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Diary Entry #101 – Can’t Play Until You’ve Eaten Your Vegetables

Diary Entry #101 – Can’t Play Until You’ve Eaten Your Vegetables | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
“Discipline is doing what you really do not want to do, so you can do what you really want to do.” ~John C. Maxwell “When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, alwa...
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If the vegetables are coming off someone else's plate and are given to me each morning to eat, I need to think about what I am doing working in an oppressive place like this.

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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: Teaching May Be the Secret to a Good Life

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"Great teachers, as each of us can personally attest to, can change the trajectory of an individual student’s life and career. In large numbers, teachers can ultimately change the trajectory of human development, too. It is very likely that the lofty mission and purpose of teaching has something to do with teachers’ high overall wellbeing."

 

I agree with the article in so many ways, but the present system is not set up for those who want to be teachers and help students learn.

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Ever Been Stuck in an “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation?

Ever Been Stuck in an “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation? | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Skillful conversationalists can explore disagreements and make points in ways that feel constructive and positive, rather than combative or corrective.

Via Mary Meduna, PhD
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We need to see argument, as presented in the article, through a lens of argumentation which is about presenting one's position while acknowledging the potential of alternative positions. It is more a mindful practice of conversation.

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Psychopaths & Sycophants

Psychopaths & Sycophants | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Leaders need followers, right? It doesn't follow that anyone who doesn't lead is a follower but what if a subset of leaders are psychopathic - or at least antisocial and unburdened by conscience - ...
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I read a blog posting recently and the author suggested 'groupthink' was OK under certain conditions. He did not elaborate and this article would provide sharp contrast to that simple view.

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The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback

The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism.


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You need to be an effective communicator to lead. Otherwise, you are just a heavy handed tyrant

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When Collaboration Doesn’t Make Sense

When Collaboration Doesn’t Make Sense | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
When should organizations build new capabilities in-house, rather than work with a partner?
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Collaboration does not always make sense in the hands of people who use it as only a word. Collaboration is as much about effective communicaiton and explaining what is getting done plus listening to the impact of what was done.

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Top Tips for Creating a Memorable Company Logo

Top Tips for Creating a Memorable Company Logo | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Having the right logo can capture customers and influence buyers. Here's what you need to know about creating one.

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This has been running through my mind the last few days.

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The 6 Key Elements Of A Successful Online Community [INFOGRAPHIC]

The 6 Key Elements Of A Successful Online Community [INFOGRAPHIC] | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

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Social media is about connecting and networks, not about community. It does not mean we cannot build community, but it is much harder work and requires trust that just connecting and being in a network might not build.

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The DNA of Collaboration

The DNA of Collaboration | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

The need for collaboration is everywhere. We often don’t see how it shapes our lives, on a global scale and in our most intimate interactions. But the challenges we face today and tomorrow demand that more people work together more effectively than ever before.

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This looks like a great article that sees community and collaboration as inseperable

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:03 AM

This very good article describes the history, foundations, mindset and obstacles of 'Collaboration'. Must read!

Ali Anani's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:36 AM
A must read
Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:43 PM

You'll never achieve a customer centric organisation wthout engaged employees that will need to constantly collaborate.

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Leadership: Are You Working On Your Game?

Leadership: Are You Working On Your Game? | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

Via Barry Deutsch, Stevemcfarland, David Hain
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Leaders need to be learning all the time. There are no short cuts and it is what makes excellent leader. It sends a signal of humility.

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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, April 7, 2013 8:01 PM

Looking at yourself...take a good look becasue it's you who makes the team!

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 9, 2013 12:03 AM
Leadership: Are You Working On Your Game? 
Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:13 AM

Are you always learning?

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This Explains Everything

This Explains Everything | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works. One of the best psychology and philosophy books published in 2012. Excellent read. 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Complexity and chaos theories are important ways to see the uncertain world we live in.

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2013 Digital Trends - Social Ocean (TM)

2013 Digital Trends - Social Ocean (TM) | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

What are the digital trends for 2013: Content, Community and Conversions. 


Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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What do we need to consider in the building and planning of our businesses without losing sight of social responsibilities?

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:42 AM

Great 2013 Trends infographic, love the information about Coca Cola. 

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My Insight: Are you a Leader or a Manager?

My Insight: Are you a Leader or a Manager? | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
What is the difference between managers and leaders? What sets them apart?I have found over the years running various different companies that not all good managers go on to make great leaders.That

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Most people are managers. They love the security of unreal certainty.

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Top Ten Qualities of Exceptional Leaders

Top Ten Qualities of Exceptional Leaders | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Fitting in is the formula for mediocrity. Average is safe, boring, and deadly. I’ve been rubbing elbows with outstanding leaders from organizations on the Great Place to Work list of exceptional co...
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We seem to strive for mediocrity. I like points 9 and 10 in particular. A love for one's organization is the passion and caring for people is the compassion. It sounds like a servant-leader

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Can Capitalism Tolerate a Democratic Internet? An Interview With Media Expert Robert McChesney

Can Capitalism Tolerate a Democratic Internet? An Interview With Media Expert Robert McChesney | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Anne Elizabeth Moore speaks with McChesney about the future of the Internet, capitalism and Truthout.

Via Lance W.
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It should not, but the way things are unfolding it is working out that way.

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Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.

 

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike...

 

But there’s a different way. A new field of research is suggesting that when organizations promote an ethic of compassion rather than a culture of stress, they may not only see a happier workplace but also an improved bottom line.


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Compassion makes sense in all aspects of our lives. And it is more than just saying Namaste.

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Ides De Vos's curator insight, April 16, 2013 3:47 AM

To start,It's important that the purpose of the company is known and well-understood by everyone.If than a culture can be instored without fear, sanctions and respect,engagement will rise and benefit the company at last.

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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan?

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Strategic planning has been ineffective because it never accounted for the ever-changing landscape.

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 22, 2013 11:20 AM

Excellent article on Strategy by Stanford Social Innovation Review! It describes the necessary shift from the classic 'Static Strategic plan' to a more 'Adaptive Strategy'. A strategy that is "adaptive and directive, that emphasizes learning and control, and that reclaims the value of strategic thinking for the world that now surrounds us."

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5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes

5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.

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Learning and leadership are inextricable.

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Eli's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:45 AM

GREAT article --- learning & leadership quick tips

Tom Hood's curator insight, April 16, 2013 7:37 AM

This says it all, "Lifelong learning used to be a cozy catchphrase popular in retirement communities aiming at the PBS/NPR demographic. No more. Today, it is an imperative for a sustained, successful, fulfilling career. And that’s the most important lesson of all. Every single generation. Every one of us."


In the CPA Profession we must change our mindset to one of true learning and skill development from the mindset if learning for strictly compliance. 


Involvement in your professional associations (like MACPA) allows you to gain real life leadership skills and learning from other CPAs in addition to building your network. 


In a world of rapid change and increasing complexity, the winners will be those individuals and organizations that can keep their rate of learning greater than the rate of change. We call this L>C.

donhornsby's curator insight, July 15, 2013 7:59 AM

(From the article): Teach to learn. Teaching is an amazing learning tool. Find someone whose curiosity dovetails with yours, but where you have more knowledge and/or skills. Mentor this person. Pass on what you know. Engage. Give back. In the doing, your own know-how will be refreshed and replenished. And you will learn from your mentee. I guarantee it. His or her questions will force you to expand your knowledge, and her beginners’ minds will deliver fresh insights. You will be renewed. A variation of this is to find a peer and become learning partners. Two brains are better than one; your curiosity and hers will spark new explorations, your passionate exchanges will strengthen you both.

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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...

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We need innovative movements. This does not mean schools are obsolete. They will look different and should be different. What works is an important consideration.

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Jan Herder's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:29 AM

Design thrives in application, not theory alone

 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:42 AM

The future of learning lies not only in an open classroom but with gateways and parameters to help navigate the information.  Highways of information need structure.

Gail Worthington-Eyre's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:07 PM

We are already well on the way, the future is knocking on our door so experiencing the changes to come will be exciting and challenging for us all.

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How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time

How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
Follow this guide, and your meetings are guaranteed to be as dull, mismanaged and ultimately pointless as everyone expects.

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These types of meetings are common.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 12, 2013 2:49 AM

Meetiungs, bloody meetings - how much time do you waste?

Jean Claude Le Tellier's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:54 AM

I had a great laugh! and it had a sense of "deja vu" o;)

John Michel's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:12 AM

The typical business meeting is a fantastic way to switch off, kick back and ponder important topics, such as what to have for dinner.

But what happens when someone threatens this stress-free ride to a quiet nap? What are you going to do when some eager-beaver manager decides to be efficient and organized?

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How not to write a PhD thesis

How not to write a PhD thesis | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
In this guide, Tara Brabazon gives her top ten tips for doctoral failure

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is for my happiness and curiosity.

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Doctoranda2013's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:31 AM

I find it very useful and interesting. 

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Weird Leadership

Weird Leadership | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
People who change things become fanatics first. I became obsessed with developing leadership a few years ago. Many friends thought I was weird. Some friends don't hang with me anymore. I'm more com...
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I am good with being weird and this offers some good insight i.e. do one thing at a time.

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Leading in a VUCA change world - Are you ready for the volatile, uncertain, complex & ambiguous?

Leading in a VUCA change world - Are you ready for the volatile, uncertain, complex & ambiguous? | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it

"How’s your leadership working on in your VUCA world (Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous)? "

 

Liz Guthridge has written a great post on leading in a VUCA world; VCUA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, a term coined by the US Army War College in the weeks before September 11, 2001.  

 

Liz & I discussed the need for collaboration and community across disciplines to succeed in a VUCA world in connection with our recent panel + Open Space presentation we did for a global change conference on Success Secrets of Trusted Change Advisors.

 

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VUCA can provide threats [and] offer opportunities, especially if you translate VUCA as “vision, understanding, clarity and agility.” ~ Dr. Bob Johansen

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Here are some excerpts of her take on the insightful presentation by one of our keynote presenters:

 

"Leading in a VUCA world" is a popular phrase with Bob Johansen, a distinguished fellow and former president of Institute for the Future.

 

According to Dr. Johansen, who shared his 2020 forecast at the Association of Change Management Professionals global conference this week, our VUCA world is not going away. In fact it’s just going to spin faster during the next decade.

 

In his talk “External Future Forces That Will Disrupt the Practice of Change Management,” Dr. Johansen noted that VUCA is not necessarily doom and gloom. While VUCA can provide threats, it also can offer opportunities, especially if you translate VUCA as “vision, understanding, clarity and agility.”

 

As for his two big 2022 predictions for organizational change agents, they are:

 

1. “The digital natives (now 16 years or younger) will create new practices to make change through gaming.” (The other key phrase besides gaming in this sentence is “make.” Dr. Johansen predicts that a culture of makers will drive the next generation of change. And as a result, leaders need to show the “maker instinct” trait.)

 

2. “Reciprocity-based innovation will focus on the economic, social and psychological value of reciprocity.” (Two important traits for leaders are smart-mob organizing and commons creating. Think Creative Commons.)

 

Dr. Johansen challenged the 825 of us in attendance to figure out how to help people and organizations adapt to these changes and others.

 

To do this, we should watch our terms and our questions.  Read Liz's full post here.


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Tom Hood
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We need to consider VUCA

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Tom Hood's curator insight, April 6, 2013 5:16 PM

We just covered this in our townhall this past Monday. Arelene Thomas (AICPA/CGMA) talked about VUCA related to CPAs in Biz/Industry.


VUCA can provide threats [and] offer opportunities, especially if you translate VUCA as “vision, understanding, clarity and agility.” ~ Dr. Bob Johansen

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Five Pro Tips to Setting Up an Online Shop - Lifehack

Five Pro Tips to Setting Up an Online Shop - Lifehack | Technology Leadership and Business | Scoop.it
A website isn't just the gateway into your business; it’s a one-stop shop that holds the key to growing the business and lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.
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Increasingly, we live in a digitized world. What will that mean in business creation?

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