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The 1 Thing You Need to Know About How Power Changes You as a Boss

The 1 Thing You Need to Know About How Power Changes You as a Boss | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Science and history have shown that people who focus on others--those who are emotionally intelligent and generous--are the ones who typically rise to power. You might wonder then, why are there so many stories of leaders who abuse their power through corruption or abuse? There's a scientific reason for this. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Being in a position of power will change you. Here are some interesting points made why that is so and what can be done about it.

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33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect

33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

What do people want out of work? More than money, more than benefits, much more than job security, a recent survey says, they want to be treated with respect.

 

If that sounds like you, how can you increase the respect you get each day at work? It turns out that there are specific habits you can cultivate that allow you to train the people you work with to treat you respectfully each day.

 

Here are 33 of these proven habits that can help, if you're willing to stick with them. Implement a few, take inspiration from the others, and you'll likely see dividends quickly. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Respect? Treat others with respect.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 7, 2017 5:17 PM

Most of these are small, subtle changes in behavior, but they can have a big impact on how much other people respect you.

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What One CEO Did When 45 of Her Employees Quit

What One CEO Did When 45 of Her Employees Quit | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Kristen Hadeed, entrepreneur and CEO of Student Maid, shares her biggest screw-ups from her early years and how they shaped her into the leader she is today.

If you're tired of reading cliché "fail forward" or "failing is succeeding" stories, you're in luck. This isn't one of those.  

This is about the mistakes--big ones--that my professional speaker colleague Kristen Hadeed, entrepreneur and CEO of Student Maid, made over her last 10 years in business. She recently gathered these experiences into her book, Permission to Screw Up. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Learning from #failure, there is a strategy for it.

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New Leaders Should Always Do This First

New Leaders Should Always Do This First | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

CEO John Ryan's guidelines for first-time leaders.

Back when I was a 23-year-old, newly minted pilot, the Navy put me in charge of my first flight squadron division. It was a role that called for leading a team of about 40 highly trained aviation technicians. Like any first-time leader, I was thrilled with this opportunity and could hardly wait to greet them with an inspiring talk.
While I prepared this speech, which would surely rival anything from John F. Kennedy, the leader of this team of technicians – whose rank was chief petty officer -- stopped by for a visit. 

“Lieutenant Ryan,” said this man, who was 14 years older than me, with nearly 20 years in the Navy, “the guys have heard good things about you as a person and a pilot. They’re excited to work with you.” 

“Me, too,” I told him, already a little curious about what the chief might want to convey. 

“I want you to get off to a good start, so if you don't mind,” he said, “could you tell me what you’re planning to tell them?” 

Now, a little off balance, I tried to explain, rather inarticulately, what I had in mind. 

The chief petty officer listened and then offered some sage advice. “You’ll be our third boss in five years,” he said, “so I can tell you what they would like to hear and, even more importantly, see." Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Excellent advice for new #leaders.

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How Elon Musk Keeps His Employees More Motivated Than Ever

How Elon Musk Keeps His Employees More Motivated Than Ever | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I think most of us would have followed him into the gates of hell carrying suntan oil.

What is it like to work with Elon Musk? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Dolly Singh, Former Head of Talent Acquisiton at SpaceX, on Quora:

After working for Elon for over five years at SpaceX as the Head of Talent Acquisition, there are many potential answers to this question. Any answer I might give will be completely colored by my own experiences, so full disclaimer: this is not an unbiased piece free of personal narrative.

It is said that you cannot dream yourself a character; you must hammer and forge one yourself. If any leader and any company has done that, and continues to do that, it is SpaceX. To try and capture in words what working with Elon is like, I'd like to share some specific memories, particularly of one really rough day and its epic aftermath. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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True #leadership starts with showing what you got.

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Six Steps To Transform Your Company Culture

Company culture can’t be rigid and unadaptable, or the company will fail. An outstanding company culture requires outstanding leadership, and changing the company culture requires leaders who recognize the real need for change, and who aren’t afraid of it. Outstanding leadership demonstrates maturity: conviction, diligence, focus, optimism, and the ability to handle uncertainty.

Leaders are able and willing to make positive changes to corporate culture to evolve with the times.

Immature leadership, by contrast, does not bode well for strong corporate culture. Lack of leadership skills, illegal or unethical behavior, or character flaws are common to immature or ineffective leaders. Character and honor are between difficult to impossible to recover once compromised, and the executive leader falls from grace from a particularly dangerous height.

Assuming your company has strong, mature leadership, transforming your company’s culture takes six critical steps. Read more: click image or title.



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And here are some tips on how to build that #CompanyCulture.



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PARKJH's curator insight, February 10, 2016 4:23 PM

6 points intéressants pour la culture d'entreprise

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Traits of Truly Agile Businesses

Traits of Truly Agile Businesses | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Many organizations, in pursuit of growth, understand the need to be agile in every aspect of their business—from faster decision making to more flexible operations to collaborative ventures. Yet, there is often a gap between that awareness and cohesive action. The Accenture study on agility explores the common characteristics of agile businesses.

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Agile explained.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, October 24, 2014 8:30 PM

Leadership diversity is one of the key factors

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, December 23, 2014 4:52 PM

Agile, a cool business model 

The Agile Monks's curator insight, January 14, 2015 3:12 PM

The challenge in getting diverse leadership is that too many companies are afraid to hire creative thinkers who have different ideas on how to express their art, than the existing leaders. To much of the same gets you just the same and less over time. Companies need to hire people with a variety of insights and approaches, including ones that are challenging to the existing patterns and approaches. Additionally, they need to create, mentor and support the concept of Self-Organizing Leaders and empower people and their teams through Radical Honesty. Check out more information here in the future as we The Agile Monks talk about Agile, Lean, Honesty, having a Code/Creed to operate under, and show how Radical Honestly get you AGILE and successful far faster than the just practicing agile concepts.

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Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard

Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Like James T. Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard provides valuable insight for leaders in the present - and future.

“He’d ensure the safety of his ship and his crew
And then complete the mission
And make himself a better person
Bring peace to the galaxy
And do it for free
Oh yeah, that’s what Captain Picard would do.”

– from “What Would Captain Picard Do?” by Hank Green

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Leading your team takes courage, wisdom, understanding, and much more. The Jean-Luc Picard example is great, and the article is excellent.

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Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Start by looking for patterns.

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?

We’ve surveyed and assessed more than 35,000 leaders from thousands of companies across more than 100 countries, and found that 73% of leaders feel distracted from their current task either “some” or “most” of the time. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

#Focus is quintessential in our drive for #success and #accomplishment.

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11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You…

11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You… | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Most people fall into two camps: natural born leaders and the rest of us

.While some people were gifted with the charisma and confidence required to make leading others a breeze, everyone else has to cultivate these skills through time, dedication, and hard work.

But, signing up for long classes that focus on leadership isn’t ideal for many, especially if you are focused on building or running a business. Plus, the financial investment required for some courses can leave such training out of reach if you’re fighting with a limited budget.

Does that mean you have to put aside your dreams of being the simmering unicorn of leadership wisdom your team needs to succeed? Well, of course not. There are plenty of free resources that can help you increase your competency, often on your own schedule.

These classes let you access high-quality educational resources (some are even from leading universities) without asking for a dime. Here are 11 places that will help you increase your skill level on a rocket-like trajectory. Read more: click image or title.

 

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12 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reinvent Yourself

12 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reinvent Yourself | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

No matter where you are in your career, it’s only natural to occasionally feel as though there are things you’d like to change. But it’s one thing to say you want to make a change and quite another to actually make it happen. In order to make serious steps toward reinventing yourself, you need to first commit to it and then take action to make those changes a reality. Here are twelve ways you can reinvent yourself at work and in your personal life, backed by science. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Some good ideas here.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 15, 2017 7:00 PM

The data is convincing: even small changes can have big benefits, when done correctly.

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Today is yours take a hold.
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10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader

10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

To build a great team, do these 10 simple things.

I remember the first time I became a leader, I called a meeting with my team and said, "Here are my expectations of you." When I finished, I asked if there were any questions, and one of the team raised his hand and said: "Do you know what are our expectations of you?" As this was my first leadership role, the question took me by surprise -- and to be honest, I didn't, as I had only ever thought about leadership from the perspective of the leader. It was understanding their perspective and what was expected of me that allowed me to improve my leadership.

Here are 10 things teams expect from their leader. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Jerry D. Erickson

President/CEO

FryBrid Cars


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What do YOU expect from a leader?

 

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, December 26, 2016 11:58 AM
10 Simple Things That Teams Expect From Their Leader
donhornsby's curator insight, December 27, 2016 10:21 AM
Leaders who meet all 10 of these expectations will have built a loyal, committed team that they can rely upon, a team that is engaged and will do its best to be successful.
 
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This is How Effective Leaders Move Beyond Blame

This is How Effective Leaders Move Beyond Blame | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Next Big Sound's Head of Engineering Dave Zwieback cautions against the perils of blame — and shares how to circumvent them to build a more resilient company.


The only way to extract a full account of what happened is to remove blame and punishment from our retrospectives.


If we want to make our systems and companies more resilient, we have to not wish away the failure, but learn and improve from it.


Choose reconciliation over retribution when something goes wrong. You’re less likely to lose people and lessons.


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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Wow! Excellent article. How to learn from your #failures on an organizational/company level. Must read!

One of the best articles I've read in a while.

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9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great if success was simple?

But it isn't.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, but we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Here's a list of helpful habits of some highly successful—and wildly productive—people to get your started.

Read more here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3014736/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/9-easy-to-steal-habits-of-the-super-successful


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Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions

Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Here are ten ways asking questions can help us be more effective leaders and create breakthroughs in our impact.

If there were one single tool that would help you inspire greater creativity, drive stronger engagement, and get better results,would you try it?

It’s called a question.

Voltaire said “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers”.

In my executive coaching practice, asking the right questions is the single most important tool I use to help others discover and grow themselves as leaders.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Questions will start the process of communication, resolving, thinking, etc. Great article.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:21 AM

(From the article): 

Here’s the real challenge to asking good questions. It requires a shift in our own mindset as leaders. We have to let go of three ego needs that hold us back.

Let go of the need to be superior or to prove ourselves (e.g. I’m the smartest person in the room so let me tell you everything I know).Let go of the need to control outcomes (e.g. the best and most efficient way to do this is my way, so let me just help you by telling you what to do).Let go of the need for perfection or need to succeed without any tolerance for failure (we have to do this perfectly because anything less than success will make us or me look bad).

This is where executive coaching really works to uncover limiting beliefs and paradigms we have so we can let our curiosity naturally flow through. Do these apply to you?

 

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 25, 2014 4:36 AM

Ten good ways to ask difficult questions. Worth reading

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6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well

6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A CEO of a startup has many responsibilities. When creating a company for the first time, it is hard to imagine the degree that others depend on the person in charge.


Entrepreneurs are extremely busy identifying technologies, developing business plans & presentations, and trying to run companies on shoestring budgets. Occasionally, the CEO is the only employee in the company for significant periods. After obtaining funding, they now must perform to meet expectations of the investment community.

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This pretty much sums it all up. Good article, and great picture by the way.

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Craig Stark's curator insight, March 17, 2014 9:59 AM

Does your hat rack have "many hats"?