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Patty Azzarello's Blog: Do people want to help you at work?

Patty Azzarello's  Blog:  Do people want to help you at work? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the things that I observe over and over again is just how much help highly successful people get from others.


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How to Stimulate Curiosity | TIME.com

How to Stimulate Curiosity | TIME.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Three practical ways to use information gaps to stimulate curiosity and promote learning

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John Michel's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:09 AM

Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement — it’s what drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward. But how does one generate curiosity, in oneself or others?
 


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A Fresh (and Important) Look at Strengths and Weaknesses

A Fresh (and Important) Look at Strengths and Weaknesses | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
As leaders, it’s important to look at our strengths as a strength, and as a potential weakness as well, because when we stretch our strengths too far, they become weaknesses.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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The random synchronicity of social media!  This re-arrived in my stream just after I had posted the previous article about how it applies to Maggie Thatcher!

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Thatcher's Greatest Strength Was Her Greatest Weakness

Thatcher's Greatest Strength Was Her Greatest Weakness | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Iron is strong, but it's also brittle.
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In some ways, the title of this article could apply to all of us.  How easy is it for strengths to become weaknesses, and how inadequate are they as descriptors for the richness and diversity that characterises all human beings?

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Why Do People Run? - Forbes

Why Do People Run? - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Why do we run? No one is forcing us. As Christopher McDougall points out in his brilliant book, Born to Run, we no longer need to chase down our food.
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Article quote that struck me...

 

'Like training, we can easily fall into the habit of just going to work every day.'

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Justin's HappyMap: Team Hoyt Has Been Added To My www.HappyMap.com - A Truly Inspiring Story.

Justin's HappyMap: Team Hoyt Has Been Added To My www.HappyMap.com - A Truly Inspiring Story. | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Happiness positive thinking determination
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In a week where we are all shocked by the wicked poisoning of a sporting event where many people undertake extraordinary effort for others, here is a story of two Bostonians who will surely provide an example that will be followed by the city as a whole.  

 

He picked himself up, and won back his life.  Boston will too!

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When We're Hungriest for Leadership

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Just three years ago Harvard Business Review published a case study based on a terror attack in Boston. That abstract, fictional situation has now come to painful life. There are valuable lessons to learn from in the study. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Topical piece in view of this week's tragedy in Boston.

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Waiting Room Leadership | workplace MOJO

Waiting Room Leadership | workplace MOJO | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Too often people (myself very much included) wait on this or that. They wait for approval from everyone they know before they act. They wait for the timing to be perfect before trying something. They want to be sure what they do won’t rock their boat. Or anyone else’s boat for that matter.


Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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We need to get out of the waiting room...

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Lorenz on Leadership: A chance encounter - Air Force Link

Lorenz on Leadership: A chance encounter - Air Force Link | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Lorenz on Leadership: A chance encounter
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(AFNS) -- As a leader, you must always be observant of what is going on around you. Literally you need to observe, listen and sense in a 360 degree circle in real time.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 16, 2013 8:54 PM

As a leader, you must always be observant of what is going on around you. Literally you need to observe, listen and sense in a 360 degree circle in real time. To truly be effective, you need to have your radar up and running at all times because you never know when you can.

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29 Ways to Suck at Your Next Presentation

29 Ways to Suck at Your Next Presentation | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Danger! Don't Optimize Presentations to Suck. Image via Shutterstock Over the past 5 years I've given a few hundred presentations in front of crowds from 10

Via Barry Deutsch
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Barry Deutsch's curator insight, April 16, 2013 10:21 PM

One of the authority speakers in the online space - Lee Odden - posted some of his thoughts on how to suck at a presentation.


I particularly agree with his point about preparation.


Why do so many speakers get up in front of a group and wing it with very little preparation? Why do so many "experts" in their niche think they can get up and just talk about what they know.


Everytime I have a new presentation to make, I fret over it, practice it over and over, revise, adjust, and consider each point that I am attempting to make.


I look for multiple examples and illustrations to support every claim I make - even if I only use 1 of those examples.


I think through all the questions, disagreements, other opinions that might surface during my presentation.


In short, I approach each presentation as if my success depends on it. Based on the feedback I get, I go back and tweat, adjust, throw out pieces, and new content. I am constantly updating, changing, and evovling my presentations with the latest surveys, research, and thought leadership available.


Finally, I practice what Stephen Covey called "Sharpening the Saw". I watch TED presentations, I watch lots of other speakers, I check out their slide decks on YouTube and Slideshare, and I read everything I can put my hands on about being a better presenter and speaker.


What are you doing to be at the "top of your game' as a speaker or presenter?


Barry Deutsch

Social Media Coach to Vistage and TEC Speakers and Trusted Advisors

 

Are you reading our Blog on How to Attract and Engage with Potential Clients Through Social Media Blog?

http://www.barrydeutsch.net/vistage-speakers-trusted-advisors

 

If you're a Vistage/TEC Speaker - Consultant - Coach - Trusted Advisor, join our LInkedIn Discussion Group to learn how to find, attract, and engage more clients

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Vistage-TEC-Speaker-TA-Group-1875142/about

 

Not a Vistage or TEC Speaker or Trusted Advisor, then be sure to visit our public blog on how to drive sales through social media, AND/OR our open discussion group on LinkedIn, Sales Through Social Media

 

http://www.barrydeutsch.net/sales-through-social-media

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sales-Through-Social-Media-3854199/about

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The Language of Leaders

The Language of Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Language is one of the most powerful tools that we humans use to distinguish ourselves one from another.

Via Anna Conrad
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The words we use are really important.

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Anna Conrad's curator insight, February 23, 2013 3:03 PM

Language is one of the most powerful tools of a leader or manager.  This article has great tips to ensure that you are speaking in a way that will make others want to follow you.

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Five Signs of a Bad Manager

Five Signs of a Bad Manager | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Don’t ignore your self-awareness blind spots. (RT @tdmag: Five Signs of a Bad Manager http://t.co/BWZa3Qdlkk #astd #management #leadership)

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Personal Branding 2.0: Up-Level Yourself [examples] - Communicate [your] Skills

Personal Branding 2.0: Up-Level Yourself [examples] - Communicate [your] Skills | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Personal branding is about crafting your career around who you are. Look at these 9 celebrity women, and learn what they did to up-level themselves.

Via Anne Egros
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Interesting case studies.

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The Roles and Principles of Creative Leadership

The Roles and Principles of Creative Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I have just finished Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson.  This is the third time I have read this book, but the first time I have read the second edition.  It is hard to ...

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Great book, recommended.

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Tony Parkin's curator insight, April 18, 2013 5:06 AM

Blog post on implications of Ken Robinson's 'Out of Our Minds' for creativity in schools.

emeraldgirl's curator insight, April 19, 2013 6:24 AM

After reading this post I want to read the book.  Creativity is often under utlised or frowned upon, and neglected when people are time poor.  This book seems to position valuing creativity as an important part of our working and learning life. I am intrigued...

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How to Scale Your Leadership Style

How to Scale Your Leadership Style | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
I was recently asked how I think about scaling leadership.To answer the question, I first need to share my view of leadership, which is grounded in the belief that it is not a leader’s job to
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Great article from Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, about what senior leadership really means.  Well worth two minutes read and a lifetime of thought....

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The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback

The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:32 AM

You need to be an effective communicator to lead. Otherwise, you are just a heavy handed tyrant

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7 Psychology Experts Reveal Their Own Cognitive Distortions

7 Psychology Experts Reveal Their Own Cognitive Distortions | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Examples of how to become mindful of your cognitive distortions and autocorrect.

Via Luis Valdes
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7 different gremlins that affect us all - great reminder.

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The Collaboration Imperative - Ivey Business Journal

The Collaboration Imperative - Ivey Business Journal | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Hay Group study of over 300 organizations covering almost 4,500 leaders found that executives still need the most development in competencies such as influence, inspirational leadership, coaching, mentoring and emotional self-awareness – the competencies that are critical for collaboration. Leadership skills and capabilities have not kept pace with the rapid evolution of flatter, more matrixed organizational structures.


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Do we need emotional intelligence? - Financial Times

Do we need emotional intelligence? - Financial Times | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Do we need emotional intelligence?
Financial Times
Becoming more competent in this sphere means developing what has been called emotional intelligence. There are many controversies surrounding this concept, especially in relation to measurement.

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Empathy: The Best Antidote for Messiah Complex - Forbes

Empathy: The Best Antidote for Messiah Complex - Forbes | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post, Ken Moriyama, an MPP student at the University of Oxford, reports from the Skoll World Forum.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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From the article:The world is changing rapidly and we need to confront this fact;We need a new way of organizing ourselves to meet the challenges of today’s fast-changing world;We should embrace these challenges as an opportunity to innovate and approach social issues.
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A Fresh (and Important) Look at Strengths and Weaknesses

A Fresh (and Important) Look at Strengths and Weaknesses | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
As leaders, it’s important to look at our strengths as a strength, and as a potential weakness as well, because when we stretch our strengths too far, they become weaknesses.

Via Jose Luis Yañez
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Finding ways to identify the spot where one becomess the other is critical...

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The Community of Leaders » Trustworthy Leadership

The Community of Leaders » Trustworthy Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the business issues gaining in importance is the trust – or lack of trust – that we have in our large corporations.


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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 27, 2013 7:23 PM

In Vistage, the foundation of its Values, at the base of a triagle is: Trust. Up one side is Caring, up the other side is Challenge, and in the middle is growth.


Dan Ariely speak about the Cost of the Social Norm which is based on Trust and Social Relationships. The Market Norm is based on Financial Transactions.  When the Social Norm is replaced by the Market Norm he says it is extremely difficult if not impossible to regain the trust.


Trust cannot be bought, it must be earned.


If you lose my trust by your behavior, then I can trust that I cannot trust you.


Lee Thayer speaks of Leadership is a role that one plays. If one plays it well and is had by a vision that may outlast them, then history recognizes them as leaders. Those who we recognize as historical leaders did not have access to the 10,000 books that we have today on Leaderhship, yet what they accomplished was because of their competence at doing what needed to be done to accomplish their leadership role.


As Simon Sinek reminds us:  They had followers.





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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:44 AM

What would you add?

junewall's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:36 AM
How many of these do you do automatically each day?
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:08 PM

They are indisputable. What makes them so rare in education?

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Listen Up....!!!

Listen Up....!!! | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

A superb selection of TED Talks on the importance of listening, and how to do it much better.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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So critical, yet never taught at school...

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 15, 2013 7:21 PM

Listening is about being present and offering a space for someone to speak.

 

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