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What Looks Like A People Problem Is Often A Situation Problem

Karin Sebelin's insight:

It’s easier to blame and flame people than it is to fix the crappy systems that are often the root cause of unacceptable performance and behavior in our organizations.

Bret L. Simmons gives a brief explanation of the fundamental attribution error. It’s hold on us is so powerful that even when we are aware of it, most of us will spend our entire lives trying to avoid making it over and over again.

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Never trim people to best performance!

Never trim people to best performance! | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

Encouragement in life is very important. And we all like it when we receive encouragement from other people. We feel good afterwards. Motivating others should be a goal in our life. When we motivate people, we show that we care about them and have an interest in their success. This leads to trust.

The positive aspects of encouragement are numerous and can not be dismissed out of hand, but do we ever consider for a moment that too much encouragement can be a bad thing?

We never think about that.

But we should!

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The Wisdom of the Many: #Success in FOCUS

The Wisdom of the Many: #Success in FOCUS | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

There have been countless books written on the subject of successful leadership and our life is coined by appealing headlines of powerful and influential people. This leads and must lead to the question: "Why them and not me? What do these people have that I don`t have? What`s their secret?"

We develop the thinking:

"What others have achieved, I can achieve, too!"

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No-compromise #Leadership … or you want it or not … no compromises!

No-compromise #Leadership … or you want it or not … no compromises! | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

Complacency is the true killer of business growth and opportunities for its employees. ~ John R. DiJulius III



Leadership is about taking action and no-compromise leadership is the key to success.

 

Decisive questions are:

 

Are your influence and your leadership based on compromises, on excuses, on not feeling the need of accountability and responsibility?


Do you excuse the own misbehavior via society, via other people who behave in the same way?


Do you steadily seek new holes of interpretation like a mouse?


Do you align your “flag” according to the wind?


Do you try to gain influence through arbitrary behavior instead of building relationships of trust?

 

Then it is time to learn!



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http://karinsebelin.com/no-compromise-leadership/

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Never Be The Smartest Person In The Room. ~ Michael Dell

Never Be The Smartest Person In The Room. ~ Michael Dell | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

We all like it when we are popular and welcome in a group of people.
And being seen as a smart person that is liked or loved by everyone is certainly attractive and leads to happiness.


But being seen like a “star” has also disadvantages. We too often don`t realize it .. but one day people only see us as positive and fantastic, as this ideal personality. 


People then often exaggerate their behavior, tend to praise us steadily and will try to impress us to increase the own influence.


What has this to do with honesty?
Right .. nothing!


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TEAM #LEADERSHIP … or the strength of leading by example

TEAM #LEADERSHIP … or the strength of leading by example | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

A team leader should not go it alone.

A leader must mobilize team members to take collective action.

 

What makes a team successful is not the ability to influence others. but great empathy for others and their needs.


What makes a team successful is not the idealism of each member, the own #success perspective, but the willingness to represent the team.


In a team everyone wins, when everyone is leading by example and sharing the same “burden”.


Leading by example means following rules that apply for everyone else in the group.

 

We cannot exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everyone else. ~ Barack Obama

 

 

And in taking direct action, we must uphold standards that reflect our values.


A team leader feels responsible for the team and the project and doesn`t have problems acting side by side with the own team members.


Team leadership requires us to see the world as it should be – a place where the aspirations of individual human beings matter; where hopes and not just direction governs. 

 

Military leadership gives a wise direction what good team leadership is about…. we should learn from combat leaders like @SorenSjogren


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Cultural Competence and the Art of Wisdom

Cultural Competence and the Art of Wisdom | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
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The art of leadership is to see life out of the other person’s culture. ~ Karin Sebelin

The new key component in business is cultural competence. And we speak here not about knowing everything about lifestyles and customs of different cultural races and groups.


Knowledge of lifestyles and customs of different cultural groups is good, undoubtedly. The wisdom how to harness the gains of cultural diversity is better.

 

Leadership wisdom is a dynamic in the development of cultural competence. It is the application of wisdom that ensures cultural competence.


We need wise leaders with cultural competence, who are flexible to adapt, who are able to build trust, are fair and transparent. 


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An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

Imagine that:
You just experienced a bad situation .. life tested you extremely and your feelings are challenged.


So how do you react?


Are you angry, and disappointed? Do you feel hurt and victimized?

Or are you in such a rage, that you have the urgent desire to hurt the other person, too? Do you feel the spontaneous need to blame and punish the other person? An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth – like that? Does hurting the other person give you satisfaction and contentment?


Be careful – there is a quote:

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi


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Resilient leaders have a bouncebackability …

Resilient leaders have a bouncebackability … | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

Successful people have an important trait that distinguishes them from others:


Resilience.


Resilience is the ability of a “system” to cope with change.

 

Resilient leaders master difficult situations with ease.

Personal attacks bounce off with them.

And even under high pressure they are able to maintain the own performance.

 

Resilient leaders have a bouncebackability …

.. after a “disorder of the system” they always return to the “ground state”.

 

What do these people do differently?


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http://karinsebelin.com/resilient-leaders-have-a-bouncebackability/

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Leadership … when pride finds its entitlement

Leadership … when pride finds its entitlement | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

We all know that pride is a bad attitude in a leader, that leaders who show too much pride and arrogance are seen with distrustful eyes.

Pride is something we should not show – normally.

Good leaders know that it is better to be humble and modest than attracting attention through arrogance or pride.

Humility gives a leader the right wisdom, that he is able to act appropriately and ethically.

 

Having understood that leaders should show humility, you may ask:

 

“When leaders lead with humility, with modesty, with noble restraint, how can they develop real greatness?” 


“Can a leader be humble and great at the same time?”



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http://karinsebelin.com/leadership-when-pride-finds-its-entitlement/

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The Power of Humility in Leadership I Wisdom for Future Leaders

The Power of Humility in Leadership I Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
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Humility plays a very important role in leadership. People who are humble acknowledge the own imperfections and admit when they are wrong. They put others first in thought, word and deed and avoid narcissistic self-promotion.


Humility is the crown of all virtues. Humility enables courage and points wisdom into the right direction. Humility makes love possible.


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http://wisdomforfutureleaders.org/the-power-of-humility-in-leadership/


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Kindness and friendliness open doors I Wisdom for Future Leaders

Kindness and friendliness open doors  I Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

A leader must be fully committed to nurture relationships and give trust to the people around him. Good leaders are not power driven, they are people driven. They have an interest in other people and their lives.


It all begins with the right communication and behavior. People should feel estimated and encouraged in that way, that they are interested in deepening the relationship with the person.


Kindness and friendliness open doors and show people that they are welcome in our life. Prejudices and assumptions are the wrong way to establish relationships of trust.


We should create a YES culture where people feel welcome and respected. Every time we connect with a person, even in a fleeting moment, we touch their life and we may feel enriched by that connection.


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http://wisdomforfutureleaders.org/kindness-and-friendliness-open-doors/

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Take responsibility for your actions

Take responsibility for your actions | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

It is so easy to blame others, to blame life and circumstances … we hardly want to take responsibility for our actions and for our situation. So often people excuse own problems via other people and life.

 

There are three kind of categories:

The Hang-Ups – People who blame life and outer circumstances for their problems

The Bang-Ups – People who blame past personal problems and hurts

The Gang-Ups – People who blame other people for hindering them

 

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

 

( Source: Ethics 101 – John C. Maxwell)

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Why complicating life ? Say what you want!

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How to become a successful author

How to become a successful author | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

Writing a book is not very easy

We need motivation, perseverance and enormous concentration and energy to fulfill this demanding task. It is not to compare with a blog that we write, because here we can estimate the task much better. Writing a book is a never ending story where we can very well be motivated in the beginning, however when the end is near we too often tend to lose motivation and energy.

We should be honest: Writing a book is exhausting!

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#Culture shifts are doomed when leaders cling to the past and refuse to lower their shields … learn to be a no-compromise leader!

#Culture shifts are doomed when leaders cling to the past and refuse to lower their shields … learn to be a no-compromise leader! | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

“Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation and action.” ~ David Kekich



Strategies, planning and creativity are all important aspects of great leadership, however everything stands and falls with action.

A leader who can convince through constant action is a leader who understands no-compromise leadership.

Inaction or the tendency to look the other way means “compromise”.



Now be honest …

Do you want to give up, or to compromise, principles or passion?

No leader wants to compromise, but indeed many do it, often unknowingly.

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Comparative leaders will be the leaders of the future …

Comparative leaders will be the leaders of the future … | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

We are all global leaders … we act globally.


But are you a comparative leader? A leader who leads people with respect for the own culture?

 

First we should explain the two leadership styles:

 

What is global #leadership ?

Here executives lead across cultures and perform leadership outside the own national and organizational culture.

 

What is comparative #leadership?

Here executives lead people in different cultures, they lead a multinational team.

 

Effective global leaders need an understanding of cultural leadership styles to lead multicultural followers effectively.


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Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. ~ Jim Rohn

Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. ~ Jim Rohn | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it

Successful people are aware of their commitment to excellence. They always find back to the own discipline and focus.


They immediately recognize when they lose themselves in distraction, in enticement, in outer influences.

 

Through excellence and discipline a true leader always finds back to his roots and his soul. 


Excellence and discipline is learned behavior … it gives confidence and trust in the own person.

 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle


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INSPIRATION MEANS NOTHING UNLESS IT’S FOLLOWED BY TRUST

INSPIRATION MEANS NOTHING UNLESS IT’S FOLLOWED BY TRUST | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

Inspiration means nothing unless it’s followed by trust. So get out there and create trust. ~ Karin Sebelin

 

For feeling motivated and encouraged, for feeling the need to change something we need to be inspired.


And true inspiration comes from deep within.


We need to be inspired from the inside out to make things happen.

It comes from connecting with something we deeply desire that affects our internal processes.


True leadership is able to bring these processes into move.

 

Problem is, that inspiration won’t last long … when we don’t experience trust in our life, our soul suffers.


And no inspiration can repair that.

 

Trust is the key to happiness … not inspiration.


http://karinsebelin.com/inspiration-means-nothing-unless-its-followed-by-trust/

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Do hula hoops and convince with wittedness … have fun at work

Do hula hoops and convince with wittedness … have fun at work | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

Traditionalists will say that work is serious business. One of the most creative minds of the Industrial Age had a different point of view:

 

I never did a day’s work in my life — it was all fun.
 — Thomas Edison

 

 

Meghan M. Biro, CEO + Founder TalentCulture Consulting Group + TalentCulture World of Work, says:

“Edison’s point is well taken, but I doubt he ever worked in any of the deadening cultures most of us have had to suffer in at some time during our careers. I’m not asking for rainbows and unicorns, they call it work for a reason. But the fact is that leaders can add some zing, zest and just plain fun to being at work. And numerous studies have shown a lively, personalized workplace culture improves business performance (and profits).


I’m talking about fun, but this is serious business. It’s our job to help create happy employees.”

 

Life is serious enough.


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The key to successful leadership is not influence, it is #trust .. give people trust and you don’t need influence

The key to successful leadership is not influence, it is #trust .. give people trust and you don’t need influence | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

TRUST … the only kind of influence that really matters

 

There is a quote:

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. ~ Kenneth Blanchard

 

When we think like that, we only think about us – we are egoistic and selfish and aim on our personal success.

 

Our future lies in other people and their success.
Our goal should always be giving people our trust that they learn to trust us.
And giving our trust has nothing to do with aiming on trustworthiness.
Others should be trustworthy for us.
When we see others with a human heart, when we see their soul and humanity, we see their trustworthiness.


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Create an Attitude of Approachability

Create an Attitude of Approachability | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

“I feel a leader should be approachable.”

Do you think so, too?

 

When we come to a certain level of leadership, people want to get in deeper contact with us. People want to know us and they want to talk on a personal level to us. This can be disturbing for people who are not used to that. We all like to have our private sphere, but being successful means appreciating that people see us as recommendable and a person to share the own interests and life with.

 

Try to understand:

Personal leaders know more. They learn more. And they are seen as trustworthy. The cost of ignorance can be high.

 

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Leadership is like a drive by car … we can get wise in two ways

Leadership is like a drive by car … we can get wise in two ways | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

What kind of driver are you?

 

Are you

…. a foresighted and attentive driver?

or

…. an adventurous and hazardous driver?

 

Do you adapt your driving to your surroundings, to the signs that you come across?

or

Do you seek your own style and drive with risk and personal motivation?

 

Leadership is like driving a car …

 

We have learned to drive and to lead, but each day we come across new situations in traffic where we have to prove us and our abilities.

We think we know everything .. and want to show that ..

Good leadership needs wisdom and the right sixth sense to act appropriately and at the right moment.

 

Leaders or drivers can get wise in two ways …

 

By seeing with the eyes, by in-depth understanding and by intuitive reaction. —> That is the wisest way.

Or when fate brings us to our senses. When we wake up suddenly, through an unpleasant situation or accident. —> This is the hardest way.

 

Real wisdom comes when we react before we have to react, and not when we learn because we have to..

When we question steadily our own movements and situation, when we lead effectively and thoughtfully, we become wise.

 

Good leadership means gaining an awareness.

 

Are you aware how you lead?

 

Leadership is like a drive by car. Enjoy the luxury of wisdom in your own car. ~ Karin Sebelin

 

http://karinsebelin.com/leadership-is-like-a-drive-by-car-we-can-get-wise-in-two-ways/

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Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success

Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
"Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities -- for success, for happiness, for really living -- are waiting."

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Karin Sebelin's insight:

I especially like these words in the mentioned book:


"The most valuable skill of a successful entrepreneur … isn’t “vision” or “passion” or a steadfast insistence on destroying every barrier between yourself and some prize you’re obsessed with. Rather, it’s the ability to adopt an unconventional approach to learning: an improvisational flexibility not merely about which route to take towards some predetermined objective, but also a willingness to change the destination itself. This is a flexibility that might be squelched by rigid focus on any one goal."


I think we all should be more "flexible" sometimes. We too often cling too much to plans and schemes.


Read the article


http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/05/oliver-burkeman-antidote-plans-uncertainty/



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Angie Mc's curator insight, February 6, 9:51 AM

Life needs finesse, a lose grip, to ensure we don't lock into our own will at the expense of others or something better.  And, the sub-title of this makes me smile, "Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking."  I'm after truthful thinking, myself :)

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Tips for #blogging – write from the heart ♥ ♥ ♥

Tips for #blogging – write from the heart ♥ ♥ ♥ | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
Karin Sebelin's insight:

Blogging is a good means to present yourself and your business. Readers are able to learn how you feel, think and which experiences you have made.


People may learn your skills and your special abilities, but also what you love and like.


Some people have their problems finding the right path for blogging.They have problems finding the right topic and beginning.


Here some helpful incentives for good blogging:


Write from the heart ♥ ♥ ♥


Write from the heart.


What does that mean?Write from the heart means dare to be YOU.


Here some words to think about:


“Don’t write what you know—what you know may bore you, and thus bore your readers.Write about what interests you—and interests you deeply—and your readers will catch fire at your words.”~ Valerie Sherwood

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6 Ways to Conquer Self-Criticism and Lack of Motivation

6 Ways to Conquer Self-Criticism and Lack of Motivation | The Key To Successful Leadership | Scoop.it
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( Source: http://dashburst.com/infographic/how-to-conquer-self-criticism-lack-motivation/  )

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