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4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader

4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

While it can be difficult to become a great leader and to achieve great things, practicing great leadership is actually quite easy. There is a tendency to overcomplicate or overthink what leadership is, but actually, leadership can be very simple. I have worked with teams all over the world, from dozens of cultures, and from different generations, Baby Boomers to Millennials, and I have found that if you provide these four simple things your team will appreciate you, follow you, and achieve great results.


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Leadership is a lot more simple than we think. Don't overcomplicate it.
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 16, 2017 6:37 PM

Leadership is simple. Don't overcomplicate it.

Bryan Worn's curator insight, May 17, 2017 4:58 PM

The KISS principle.

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6 Ways To Become A Better Listener 

6 Ways To Become A Better Listener  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.

“We are living in a time when it’s more challenging to be consistently aware and intentional because so many things are demanding our attention. Our brains haven’t caught up to the technology that’s feeding them,” says Scott Eblin, author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. “The impact of this leaves people in a chronic condition of fight or flight.”


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We all require self-focus, but leaders who make a difference are the ones who know the purpose is bigger than themselves, says Gregersen. “When a leader is operating on the edge of what’s possible, they’re in strong listening mode,” he says.
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 19, 2017 7:23 PM

Humans have an average eight-second attention span. You’re going to need to do better if you want to get things done.

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.

 

 


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Changing an organization’s culture is one of the most difficult leadership challenges. That’s because an organization’s culture comprises an interlocking set of goals, roles, processes, values, communications practices, attitudes and assumptions.

The elements fit together as an mutually reinforcing system and combine to prevent any attempt to change it.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, May 17, 2015 2:33 PM

What really drives organizations ?

Gudrun Hoehne's curator insight, May 20, 2015 4:49 AM

In global companies sometime the organizational cultures differ according to the subsidiaries. This is also of importance for virtual tems who work acroos different subsidiaries and countries.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 8, 2015 11:07 AM

Lo que hay bajo el Currículum: El Currículum Oculto

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Critical Thinking Takes Courage

Critical Thinking Takes Courage | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Critical thinking isn't an entirely natural process; it's one that requires courage.


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(From the article): To think critically requires you to aggregate knowledge, form some kind of understanding, get inside the mind of the clockmaker, judge their work, and then articulate it all for a specific form (e.g., argumentative essay) and audience (e.g., teacher).

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 24, 2014 9:12 AM

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Critical-Thinking


Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 2014 8:21 AM

A really excellent article on something that can be hard to define and practice, and yet is such an essential skill for life.   I really like the distinction Terry Heick makes between thought and knowledge and the interplay between them.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 25, 2014 11:38 AM

El pensamiento crítico requiere coraje, actitud y valor que no se fomenta en los sistemas educativos en general debido a los riesgos que conlleva.

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The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps [Infographic]

The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps [Infographic] | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Let's look at Brain Essential Learning Steps. In other words, how does the brain process information in the learning process

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:32 AM

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Infographic

 

Trevor Galbraith's curator insight, September 29, 2013 11:42 PM

Simple reminder to what we in the classroom are on about

Allan Shaw's curator insight, September 29, 2013 11:58 PM

Thanks Gust! While not essentially digital in construction, this infographic is useful in designing good learning.

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[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action

[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We put together an infographic that describes some leadership qualities that can be developed and put in your own skills filing cabinet.

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Ali Godding's curator insight, February 21, 2013 11:14 AM

There it is... the challenge of management on one page.  Being all of these things is a tall order.  Many are up for it, few really live it.... great infographic! 

Larry Davies's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:52 PM

Love me some infographics.

Lauran Star's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:00 PM

Leadership qualities.

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Critical Thinking From The Ground Up

Critical Thinking From The Ground Up | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking From The Ground Up

Images of critical thinking in full bloom abound—teams in furious concentration to send rockets to Mars, the ferment of ideas in businesses like Apple and Google, and the patient concentration of a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

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Read also my curation about Critical-Thinking here:

- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=critical+thinking

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 “Cast your net broadly.  Learn a lot and have confidence in what you know.  Be able to express it, learn from others, and think about it.”

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Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders

Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the businesses of the future? Plenty of companies are worried that the pool might not be big enough to pick from in the future, so check out this infographic by NowSourcing to see if you’ve got the right stuff to succeed.

 


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How to Take Constructive Criticism Like a Champ

How to Take Constructive Criticism Like a Champ | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
So how do you learn to back off the defensive?

 

I've always envied people who can graciously accept constructive criticism. It seems I was not born with that trait, and throughout my career I've struggled with receiving feedback, even when it was entirely accurate. At the moment I hear the words of critique, my heartbeat quickens and my mind begins to race—first in search of an explanation for this assault on my person and then for a retort to rationalize whatever actions are in question.


And I'm not alone. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, many of us react with defensiveness and anger or—even worse—attack the person giving us feedback. But the truth is, we need to get over it. We know there's value in constructive criticism—how else would we identify weaknesses and areas of improvement? Being able to handle it calmly and professionally will only help us maintain relationships and be more successful in everything we do.

 

So how do you learn to back off the defensive? The next time you receive constructive criticism from your manager or a peer, use this six-step process to handle the encounter with tact and grace.


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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In an era dominated by constant information and the desire to be social, should the tone of thinking for students be different?

 

In a world full of information abundance, our minds are constantly challenged to react to data, and often in a way that doesn’t just observe, but interprets. Subsequently, we unknowingly “spin” everything to avoid cognitive dissonance.

 

As a result, the tone of thinking can end up uncertain or whimsical, timid or arrogant, sycophant or idolizing–and so, devoid of connections and interdependence. The internet and social media are designed to connect, and with brilliant efficiency they do indeed connect—words and phrases, images and video, color and light, but not always to the net effect they might.

 

The nature of social media rests on identity as much as anything else—forcing subjectivity on everything through likes, retweets, shares, and pins. Instead, we might consider constant reflection guided by important questions as a new way to learn in the presence of information abundance.

 

But this takes new habits.


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4 Ways Leaders Can Overcome the Fear of Conflict

4 Ways Leaders Can Overcome the Fear of Conflict | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The thoughtLEADERS Blog covers leadership, communications, strategy and operations. All posts are practical and applicable to help you apply the methods we teach.

 

It’s nauseating to hear – someone soft-shoe dancing around an issue because they’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings. They do so because they might receive negative feedback in a 360 review that they were abrupt or too direct in delivering feedback on that issue. So rather than going the direct route, they water down their message until it’s a mealy mouthed blathering stream of meaningless crap (yes, I’m fired up as I’m writing this).

 

Let me ask you this – do you want to follow a “leader” who doesn’t speak his or her mind? Someone who is more concerned with how their actions will be perceived rather than saying what they really think? Do you want to follow a leader who is more interested in doing nothing wrong (and hence not doing much of anything) or would you rather follow someone who takes a stand for what they believe in and suffers the consequences as appropriate?

 

MUST READ...

 


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Leadership Through the Ages

Leadership Through the Ages | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

An infographic designed to assist in leadership development courses by helping participants to increase their awareness of leaders and leadership theory.

 

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http://visual.ly/leadership-through-ages

 


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5 Tips to Prevent Digital Burnout and Maintain Good Mental Health

5 Tips to Prevent Digital Burnout and Maintain Good Mental Health | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The Internet's reach is so pervasive, it feels as though it has always been around. The reality is that the web is still in its infancy, and we don't really understand the risks it poses to our mental health. In fact, various experts, such as Larry D. Rosen, a psychologist and author of "iDisorder," believe that personal gadgets are making us mentally ill and are exacerbating other problems such as narcissism, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Other mental health professionals have already identified disorders ranging from "Facebook depression" to "phantom vibration syndrome."

 

Realistically, most of us don't have the luxury of disconnecting from the Internet, particularly communication professionals whose work depends more and more on it.

 

However, there are various things you can do to curtail the negative effects it may have and prevent digital burnout.

 

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http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2012/06/5-tips-to-prevent-digital-burnout-and-maintain-good-mental-health-159.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+pbs/mediashift-blog+(mediashift-blog)&utm_content=Google+Reader

 


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The 6 Things I Do to Keep My Team Focused

The 6 Things I Do to Keep My Team Focused | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

One side effect of working at top software companies is the constant threat of attrition. People are highly valued and highly compensated, but there are always companies that will pay more. Engineers are regularly contacted by headhunters and by recruiters at other top companies trying to lure them away. If successful, this pays the new company double-dividends: it increases the hiring company's staff while depleting their competitor.


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What are some ways you keep your team focused?
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 4, 2017 8:13 PM

Keeping your team focused and motivated is a key part of retention.

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The 17 Laws for Mentally Strong People

The 17 Laws for Mentally Strong People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A reminder as to why you’re different than other people in the world.

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This is a good read for everyone - especially if you are attempting to get your life back on track and become a stronger leader (or person).

 

(From the article): Becoming a mentally strong person requires hard work. It’s not a one hour, day, or week process. It’s a habit you incorporate into your life once you decide to change. That’s why I created the 17 laws for mentally strong people. It’s meant to serve you as a reference guide and keep you on track whenever you question your life purpose. This guide is meant to serve you as a reminder to why you’re different than other people in the world. It brings you back into the mindset that most people don’t have and sets you on a path to success.

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 12, 2015 5:39 AM

An essential component of teacher training needed at National Teachers`college.

Dorothy R. Cook 's curator insight, May 18, 2015 5:08 PM

TOOLS TO OVERCOME BY!

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Moral Character Matters

Moral Character Matters | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.

 

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http://www.happylawyersblog.com/2014/02/10/word-of-the-week-moral-compass-meditate-on-this-phrase/

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Moral

 


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(From the article): Most importantly, every day that you display weak character, you’re letting yourself down. You must answer to your conscience every minute of every day. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”

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The 9 Attributes of A Good Teacher

The 9 Attributes of A Good Teacher | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

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Esros elementos aparentemente sencillos permiten que un docente sea competente en su area de experticia si los maneja y refleja a cabalidad

Com.En.Zar's curator insight, January 13, 2014 6:40 PM

¿Te quieres dedicar a la docencia? ¿Ya te dedicas? ¿Los cumples?

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 14, 2014 4:59 AM

Very nice sharing. Thank

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Six Paths to Better Leadership

Six Paths to Better Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One need not be a principal, superintendent or school board president to be a school leader. Leaders are those who step up to help their organizations succeed. 

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(From the article): David Gergen, in 2000, published Eyewitness to Power, summarizing his perspective on leadership after having served in the White House for several presidents from both political parties. Though derived from a wider range of proven examples, the lessons learned have great resonance because they can apply to education. Here they are:

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Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013

Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Nearly three hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to changing habits that has yet to be surpassed.

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(From the article): Modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s three-hundred-year-old procedure for changing habits:

He started out committed to the new behavior.He worked on only one habit at a time.He put in place visual reminders.
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic]

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic] | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

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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AAEEBL's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:26 PM

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

Maria Kallergi's curator insight, April 3, 2013 7:23 AM

we don't want to be left behind

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 27, 2014 7:08 PM

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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Nigel Cameron: Time for Leaders to ‘Get’ Twitter

Nigel Cameron: Time for Leaders to ‘Get’ Twitter | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Is Twitter one of the most important phenomena for the future of learning and business?


Nigel Cameron thinks so. Strategic adviser and futurist, he is Chairman of FutureofBiz, LLC (Chicago, Washington DC, and London) and President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET, Washington DC).


He consults, speaks and blogs about the emerging future and its vast impacts on business, and is writing a book intended to aid greater understanding of how to prepare ourselves and our organizations for tomorrow.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://community.paper.li/2012/09/17/nigel-cameron-time-for-leaders-to-get-twitter/

 


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How To Be More Creative

How To Be More Creative | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Creativity is often associated with elementary students who are encouraged to draw or color as a means of self-expression.

 

Creativity is often associated with elementary students who are encouraged to draw or color as a means of self-expression. For college students, it’s often thought of as courses or degrees that require specific creative skills such as art or writing majors.

 

Yet for many students, the idea of intentionally being creative is lost. Business students, for example, must have a “serious” mindset because they are working with theories, developing critical thinking skills, and examining real-world problems. But creativity is not just about using crayons or drawing; it’s about developing innovative ideas and solutions.

 

If you learn how to tap into your creative side you will likely find a new source of ideas and inspiration for your schoolwork.


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What makes self-directed learning effective?

What makes self-directed learning effective? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In recent years, educators have placed more emphasis on the importance of hands-on participation and student-led inquiry because it has been proven more effective. But until now, few researchers have examined how and why: A new study by researchers at New York University finds that self-directed learning might influence cognitive processes, such as those involved in attention and memory.


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Career Coach: What are you doing to keep learning?

Career Coach: What are you doing to keep learning? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Career Coach | In today’s complex environment, continual learning is more important than ever.

 

None of us can afford to remain stagnant in our knowledge. Organizations need to ensure that individuals keep learning. To do this, they must create a culture of self-directed learners who are excited about learning and incentivized to advance knowledge and skills.

 

We can no longer view learning as a one-time event where we attend a college or university, get a degree and are then “done” learning. Instead, learning should be an ongoing process. We have to keep enhancing our skills in critical thinking, creativity and innovation, analytics, people and leadership and networking, among other knowledge and skills.

 

To do this, create a continual learning development plan and identify personal and professional goals and a realistic timeline for achieving those goals.


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3 Ways To Productively Rest Your Brain

3 Ways To Productively Rest Your Brain | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

By Matthew E. May

 

"Neuroscientific research is beginning to shed light on the idea that to be more productive and creative, we need to make break-taking a regular practice. In his recent bestselling book Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer writes:

 

“While it’s commonly assumed that the best way to solve a difficult problem is to relentlessly focus, this clenched state of mind comes with a hidden cost: it inhibits the sort of creative connections that lead to breakthroughs. We suppress the very type of brain activity that should be encouraged.”

 

"The challenge, though, is that we’re generally reticent to take those breaks, especially when it comes to our work and business. But many of us might not know an effective brain-rest technique aside from the obvious (take deep breaths, close your eyes) and the time-consuming (who has time to meditate for hours or take yoga three days a week?). So here are three targeted, quick and easy ways to rest your brain and maximize productivity."


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