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When Leadership Means Wielding a Toilet Brush

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Beth and Emir at a community health screening fair hosted at Jakarta by Garuda and GE earlier this monthHow far would you go to show to your team what’s important? Would you clean the toilets?

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:23 PM

What's your equivelant of the toilet brush? 

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Why good leaders make you feel safe

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What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
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"Leadership is a choice ... not a rank."

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What Leaders Really Do

They don’t make plans; they don’t solve problems; they don’t even organize people. What leaders really do is prepare organizations for change and help them cope as they struggle through it.
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How are you realigning your people and organization to change and adapt to the future? 

 

Or are you merely preserving the solutions (and complex problems) of the status quo.

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Four Keys to Long-Haul Leadership

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David Hain's curator insight, November 16, 6:32 AM

True leadership value only shows over time. Beware the short term merchants.  A cautionary tale!

John Michel's curator insight, November 16, 11:00 AM

Because they were passionate about their work, long-haul leaders had a strong work ethic. They did what was necessary to get the job done. They were not clock punchers. Because they so loved their work, they hardly saw their vocation as work. It was fun and rewarding.

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Leading In Adversity: A Tech CEO On What Leadership Means In An Age Of ... - Forbes

Leading In Adversity: A Tech CEO On What Leadership Means In An Age Of ... - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing that is scary to many companies, it’s change. Dealing with change requires leadership at all levels if that company is to survive the turbulent wave of uncertainty and misdirection that change brings.
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10 Questions Great Leaders Ask Their Teams"

10 Questions Great Leaders Ask Their Teams" | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

How often do you sit down and really communicate with each member of your team? 


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donhornsby's curator insight, November 10, 8:43 AM

There are perhaps many good questions leaders ask of their teammates each and every day. The starter list above could easily be replaced with ten others. These ten, however, represent the ten that have served me well over the last eighteen years as a senior leader. They solicit open conversation, deter quick “yes/no” responses, and maintain meaningful communication channels with the team. 

John Michel's curator insight, November 10, 12:54 PM

The ability to ask great questions is a critically important skill for leaders. Questions determine the answer, and the course of a conversation. The moment a question is asked, the entire course of events can change. A well worded question is truly THAT powerful.

Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, November 11, 6:50 AM

Communication, so different from talking to or at. 

It speaks of engagement 

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Failure Is Not What You Think It Is

Failure Is Not What You Think It Is | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions

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Don Dea's curator insight, November 10, 12:52 AM

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -- Confucius

"Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

"Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it." -- Horace

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13 Things You Don’t Need to Lead

13 Things You Don’t Need to Lead | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Pressure that's rooted in unrealistic expectation; frustrates, defeats, even crushes. Self-imposed pressure drains joy, prevents progress, and invites leaders to become isolated and self-protective...
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Employers Want "Critical Thinkers," But Do They Know What It Means?

Employers Want "Critical Thinkers," But Do They Know What It Means? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
“Critical thinking.” It’s a phrase as vague as “results-oriented individual” or “problem-solver.” Companies call for job applicants that are both worker bees and world-class innovators, prepared to paint outside the lines--but only in the brand’s monochromatic colors.

According to an American Management Association survey, 72% of employers feel that critical thinking is key to their organization’s success, but only half of those surveyed said their employees actually show this skill.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 6, 11:34 AM

Critical thinking is so in demand. Yet critical thinking takes time and reflection, which corporations don't give in the rush rush culture of most. Critical thinking is an essential skill for #competitive #intelligence professionals: what do you think?

KwakJeongIl's curator insight, November 6, 8:42 PM

Thinking about your thinking, while you’re thinking, in order to improve your thinking.

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What is leadership? - YouTube

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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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, October 14, 10:59 PM

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

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100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed

Everyone needs some inspiration, and these motivational quotes will give you the edge you need to create your success. So read on and let them inspire you.

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Giddy-up!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 12:47 PM

There are excellent quotes here.

 

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Give and Take… But Mostly Give

Give and Take… But Mostly Give | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The concept of ‘Mostly Give’ is what builds organizations and helps them to stand the test of time, especially in the area of customer service.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 13, 5:14 AM

What would it be like if everyone took an attitude of "mostly give"? ~ Mariana Ritcher

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Leadership in Liminal Times - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Leadership in Liminal Times - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Tough transitions are great leaders’ proving ground.
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"Organizations must also periodically go through such wrenching times of transition, and it is during such liminal times that leaders have their greatest impact."

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Growing Your Own Leaders

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Growing organizations have many things in common. One of them – they are always in need of more leaders. If not to meet the demands of today, their quest is to ensure they’ll have adequate leadersh...

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John Michel's curator insight, October 12, 10:27 AM

You may have had someone in your past that believed in you for no apparent reason. He or she believed you could lead – and they were right. What did they base their faith upon? It may have just been a hunch. Don’t overlook your gut. 

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What I Learned About Leadership From A 4-Star General - Business Insider

What I Learned About Leadership From A 4-Star General - Business Insider | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Many military leadership lessons can carry over into business.
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The essence of leadership distilled down in simple yet profound values and actions.

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The Leader Who Wasn't There

The Leader Who Wasn't There | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The prevailing story is that we have more distractions, more information and more decisions pressing our lives than ever before. Our attention span is shrinking; as little as 20 seconds according to some experts. Leaders in many organizations are stretched to breaking; juggling meetings, emails, inquiries and issues. As we manage the task in front of us we are already considering the next or perhaps mulling over a more complex issue that awaits our attention.

This frantic mental traffic puts us into a sort of trance. We see without seeing. We listen without hearing. We are here but not present. We may be in the room but our mind is in some faraway place or time.

So what does this mean in practical terms?

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Ian Berry's curator insight, November 15, 11:27 PM

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Presence says – “I see you.”

Presence says – “I hear you”

Presence says – “You matter”

Presence says – “I care.”


Being present is a choice. As Nigel Risner says "when you're in the room, be in the room."

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 16, 5:03 AM

"And let’s face it..

it’s hard to be an effective leader…

if you’re not there."


"As we manage the task in front of us we are already considering the next or perhaps mulling over a more complex issue that awaits our attention.

This frantic mental traffic puts us into a sort of trance. We see without seeing. We listen without hearing. We are here but not present. We may be in the room but our mind is in some faraway place or time."


Dixie Binford's curator insight, November 17, 9:36 AM

This is especially true for our education leaders.

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Choose To Live A Life That Matters

Choose To Live A Life That Matters | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 12, 12:42 PM

Teaching is one of those lives. Or is it?

 

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SageRave's curator insight, November 12, 4:09 PM

The first step? Understand that your life already matters. Then, find people can embrace you as an equal.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, November 12, 8:11 PM

Living a life that matters, is what makes life worth living.

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What Your Mentor Isn't Telling You About Your Future - Forbes

What Your Mentor Isn't Telling You About Your Future - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Mentorship is a hot topic these days – as people seek guidance about how to find success, but also significance, in their careers.
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Art Jones's curator insight, November 11, 2:11 PM

"Wisdom is the currency for success and the eventual enabler of significance we all seek to attain. If you start your journey with your legacy in mind (not being so concerned about the details – but how to discover your legacy platform), you will soon be on your way to a flourishing career."

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The Leadership Playbook: Four Questions for Leaders About Results

The Leadership Playbook: Four Questions for Leaders About Results | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Where do you spend your time? How do you ensure you are investing your energy in the right places? Here are four questions and some thoughts about what leaders do to produce results. How much energ...

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Are you leading, or is all your energy focused on holding down the fort?

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“Advantage” Solves the 12 Dangers of Leadership

“Advantage” Solves the 12 Dangers of Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
You've been wronged, manipulated, or cheated by someone with position or power. Leaders shade the truth, compromise their values, and abuse authority. Just read the news. When the path is demanding...
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10 Indispensable Leadership Models

10 Indispensable Leadership Models | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A summary of 10 of the best leadership models that every manager should learn.

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Library@NYP's curator insight, November 6, 10:22 AM

This article provides a useful guide to sharpen leadership skills based on these classic and popular models.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, November 6, 12:46 PM

Amen....

Tony Adams's curator insight, November 6, 3:42 PM

I'm familiar with some of these models, but certainly not all of them.  There are a few other models that are not on the list.  I think the message here is that there are different leadership models for different situations.  


Whilst these models are all useful, don't get sucked into thinking that all models will work all the time.  Don't drown in buzzwords, concepts, famous names and complex theories...be prepared to step back, think about your team, your environment, your own skill set - and develop an approach that works for you.

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Why Leaders Don’t Listen

“Leaders boldly go where no one has ever gone before.” Is this true? Rarely. The more successful a leader becomes, the less likely he or she chooses to step into the unknown. Although I have seen the words, “Embracing ambiguity,” on the list of leadership competencies for many companies worldwide, I have never met an executive who loves not knowing the answers.

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"Find good ideas and energize people by building on what they know instead of exhausting them with what you know"

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Don Dea's curator insight, November 5, 11:57 PM

The problem is related to biology, not personality. The brain’s primary function is to protect you, but your brain doesn’t differentiate external things from internal ego. Whatever has helped you create your success – your business savvy, your great ideas, your broad knowledge of the marketplace – is what you will dearly protect from threats.

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Accessing the Heart of Leadership | Switch and Shift

Accessing the Heart of Leadership | Switch and Shift | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
As organizations have become flatter and the need for positional leaders to be more connected and present, at least if they hope to ignite the level of
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The Journey Of The Leadership Outbreak

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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, 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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From Leading a Team to Leading Leaders


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"As you shift from team leader to leader-of-leaders, the key leadership skills won’t change. What will change is your purpose, and the complexity in each area."

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Don Dea's curator insight, October 10, 3:04 AM

As a leader of leaders, your expectations of your leaders will include how they lead and the effects of their leadership. And you will need to coach them to clarify roles and manage performance in their own teams

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The 5 Characteristics of Trustworthy Bosses

Want your employees to really trust you? Research out of Stanford suggests you display these five characteristics.

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