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Becoming a Better Judge of People

Becoming a Better Judge of People | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Ten questions to help you understand the "why" and "how" behind a person. (10 questions to ask people to discern their character quality. Ask these about yourself to measure your own.

Via John Michel
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Arguably one of the most critical decisions leaders will make time and again is about people ... who to hire, who to fire, who to push forward, who to demote, who to hedge your bets on, and who you will fill the organization with.

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John Michel's curator insight, February 28, 2:26 AM

In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?

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How to Tell If You're an Organizational or Relational Leader (And Why It Matters) | careynieuwhof.com

How to Tell If You're an Organizational or Relational Leader (And Why It Matters) | careynieuwhof.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A friend of mine from seminary days told me that every leader has a number on his (or her) back. 50 100 200 1000 10,000 His theory? Basically everyone has

Via Frank Bealer
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An interesting leadership construct, drawing distinctions between relational and organizational leaders.  But as with many things in the world, I don't think any particular leader fits cleanly in just one or the other "bucket".  Any particular leader likely demonstrates talents in both realms but to varying degrees.

 

Some interesting leadership questions to consider.  Is it possible to transition from a relational to an organizational leader?  At every higher levels of an organization, organizational leadership skills become more important ... but how might one continue to leveral relational leadership skills to reinforce the organization?

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Simple Ideas to Stimulate Creativity

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As the infographic suggests, there are many ways to challenge yourself and get the creativity process working. From all the ideas suggested, there ar

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The Twelve Principles of Leadership: Principle Eight

The Twelve Principles of Leadership: Principle Eight | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
During a twelve-day period of time, I will be posting daily one of the Twelve Principles of Quality Leadership followed by some questions you, as a leader, may wish to ask yourself. Hopefully the description and inquiry will ...
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A piece of advice shared with me, now shared with you, that reinforces this article.

 

A mentor of mine shared with me, "Spend 90% of your time leading 90% of your people".  His lesson, that the leader's purpose is to lead the entire organization, and it's not to get stuck only focusing on the 10% of people with issues.

 

Put another way, where a leader focuses his/her time and energy is where the organization will go.  So spend the bulk of your time/energy leading them to some place worth going ... and don't spend 90% of your time on the 10% with issues or that is where your organization will end up.

 

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Don't Just Be Happy, Inspire Happiness

Don't Just Be Happy, Inspire Happiness | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Your employees look to you for lots of things, not the least of which is your ability to create the conditions that help them thrive. New research reveals six vital elements you should focus on.

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John Michel's curator insight, February 9, 2:46 AM

Gallup surveys show that when people have positive interactions and close friends on the job, they will be significantly more engaged in their work (not to mention more productive and effective) than those who do not. Employees want to feel a sense of belonging at work--that people care about them, and that they are doing meaningful work.

Angie Mc's curator insight, February 10, 11:50 PM

This same logic can be applied to families. Consider teens who feel no sense of optimism,  authenticity, belonging and meaning in their families.  

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Are you pushing people up?

Are you pushing people up? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
When new leaders begin their journey into their role, they often times worry about the technical aspects of their job. They wonder, “Do I have enough business knowledge?”, “Can we make profits?” So...

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What a great question for all leaders at every level!

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How am I doing? Leadership Feedback questions to find out!

How am I doing? Leadership Feedback questions to find out! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Via Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach
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Practical questions for leaders to garner useful feedback ... great for one-on-one or for surveying the organizational climate.

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Leadership Quotes

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Leadership Quotes


Via AlGonzalezinfo
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One step further ... a team is an *amplification* of its leader.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 4, 6:52 AM

Good, or bad...

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10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you?  The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped.


Via Bobby Dillard, Ivon Prefontaine
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Happy Lunar New Year!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 30, 12:31 AM

Being mindful and aware helps a great deal.

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Magnify your team's strengths!

Magnify your team's strengths! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, February 1, 10:49 AM

When you invest into your team's natural talents, and allow them to spend time doing what they do best...it is like flipping the power/passion switch in at the same time.

 

Try it...it works:)

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Simon Sinek on why good leaders are "fundamentally like a parent" - CBS News

Simon Sinek on why good leaders are "fundamentally like a parent"
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One person with no problem reaching a large audience is Simon Sinek. He is an author and leadership expert.
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Another book by Simon Sinek that I can't wait to read -- three word title says it all ... "Leaders Eat Last"

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 30, 11:32 PM

Short interview of Simon Sinek on leadership. Simon brings a passionate view of leadership and how leader behavior generates engagement on people. 


Here is Simon Sinek's book: http://www.amazon.fr/Leaders-Eat-Last-Together-Others/dp/1591845327

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Employee Commitment: A Recipe for Peak Performance | Switch and Shift

Employee Commitment: A Recipe for Peak Performance | Switch and Shift | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Today, employees demand trust and respect. They want their input solicited, their strengths utilized, and their contributions valued. Furthermore, every employee should be given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

Via Anne Leong, John Michel
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"Commitment" ... the difference between "having a job" and "making a living".  Ask yourself, are you committed to making a living?  How have you setup and developed your people so they can make a living?

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John Michel's curator insight, January 19, 1:27 PM

Employees of this new breed want to work for an organization they can feel proud of.

MyKLogica's curator insight, February 13, 11:54 AM

El compromiso da alas a la organización. Aquellas organizaciones que consiguen el compromiso de sus colaboradores tienen menores costes de no calidad, mejores productividades y una mayor rentabilidad, además de cómo incide en el clima ... las recetas son sencillas y, bajo mi perspectiva, de puro sentido común, otra cuestión es que vayan por vías diferentes a cómo estamos acostumbrados.


Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 13, 5:33 PM

Organisations that truly build employee commitment will be those that flourish.  Relacing a culture of fear of losing your job with that of commitment and passion will transform the workplace.

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Bold Leadership is Not What You Think

Bold Leadership is Not What You Think | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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It's interesting that there seem to be so many misconceptions of what a "bold leader" is and what one looks like.

 

So here's a thought exercise -- think of all the best movies you've watched or stories you've heard or histories you've studied that celebrate a heroic protagonist that has profoundly influenced you as a leader. 

 

As the story unfolded, what character traits were revealed ... but more importantly, how did they manifest in the choices and actions of the hero?  What motivations drove those choices and actions?  How did others around the hero respond to him/her over time?  How did you respond to the hero as he/she developed -- and why?

 

Now with those thoughts in mind, ask yourself how do your motivations, choices, and actions compare?  Are you living the life of a bold leader?  If not, what can you change to become a bold leader?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 5:17 PM

The four qualities described are part of servant-leadership.

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The Five Paths To Being The Best At Anything

The Five Paths To Being The Best At Anything | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

What does scientific research say are the proven methods for being the best at anything? Here's what studies show time and time again.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Chris Shern, Josie Gibson, Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach
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Interesting insights combining several ideas ... and sound advice on how to push oneself to grow.

 

From a leadership perspective, it would be interesting to study how these ideas overlay on organizations (vice individuals) ... e.g. how similar principals as applied to groups/teams/organizations contribute to sustained, high performance, learning organizations?

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Chris Shern's curator insight, December 26, 2013 12:12 PM

It is great to have genetics on your side but it is not the only route. Hard work and grit is always an essential ingredient.

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The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
What if long-term success doesn't really have that much to do with your potential? A look at recent research that debunks talent in favor of true grit.

Via Frank Bealer
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A question to ponder.  If self-control and grit is more important than talent when it comes to individual productivity and success, then how would these lessons translate with regards to leadership and the establishment of a sustained/enduring high-performance organizational culture (vice one that jumps at every quarterly projection)?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 22, 2:33 PM

Grit has always been important. It becomes increasingly so as the workplace changes. It could possibly be less hierarchical, although I am not as convinced of that in the foreseeable future.I don't see it happening because education has not changed. Part of the hidden curriculum is the hierarchy of our school management system. The word management is more in line with what happens than leadership. It is what our children see everyday, this hierarchical and artificial place.

 

One trend is the potential that people will leave jobs and do things that are more meaningful to them. This will blend many skills including grit and patience.

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The Myth of the Bell Curve

The Myth of the Bell Curve | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

There is a long standing belief in business that people performance follows the Bell Curve (also called the Normal Distribution). This belief has been embedded in many business practices: performance appraisals, compensation models, and even how we get graded in school. (Remember "grading by the curve?")

Research shows that this statistical model, while easy to understand, does not accurately reflect the way people perform. As a result, HR departments and business leaders inadvertently create agonizing problems with employee performance and happiness.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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A mentor of mine shared with me, "Spend 90% of your time leading 90% of your people", and this article reinforces that very idea.

 

That is, bell curves only apply to static distributions.  So how should we account for the fact that people can grow and change?  How might we compare the leaderhip and organizational culture of very successful organizations against those that are mediocre or failing ... in regards to how they treat their people?

 

What might be the key difference between the two?  Might I suggest that perhaps the vital difference is the perspective and actions of  leaders that prioritize the selection and development/growth of their people, as comprared to managers who pigeonhole their people on a bell curve and consider employees a cost center to be reduced?

 

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#humanbrain

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Simon Sinek: Caring, Serving, Trusting, Leading

At CreativeMornings New York, Simon Sinek speaks on how to be fulfilled by your job and how companies can better support and inspire the people who work for ...

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5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader

5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We may not think about it often, but smiling is a powerful leadership tool. A smile can help you accomplish five outcomes if you practice it consistently.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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Do you want your people at work to be happy -- then as their leader, you have to lead from the front ... smile boldly!

 

If there's not a lot of reasons to smile, then it's your job as the leader to create those reasons, for your people and for yourself.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, February 3, 9:27 PM

I used to smile a lot more, that's for sure.  Now I find myself consciously bringing it to mind when I'm in meeting.  "Smile dummy!" I say to myself.  

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Cultivating Collective Mindfulness: The Leader’s New Work

Cultivating Collective Mindfulness: The Leader’s New Work | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

The reality is that we—all of us, not just the financial elite—are the collective sleepwalkers. How do we wake up? Why is it that, across so many major systems, we collectively create results that nobody wants? Nobody wants to increase environmental destruction, poverty, cultural ADHD, or suicide. Yet we keep doing it. Why do we collectively recreate these patterns?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Ivon Prefontaine
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True leadership mindfulness ... transitioning from "me" to "we"!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 7, 1:13 PM

I agree. We need to shift from personal mindfulness to collective mindfulness. This will be not be easy work.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 13, 5:23 PM

A great thought-provoking article.  I get the sense that we are beginning to wake up to our realities of diminishing resources, lack of purpose, unhappiness etc - what is needed is a catalyst to speed up the rate of change.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, February 19, 11:00 PM

The reality is that we—all of us, not just the financial elite—are the collective sleepwalkers. How do we wake up? Why is it that, across so many major systems, we collectively create results that nobody wants? Nobody wants to increase environmental destruction, poverty, cultural ADHD, or suicide. Yet we keep doing it. Why do we collectively recreate these patterns?

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Leadership Is Not a Solitary Task

Most real change is community-driven and community-focused.

Via Don Dea
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When it comes to leadership, it's never about the leader ... but rather, how the leader brings the organization together and mobilizes it towards a greater purpose.  Great leaders are defined by the great organizations they build and the accomplishments of those organizations.

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Don Dea's curator insight, February 10, 12:38 AM

Finally, the most inspiring leadership is that done for community. There are certainly moments when we do things purely for ourselves, and that’s not all bad. A distance runner racing to win a marathon is no less admirable if she is racing only to test her own boundaries and achieve an individual victory. But few will follow a leader who is focused solely on his own goals, and many of the most inspiring leadership victories are those done in service of a community.

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PEOPLE FOLLOW PEOPLE, NOT JUST GREAT IDEAS

PEOPLE FOLLOW PEOPLE, NOT JUST GREAT IDEAS | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

What makes Pope Francis such an inspirational leader for so many people? I believe Reverend. Robert A. Sirico got it right in his recent opinion piece for The Detroit News: .....


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So simple yet profound ... "people follow people" ... and this is why the world needs leaders.  Where are you leading your people?

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 31, 8:37 AM

(From the article): But research tells us that when people at every level feel they can contribute to achieving the vision, their ownership and commitment to execution grows exponentially. For a motivating and rewarding future for all, ensure that your group’s desires become part of the mosaic of your vision.

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Magnify your team's strengths!

Magnify your team's strengths! | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, February 1, 10:49 AM

When you invest into your team's natural talents, and allow them to spend time doing what they do best...it is like flipping the power/passion switch in at the same time.

 

Try it...it works:)

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16 Ways to Help Less

16 Ways to Help Less | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Help done poorly creates dependency. But, help withheld seems disconnected or cold. Leaders who say, “How can I help,” connect, change attitudes, and move agendas forward. But, help that weakens te...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 8:25 PM

Part of education is nurturing (educare) and part is leading learners out and letting them begin to find their way (educere).

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When Leaders Care

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When leaders don’t care then leaders don’t lead. They may well possess a leadership title or position but they don’t truly lead. They simply cannot be an authentic leader without a caring heart.&nb...

Via Bobby Dillard
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A question for every leader to ask themselves ... how do your actions and choices as a leader demostrate how much you care about setting your people up for success?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 11:36 PM

Authentic leaders are about people in the broadest sense and care about people. The care is not based on self-interest and narrow group interests.

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12 Questions to Gauge Employee Engagement - Inc.com

12 Questions to Gauge Employee Engagement - Inc.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

“ 12 Questions to Gauge Employee Engagement Inc.com “Employee engagement” is, admittedly, a catchall term, not to mention an endlessly marketable consulting concept. So if you're skeptical, we understand.”


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12 simply questions to not only guage the engagement of your folks, but the climate of your organization.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, January 28, 6:53 PM

Excellent questions that every leader should ask their employees!

 

Some of the questions focus on ensuring that employees have basic needs met:  such as knowing what is expected of them and having the equipment and tools to do their jobs.  

 

However, the other questions are aligned with the 5 human truths that make sure that employees: 

 - Feel important/valued/special

-  Feel heard and understood

- Feel like they belong

- Feel empowered and have control to make decisions

- Feel like they are growing and are progressing towards reaching their potential

 

What questions do you belive should be asked?

 

PS - Live on Purpose!