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It’s Time to Rethink Productivity

It’s Time to Rethink Productivity | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Empowering employees and teams to work towards a common purpose, not just quotas or routine expectations, frees everyone from the energy often misspent on micromanagement.
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The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader

The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Everybody loves self-improvement. We want to get smarter, network better, be connected, balance our lives, and so on. That’s why we’re such avid consumers of “top 10” lists of things to do to be a more effective, productive, promotable, mindful — you name it — leader. We read all the lists, but we have trouble sticking to the “easy steps” because while we all want the benefits of change, we rarely ever want to do the hard work of change.

 


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 29, 9:26 AM

(From the article): Playfulness changes your mind-set from a performance focus to a learning orientation. One of the biggest reasons we don’t stretch beyond our current selves is that we are afraid to suffer a hit to our performance. A playful posture might help John feel less defensive about his old identity — after all, he’s not forever giving up his “secret sauce” and fountain of past success, he’s just practicing his bad swing.

John Michel's curator insight, March 29, 11:30 AM

Much research shows how play fosters creativity and innovation. I’ve found that the same benefits apply when you are playful with your self-concept. Playing with your own notion of yourself is akin to flirting with future possibilities.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, Today, 9:39 AM

Self-improvement requires a commitment to being the best person and leader you can be. 

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A Checklist for Planning Your Next Big Meeting

A Checklist for Planning Your Next Big Meeting | WorkLife | Scoop.it

In theory, everyone understands that preparation can make or break an important meeting. The more work you do before you walk into the room, the more productive and efficient you’ll be. But who has the time to properly prepare?

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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | WorkLife | 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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Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, March 23, 5:09 AM

añada su visión ...

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.

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How the future of work leads to the future of organisations - Trends in the Living Networks

How the future of work leads to the future of organisations - Trends in the Living Networks | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Last week I did the keynote on The Future of Work and Organisations at a four-city roadshow for social business consulting firm KINSHIP enterprise, spanning Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. The slides to my presentation are below, together with an overview of the 7 sections of the keynote. The Future of Work from KINSHIP enterpriseContinue reading How the future of work leads to the future of organisations
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What CEOs Are Afraid Of

Deep-seated fears — of looking ridiculous, losing social status, speaking up, and much, much more — saddle children in the middle school lunchroom, adults on the therapist’s couch, and even, my research has found, executives in the C-Suite. While few executives talk about them, deep and uncontrolled private fears can spur defensive behaviors that undermine how they and their colleagues set and execute company strategy.

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Women in the Muslim world taking the fast track to change | McKinsey & Company

Women in the Muslim world taking the fast track to change | McKinsey & Company | WorkLife | Scoop.it
While much work remains to close the equality gap for the 800 million Muslim women worldwide, the rates of education and employment for some have increased dramatically in a short span of time. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Research: We’re Not Very Self-Aware, Especially at Work

Research: We’re Not Very Self-Aware, Especially at Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Self-awareness is understanding who we are and how we are similar to or different from others. One key facet is self-knowledge – how we see our various personality traits, values, attitudes, and behaviors. But another aspect is being aware of how consistent (or inconsistent) our self-view is compared to an external appraisal – how other people see us or against objective data. The latter is essential for transforming self-knowledge beyond mere personal introspection into accurate self-awareness.

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Adaptive Leadership for the VUCA World: A Tale of Two Managers | Thunderbird School of Global Management

Adaptive Leadership for the VUCA World: A Tale of Two Managers | Thunderbird School of Global Management | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Many organizations and managers are struggling to stay afloat and aligned in the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous nature of today’s global business environment. Turbulence—the rapid rate of change—is swirling around many of us, tipping us this way and that as we attempt to navigate a safe passage through it all.1

As an executive educator, I have been watching how companies and employees cope with the dynamism that defines the VUCA world. Over the last few years, I have been offered a unique window on how two different managers attempted to adjust to increasing turbulence in their company’s business environment, with dramatically different results for them and their organization. 

 

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The Right (and Wrong) Way to Network

Some people line up lunches and coffee dates because they’re in search of a job, venture funding, or clients for their company. But if that’s the reason you’re having a networking meeting, you — and your invitee — aren’t likely to get much satisfaction. As Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino and her colleagues have noted, “transactional networking” — i.e., “networking with the goal of advancement” — often makes participants feel so bad about themselves, they feel “dirty.”

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Great insights from Dorie Clark on building relationships that last.

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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 | WorkLife | 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."

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Charles Handy on Qualities of Vision and Leadership

Charles Handy speaks at Leadership All-Stars in downtown Los Angeles during the Drucker Centennial celebration. Charles is a globally renowned business expert and is often regarded as Britain's greatest management thinker. He has been an executive, a theorist, a management thinker and a student of business all his life.

 


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 10, 11:18 AM

Always open to anything that Charles Handy presents.  Please share.

Heinz Peter Wallner's curator insight, March 11, 5:08 AM

Ein ganz großer Management-Denker!

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 11, 7:23 AM

Gestión y Liderazgo...Charles Handy on Qualities of Vision and Leadership | @scoopit via @LeadershipABC http://sco.lt/...

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What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce?

What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce? | WorkLife | Scoop.it
As I spend a great deal of time every year looking at the latest technological advances for the enterprise, I’ve noticed a trend in recent years that’s long been true but is clearly markedly accelerating. That trend is that technology has officially pulled well ahead of the workplace skills of even the most proactive manager …

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What Your Professional Bio Needs to Get Noticed

A professional bio is something that everyone needs, but not everyone bothers to write one. Or they write one once, and then never update it. Or they wait until a conference organizer asks them to send one in, and just jot down the first few things that occur to them. That’s a pretty big missed opportunity.

 

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9 of the most inspiring acts of leadership

9 of the most inspiring acts of leadership | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Fortune asked America’s top executives to share their thoughts, and here's what they had to say.

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 27, 5:49 AM

Inspiring those that will lead in the future

Asociacion_NCTE_CR's curator insight, March 27, 12:11 PM

9 of the most inspiring acts of leadership via @TDOttawa http://sco.lt/6NkxRB

Pâris Wilfried's curator insight, Today, 3:54 PM

Give a look to see how others are doing, always interesting.

#Leadership

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12 Things That Successful Leaders Never Tolerate

12 Things That Successful Leaders Never Tolerate | WorkLife | Scoop.it

By and large, tolerance is a good trait. The differences we encounter enrich our lives and organizations. But to attain a successful life and meaningful leadership, we must refuse to tolerate the things that deplete, and ultimately destroy, us.

Start by declaring these things intolerable in yourself and those around you - and see what changes as a result.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 26, 6:09 PM

Tolerance is a virtue--most of the time. But some things should never be tolerated. To build a successful career and life as a leader, make sure these are never on your list

donhornsby's curator insight, March 27, 10:06 AM

Start by declaring these things intolerable in yourself and those around you--and see what changes as a result.

Valerie MacLeod's curator insight, March 27, 11:08 AM

Leaders set the tone for the organization. I like the intolerances in this article. 

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How to Delegate Effectively and Maintain Control

How to Delegate Effectively and Maintain Control | WorkLife | Scoop.it

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Sudeep Sirur's curator insight, March 18, 3:19 AM

Brilliant post on outsourcing and delegating effectively and ensuring the work gets done.

Claudia Crescenzi's curator insight, March 18, 6:18 AM

"Entrepreneurs often want to control every aspect of their business, but delegating is essential for promoting growth and keeping employees motivated."

Maegan Pulman's curator insight, March 18, 11:31 AM

In order for your life or even your business to strive, you need to balance everything. True, it's hard to juggle a lot of things in just one hand, but when you know the proper way, everything will be in order. 

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Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy

It’s impossible to have a good strategy poorly executed. That’s because execution actually isstrategy – trying to separate the two only leads to confusion.

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Excellence article by one of the world's great strategy thinkers, Roger Martin (author of 'The Opposable Mind'.

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What is your scarcest resource during the work day?

What is your scarcest resource during the work day? | WorkLife | Scoop.it

What is your scarcest resource during the work day? Most people answer, without hesitation, that time is their scarcest resource. Well it is certainly finite, but actually I don’t think it’s your most scarce resource. After all, everyone has the same amount of time, and yet individual differences in productivity are enormous. The correct answer is your attention – your personal capacity to attend to the right things for the right length of time.

 

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Excellent piece by Julian Birkinshaw on the challenge of executive life - focus.

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Empathy, Passion, and Progress: An Existential View of Valentine's Day

Empathy, Passion, and Progress: An Existential View of Valentine's Day | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Here you'll find a mosaic of meaning and beauty that I hope will allow and foster depth. It is my belief that the more connected one is to his/her core ~ the better one can care for their personal ecosystem....
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You Don’t Have to Be the Boss to Change How Your Company Works

You Don’t Have to Be the Boss to Change How Your Company Works | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Most workplaces face constant imperatives for change - from trivial-seeming matters such as installing new office printers to major ones such as implementing new policies to support diversity. The question of how to drive change, though, is perennially vexing.



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Damien Colmant's curator insight, March 1, 5:19 AM

Induire un changement n'est pas seulement dans les mains du boss. Nous sommes tous des leaders, en mesure d'influencer les autres à changer. Juste exiger ne suffit pas. Il faut obtenir le buy-in et y aller pas à pas. L'article illustre ceci avec un exemple.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 12, 9:59 AM

(From the article): Whether you’re buying new printers, reducing bias…or merging departments, revising reporting relationships, or anything else…consider using the power of baby steps in your change initiative. By investing just a bit of up-front effort, you’ll almost certainly achieve stronger and more widespread support.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 13, 12:34 AM

Good article on how to use influencing skills to bring about change.

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The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback

How many of you would like your manager to tell you what you want you want to hear rather than what you need to hear? Everyone wants to know the truth, no matter how difficult it is to hear.
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How to Manage Someone Who Can’t Handle Ambiguity

How to Manage Someone Who Can’t Handle Ambiguity | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Joan, a senior executive I coached once, had many excellent leadership qualities. She was creative, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable about her industry. But most people working with or for her also found her impossible to deal with.

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Excellent coaching tips from Manfred Kets de Vries.

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Leading Minds Instead of Managing Behavior

Leading Minds Instead of Managing Behavior | WorkLife | Scoop.it

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift that, at times, can be disconcerting. But if we embrace the new worldview that science gives us, we stand to be far more effective managers. The place to start is with an understanding of three fundamental discoveries about how the brain works.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 28, 3:31 AM

In light of this new understanding of how the mind works, conventional management practices no longer make sense.


We now know that a manager’s performance feedback and the use of rewards to motivate produce the opposite of what we intend. Organizations waste resources vainly trying to thwart our natural inclinations. Our quantifiable objectives cause us to focus on the short term at the expense of the long term.


Ben Olmos's curator insight, March 1, 4:48 PM

Feedback is a very important activity managers perform often in their role; however, for many it is difficult to understand why feedback is not effective.  After all, it's not as if the two people sitting in the room are speaking a different language.  How to deliver feedback is a hot topic.  In fact, there are a number of management training courses and articles written on the best and most effective ways to deliver feedback; however, may the approach for providing feedback is all wrong.  Jacobs explains that there is emerging research providing insight on why we may need to change our view of feedback and the effect it has upon those receiving it.  According to recent research, criticism has a negative effect on performance, which is probably not all that surprising.  However, it has also been found that there is no correlation between praise and improvement either.  Take a look at the following to understand how managing behavior is less effective than leading minds.  

Owen Roper's curator insight, March 19, 9:23 AM

In the words of Napoleon Hill, If you can control your mind, your thoughts. Then what you can believe, you can achieve, you will receive it. The Masters Plan goes hand in hand with the Master Mind theory.

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Navigating the Transition from Friend to Boss

We all need friends at work. Looking for advice on a project? Want to celebrate a major client win or milestone? Need to vent about how demanding, controlling, unreasonable, ignorant, awful, and stupid the boss is? That’s what friends are for. But if you’ve recently been promoted into your first managerial role, you understand that having close friends at work can also be complicated.

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FOUR INVISIBLE FORCES DRIVING YOUR THINKING

FOUR INVISIBLE FORCES DRIVING YOUR THINKING | WorkLife | Scoop.it
 We like to believe that we are independent to think as we want, that we are free to decide how we run our lives, we believe that our decisions are rational and the reasons why we do what we do are...

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David Hain's curator insight, December 16, 2014 10:19 AM

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble,is what you know for sure that just ain't so - probably Mark Twain

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 20, 9:49 AM

Interesting perspective to consider...

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 26, 5:46 PM

We like to believe that we are independent to think as we want, that  our decisions are rational and that we are free to make whatever choices we may want. But reality is different.