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What every leader needs to know
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DON'T SHOOT FOR THE MOON | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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27 Executives Share The Advice That Made Them Successful

Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder, Airbnb said:

"When Airbnb was going through Paul Graham's Y Combinator program, the legendary programmer and startup mentor told Chesky:

"Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like."

(From a 2013 interview with Pando Daily)


It is not about maximum reach with mediocre content, it is about best results with great content with a small audience.

If our goals are too high, we will never reach it, or we will only reach mediocre results.

Don't shoot for the moon! Be content with small results that may convince!

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LEARN TO ACCEPT FEEDBACK WITH HUMILITY - Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received

LEARN TO ACCEPT FEEDBACK WITH HUMILITY - Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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Jim Kim, President at The World Bank, said:

"I received some great advice from Marshall Goldsmith, one of the preeminent authorities in the field of leadership. He told me this: 

"If you want to be an effective leader, listen to and accept with humility the feedback that comes from your team."

The most fundamental commitment you have to make as a leader is to humbly listen to the input of others, take it seriously, and work to improve. Again, it sounds simple, but it’s not easy. Leadership, as Marshall always says, is a contact sport, and one has to constantly ask for and respond to advice from colleagues so you can improve."

(Source: LinkedIn -

Jasmin Rez's curator insight, April 17, 2013 5:59 PM

"Learn To Accept Feedback With Humility" 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 17, 2013 8:44 PM
There are things we can learn from others that we can never learn from a book!
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Thank you .. your feedback is appreciated! :-)
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Your company should follow its instincts

Your company should follow its instincts | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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We are rational beings. It is what makes us human.

But acting always rational does not always make sense. Sometimes we  should follow our instincts.

Suppose you want to buy a car and you have two choices. One of them is faster, safer and cheaper than other. The other just feels right for you. Which would you choose?

If power, safety and price are important to you, and you are a rational person, you should choose the first one. However, many people choose the second one and are happy with their choice.

It does not make sense when we are always guided by measures or even the price and afterwards we are not happy or satisfied. 

People sometimes over-rationalize things. Every single decision has to be put on a spreadsheet, budgeted, evaluated, and the risks have to be measured and mitigated. But such organizations may be missing opportunities and the best chances.

Our instincts are manifestations of the unconscious mind. And when our subconscious and feelings give as the impression that something is not the way we think we better should follow our instincts - they know what they want to tell us. 

You rely on group thinking? Not always the best idea. Groups have very little instincts. Groups decisions tend to be rational. The bigger the group, the more rational the decision. That’s because it’s very hard to communicate those unconscious thoughts.


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The Humanity of Leadership … Making Concessions | Wisdom for Future Leaders

The Humanity of Leadership … Making Concessions | Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |

It is all about concessions in a caring leadership …

Concessions for our surrounding, concessions about how we perceive other people, concessions in our communication with others and also in upcoming problems. Our life and business success is determined by how effectively we care, how we learn to show our humanity towards others, and concede to others their own humanity.

Concessions are the first step for a better understanding for other people.

Now You May Say

That sounds absurd – making concessions! Are we the Salvation Army?
Are other people saints?

Certainly not.

Try to Understand

Concessions here have nothing to do with seeing others as perfect or without faults. Concessions towards other people means seeing them in the best light and with the best premature praise.

Now You Will Say

Why do others need premature praise? Are they so needy and weak that they deserve this? Do they need an extra portion of consideration?

Certainly not.

Try to Understand

Concessions towards other people does not mean being always nice to everyone and forgetting our own attitude and importance. It does not mean making steadily a good face. A caring leader should never base everything on niceness. Being nice does not serve well when the going gets tough.

Leading with kindness is based upon caring for other people, showing empathy and compassion and having positive thoughts for others. Using words that can uplift and encourage other people. Listening with empathy and compassion and trying to understand the other person’s point of view. Leadership that is humane demonstrates that we as leaders appreciate other people as human beings with their own opinions, emotions and experiences. Human beings that are not free of faults and being mistaken.

Humanity in leadership means seeing the humanity in others, recognizing others as human beings.

“Any leader who doesn’t support the heart of evolving humanity is not a leader worthy of being followed.” ~ Vanna Bonta

Concessions are the First Step to Empathy

When we recognize the humanity in other people, we realize that people may have flaws, may show themselves weak and may act inappropriately. Through our concession of their imperfection we show appreciation and respect for others, we show that we understand them and value them – we empathise with them. Concessions are the first step to showing empathy.

Humanity Concedes that our World is Imperfect 

When we recognize others as human beings who are not perfect, we admit that we ourselves are not perfect – that our world is never perfect. And this imperfection gives us the possbility to learn, to improve our leadership skills and to change ourselves – every day. Imperfection is always a chance for us, a chance to grow in ourselves and to reach our maximum potential. For life is a steady process of evolvement – evolvement of the own personality that we bring to blossom.

Life is a journey to detect the own ME. Helping to clarify why we are born and what is our purpose in life, gives our life the needed sense to enjoy all the pleasures that life offers us. Life is a challenge to show more of ourselves, to develop us further and to realize what could be possible.

When we learn to understand this imperfection of our world, we will develop the needed respect for mankind and for evolution. We will learn to appreciate the progress of mankind and learn to appreciate our technology.

The respect for mankind had been a great topic for the German philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Kant’s Formula of Humanity

The philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that human beings have a special dignity because of their rational structures. And this fact about humanity is what makes humans superior to mere animals. Kant conceded human beings therefore a special kind of respect.

Kant gave an alternative formulation of the Categorical Imperative, known now as the Formula of Humanity:

“Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your 
own person or in the person of any other, never simply as a means, 
but always at the same time as an end.”

When we see difficulties in our relationships with other people, we should always concede to people the possibility to change their own behaviour, their own thinking and their own presentation. As we also should have the possibility to change something in our lives.

Guy Kawasaki dealt with the topic “menschdom” in his book “Enchantment”.

He advises:
Be a Mensch

Mensch means to be honest, fair, kind and transparent. Guy says we should focus on goodwill to achieve menschdom. He concedes that people are generally good until proven bad. He adds that good people can do bad things only for reasons of circumstances, but that does not make them bad people.

Guy Kawasaki advises us to be a mensch if we want people to remember us as a person who helped others and made the world a better place.

If we as human beings never make concessions to others and to their humanity, our world would be self-centered and narrow-minded. Concessions enable us to establish better relationships with others and to see our world in a more positive light.

Concessions are the way to success. 





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DO YOU LIMIT YOUR OWN SUCCESS / DO YOU PREFER STAYING MEDIOCRE? | Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |

We have extraordinary capabilities in us, in our brains - we could become great thinkers and great communicators, we could develop our personality further and could bring out the best in us.

Instead we rely on popular opinions, on trends, on recommendations and are not capable to grasp what is really important for us - having our own opinion, being able to have a critical view and being able to question things.


Why don't we bring out the best in us?

Try to understand:

Popular thinking and accepting everything will limit your life.
It is easy to follow this kind of thinking but it will bring you nowhere.
It will bring you only average results.
The problem with popular thinking is that it doesn't require you to thinkat all. 

Do you rethink the ideas of others or are you ...

- too average to understand the Value of Good Thinking 
- too inflexible to realize the Impact of Changed Thinking
- too lazy to master the Process of Intentional Thinking
- too small to see the Wisdom of Big-Picture Thinking
- too satisfied to unleash the Potential of Focused Thinking
- too traditional to discover the Joy of Creative Thinking
- too naive to recognize the Importance of Realistic Thinking
- too undisciplined to release the Power of Strategic Thinking
- too limiting to feel the energy of Possibility Thinking
- too trendy to embrace the Lessons of Reflective Thinking
- too shallow to question the Acceptance of Popular Thinking
- too proud to encourage the participation of Shared Thinking
- too self-absorbed to experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking and
- too uncommitted to enjoy the Return of Bottom-Line Thinking  ???


Our thoughts determine our destiny. Our destiny determines our legacy.

You are today where your thoughts have brought you. 
You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. ~ James Allen

(Source: "How successful people think" by John Maxwell) 

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TURN THE UNEXPECTED INTO THE PROFITABLE - Focus on the goal, not on the plan and you will never see obstacles

TURN THE UNEXPECTED INTO THE PROFITABLE - Focus on the goal, not on the plan and you will never see obstacles | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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Develop the ability to turn the unexpected into the profitable. That means your default position should be that there is never a problem without a potential profitable / pleasant solution lurking somewhere. The understanding that a) not all surprises are bad, and b) surprises, whether good or bad, can be used to create something new, is a central to the way we need to think going forward.

Don't see problems as problems but as chances and create something new from it. Then you will never have problems, only surprises.

There are no such things as problems; just opportunities. Sometimes plan B can be good, too. Or even plan C. Use problems as advantages!

What we may learn of is:
If you come across lemons—otherwise known as business problems / obstacles—do indeed make lemonade.

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Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders

Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Article by John Maeda

The picture shows the kind of creative leadership that is rising at the moment - on the other side the authoritative leadership style.

John Maeda says:
"The chart was originally created for a workshop at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2009 and became the basis of my book Redesigning Leadership, written with Becky Bermont. In my own observation, there are authoritative leaders and creative leaders everywhere."

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:33 AM

Intriguing contrast. Which list are you more comfortable with? Which list are your subordinates more comfortable with? #energizedleader

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:28 PM

Reminds me of Rianne Eisler's work.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 9, 2014 1:03 PM

When I read the two lists, the one for authoritative leaders read like what I experienced as a classroom teacher. School needs to move toward creative leading which would include teachers, parents, students, and other community members. We can move past the normal process of parent advisory meetings which sometimes have teachers in attendance, but are often window dressing.

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Leadership and Simplicity | N2Growth Blog

Leadership and Simplicity | N2Growth Blog | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

You will find that the best leaders, communicators, teachers, innovators, etc., have a true knack for taking extremely complex, dense, or intricate content and making it engaging and easy to understand.

Life is not about making everything complicated, and more difficult as it is.
Life ist about seeing things that are important and explaining them in easy words. 

Life ist not about discussing for hours in groups and talking topics to death, but about finding interesting articles and sharing our opinion here with the reader that people understand the article, get additional perspectives and inspiration and are able afterwards to develop the own opinion.

Leadership is journalism, too .. a journalist sees the facts and gives the article a new outlook that the reader is able to better come to his own understanding. 

A good leader does not indulge constraints or new constraints, but breaks away from constraints in order to be more effective. 

Mike Myatt says:
"Complexity is precisely what plagues many businesses. You don’t solve complicated matters by adding to the complexity. The most effective way to deal with complexity is to strip it away by addressing it with simplicity ... 

As a C-level executive you must focus on simplifying your day in order to maximize your effectiveness."

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is 
simplicity. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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It takes courage and humility to admit when we are wrong or that we have been the cause of some upset.

Admitting our mistakes ...

1.) ... demonstrates courage.
Admitting our mistakes and taking responsibility as a leader takes extraordinary courage. It demonstrates humility and sets us apart from mediocre leadership where ego, looking good and believing in our infallibility are more important than the benefits we will accrue from learning from our mistakes.

2.) ... demonstrates our humanity.
Admitting our own mistakes qualifies us as a member of the human race and in turn allows other people to step forward when they have made a mistake.

3.) ... sets an example for our followers.
If integrity, truth and honour are values of our organisation, then leading by example should be a behaviour that demonstrates that we are really living our values.

4.) ... garners greater respect.
Admitting mistakes and learning from them separates extraordinary leaders from mediocre ones and earns the respect of our colleagues, families, friends and stakeholders.

5.) ... engenders more trusting relationships.
It is now often seen as a sign of emotional maturity in our leaders when they hold themselves accountable rather than “passing the buck”. This trust will in turn strengthen our relationships as our stakeholders will translate these actions into somebody who is honest and is worthy of our trust and loyalty.

6.) ... creates greater organisational value.

Investors and shareholders place a greater value on organisations that look to rectify their mistakes from within as opposed to blaming external factors. Investors place a greater value on leadership that assumes responsibility and control.

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7 Business Lessons from Peter Drucker Every CEO Must Follow

7 Business Lessons from Peter Drucker Every CEO Must Follow | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Some call Peter Drucker “the man who invented management.”

Following are 7 of Drucker’s principles that are particularly important to focus on as a CEO and manager.  

1.) Be mission-driven. 
2.) Be effective – not efficient.  
Efficiency is doing things right.  Effectiveness is doing the right things.  
3.) To grow faster – put your best people on your best opportunities. 
4.) Focus on opportunities, not problems.  
5.) Know the power of “planned abandonment”.
6.) Focus on the customer.   
7.) What gets measured, gets managed.

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Robin Martin's comment, March 19, 2013 2:46 PM
Great one!
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 19, 2013 6:51 PM

If you are in a leadership or managing role (the difference is followership, structure and power), the idea of "right action" in Peter Drucker's description of effectiveness may ring true to your experience.  ~  D

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"LETTING GO" AND MINDFULNESS ARE KEY FACTORS NOWADAYS - Accomplish More by Doing Less | The Key To Successful Leadership |

The key in life is not to do more or work harder; the key is actually to find ways to do less and think more, to be less busy and more productive. 

Here some important principles:

1.) Reevaluate how you spend your time and stop doing the time-wasters.
We’ve all heard about the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule that 20 percent of your activity produces 80 percent of your income.

2.) Create and protect the boundaries of our digital world 
- Put a junk filter on your life
- Just say NO. 
- You get in life what you tolerate.

3.) Study more - Life is not about learning and knowledge, but about studying and transferring what suits to our own life. 

4.) Stay focused and show commitment to consistency.

5.) Life is not about time management, but about energy management.

6.) Learn to delegate effectively!

7.) Value the time you are "off"!

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What are Extreme Leaders? - When to Hire an Extreme Leader

They operate on a plane above ordinary leaders. Their distinguishing
additional characteristics include:

- They stand alone initially in believing in their Big Vision
- They tap into dissatisfaction with the status quo
- They find courage
- They don’t wait for someone else to step up
- They attract followers
- Will risk all they own

These are only some of the characteristics of Extreme Leaders as
outlined in a recent book by Charles Patton. The book is called "Extreme Leadership" and can be found as an e-book on Amazon:

Watch also the video: When to Hire an Extreme Leader

Gautam Mukunda, Harvard Business School assistant professor, explains why "abnormal" leaders make a real difference. He is the author of the HBR Press book Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter. Here the link to the book on Amazon:

The video shows how extreme leaders differentiate themselves from  "normal" leaders:

- Extreme leaders are both resolved and humble.

Karin Sebelin's insight:

Sometimes I tend to be humble and sometimes resolved. For me this is what good leadership is about. Being humble in the right moment, but having the courage to step up, even when standing alone. Leadership includes tapping into dissatisfaction with the status quo. My strong core values show me my way and are often stronger than my personal wish. I have to follow my vision consistently, for me it is a kind of path that I have to go.

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FOLLOW ME – CREATING SOCIAL TRANSACTIONS | Noozmag | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Finding your value in others

+Penny Power says in her book “Know me, like me, follow me”:
In the 21st century people are rebelling against control ….to have followers you need to have the right intention and care deeply about the success of others… Having followers is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow ….

Your ability to be followed will depend on your ability to be a “leader”. Not a leader in the traditional sense, this is not about leading a team, but leading a movement and a set of thoughts. Leadership has to be earned, you are placed in this role by those who follow you, not because you say “I am a leader.”

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(Source: “Know me, like me, follow me” by Penny Power)

Anne Egros's curator insight, March 3, 2013 1:24 PM

Your greatnesss is not what you have is what you give !

Robin Martin's comment, March 17, 2013 1:44 PM
Awesome!! Sharing this tomorrow...!
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thank you :-)
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FEED THE EAGLES AND STARVE THE TURKEYS - Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received

FEED THE EAGLES AND STARVE THE TURKEYS - Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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Nilofer Merchant, HBR Writer and founder of Rubicon Consulting said:

"When I was 20-something ... I walked into my boss’s office, the division leader ... I told him that I felt like on any given day I was facing a tsunami of things I could pay attention to, and there was no way I could work any harder to make stuff happen. I was asking for more resources, as the answer. And he sat me down as he might one of his many kids and gave me this advice:

"Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys."

Feed the Eagles. There are only a few things that matter. Know what they are. And place your energy into them. They aren’t always right in front of you so you need to look up and out more. Starve the Turkeys – lots of things are right in front of you … pecking around, making noise, and demanding attention. Because they are right in front of you, it’s easy to pay attention to them most and first. Ignore them. They will actually do fine without you."

(Source: LinkedIn -

We have so many people around us who define our daily life - people we like and who peck around and make noise. These people search our daily love and attention. And we are so familiar with these people that we sometimes only see them and are totally influenced by them.

We only see the pecking turkeys in front us and don't look up to the eagles above us. 

For a loving and empathic person this is often hard to realize. A loving person sees people with an open heart and with love and respects people's efforts and search for love. But one day you come to a point where you find yourself always in the same situation and nothing changes. This is like appreciating only our beloved family and never talking to other people and forgetting that there is another world outside. It is like mothering our own family till excess and forgetting to give love to others. These familiar people will do very well without us, when they have learned to master their life and to lead themselves. When we learn to hold them with a long leash they will very well do without us. Why? Because they love us and follow us nevertheless. And those who don't follow us anymore these people we have lost long time ago - we only did not realize that. 




Leadership is not about clinging to familiar people - it is about developing ourselves steadily further in walking new paths. Paths that will help us to grow in ourselves. Only when we have the chance to grow in ourselves we may support other people in becoming leaders, too. Exhausted leadership will never have a chance for growth.  

Seek for the eagles and feed them.

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LEADERS DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS - 5 Things Leaders Are Thinking, But Not Talking About

LEADERS DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS - 5 Things Leaders Are Thinking, But Not Talking About | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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Most leaders don’t want to admit that they are not knowledgeable enough about certain issues or that they don’t know how to adapt to changing trends.  The marketplace is moving so fast that it has become almost impossible to stay current and informed about everything. 

As we transition from a knowledge-based to a wisdom-based economy, it’s no longer just about what you know as a leader, but what you do with the knowledge you possess. Leaders must be trustworthy and transparent with their employees, honest with themselves about their vulnerabilities, ethical in their behavior, and demonstrate kindness in their leadership style and approach.  

Here are five things leaders are thinking, but not talking enough about:

1. I Don’t Have All the Answers
Leaders must be vulnerable and they have to accept that leadership is not about being the smartest person in the room; it’s about being resourceful, collaborative and able to solve problems.Leadership is about trusting yourself enough to earn the trust of others – by admitting that sometimes you “just don’t know” the answer.   

2. I Have Difficulty Relating to the Younger Generation
Leaders may feel discouraged working with the younger generation. They must take on the entrepreneurial attitude and be more socially conscious around a younger generation that simply wants to be heard and accepted for who they are as individuals. What they want from leaders are five things in particular:

·         Empower us; don’t micromanage our talent
·         Sponsor us; serve as role models
·         Allow us to manage our own brand; don’t define us
·         Trust us; don’t question our intentions
·         Challenge us; don’t marginalize us

3. Diversity Makes Me Uncomfortable
Leaders must become more culturally intelligent to be more globally competitive. They will become more comfortable with diversity when they begin to approach it through the lens of opportunity, leadership, innovation; new markets, products & services, incremental growth and profitability.    

4. I Am Uncertain About the Future
Leaders are more concerned than ever about the future because of the new requirements to lead in the uncertain 21st century marketplace.  

5. My Leadership Skills Are Not Relevant
Leaders today are concerned more about their relevancy and ability to climb the corporate ladder. They feel the pressure of the younger generation and the new ground rules to grow and compete. These leaders are becoming more proactive in refining their skills in order to become more productive leaders in today’s new workplace; they are investing in themselves and learning how to adapt more quickly.

The most successful leaders know how to do 15 things automatically, every day. They have learned how to “awaken the immigrant mentality” to advance in their careers – to see opportunities in everything, anticipate the unexpected, unleash their passionate pursuits, live with an entrepreneurial spirit, work with a generous purpose and lead to leave a legacy.  

As leaders, we must take the time to talk more about the things that we are thinking, but not saying. There is nothing to be ashamed of. 



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Nat Sones's comment, April 17, 2013 9:07 AM
Very interesting piece. The point at heart is that leadership needs to be inclusive. Understand that it is not weakness (or 'unleaderlike') to admit ignorance, weakness. It's a sign of strength. And in today's world, leaders lead a team of experts even more than ever. You are the leader: not the oracle.
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DON'T CLING TO MOTIVATION! - The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up

DON'T CLING TO MOTIVATION! - The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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We often think we have to be motivated now and have to produce an overwhelming result at the very moment ... we search for inspiration and ideas and they don't come along. We are frustrated then!

Trying to “get motivated” can often make matters worse. The real problem isn’t that you don’t feel like taking action. Rather, it’s the underlying assumption that you need to feel like taking action before you can act. Which explains the hidden pitfall of most “motivational” advice: it’s not about how to get things done, but about how to get in the mood for getting things done.

These words demonstrate how it only works:

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in 
my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing. ~ Warren Buffet

Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.
~ William J. Cameron

Learn to find distraction and diversity in your life and the ideas come from alone.

But without enthusiasm you will never succeed.  

Without enthusiasm the best ideas are damned to die. Believe in your ideas and get excited to carry them out!

If you steadily look for ideas, you may have a motivation problem and not a creativity problem.

I like these words here:

Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic 
or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die. ~ Shoma Morita, MD

Life is not about bringing the best ideas to paper, but bringing the own ideas to paper. #self-confidence

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TRULY GREAT LEADERS | Wisdom for Future Leaders

TRULY GREAT LEADERS | Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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The difference between good leaders and great leaders is not one of degree but one of kind. An extreme leader does what others would not do, even when others advise him against it. For this he needs extreme self-confidence. It is this almost paradoxical combination of strong self-confidence, great will and personal humility that marks the transcedently great leader. These “Level 5″ leaders truly accept that they might be wrong, their own humility allows them to acknowledge the possibility of their own error.

A good example of such a leader who combines humility and confidence is Abraham Lincoln.

His rhetorical masterpiece, the second inaugural address, is a unique statement of its essence. Lincoln calls in his speech for “firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” The first part is a proclamation of implacable resolve and the second half is a statement of utter humility.

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said:
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

Great leaders are not only able to hold two opposed ideas in the mind simultaneously, they also mix two profoundly opposed character traits – extreme self-confidence and most profound humility, all in one person. And they know very well when to use which character trait.

This kind of leadership and character mix has the advantage of highest adaptability and flexibility – such a leader is able to react very flexible. He can be calm and thoughtful, but also can be resolute and determined. He can show himself introspective, but also turned outward.

I have this character mix in me – I have a strong self-confidence, paired with a strong humility. And my mind and my soul shows me the way which character to show at the very moment. I do this very intuitively and with the trust in my higher self.

(Source: “Indispensable – When Leaders Really Matter” by Gautam Mukunda)

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THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY - How to tell if you're creative

THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY - How to tell if you're creative | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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A study out of BI Norwegian Business School has determined the signposts of a "creative" personality.

Conducted by Professor Øyvind L. Martinsen, the study posed 200 questions to 481 people. The subjects fell into three categories. One group of "baseline" subjects such as lecturers or managers, and two groups of people who are generally considered to be creative, such as students of advertising and performing artists. 

There are seven elements of a creative personality:

You’re Creative If:

1.) Your Mind Has an Associative Orientation.
You can fluctuate between daydreaming and perceiving reality
You’re playful and have an experimental attitude.
You are able to become deeply absorbed in your work.
--> You might be so involved in your work that you forget to eat lunch. ツ

2.) You Hunger for Originality. 

3.) You’re Highly Motivated. 

4.) You’re Ambitious. 

5.) You’re Flexible. 

6.) You’re Emotionally Volatile. 

7.) You’re a Pain in the Butt.
Creative people need to have distance from the world around them,
so they can find something that can be improved.
But that can have relational implications. 

Environment can have a particularly strong influence on a person’s creative prowess.

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Nat Sones's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:11 AM

There are mindsets and mindsets. Everyone's capable of creativity - but some animals are more equal than other animals, as it were. Here, a look at the types and mindsets of creativity and how to use them best. 

Nat Sones's comment, April 15, 2013 11:12 AM
I think everyone's creative. There. Said it. Now, some are better than others, more disposed to it - just like some are better organisers. It all depends on the kind of organisation you want to foster and the kind of culture you need to initiate to surround and nurture it. As for those qualities? I hope I have all seven...
Mark A. Taylor's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:30 PM

There are seven elements of a creative personality, so if you’re thinking about quitting your job as a lawyer or stock analyst to go on tour with your band or finally write that novel, you might want to consider the list in this article.

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BUSINESS NOTES: WRITING PERSONAL NOTES THAT BUILD PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS - Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They're Also More Important Than Ever.

BUSINESS NOTES: WRITING PERSONAL NOTES THAT BUILD PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS - Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They're Also More Important Than Ever. | The Key To Successful Leadership |
They cost something, mean something, and have permanence.
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While saying "thank you" is important, the beauty of a well-crafted handwritten note is that it can show deeper investment and appreciation than a simple thank you can. It can follow up on a conversation, remind someone they're not forgotten, raise new issues, or even include a gift. In a world where so much communication is merely utilitarian, these simple acts of investment, remembrance, gratitude, and appreciation can show the people who matter to your life and business that they are important to you.

In the age of global competition and technology, where everything changes fast, the personal touch is so rare that such notes stand out. Your customers or business contacts will love such notes.They will be happy and will feel appreciated. You send an email to somebody, they will read it and delete it ... then it is gone! But a note is something that you can touch and feel. It has presence and permanence. 

Surprise your business contacts with personal notes! Be creative and inventive!

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MAKE PEOPLE CRY ON YOUR FUNERAL | Wisdom for Future Leaders

MAKE PEOPLE CRY ON YOUR FUNERAL | Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |
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Business: It's not who you are, it's how you are

When we had been successful in building up our own company, being then respected and influential, being able to convince our market, fans, followers and potential customers, and are seen as a trusted source of expert knowledge, thought leadership and source of permanent inspiration, we are seen, heard and really perceived. Then we really know our role and position.
We know how to behave and to present us. 

We convince with:

1.) Authority
2.) Expert knowledge
3.) Influence
4.) Reputation
5.) Reliability and
6.) Market success

We convince with our brand.


But what about the person behind? 
We were not born as a brand, but as a person, as a human being.

Do you want to die and on your tombstone stands your brand?
Here rests XY, brand was his second forename ...

Do you want that?

... or do you want to be seen as a personality who coincidentally leads an important brand, too?

Take the second option and people will cry on your funeral!

When we are able to convince with our character, our personality, our humanity, our divinity, our uniqueness in person - when we are able to convince with charm, sympathy, spirit, feelings and soul, we will earn people's respect as a person, too, not only as a brand. Openness, humility, gratitude, charity and empathy will create love, will create an inner connectedness. These things create an unmistakable business culture, will label our brand and will give our company and brand a special noble touch. People will remember these shared feelings and this inner connectedness more than a "naked" brand feeling.


... and on your tombstone will stand:
Here rests XY, his fans loved his humanity ...
R. I. P.

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10 Lessons on Leadership - with Shareable Poster

10 Lessons on Leadership - with Shareable Poster | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Leadership is a lifelong learning process. A good leader always looks for possibilities and ways to improve. He who thinks is perfect will fail.  

Here some lessons and quotes from 10 of the very best business men and women. 

1. Foster Teamwork

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit.This is what creates trust what enables you to get the task done.
~ Peter Drucker, Management Consultant
2. Encourage Growth in Others

Great leaders love to see people grow. The day you are afraid of them 
being better than you is the day you fail as a leader. ~ Jack Welch

3. Boost Employee Self-Esteem

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they canaccomplish. ~ Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart

4. Take Care of People

Really in technology, it’s about the people, getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to innovate.
~ Marissa Mayer, Former Google Executive and Current CEO of Yahoo!

5. Coordinate, Aim for a Goal

Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.
~ Walt Disney, Co-Founder of The Walt Disney Company

6. Be Willing to be Misunderstood

Inventing and pioneering requires a willingness to be misunderstood for 
long periods of time. ~ Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

7. Get People to Follow You

You earn leadership by what Anne Mulcahy calls “followership.”

I think sometimes we forget that we’re not actually anointed leaders, we actually have to earn it and we have to have people that trust us and are willing to follow. I think that really is the differentiator between great leadership and average leadership. 
~ Anne Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation

8. Inspire People

Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated.
~ Fred Smith, Founder and CEO of FedEx

9. Understand Reality and Give Hope

The role of the leader is to define reality and give hope…
~ Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express

10. Be a Good Listener

To be a good leader you have to be a great listener. Brilliant ideas can spring from the most unlikely places, so you should always keep your 
ears open for some shrewd advice.
~ Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group

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Great Leaders Know When to Forgive

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Leaders must be firm and foster accountability, but they also must know when to forgive past wrongs in the service of building a brighter future. One of the most courageous acts of leadership is to forgo the temptation to take revenge on those on the other side of an issue or those who opposed the leader's rise to power.

Instead of settling scores, great leaders make gestures of reconciliation that heal wounds and get on with business. This is essential for turnarounds or to prevent mergers from turning into rebellions against acquirers who act like conquering armies. Nelson Mandela famously forgave his oppressors.

A great example is Nelson Mandela who famously forgave his oppressors.


In forgiveness we are not saying that what happened was OK.
To forgive requires a higher consciousness, it requires knowing a greater truth about the nature of reality. Forgiveness opens the door to the heart and allows love to return. To forgive means "To give as before."

Revenge is not justice and it is no strategy ... learn to forgive.

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Laurie-Ann Murabito's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:44 AM

Takes a strong person to forgive and say I'm sorry.

Karin Sebelin's comment, March 21, 2013 11:01 AM
Indeed it takes a strong person.. but we don't necessarily have to say: " I am sorry!"
Karin Sebelin's comment, March 21, 2013 11:02 AM
Forgiveness can be expressed in so many ways ...
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LEADERSHIP COMES FROM THE HEART AND CONSIDERS THE HEARTS OF OTHERS - Six Qualities Leaders Need to Be Successful | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Leaders have to be able to flexibly adapt their strategies in line with their personal qualities, the company culture, and the situation. The new thinking about leadership emphasizes authenticity, openness, caring and flexibility.
A leader needs to be genuine and lead by example, understanding and is emotionally connected in order to inspire loyal followers.

Here six qualities a leader needs to be successful:

- A good leader lives by the same principles he expects of his followers
- Great leaders inspire us to reach for the stars and to become what we dream of.
- Good leaders show empathy - they take the time to listen to and connect emotionaly with followers at all levels
- The best leaders show passion, commitment, and dedication. They put the organization first and are willing to make personal sacrifices to achieve group goals that they highly value. They display self-discipline and unselfishness.
- A key quality of leadership is the ability to inspire others through emotional connection as well as rational arguments and explanation. Leaders articulate their vision in such a way that followers can see the big picture. Leadership involves engaging the whole person including the sense, thoughts, and emotions.
- Great leadership involves bringing out the best in the followers. Leaders create an organizational culture in which the strengths and potential of each individual are valued and recognized. 

These words sum it up so wonderful:

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is 
about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration - of oneself 
and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.
It is an attitude, not a routine.

—  Lance Secretan, Industry Week, October 12, 1998

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Angela Chammas, M.Ed., M.S., CPC's curator insight, June 6, 2013 10:57 PM

Effective leadership emphasizes being present, focused, genuine, authentic, open, adaptable, caring and leading by example; traits that inspire great followers.  

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Engagement in social media … no problem / you’re confusing me … do I need that? / I am a master in this / engagement .. what is that? | Noozmag

Engagement in social media … no problem / you’re confusing me … do I need that? / I am a master in this / engagement .. what is that? | Noozmag | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Social media lives from engagement, from interactions with other people – from appreciating the others’ posts, liking or plussing them, commenting on and sharing them. Without that social media would not be social.

But we cannot expect from everyone to bring the same engagement to table – each person has own imaginations and ideas what works for him. And having a mix of people with different levels of engagement is certainly a good thing and attractive for good networking.

Problem is that many people don’t really know how to engage adequately and efficiently. They “swim in the social media pool” and try to experiment without being able to swim correctly. They test the water!

Before engaging in social media it is good to know some things:
Engagement Level 1 – Observing and getting an awareness
People are relatively unexperienced in social media – they rather observe than engage. They watch how people interact and try to get clear how everything works. They try to get an awareness what social media means, what engagement means and collect first impressions if they like it.



Engagement Level 2 – Gaining a foothold in social media
People have collected some experience and try to realize what suits best for them. They follow users they like, share content they like and engage with interesting people. They build enthusiasm and develop even joy in engagement.


Engagement Level 3 – Targeted engagement
People understand now very well how to engage. They have established some relationships with other users and trust in these relationships. Interactions are now targeted and straightforward. People engage more regularly than before.



Engagement Level 4 – Engagement as contribution to society
People here do not only aim on engagement, they now want to contribute – to people and to society. They want to make people happy, want to inspire and want to honour them. Relationships have become valuable!


Engagement Level 5 – Leadership as engagement
The highest level of engagement is developing leadership skills and opportunities, leading other people by good example and teaching them how to become leaders themselves. Leadership engagement aims fully on other people!


Now think about your own level of engagement and try to improve that!
Developing our engagement and leadership skills further is only of advantage!

Robin Martin's comment, March 19, 2013 2:48 PM
Love this...sounds like our department...
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Engagement Leadership – Leadership of the Future | Wisdom for Future Leaders

Engagement Leadership – Leadership of the Future | Wisdom for Future Leaders | The Key To Successful Leadership |

Our future will be coined by long-term business performance through leadership culture and leadership strategy. Companies are judged then by the leadership qualities of their CEO and by the capability to train, support and engage their people and surroundings. Leaders of the future lead their company with great example, convey strong values, show strong communication skills, a great understanding and sensitivity for other people, are open for synergies and collaboration and are steadily willing to learn and to develop themselves further. Leaders then are not keen to “sell” themselves, but to present the own company exemplarily, to share visions and ideas, set trends and to initiate changes in our society. A good CEO feels committed for the welfare of the own team and demonstrates appreciation and care through humanity, empathy and emotional, or even spiritual intelligence.

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