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15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders - Forbes

15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders - Forbes | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

Leaders need to be honest, have a demonstrated track record of success, be excellent communicators, place an emphasis on serving those they lead, be fluid in approach, have laser focus, and a bias toward action. If these traits are not possessed by your current leadership team, or your emerging leaders, you will be in for a rocky road ahead…


Here are 15 ways to identify bad leaders:


1.Leaders who can’t see it, probably won’t find it: Leaders without vision will fail. Leaders who lack vision cannot inspire teams, motivate performance, or create sustainable value. 


2. When leaders fail to lead themselves: A leader who lacks character or integrity will not endure the test of time. Optics over ethics is not a formula for success.


3. Put-up or shut-up: Nothing smacks of poor leadership like a lack of performance. Nobody is perfect, but leaders who consistently fail are not leaders.


4. Beware the know-it-all: The best leaders are acutely aware of how much they don’t know. They have no need to be the smartest person in the room, but have the unyielding desire to learn from others. I’ve often said, leaders who are not growing cannot lead a growing enterprise. 


5. When there’s a failure to communicate: Great leaders can communicate effectively across mediums, constituencies, and environments. They are active listeners, fluid thinkers, and know when to dial it up, down, or off.


6. It’s all about them: If a leader doesn’t understand the concept of “service above self” they will not engender the trust, confidence, and loyalty of those they lead. Any leader is only as good as his or her team’s desire to be led by them. 


7. Sing a little Kumbaya: Empathy, humility and kindness are signs of leadership strength – not weakness.


8. One size fits all leadership style: Only those leaders who can quickly recognize and adapt their methods to the situation at hand will be successful over the long haul. Think open-source not proprietary, surrender not control, and collaborate not dictate.


9. Lack of focus: Leaders who are not intentional and are not focused, will fail themselves and their team. Leaders who lack discipline will model the wrong behaviors and will inevitably spread themselves too thin. Organizations are at the greatest risk when leaders lose their focus. Intentions must be aligned with results for leaders to be effective.


10. Death by comfort zone: The best leaders are focused on leading change and innovation to keep their organizations fresh, dynamic and growing. Bottom line – leaders who build a static business doom themselves to failure.


11. Not paying attention to the consumer: The best leaders find ways to consistently engage the consumer and incorporate them into their innovation and planning initiatives. If you ignore, mistreat, or otherwise don’t value your customer base, your days as a leader are most certainly numbered.


12. Get Invested: Leaders not fully committed to investing in those they lead will fail. The best leaders support their team, build into their team, mentor and coach their team, and they truly care for their team. A leader not fully invested in their team won’t have a team – at least not an effective one. Never forget the old saying, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care – words to live by for leaders.


13. The “A” word: Real leaders are accountable. They don’t blame others, don’t claim credit for the success of their team, but always accept responsibility for failures that occur on their watch. Most of all, leaders are accountable to their team. I’ve always said that leaders not accountable to their people will eventually be held accountable by their people.


14. It’s the culture stupid: The lesson here is that culture matters – forget this and all other efforts with regard to talent initiatives will be dysfunctional, if not altogether lost. Don’t allow your culture to evolve by default, create it by design. The first step in cultural design is to be very, very careful who you let through the front door. People, their traits, attitudes, and work ethic (or lack thereof) are contagions. This can be positive or negative – the choice is yours. The old saying, “talent begets talent” is true, but talent that aligns with culture will produce better results than talent that does not.


15. Show some chutzpa: Leadership absent courage is a farce. I’m not referring to arrogance or bravado, but real courage. It takes courage to break from the norm, challenge the status quo, seek new opportunities, cut your losses, make the tough decision, listen rather than speak, admit your faults, forgive the faults of others, not allow failure to dampen your spirit, stand for those not capable of standing for themselves, and to remain true to your core values. You can do none of these things without courage. Courage is having the strength of conviction to do the right thing when it would just be easier to do things right.



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After Paris, We Need More Fellowship, Not More Leadership

After Paris, We Need More Fellowship, Not More Leadership | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

Today it is obvious once more that making leaders effective is hardly enough. Giving them the confidence and tools to claim the values and pursue the goals of those like them, in fact, will only make things worse. We rather need more space to question our own values and goals, and learn about others’ - whether we are leaders or not.

 

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 15, 2015 2:58 AM

Wise words in the aftermath of the Paris attacks by Gianpiero Petriglieri. 


Ian Berry's curator insight, November 15, 2015 8:24 PM

I agree we need more fellowship. We also need more and better leaders, particularly those able and willing to rise above belief systems and find the common humanity inside us all.

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Gold: The End and The Beginning

Gold:  The End and The Beginning | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
Posted on September 22, 2015 by Gary Christenson
Gold prices peaked in January 1996 and then fell for 3.5 years into a multi-decade low.  It was the age of stocks, debt, leverage, and good times; nobody needed or wanted gold.

Since the gold price peak in 2011 the Federal Reserve has “generously” supplied the world with trillions of dollars of newly created digital and paper debt, all backed by nothing but faith and credit.  Bonds have rallied and the S&P is higher by 50% or so.  The Japanese Central Bank has similarly produced trillions of yen, bought stocks and bonds, and extended their recession several more years.

Yes, the past four years have been a repeat of the age of stocks, debt, and leverage, but only the financial and political elite experienced good times.  Debt is massively higher and gold is still bumping around a bottom.

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The Entire System Is Fake

The Entire System Is Fake | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
I woke up this morning knowing that, for whatever reason, the S&P 500 would be up a least 20 points.  Of course I flip on the telly and see the Spoos up 23 and gold down $5.

Upon investigating possible news triggers, I see that civil unrest is fomenting in China (we’ll investigate that later because the Shadow of Truth is hosting “our man on the ground in Beijing,” Jeff Brown today) and the military confrontation by proxy (ISIS) between Russia and the U.S. is escalating in Syria.

Those are obvious reasons for the stock markets around the world to retreat and for gold to be higher.

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Puerto Rico Governor Speaks Truth To Hedge Fund Speculators: "The Debts Is Not Payable.....I Will Not Kick the Can"

Puerto Rico Governor Speaks Truth To Hedge Fund Speculators: "The Debts Is Not Payable.....I Will Not Kick the Can" | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
By MICHAEL CORKERY and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH at The New York Times

Puerto Rico’s governor, saying he needs to pull the island out of a “death spiral,” has concluded that the commonwealth cannot pay its roughly $72 billion in debts, an admission that will probably have wide-reaching financial repercussions.

The governor, Alejandro García Padilla, and senior members of his staff said in an interview last week that they would probably seek significant concessions from as many as all of the island’s creditors, which could include deferring some debt payments for as long as five years or extending the timetable for repayment.

“The debt is not payable,” Mr. García Padilla said. “There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math.”

It is a startling admission from the governor of an island of 3.6 million people, which has piled on more municipal bond debt per capita than any American state.

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“The World Is Drowning In Debt” – Goldman Sachs | Investment Research Dynamics

“The World Is Drowning In Debt” – Goldman Sachs | Investment Research Dynamics | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
The media propagandists, Wall Street snake-oil pimps and U.S. policymakers collectively like to point the finger at the rest of the world when addressing the issue of debt.  But when you total up all Government + private sector debt, the U.S. is the most debt-laden country in the history of the universe.

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Public Confused Why World's Biggest Banks Admitting Criminal Fraud, Leads To Public Yawns | Zero Hedge

Public Confused Why World's Biggest Banks Admitting Criminal Fraud, Leads To Public Yawns | Zero Hedge | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
It was about two years ago when we summarized all the known and confirmed rigged markets.

Libor - interest rates (link)
ISDAfix - swaps (link)
Platts - oil prices (link)
WM/Reuters - FX (link)
High-Frequency Trading - equities (link)
Since then things have gone from bad to worse for believers in fair and efficient markets, with not only countless more banks now admitting they rigged Libor and FX, not to mention gold (yes gold too was manipulated as impossible as it sounds) and even the CFTC finally figured out just how spoofers manipulate the price of both stock indices and gold, but that biggest master manipulator of all, the world's central banks, unleashed a record liquidity blitz into world markets with 2015 set to be the year in which CBs are set to monetize all net issuance.

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The Golden Truth: Comex Gold Manipulation Is Getting More Blatant/Desperate - It Will Fail

The Golden Truth: Comex Gold Manipulation Is Getting More Blatant/Desperate - It Will Fail | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

The outright lies and absurd propaganda streaming from the Government, the Fed and Wall Street are now reminiscent of the old Soviet Politburo and Pravda during the Cold War days.  Remember that?  You have to wonder exactly just how badly the system is collapsing behind the Capitol Hill "curtain" given the extent to which those in charge of the financial system are doing everything they can to prevent the markets from freely determining gold's free market price...


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The Most Important Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn

The Most Important Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
There's one thing that all leaders do well. It's not managing or even having great ideas.
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Futures Markets Signal Gold Ready To Erupt | Dickson Buchanan | Safehaven.com

Futures Markets Signal Gold Ready To Erupt | Dickson Buchanan | Safehaven.com | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

With gold recouping some losses in its most recent trading sessions, many are asking whether or not the bottom has finally formed for the yellow metal. Most of these gains have been simply chalked up to short-covering and dovish remarks by Bernanke during the recent Federal Open Market Committee meetings; however, there are some key indicators for gold which are overshadowed by the media hubbub. Two of them in particular are important to understand, because they reveal a renewed investment demand for physical gold over paper gold or fiat currencies. ...


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“Criminal” Paper Derivative Selling Used To Crush Gold Market

“Criminal” Paper Derivative Selling Used To Crush Gold Market | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

Today a legend in the business told King World News that we are in the final stages of a war to push gold and silver prices lower and it is being facilitated through the “criminal” use of paper derivatives.  This is being done “... to destroy the psychology of people invested in this sector.”  Keith Barron, who consults with major companies around the world and is responsible for one of the largest gold discoveries in the last quarter century, also spoke about what is taking place behind the scenes in the war on gold and silver and shared a remarkable story about his father who was truly one of the first goldbugs.

 

Barron:  “I’ve done some calling around to key contacts around the world regarding this gold and silver smash, and again it has to do entirely with the paper market, with options, and with large entities utilizing derivatives.

 

What’s being done here is criminal, but there won’t be any investigation by the SEC, CFTC or the powers that be because they are sanctioning it.  King World News often talks about a ‘War going on in the gold and silver markets,’ and people should remember that this is in fact a war.  It’s a war to destroy the psychology of people invested in this sector.  To destroy them mentally....

 


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Hal's curator insight, June 21, 2013 1:20 PM

Again. manipulation or pay-off? 

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Free Real Time Gold Prices widget ExactPrice by Lear Capital

Free Real Time Gold Prices widget ExactPrice by Lear Capital | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

Be a savvy investor! Stay abreast of real-time gold prices and minute by minute movements in the gold bullion market with ExactPrice. ExactPrice is FREE tool for real time precious metals pricing that can be viewed online, downloaded to your desktop, published to your website, posted to your blog, shared via your social network, and even viewed on your mobile.

 

http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice


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INTELLIGENCE ... not because you think you know ...

INTELLIGENCE ... not because you think you know ... | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
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The Collapse Of Italy’s Banks Threatens To Plunge The European Financial System Into Chaos

The Collapse Of Italy’s Banks Threatens To Plunge The European Financial System Into Chaos | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
The Italian banking system is a “leaning tower” that truly could completely collapse at literally any moment.  And as Italy’s banks begin to go down like dominoes, it is going to set off financial panic all over Europe unlike anything we have ever seen before.  I wrote about the troubles in Italy back in January, but since that time the crisis has escalated.  At this point, Italian banking stocks have declined a whopping 28 percent since the beginning of 2016, and when you look at some of the biggest Italian banks the numbers become even more frightening.  On Monday, shares of Monte dei Paschi were down 4.7 percent, and they have now plummeted 56 percent since the start of the year.  Shares of Carige were down 8 percent, and they have now plunged a total of 58 percent since the start of the year.  This is what a financial crisis looks like, and just like we are seeing in South America, the problems in Italy appear to be significantly accelerating.

So what makes Italy so important?

Well, we all saw how difficult it was for the rest of Europe to come up with a plan to rescue Greece.  But Greece is relatively small – they only have the 44th largest economy in the world.

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The Breaking Point? :: Jim Sinclair's Mineset

The Breaking Point? :: Jim Sinclair's Mineset | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

By Bill Holter:

 

Dear CIGAs,

We have a very important inflection point coming next week with the Fed meeting. I believe the inflection point has already been reached a few weeks back but next week may be the final straw. Will the Fed raise rates to “save face” and try to stem the loss of credibility? Or will they remain “patient” (cornered) and realize they cannot raise rates without razing the entire building?

Before getting to the rate hike thoughts, a bit of backdrop is needed. World equity (and credit/currency) markets are in disarray. 20-40%+ drops in equity bourses around the world are now common. In plain English, the world is...


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The Difference Between Gold and Debt

Simple version:  Gold is good.  Sovereign debt is bad.

The world has added approximately $60 Trillion in debt since 2007, much of it sovereign debt created from deficit spending on social programs, wars, and much more.  In that time the world has mined perhaps 30,000 tons of gold, or about 950 million ounces, worth at September 2015 prices a little more than a $Trillion.  It is easy to create debt – central banks “print” currencies by BORROWING those currencies into existence.  Debt increases, currency in circulation increases, and until it crashes, life is good for the financial and political elite.  But debt increasing 60 times more rapidly than gold indicates that debt is growing too rapidly and due for a reset.

It is a tangled web of debt, counter-party risk, obligations, and unintended consequences.

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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Following in Ancient Rome's Footsteps: Moral Decay, Rising Wealth Inequality

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Following in Ancient Rome's Footsteps: Moral Decay, Rising Wealth Inequality | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
If you want to understand why Rome declined, look no further than the moral decay of ruling Elites.
There are many reasons why Imperial Rome declined, but two primary causes that get relatively little attention are moral decay and soaring wealth inequality. The two are of course intimately connected: once the morals of the ruling Elites degrade, what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine, too.

I've previously covered two other key characteristics of an empire in terminal decline: complacency and intellectual sclerosis, what I have termed a failure of imagination.
Michael Grant described these causes of decline in his excellent account The Fall of the Roman Empire, a short book I have been recommending since 2009:

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The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing

The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

Keep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core.  According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars.  It has approximately tripled in size since 2002.  In the U.S. alone, the size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion dollars.  At this point, shadow banking assets in the United States are even greater than those of conventional banks.  These shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth.  But in the end, we will all likely pay a very great price for allowing these exceedingly reckless financial institutions to run wild.

If you are not familiar with the “shadow banking system”, the following is a pretty good definition ...


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Junk Debt Party Now, Apocalypse Later

Junk Debt Party Now, Apocalypse Later | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

by Wolf Richter:

 

Barron’s assuaged our fears about junk bonds. “High yield is likely to be relatively safe and offer decent yields for the next year or two.” A year or two? And then what? Ah… “But risks loom as the credit cycle stretches out and the long-expected rise in rates materializes.”

Everyone gets out in time. That’s the idea. Everyone, all at once. With no buyers at the other end because everyone is getting out, rather than in. But Barron’s was right, even if the timing doesn’t work out: whatever mayhem awaits us in the future, at the moment we’re having fun. ...


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Jim Rickards: China wants gold so it can share market-rigging power | Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee

Jim Rickards: China wants gold so it can share market-rigging power | Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
In the latest edition of his newsletter, Strategic Intelligence, James G. Rickards elaborates on a point often made by your secretary/treasurer, as last week in an interview with Dave Kranzler and Rory Hall on their "Shadow of Truth" program:

http://www.gata.org/node/15341

That is, China is not acquiring gold because it wants to liberate the currency markets from rigging by Western central banks or because it wants to impose on itself the restraint of a gold standard but because it wants its own power to rig the currency markets.

Rickards writes: "China wants to do what the United States has done, which is to remain on a paper currency standard but make that currency important enough in world finance and trade to give China leverage over the behavior of other countries.

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The Golden Truth: Go Figure! Since "Tapering" Started In December, Gold Has Been Best Asset To Own

The Golden Truth: Go Figure! Since "Tapering" Started In December, Gold Has Been Best Asset To Own | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

The only theory I can think of to explain this is that the smart money in the market is anticipating that the Fed will have to soon reverse itself and pump even more money into the banking system.

Although I was wrong that gold would fly when QE3 started - primarily due to the the Fed's price containment of gold (see today's earlier post) - I did say late last year that if the Fed did start to taper I would not be surprised to see gold start to chew threw the market obstacles being thrown at it by the Fed/bullion banks and move higher in anticipation of an eventual reversal of the taper.  Janet Yellen is just person for that task given her stance on interest rates and "deflation fighting." ...


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We never know what others see … | Wisdom for Future Leaders

We never know what others see … | Wisdom for Future Leaders | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it
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Sexual Assaults Reported in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Sexual Assaults Reported in Cairo’s Tahrir Square | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

VOA News
Human Rights Watch said today it had identified 91 instances of sexual assault committed by groups of men in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as crowds gathered there calling for the ouster of deposed president Mohamed Morsi....
 


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Former US Treasury Official - Fed Orchestrated Gold Plunge

Former US Treasury Official - Fed Orchestrated Gold Plunge | Make sure you have 5% to 20% of your assets in Gold | Scoop.it

Today a former US Treasury Official told King World News that the U.S. Federal Reserve orchestrated Thursday’s massive gold plunge which shocked market participants.  Dr. Paul Craig Roberts also warned that we are on a path which will send the U.S. into “total chaos.”  Below is what Dr. Roberts had to say in this powerful interview.

 

Eric King:  “We had the Fed out with two straight days of propaganda and that was followed up by a smash in gold and silver.”

 

Dr. Roberts:  “Yes, that’s true.  It shows how irrational markets are.  In fact, there was nothing new in the Fed’s statement.  The markets have known for a long time that at some point the Fed is to taper down its bond purchases and eventually stop them.

 

So the lack of any real information in the statement makes the market reaction seem puzzling.  And it actually suggests that the too-big-to-fail banks had inside information, the Fed’s statement, and used it to short the stock, bond and gold markets....

 


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Notes From Underground: Is The East Wind Prevailing Over the West, Chairman Mao?

In following up on my thoughts on the move in SHIBOR, I always want my readers to follow along with my thoughts when it comes to China. In my opinion, China takes on added significance because of its huge impact on the GLOBAL MACRO scene. In June 1998, President Clinton was heading to China for a very important meeting with HU JINTAO. Prior to Clinton’s June 25 trip, the U.S. Treasury intervened in the foreign currency markets on June 17 and halted the rise of DOLLAR/YEN by selling DOLLARS and buying YEN. The Asian contagion debt crisis had seen the YENweaken by 35% during the previous crisis and the Chinese leadership was concerned about the impact of the weakened YENon Asian exporters.

 

The U.S. Treasury acted prior to the trip, a trip, by the way, in which President Clinton spent a week in China and did not stop in Japan. The Chinese were able to exert a great deal of influence upon Bill Clinton as the U.S. was seeking to improve relations with the burgeoning world political and economic power. My point is that the Chinese no longer have to “ask” for others to exert economic influence for they can move to impact global markets on their own. China can rattle global markets and importantly world natural resource prices by threatening to slow their economy and spread tremors throughout the global financial system.SHIBOR+BERNANKE= THE UNWINDING OF A HEAVILY LEVERAGED SYSTEM, casting shadows of doubt where only a month ago so much certainty supported global credit and equity markets.

 

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Different Kinds of Empathy

Empathy is central to leadership abilities. Daniel Goleman discusses the three different kinds of empathy: Cognitive, Emotional, and Empathic Concern.

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