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Generativity, in General

Generativity, in General | WorkLife | Scoop.it
In which I explore the concept at the root of all things progressive in business.
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Equally applicable to self and organisation.

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How Do You Define a Leader?

How Do You Define a Leader? | WorkLife | Scoop.it

There are things that set leaders apart from other people. Some people are born with these characteristics. Others develop them as they improve as leaders. These are not magic bullets. They are things you can do and be if you want to be a leader.

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A good summary of key traits of successful leaders.

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Metaperceptions: How Do You See Yourself?

Metaperceptions: How Do You See Yourself? | WorkLife | Scoop.it
To navigate the social universe, you need to know what others think of you—although the clearest view depends on how you see yourself.
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Excellent exploration of how we create (and become) images of our constructed self. How do other people's perceptions of us shape our own self-perceptions?

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7 Things You Need to Start Saying No to Today

7 Things You Need to Start Saying No to Today | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Want to be richer, happier and healthier? Start saying no to these things right now, suggests a new book.

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(From the article): Think being being 'me first' is essential to success? Not at all. The genuinely accomplished are almost always motivated by a desire to be of service. So stop thinking ruthlessness underpins success and start saying no to selfishness. Try this trick, Altucher suggests. It might sound morbid, but try to make it your intention for everyday interactions "to treat people as if it were their last day" and see what happens.

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The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Image source by George Hodan Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret," of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve S...
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Nice summary of key leadership behaviours from Dan Rockwell (@LeadershipFreak)

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6 simple questions that yield better decisions | Game-Changer

6 simple questions that yield better decisions | Game-Changer | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Everything is a matter of perspective. So, if you're struggling with a decision, see if any of the following questions from the Book Decisive helps you see differently.
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Excellent tips for testing your hidden biases. from Jorge Barba, based on the book, Decisive, by the Heath Brothers.

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This Simple Exercise Will Help You Find Meaningful Work

This Simple Exercise Will Help You Find Meaningful Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Trouble figuring out what the perfect job for you is? This exercise will help you find it.


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Sarah Catherine Firth's curator insight, September 5, 3:36 AM
A useful little exercise.
Jason Leong's curator insight, September 15, 10:08 AM

A holistic improvement on the old "what you love / what you're good at / what pays well" triad

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And I press the shutter in those moments that move my heart

And I press the shutter in those moments that move my heart | WorkLife | Scoop.it
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Beautiful.

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The brain, the Internet and the future of work

What if the organization really should be an ongoing process of emergent self-organizing and responsive linking? Instead of thinking about the organization let’s think about contextual communication. If we take this view we don’t think about walls but about what we do and how groups are formed around what we do. The new task is to make possible a very easy and very fast emergent formation of groups and to make it as easy as possible to get the best contributions from the whole network, without knowing beforehand who knows, where the contributions come from.


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Great read!

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Richard Martin's curator insight, September 3, 12:10 PM

Esko Kilpi's reflections on emergent practice, self-organisation and contextual communication have a number of overlaps and synergies with the peloton formation concept. There is a need for fluidity rather than rigidity in what he describes. 'The focal point in organizing is not the organizational entity one belongs to, or the manager one reports to, but the reason that brings people together. What activities and tasks unite us? What is the cause for interdependence and group formation?'

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7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems

7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Reluctance to deal with problems makes you look ineffective, weak, and self-protective. The problem isn’t the problem. Avoiding it is. Inaction increases fear; action increase courage. .


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donhornsby's curator insight, September 1, 6:36 AM

Weak leaders listen to problems and do nothing. Powerful leaders listen to resolve, solve, and move forward.

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 1, 12:09 PM

For strong leaders, problems are *opportunities* to change the organization for the better and to bring the organization closer together.  Never let a problem or crisis go to waste.

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Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone

Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Caffeinate immediately before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less. You won't regret it.
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On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs - STRIKE!

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs - STRIKE! | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Ever had the feeling that your job might be made up? That the world would keep on turning if you weren’t doing that thing you do 9-5? David Graeber explored the phenomenon of bullshit jobs for our recent summer issue – everyone who’s employed should read carefully.

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Excellent - and provocative!

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The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore | WorkLife | Scoop.it

When faced with potentially overwhelming demands on our time, we’re often advised to “Prioritize!” as if that’s some sort of spell that will magically solve the problem. But what I’ve learned in the process of helping people cope with and manage their workflow is that prioritizing accomplishes relatively little, in part because it’s so easy to do.

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Excellent piece from @edbatista on productive behaviours and emotion 'triaging'.

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7 habits of people with remarkable mental toughness | Leader.co.za

7 habits of people with remarkable mental toughness | Leader.co.za | WorkLife | Scoop.it
You don't have to be born mentally tough. Here's how you can develop the vital trait.
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Succinct exploration of the role of grit in leadership and success.

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On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader

On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader | WorkLife | Scoop.it
One of the most overlooked aspects of being a leader is the inherent need for personal courage. "Personal courage is the ability to act on the tough but necessary decisions guided by a moral compas...

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, August 26, 7:37 AM

Courage is indispensable for everyday leadership and making the difficult decisions to lead people to excellence.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, August 26, 11:06 AM

Personal courage is the catalyst to overcoming fears and becoming the leader and person, you are meant to be.

Don Cloud's curator insight, August 26, 1:18 PM

It is not enough for a leader to have courage ... rather, the most powerful leaders must both exude courage in the face of danger and more importantly must draw out and energize the courage of their people to face and defeat that danger.

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12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager

12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Somewhere in the middle of their careers, managers often get typecast into two different types: “Strategic” and "Operational”. Now, when it comes to being a successful manager, both are important. A manager needs to do the right things (strategy) the right way (operations). I’ve known plenty of managers who have made a career out of being great operational managers. They know how to execute and get things done. They are often chosen to turn around and stabilize a struggling organization. However, in order to be considered for an executive role, operational skills are considered a given. One of the most important differentiators is the ability to be strategic, or think strategically.


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(From the article): Here’s 12 ways to learn how to be more strategic, and just as importantly, to be perceived as strategic:

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | WorkLife | Scoop.it
The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense.

Via Erika Harrison, Joe Boutte
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Timely focus on the critical role of thinking systemically as a leader...

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, August 16, 10:45 AM

One of the things that gives real wizards their "powers," is the ability to see the world as systems within systems within systems... and then finding the leverage points, where a small action in one part of the system might cause a very large response elsewhere...

 

This post and article discuss that whole idea in a bit more depth. I found it to be a good read.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 19, 11:08 PM

Non-linear futures.

Joe Boutte's curator insight, September 11, 9:54 AM

This article is a little different than most articles curated for everyday leadership, but is relevant from the perspective that leaders have to consider their entire environment and situation.  A systems approach to leading is indispensible for enabling better decisions and exercising effective influence among the people of one's situation or organization.  In this example, the focus is on the future of cities, but a leader could be focused on the strategy, vision, and objective, and so the concepts in this article are pertinent to your everyday leadership.  Think big! Think system!

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Let’s Kill The Job Title

Let’s Kill The Job Title | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Our job titles have a necessary but deceiving purpose. They function as a cheat sheet for assessing the talents, priorities, and standard of living of the titleholder. As a result, we’ve equated a lofty job title with success. It’s why entrepreneurs call themselves “CEO” of a one-person company. 

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Nicely explored: 'The job title is a vestige of a career landscape that is quickly shifting. Our industries don’t have neat little lines around them anymore.' 

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Nilofer Merchant at TEDxHouston 2012 RESONATE - YouTube

This year, our reach ripples out to the West Coast: We're welcoming Nilofer Merchant to the stage, who will join us from Silicon Valley to discuss "Onlyness"...
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Wonderful presentation from one of Silicion Valley's movers and shakers on how 'nobodies' within organisations - the 'invisibles' - can help solve the big problems orgs and institutions face...

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Do Your Company’s Incentives Reward Bad Behavior?

Do Your Company’s Incentives Reward Bad Behavior? | WorkLife | Scoop.it

It should go without saying that the best way to get the behaviors you want is to provide rewards for doing them, or at least refrain from punishing people for doing them. The flip side is that you have to make sure you’re not inadvertently providing rewards for behaviors you’re trying to discourage.

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The Future of Work is Social – Relationships are the Core

The Future of Work is Social – Relationships are the Core | WorkLife | Scoop.it
“The power of an organization is the capacity generated by relationships. Positive or negative organizational energy is determined by the quality of relationships.” Margaret Wheatley, Leadership from
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Explores the distinctions between 'me' and 'we' cultures, and the importance of individuals understanding their own values and needs.

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Paradoxes of leadership

Paradoxes of leadership | WorkLife | Scoop.it

I have spent part of the past week pulling together a session for officers in the British armed forces on the paradoxes of leadership. Originally I thought this would be a simple lecture based around a few key themes, but the more I consider the idea and research it, the more complex it seems to become. Paradoxes are everywhere in leadership; singling out a few to discuss is an almost impossible project.

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Brief but interesting exploration of some of the paradoxes around leadership.

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Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They're 100% Qualified

Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They're 100% Qualified | WorkLife | Scoop.it

You’ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report, and has been quoted in Lean In, The Confidence Code and dozens of articles. It’s usually invoked as evidence that women need more confidence. As one Forbes article put it, “Men are confident about their ability at 60%, but women don’t feel confident until they’ve checked off each item on the list.” The advice: women need to have more faith in themselves. I was skeptical, because the times I had decided not to apply for a job because I didn’t meet all the qualifications, faith myself wasn’t exactly the issue. I suspected I wasn’t alone.

 

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Interesting findings - could a lack of understanding of the hiring process hold some people (particularly women) back?

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Score a Meeting with Just About Anyone

Score a Meeting with Just About Anyone | WorkLife | Scoop.it

We’re all inundated with meeting requests these days. It’s easy to say no to the egregious ones, like the stranger who recently emailed me to suggest that I meet with him on a specific date so I could provide him with free career coaching. But — though I know better than to ask for pro bono resume critiques — I’ve certainly been on the other side of the equation at various times, having mymeeting requests turned down or ignored altogether. In fact, most of us probably have; in an increasingly time-pressed world, almost no one has the leisure to connect “just because.” Here are the strategies I’ve learned over time to ensure the people I want to meet are more likely to say yes. 

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Another sensible piece from Dorie Clark. Respect people, and people's time.

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11 bad management practices entrepreneurs are guilty of | @YEC

11 bad management practices entrepreneurs are guilty of | @YEC | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Q. What is one bad management practice nearly all entrepreneurs are guilty of at one point?
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Interesting list of common traps for entrepreneurs - and leaders generally.

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How Where You Live Impacts the Way You Use the Internet

How Where You Live Impacts the Way You Use the Internet | WorkLife | Scoop.it

According to a new book by Wharton marketing professor David R. Bell, where you live dictates how you use the Internet. In Location Is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One, Bell provides a framework for those who wish to understand why we use the Internet as we do.

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