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Meetings as relationship-building opportunities

Meetings as relationship-building opportunities | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
 Meetings in many organizations have unhealthy hidden agendas, unhealthy conflict and competition, and a rush to action without appropriate dialog. It's every
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(From the article): What we really need is to have meetings that allow relationships to deepen, where participants help each other to grow and succeed together. These meetings would have listening and respect for all viewpoints as priorities, allowing the best ideas for the greater good of the organization to come forward.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:50 PM

(From the article): What we really need is to have meetings that allow relationships to deepen, where participants help each other to grow and succeed together. These meetings would have listening and respect for all viewpoints as priorities, allowing the best ideas for the greater good of the organization to come forward.

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25 Life Hacks you didn’t know you needed to know, but do. Probably.

25 Life Hacks you didn’t know you needed to know, but do. Probably. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Inspired by David Pogue's TED Talk about tech tricks you need to master, here's a list of other cool "life hacks" to make life easier

Via Seth Dixon
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(From the article): Watch the talk – it’s Pogue’s delivery that’s half the brilliance. But below, find a condensed version of the 10 tech basics everyone should know:

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:57 PM

15 absolutely amazed me but 3 of these made me exclaim, "how in the world did I not know this before?"  You can Watch the talk or just read the items


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15 Ways to Encourage Moral Growth in Leadership

15 Ways to Encourage Moral Growth in Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Moral education needs to start early, and it also needs to continue throughout our professional careers.


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A great list:

 

(From the article): I have compiled a list of 15 things that we can do in our organizations to encourage ethical awareness and moral growth. These elements can be applied as part of ongoing leadership development in any organization.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:08 AM

What a great list and a good cause from Linda Fisher Thornton @leadingincontxt!

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5 Ways To Change Your Mornings

5 Ways To Change Your Mornings | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
People who make the best use of their mornings are more successful than those who don't. Mornings set the tone for your the tone for the day.
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(From the article): When your mindset is positive and you are excited about the day in front of you, you can do great things.  When you wake up in a negative mood, it sets the tone for the rest of the day.


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The article has a number of excellent points of improving attitude and performance during your day.

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Push Your Team to Think Globally

Push Your Team to Think Globally | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Frits van Paasschen, president and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, on his decision to move corporate headquarters abroad for a month....
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Excellent video on the benefits of thinking globally - which is an essential element of leadership today.

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Improve Your Leadership Presence

Improve Your Leadership Presence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of Own the Room, breaks executive presence into three essential parts....
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Ms. Wilkins provides three excellent points on how anyone can begin to improve their leadership presence.

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Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders

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Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): How you lead your people has a direct impact on your ability to eliminate or mitigate the types of human behaviors that slow organizations down. In our experience, both inside Cisco and with our customers, highly collaborative leaders share four leadership traits. They:

Focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressivenessRelentlessly pursue transparent decision makingView resources as instruments of action, not as possessionsCodify the relationship between decision rights, accountability and rewards

Focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressiveness.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:12 PM

I don't see much evidence in education that small groups are disrupting the status quo. It is more entrenched than ever.

 

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 24, 2013 12:10 AM

Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.

ThinDifference's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:38 AM

Great traits:

- Focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressiveness

- Relentlessly pursue transparent decision making

- View resources as instruments of action, not as possessions

- Codify the relationship between decision rights, accountability and rewards

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How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy

How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy 


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Nice series of steps:

 

1. I started by making a gratitude list and writing down three things I was thankful for every day. 


2. I stopped complaining. 


3. I started complimenting someone every day.


4. In my business, I stopped reacting from a fear-based place and started getting involved in community and sharing. 


5. Finally, I just plain tried to stop being negative. 


How about you?

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Honestly Speaking

Honestly Speaking | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When speaking honestly or giving feedback, ask the right questions beforehand. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.

Via David Hain
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Nice musings on the importnace of giving feedback appropriately from Blair Glaser.

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, April 23, 2013 6:29 AM

I agree with AlGonzalezinfo's insight: Very Good Scoop David!  

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 23, 2013 10:38 AM

Not only asking the right questions - but asking if the other person is open to feedback - critical to success.

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 18, 2013 3:16 AM

 

from article : "When you are about to “be honest”, ask yourself, what is my intention in expressing my truth right now? What is the impact I want to have?"

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Lose the Big Head and Go on the Leadership Diet

Lose the Big Head and Go on the Leadership Diet | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders with big heads, and an inflated sense of self, need to get on this leadership diet and rediscover the power and potential of the team.

Via Anne Egros, AlGonzalezinfo
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TOSS: Insensitivity in the Name of Honesty

A desire for an open work environment, where there are no secrets, is not an excuse to chastise someone in front of their peers.  You can’t build trust or team spirit if there is fear of being publicly called out for ideas or motivations.  People will quickly start to play small and safe and that does not benefit the individual, team or organization.

 

How To:  If you have negative feedback for someone, talk to them in private and in support of their growth and development.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, April 23, 2013 6:25 AM
How do you shrink your big head and grow your leadership heart?  Follow this leadership diet tips
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 23, 2013 6:27 AM

Love this post Anne!  Thanks!  From the article:

 

REPLACE: One Way Communication with Conversation

Communication is an important leadership tool that helps to keep everyone on the same path towards the shared vision and mission.  However, communicating out, without an opening for conversation, gives the impression that leadership (and smarts) only comes from the top.  Instead of  spending time crafting and worrying about messaging, throw messaging out the door and opt for conversation.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 9, 2013 12:16 PM

Check it before you...

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Bring Out The Best in Every Employee | Marshall Goldsmith

Bring Out The Best in Every Employee | Marshall Goldsmith | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The effective leader of the future will need to regularly ask for feedback and ideas – yet many of us still fail to personally find what our people want and need from us. Whether fearing the answers or lacking the time, we don’t ask.

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(From the article): You will be compelled by the writing to take in ‘Bring Out The Best in Every Employee’ in a single sitting. It’s that good. My advice? Take your time. Soak in the dynamics of what you face as a leader in the new millennium. Discover where you should be focusing your leadership efforts for maximum return. Get yourself ready to lead in the moment, and master a powerful leader’s protocol to engage the core of your team.

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4 Things That Are Stopping You from Collaborating

4 Things That Are Stopping You from Collaborating | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If collaboration was a natural and thriving endeavour, then it seems unlikely that there would be such a clamour from organisations to do it better.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): Collaboration Barrier #3 – Not invented here syndrome

 

Siloes are a common feature of many workplaces. They could exist around functions or regions or even hierachies. It’s also increasingly common that these siloes are given a large degree of autonomy as to how they operate. Whether these barriers are physical or merely mental they are often extremely damaging to collaboration. For instance, do your senior managers accept ideas from those beneath them in the hierachy or is there a culture whereby only those on the same level can collaborate? Is there a culture where asking others for help is seen as an admission of failure or ignorance?

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John Michel's curator insight, April 14, 2013 6:05 PM

If collaboration was a natural and thriving endeavour, then it seems unlikely that there would be such a clamour from organisations to do it better. A recent IBM study for instance found that over half of organisations wanted to collaborate better, which is great, except many organisations are setup with some natural barriers to the collaboration they crave. Here are four of the main barriers that exist. See how many are present in your own organisation.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 21, 2013 7:31 AM

Thought provoking read.  I find a similar issue working as a communication consultant, I usually find people feel the organization needs to communicate better but when it comes time to apply tools that will help communication, many people resist using them.  These barriers are true for communication as well as collaboration.  

 

 From the article:

 

Collaboration Barrier #1 – Hoarders

Collaboration Barrier #2 – Hidden knowledge

Collaboration Barrier #3 – Not invented here syndrome

Collaboration Barrier #4 – Transferring hard to encode information

donhornsby's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:00 AM

(From the article): Collaboration Barrier #3 – Not invented here syndrome


Siloes are a common feature of many workplaces. They could exist around functions or regions or even hierachies. It’s also increasingly common that these siloes are given a large degree of autonomy as to how they operate. Whether these barriers are physical or merely mental they are often extremely damaging to collaboration. For instance, do your senior managers accept ideas from those beneath them in the hierachy or is there a culture whereby only those on the same level can collaborate? Is there a culture where asking others for help is seen as an admission of failure or ignorance?

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Self-Leadership Is Essential – Michael VanBruaene

Self-Leadership Is Essential – Michael VanBruaene | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Having a personal vision and moving towards it is essential with our workplaces in continual flux, and with more of us working remotely or on our own.  We cannot rely on an organization and its lea...
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(From the article): We cannot rely on an organization and its leadership for a context that defines our standards for self-fulfillment; nor for a sense of whom we are or even work place satisfaction.

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Be Brave, Be Honest: What Leadership Looks Like From Here On Out

Be Brave, Be Honest: What Leadership Looks Like From Here On Out | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a leader, avoiding the things that scare you can only backfire. Here's what to do instead.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): One of the things I find most inspiring and heartening about them is their willingness to be honest about themselves: their hopes and fears; what they’re good at and not so good at; what they understand and what confuses them.

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Leadership Begins at Home

Leadership Begins at Home | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leadership Begins at Home - Leaders aren’t born, they’re developed. And a true #leader is a leader in every area of life. #leadership
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(From the article): Parents provide the earliest influence on children. By modeling leadership in their own lives, parents profoundly affect the kind of leaders their children become. It helps to see all of this in the long term, because the big-picture view assists in smoothing out the immature peaks and valleys and helps keep goals on track. But training children to be leaders not only takes time (think quantity, not just “quality”) but also guidance in every facet of life, from early childhood on. Here are some ideas to consider:

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Modes: A New Model for Leadership Development

Modes: A New Model for Leadership Development | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Modes are orchestrations of how we feel, think and act. They dictate how we perceive and react. Each mode has its own behavioral repertoire – we are, literally, a different person in our different modes. Modes are usually invisible to us – though everyone we interact with while in them senses what’s going on.


Via David Hain
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Looks like a very interesting book...

 

(From the article): Modes are a more useful way to think about helping people perform at their best than are personality types – or any “typing” system. The “type” model of behavior assumes that people stay the same, and so we should fit them in the right organizational cubbyhole.

 

In contrast, the mode model lets us understand what triggers our modes of being, the underlying beliefs and habits that hold that mode in place – and then goes on to help us change negative modes for the better.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:12 AM

Newinsight from Daniel Goleman - sounds like the book is worth a spin!

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12 Skills You Need to Keep Your Job in Sales

12 Skills You Need to Keep Your Job in Sales | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Trends show that we’ve entered into an age of buyer empowerment. Our prospects now have the ability to research offerings and make decisions independent of communication with sales reps. Some reports state that the average buyer is nearly 70% through the sales process before they contact a rep.

 

While the buyer’s habits have certainly changed, the typical sales strategy has been slow to adapt. Sales professionals must combat their limited time and reduced influence by honing in on the fundamentals.


Via Anita Windisman
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(From the article): Here are the 12 demands on the modern sales professional. Address them and see your success skyrocket. Forgo them and see your reputation tarnished:
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Anita Windisman's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:56 AM

My favourite tip is #3 - being "digital savvy"....

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7 Keys To Asking For What You REALLY Want (So You Get It!)

7 Keys To Asking For What You REALLY Want (So You Get It!) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ever find yourself feeling resentful, overwhelmed, under appreciated, frustrated, and wishing people would stop doing something you don't like, or start doing something you do?
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(From the Article): Here are 7 keys to help you manage your needs, fulfil your wants and better handle those situations (and people) that weigh you down.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:54 AM

I have felt all of these things! Useful pointers here...

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10 Lies Personal Development Bloggers Tell You

10 Lies Personal Development Bloggers Tell You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are some of the lies we tell you, our beloved readers. That wasn’t one of them, we really do love our readers!

 

Not all of these are direct, blunt lies. Some of them are lies of omission (i.e. implied non-truths). 

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(From the article): With the endless stream of questionable tactics, false personas, in-your-face advertisements, and self-promotion (Deep Existence is amazing) flooding our lives, people have more respect for vulnerability and honesty than ever. Vulnerability is a counter force of credibility that makes up for a less than perfect image. Personal Development bloggers, that is the upside to being a flawed person with good ideas!

 

It’s easy to leave out the part of your life where you fall short, because you want people to trust your advice.

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Emotional intelligence is key trait for effective leadership

Emotional intelligence is key trait for effective leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being able to understand and use emotions in an effective manner is a crucial attribute one needs for great leadership.
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(From the article): For individual managers, the study showed that emotional intelligence scores accounted for nearly half (47 percent) of the variation in managers' performance scores. In addition, the study found that emotional intelligence predicts 76 percent of the variation in organizational engagement.

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10 Creativity Tips From J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler

10 Creativity Tips From J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler shares 10 rules for creative success.

Via Peter Verschuere
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(From the article): "You have to keep moving forward."


Everything has a trend to it; I don't care if it's appliances or engines. I always ask: What has a company done in the past five years that somebody's noticed?

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Tips for Staying Connected With Your Virtual Team | Lee Hecht Harrison

Tips for Staying Connected With Your Virtual Team | Lee Hecht Harrison | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Lee Hecht Harrison Workplace Insights

Via Anne Egros
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Whether working in an office or working virtually, it’s our connectedness that drives productivity and creativity.  That can happen anytime, anywhere.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:34 AM

In most cases, the challenge of a virtual workforce is less a matter of productivity; but one of creativity.

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The One Barrier Standing In Your Way

The One Barrier Standing In Your Way | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I know a lot of people who dream about making a difference or enjoying an adventure. They want to get involved. They aspire to do great things. They want to accomplish something significant. But they’re frozen behind a wall.

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(From the article): If you try and fail, then you’ll know…and you’ll learn. But if you never try…you’ll never know…and you’ll wonder what might have been.

 

In the comments: What is it that keeps you from trying?

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John Michel's curator insight, April 21, 2013 7:02 PM

How would things be different in our lives if we exercised the courage to try  and make our greatest goals, aspirations and dreams come true? 

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20 Things all Great Organizational Leaders Do

20 Things all Great Organizational Leaders Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The roots of great organizations are found in great leaders.

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(From the article): Never underestimate the power of lousy leaders
to demotivate people and destroy organizations.

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Connect or Die

Connect or Die | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
No wonder your office feels like a morgue. You connect with vendors and clients but not with your receptionist, employees, or colleagues. It’s all business with coworkers but you send notes, make c...

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(From the article): Bosses who mouth the words, “We’re family here,”
but stand aloof are hypocrites.

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, April 17, 2013 1:48 PM
The people in your organization are your most important asset. Start treating them that way.
John Michel's curator insight, April 17, 2013 6:23 PM

Leaders nod with knowing smiles when you say leading is about relationships.  But, faces go blank and heads stop nodding when you ask, “What are you doing to connect with people inside your organization?” It gets worse when you ask, “What are you doing to help people connect with each other?”

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:24 PM

Some excellent advice for Leaders in big or small organizations.