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5 Actions That Spark Employee Engagement

5 Actions That Spark Employee Engagement | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Countless studies have shown that a happy workforce is … (When a company can turn itself into a community, miraculous things happen http://t.co/WSgKPU3vgL via @switchandshift #leadership)...

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Rescooping ... engagement is the outward manifestation of leadership and character in action.  It's not just about activity and excitement -- more importantly and more effective engagement is about inspiring participation and action in others.  If you are not engaging, then you are not leading. 

 

I'd also add one more ... asking people questions is a great way to engage.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:37 AM

Companies at their best are wondrous, multifaceted organisms that benefit all their stakeholders, and the world at large. Leading them is an exciting, even thrilling, challenge. It simply can’t be done without full-throttle engagement with everyone in the organization.

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The Happy Warrior: Research Reveals What Makes a Successful Leader

The Happy Warrior: Research Reveals What Makes a Successful Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
What leadership skills are essential for leading an exceptional team? It’s a question worth asking, because when you’re in

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Rescooping ... are you a "Happy Warrior"?

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David Hain's curator insight, September 6, 2013 3:37 AM

Very good article.

Les Howard's curator insight, September 6, 2013 9:39 AM

Good article that articulates what a 21st C Leader is/does.

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"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge

"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The world requires a new paradigm, where empathy is innovation and vulnerability is strength.

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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

 

I find it interesting how we as a society split hairs with regards to masculine versus feminine leadership traits or values ... sometimes with the undertone that "masculine" traits make for stronger leaders while "feminine" traits make for weaker leaders. Then folks take this bias a step further to connotate negativity towards crossing these traditional gender-based biases (e.g. men who demonstrate traditionally "feminine" character traits are percieved as weak, while women who demonstrate traditionally "masculine" character traits are perceived as jerks as opposed to being perceived as strong leaders like their male counterparts).

 

Can we all just agree that strong, effective leadership is just that (regardless of gender), and that our own biases about what is masculine versus feminine quite frankly is irrelavent?

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Florence Terranova, PhD MBA's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:55 AM

Quite agree with this :-)

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:41 AM

Thanks for the great curation Maria Rachelle.  Starting with my mother, some of the most influential leadership mentors I have had are women.   This research makes a lot of sense to me!

 

Especially the following section:

 

Empathy Is Innovation. While leaders spend considerable time and effort trying to envision markets and pushing out innovation, empathy can often generate simple, yet breakthrough ideas. In her years working as an advocate for charities in Britain and abroad, Anna Pearson noticed a pattern: there were many people who wanted to volunteer — but were too busy (or had schedules too varied) to commit to a cause.

 

To bridge the gap between what volunteers could give and what people need, Anna re-imagined volunteering on a very small scale. Her London-based non-profit Spots of Time connects organizations with people who can give an hour or so at a time, and often at a moment’s notice. The lesson? Anna trained her empathy not just on beneficiaries of charity but also on volunteers. That kindness and sensitivity to others was the catalyst for creativity.

Robin Martin's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:06 PM

Thanks for sharing this Al!

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How to Decide If You Should Trust Someone at Work

How to Decide If You Should Trust Someone at Work | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
To trust or not to trust? Ask these questions.

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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

 

For leaders, building trust into an organization is about building an organizational culture bound by a shared belief in a greater purpose (the "why" which calls to everyone) and common beliefs in shared values.  This environment of trust, based on shared beliefs, can "kickstart" the ability of individuals to quickly establish relationships and grow mutual trust.

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How to Decide If You Should Trust Someone at Work

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Janet Iversen - Eight steps to empathy - McMinnville News-Register

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Janet Iversen - Eight steps to empathy
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This I submit — there is no better experience for a person than to be the focus of someone else's sincere attention and concern.
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Eight steps to improve ones ability to empathize ... and thereby unleash the untapped power that comes from empathy.

 

Regarding to leadership, many folks connotate (negatively) that empathy equates to being nice or kind or soft or weak.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

 

Simply put, empathy is being able to step out of your own skin and into someone else's ... to see and feel the world through their perspective.  That's it -- but it's also very hard to do.  It actually takes a great deal of strength to be able to empathize.

 

Imagine if as a leader, you can empathize with your subordinates ... would that insight be useful to you in how you would coach/mentor/direct them?  The same goes for various members of teams?  How about your superiors?  How about your customers?  In a competitive environment, how about empathizing and understanding one's competition/opponent/adversary?  In the business environment, would empathizing with many stakeholders (like stockholders, unions, etc) be useful?  How about elected officials empathizing with their constituents/voters?

 

It's time everyone acknowledge that empathy is about strength, not weakness, and you cannot be an effective leader without it.  People who cannot and choose not to empathize are the weak ones.

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Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Stop checking email and starting talking about what matters.
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Leadership requires focus on what matters most.  But a big part of understanding that is understanding the purpose of the organization/business and what binds everyone together, from customer to employee to leaders to stakeholders.

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8 Life And Leadership Lessons From Arianna Huffington - Forbes

8 Life And Leadership Lessons From Arianna Huffington - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
8 Life And Leadership Lessons From Arianna Huffington
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Arianna Huffington is often described as authentic, intelligent, and humble female leader.
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Incredibly insightful thoughts on life and leadership.

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Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership?

Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Getting promoted can be very complicated. It's not only about how well you have performed against your current job, but it involves the future needs of the team, the perspectives of your colleagues, (Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership?

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Rescooping ... great questions ... I'd add two more:

 

6) Do you choose to be their leader?

 

7) Do you want to be the leader that will guide them out of difficult times and failures ... and wanting to push them forward in their careers during times of success?

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John Michel's curator insight, September 3, 2013 2:41 PM

Getting promoted can be very complicated. It's not only about how well you have performed against your current job, but it involves the future needs of the team, the perspectives of your colleagues, and how your company views your potential as a leader.

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How to Bounce Back from Failure -- Over and Over Again

How to Bounce Back from Failure -- Over and Over Again | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Rejection is rough, no matter how you slice it. But it's also an inescapable fact of life, and our ability to deal with failure and rejection has a hand in determining how successful and happy we are.
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The road to success is marked by many pitfalls.  Good insights to help navigate this bumpy road, for yourself and for your organization.

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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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What body language best signals leadership?

What body language best signals leadership? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about What body language best signals leadership?

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Warmth and authority are the outward indications of something more profound ... the character of the leader.  What do your non-verbal signals reveal about you as a leader?

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When first introduced to a leader, we immediately and unconsciously assess him or her for warmth and authorit


Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, September 6, 2013 4:41 PM

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Respect, Trust, and Loyalty

Respect, Trust, and Loyalty | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Thanks for sharing!  Short and sweet....

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:53 PM

I read this today, and thought it was a great leadership quote....and nice reminder:)

 

Make it a great day!

Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, September 6, 2013 4:26 PM
Yes Don....I hope like me short (and I aspire to always be nice)
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Company Values

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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

 

Shared values and belief in a common organizational purpose are also the foundation of fostering trust in your organization.  So another version of this quote could be "It's not hard to build trust once we know what our common values are."

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, September 6, 2013 4:27 PM
....I like that quote!
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Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend | Video on TED.com

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.
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Interesting Ted talk on countering the conventional wisdom that "stress is bad."  Truth is that stress just "is."  How you respond to stress is much more important.

 

So, do you know how to make stress your friend?

 

As a leader, do you know how to leverage stress as your team's or your organization's friend?

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The Transformational Leadership Quiz | Are You Evolutionary?

The Transformational Leadership Quiz | Are You Evolutionary? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Are You an Evolutionary? For the following statements, assign a numerical value (1–5) based on your level of agreement with the statement. Use the scoring structure provided below.
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Sometimes the hardest thing to do as a leader is to reflect upon oneself, identifying strengths (to hone and leverage) and weaknesses (to improve upon).  Here's a useful self-assessment tool.

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How A Mentor Can Help Your Career

How A Mentor Can Help Your Career | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve had informal mentors who coached me through my new venture launch “labor pains.” My mentors have always been accessible to me on short notice, and have shared their knowledge and creativity with me -- generously.
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Mentorship ... the key to "regifting" leadership.  We owe it to others to seek mentoring to help make us more effective leadership, and as we move forward, we also owe others our time and mentoring so they can also move forward.

 

And they tell two friends ... and they tell two friends ....

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Why Closing Your Mouth Is Often The Best Leadership Response - Forbes

Why Closing Your Mouth Is Often The Best Leadership Response - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Why Closing Your Mouth Is Often The Best Leadership Response
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I just read a very succinct and useful post here on Forbes about how to support employees who have done something great.
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It's so simple ... if you're talking, then you are *not* listening.

 

If you're thinking about what you are going to say next, then you are *not* listening.

 

If you're already convinced of your position before hearing me out, then you are *not* listening.

 

(These apply at work ... and amazingly, with parenting too.)

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What Success Really Looks Like

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I don't think my life is even as straight as the picture on the right.

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Being The Best Isn't About Knowing The Most

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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When an individual believes they know all the answers, they shut themselves down from the possibility...
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This also brings to mind the addage, "First, people want to know that you care before they care what you know."

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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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