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8 Things Productive People Do During the Workday

8 Things Productive People Do During the Workday | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Forget about your job title or profession – everyone is looking for ways to be more productive at work. It’s time to set down your gallon-sized container of coffee, toss out your three
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Your Word is Your Brand; It's Never "Just Business"

Your Word is Your Brand; It's Never "Just Business" | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
It isn't just business, it is your word. Your word is your brand and when you break your word you damage your brand. Make sense?
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Is A Commanding Leadership Right Style For You?"

Is A Commanding Leadership Right Style For You?" | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
[Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins are co-founders of Isis Associates, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm.  They are also co-authors of ...

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John Michel's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:14 PM

What attributes do you conjure up when you think about a leader that has effective presence? Authentic, engaging, trustworthy, visible, clear, decisive, listener? The fact of the matter is that an effective presence reflects all of those attributes.

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Your Team Needs an Intervention

Your Team Needs an Intervention | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
At 7:30 on a sunny winter day in London, I settle into a conference room with the usual low-tech tools for high-stakes teamwork: Big white Post-It pads, Sharpies of every color, and a sense of urgency.

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Guest Post: Don’t Overthink Leadership, by Bill Treasurer

Guest Post: Don’t Overthink Leadership, by Bill Treasurer | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
 
 
Don’t Overthink Leadership
 
Lots of people lead without ever giving it a thought. Some of these are naturally gifted leaders, people who seem to have been born knowing how to lead the way others know how to play a piano or paint.
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What Is Authentic Leadership?

What Is Authentic Leadership? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
What is authentic leadership? It continues to surprise me how many leaders attempt to be one way at work, while their “true” personality emerges outside of work.
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Listening: The Secret of Leadership - Peter Millett

Ambassador to Jordan, Amman

Listening is a crucial part of leadership. But it is under-rated and under-valued. If bosses want to get something done, they should listen to their staff. In democracy, leaders need to listen to the street. In business, CEOs should explore innovative ideas coming from the shop floor.

By listening you also become sensitive to your environment. By understanding how your staff feel, and by being interested in their ideas, you have a better chance of carrying them with you.

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The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Use research-based coping strategies to overcome your fears
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Some great techniques here.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 15, 2013 7:35 AM

(Great Points in the article): As a Cognitive-Behavior Therapist with more than 15 years of experience, I have found a variety of techniques that I can teach my patients with anxiety disorders such as phobias, panic attacks, or chronic worry. Some are based on changing thoughts, others on changing behavior, and still others involve physiological responses. The more aspects of anxiety I can decrease, the lower the chance of relapse post-therapy. Below are six strategies that you can use to help your anxiety.:

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The Duality Of Leadership

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In life and in leadership, we are constantly dealing with duality. To learn, we need to be curious. To lead, we need to have followers. To be strong, we need to be vulnerable. To give, we need to receive.
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Fabulous article from @LollyDaskal, and excellent contributions in the comments dialogue!  I particularly loved this quote, via Panteli Tritchew:

 

 

“You think [that] because you understand ‘one’ you must understand ‘two’, because one and one makes two. But you must also understand ‘and’.”

 

Ancient Sufi saying 

 

 

 

 

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Leaders: How to Dig Deep and Treasure Your Trials

Leaders: How to Dig Deep and Treasure Your Trials | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

As a leader, are you going (or have you been) through tough times? If so, it may be time to reflect on some who have been down that road before you. For the POWs in the Vietnam War, facing serious trials became a way of life.


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Making Mistakes

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We try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong?


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Such an important realisation for leaders - no mistakes, limited progress, unhelpful culture, etc...

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Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, May 14, 2013 6:06 PM

" When we start losing our tolerance for vulnerability, uncertainty, for risk — we move away from the things we need and crave the most like joy and love and belonging, trust, empathy, creativity." — Brené Brown

donhornsby's curator insight, May 15, 2013 7:41 AM

(From the article): In this episode, TED speakers look at those difficult moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on.

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One Chart That Will Absolutely Convince You To Get More Sleep

One Chart That Will Absolutely Convince You To Get More Sleep | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

America has a work culture that tends to glorify long hours. Many CEOs for instance, set an example that’s difficult to match. People with demanding jobs find themselves cutting back on sleep in order to fit in a bare minimum family time or other activities. 

 

But bad sleep habits are a very real issue. Julia Kirby at the Harvard Business Review has a fantastic chart that makes it clear that our dysfunctional sleep culture has real consequences. Even moderate fatigue can impact performance as much as alcohol impairment. See the charts.


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As a lark, this was very intersting to me...

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The Learning Factor's comment, May 15, 2013 2:32 AM
So David, it gives you some things to think about?? Hmmm!
David Hain's comment, May 15, 2013 2:48 AM
Hmmm indeed - that's what I thought! Lol...
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Do Your Employees Trust You?

Do Your Employees Trust You? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
They might like you. They may even love you. But can they be sure you'll get the job done when the chips are down

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For those of us who follow English football, the dismissal of Roberto Mancini and the elevation to sainthood of his Manchester counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson are interesting contrasts in this debate.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:35 PM

Why are some companies successful in implementing change while others struggle? Why can some leaders inspire people to work together effectively, while others cannot?

Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:11 AM

Show me a "leader" whose employees don't trust him/her, and I'll show you a "leader" without followers.

The Customer's Shoes's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:34 AM

If any initiatives are being implemented in a low-trust culture, its chances of success are really remote.

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5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture

5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
When I was a student (once upon a time I thought I was to be a clinical psychologist), and broke, and spending time in New York City (when I decided I was not to be a performing artist, choreographer for my career after all), I used to make extra ...

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Unusual take on leadership, but worth thinking about...

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John Michel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:27 AM

How can you make your space a dynamic part of your vision and mission, and a driver of success? Here are 5 habits and how to make this happen:

ratzelster's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:19 AM

More and more we're seeing how the physical space sets a tone and helps to create culture.  With so many of the classrooms and communal spaces fixed and with little $$$ to change those structures, what can we do to make a big change in how the physical space impacts us? 

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Is Technology Making You More (or Less) of a Jerk?

Is Technology Making You More (or Less) of a Jerk? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Digital amplifies your managerial self, for better and for worse.

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Interesting point of view.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:51 PM

Every manager needs to review their last 100 network communications — text, email, SharePoint, LinkedIn, etc. — and ask themselves: What's the mix between messages that might be interpreted as management, micromanagement and mentoring? Am I giving in to temptations that will corrode trust? Or am I using these technologies in a way that brings out my better managerial self?


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Leadership and Bringing Out the Best in Others :: Practicing The Four Pillars of Transformational Leadership

Leadership and Bringing Out the Best in Others :: Practicing The Four Pillars of Transformational Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
By Professor Michael Teed :: Williams School of Business Have you ever had a leader make a significant impact on your life?

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A nice reminder, even if the language of the original Transformational Leadership work is rather high falutin' - but the 4 pillars are bang on!

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Trisha Proud's comment, May 14, 2013 6:36 AM
Truied and tested - good stuff!
John Michel's curator insight, May 14, 2013 7:02 AM

Becoming a good leader takes time and practice. Using every opportunity to develop the four facets of transformational leadership will slowly help you develop your leadership skills.

Gregory Sparzo's curator insight, May 16, 2013 4:18 PM

I'm all for bringing out the best in others. LIke most blogs, doesn't make the whole story. Dig deeper on your own.

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Did You Just Hear That Millions Is Wasted On Ineffective Training?

Did You Just Hear That Millions Is Wasted On Ineffective Training? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In the past fortnight, CIPD released their Learning and Talent Development Survey 2013. The survey results show that 74% of organisations in the UK currently use eLearning, but only 15% report that it is one of the most effective training methods available to them. I suspect the numbers are similar around the globe.

 

So how much of an organisation’s training budget is spent on the development of eLearning? Recent IBIS research shows that $26 billion is spent globally on eLearning or 13% of all training expenditure. Why are so many organisations continuing to invest in eLearning modules if it is not the most effective way to train their people? The same CIPD study also found that only 31% of organisations reported that most employees completed an eLearning course. Immediately the true cost of that “cost-effective” eLearning module exploded. How can the ROI be justified to any CEO or CFO?


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E-learning can be effective, but only if part of a package.  The lazy way is just to spend money on it and forget the briefing, follow through, coaching, etc.  Just like it is with cmpanies that spend money on courses without all the other poaarts of the effective learning package.

 

I other words, it's not so much the elearning but the corporate mind set that is the big issue in my opinion.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 14, 2013 1:32 AM

In a recent survey, 74% of organisations use eLearning, but only 15% report that it is one of the most effective training methods available to them.

The Learning Factor's comment, May 14, 2013 4:29 AM
Great comment David. I agree that eLearning can offer some benefits when it part of a complete blended learning solution. I guess the survey shows that too many organisations are relying purely on an isolated module and they are then disappointed when they don't see change/improvement they require.
Jessica V Allen's curator insight, May 28, 2013 12:43 AM

After exploring the ineffective nature of asynchronous learning (think Moodle and LMS) the author proposes that synchronous learning (webinars for example) are the way to increase participant retention AND reduce cost.  When thinking of creating a culture of PD in your school, what questions does this research uncover?

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Does Leadership Exist in Civilian Society Anymore? | Leadership Principles

Does Leadership Exist in Civilian Society Anymore? | Leadership Principles | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Guest post from Sean Turk, giving a view on leadership from the newest generation. If you like what Sean has to say you can read more at  Get Inside Leadership 

Leadership in the 21st Century –
Does leadership exist in civilian society anymore?

Leadership is the influence of one person on others to achieve a common goal.

To-days generation (society) has been dubbed (partially by the life’s greatest critics: The older generations) ‘Play Station generation’ through which a number of stereotypes and assumptions are made.

Consequently the generation is deemed to be lazy, impolite, disrespectful and incorporating all the attributes not expected of leaders.

However the 21st Century has had little focus opposed to the 20th Century, experiencing two world wars, equality movements and the rebuilding of nations.

It is commonly assumed that leadership is craved most, by the military now-a-days, and to an extent it is because a person through which decisions and the motivation to follow those decisions needs to be clear, as it is likely the situation is dire (moreover, it is expected).

However society, especially today lacks focus in comparison to the 20th Century after the great wars and equality movements (where at the time the military way of life was more prominent – and so it’s expectations).

So, having said that, today’s generation has little to work towards in the eyes of society because the problems which existed (and at the time experienced superb leadership) have been resolved (used loosely).

Therefor the problem could be seen as there being no common goal to achieve (through which leadership derives) rather than lack of leadership or poor leadership.

Consequently few leadership figures and leaders in general exist now.

As a result fewer people (as a population) are being inspired or fueled with the impetus for change (at such times leaders are clearly identified).

It could be argued the reason for this is that we (MEDc’s more so) live with no/few problems and so leadership is not demanded.

So, it would be truer to dub the generation a ‘lost generation’ as we have no great focus, no great problem, nothing compelling people together to achieve a common goal.

Therefor, in my opinion, the possibility of provoking the leaders in all of us within civilian society isn’t there as much (Especially through a great war – whereby leadership is expected and demands large quantities of great leaders) and so rather than contemplate the impossible we should learn to appreciate the increased value of leaders now-a-days, but also be aware leaders are decreasing in number, as there is, in societies eyes, no great need for them.

A short analysis of the existence of leaders in today’s civilian society.
Sean Turk


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If leadership needs a crisis, such as in the Great War, surely we have plenty to focus on - climate, inequality, trade cooperation, business ethics, to name a few...

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8 Characteristics of Creative Leaders | workplace MOJO

8 Characteristics of Creative Leaders | workplace MOJO | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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10 things you didn't know about kindness

10 things you didn't know about kindness | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Is kindness the better way to go? 10 things that can help you decide.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 10, 2013 6:59 PM

We need kindness and compassion in our lives.

Jose Luis Yañez's comment, May 11, 2013 8:48 AM
True
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Why Humor Makes You More Creative

Why Humor Makes You More Creative | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
You can't selfmonitor your way to innovation. A jovial office environment is hugely important and a few good laughs can change everything at work.

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Robin Martin's comment, June 9, 2013 11:00 AM
Our office has become a more laid-back silly environment at times...this has indeed helped us to not only reach but exceed our goals! There is a lot to be said for humor!
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Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short)

Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
How Toyota skyrocketed to success with the Lean meeting.
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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, May 14, 2013 3:19 AM

I can see that to model Toyota with the "lean meeting" would take a real culture shift but the 3 tips at the end of this article are acheiveable and could really improve the working day.

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How bad things can happen to good people who lack emotional intelligence

How bad things can happen to good people who lack emotional intelligence | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
School and school system leaders are far more likely to get into difficulty because of low social and emotional intelligence than because of deficiencies in their technical knowledge. At least that...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:53 PM

The thing is, HOW you do what you do matters.  

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 9, 2013 8:23 PM

"Because these leaders often have a high need to control people and situations, they are unlikely to trust others or to delegate." They are not leaders then.

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Few Executives Are Self-Aware, But Women Have the Edge

Few Executives Are Self-Aware, But Women Have the Edge | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
A new study by Hay Group shows that female leaders tend to have better interpersonal skills.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 9, 2013 6:20 PM

Research by Hay Group, culled from its 17,000-person behavioral competency database in 2012, finds that when it comes to empathy, influence, and the ability to manage conflicts in the executive level, women show more skill than men. Specifically, women are more likely to show empathy as a strength, demonstrate strong ability in conflict management, show skills in influence, and have a sense of self-awareness.

Ann Oliveri's curator insight, May 10, 2013 7:06 AM

Self-awareness is essential to effective leadership. A leader must know herself — her abilities, her shortcomings, and her opportunities for growth in order to be able to provide direction, guidance and inspiration to others.

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People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.