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Company Rituals That Inspire Employees

Company Rituals That Inspire Employees | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If you want stronger, more passionate teams, you need to create authentic rituals, says leadership expert Lee J. Colan.
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One way leaders create culture is through rituals ... from the daily/mundane to the inspirational.  It's worth taking time to think about your organization's rituals -- and think of opportunities where new rituals can have an impact on your people and reinforce what's important.

 

Something worth reinforcing ... the organization's "why".  So how are you using rituals to echo what's most important to the organization?

 

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Why Your Most Defining Moments Matter

Why Your Most Defining Moments Matter | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Maybe it was a kind word from the CEO telling you your efforts were appreciated. Or the first time you had to apologize to your child.
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If life is a journey, then defining moments are the most important stops along the way.  They are worth thinking about and cherishing.

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Management & Business | Feel Good Friday Quote 10-11-13 | Tolero Solutions

Management & Business | Feel Good Friday Quote 10-11-13 | Tolero Solutions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A little motivation and humor are good for business. We post motivational business quotes at the end of each week - end your week on a feel good note.

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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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Strong Leadership Requires More Humility & Less Hubris - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)

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Strong Leadership Requires More Humility & Less Hubris Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) This leadership is failing because the representatives of “we the people” are firmly grounded in their positions (or those they are beholden to) rather than...
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Not meant to be a political statement ... merely an opportunity -- a learning moment -- about leadership, humility, and service ... in contrast to hubris, ego, and "what's it if for me."

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Don Cloud's comment, October 11, 2013 11:35 AM
Also, I'm current reading the book "Give and Take" by Adam Grant, which pulls together insights from studies comparing "givers", "takers", and "matchers." (Thanks to Kenneth Mikkelsen for recommending it to me). You'd be surprised at what the data shows about givers and takers and who are more and less successful over the long run. If you're looking for great insights, then read this book ... it will challenge your assumptions and provide a better understanding of servant leadership.
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Get Over Yourself: How Your Ego Sabotages Your Creativity

Get Over Yourself: How Your Ego Sabotages Your Creativity | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
An inflated ego can surface in the most subtle ways. Know the difference between confidence and arrogance so you can do your best creative work.

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Quiet confidence & Humility --> Good

 

Ego --> Bad

 

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Self-confidence, Resilience & Fearlessness - When Virtue Becomes Vice

Self-confidence, Resilience & Fearlessness - When Virtue Becomes Vice | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The nature of a virtue is that a vice is almost always hidden inside.

Via Anne Leong, John Michel
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Anything taken to an extreme, even something good and virtuous, can be a bad thing.  Honest awareness is key to keeping true to virtues without them turning to vices.  And awareness and honest feedback for your people will help them to be more productive and better leaders.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:27 AM

Human nature, social norms, and the culture of the workplace generally pull us toward virtues. But virtues are not always what they seem. Not only can they conceal vices, they are not invariably virtuous. In a world where rapid change is the one constant, all received wisdom, including what is virtuous, must be regularly re-examined

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Symbolic leadership: What do you stand for … or where do you sit?

Symbolic leadership: What do you stand for … or where do you sit? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, “Breakfast of Champions” Sandra described the past week of headaches associated with a systems conversion that took place in the call center in which she works as a customer service...

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Leading with Moral Courage - General Leadership

Leading with Moral Courage - General Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Explore with our author, General Jamerson, how leaders can exercise true moral courage, and develop the trust of their team to lead with moral courage.
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An essential element of leadership - doing what's right.  Do your people trust you to do what's right?

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The Three Bandits of Change Leadership

The Three Bandits of Change Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
  Successful businesses are constantly changing. They’r…
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Successful organizations are always learning, growing, changing, and adapting.  But changeis not natural or comfortable -- which is why we need strong leaders.  Here are three key anti-change factors leaders must be mindful of.  BTW, the hard part is that leaders can themselves fall victim to these factors themselves.

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Why do you want to be a leader?

Why do you want to be a leader? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership isn’t easy. Leadership sometimes isn’t fun. Leadership at times can be lonely. So why do you want to be a leader? Do you want to be a leader because you want an executive office? Do you ...
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Why do you want to be a leader?

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Building Empathy: A Surprising Reading List For A Better Work Life - AOL Jobs

Building Empathy: A Surprising Reading List For A Better Work Life - AOL Jobs | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Building Empathy: A Surprising Reading List For A Better Work Life AOL Jobs Getty The idea of picking up a classic like Anna Karenina might sooner cause some of us to groan -- either from the sheer weight of the thing or from memories of slogging...
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There's more to building your leadership skills than reading a bunch of leadership books.  Leadership is about people, their emotions, hopes, dreams, triumphs, losses, tragedy, and falls from grace.  And literary fiction is chocked full of all these human experiences, which makes it a great place to expand your horizons of human perspective and understanding -- and can be a useful tool in your leadership perspective.

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A new way forward in collective leadership?

A new way forward in collective leadership? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We have built a world in which competition rules but it's time to pay more attention to the art of collective leadership, says Petra Kuenkel (Our self is a process and not a status quo.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:05 PM

At the core of collective leadership is the capacity to communicate and transform differences into progress.

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How To Create An Authentic And Transparent Work Environment

How To Create An Authentic And Transparent Work Environment | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you constantly feel like you’re out of the loop at work? Is your boss dishonest with you? Do your colleagues keep secrets from one another? Is there’s no regular communication between management and employees?
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It's not enough to be an authentic and transparent leader ... a leader must create and reinforce an environment where others can succeed and grow--authenticity and transparency are necessary to inspire the best out of people.

 

What have you done to promote authenticity and transparency?  What have you done to degrade authenticity and transparency (in particular transparency)?

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What Leaders Need To Do To Create A Thriving Organization - TanveerNaseer.com

What Leaders Need To Do To Create A Thriving Organization - TanveerNaseer.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
3 key insights on what organizations need from today's leadership to help them succeed and thrive in today's competitive and fast-changing global economy.
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3 insights as to what leaders should be focusing on to energize a thriving organization. 

 

A key insight -- these are unique aspects that only leaders can fulfill.  If a leader doesn't create this environment, who will?

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Leadership: A Sense of Purpose

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It’s been said that 95 percent of business promotions are based on performance, but results account for only 10 percent of the reasons people follow a leader. The most common reason we follow a leader is because of who they are.

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Don Dea's curator insight, October 12, 2013 2:08 AM
To know your purpose is to know your meaning.
If you know your meaning is to know your direction
If you know your direction is to know your journey

To find your leadership purpose, ask the following questions:

  • What are my skills, talents, abilities and passion?
  • What are my values, my beliefs, and my convictions?
  • What does it look like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What does it sound like?
  •  How do others know what I stand for?
  • What can they observe in me that shows them my purpose?
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Commentary: The Heart of a Servant

Commentary: The Heart of a Servant | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Commentary: The heart of a servant Spartanburg Herald Journal As I work with students throughout the year, I find myself challenging students to become servant leaders so they can capture the hearts of those around them rather than demand loyalty...
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To be a servant leaders, you have to have "heart."

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How are you demonstrating to your employees that you care about them?

How are you demonstrating to your employees that you care about them? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

 You know the saying: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care". If you're a manager, you should take heed of this.


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Actions speak much louder than words and reveal how much, or how little, a leader cares about his/her people.

 

What have you done to show that you appreciate their talents, are interested in challenging them to do/become more, and are thankful for their productivity and ideas? 

 

What have you done to provide folks "tough love" ... not to denegrate them but to push them towards becoming more successful.

 

How much time have you carved out of your day to be with your people?

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, October 14, 2013 5:14 AM

I can help you structure a caring programme.

Carolyn Williams's comment, October 14, 2013 5:21 AM
It takes more to walk the talk. Here's my matrix breakdown http://www.lifestyle-online.co.uk/carolynmatrix.html
Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:51 AM

Many managers get so caught up in the day to day work  that they forget about the people who are making it all happen.

A leader creates, sustains and repairs relationships. They care about the people who are getting the work done! 

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Lead Like All Your Employees Are Volunteers

Lead Like All Your Employees Are Volunteers | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The other day I read an article about a well-known comp… (RT @tedcoine: Lead Like All Your Employees Are Volunteers http://t.co/no8ivKlT0s #leadership #humanbiz #bealeader)...

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Thanks John Michel for sharing.  I agree wholeheartedly with your insight.

 

I would also add something to consider ... when looking to hire, develop, or promote individuals -- in particular for leadership positions -- it may be worth considering folks who actually take on leadership roles outside of work at volunteer organizations. 

 

By definition, they must demonstrate leadership and motivate people over whom they have no authority or power--this is a true test of leadership ability.  Just imagine these leadership skills that they can then bring back to the organization ... not just to contribute to productivity but to spread to others.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 11, 2013 1:59 AM

Do you have the pick of the employment litter? Are your best people dying to stay on board? If not, it isn’t that they’re ungrateful, and it isn’t that your competitors are luring them away. It’s that you suck as a leader

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Dead but Won’t Admit It

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Dead teams are dead and buried long before they admit it. They yearn for life. But, in the end, they just suck air until someone puts them out of their misery. Raise your hand if you’ve been part o...
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An insight I would offer is that it's the leader that has a profound influence on whether a team is vibrant or dead.  If a team is vibrant, then the leader has fulfilled his/her roll and the team thrives.  If a team is dead--then the leader has failed in his/her duty to the team.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:31 AM

Teams are more about the people in the chairs than the project on the table.

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12 Most Empowering Things a Team Leader Should Take

12 Most Empowering Things a Team Leader Should Take | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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By Sean Glaze Most team leaders spend their time thinking more about empowering people, considering what things they can give people instead of what they could selfishly take.

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Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?

Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The professor who teaches Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory claims, "This course will change your life."
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A little something good to feed the soul.  The three key ideas, which I would offer are at the heart of strong servant leaders:

 

1) The smallest actions have the most profound ramifications

2) Decisions are made from the heart

3) If the body leads, the mind will follow

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You Can't Do It All, So Expand Your Leadership Circle

You Can't Do It All, So Expand Your Leadership Circle | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Multiply the impact and effectiveness of your people by opening up your leadership circle to all employees, not just a select few. Here's how.
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Leaders can only expand their "leadership circle" by growing more leaders ... and distributing leadership authority.  What are you doing to expand your leadership circle?

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20 Leadership Quotes To Make You Laugh - Forbes

20 Leadership Quotes To Make You Laugh - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
20 Leadership Quotes To Make You Laugh
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Whether you're an entry-level employee, business founder, or corporate executive, sometimes you just need a bit of leadership inspiration.
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Leadership Helps the Pieces Fit Together Well

Leadership Helps the Pieces Fit Together Well | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership can be puzzling. Leaders translate the deep picture, the values and the vision, into specific  goals, objectives and practices. Leadership is all about making concepts and principles tan...

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Curious question ... although leaders do help pull all the pieces together, is it possible that sometimes even the leader doesn't quite have a sense of the big picture but inherently directs progress towards a yet-to-be-seen target?

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David Hain's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:19 AM

Great leadership is about accepting the mess and making sense of it for everyone.

John Michel's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:53 PM

Leaders translate the deep picture, the values and the vision, into specific  goals, objectives and practices. Leadership is all about making concepts and principles tangible; turning ideas into actions

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:24 PM

Leadership is not a direct product of having a leader. Many leaders are there by appointment rather than quality. That is what makes it so puzzling at times.