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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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Today's Challenge: Letting Go to Delegate

Today's Challenge: Letting Go to Delegate | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leadership involves delegating work to others. Leaders unable to let go, can't delegate. Here are a few reasons why leaders may struggle letting go.

Via Bobby Dillard, AlGonzalezinfo
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Good Article for all leaders to read and consider - "Delegation is like basic math – addition and subtraction. We must be able to do this well if we ever hope to learn multiplication and division. It is a key strategy to help each of us expand our capacity and develop others. Invest the needed time and energy to master this and watch your leadership impact grow exponentially!"

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 11, 2013 10:00 AM

Excellent Scoop Bobby.  Delegating is ciritical but there are definitely risks that come with doing so.  Like everything else in leadership, the risk can be managed.  

 

At times, I have managed folks that didn't want to delegate because they wanted the take the credit and retain control.  Here is one of my favorite sections of the post:

 

You want the recognition. You want to be the one who comes through and gets the job done.


You’d rather be the fire fighter than the fire chief.


You want to save the cat from the tree and the old lady from the burning building. You want to be the hero. If this is you, I’m not sure I can help you. Just temper your expectations regarding the breadth of your influence.

 


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IMHO, leadership means letting others take charge so that they can grow and, if they do a good job, yes, take the credit.  

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Why Best Practices Suck

Why Best Practices Suck | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Shouldn’t we learn from others and determine the most effective way to reach our goals, benchmark our progress, and achieve success? Best practices are only best if you’re just practicing.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Instead of worrying if you are doing it right, figure out what works for you. It may require that you make mistakes, take extra time, make a mess, be uncertain, and take risks. But you will figure it out. And it probably won’t be any thing like you imagined at the beginning. Because creativity works like that.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:58 PM

(From the article): Instead of worrying if you are doing it right, figure out what works for you. It may require that you make mistakes, take extra time, make a mess, be uncertain, and take risks. But you will figure it out. And it probably won’t be any thing like you imagined at the beginning. Because creativity works like that.

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9 Tips to Increase the Likelihood You'll Be Heard

9 Tips to Increase the Likelihood You'll Be Heard | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Did you ever have an important point to make and it wasn’t heard or understood? What did you do? If you eventually gave up in frustration, you’re not unusual.

 

When you have something important to say, a little preparation ahead of time can increase the likelihood you’ll be heard.

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(From the article): Say it a different way if you’re not understood. If the listener seems confused, don’t just repeat your message. Explain it in a different way – provide additional information, background information or use different words.

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Think Like an Artist to Lead Creatively [SLIDESHOW]

Think Like an Artist to Lead Creatively [SLIDESHOW] | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Artists embody many creative leadership traits such as exploration, authenticity and adaptability.
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Artists embody many creative leadership traits such as exploration, authenticity and adaptability. And, in an increasingly connected and dynamic world filled with data and technology, these types of creative leadership skills have grown in importance for professionals seeking innovation. Entrepreneurs, leaders, and the general public can learn a lot from artists.

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Finding A Company's Unique Voice Starts With Listening, Says The Pinterest Whisperer

Finding A Company's Unique Voice Starts With Listening, Says The Pinterest Whisperer | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As Pinterest's content strategist Tiffani Jones Brown articulates the companys voice to more effectively communicate with users about subjects as er...

Via Kelly Lieberman
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One big challenge is to find a way to communicate in plain language about a product that Pinterest staff has come to discuss in technical jargon. 

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5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead

5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

For a leader – or anyone else who wants to succeed at hiring and retaining the very best talent – listening is a crucial skill. Because when you tune the wrong people and information out, you’re depriving yourself of priceless tools that will enable you to take your career, and life, to new levels of workplace fulfillment, reward and fun.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): Learning to listen is a blast. It makes us fuller, smarter, more empathetic, more successful people and leaders. Lets all take our earplugs out and tune in to the wondrous wealth of inspiration that surrounds us. Your future and current employees will thank you.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 5, 2013 2:00 PM

To reach our full potential, we must master the art of listening. Really listening. Which means awareness. Which means thinking about what we hear. Which means applying it, if possible, to the leadership challenges at hand.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:10 PM

Listening is an important aspect of mindful, servant-leadership.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:17 PM

Simple and yet, so difficult to do.

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How to Build Trust Between Generations

How to Build Trust Between Generations | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It has been said often: “Change is the only constant.” This may be more evident than ever before. Mobility is the new, new thing, driving many changes. We are untethered yet always connected. A dichotomy of change.


Via ThinDifference
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(From the article): This is important. We are leading together for a generation. Let’s do it by realizing there is a thin difference between generations and a vast opportunity exists to create a big leadership story. 

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ThinDifference's curator insight, August 6, 2013 7:14 AM

More hype has been piled on Generation Y, or better known as Millennials. We are building layers to insulate rather than removing layers to engage. This needs to be our call-to-action. Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silent Generation alike but between two generations. We need to cross the gap and lead anew!

It is time to build trust.

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Empathy at Work

Empathy at Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Practice empathy and improve your work and home life.

 

You may find this hard to believe, but I’ve never once in my life met a person whose goal it was to purposefully create a terrible user experience. Granted, that may have been the occasional outcome of some efforts, but I’m positive that was not the intention.

 

What these people may have been unintentionally leaving out was empathy. And ditching personal empathy is something that anyone who works with more than one person on a design project is susceptible to.

 

To be clear, this is not about the empathic design process; it’s about plain old empathy.


Via Edwin Rutsch
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(From the article): So how do you practice empathy? It’s really pretty simple. Put down your phone, your tablet, step away from your high-tech gadgets and go talk to people.

 

At work, take a dedicated 10 – 20 minute break each day and walk around. Talk to someone different. Someone you may work closely with, but don’t really know. Ask them about their family, their hobbies, their pets, their car. At least one of those will spark a conversation.

 

At home, turn off Netflix, power down the Playstation, put down your Kindle and make a family meal where you sit down together and talk. And for heaven’s sake, don’t bring your phone to the table. Whatever it is you think will happen if that phone isn’t in your hand can seriously wait.

 

Ask your spouse, your children, your parents (whatever your family mix is) how their day was. And don’t tell them how your day was unless they ask. Make it about them. Really listen to what they’re saying. Do your best to discern between issues they’re just venting about and issues that you can provide help with.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:01 AM

Don Hornsby's insight is perfect.  I just tried this at work and it helps so much!

John Michel's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:05 AM

So how do you practice empathy? It’s really pretty simple. Put down your phone, your tablet, step away from your high-tech gadgets and go talk to people.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:23 PM

"The problem is it’s easy not to be empathetic with people. It’s easy to be self-centered and focused on the end goal rather than the end user. It takes a lot less mental and emotional effort to look at a deadline and just churn out work so you can hit it."

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Leadership: Will They Weep when you Leave ?

Leadership: Will They Weep when you Leave ? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
All of us know that people leave their bosses and not the organization. But the reverse is also true. People stay in organizations for their bosses. But these type of bosses are a rare phenomenon.

Via Bobby Dillard, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): And when you leave the organization and your team , see them weep !  Can you give some more behavior traits of such leaders ?
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:40 AM

This is a great question.  Will they weep or have a party?

 

From the post on what great management leaders do:

 

They care  : In the corporate world,  sometimes we think that if you are caring and concerned about your team, they will take advantage.  The project manager/leader might be branded as a "soft" manager.  I somehow totally disagree with this. I think the managers who show emotional intelligence and care for their team, win them over for life. 

 

A smile, a pat of appreciation soars the motivation of the team to the highest level.  

 

Do you smile often ? 

Do you remember their birthdays?

Do you speak encouragingly when you feel they are trying hard to meet the deadline but are facing some problems ?

 

http://leadership-mantra.blogspot.in/2013/07/will-they-weep-when-you-leave.html

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25 Things that Make You Look Dumb on LinkedIn

25 Things that Make You Look Dumb on LinkedIn | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

LinkedIn is one of those social networks you may feel a bit unsure about.

 

You might even be asking yourself, “How can this site help me grow my small business?”


Via Anita Windisman
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LinkedIn is recognized as the professional social network. It’s a place where people in all industries can go to build relationships with their colleagues and demonstrate their experience and expertise. It’s also a place where businesses and organizations can show off their work to prospective clients, customers, and even future employees.

 

The last thing you want to do is look like you don’t know what you’re doing!

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Tina Sims, M.A., ACRW, CPRW, GCDF's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:10 PM

Great information! There is a lot to learn. It can be daunting.

Amanda Hoffmann's curator insight, July 23, 2013 11:13 PM

Worth reading to ensure YOU are not doing any of them!

Simone Favaro's curator insight, August 10, 2013 11:10 AM

In order to get your on-line networking growing, you have to be there. It's not enough to open an account somewhere and to use it obly when the sun is shining and the weather is sweet.

 

Furthermore, you have to know what you are going to use. Tell me the truth, aren*t you on Linkedin because your brother or partner opened an account telling to you 'Hey, you should have an account!' ?

 

LEANNE KENNIS gives you some tips on what you have to avoid when you use linkedin... take care!

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Crushing 5 Urgent Leadership Challenges

Crushing 5 Urgent Leadership Challenges | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What are the top daily challenges leaders face?


What tips can you offer to address the top challenges of leadership?

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You can’t lead people until you know what’s important to them.

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Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The difference between winners and losers how they handle losing. No one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and bounce back.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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 No one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and bounce back.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 19, 2013 8:39 PM

For anyone who wants to get beyond adversity or start over rather than give up, America is the Land of Second Chances. According to Jon Huntsman, former US Ambassador to China, getting back on our feet is an American strength widely admired in China. And everywhere, rapid recovery from natural disasters is increasingly a key to a robust economy. Entrepreneurs and innovators must be willing to fail and try again. The point isn't to learn to fail, it is to learn to bounce back.

LETP's curator insight, July 28, 2013 11:34 PM

How can we teach our students to be resilient in this highly digitised world? 

Maureen Orey's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:17 AM

A great thought leader really captures the essence of the importance of resilience!

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The basics of influencing people

The basics of influencing people | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The ability to influence others may be the most important thing leaders do. An organization I work with lists influence as one of its top leadership profic

Via Create Wise Leader, Bobby Dillard, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, David Hain
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As a leader, your ability to influence others will make or break you. Start with the foundations of influence, and the rest will follow with more ease.

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The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U

The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

by Sean Blanda

 

“If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people,” Bezos told Wired in 2011. “But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.”

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"We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term."-------

"In a nod to Bezos’ obsession with long-term thinking, 99U has combed through a dozen interviews and profiles on the CEO and pulled out a handful of his day-to-day habits that can help you keep an eye on the long term, just like Bezos."

 


Via Jim Lerman
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We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 11, 2013 12:37 PM

Quite an informative piece on Bezos.

Fields Jackson, Jr's comment, August 12, 2013 2:16 PM
Great article
John Michel's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:59 PM

A superb reminder at we can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Happiness

The 7 Deadly Sins of Happiness | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There are a lot of discussions going around about what actually makes people happy.  In fact, in the last two decades, and entirely new field has been created around this question.

Via Barb Jemmott
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Interesting and helpful article: "Avoid these sins like the plague, and you will be well on your way to a very happy life."

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Margriet Darwinkel's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:56 AM

Mooi op een rijtje en ik heb me wel eens schuldig gemaakt aan een van de genoemde zondes, maar ben me er bewust van en dus maak ik andere keuze. 

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16 quick tips to become a better networker

16 quick tips to become a better networker | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
No one is immune from networking. Embrace it, find the fun in it, and it will serve you well (16 tips to become an AWESOME networker.

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): Ask, “Why should they care?” Do you know how to describe yourself or your business in one sentence that demonstrates some value to the listener, not couched in industry-speak? Or, can you explain it so that they might be interested in continuing the conversation? Example: I help people to ________.

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Riding Against The Wind - 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Lead Alone

Riding Against The Wind - 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Lead Alone | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The wind was against me and I was struggling to make headway. A stronger rider passed on my left and I figured I would try to draft behind him to see if I could take advantage of him cutting throug...

Via The People Development Network
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Before you string me up as a leadership heretic, let me say I’m talking more about the process of leadership rather than the actual position. In most situations there needs to be someone with the final responsibility to make the “go/no-go” decision, but the process – the way in which leadership is manifested in an organization – often works better when it’s shared among individuals.

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Agree and an apt analogy for contemporary, connected culture.
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5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style.

5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Inspiring greatness is all about leading by example. The best leaders have these habits in common.
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"Our research indicates that what really matters is that leaders are able to create enthusiasm, empower their people, instill confidence and be inspiring to the people around them," says Peter Handal, chief executive of New York City-based Dale Carnegie Training, a leadership-training company.


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Employee Retention Doesn’t Just Happen: Five Keys to a Clear Strategy

Employee Retention Doesn’t Just Happen: Five Keys to a Clear Strategy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
What employee retention strategies do you use to engage and retain employees?

Via The People Development Network, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): Though, there are many other employee retention strategies for engaging and retaining employees, these tips should serve as a good start. Be transparent, have a clear employee value proposition, communicate with employees early and often, know what they want and what you want, and what motivates them.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 6, 2013 6:48 AM

Excellent post!  

 

From the article:

 

Hiring the right managers makes all the difference. Steve Miranda, Managing Director for Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), said in an interview that he believed 80 percent of employee turnover resulted from the environment created by a manager as opposed to the company at large.


So it’s critical to work closely to make sure there’s a consistent open line of communication between employees and managers, and that managers are working collaboratively and positively with their employees.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:14 PM

Trust is foundational to success.

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How to Deal With a Toxic Boss or Co-Worker

How to Deal With a Toxic Boss or Co-Worker | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you getting pushed around by a colleague or supervisor? Here are five ways to handle a toxic co-worker or boss.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From article): Should you stay or go? If your health, personal life, and capacity to perform your work is suffering, seriously consider your future. Is the bully likely to leave? Can you transfer, job exchange, or remove yourself from the bully’s trajectory?

 

Don’t shrug off the pain, humiliation, and loss of job satisfaction that a bully can cause. If all else fails, look for another job. Your health and happiness are more important than “sticking it out.”

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Barb Jemmott's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:32 AM

The article itself is an interesting read. The comments, however, give another real life look at the world of work.

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Beyond Personality: The Six Dimensions of Emotional Style

Beyond Personality: The Six Dimensions of Emotional Style | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

After studying the specific neural signatures that underlie what we’ve always thought of as “personality traits,” researchers have identified six dimensions referred to as Emotional Style. What we've thought of as traits (like shyness or impulsivity) are actually related to where we fall on scales like "sensitivity to context" and "resilience."

“Each dimension describes a continuum,” explains researcher Richard Davidson in his book written with Sharon Begley. “Some people fall at one or the other extreme of that continuum, while others fall somewhere in the middle. The combination of where you fall on each dimension adds up to your overall Emotional Style fingerprint.” But there's more: if we want to, we can actually alter our emotional style. What are the six dimensions, and where would you place yourself along them? . . . 

 


Via Gina Stepp
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(From the article): But it may also come as a welcome realization: a gift, even. To think that we aren’t stuck with the aspects of our approach that aren’t working for us can be seen, in some respects, as an open door to a new way of life and a more effective way of relating to others.

 

Because at the root of it, the key to an effective emotional style is the key to the success of our relationships. And relationships are what make our lives worth living.

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Ten Tips: How to be a Successful Leader

Ten Tips: How to be a Successful Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What does it take to become a successful leader? Thousands of people are asking themselves this exact question. There are certain strategic skills that need to be taken into consideration, in order to become a leader you need to strengthen and develop your best qualities.


Via Daniel Watson
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(From the article): When looking over all of the top ten tips, it becomes clear how they all integrate. In order to be an effective leader you need to inspire, encourage and be honest. The most important legacy of a great leader is to create a legacy of even greater leaders who can take the business to the next level.

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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:01 PM

Learning Leadership is an invaluable skill to have...

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:51 PM

These tips can be summed up by pointing out that great leaders realize that they must continually improve. Consequently, they must remain open to others and new perspectives while continuing to clearly convey in words and actions what they value and believe to be important for the future of their business. 

taniaATenthuse.me's comment, July 25, 2013 5:01 AM
That is so true Frank. True leaders are role models and should always seek improvements to benefit themselves as well as the people they lead.
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How the CFO Can Become the CEO’s Collaborator in Growth

How the CFO Can Become the CEO’s Collaborator in Growth | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Finance chiefs should spend less time on accounting and more time helping to build the leadership infrastructure that will allow the firm to scale.
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Chief executives and chief financial officers should work closely, and not just when it's time to review the firm's balance sheet, writes Robert Sher. Financial chiefs are well-placed and obligated to detect the vision andleadership a company needs but lacks, Sher argues. "The CFO's duty is to help build the leadership infrastructure that will allow the firm to scale," he writes.

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5 Things You Don’t Really Believe About Leadership

5 Things You Don’t Really Believe About Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are 5 things you say you believe about leadership but haven’t yet found a way to put into practice.
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As a leader, you will not change the world. But you can change something. You can change someone. You can change you. You can influence those around you. Successful leadership isn’t about scale. It’s about moving from where you are to where you should be and helping others do the same.

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...

Via Joe Boutte
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A great talk on how to inspire action in your organization or business.  Why is it that some have something different to offer in their leadership?

 

Do you know why you do what you do?

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Joe Boutte's comment, July 20, 2013 3:46 PM
A crucial question for all leaders is to understand the "why". This is the crux of vision and strategy, but allows the leader to influence those that would follow to embrace the purpose and vision (the why) and make it their own, which is the ultimate goal of leadership.