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Leadership - Why Talent Is Overrated

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Talent, in and of itself, is highly overrated. While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation.

 

Talent, in and of itself, is highly overrated. While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation. Here’s the thing – most foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever.


Clearly the difference possessed by all great leaders is they continue to refine, develop and build from their foundation – they understand leadership is not a destination; it’s a continuum.  The best leaders combine attitude, effort and skill, but of the three, skill is the least important.  When in doubt, always choose attitude over aptitude. In today’s column I’ll share 6 leadership characteristics that require zero talent or skill.

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Hello, Emotional Style! A Look at the Emotional Life of Your Brain

Hello, Emotional Style! A Look at the Emotional Life of Your Brain | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In his 2012 book, neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson introduces Emotional Style, a scientifically supportable way to understand our individual characteristics and traits.

“Anything having to do with human behavior, feelings, and ways of thinking arises from the brain,” points out Psychologist Richard J. Davidson, director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Therefore, when it comes to human typing he says, “any valid classification scheme must also be based on the brain.”

 

This almost seems like a no-brainer. But the old systems for classifying personality are fun and popular—and most people aren’t bothered by the fact that they are “light on scientific validity,” as Davidson tactfully puts it.

 

In The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Davidson introduces what his research has uncovered about emotional styles. He also shows us how to identify ours--and how we can change it if it's not working for us.


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100 Best Quotes On Leadership

100 Best Quotes On Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Below are 100 quotes on the subject of leadership:

 

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu


Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18


I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli


You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


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Leadership Means Simplifying the Business

Leadership Means Simplifying the Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
 “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

 

Last week, I attended a meeting to review a new prospecting tool. During the discussion, I heard the following phrases: “boil the ocean,” “drill-down,” “drive alignment,” “leverage and orchestrate,” “low hanging fruit,” “optimize workloads,” “prescriptive guidance,” “track and attack,” etc. The business-speak made it difficult to understand how we were going to use the tool. Feeling similar to me, another member of the leadership team said, “So, the purpose of this tool is to help us identify new sales opportunities within our existing accounts, correct?” Clear. Simple. Thank you!


Effective leaders make complexity simple to create common understanding across the organization.

 

In fact, if you review the meetings and presentations that you attended in the last two weeks, who got the most traction with their ideas? Speakers that made things complex and tedious. Or, speakers that articulated their positions in a simple, straightforward manner. As a general rule, complexity occurs for one of two reasons: the person does not have a thorough command of the subject matter or the person has poor communication skills.


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The Need for Innovative Leadership

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I asked the following question today on Twitter:

 

If the mandate is for innovation, how much should “best practice” drive that?

 

This question has been stuck in my head from while I have been reading the book, “Humanize“, which has really challenged and pushed my own thinking on “innovation” and how the culture of social media should be a culture that is embedded into our organizations.

 

Here is one of the quotes from the book that started to create that connection:...


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5 Ways Executives Can Participate in Social Business

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One of the most important criteria of a social business is executive level participation. 5 ways executives can participate in a social business.

 

I recently wrote a blog post about the 5 characteristics of a social business, and I’ve previously provided my slide deck on the topic from speaking gigs on the topic. One of the most important criteria of a social business is executive level participation. Simply stated when the C suite gets it, the organization is well positioned to become a social business.

 

The “C suite” is typically the phrase that represents the highest ranking executives starting with the Chief Executive Officer or CEO. Executive titles vary from business to business. So, if “C” titles don’t apply in your organization, don’t sweat it. Just apply these ideas to the top managers running your company.


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Four Ways Leaders Ignite Engagement Culture

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There are leaders who engage naturally with people, and leaders who are simply uncomfortable with engagement at a human level. The former have an advantage over the latter, clearly. Engaged leaders work with employees; those who shun engagement have employees who work for them, not necessarily with them.

 

It’s a distinction with a difference. The engaged leader brings people together to serve a common cause; the disengaged leader hires people and tells them what to do, but never really gives them the reason ‘why’.


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The Twinkie Template For Building An Eternal Brand

The Twinkie Template For Building An Eternal Brand | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In the last couple of weeks, have you ever heard so much about Twinkies? I mean, since you were six years old?

 

Twinkies have been the butt of jokes in shows like Family Guy and movies likeWall-E. Any brand faces challenges, but if it's carefully built, it can be strong enough to sustain almost any bad press. Here's how to make sure your personal brand is up to the Twinkie standard.

 

n case you missed our recent national panic attack, America collectively gasped when it was announced that the Hostess snack food company was going out of business due to a labor dispute and, as a result, its flagship product, Twinkies, would soon disappear from store shelves.

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Bullies aren’t Strong and Compassion isn’t Weak

Bullies aren’t Strong and Compassion isn’t Weak | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Compassion realizes potential in others; if not, it reassigns or releases.

 

Great results require toughness. The belief that compassion is soft and toughness gets results explains why so little compassion exists in organizations.

 

I’m an either/or type person, it’s my nature. I wrongly believe combining contrasting qualities weakens both. But, toughness and compassion are perfect bedfellows.

 

Bullies aren’t strong and compassionate leaders aren’t weak.

 

Toughness infuses compassion with meaning.

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Stand-Up Desks Gaining Favor in the Workplace

Stand-Up Desks Gaining Favor in the Workplace | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As more research finds health hazards in sitting for prolonged periods, more manufacturers are offering desks that let workers stand, or even walk, while toiling at the keyboard.

 

THE health studies that conclude that people should sit less, and get up and move around more, have always struck me as fitting into the “well, duh” category.


But a closer look at the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they’re not sitting down. That point was reiterated recently in two studies, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine and in Diabetologia, a journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

 

Suppose you stick to a five-times-a-week gym regimen, as I do, and have put in a lifetime of hard cardio exercise, and have a resting heart rate that’s a significant fraction below the norm. That doesn’t inoculate you, apparently, from the perils of sitting.


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The 7 Habits of Purposeful Managers

The 7 Habits of Purposeful Managers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leading and managing in VUCA times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation.

 

Leading and managing in VUCA times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation. Without a foundation of productive habits we become easily distracted and although we may find ourselves busy we fail to make any meaningful progress.

 

Research by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal described in the Harvard Business Review article “Beware the Busy Manager” found that:

 

“Our findings on managerial behavior should frighten you: Fully 90 percent of managers squander their time in all sort of ineffective activities. In other words, a mere 10 percent of managers spend their time in a committed, purposeful, and reflective manner.”


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Are your meetings derailed by trivial matters?

Are your meetings derailed by trivial matters? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There’s been plenty written about how to prevent wasting time at meetings, and yes, well planned agendas, process, meeting facilitation and participation skills are ALL very important.

 

Have you ever noticed that committees or management teams tend to spend way too much time in meetings endlessly debating the most unimportant or mundane topics, while at the same time, not enough time on the most important or strategic issues?

 

Most of us have either led or participated in a meeting where this phenomenon has reared its ugly head. Most of the time we blame it on the leader’s lack of meeting planning and facilitation skills, or we blame it on our fellow team member’s low intellect or competence, or both. We cope by getting frustrated, or just checking out and hoping it’s all over when we come out of out the coma.

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How Leaders Can Avoid Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills and Other Dangerous Distractions

How Leaders Can Avoid Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills and Other Dangerous Distractions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of the greatest challenges of leadership is managing time, a limited resource that has to be used with the utmost care and consideration.

 

One of the greatest challenges of leadership is managing time, a limited resource that has to be used with the utmost care and consideration.

 

As the saying goes, there are “only so many hours in a day“, and the leader must be able to stay focused on those tasks and activities that truly matter.

 

That task is complicated by the daily presence of many distractions that the leader must avoid, lest putting themselves (and their company) in jeopardy.

 

There are three distractions that are particularly dangerous:

 

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The Five Powers of Leadership Rituals

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Rituals express conscious intentions not unconscious habit.

 

Innovative leaders wrongly resist patterns. They fear repetition constricts and bores. “Don’t fence me in.”

 

However, rituals set leaders free.

 

Think of rituals as tiny behaviors that yield disproportionate benefits. One of mine is rising early and placing my fingers on the keyboard. It’s 3:44 a.m. as I type this. I wasn’t sure what would come out until I touched the keys.

 

Rituals express conscious intentions not unconscious habit.


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The Ultimate Management Test: Are Your Leaders Creating Leaders?

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The conventional view of leadership is of something done by heroic soloists. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

The myth of heroic leadership--soloism--is ancient and pervasive.

 

A few weeks ago, I met with a tremendous business leader. He runs a multi-billion dollar energy business that is global, complex, and volatile. An engineer by training, he's alert both to the political and the financial stresses that impact his industry and--like all his competitors--he's trying to keep up with the new energy technologies that could transform his business.

 

But that wasn't what he wanted to talk about. What concerns him most are the leaders within his organization. He knows that they're all smart and that they work all the hours available. (Some, crossing time zones, even work more.)

 

But what he worries about is this: Are his leaders creating leaders?


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3 Easy Tricks that Make You a Better Public Speaker

3 Easy Tricks that Make You a Better Public Speaker | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that the fear of public speaking is one of the most often cited phobias on the planet..

 

It’s no secret that the fear of public speaking is one of the most often cited phobias on the planet. Getting up in front of an audience and giving a presentation is often deemed scarier than the highest of heights, the largest of spiders and the darkest of dark rooms. Really, it’s no wonder that, given the chance, most of us would trade away our life’s savings for a world without public speaking!

 

Of course, it doesn’t matter how scary public speaking might seem. All of us will be called on to give public presentations at some point or another in our lives, so it’s worth figuring out how to make the process more comfortable for everyone involved before you’re actually up on stage.


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Leadership Lessons from the 6th Grade

Leadership Lessons from the 6th Grade | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some of the most exciting and rewarding sessions I delivered this year were the ones I facilitated with sixth graders at a local school.

 

During the sessions, follow-up conversations, meetings and graduation, I was intrigued by many of the comments made by the students as they shared their views on leadership. I made it a point to capture some of their most meaningful observations.


Here are a few priceless comments from these wise leaders:


~Leadership is doing something special or hard

~Seeing the best in others instead of being mean


~Keep in mind a person’s strengths even when they make me mad

~If I am wrong, I learn something


~Social responsibility is being loyal to your friends

~Leadership is getting things done and having fun

 

~Doing my best work and being OK when I am not at my best


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I enjoyed reading this article.  6th graders observations about leadership is wonderful!

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How to Deliver Critical Feedback that Sticks

How to Deliver Critical Feedback that Sticks | Surviving Leadership Chaos | 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:


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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.

 

ThinDifference's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:47 AM

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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8 Cognitive Biases That Will Make or Break Your Culture

8 Cognitive Biases That Will Make or Break Your Culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In HR we often rely on common sense. But there is a dark side to common sense that HR needs to stay aware of.

 

Sometimes our instincts will steer us the wrong way.

 

Behavioral psychologists call this “cognitive bias”. It will affect perceptions, it will affect objectivity, and it will affect relationships—in both positive and negative ways. That makes it very relevant to culture management and to you.


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Coaching: It’s All About Hearing the Truth You Don’t Want to Hear

Coaching: It’s All About Hearing the Truth You Don’t Want to Hear | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Recently I was on a panel with a client of mine. We had been coaching for about 12 months when we were invited to talk about our coaching relationship. She started the discussion by saying, “Linda ...

 

Recently I was on a panel with a client of mine. We had been coaching for about 12 months when we were invited to talk about our coaching relationship. She started the discussion by saying, “Linda was my second choice as a coach.” Everyone in the room laughed at this!

 

Then my client continued. “I had interviewed another coach prior to meeting Linda. I loved the other coach. There was great chemistry. During the interview with Linda, she made me very angry. It was on a Friday, and I was angry all weekend. I was stewing because I knew that the first coach would become a good friend, and that Linda would help me get where I wanted to go.”

 

This is not the first time this situation has occurred. I remember another interview several years ago.

 

That gentleman was so angry that he said he didn’t even want referrals from me to other coaches. He’d find them himself! Several weeks later, he contacted me again and said, “I’ve interviewed 4 other coaches, and the voice I keep hearing in my head is yours. You told me the truth I didn’t want to hear.”

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Who is Your Innovation Czar?

Who is Your Innovation Czar? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It never ceases to amaze me. I'm meeting with the executive committee of a major global company. I've just asked if innovation is one of their top strategic priorities.

 

Where should innovation reside?

 

It never ceases to amaze me. I’m meeting with the executive committee of a major global company. I’ve just asked if innovation is one of their top strategic priorities. Their unanimous answer is “yes”. I then ask about their individual responsibilities. “Which one of you is the CFO?” “Who is head of HR?” “Where’s the CIO?” One by one their hands go up. Yet when I ask to see their global director of innovation, nobody raises a hand. Everyone just looks at me with a blank expression. So, sure, this company understands the innovation imperative.

 

But nobody in its leadership team is directly responsible – or accountable – for making innovation happen across the organization. And they don’t even seem to be aware of the paradox.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic]

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November 30, 2012 by Angela Maiers

 

Love this great post from the folks at Always Prepared entitled: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology‘ and the infographic it inspired from Mark Bates. Both highlight “The Habitudes” of educators who are effectively using technology to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Hat tip to Shawn McCusker for this awesome Twitter find!

 

A MUST read:

http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/11/7-habits-of-highly-effective-teachers-who-use-technology.html

 


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Applicable to all learners, whether students or teachers or carrerists. 

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we don't want to be left behind

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Absolutely! it is so good to know I have some of the qualities. Working on integrating them all into my daily life.

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What do your employee’s want for Christmas?

What do your employee’s want for Christmas? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Top Employees Picks For Holiday Season Perks

 

The holiday season is upon us, which means many HR departments take on the role of fun committee, bringing festivities and seasonal cheer to the office.  As you’re decking the office halls and arranging corporate caroling,


I invite you to consider what your employees are really looking forward to this holiday season and what they’re planning to focus on come the New Year. A new survey from Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, reveals what employees want most this holiday season and what their top resolutions are for 2013.

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Leadership Lessons from Yoga: The Benefits of Staying in the Room

Leadership Lessons from Yoga: The Benefits of Staying in the Room | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are some of the benefits of staying in the room:

 

There are a lot of reasons that aficionados call yoga a practice. One of the biggest is that it can be practice for the rest of your life. Staying in the room is an example of that. Whether it’s a 96 degree yoga classroom, a conference room where you’re hashing it out or a job that just got a lot harder, your life as a leader will regularly present choice points on whether or not you stay in the room.

 

Here are some of the benefits of staying in the room:

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