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BOLD: Bold Leadership is Not What You Think | Switch and Shift

BOLD: Bold Leadership is Not What You Think | Switch and Shift | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:39 AM

Bold leadership isn’t reserved for the chosen few, and it certainly isn’t limited to popular culture’s definition of big, brash, loud leadership. Bold leadership is about the everyday behaviors we use to build trust, focusing on the needs of others, leading with confident humility, and vulnerably engaging with our people in authentic and genuine ways.

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Neuroscientist to the Super Busy: Sleep Is Work Too

Neuroscientist to the Super Busy: Sleep Is Work Too | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The science of why skipping sleep is a truly terrible idea.
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Chad Manske's curator insight, May 17, 9:49 PM
Go to sleep! More evidence for why it's crucial to productivity.
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Leadership “Harem” Style

Leadership “Harem” Style | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Harem management was a type of leadership that fostered a strong undercurrent of political influence. It is synonymous with the politicisation of some organisations, where various shadow individuals or groups compete fiercely for power. Harems were often directed behind the scenes by a sultan’s female relatives, particularly the all-powerful mother, known as the Valide Sultan. And then there were the eunuchs. They could be lowly servants, or rise to become third in command after the Sultan and the Grand Vizier; and often had the trust, and the ear, of the sultan.

Reflecting on his own predicament, Edward could see how his CEO obtained some benefits from this harem-oriented way of running Serail Corporation. Why should he get rid of a person if he or she had still some use? Why annoy them by taking them off the executive committee?

While the CEO paid lip service to the advantages of teamwork, he clearly preferred working with members bilaterally. They all liked to have a direct reporting relationship with their boss. By keeping the roles of the people reporting to him ambiguous, he was assured that the information he needed would flow up. In addition, by keeping his “harem” he had reserves at hand in case one of the harem members became fed up with the situation. In the meantime, everyone in the company would be at his beck and call, vying for his attention.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 13, 5:10 AM

Useful piece form Kets De Vries on the dysfunctionality of harem leadership and how to spot it.

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How well do we make time for what we desire and value most deeply?

How well do we make time for what we desire and value most deeply? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Monastic time management is about putting values into practice, practicing what we preach.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 10, 8:48 AM
How well do we make time for what we desire and value most deeply? Are we wasting time on being productive when we could be accomplishing something more important?
Meus's curator insight, May 10, 1:31 PM

We all need to find time for what really matters.

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How young people, technology and co-op values are creating a better future

How young people, technology and co-op values are creating a better future | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Co-ops are transforming people's lives across the world and offer massive potential for students here in the UK

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 8, 6:09 PM

This is one of the reasons I believe millennials are going to be disruptive in the marketplace.

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Why feeling like a fraud can be a good thing - BBC News

Why feeling like a fraud can be a good thing - BBC News | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
If you feel inadequate or that you are likely to be "found out" at work, you're probably not alone. It's part of a phenomenon called the "impostor syndrome" and it's very common, writes journalist Oliver Burkeman.
"I have written 11 books but each time I think 'Uh-oh, they're going to find out now,'" the novelist Maya Angelou once said.
"I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out."
Angelou was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and won five Grammys for her spoken recordings, plus a myriad other awards.
But the "impostor phenomenon" - sometimes known as impostor syndrome - had her firmly in its grip. Public acclaim didn't dent the feeling that, deep down, she was a fraud, who didn't have a clue what she was doing.
You've probably felt the same. Most of us have. Yet a crucial element of the impostor phenomenon is the sense that you're the only person to suffer.
So you may not find it reassuring to learn that Angelou felt it too.
"Sure," you tell yourself, "she thought she was a fraud - but I really am one. And any day now, I'll be rumbled."

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David Hain's curator insight, May 4, 4:17 AM

"If you're sufficiently self-aware to feel that you may be a fraud...you may well not be!" Good article on inner gremlins!

Michelle Sales's curator insight, May 11, 10:33 AM

Research shows also that highly successful women suffer this most. It is helpful to focus on positive self talk and work on assertiveness and resilience. 

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Scientists show how we start stereotyping the moment we see a face

Scientists show how we start stereotyping the moment we see a face | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A new study found the brain regions involved in the split-second assumptions about race, sex and emotion that we make when we see other people.

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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
In my experience, though, most of today’s workers—and senior executives perhaps most of all—lack what they need, whether it’s meditation or a different approach, to balance and offset the demands of their “anywhere, everywhere” roles in today’s corporations. The famous hitter Ted Williams, at the conclusion of a long baseball season, used to go hunting and fishing to relax and recharge. Winston Churchill was an amateur painter who once said, “If it weren’t for painting, I couldn’t live. I couldn’t bear the strain of things.”

Most executives can’t disappear for long stretches to go fishing, and picking up painting sounds daunting. But they can use simple versions of proven meditation techniques to improve the quality of their lives, even if it’s only by increments. My purpose in this article isn’t to tell you whether, or how, to meditate; there are several flavors of meditation and I have only really ever tried the tradition of Vipassana.3 Instead, I will describe how it has helped me deal with three common challenges faced by leaders: email addiction, coping with disappointment, and becoming too insular.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 1:57 AM

The many benefits of meditation!

Joey-David Ovey's curator insight, May 2, 3:17 AM
Leadership, meditation and less attachment.
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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained why the man considered ‘the greatest writer [...]

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 26, 2015 12:47 PM

The best leaders are definitely story-tellers?

Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 27, 2015 1:53 AM

Powerful stories are told with conviction and the most powerful are often told on the basis of personal experience. 


Learning to articulate your powerful personal learning experiences as stories will not only help you to reflect on your learning and therefore make it more powerful, but also help you share your learning with others and influence them to take action.  Leadership indeed!

James Hutchison's curator insight, January 28, 2015 11:01 AM

Of course you reach people by telling stories - it's how we make sense out of life - you can give the theory but you have to provide real world examples and that's why we have stories. Stories help us understand life. But if you tell a story to teach a moral I would suggest that unless you live by that story's moral lesson it doesn't matter how many stories you tell - nobody will believe you. Telling a good story is one thing but having integrity is another.

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7 Easy but Scientific Ways to Become Smarter

7 Easy but Scientific Ways to Become Smarter | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
You can vastly improve your brain's performance by making a few minor changes in your daily routine.
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Chad Manske's curator insight, April 19, 10:40 PM
Some common sense ideas.
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When negative emotions are positive: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy meets Positive Psychology

When negative emotions are positive: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy meets Positive Psychology | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are different movements within psychology. Yet they also have quite a lot in common. Conta

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 15, 12:52 PM
+ve psych and ACT find common ground!
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Why the Best Leaders Are Wary of 'Stretch' Goals

Why the Best Leaders Are Wary of 'Stretch' Goals | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Ambitious goals can motivate. But if setting overly difficult goals becomes part of your culture, your results may vary--a lot.

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Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists

Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Some people have the gift of gab, and can talk to anyone about anything. And some people struggle to make small talk. What separates the two isn’t knowing what to talk about; it’s polishing up your communication skills so you can keep a good conversation going.

"Good conversations require a give and take, just like keeping a ball in the air during a game of catch," says Anne Green, president and CEO of CooperKatz & Company, a communications and media-training firm with clients that include Richard Branson. "When someone directs a question your way—when the ball is thrown to you—you should always respond with an answer that will continue the flow of dialogue, passing the ball back and never letting it drop."

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David Hain's curator insight, April 12, 5:22 AM

May seem basic - but some people do converstaion sooo much better than others. Some why's here.

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Becoming The Kind Of Leader You Would Want To Follow - Forbes

Becoming The Kind Of Leader You Would Want To Follow - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Brian Tracy posed a pointed question: "Are you the kind of leader you would want to follow?" Amazingly, in many cases, the answer appears to be no. Dr. Nico Rose does a great job of curating interesting news from the world of positive psychology and came up with this gem: When [...]

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7 Reasons Why Servants Are Better in Leadership

7 Reasons Why Servants Are Better in Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Great leadership starts at the top but the best leaders once served at the bottom. Temeko Richardson provides 7 reasons why servants are better leaders.

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Why Do We Feel Awe?

Why Do We Feel Awe? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
News stories and social media posts inundate us every day with tips for greater happiness, health, and general well-being. But who has the time to fit them into our already packed schedules?
Recently, though, my research has led me to believe that one simple prescription can have transformative effects: look for more daily experiences of awe. This doesn’t require a trek to the mountains. What the science of awe is suggesting is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 12, 3:46 AM

"Don't underestimate the power of goosebumps!" - Berkeley Greater Good. The importance of bringing some awe into your life! 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 11:02 AM
Does it have to extraordinary to feel awe? Or, can we experience the extraordinary in the ordinary?
Ian Berry's curator insight, May 12, 6:54 PM
We can all be more childlike and less childish. Every day my wife and I and our dog Molly walk the same path (we are blessed with sand and sea, and bush and scrub!) Every day Molly finds something new because her curiosity knows no bounds. She reminds us daily that every moment has never happened before and therefore we cannot help but be in awe.
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6 Foolproof Ways to Start a Networking Conversation With Absolutely Anyone

6 Foolproof Ways to Start a Networking Conversation With Absolutely Anyone | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Really want to talk with someone but not sure how to start? These openers work every time.

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Collaborative Leadership For A VUCA World

Collaborative Leadership For A VUCA World | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
VUCA is an acronym used today to describe the operating environment many organisations are now facing and stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.  To cope with VUCA most organisations
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Garrath Williams's curator insight, May 6, 9:48 AM
Not sure why people us 4 words when 1 will do.
Good read though.
Joey-David Ovey's curator insight, May 8, 2:45 PM
Collaboration needs certain skills to succeed. I'll look forward to the results of this research.
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How Great Leaders Keep Top Performers Happy and Productive

How Great Leaders Keep Top Performers Happy and Productive | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A disengaged workforce can destroy a company's value. Invest in the difference makers and you will see a remarkable ROI.
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Chad Manske's curator insight, May 3, 7:37 AM
Leaders must invest in their people!
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ACTivate - Thriving in the Modern Workplace

ACTivate - Thriving in the Modern Workplace | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Today’s workplace is often characterised by increasing levels of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity), which puts us all under continual pressure. For reasons to keep us safe, when
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The Hard Science Behind Soft Skills

The Hard Science Behind Soft Skills | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Only 11 percent of senior leaders are effective at displaying empathy and maintaining other’s esteem.

3. Empathy is the linchpin soft skill.

Of all the leadership soft skills, empathy is arguably the most critical. In his book “Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution” author Roman Krznaric said empathy “is not just about seeing things from another perspective. It’s the cornerstone of smart leadership. The real competitive advantage of the human worker will be their capacity to create relationships which means empathy will count more than experience.”

Using the DDI database on new frontline leaders, we correlated the effect of each interaction skill on overall assessment performance and each of four leadership tasks. Empathy was the most foundational soft skill, with the largest positive relationship across the board, followed by encouraging the involvement of others.

 

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Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace

Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The mind is a powerful asset, and like any other organ it needs equal rest and stimulation. It's become obvious that our workplaces are increasingly stressful with longer work hours, high pressure deadlines and increased workloads.


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The Most Important Leadership Trait All Ethical Bosses Share

The Most Important Leadership Trait All Ethical Bosses Share | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The absence of it may be the reason why your employees are quitting.

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Joey-David Ovey's curator insight, April 22, 4:23 AM
How important is integrity to leaders? In my view the need to close the deal or get something done clouds people's integrity; They know better, but in the heat of moment buckle under pressure. What can help them remain steadfast in their convictions?
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The Disease of Being Busy

The Disease of Being Busy | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?

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Chad Manske's curator insight, April 15, 3:29 PM
Being busy doesn't necessarily equate to being productive.  Prioritizing and decluttering your life will give you necessary thinking space to be more productive and efficient in less time.
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5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs

Identify and get rid of the hidden beliefs that could be holding you back.

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Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot

Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Changing habits begins with learning what you need to change, becoming aware of ingrained behaviors and practicing more productive responses.

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