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Dead but Won’t Admit It

Dead but Won’t Admit It | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Dead teams are dead and buried long before they admit it. They yearn for life. But, in the end, they just suck air until someone puts them out of their misery. Raise your hand if you’ve been part o...

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Teams are more about the people in the chairs than the project on the table.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 10, 2013 10:18 PM

An insight I would offer is that it's the leader that has a profound influence on whether a team is vibrant or dead.  If a team is vibrant, then the leader has fulfilled his/her roll and the team thrives.  If a team is dead--then the leader has failed in his/her duty to the team.

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Self-confidence, Resilience & Fearlessness - When Virtue Becomes Vice

Self-confidence, Resilience & Fearlessness - When Virtue Becomes Vice | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The nature of a virtue is that a vice is almost always hidden inside.

Via Anne Leong
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Human nature, social norms, and the culture of the workplace generally pull us toward virtues. But virtues are not always what they seem. Not only can they conceal vices, they are not invariably virtuous. In a world where rapid change is the one constant, all received wisdom, including what is virtuous, must be regularly re-examined

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 11, 2013 11:02 AM

Anything taken to an extreme, even something good and virtuous, can be a bad thing.  Honest awareness is key to keeping true to virtues without them turning to vices.  And awareness and honest feedback for your people will help them to be more productive and better leaders.

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The Paradox Of Doing More

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How to truly get the most out of your time.

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Orienting around the end product (and process) helps us be more rigorous with the way we align our experiences with our outcomes.

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Want to be a Compassionate Leader? Call Your Mom!

Want to be a Compassionate Leader? Call Your Mom! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
“Son, you have lost weight and look a bit weak. You should eat more. Here, let me fix you something.”“Mom, I’m fine, just a bit tired from my trip.
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Compassion creates lasting employee loyalty, a bi-directional compact based on mutual trust and well-being. You can’t buy that with more money or stock options.

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The Four Basic Moves to Strengthen Focus

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The less distracted we are, the more successful we can be at whatever we do.

Via Jenny Ebermann
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The ability to stay concentrated on what you’re doing and ignore distractions counts among the most basic skills in anyone’s mental toolbox.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:13 PM

Excellent article by D. Goleman!

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The 5 Common Characteristics of Ideas That Spread

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Your success as a creative depends not only on coming up with great ideas and making them happen, but also with getting those ideas adopted by your target audience.

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As this article confirms, The higher the similarity with existing norms, the better the chances of adoption.
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10-Minute Leadership Lesson From Twitter's CEO

10-Minute Leadership Lesson From Twitter's CEO | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt Monday, Dick Costolo shared three nuggets of wisdom for fellow entrepreneurs.

Via The e.MILE Community, donhornsby
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Simple, straight up advice from a successful CEO leader. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:54 AM

(From the article): The first tip: Don't lead by trying to be liked. Lead by being forthright.

 

"It's quite simply this: As a leader you need to care deeply--deeply--about people, without caring what they think about you," he said. 

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Building a Meaningful Legacy - General Leadership

Building a Meaningful Legacy - General Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As the inspiring story of Joan of Arc reminds us, legacy matters. Are you striving to do your part every day to build a meaningful legacy?
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Lessons for every leader in the story of Joan of Arc. Enjoy! 

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10 Ways To Lose Your Best Employees

10 Ways To Lose Your Best Employees | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Want to hold tight to your talent? Don't do these things!

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Want to unload your most dynamic, highest-potential employees? Keep doing these things:

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:47 AM

Great insights on how NOT to recruit, retain, or develop your people --> simply do the opposite.

Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, October 7, 2013 9:21 AM
Don, I have been traveling and have missed reading your articles! I enjoyed reading this article. I particularly agree that not involving or hoarding information will make staff feel unimportant, dis-respected, and un-connected to the mission/purpose.
Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:24 AM

Thanks Don for sharing this article with us!

 

Sharing the company's strategy, priorities, successes, and challenges to each employee is essential.  Then involving your team, asking for feedback makes them feel important, recognized, and valued. 

 

Make it a great day!

 

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How Effective People Handle Email

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If you’re like most people, you feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the amount of email you receive. You would rather spend time on high-impact projects instead of digging through your inbox.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Your career will be made on your ability to get things done, not your ability to answer emails immediately. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:21 AM

More leading ... less email.  Sound advice.

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How Emotional Literacy Can Make You A Better Leader

How Emotional Literacy Can Make You A Better Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
While we all know some of the greatest names in innovation didn?t earn so much as a bachelor?s degree, there?s little question that education?not just what you?re taught, but how to apply and even question what you?

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Emotional intelligence and the skills to develop it are invaluable for helping the next generation grow up to be emotionally adjusted and capable of communicating with clarity and care. But those same skills are just as critical and worth cultivating in your workforce. A team that communicates powerfully and effectively while also being sensitive to others’ responses (and the customers’ needs and expectations), will have the competitive edge in any marketplace.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:57 AM

And a better parent, friend, colleague and follower!!

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – Leading Past our Bullying Tendencies | WebTalkRadio.net

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – Leading Past our Bullying Tendencies | WebTalkRadio.net | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

To access the podcast click on the title above, or go to:  http://bit.ly/GzKW6G


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Are abrasive people bullies? Or is there a difference? To gather son insigh. Ont his topic, check out Al's podcast. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:13 PM

True or False? Over 50 million workers are bullied in the workplace.

 

The answer: True!

 

Is this abuse something that thousands of us are doing on purpose?

 

Or, do we not even know we are are causing this?

 

Are abrasive people bullies? Or is there a difference?

 

Join us this week, as we explore the growing issue of workplace bullying with expert Dr. Annette Roter, an expert on this topic who has dedicated much of her research to the topic of toxic work environments, behaviors and leadership.

David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:11 AM

If you like this, why not follow the series - excellent resource for leaders.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:25 AM

Al is doing a great job. I highly recommend that you follow his podcast. 

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Personal Branding: It's Not About Self-Promotion, It Is a Leadership Imperative - Huffington Post

Personal Branding: It's Not About Self-Promotion, It Is a Leadership Imperative - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Personal Branding: It's Not About Self-Promotion, It Is a Leadership Imperative
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I'm known as a scientist-turned-business leader.
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Think about your Personal Brand as the collection of values you stand for and the offerings you consistently deliver. Be clear on what differentiates you and your unique value proposition from others. There is only one you, after all. What are the special assets, skills and experience you bring to the table? How do you want to be known?

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Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter

Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Having an audience can clarify thinking. It’s easy to win an argument inside your head. But when you face a real audience, you have to be truly convincing.

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The 6 Secrets Of Successfully Assertive Leaders - Forbes

The 6 Secrets Of Successfully Assertive Leaders - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Forbes The 6 Secrets Of Successfully Assertive Leaders Forbes To answer this question we looked at the most assertive managers who were also rated as best leaders to identify the skills that balance out assertiveness to make it an ideally positive...
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There are many leaders who feel that being assertive will make them seem too aggressive or pushy. What can leaders do to be assertive without becoming obnoxious?

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:21 AM

(From the article): There are many leaders who feel that being assertive will make them seem too aggressive or pushy. What can leaders do to be assertive without becoming obnoxious? To answer this question we looked at the most assertive managers who were also rated as best leaders to identify the skills that balance out assertiveness to make it an ideally positive  leadership trait.

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Popular Myth About Success Debunked

Popular Myth About Success Debunked | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." The “10,000-hour rule” -- that this level of practice holds the secret to great success in any field -- has become sacrosanct gospel, echoed on...

Via Romi Royé
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The secret to smart practice boils down to focus on the particulars of feedback from a seasoned coach.

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How I Hire: Look Into an Applicant's Soul

How I Hire: Look Into an Applicant's Soul | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Since my life's work has always focused on self-awareness and well being, I have made those two attributes the criterion for people I want to work with. In my course, The Soul of Leadership, I advise (A positive psychology approach to hiring.

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Remember that your own personal well-being, and how you model that in your life, will attract the right people to you.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:50 PM

Interesting questions ... are strong leaders inherently able to see the souls of their people and connect with them?

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Leaders Make Mistakes Too– 5 Steps to Redeem a Potentially Fatal Error

Leaders Make Mistakes Too– 5 Steps to Redeem a Potentially Fatal Error | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I’ve made many mistakes in my time, and the incident which springs to mind, happened only a few years ago.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Ethics, morality and values based leadership are high on any thought leaders agenda right now. Realisation that materialism, self-gain and profit above ethics is no longer tenable, means leaders now have to be really clear their organisational and personal values, not only have to match, but must be demonstrated on a day-to day basis.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:16 AM

It's not the mistake, it's how we recover...

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:51 PM

Full disclosure ... have made my fair share of mistakes as a leader and will likely make more.  It's not that you fall down (or get knocked down) as a leader -- it's how you decide to get back up.

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Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies

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Disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy $350 billion a year in lost productivity. Here's how the happiest companies boost morale and the bottom line.

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Happiness is a daily journey. Are you doing all you can to lead your team in the right direction? 

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John Ludike's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:31 AM

Fostering connectiedness at every level of organisation and inspiring leadership which isnt filled with platitudes, indeed the secret sauce of inclusive high performance culture..

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8 Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day And How To Prevent Them

8 Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day And How To Prevent Them | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Get ready to have your mind blown.
I was...

Via Luis Valdes
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Being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them—if you even want to.

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Does Your Organization Ignore (and Maybe Reward) Bad Behavior at Work?

Does Your Organization Ignore (and Maybe Reward) Bad Behavior at Work? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Nice guys finish last. We've all heard that phrase before. Which probably means that there's something to it. Now why is that? Because we've seen it happen, haven't we? Again and again. In …

Via Anne Leong, Ivon Prefontaine, Bobby Dillard
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Do employees see you turn a blind eye to how results were achieved? Yes, they do notice.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:31 PM

This article is about business. In education, I would double down on the rewarding of bad behaviour.

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, January 20, 2014 4:58 AM

 

This reminds me of a workmate from 25 years ago. Let's just call her Claire (because that was her name). She had the nation's highest sales figures by a country mile. No one could get near her figures. Naturally, everyone from the national sales manager down worshipped her (well, everyone down to, but excluding, her colleagues) and somehow managed to overlook her rather 'odd' personality.

 

You see, management was prepared to ignore the fact that Claire was always in dispute with other sales reps over business "allegedly" poached from their territories. They ignored the high bad debt ratio that went with her sales (and, incredibly, had no effect on her commissions). To be fair, they may not have even known that she was the most reviled person in the entire company for the way she treated the support staff.

 

Managers from all departments were constantly oiling the squeaky wheel, so Claire received the lion's share of every resource. If she didn't, she'd scream until the office walls came down. Claire had everything she needed -- plus some -- while other reps with an equal claim on resources always had to make do.

 

And then, there were the customers. They were beaten and bruised by Claire's strong-arm tactics on every visit. Reps who followed her were regaled with stories that she refused to leave premises until they bought exactly what she wanted them to buy. One client said he thretatened to call the police and have her removed.

 

While Claire's sales campaigns had the facade of great success, they were a total disaster to the company. In subsequent sales campaigns, a large proportion of her clients cancelled ... never to return.

 

But by the time the fall-out began to reign down upon our irresponsible and indolent managers, Claire was long gone. It happened like this. We were on a country campaign and several of us, including Claire, were staying at a local hotel. We woke one morning to find Claire's door half open and no Claire anywhere to be seen. The only evidence that she had even been in residence was 5 floors below where 200 of her contracts were scattered all over the carpark.

 

That was Calire ... the legendary sales rep ... the girl with the corner office. And management was totally complicit in her bad behavior.

 

We never heard what became of Claire. The managers probably knew but they remained schtum and never mentioned the 'C-name' again.

 

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Tough Choices: The Science Behind Making The Right Call

Tough Choices: The Science Behind Making The Right Call | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Keep your friends close, you'll need them when it comes time to make a tough decision. (Tough Choices: The Science Behind Making The Right Call http://t.co/paKoUl8OnG Great read!

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The bad news is our decision-making is hampered by the fog of human irrationality. Fortunately, science has shown us that there are tricks and habits we can use to improve our judgments and better light the path ahead.



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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:23 AM

Sage advice on improving tough calls.  The tougher the call to be made, the more time you should take to mull it over.  That said, at some point, you still need to move forward and make the decision.

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How to Develop a Leadership Habit

How to Develop a Leadership Habit | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
At age 23, he borrowed money to open a small general store. However, by the next year, the store closed due to the owner's inexperience in a down market. To earn a living to pay overdue bills, the young entrepreneur joined the military.
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Leadership habits don’t happen over night--In fact, habits in general take 68 days to form.

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21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It's not rocket science. Being a better leader starts with the little things. Here's what you need to know.

Via Don Cloud
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Straight forward tips on how enhance your  leadership effectiveness. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 2, 2013 5:53 AM

Lots of good suggestions of practical everyday things you can do to be a better leader.

 

Note #1, #4, and #19 -- beware the allure of information technology ... don't let IT come between you and your people.  It's actually quite amazing the positive impact you can have on your relationships by simply limiting your use of IT.  All of a sudden your talking more with your people, visiting them, or your people come to you.  There simply is no substitute for personal interactions.

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Leadership Builds Character

Leadership Builds Character | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

I have been learning about character my whole life. Some people would say probably that is why I am such a character today. I was born in Wisconsin, on the first day of winter. I remember long winter nights. I grew up with month after month of cold, grey, icy existence each year.


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What's your approach to building character? 

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David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:44 AM

Brief but typically penetrating and profound reflection from Greg Richardson. aka @StrategicMonk