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The Portable Leader Is the New “Organization Man”

The Portable Leader Is the New “Organization Man” | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Talented people flock to institutions that make it, regarding costs such as tuition fees, long hours, or foregone earnings as investments in their future. But “transformation” remains a nebulous promise at best, and corporate drivel at worst. Who gets transformed, into what, and how? What good is it for people and their organizations?
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Liberation and Self-Organization for Social Change and Life

Liberation and Self-Organization for Social Change and Life | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Once again, I’ve been re-reading Niels Pfleaging’s short book Organize for Complexity (and eager for the release of the English version of Complexitools) amidst the growing demand we are hearing at IISC from people who want to liberate their organizations and themselves to be able to intelligently respond to change and to come back to life! Here’s the gist – as things shift more, and more rapidly, some people’s inclination may be to try to exert greater control or dig in to what is familiar, but does not work. The more one does so, the worse things can get.
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A Guide To The Perfect Closure Of The Year – Personal Growth – Medium

A Guide To The Perfect Closure Of The Year – Personal Growth – Medium | WorkLife | Scoop.it
“…tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present since it is in the present and only in the present that you live.” The…
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You Can’t Delegate Talent Management to the HR Department

Successfully identifying, developing, and retaining leadership talent is critical for any organization’s long-term success. That’s why many of them, particularly the largest ones, rely on full-time “talent management” professionals, who work in coordination with other parts of HR.

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Successful Leaders Know What Made Them Who They Are

Can you identify the one person, event, or influence that made you who you are as a leader and a person? Over the past 10 years, I’ve put that question to one hundred of the eminent people I represented as chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau: Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Terry Bradshaw, Condoleezza Rice, and many others. I was curious to find out what they felt were the turning points in their lives — the defining moments and influences from which they draw motivation and inspiration.

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How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them

How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them | WorkLife | Scoop.it
If you’re genuinely open to being influenced, then you should logically make it as easy as possible for others to provide the kind of information that would best influence you. It’s simply more efficient. The more others know what will influence you and the more you help them articulate their case, the sooner you can decide whether that information and reasoning warrants changing your mind.
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Dear Dad ...

Dear Dad ... | WorkLife | Scoop.it
I read a great post by Richard Branson recently where he discussed how Leadership Lessons Begin At Home. He invited people to share their story of learning from family members in a competition to win a copy of his new book "The Virgin Way", so here's mine:
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6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management

6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Disagreeing with someone senior isn’t something you want to do every day. Save it for important issues, even in organizations that say they encourage people to express their own opinions. If you disagree too often, you will get a reputation for negativity.

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How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident

How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Sometimes you feel like you’re in over your head. Perhaps you got a big promotion or are leading a new, high-profile initiative but you worry that you don’t have the right skills or experience to succeed. Are there strategies you can use to jolt your confidence? How do you “fake it ‘til you make it”? And are there risks to that approach? 
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The Cult of Busy — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium

The Cult of Busy - TheLi.st @ Medium - Medium

Throughout the day, we face a number of decision points about how to spend time. Too often we approach these decisions passively, as if our hand were being forced, our free will compromised. Many of the urban professionals I know, however, are not too busy to do anything they want — if that activity is actually a priority.

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What is transparency? — Parabol Focus — Medium

What is transparency? - Parabol Focus - Medium
Exploring transparency a design choice within an organization, how to enable it, and why it may necessary to succeed in the internet age
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The Financial Fact Founders Can’t Forget

The Financial Fact Founders Can’t Forget | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Why does your company exist? Read the business press or company earnings statements, and the answer seems obvious: profit. Your company is a revenue-generating machine. Run it well, manage its capital
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Former GE CEO Jack Welch says leaders have 5 basic traits — and only 2 can be taught

Former GE CEO Jack Welch says leaders have 5 basic traits — and only 2 can be taught | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Getting the answer right can drive an organization's culture and performance to new levels. Getting it wrong can, too: downwards.
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The Agile Tower of Babel

The Agile Tower of Babel | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Is the Agile movement becoming a Tower of Babel, an edifice where the language is confounded and the structure is weakening? 
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How to Know if You're an Empath

Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world.
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Businesses aren't ready for the digital age, suggests research

Businesses aren't ready for the digital age, suggests research | WorkLife | Scoop.it
The digital future has taken the corporate world by storm, but many employees are jumping ship. A new study by MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, finds that only 44% of managers and executives believe their company is adequately prepared for digital disruption. Worse, 50% of employees who believe their company is lagging behind in digital innovation plan on leaving that company within a year.
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When to Stay Inside Your Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are hard to leave, and for good reason. They’re often places where we feel most secure and natural, and sometimes they are where we can do our best and most fulfilling work. But don’t confuse bravery with sensibility. Stretching your comfort zone when you’re not ready — or don’t need to — can add more stress than skill.
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How to Create an Exponential Mindset

How to Create an Exponential Mindset | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Digital business models require a shift from incremental to exponential. At the start, it takes vision and a leap of faith to commit to the unknown. In the early days, it takes courage and patience to build the foundation for growth even when results aren’t yet apparent. When growth kicks in, agility comes from empowering others and letting go without losing control.

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Why You Should Always Go Off-Script in a Job Interview

You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job. If you’re like most people, you’ll spend hours, perhaps days, preparing for that interview. But, in spite of your careful preparation, your interviewer might not evaluate your skills, ability, and potential using an equally thorough process.

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How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege

How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Americans work a lot: 47 hours a week on average, according to a 2014 survey — and a fifth work as much as 59 hours a week. Unlike other advanced nations, the annual hours we spend at work stagnated in the last half-century. So now we work more than basically everyone in the West.
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To Go Digital, Leaders Have to Change Some Core Beliefs

To Go Digital, Leaders Have to Change Some Core Beliefs | WorkLife | Scoop.it
A five-step process for changing your mental model.
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Australian businesses failing in leadership: Study

Australian businesses failing in leadership: Study | WorkLife | Scoop.it

There are significant shortfalls in leadership development throughout organisations across the nation, according to the largest survey of leadership in Australia, the Study of Australian Leadership (SAL). SAL is the most comprehensive study on leadership for a generation and is based on interviews with almost 8000 people including CEOs, frontline leaders and employees in more than 2700 organisations.

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The Discipline of Listening

The Discipline of Listening | WorkLife | Scoop.it

As the up-and-coming vice president and CEO candidate for a Fortune 500 technology corporation sat before the CEO for his annual review, he was baffled to discover that the feedback from his peers, customers, direct reports, and particularly from board members placed unusual emphasis on one potentially devastating problem: his listening deficit. 

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