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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

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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 - Leadership Strength 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

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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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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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Best Advice: Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys

Best Advice: Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
When any of us is in a stretch role – a new job, facing a learning curve, and not knowing how we will handle the challenge– it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.When I was 20-something, I
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What a great metaphor!  Every leader faces the daunting list of "urgent" issues ... and they tend to crowd out the important.  Managers easily get lost in the urgent yet not important issues -- leaders sort through the chaos and know how to focus on and keep an eye on what's important.

 

My 2 cents on what should be most important for leaders -- 1) the "why" of your organization, and 2) setting, building, and promoting the organizational culture to grow your people and set them up for success fulfilling that "why."

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Additional insight ... sharing a piece of advice shared with me in regards to Commanding a military unit. One of my mentors advised us to "Spend 99% of your time on 99% of your people."

The warning was that it's easy to fall into the trap of focusing all your time and energy on the 1% of folks that cause problems or have disciplinary issues, especially in the military environment. But to do so is to accidentally ignore the fact that you're supposed to be leading everyone in your unit ... not just the overly needy problem folks.

This pertains to leading the mission of the organization as well. It's very easy to get lost in the chaos of daily crises that must be solved and forget the "why" of the organization at the very heart that gives the organization and all its people purpose.

Leaders must remain ever vigilant to not fall into this trap.
Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, September 1, 2013 11:21 AM
Don, I simply love this article! I agree that everyone needs have a clear vision of why, what success looks like, and what they can do within their roles to contribute. The eagles in our organizations want from us as leaders a few things: challenges to stretch their skills, support to allow them to execute their bold ideas, and opportunities to grow. If they don't get it ....the eagles will fly to another organization that will.
Don Cloud's comment, September 3, 2013 12:43 AM
Thanks Patricia. Have seen these scenarios play out several times now during several Defense Department downsizings ... many "eagles" left to the private sector, leaving many "turkeys" behind. Definitely a challenging leadership environment.
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Scott Lackey column; Are you setting yourself up for a tragic failure? - Jackson Sun

Scott Lackey column; Are you setting yourself up for a tragic failure? - Jackson Sun | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Scott Lackey column; Are you setting yourself up for a tragic failure?
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During my active-duty service in the U.S. Army, I learned one of the most valuable leadership lessons of life and business.
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There's a time to lead and a time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty -- the intuitive leader understands the difference.

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

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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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Don Cloud's insight:

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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To change your leadership style, rewrite your leadership story - Poynter.org

To change your leadership style, rewrite your leadership story
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Leaders are the authors of their own leadership stories.
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I would add one more insight ... and that is that a leader must inherently recognize that his/her story is told by the stories of those they lead.  Their stories are the testiment and evidence of leadership ... not the other way around.  Are you leading your people on a journey worth living?

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Leadership Matters's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:08 PM

Interesting idea pulling in creativity to leadership and being intentional about your style.

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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

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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

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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. 

Don Cloud's comment, September 2, 2013 10:17 AM
Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!
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

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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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Norm Brodsky on Failure: 'Leadership Is a Learning Process' [VIDEO]

Norm Brodsky on Failure: 'Leadership Is a Learning Process' [VIDEO] | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Norm Brodsky's wife and children forced him to find balance and to become more nurturing as a leader.
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All leaders learn and grow into leadership positions for which we find ourselves, and we learn to lead by doing.  Which means that in order to grow, we must be able to learn from successes ... but more importantly from turning failures into opportunities.

 

(there are several more videos that follow this one ... all very insightful)

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Flip Your Org Chart Upside Down

Flip Your Org Chart Upside Down | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
To make your customers happy, put them at the top of your chain of command.
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After flipping the org chart upside down, I recommend adding at the very top the "why" or the organization/unit/business -- and write it out.

 

What is the "why" that binds everyone in the organization together?

 

Not as easy as it sounds ....

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Everyday leadership: When failure occurs, leaders must look within themselves - Marietta Times

Everyday leadership: When failure occurs, leaders must look within themselves
Marietta Times
Several years ago, I worked with a leader who had experienced a sizeable amount of success. We will call him Jim for the purpose of this article.
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When things go wrong -- true leaders must have the courage to look in the mirror for the root cause.

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