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Leadership is About Questions

Leadership is About Questions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Answers make me comfortable. I enjoy solving the mystery, working out the solution, completing the puzzle. I like to figure out the story before the storyteller finishes it. Getting an answer, espe...

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The leaders who inspire me appreciate and ask questions, and listen to how I respond. They do not usually ask me for some specific bit of information, although I am pretty good with dates and names. They tend to ask “Why?” very often, along with “How could we do that?” about new ideas.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:50 AM

And,of course, listening deeply to the answers!

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12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

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How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For - Forbes

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An old colleague and leadership expert used to relate a little parable about the great British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli.

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The wise leader senses that there’s something noble and heroic in most anyone who sits across the table, and uses the time together to learn about that person’s personal battles and triumphs. Many of the greatest leaders and mentors are those who can become sincerely fascinated by most anyone.

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 3, 4:01 AM

It takes maturity and humility and wisdom to grasp that oftentimes the best thing you can do with that spotlight is to put it on those around you, so that they blossom in ways they didn’t realize were possible … and so that your organization can benefit fully from their fully developed talents.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 3, 6:39 AM

Wow, I absolutely love this article!

 

What a powerful message to remind us that leadership is not about us, it is about helping our teams shine. 

 

So today if the positive spotlight is turned on you, turn it back to the team and let them shine! 

 

What do you think?  Would love to learn from our experiences and observations....The SPOTLIGHT is on YOU:)

 

Until next time....PS - Live on Purpose!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 10:19 AM

There is a lot of servant-leadership in this article. I thought about how often I heard School managers spoke using language that suggested ownership. For example, my School, my teachers, my leadership, etc as if they were the only ones who had a vision.

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29 Signs You’re Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It)

29 Signs You’re Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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People rarely quit over the last thing that happened.  Instead they quit a tiny bit each day.  Trying to fix the last thing misses the point.  Keep this in mind.

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, June 15, 5:58 PM

Great list to have on hand when you suffer any setbacks and we all suffer setbacks. Always be resilient.

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7 Essential Reasons to Show Compassion Everyday

7 Essential Reasons to Show Compassion Everyday | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has a short but great saying about showing kindness in everyday life: “compassion is a verb.”   (RT @Luv_Adventures: 7 Essential Reasons to Show Compassion Everyday http://t.co/MEs45i81ox...
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More than a word describing the general spirit of love, compassion can be a hands-on philosophy – one with plenty of good reasons to live it fully each day:

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6 Pitfalls Savvy CEOs Avoid At All Costs, And You Should, Too

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Being a CEO is tough, but it's even harder when you let these mistakes drag you down. Here are six pitfalls, from not delegating enough to answering...
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Why Leaders Need Courage through Perspective | Switch and Shift

Why Leaders Need Courage through Perspective | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Are you afraid? You need to tap into your deeper driver, not the obvious surface driver like promotion, wealth, recognition, or whatever success means to you.
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Are you afraid? You need to tap into your deeper driver, not the obvious surface driver like promotion, wealth, recognition, or whatever success means to you. You need the perspective that today’s endeavor isn’t the end-all.

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Reality Check: Leadership Is Hell

Reality Check: Leadership Is Hell | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leadership is hell, but it’s brightly packaged as heaven. And this lures too many talented and ambitious people into the wrong careers, because they’ve falsely equated being a senior manager with being a success.
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The study of leadership shouldn’t be an effort to turn everyone into a leader. In fact, one of the best ways to improve the leadership in our organizations and our society is to give people permission not to feel pressured to be on the leadership track.

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Why some thrive and others wither under stress

Why some thrive and others wither under stress | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Scientists look at the personality traits that contribute to resiliency, a quality that can be learned.

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Great info about how we can position ourselves to flourish and thrive...regardless of our circumstances. 

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Christian Burris's curator insight, May 21, 11:24 AM

Good article for #smallbiz owners and #entrepreneurs.  As a #smallbiz owner, I have certainly seen my fair share of stress.

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15 Ways to tell if someone is Arrogant or Humble

15 Ways to tell if someone is Arrogant or Humble | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Arrogant people say they believe in humility but their life says they believe in arrogance. Humble people speak the truth. The temptation to temper the truth and say what others want to hear, for e...
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Humble people speak the truth. The temptation to temper the truth and say what others want to hear, for example, is nearly universal. If you’ve found someone who speaks the truth give them a raise. I’ve seen people negotiate how truthful they are going to be with the boss – if you don’t tell, I won’t tell.

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10 Times You're Better Off Saying Nothing at All

10 Times You're Better Off Saying Nothing at All | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You know the saying that sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all? Here are 10 of the times when that is most true.

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As President Harry S. Truman once said, you can accomplish just about anything if you don't care who gets the credit. Sometimes, that means staying quiet just long enough for someone else to think of your solution and propose it as his or her own.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, May 13, 5:34 PM

It often pays to keep your mouth shut.

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20 Questions that Will Free Your Mind from Negativity

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The Status Quo Is Risky, Too

The Status Quo Is Risky, Too | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Analyze your current strategy as rigorously as you would new options. (The Status Quo Is Risky, Too http://t.co/f7iZGzkIDj)
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It’s now common practice to manage risk with heightened awareness, disciplined processes, and due diligence. Unfortunately, we are more likely to apply these tools to evaluate the risk of changing than to evaluate the risk of staying the same. If your teammates are anchoring your business in the past, it’s your responsibility to help them see the risk of the status quo.

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The Latest from Mark Miller: Talk is Cheap… Change is Hard

The Latest from Mark Miller:  Talk is Cheap… Change is Hard | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Navy SEAL Lessons for Operating Successfully As A Team

Navy SEAL Lessons for Operating Successfully As A Team | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In the military, there are shared beliefs, consistent values, and deep traditions across all military units. In comparison, it’s often unclear in businesses what values a company operates with. In
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12 Common Lies Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe

12 Common Lies Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Mentally strong people know the opposite of defeat is not courage; the opposite of defeat is hope.  And there’s always hope.  When you lose something good, don’t think of it as a loss, but as an experience that gets you back on the path you were meant to travel.  Ultimately, the measure of who you are is what you do with what you have at any given point in time.

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10 Leadership Lessons from 10 Inspiring Entrepreneurs - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

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As the emcee of the 2014 OEN Entrepreneurial Summit, I watched a group of entrepreneurs from diverse businesses deliver 10 valuable leadership lessons.

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Simple truths from successful leaders...enjoy! 

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 10, 5:51 AM

(From the article): While there was a wide diversity in business type, there was a real commonality in the lessons these entrepreneurs shared  - the “hard knocks” leadership lessons.

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Leadership is Sharing Who You Are -

Leadership is Sharing Who You Are - | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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People tend to think that becoming a leader is being more like leaders who have gone before us.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 5, 8:32 AM

Parker Palmer wrote something to the effect authority is authoring our lives. That makes leaders vulnerable. Teachers who sit on the boundary of public and private life embrace this vulnerability. Usually, combined with technical skills, these are the teachers students respect and learn from.

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Managing a Negative, Out-of-Touch Boss

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Keen advice on working with (and for) a toxic boss.

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How to Get Your Employees to Go Beyond the Call of Duty

How to Get Your Employees to Go Beyond the Call of Duty | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Being a humble leader means you have to get rid of the attitude that you're the boss and you're always right. "Too often leaders are focused on swaying others and 'winning' arguments.

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Vittorio Grieco's curator insight, May 26, 8:49 AM

Work with them not against them.

Stephanie Golden's curator insight, June 23, 8:22 PM

AWESOME ARTICLE! I truly believe in remaining humble and treating people right...having selfless leadership! 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 9, 6:12 AM

A plea for more Humble and Selfless Leadership to make your employees go the Extra Mile!

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Do you have to sacrifice happiness for success? - NEWS.com.au

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According to positive psychology (the scientific study of happiness), the two major factors that contribute to a happy life are a good romantic relationship and deep, lasting friendships.

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According to positive psychology (the scientific study of happiness), the two major factors that contribute to a happy life are a good romantic relationship and deep, lasting friendships.

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Make a Positive Change Now With These 5 Life Shortcuts

Make a Positive Change Now With These 5 Life Shortcuts | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Save time and conserve energy with these simple but powerful changes in your daily actions and thinking.
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We're always looking for shortcuts that can make life a little more efficient. As an entrepreneur, these shortcuts can mean a big jump in productivity with just a few minor adjustments.

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3 Questions Executives Should Ask Front-Line Workers

3 Questions Executives Should Ask Front-Line Workers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Find out what's really going on in your company.
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Being present, asking the right questions, and listening to what your customers, employees, suppliers, and investors have to tell you creates an invaluable feedback loop for your performance as a leader and for the organization as a whole.  Do it consistently and others will follow with astounding results.

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How to Hire Employees Your Clients Will Love (Infographic)

How to Hire Employees Your Clients Will Love (Infographic) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Think about the kinds of people you'd like to be the face of your company.

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You'll find a certain combination of personal traits and professional skills in the best client-facing hires. In this infographic Column Five and software company Zendesk illustrate what you need to be on the lookout for. 

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One Secret for Greatness: Choose The Right Leadership Development Goals - Forbes

One Secret for Greatness: Choose The Right Leadership Development Goals - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
One Secret for Greatness: Choose The Right Leadership Development Goals Forbes There has been a great deal of talk in organizational psychology about moving our emphasis in leadership development away from our fixation on weakness to a more...
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Leadership development goals can also have an impact on organizations.  GE and Westinghouse were at one time of equal size and stature.  While many factors ultimately caused GE to leap forward, one of them was GE’s decision to invest in developing leaders.

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The Value of Humility to Innovation

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In 1997, Gary Kasparov, the reigning, undisputed world champion of chess, a man considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, lost a match to a computer, IBM's "Deep Blue." At the (The Value of Humility to Innovation
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Leverage the expertise of your team – both internal and external resources – and act as the humble coordinator that keeps things moving in the best possible direction, with an open mind and consideration for multiple perspectives.

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