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16 Things You Need To Stop Being Afraid Of; Fear Can Hold You Back From Being The Person You Are Meant To Be.

16 Things You Need To Stop Being Afraid Of; Fear Can Hold You Back From Being The Person You Are Meant To Be. | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Remember what Morgan Freeman’s character in The Shawshank Redemption said: “Terrible thing, to live in fear.” Fear can hold you back from being the person you’re meant to be.


Some of these won’t apply to you, but perhaps some will. Here are 16 things some people need to stop being afraid of.


1. Hard work


I’m not ragging on young people as a bunch of entitled loafers here. I am one of the laziest people I know to the point of almost being "too lazy to fail". Heaven help me if I ever won the lottery. My life would go to hell it rapid fashion.


But there is a plague of “quick” and “easy” upon society, and I’m not just talking about the fitness industry.

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Drink Up: 10 Leadership Lessons From the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev - Entrepreneur

Drink Up: 10 Leadership Lessons From the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev - Entrepreneur | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Drink Up: 10 Leadership Lessons From the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev Entrepreneur Brito, who oversaw the 2008 mega merger of Brazilian brewing company InBev and American beer giant Anheuser-Busch, knows a thing or two about being a leader,...
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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Admittedly, I only do 1 out of these 5 -- perhaps this is an opportunity for self-improvement.  Useful habits to strive for.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:06 PM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilising the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful, and healthy, lifestyle.That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people.


Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.

Lee Werrell's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:41 AM

Not strictly compliance, but definately corporate achievement.

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Building leaders through faith, trust and risk-taking

Building leaders through faith, trust and risk-taking | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The Deputy Commanding General of I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, talks to students as part of the MBA Executive Leadership Series.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:01 AM
In any organization, the pillars of integrity, trust and faith build strong leadership and a functioning unit. check out this piece on Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl speaking to PLU students at the opening lecture of the MBA Executive Leadership series.
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21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
It's not rocket science. Being a better leader starts with the little things. Here's what you need to know.
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Lots of good suggestions of practical everyday things you can do to be a better leader.

 

Note #1, #4, and #19 -- beware the allure of information technology ... don't let IT come between you and your people.  It's actually quite amazing the positive impact you can have on your relationships by simply limiting your use of IT.  All of a sudden your talking more with your people, visiting them, or your people come to you.  There simply is no substitute for personal interactions.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:07 AM

Straight forward tips on how enhance your  leadership effectiveness. 

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Speak From The Heart

Speak From The Heart | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Difficult conversations with difficult people come in all sorts of situations and circumstances.  Often they involve a sensitive topic, and we worry about finding the perfect time and perfect place to approach it.
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Want Better Results? Don’t Spin a Better Story--Be a Better Company

Want Better Results? Don’t Spin a Better Story--Be a Better Company | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

But it’s a huge mistake to assume that once you’ve explained your perspective, the public will embrace you. Having spent many years in consulting, I know what doesn’t work: thinking you can tell a better story without actually becoming a better company.


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Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, September 16, 2013 1:38 PM
So true Jose! It's much harder these days to broadcast a story and have it work if the company is not 'walking its talk'.
Patricia Stitson's comment, September 20, 2013 10:08 PM
I love this. I find that it may be interesting to see how your fellow speaker at TEDxAmericasFinestCity talks about he walks the walk of creating the "100% Jerk Free Workplace"!
Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, September 21, 2013 10:54 AM
Yes Patty, I am very much looking forward to that presentation! I bet we have a lot on common :) See you soon.
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25 Revealing Questions That Build Better Work Relationships

25 Revealing Questions That Build Better Work Relationships | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
You spend more waking hours with your colleagues than with anyone else. Here's an easy way to strengthen those relationships.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:20 PM

I think these are great questions we should all ask ourselves. The suggestion to put your phone down and ask is a great one.

John Michel's curator insight, September 28, 2013 11:03 PM

Starting a morning meeting with one revealing question costs literally nothing, but can return dividends by way of building better relationships at work.

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Employee Engagement Ideas

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How can managers build and maintain strong relationships at the employee level? Here are ten tips.

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Pretty good top 10 list for leaders to create the environment for their people to succeed, their talents to flourish, and for them to learn and grow.

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 30, 2013 12:16 AM
Hire Based on Core Values and Leadership Skills First and For Optimal Work-Role Compatibility or Management Skills Second

The world’s leading high engagement organizations hire for leadership potential as expressed in individual values that align with core organizational values. Finding employees who will fit into the company’s culture is more important than hiring based on work role competency.

John Michel's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:32 PM

In high performing organizations, employees and leaders regularly refer to and use their core value statements as a real time compass and positive shaper of both formal environment and work life behaviors.


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Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust | Video on TED.com

Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we're suggesting.
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As a leader, in what ways have you demonstrated that your are trustworthy?  And do you really understand "trust?"

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The Power of Words

Discover the power of transforming your own words in Andrea Gardner's book 'Change Your Words, Change Your World' at http://amzn.to/xfrT2U Homage to Historia...

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Words can't explain ... just watch and enjoy!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:41 PM

Wonderful lesson in leadership!

 

Change your words ~ Change your world

Amy Ragsdale's comment, September 30, 2013 10:18 AM
I love this!. The act of kindness from a stranger is what made the difference. Powerful messages included in this video. Enjoy! Thanks AlGonzalezinfo!
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A Great Leader

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Amen!

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, September 23, 2013 8:04 AM

As a leader our job is to see the true potential in the individuals and team's we serve. 

 

 

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Telling vs. Teaching: Great Leaders Know the Difference

Telling vs. Teaching: Great Leaders Know the Difference | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?

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Thanks Scott!  Teaching is all about pushing your people out of their comfort zone.  Stepping up and leading is not natural for most ... but with these techniques, you can help "lead them to water."  Of course, they still have to drink.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, September 23, 2013 11:55 AM

Are you a great leader?

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8 Things Successful People Do And Why [infographic]

8 Things Successful People Do And Why [infographic] | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Goal setting is one of the best ways to think outside of the box and a sure way to get your motivation up.

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Many great insights in a tiny package ... thanks for sharing!

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Melissa St Hill's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:51 AM

Really great infrographic - definitely worth having a read over - 

 

"work more...like, a lot more.."

John Michel's curator insight, October 3, 2013 2:40 PM

To be successful, you have to be tenacious. You have to be driven by a purpose. You have to be fearless. Failure is a part of life, but it makes the winning so much sweeter. A true success will see that losing is really just learning what doesn’t work and how to succeed.

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5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students

5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
 Attend LearnBop’s free webinar for Connected Educators Month entitled “Cultivating Intelligence and Talent through a Growth Mindset,” led by Presidential Award Winning Teacher Cindy Bryant. How Can We Help Every Student Tap Their Inner Genius?

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On Leadership and Making Difficult Decisions

On Leadership and Making Difficult Decisions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

For some leaders, decision-making comes naturally; and for others, it often is a daunting task.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:41 AM

Every decision is an opportunity...and there will always be another one.

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How to have More Leadership Courage – 3 Tips

How to have More Leadership Courage – 3 Tips | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership and Courage – Lead with Courage! – Examples of where leaders are tested on their courage in the workplace are plentiful. As a leader you might have to give an employee difficult feedback.

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If character is the "heart" of a leader -- then courage is the "muscle" that mobilizes a leader to take actions consistent with his/her values, beliefs, and to a large measure faith in something bigger than oneself.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:53 AM

Here are three things you can do now to ensure you have the courage necessary to lead.


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Teams Need Vision Too

Teams Need Vision Too | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Executives spend vital time communicating their vision to the frontline.  Kickoff meetings, employee broadcasts, town halls... all serve well to share i...
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Who Says You Need A Mentor? Be Your Own

Who Says You Need A Mentor? Be Your Own | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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You've probably heard it a thousand times: “You need a mentor.” But that's not always as easy as it sounds.
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Which came first ... the mentor or the mentee?  Every leader needs to be critically self-aware to push your own growth.  Your own growth mindset sets the conditions for self-awareness and thus self-improvement. 

 

But more importantly, it sets the conditions so when the time comes that you find a mentor, that you will already have the mindset to be receptive to his/her mentoring.  A good mentor doesn't give you the answers, but rather helps you to ask the right questions and answer them for yourself.

 

So how have you prepared yourself to receive and internalize mentoring?

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Work-Life Unbalanced? Try Work-Life Harmony | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership

Work-Life Unbalanced? Try Work-Life Harmony | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
RT @CBechervaise: Work-Life Unbalanced? Try Work-Life Harmony - http://t.co/aSTOzVi7xp via @CCLdotORG #leadership #TChat #career

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John Michel's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:02 AM

You aren’t perfect. All you can be is your best. Be your best at work. Be your best at home. Even if you can’t spend the time you want in an aspect of your life, be your best at it when you are in it. Be in harmony.

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The 6 Most Important Things Employees Need From Their Leaders To Realize ... - Forbes

The 6 Most Important Things Employees Need From Their Leaders To Realize ... - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The 6 Most Important Things Employees Need From Their Leaders To Realize ...
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Employees know when their leaders are ready to invest their time and company resources to assure their professional growth and development remains on track.
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A simple recipe for a leader to nurture, develop, and unleash the potential of your people.

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Your Expectations: Their Power and Their Promise

Your Expectations: Their Power and Their Promise | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have been conducted exploring and testing the power and promise of expectations. And it’s been proven that many people make their decisions and understand themselves in the

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John Michel's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:03 PM

Studies have established the fact that people tend to live up to what’s expected of them whether negative or positive and do so mostly unconsciously.

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Leadership--Are you a storyteller or 'story doer?"

Leadership--Are you a storyteller or 'story doer?" | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Building Resilience, Enhancing Performance

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Are you a storyteller or story doer?  Interesting insights into the differences.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:53 AM

Here is a terrific primer on leadership and storytelling that articulates the difference betwwen a leader who tells stories, and a leader who tells stories and moves people to action. And of course, it's the ability to move people to action with your stories that makes the diffeerence.


The author, Paul Mudd, discusses how leaders (read entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofit directors) share stories to transmit knowledge, values, and life lessons. Of course, that means leaders need to be self-aware and comfortable sharing their personal stories. Mudd does a good job addressing this.


I remind people however that before a leader can tell tell tell stories, they have to earn the right to do so first. And that is not necessarily the priviledge of their position. Instead they need to cultivate the ability to listen to stories first, because listening is the first storytelling skill to master.


I just finished co-facilitating a leadership retreat with 56 women with friend and colleague Madelyn Blair. The entire 2-days we only use story-based tecniques and story listening as the foundation. The results are amazing and this is year 5 of deliving the retreat.


I hope Mudd tackles listening in an upcoming article. Until then, enjoy this piece that applies to us all. And check out the links to additional posts at the end of the article.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Andrea Norwood's comment, October 1, 2013 1:08 PM
I am a little of both, the story teller in me talks about the intelligent of the human spider and how they want to be accepted for who they are spiders and become equal among the humans. The story doer in me creates the materials from my stroy about the spider.
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Becoming a Better Judge of People

Becoming a Better Judge of People | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Intriguing and very insightful.  Don Dea, thanks for scooping!

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 28, 2013 1:09 AM

1. What is the talk-to-listen ratio? You want people who are self-confident and not afraid to express their views, but if the talk-to-listen ratio is anything north of 60%, you want to ask why. Is it because this person is self-important and not interested in learning from others — or just because he is nervous and rambling?

2. Is this an energy-giver or -taker? There is a certain breed of people who just carry with them and unfortunately spread a negative energy. You know who they are. Alternatively, there are those who consistently carry and share a positivity and optimism towards life. There is a Chinese proverb that says that the best way to get energy is to give it. Energy-givers are compassionate, generous and the type of people with whom you immediately want to spend time.

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How to Walk

How to Walk | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
We have forgotten how to walk. All we do is go places. A proper walk doesn’t have a destination. Gwyn Thomas put it this way, “But the beauty is in the walking -- we are betrayed by destinations.” ...

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Thanks for sharing!

 

To everyone else out there, how often have you "taken time to walk?"

 

It's a lost art and practice.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 29, 2013 9:27 AM

Walk slow enough and long enough to let wisdom find you.