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The DNA of Collaboration

The DNA of Collaboration | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

The need for collaboration is everywhere. We often don’t see how it shapes our lives, on a global scale and in our most intimate interactions. But the challenges we face today and tomorrow demand that more people work together more effectively than ever before.


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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:03 AM

This very good article describes the history, foundations, mindset and obstacles of 'Collaboration'. Must read!

Ali Anani's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:36 AM
A must read
Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:43 PM

You'll never achieve a customer centric organisation wthout engaged employees that will need to constantly collaborate.

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10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's - Forbes

10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's
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The Path to Leadership All of us would do well with a second bite at the apple, another chance to go back and do it all over again.

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Lois Zachary's curator insight, April 9, 2013 1:10 PM

Point #4 -Find a Mentor. I completely agree. Having a mentor in your career will further your success, not only professionally, but personally.

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It Takes Leaders to Be a Community

It Takes Leaders to Be a Community | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Yes, it takes a community to be a leader. There is another side to the equation, too. It takes leaders to be a community, to empower a community. A c...
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7 Surprising Ways To Motivate Millennial Workers - Forbes

7 Surprising Ways To Motivate Millennial Workers - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

By 2020, millennials will comprise nearly half of the U.S. workforce. Experts offer 7 easy tips to get the most out of them.


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Laura Goodrich's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:54 PM

By 2020, millennials will comprise nearly half of the U.S. workforce.

ManpowerGroup France's curator insight, March 18, 2013 7:03 AM

Les jeunes ont la mobilité dans le sang ! Près des trois quarts (71%) des natifs de la « génération Z » (ou, "Millenial Workers", nés entre 1995 et 2000) souhaitent connaître une expérience professionnelle à l’international afin de développer leurs compétences. Les entreprises devraient donc préparer dès maintenant des « stratégies de mobilité des talents » (talent mobility strategies) pour soutenir l’attractivité de leur marque employeur. Elles devront se montrer pro-actives, agiles et capables de se réinventer constamment.


http://www.manpowergroup.fr/infographie-du-mercredi-mobilite-en-2020-un-marche-mondial-des-talents/

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Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest

Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

 

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

 

A few years ago the London Sunday Times ran an article with the title “Whatever Happened to Real Leaders?” It read in part: “The foreign secretary was a stuffed shirt. But the prime minister was not even that: ‘he was just a hole in the air.’ The words are George Orwell’s, applied to Lord Halifax and Stanley Baldwin, in the late 1930s. What resonance they have today! . . . What the country needs is leadership, and this is true of the Western world as a whole.”

 

The article continued, “The gap between the desirable and the real has never been as great in this respect. As you open the newspapers or watch the television news, is there a single political leader in the West whose words you would expect to remember? Would you expect to learn anything from them? Do you expect them to do anything inspiring or creative, or even just the right thing? We have reached a real low point in leadership, lower than at any other time in recent history. . . . ‘I sowed dragons, and I reaped fleas,’ said Nietzsche.” It’s a powerful plea for the kind of leadership that can deliver humanity from the grip of its many problems and evils.


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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:59 AM

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

John Michel's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:17 PM

True leadership is and always has been a selfless action. It involves taking yourself out of the picture and considering the needs of others. It is a way of thinking that takes other people into account even when your own needs are pressing.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Rediscovering Leadership: Transformation of Thought Leader with Social media / Next Level/.
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9 Vital Tools for Leaders Facing Long Odds

Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, once remarked that when brilliant managers try their luck in dismal industries, “it’s usually the reputation of the industry that remains intact.
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The nine tools are solid reminders for leaders and, as the article points out, you would not expect this from someone who spent 23-veteran leader in a prison system. Great points!

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How to Deliver Critical Feedback that Sticks

How to Deliver Critical Feedback that Sticks | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Effective leaders often say they prefer to earn employees’ respect than to befriend them. The test comes when these bosses need to dish out criticism.

 

If you want to be liked by employees, you may muzzle your critical feedback for fear that they will take it the wrong way. It’s easier to keep quiet or drop in­­direct hints rather than come right out and say, “Let’s discuss how your performance needs to improve.”

 

To express criticism that sinks in, take these steps:


Via Daniel Watson, donhornsby
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Great three step way to deliver feedback. We need to me more intentional in our feedback so all involved get better in what we do.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, December 5, 2012 6:19 AM


Business owners often struggle when it comes to delivering critical feedback to an employee, especially when aspects of the employees performance, leave much to be desired.


Unfortunately, if a business owner or manager wants their critical feedback to be accepted by the employee, the feedback must be direct and not be delivered as hints or polite requests for certain changes to take place.


This good article, suggests employees need to be told upfront what exactly the relevant issue is, and it then suggests three steps to take to ensure that the critical feedback is received appropriately and the message sinks in in a way that will result in the requested outcomes.


Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors's curator insight, December 18, 2012 8:29 AM

Providing effective feedback is an essential skill for managers at every level.  As this piece suggests, offering concrete, detailed direction is key to employee success.

 

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The Magic of Leadership – Converting

The Magic of Leadership – Converting | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
One of the magical aspect of leadership is the work of converting - thoughts to actions, plans to actions, actions to results.
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Let’s declare this the Year of Converting! Leaders need to convert more - thoughts to actions, actions to results, plans to milestones....

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John Michel's curator insight, March 26, 2013 5:39 AM

What drives success? It is a question that drives people to unwise jealousy. Other times, the answer leads people to a flurry of motion…. commotion really. It becomes a cloud of stirred up dust with no seeds planted in the fertile grounds of momentum and growth.

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12 Ways to Be the Leader Everyone Wants to Work For - Forbes

12 Ways to Be the Leader Everyone Wants to Work For - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

"As a leader, that’s the same question you should ask: “Why would anyone follow me?” It takes courage to step up to lead. But no one will follow if you’re not leading for the right reasons. Talent seeks out other talent. And talented employees want leaders who can open their worlds and make them better. So what kinds of leaders draw and develop the best talent?"


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12 essential leadership qualities to consider....

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Diamonds in the Rough - See Your Organization From The Bottom-Up - Keyhubs

Diamonds in the Rough - See Your Organization From The Bottom-Up - Keyhubs | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Of all the projects we've worked on recently, there is one that left a deep impression on me. It represented the classic textbook (and Dilbert) situation - the kind that inspired me to embark on the Keyhubs journey in the first place.

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Laura Goodrich's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:29 AM

Diamonds in the rough - Seeing Your Organization from the Bottom-Up!  #Keyhubs 

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Success Indicator: Characteristics For A Successful Life [Infographic]

Success Indicator: Characteristics For A Successful Life [Infographic] | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Measuring success is hard. By consulting this success indicator, you will be able to tell if your personality & characteristics showcase success or failure.


Via Berend de Jonge, Christine Heine, David Hain, Lenka Lutonska
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I am usually not into infographics, but this one outlines it well. Live life on the left-hand side of this graphic! A meaningful choice to make.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 6, 2015 10:14 PM

Thank you!

Kathaperumal Parimanam's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:07 AM

We need to add the characters and qualities for the success

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, August 8, 2015 1:05 AM

Thx @Berend de Jonge

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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR)

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR) | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan?

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:01 AM

Thinking and planning in this type of growth oriented mind-set could set public education on an entirely different course of growth and innovation.

Maya Mathias's curator insight, February 2, 2013 3:01 PM

Plan, then experiment and be fluid to changing course.  Adaptive strategy is THE way to succeed in the 21st Century economy.  Thoughts?

Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:34 PM

Lose the assumptions...  Love it!

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The Need to Care for Character | Conner Partners

The Need to Care for Character | Conner Partners | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

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David Hain's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:39 AM

Couldn't agree more!

 

The “character” (our true nature) we bring into client relationships is the heart of who we really are as change practitioners. It is this essence of our uniqueness, not what is in our bag of intervention tricks, which ultimately determines whether we generate meaningful benefits for clients. However, our interior character needs a voice in order to be expressed to the exterior world; the “presence” we convey is that voice. Even though presence is what we use to interface with clients, the path to optimizing our effectiveness is through evolving our character.

donhornsby's curator insight, January 25, 2013 8:34 AM

(From the article): Many people mistakenly think they can develop character in the same way they might attain new knowledge or better their communication skills. They think they can improve it by simply pushing themselves to greater heights.

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Seeking Help in the Shadow of a Doubt

Seeking Help in the Shadow of a Doubt | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
For organizations to prosper, leaders and employees need to seek help and information from people who have vastly different points of view.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, April 9, 2013 5:33 AM
See also this previously scooped story from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazine/is-giving-the-secret-to-getting-ahead.html + Adam's article from HBR in April 2013: http://hbr.org/2013/04/in-the-company-of-givers-and-takers
Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, April 9, 2013 3:39 PM
Also McKinsey Quarterly published this article today: https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Givers_take_all_The_hidden_dimension_of_corporate_culture_3076
John Michel's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:18 AM

For organizations to prosper, leaders and employees need to seek help and information from people who have vastly different points of view. As Berkeley psychologist Charlan Nemeth sums up three decades of research: "Minority viewpoints are important, not because they tend to prevail but because they stimulate divergent attention and thought. As a result, even when they are wrong they contribute to the detection of novel solutions and decisions that, on balance, are qualitatively better."

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The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories

The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others?

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Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, April 8, 2013 7:09 AM

I agree with most of them, but a few don't resonate. Which do you find most useful? 

Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, April 8, 2013 4:59 PM
For me it's the art of asking questions, removing 'is', and then 'free'!
Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:38 PM
Thanks Vicki! I'm so glad you found it both powerful and helpful. Hope you are doing well :)
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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader? Take The Test - Forbes

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader? Take The Test - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Most everyone, regardless of their current role, wonders if they’ve got the right stuff to become a strong leader. Today is your chance to find out.

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Martin Gysler's comment, April 6, 2013 5:20 PM
An excellent post and I think that the test give some insight in our ability to be a real leader.
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8 things future leaders should know - CNN.com

8 things future leaders should know - CNN.com | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a top business leader? Age-old qualities still apply but they will need to evolve in a changing world, experts say.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:27 PM

What does it take to be a top business leader? Age-old qualities still apply but they will need to evolve in a changing world, say our experts. We spoke with Bob Gandossy, founder of the Top Companies for Leaders survey, and Ronald Heifetz, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, for their take on what strategies a leader of the future should master.

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Better Leadership Through Social Media

Better Leadership Through  Social Media | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership.
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Simple answer is "yes" but this article highlights some great ideas to use.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:17 AM

(From the article): The solution is to stop looking at social media as another platform you have to learn—yet another responsibility—and start seeing it for what it can be instead: a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:18 AM

The article has some great ideas to implement as leaders on social media.

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Craig Gosselin: It’s a Matter of Trust - General Counsel at PacSun - Forefront Magazine

Craig Gosselin: It’s a Matter of Trust - General Counsel at PacSun - Forefront Magazine | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Craig Gosselin, General Counsel and Human Resources (HR) leader for iconic American brand Pacific Sunwear, believes that managing legal and HR affairs for a major brand warrants the same outlook as doing so for a smaller company: The emphasis has...
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Edge online - Management - Performance - The smile factor: Positivity and productivity

Edge online - Management - Performance - The smile factor: Positivity and productivity | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
New ILM research shows that being happy and positive has a direct impact on productivity.

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Happiness matters!

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David Hain's curator insight, March 1, 2013 11:33 AM

Not surprised but grateful for the evidence base to accompany my instinctive beliefs.

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Leading With Vision: The Importance of Painting the Picture to Success

Leading With Vision: The Importance of Painting the Picture to Success | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
The key to effectively leading with vision is to be able to communicate your vision as effectively as possible in an inspirational manner.

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Andrea Scafidi's comment, February 27, 2013 1:14 PM
Here is Our latest Episode-12 #entv Stop Screwing People Up.
This is a video that most people in the network marketing and direct sales industry need to watch over and over again until they get the message. http://en.teamtissa.com/zzYf (www.scafidi.com/entv)
Dana K. Dwyer's curator insight, February 28, 2013 4:19 AM

Painting a clear picture of your vision and communicating it is THE hardest part of business planning.  If you are not clear, reach out to a coach or mentor.  Let them ask you questions until you have your vision clear and detailed in your mind.

Natalie Savage's curator insight, February 28, 2013 6:08 PM

A compelling and inspiring vision that is clearly articulated can move mountains.

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Purpose and Strategy: Two by Two

Purpose and Strategy: Two by Two | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Purpose and strategy. They seem to fit like peanut butter and jelly. Purpose is the jelly, sweetening our appetites for the work to be done. Strategy is the peanut butter, making it all stick together as we do the work.

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Purpose is not fluff. It is the content of our strategy’s character. It is what makes organizations strong because it inspires people to engage in their work and achieve meaning in what they do. Purpose defines the personality and story of an organization and, in turn, the policies and processes that flow from it.

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If You Aren't Scared, You Aren't Leading - Mills-Scofield LLC - Innovanomics, strategic alignment for innovation

If You Aren't Scared, You Aren't Leading -  Mills-Scofield LLC - Innovanomics, strategic alignment for innovation | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Do you find leadership daunting?  Even scary?  I do.  Frankly, I think we should.  Leading others carries a huge responsibility.  It is not for the faint of heart, for those afraid of being wrong, for those who want comfort and stability, or for those who need external affirmation.


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The importance of asking for help, in addition to answering the "why" and asking the "why not." Leadership is inspiring others to act but also being humble in gathering input and advice from the talented people that surround a leader.

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The impact of trust in the workplace

The impact of trust in the workplace | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Trust is defined as: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
In the
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Key thoughts on building and sustaining trust in organizations:

1)  Integrity must be embedded; 2)  Treatment of people (create the right culture); 3)  Focus on shared goals; 4)  Do what's right, regardless of personal risk.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:45 PM

Trust is one of the essential keystones at the core of any organization or relationship. 

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Think Like Zuck: How Leadership Diversity Sparks Innovation - Forbes

Think Like Zuck: How Leadership Diversity Sparks Innovation - Forbes | Leading Choices | Scoop.it
Photo credit: etechmag.com Wow. I just finished Ekaterina Walter’s fascinating book, Think Like Zuck.  I know: another book about Mark Zuckerberg. What more is there to say, right? Wrong.
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Innovation doesn't happen alone. Working with others and creative tension create a new workplace where leadership and ideas excel.

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