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The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic

The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Cultivate habits that go with your natural tendencies, not against them.
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A Company's Purpose Has to Be a Lot More Than Words

Business leaders face an ongoing challenge to make their company's purpose real -- and the hard work starts with their employees.
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The Right Way to Prepare Your Budget

The Right Way to Prepare Your Budget | WorkLife | Scoop.it

You know it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits before committing resources. So what are the crucial strategies when preparing a budget? How can you use past financial data to inform your assumptions? And how can you ensure your budget will help you meet your strategic goals?

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Turkish delight as staff awarded $36.8 million in bonuses after sale

Turkish delight as staff awarded $36.8 million in bonuses after sale | WorkLife | Scoop.it
The employees of a Turkish online food business yelled with joy after the chief executive of the company handed them bonuses totalling $36.8 million earlier this year.
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Learning to Lead Without Authority

Learning to Lead Without Authority | WorkLife | Scoop.it
What started off as an innocuous query from my leader soon became a chance to explore and grow myself as an individual contributor at a deeper leadership level -- someone who doesn't need a hierarchy, department or budget to make an organizational impact.

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Carolyn Hughes's curator insight, July 30, 9:19 PM

"True leadership is servant leadership"

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 31, 10:38 AM

Really good article on "modern leadership"

Ali Anani's curator insight, Today, 12:43 AM

The title reflects the content

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3 little words that define workplace relationships | @GreatLeadership

3 little words that define workplace relationships | @GreatLeadership | WorkLife | Scoop.it
What are the most important three words for any relationship between a manager and employee?
No, it’s not “I love you.” Now that would be inappropriate, although not everyone would agree with that opinion. Love their jobs, yes. Love their managers or employees? Eew!
No, the most important three little words are: “I trust you.”
Trust is the foundation that a positive manager-employee relationship is built on. The absence of trust leads to micromanagement, fear, risk-aversion, backstabbing, destructive rumors, a lack of innovation, mistakes, and a lack of engagement.
What does trust look like? It’s all in the eye of the beholder, but here’s a starter list from both the manager’s and employee’s perspective:

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 25, 8:37 AM

I agree with David Hain, you can't find 3 better words to cherish in business however love does require trust to exist bilaterally but we have an aversion to use it in business.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 26, 11:12 PM

True. And it's definitely a two-way (and multiple way) street. The other words are Please and Thank You

Ed Nikora's curator insight, July 27, 4:24 AM

Trust has also been one of the four things identified in Gallups Strength Based Leadership book as something employees require of good leaders.  For a leader to sit and reflect on how they provide trust to their staff, we must first have our 'why'.  Why do we even value trust in our working relationships...and as with all things we value, like currency, how do we spend our Trust...as in how are we investing it with those we lead, manage or work with? 

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Time management is only making our busy lives worse

Imagine your life without time, without a constant sense that you’re running behind, frustrated that yet again you are losing the battle against the irresistible force of the ticking clock. Imagine not wishing there were more hours in the day.

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A dash of the irrational is inevitable

Be rational, people say as if - It’s (fully) possible The counterpart is unhealthy. In reality – We all behave on a continuum from rational to irrational Those who put irrationality down are just a...
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The PreMortem - anticipating a plan's weaknesses: Anecdote

The PreMortem - anticipating a plan's weaknesses: Anecdote | WorkLife | Scoop.it
A postmortem helps us learn why a patient died. A PreMortem explores why a project might die in the future.
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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Freelance

Who hasn’t thought about quitting their full-time job and going out on their own? Being your own boss is certainly tempting. But is giving up your status as a regular employee the right choice for you?

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Just Because You’re Happy Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Burned Out

In general, treat your people as exactly what they are: knowledge workers who are happy in their roles, and whose time is precious. People in offices today seem to love their work, but that doesn’t mean they can neglect everything else in their lives to take on more of it. 

 

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The Art of Leadership and Lessons for Innovation

The Art of Leadership and Lessons for Innovation | WorkLife | Scoop.it
"The best way to predict the future is to create it," says leadership guru Peter Drucker.
The relevance of modern artists is measured to a great degree by their ability to refresh aesthetic concepts and innovate. Many artists who are now seen as cultural leaders created the future through breakthrough work, starting with the 16th century innovator and artist, Leonardo da Vinci, through to Damien Hirst, the most successful artist of our own time.

Innovation is based on thought and imagination, which, together, produce new, different concepts. These usually do not reveal themselves through structured processes and cannot be forced to come into existence. As Drucker has said, "Innovative people go out into the field, look around, ask questions and listen attentively. Analyzing the probability of a business opportunity means right and left-brain activity."

Consider how these examples of avenues of innovation are relevant to artists and business leaders.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 7:03 AM

Fascinating take on great artists, creativity and innovation. Great pictures too!

Gary Bamford's curator insight, July 16, 2:43 AM

The artists of leadership!

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The paradoxes of creative leadership

The paradoxes of creative leadership | WorkLife | Scoop.it

The THNK model of creative leadershipCreative leadership is rich with paradoxes. Creative leaders are driven by their internal passion and purpose, yet they also have an externally oriented, explorative mindset. Creative leaders lead from the front by envisioning a better future, pointing the way and setting an aspiration, yet they achieve this by orchestrating a creative team, often leading from behind to bring out the best in others.
In this article, we describe the competencies of a creative leader in detail, and invite you to look in the mirror and see how you score on those key competencies. We explore the topic of paradoxes found in creative leadership and leave you with some practical suggestions on how to grow as a creative leader.


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David Hain's curator insight, July 15, 4:36 AM

The THNK model of creative leadership. Exploring creative paradoxes and tensions.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 15, 6:38 PM

I like the paradox of leading from the front and the back I would add and alongside

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8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People

8 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Deal With Toxic People | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Life is stressful enough for most of us. Allowing a toxic individual to ravage your immediate environment can cause havoc in your mental well-being, which can lead to physical challenges.

A bad state of mind not only affects your physical well-being but makes it difficult for you to respond calmly under pressure. Ninety percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions, so your ability to perform effectively can be affected if you do not adopt strategies that will allow you to deal with toxic people.


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Don Wilson's curator insight, July 13, 12:52 PM

Emotional Intelligence is a great skill to possess. It will truly benefit your life and everyone around you. If you are a student, parent, husband, wife, employee, employer; entrepreneur, teacher, preacher. If you are a man woman, or child, EI, can help you release damaging toxins, left by toxic people (and you too) that add undue stress, tension, and pressure; and free yourself, by improving your mental state, which in turn, increases your health and performance.

 

Other benefits include, but are not limited to; lower blood pressure and hyper-tension, blood sugar levels (diabetes), headaches, back and stomach pain. Paranoia, anxiety, and other related symptoms.

 

I am a student and practitioner of EI; and I have grown and benefited from it greatly, and so can you.

FELICIA PHILLIPS's curator insight, July 13, 4:25 PM

Great Ways to Deal with Toxic People! 

Alicia Newton's curator insight, July 14, 9:07 AM

Great article on avoiding the quicksand of toxic people. I practice many of these techniques. Boundaries; many you will have to love from a distance and it's ok. Being clear that just because people have the right to say what they want doesn't make it true about you; keep it moving. There will be positive & negative people. You get to choose who you will lend your energy to.

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There | WorkLife | Scoop.it
  Let’s dive into one of my favorite coaching exercises. This exercise will help you determine where you are and who you want to become. I love this exercise. I hope you do too!First imagine you’re 95 years old. You’re just about to die. You’re given a gift. To go back in time, to this moment and to tell yourself what was really important and what wasn’t, what really mattered and what didn’t. What advice would this wise “old you” have for the “you” who is reading this page?Take your time. Answer
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How to separate learning myths from reality | McKinsey & Company

How to separate learning myths from reality | McKinsey & Company | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Misconceptions about the brain are embedded in corporate training programs and could be sabotaging their effectiveness. Companies should reevaluate them in light of the latest scientific insights. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS! | WorkLife | Scoop.it

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!

 


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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!

 

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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!


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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!


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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!


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5 Office Mistakes Costing Millennials the Promotion

5 Office Mistakes Costing Millennials the Promotion | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Now that career-minded Millennials make up 50 percent of our workplace, it's safe to assume (like every other generation to enter the work force) they'll want to earn promotions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we're hearing across the board that a lot of Millennial workers aren't promotion material, citing a lack of drive and professionalism. However, the real problem lies in a lack of Millennial understanding of the power of perception. In my experience, simple insights are all Millennials need to turn things around.

 

"People hear what they see." --Doris Day

 

We know actions speak louder than words. What some Millennials don't understand is certain actions at work give the perception they're lazy and unskilled.

 

Let's take a look at the most common mistakes Millennials make and how they get misperceived.


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How managers are misinterpreting Millennials' approach to success in the workplace.

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TeamHousingSolutions's curator insight, July 30, 12:19 PM

How managers are misinterpreting Millennials' approach to success in the workplace.

Kimberly Kline's curator insight, July 30, 1:07 PM

Both Managers and their Millennial employees need to recognize that their approaches to being a valuable employee differ.  A little give and take on both sides can make all the difference!

Nicole Ong's curator insight, July 30, 9:57 PM

How managers are misinterpreting Millennials' approach to success in the workplace.

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Why We Have Regret : zen habits

We’ve all heard the phrase, “No regrets!”, usually uttered when about to do something a little unwise perhaps. And yet, as alluring as the “Living Without Regrets” philosophy sounds, it’s not always so easy.

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7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change | WorkLife | Scoop.it

A study of 2,852 direct reports of 559 leaders found that some behaviors were more helpful in changing others.


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Maître Jérôme's curator insight, July 31, 4:49 AM

Here are the behaviors, in order from most to least important:

 

1. Inspiring others

2. Noticing problems

3. Providing a clear goal

4. Challenging standard approaches

5. Building trust in your judgment

6. Having courage


wendy beitel's curator insight, July 31, 9:38 AM

Here are the behaviors, in order from most to least important:

 

1. Inspiring others

2. Noticing problems

3. Providing a clear goal

4. Challenging standard approaches

5. Building trust in your judgment

6. Having courage


Deb Severiny's curator insight, July 31, 9:04 PM

Here are the behaviors, in order from most to least important:

 

1. Inspiring others

2. Noticing problems

3. Providing a clear goal

4. Challenging standard approaches

5. Building trust in your judgment

6. Having courage


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Your Calendar Needs an Upgrade

A little data-driven self-knowledge can be a wonderful thing. As Lenore Skenazy points out in her amusing Wall Street Journalreview of Laura Vanderkam’s I Know How She Does It, even the most successful super-achievers remain oblivious to where their time really goes.

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The Emotional Impulses That Poison Healthy Teams

Is anyone really an individual contributor at work anymore? I think not. Pretty much everything we do is done with others in groups. 

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Collaboration: Why Do We Need It? And, Uh, What Is It, Anyway?

Collaboration: Why Do We Need It? And, Uh, What Is It, Anyway? | WorkLife | Scoop.it
In part two of his three part series, Marrku Allison looks at the nature and fundamentals of collaboration.
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All Great Leadership Styles Begin By Spending Time With Employees

All Great Leadership Styles Begin By Spending Time With Employees | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Are you spending enough time with your employees…or too much? New research reveals that the median time employees spend interacting with leaders is approximately three hours per week – just half of the six hours found to be optimal for employee engagement.  Regardless of which of the myriad leadership styles you prefer, spending time with employees is a universal requirement.

According to a new study “Optimal Hours with the Boss” from Leadership IQ, most people spend only half the time they should be spending with their boss. People who do spend an optimal number of hours interacting with their direct leader (six hours per week) are 29% more inspired, 30% more engaged, 16% more innovative and 15% more intrinsically motivated than those who spend only one hour per week.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 16, 5:03 AM

“Face-time matters for both leaders and employees alike,” ~ Mark Murphy. But only if you use it wisely.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 17, 11:27 AM

Agree, but it is dependent on how authentic and transparent the spent time is on both sides of the equation. One side can start but it takes both sides to build a relationship.


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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

10 Principles of Leading Change Management | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Since the mid-2000s, organizational change management and transformation have become permanent features of the business landscape. Vast new markets and labor pools have opened up, innovative technologies have put once-powerful business models on the chopping block, and capital flows and investor demand have become less predictable. To meet these challenges, firms have become more sophisticated in the best practices for organizational change management. They are far more sensitive to and more keenly aware of the role that culture plays. They’ve also had to get much better on their follow-through.

Yet according to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey of global senior executives on culture and change management, the success rate of major change initiatives is only 54 percent. This is far too low. The costs are high when change efforts go wrong—not only financially but in confusion, lost opportunity, wasted resources, and diminished morale. When employees who have endured real upheaval and put in significant extra hours for an initiative that was announced with great fanfare see it simply fizzle out, cynicism sets in.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 15, 9:20 AM

10 guiding principles for change can help executives navigate the treacherous shoals of transformation in a systematic way. - Katzenbach Survey


Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 17, 11:30 AM

Major changes are only successful when people involved have aligned vision, mission and focus. It also requires transparent communications from all stakeholders.

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Complexity in Systems, Organizations, and the Workplace

Complexity in Systems, Organizations, and the Workplace | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Complexity is pervasive in today’s workplace, but our understanding of it is not. Find out why.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 12:12 PM

A nice picture of the Cynefin framework and how to act on it.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, July 15, 1:47 AM

And you thought projects were just complicated didn't you?

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 15, 6:34 PM

I don't think it's as complicated as this See roles in previous scoop It's then about asking do policies, procedures, practices, processes and systems mean it's simple for people to bring their best to their work and where the answer is no changing it