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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Employee engagement ideas: Cut the BS 

Employee engagement ideas: Cut the BS  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employee engagement ideas are crucial to driving a business forward, but many executives tend to lip-service them. Let's cut the BS, shall we?
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(From the article):  Every speech and article about employee engagement ideas, give or take, is total buzzword-driven garbage. “We embrace our customer-focused vision and believe employees play a key role in that mission of purpose-driven alignment,” says a CEO on stage at a trade show … and then 2 hours later, he’s holed up in his hotel suite with his top dogs chasing nickels in the couch cushions of their vertical. When I say “cut the bullshit,” here’s what I mean: if you think you might care about employee engagement, move towards it logically. If you don’t care and you absolutely know you don’t care, never bring it up. Because when you bring it up but then are constantly two-faced about it and it clearly doesn’t really matter to you, that also sends a message to employees. And it’s not a good one.
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How to Mentally Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

How to Mentally Prepare for a Difficult Conversation | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How can you mentally prepare for a difficult conversation? You’ll want to think about the logistics (where and when you meet) and your strategy (how will you frame the problem and what you’ll say first). But getting ready emotionally is perhaps the most important work you need to do before you get into the room. Here are a few things you can go do to get ready.

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(From the article): Susan David, a psychologist and coauthor of the Harvard Business Review article Emotional Agility, says that “suppressing your emotions — deciding not to say something when you’re upset—can lead to bad results.” She explains that if you don’t express your emotions, they’re likely to show up elsewhere. Psychologists call this emotional leakage. “Have you ever yelled at your spouse or child after a frustrating day at work—a frustration that had nothing to do with him or her? When you bottle up your feelings, you’re likely to express your emotions in unintended ways instead, either sarcastically or in a completely different context. Suppressing your emotions is associated with poor memory, difficulties in relationships, and physiological costs (such as cardiovascular health problems),” David explains. Prevent your emotions from seeping out — in the conversation or at home — by getting your feelings out ahead of time. That way, you’ll be more centered and calm when you’re having the discussion. You may be wondering, Do I really need to do this for one 10-minute conversation? While it takes some time (though it will get easier the more you do it), there is a huge payoff. You’ll go into the conversation with the right mindset, feeling confident, knowing what you want to achieve.
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Do I Have What it Takes to be a Transformational Leader?

Do I Have What it Takes to be a Transformational Leader? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you willing to make the leadership commitment? Do you have what it takes? 


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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(From the article): Becoming a Transformational Leader can be hard work. Why? Because it involves dealing with people. Sure. You are still accountable for results, but as a leader you need to get them in an entirely different way than you did as an individual contributor. Being an effective leader means that you need to spend a significant time helping your Team members by being a good coach, motivator and strategic planner. 

Are you willing to make the leadership commitment? Do you have what it takes? 

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A Leader’s Hard Conversations 

A Leader’s Hard Conversations  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 I’ve lost count of the number of occasions where I had to confront a person who I was leading or mentoring. Although it’s a natural part of leading a family, team or organization, I would often try to talk myself out of doing it, thinking that if I just ignored the problem it would go away. That, of course, is rarely true. 


I have never regretted confronting a situation when I did it in a healthy way. In fact, I believe successful confrontation was the most important lesson I learned as young leader. 

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(From the article): We live in an age where people seem more wounded than ever. It is now common to come from a past involving divorce, abuse, dysfunction, incest, neglect, addictive behavior or co-dependent relationships. Needy people are everywhere. So, how does this affect our leadership and mentoring? Do we simply try to avoid these issues? Do we ignore them or pretend they aren’t there? Obviously, we can’t do this if we intend to lead well. Instead, we must recover this practice performed by leaders of old with their people and families. This practice came to be known as “giving the blessing” to others. Because most families don’t practice giving this “blessing” to each other, I believe leaders/mentors must pick up the slack and do it for their followers. It is up to us. - See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/leaders-hard-conversations/#sthash.B6YCLsKq.dpuf
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4 Ways To Be A Conscious Leader 

4 Ways To Be A Conscious Leader  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a conscious leader, making purposeful choices about why, when, how and where you lead, helps to achieve greater success as a leader and a person.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): To be a conscious leader, start making purposeful choices about why, when, how and where you lead. The ability to be clear about these choices helps you achieve greater success as a leader and as a person.
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6 Habits of Super Successful People

6 Habits of Super Successful People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It’s because they do things differently than people who are less successful. 


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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(From the article): Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It’s because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are six things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.

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