

 

What is your "why"?  That is, "why" do you want to lead?  What is your personal leadership purpose?  What is your individual purpose in leading?

 

If you can't answer the question of your own "why", then you may find it extremely difficult to create the "why" of your organization or understand the individual "why" of each of your people.

 

(Hint: As a leader, try to answer the question without referencing yourself)

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:13 PM

Excerpt from Umair's blog post: 


We're surrounded by people who are expert at winning — elections, deals, titles, bonuses, bailouts, profit. And often, we're told: they're the ones we should look up to — because it's the spoils and loot that really matter.


But you know and I know: mere winners are not true leaders — not just because gaming broken systems is nothing but an empty charade of living; but because life is not a game. It isn't about what you have, and how much — but what you do, and why — if you're to live a life that matters.

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The Journey Of The Leadership Outbreak

The Journey Of The Leadership Outbreak | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The concept behind the Leadership Outbreak is to: Take teams on a journey To take them out of their comfort zone Give them as many first time experiences as possible These are the first 3 factors whi…

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Profound leadership is and has always been a journey -- the net sum of the journeys of everyone in the organization and the combination their life stories.

 

Powerful leaders have a way of moving people out on such journeys to create the next chapter in the life of the organization, thereby intertwining the lives of the leader with his/her people and weaving their stories together in such a way where the whole far exceeds the sum of the parts.

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Darrin J Wikoff's curator insight, October 10, 2014 2:02 PM

What a great concept! "Outbound Learning" replaces conventional classroom and board room workshops with adventure, intrigue and excitement. Getting out of the comfort zone means getting away from familiar surroundings. If you expect your team to think outside the box, you need to get them out of the day-to-day box.

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Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times » 3Q Leadership Blog

Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times » 3Q Leadership Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

 

Science confirms that our ability to inspire, empower and actualize our potential has never been greater; remember this, empower it, use it! Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing; we can build new emotional set-points that take us forward faster and better while also enhancing our ability to focus, ideate, learn and relearn.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip

 

 


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Turbulent times are where the "action is" and when leadership is needed the most ... and when it counts the most.  The only question is will you choose to grab the "turbulent" bull by the horns and lead your people and organization to even greater potential, or will you let someone else lead instead ( ... perhaps your competition or adversary)?

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80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You?

80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Design Executive Officers certainly do. And the authors of the new book Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design believe they're the future of business.

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It should be obvious that building and reinforcing an organizational culture takes many people, and leaders at every level play a fundamental roll.  That said, I think this article hits the nail on the head by emphasizing that culture is "something that we do" ... and not something that can be proceduralized -- it's more art and less science -- it's more indirect influence and less direct supervision -- it matters a lot but there's no shortcut to quickly creating a good culture.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 1, 2013 2:26 PM

Wow, this is surprising!  Thanks Anne!

Claude Emond's curator insight, June 9, 2014 9:51 AM

80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You?

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, June 10, 2014 5:10 AM

Daniel Goleman (2000) professes that leadership styles account for 70% of organizational climate or culture, which in turn leads to a 30% impact on organizational performance.

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Don't Be Afraid to Give Direct Feedback

Don't Be Afraid to Give Direct Feedback | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Until several years ago, I had a hard time confronting my subordinates with direct, straight-up critical feedback. I didn't want the awkwardness I thought would come from telling someone he wasn't do

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If you want to set your people up for success -- then you need to provide them what they need ... not what they want.  And the reality is they need honest feedback on how they are performing and where they need to improve.  I've seen it too many times where supervisors fail to provide honest feedback and then complain about their people's performance -- in these cases, the fault in performance belongs to the leader.  Have the courage of character to challenge your people to bring their A-game ... that means you have to let them know when they are falling short and provide them the opportunity to fix it.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:18 AM

The more I stop worrying about what people think of me (selfish) and give the feedback I think others need (giving), the more respect I get!

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Trust

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Patricia, thanks for sharing -- I like this a lot.

 

That said, I would offer that the wrong words are highlighted/bolded. 

 

Specifically, the word "bond" is not highlighted/bolded -- and it should be ... when it comes to leadership, it's the most important factor.

 

Powerful bonds distinguish the link between great leaders and their people from good leaders who have a mere relationship with them.  Bonds distinguish strong leaders who are committed and "all in" versus average leaders who are merely involved.  Bonds between leaders and followers will energize people to act on their own for the greater purpose ... the "why" of the group.  These bonds are the sinew between leader, followers, and greater purpose that combine in a way that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts -- that are planted, nurtured, grown, and developed -- that transform a mere collection of people into a living organism that we call an organization.

 

Just sharing a thought that struck me as I pondered the profound meaning of this slide.  Thanks again!

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:04 AM

Trust is the foundation & the key to all successful relationships! 

 

How full is your trust bank account?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:10 PM

Truer words were never spoken.

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Telling vs. Teaching: Great Leaders Know the Difference

Telling vs. Teaching: Great Leaders Know the Difference | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?

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Thanks Scott!  Teaching is all about pushing your people out of their comfort zone.  Stepping up and leading is not natural for most ... but with these techniques, you can help "lead them to water."  Of course, they still have to drink.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, September 23, 2013 11:55 AM

Are you a great leader?

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Creating a Company Vision Story

Creating a Company Vision Story | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you have a vision of where your company will be in three years? In five? 10? Here’s a sure-fire way to get clear about the future you want.

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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

 

If the leader can't tell the story of where we're all going, then it's really hard getting there.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:25 AM

A must read. Fabulous article

Karen Dietz's comment, September 11, 2013 8:54 PM
How cool Linda! That must have been a real treat. And thank you Freddy and Ali for your comments.
Debra Walker's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:30 PM

Visioning is critical for ensuring everyone in the organization can "see" the orgn in the future.  Stories are powerful!

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30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back

30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum. My question is this; to what end? Are we producing better leaders or just more people who hold positions of leadership? What makes a leader successful? It seems like we should have the answer by now. However the sad reality is many organizations simply don’t even know where to begin. As you might have guessed, the author has a few suggestions…


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Another title for this article is "30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding your Military Unit Back"

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 30, 2013 6:23 PM

According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum. My question is this; to what end?

Juan Trujillo's comment, August 1, 2013 12:42 PM
Vicki Kossoff: Brilliant work. Thanks.