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How would Charles Darwin see you?

How would Charles Darwin see you? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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How are you and your organization adapting to change?  If you can't write it down, then you are not thinking about change and you are not adapting -- which means you are not leading.  The result will become self evident.

 

The good news, leading, changing, and adapting are choices -- what is your choice?

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10 Signs Your Employees Are Growing Complacent In Their Careers

10 Signs Your Employees Are Growing Complacent In Their Careers | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The workplace is in transition, and so are many people with their careers. More than ever, people are feeling a sense of disengagement at work as they grow frustrated with the uncertainty and lack of long-term stability that surrounds them.
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Not only can people grow complacent ... entire organizations can grow complacent.  And ironically, organizations that achieve great success are very likely to fall victim to complacency from "being on top of the heap" ... losing sight or their purpose and wandering almost aimlessly.

 

Complacency is the beginning of the end, for individuals and for organizations, and it's incumbent upon leaders to fight this gravitation towards mediocrity.  As Benjamin Franklin said so succinctly, "when you're finished changing, you're finished."

 

So what are you doing to fight your own complacency, to combat the complacency of the people in your organization (in particular key leaders), and to fight the forces of complacency overall?

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Be Humble: Don't Let Success Go to Your Head

Be Humble: Don't Let Success Go to Your Head | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Being successful isn't easy. Some people who achieve success remain humble. The others? Well, we can learn from their mistakes.
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Some think of humility as a sign of weakness ... but they fail to realize that being humble actually sets one free to lead others -- and through their collective efforts achieve the impossible.

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6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Want loyal dedicated and passionate employees Be a loyal dedicated and passionate boss. Here are some tools to develop well-being in your workplace...

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Rescooping ... thanks!  A great article.  Emotional intelligence is not something that a leader "has" ... it's something that a leader does together with those that he/she leads.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:21 PM

When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain and the brain of the person you're talking to begin to align themselves with each other. This special bond is a phenomenon referred to as "neural resonance," and in this enhanced state of mutual attunement, two people can accomplish remarkable things together.

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Management & Business | Feel Good Friday Quotes 8-30-13| Tolero Solutions

Management & Business | Feel Good Friday Quotes 8-30-13| 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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Rescooping ... thx for sharing!

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:04 PM

Happy Friday!

Lauren Herrera's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:31 PM

Motivational quotes are great to start off your work day, week, or end your week. It helps your employees stay happy and engaged, and allows them to remained focused.

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When Leadership Means Wielding a Toilet Brush

When Leadership Means Wielding a Toilet Brush | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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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Rescooping ...

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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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When Projects Fail

When Projects Fail | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We had a project fail. Let it sting. Soothing pain is for babies, not big boys and girls. Team members who don’t care about losing are losers. Don’t sooth discomfort by minimizing failure, but don’...
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Useful advice for learning from failure, but more importantly on how to turn failures around into a launchpad towards success.

 

It's not about failing and falling down -- it's about how you lead your team to stand back up.

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Are You Micro-managing Yourself?

Are You Micro-managing Yourself? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
My to do list was huge. After all I had big plans. I was going to have to get a lot more disciplined if I was going to accomplish it all. Determined to do a much better job than I did last year of ...
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Be leary of falling into the trap of micromanaging yourself ... or those you are supposed to be leading.

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Will the Networked Society require a new type of leadership? - The Networked Society Blog

Will the Networked Society require a new type of leadership? - The Networked Society Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Thousands of books have been written about leadership and leaders, and many theories have been developed in the fields of management and psychology. To mention one, Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author Peter Drucker stated that “management does things right; leadership does the right things.”


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Leaders must change in order to grow ... and must ensure their people also change and grow in order to stay abreast with an everychanging world. 

 

So how are you adapting your leadership approach to lead and inspire the "net generation"?

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Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership

Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Have the Courage to Stand Out
“Anyone can achieve their full potential…but the path we follow is always of our own choosing.”
Martin Heidegger
One of my favorite stories as a child is the story of David and Goliath.

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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:46 PM

An interesting twist on a timeless tale...enjoy. 

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John Michel's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:14 PM

A fresh look at a classic story. Enjoy! 

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Maximum Leadership: Looking Upward

Maximum Leadership: Looking Upward | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Step by step: Refine your vision and guide your team toward accomplishing it.

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Strong leaders unite their people behind a common goal. If you clearly, consistently and constantly share your vision, it will spread to those around you. Andrew Carnegie said, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” Dare to envision a future that causes you and your team to wake up every day fueled by passion and inspired by a meaningful mission.

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Debunking the Genius Myth - MindShift (blog)

Debunking the Genius Myth - MindShift (blog) | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
MindShift (blog) Debunking the Genius Myth MindShift (blog) Groundbreaking research conducted by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has shown that when students take on a growth mindset – one in which they believe that the brain is malleable, and...
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Servant leadership 2.0: Principles of S.E.R.V.A.N.T.H.O.O.D. - Free Malaysia Today

Servant leadership 2.0: Principles of S.E.R.V.A.N.T.H.O.O.D. - Free Malaysia Today | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Servant leadership 2.0: Principles of S.E.R.V.A.N.T.H.O.O.D.
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Leading from the Rut: 7 Ways to Snap Out of Complacency (The Recovering Leader)

Leading from the Rut: 7 Ways to Snap Out of Complacency (The Recovering Leader) | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s not easy to admit you’ve become complacent, but it gets the best of us, so you’re in good company -- the good news: there are steps you can take.
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Are you or your organization stuck in a rut?  Well, you're not the only one.  The good news is that leadership is the answer to get yourself and your organization out of the rut.  Here are some helpful actions to take to knock things loose.

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5 Reasons the Word 'Success' Should Send Shivers Up Your Spine

5 Reasons the Word 'Success' Should Send Shivers Up Your Spine | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We all crave it. But hitting it big can be a double-edged sword.
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Success is not an endstate ... it's a journey.  Reaching the first summit is not the time to stop -- keep pressing forward, because who knows what awaits on the other side of the next mountain.

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The Unmasking of Ego | Lolly Daskal

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Ego is the "enemy" of leadership.  And letting go of oneself frees a person to be able to serve and lead others ... to take risks ... to sacrifice ... and to guide many to pursue a vision that is greater than any individual.

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Retention Rates and Mediocrity: A Match Made in Heaven

Retention Rates and Mediocrity: A Match Made in Heaven | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The tears welled up and were pushed back.  Five minutes later, the same thing.  Over and over, for about 30 minutes, this repeated. Never overflowing, but always threatening like the summer sky tha...

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 10:25 PM

Are you intent to be better or content to just get by? Interesting question, indeed. 

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9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People

9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think--and why it works.
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Useful insights ... do you exhibit these 9 behaviors of success?

 

And if I might be so bold ... how about a #10 "On day one of a new job, the first thing I do is fire myself."  Then from that point forward, every action every day is guided by what do I need to do to EARN my job back.  Kind of like #3 and #9 combined.

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Daring To Fail Is The Road To Success | Anderson Leadership ...

Daring To Fail Is The Road To Success | Anderson Leadership ... | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
My baby boy did not begin walking on his first try. He took a step and fell. He pulled himself up and tried again, and he fell. He repeated this over and over until he successfully navigated the family room.
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No guts ... no glory!

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I Hate my Boss

I Hate my Boss | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve been asking people if they ever had a boss they hated. The follow up question, “How did you deal with them?” The first thing they usually say, “I avoided them.” Hated bosses: Disenfranchise by...
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Are you the kind of leader that you would be motivated to follow?

 

If not, it's time for a leadership change.  The choice before you ... to change and grow and become a better leader ... or to make room for a new leader.

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Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Try 'zig-zagging' into these conversations to generate ideas and extend your influence.
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6 great questions to ask to help generate and promote ideas.

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Work-Life Balance Versus Flow

Work-Life Balance Versus Flow | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
There’s something we here at Switch and Shift discuss f… (RT @tedcoine: Work-Life Balance Versus Flow http://t.co/6JSJe5FvDR #humanbiz #leadership)

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Rescooping.  Agree wholeheartedly with this concept of "flow"!

 

People do not achieve their greatest potential by living "balanced" lives ... "balance" is a boldface lie. 

 

Olympic athletes don't live balanced lives ... neither do great generals ... nor world changing scientists and engineers ... nor world transforming leaders like Martin Luther King Junior or Abraham Lincoln or Mahatma Gandhi. 

 

What's the conventional wisdom say ... that it takes over 10,000 hours of committment, blood, sweat, and tears to become a master at any given task (olympic athlete, chess grandmaster, artist, leader) -- "balance" will never get anyone to that "10,000 hours."

 

These exceptional people live their lives out-of-balance (on purpose) but their lives were also very clearly and purposefully aligned with their passions and their convictions and their individual purpose/calling.  Whether it's Mark Phelps swimming hours every single day to Einstein pondering the fabric of the universe to MLK's dream -- they all clearly demonstrate this concept of flow.

 

So what is your purpose?  What is your passions?  What is your "why"?  And how have you aligned the flow in your life in pursuit of this happiness?

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:52 PM

How's your work/life balance? 

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, September 2, 2013 11:02 AM
Thanks Don ... I needed this today!!!
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Blog: Regulating our way to Mediocrity

Blog: Regulating our way to Mediocrity | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Blog: Regulating our way to Mediocrity http://t.co/hGfXsyePrD

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Rescooping.   As Benjamin Franklin said, "when you are done changing, you‘re done."

 

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John Michel's curator insight, August 31, 2013 10:09 AM
A sad (but true) commentary.
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Learning to learn: losing yourself in passion

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Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY - Huffington Post

Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY - Huffington Post | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY Huffington Post People love to send me the link to Simon Sinek's recent TED talk, discussing how great leaders inspire action. Simon says, "Start with WHY," so people do (I blame that on his first name).
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