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Daniel H. Pink: Why bosses need to show their soft side - Telegraph

Daniel H. Pink: Why bosses need to show their soft side  - Telegraph | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
If you ever want to understand your boss, corner him (or her) at the next office party and see if he’ll play a little game. Tell him (or her) you need only 30 seconds.

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This article demonstrates a great little test in perspective taking.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 19, 2013 9:56 AM

As leaders, people expect us to get results. As such, one of the challenges that can arise from our adopting an action orientation and tough-minded approach to accomplishing our task is we sacrifice the fundamentally human quality of empathy Along the way. To be sure, empathy shouldn’t be the only quality of leaders. If an executive is too worried that a decision might hurt someones feelings he’ll never get anything done. Thinking strategically and acting vigorously are essential.

But action orientation without sufficient empathy has at least two flaws. First, people resist going along with proposed actions, which can impede progress. It’s a sturdy principle of organisational life that people quit bosses, not companies. Second, if people do go along, they do so reluctantly, leading to an atmosphere of compliance rather than engagement. The key is to strike a delicate balance between action-orientation and perspective-taking. 

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Brigadier General John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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Leaders Who Can Read Collective Emotions Are More Effective

Leaders Who Can Read Collective Emotions Are More Effective | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
How a leader manages collective emotions can create or destroy enormous market value. It can also have a huge bearing on what large groups of stakeholders think of you.

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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances ar

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Joel Anfuso's curator insight, May 18, 4:24 AM

Check out the architecture slides...wow

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, May 18, 7:52 AM

O futuro bate a sua porta.

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Restoring Humanity to Leadership

Restoring Humanity to Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

With recovery underway in many advanced economies, money is surging back into leadership development after the down-years of the recession. In 2013, companies spent an estimated worldwide total of US$45.5 billion on education for leaders at all levels.


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Claude Emond's curator insight, May 16, 9:31 AM

To be a leader, you have to have a purpose and people who want to follow you over that purpose. You do not study to become a leader. Your purpose in life is the start of it all. No purpose, nothing to lead forward. What is your purpose ?

Claude Emond's curator insight, May 16, 9:32 AM

To be a leader, you have to have a purpose and people who want to follow you over that purpose. You do not study to become a leader. Your purpose in life is the start of it all. No purpose, nothing to lead forward. What is your purpose ?

E-Copywriting's curator insight, May 18, 8:00 PM

We need to invest in our entire workforce, including our management teams.

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3 Leadership Lessons From the Dalai Lama

3 Leadership Lessons From the Dalai Lama | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The spiritual leader says compassion and open-mindedness are key to fostering relationships.

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What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25

What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25 | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Most of our brain's patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it's possible to change your brain's pathways and patterns with these methods.

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Do You Fail At Leadership?

Do You Fail At Leadership? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Let’s take a break from tech and talent analytics and think about bosses. Good bosses make the news: consider Dan Price, the CEO in Seattle who was so moved by a study on happiness that he took an enormous salary pay cut to raise his employees pay to a live-able [...]

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 21, 9:31 PM

In Alberta, we have an election going on. The politicians like to talk about everyone making a sacrifice. This is what it might actually look like.

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Four Essential Practices for Building Trust

Four Essential Practices for Building Trust | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders hold challenging positions in today's schools. Often hired to initiate change and increase student performance, leaders can find it difficult to build trust with their colleagues.


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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, April 9, 12:20 AM

Some leaders underestimate the power of relationships in solving their problems. Many well-intentioned leaders are simply unaware that their words and actions erode trust. Some who are aware lack the strategies to address trust issues.

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5 Timeless Leadership Roles To Help Navigate Change

Organizations don't change, they adapt. They do so because of the timeless principles leaders (ideally) personify during change...

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Self Awareness - The Most Important Leadership Skill There Is

Self Awareness - The Most Important Leadership Skill There Is | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
We know that we need good business acumen, but we also need to have the emotional intelligence that allows us to effectively serve and care for team members. We also need to be competent, and we need to be able to inspire others with a positive visio...

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Center for AI's curator insight, March 23, 4:54 PM

The most important leadership skill according to this article is self-awareness. Are you surprised by this answer? What are your thoughts?

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How To Ask Better Questions

How To Ask Better Questions | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

“Hitting a creative wall, or getting nowhere with a colleague? Think differently about how you ask questions.”


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 9:22 AM

(From the article): "As organizations think about what they need to do to make changes, they need to look for the questions that will make the big difference," says Brookman. "The right questions will empower everyone to think in new ways."

Claudia Crescenzi's curator insight, March 17, 5:21 AM

"Effective leaders ask questions instead of giving orders,"

Arlene Ward's curator insight, March 17, 12:51 PM

Everything starts with a good question...

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Mindfulness and Cultivating Creativity

Accessing the mind’s default mode

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5 Actions of an Open-Minded LeaderSwitch & Shift

5 Actions of an Open-Minded LeaderSwitch & Shift | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
How many times have you heard someone use the term, open mind?


“I am keeping an open mind.”


“Let’s approach this with an open mind.”


“I would definitely describe myself as someone with an open mind.”


“Please keep an open mind as I tell you this”.


I expect that, like me, you have heard it countless times, used by countless people, in countless settings. Add to this the number of occasions when the words were used, and we didn’t even notice.
But, have you ever taken the time to think about what having an open mind really means? How important it is to you? What mindsets, values and actions make you feel you are living your life with an open mind?


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Are You a New Age CEO?

Are You a New Age CEO? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Management expert Ram Charan explains what leaders need to thrive in uncertainty.

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What Kind Of Leadership Is Needed In Flat Hierarchies?

What Kind Of Leadership Is Needed In Flat Hierarchies? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Our shift from bureaucratic to distributed leadership took nearly a century. According to Deborah Ancona, a professor of management and organizational studies at MIT, companies in America circa 1920s were "super bureaucracies." Then, in the 1960s, people focused on interpersonal relationships and lots of discussions centered around trust and empathy. In the 1990s, it was all about organizations needing to undergo large-scale changes and vision. Finally, today’s workplace centers on what’s called variously eco-leadership, collaborative leadership, or distributed leadership.

"It’s all about your network," says Ancona, author of X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed, as in who do you know outside and inside of your team. "If you understand the internal network in your company, you have a higher chance of moving ahead


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David Hain's curator insight, May 20, 4:19 AM

In flat hierarchies, everyone has to step up to leadership.

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 21, 9:15 PM

The fast growing movement in flat structures is probably http://www.holacracy.org/ The key is not the system though it's a change in ways of being by leaders. Being comes before doing.

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Crowdsourcing Leadership

Crowdsourcing Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Management gurus tell us what leadership is…and isn't. Years of research have taken us from employee-driven quality control, to empowerment, to "followership." By "turning the pyramid upside down," many of these approaches encourage employees to do what they think is best to serve customers, improve processes and innovate. Beyond these, however, in the age of closer and closer connectedness we are seeing a new organizational phenomenon. We call it crowdsourcing leadership.
Much like composer Eric Whitacre, who uses crowdsourcing to splice together individual singers' voices to create masterful choral works (albeit with digital technology), business leaders are increasingly asking employees to lend their voices—and talents—to the chorus of direction and leadership. 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 15, 5:07 AM

Is crowd sourcing leadership a new answer? Seems to me it's a trendy way of describing dialogue and engagement...

Dixie Binford's curator insight, May 15, 10:04 AM

I thought of a new Superintendent of Schools as I read this article.  How could he/she use this approach to open a channel of communication with teachers and principals?

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What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence

What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
We can all get better at cultivating compassion.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 4, 9:11 AM

a call of action for a compassionate world!

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Ambiguity Fuels Unethical Decisions

Ambiguity Fuels Unethical Decisions | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
New research suggests that we use situational ambiguity to justify lies and deceptions. Experts discovered that we tend to lie and cheat only to the extent that we can justify our transgressions. Viewing an issue in shades of gray appears to relax our...

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25 Ways to Be More Creative

25 Ways to Be More Creative | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original--it just takes practice.

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How to Be Emotionally Intelligent

How to Be Emotionally Intelligent | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
What makes a leader? Knowledge, smarts and vision, but also the ability to identify and monitor emotions and manage relationships.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 8, 10:05 AM

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is arguably the single most important predictor of leader success. It is all about being able to understand and control yourself while being aware of others. 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 8, 7:45 PM

Checklist for Emotional Intelligence

Kudos's curator insight, April 10, 10:26 AM

The best leaders are always ones that can relate to their team, keep a calm demeanour in crisis or conflict and work to support their team to help make them better verses dictating or blaming for what is wrong. The best Managers look for what their team does right and recognizes those behaviours and results. Managing people well is much harder then it looks, recognizing people for what they do well and how they contribute is a great place to start to be a good emotional intelligent leader.

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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
By Abhijit Bhaduri and Bill Fischer Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid [...]

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Carol Rine's curator insight, March 27, 11:05 AM

Excellent comparison. I am challenged by some of these! #AlwaysGrowing

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 29, 3:28 PM

Le digital a certainement changé notre façon d'être. Ici l'auteur fait une extrapolation vers le leadership du 21st siècle. Évidemment les choses ne sont pas aussi noir/blanc. Il faut des styles de management différents selon les situations.

Sarah johnstone's curator insight, May 19, 4:59 AM

Digital - DIGItal - DIGITAL All The Way For Me!! ��

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Servant leadership, act two: mentor, teacher, transformer

Servant leadership, act two: mentor, teacher, transformer | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
You would think that servant leadership is one of the latest business trends. Taught in the best business schools, plenty of books, and clips on YouTube. Not so.

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How Leadership Behavior is Squashing Innovation and Creativity

How Leadership Behavior is Squashing Innovation and Creativity | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

For any organization to be successful, it has to continually innovate and evolve. This is one of the great business lessons that have withstood the test of time.

 

In his book, True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results, author Edgar Papke notes that one of the keys to organizational success – especially in the area of innovation – is its employees’ ability to openly and confidently express their ideas.

 


The free flow of new ideas is essential for keeping an organization competitive, and is at the heart of building employee buy-in and getting them to take ownership of both their own work and the company’s objectives.


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7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Achieve Better Success in Life

7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Achieve Better Success in Life | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Know this: Hard work alone won't get you there.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 12, 6:03 PM

Check out the findings from several studies, which shine a light on what it takes to achieve more in life.

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6 Surprising Reasons Why Thinking Like a Child Makes You a Better Leader

6 Surprising Reasons Why Thinking Like a Child Makes You a Better Leader | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Feeling bored, frustrated, or stuck? Try turning into a five-year-old.

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Lucy Duarte's curator insight, March 9, 2:06 PM

Time to change your mindset leaders. Don't be afraid to act like a child.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 12, 9:51 AM

(From the article): To children, the world is a place of constant wonder, and the simplest outing or activity can seem like a game or a safari in their eyes. Richard Branson is just one of many entrepreneurs who seem to bring this brand of child-like wonder to everything they do.

 

If something seems boring, go at it as a five-year-old would. Turn it into a game. Imagine ways to change it around. You just may discover a different, better, or at least more interesting approach to the same boring task.

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Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks

Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged . When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all stakeholders.

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DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, March 4, 11:49 AM

Be safe all the time...

SohoInt Indians's curator insight, March 4, 12:16 PM

Be the leader you can be!

Ian Berry's curator insight, March 5, 1:04 AM

I like "It’s in the human DNA to want a sense of purpose and meaning in our work as well as in our lives outside of it; to know that what we are doing with our time, talents and expertise is for something more than just a paycheck."