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Change Leader, Change Thyself

Change Leader, Change Thyself | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.

 


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Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:26 AM
Organizations don’t change—people do
Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:25 PM

An American Management Association study of Fortune 500 companies found that “…less than 50% of changes in their organizations were successful, and that employee resistance was the main reason for failures.”  This is why it's necessary to focus on the person.

Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:43 PM

Change starts with awareness. This article has excellent insights, along with an easy-to-understand chart from Erica Ariel Fox on leaders' power sources and "sweet spots."

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The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be

The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A new book rounds up simple but profound wisdom on how to stop feeling frantically overscheduled.Why are professional Americans so incredibly busy -- and so overwhelmed by this busyness?

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John Michel's curator insight, March 30, 2014 8:48 AM

Are you as busy as you think you are? 

Sabine Henrichfreise's curator insight, March 31, 2014 11:26 AM

We always attract what we complain about ...

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Don't stop daydreaming – it sets your mind to work

Don't stop daydreaming – it sets your mind to work | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Felicity Callard: Our understanding of what the brain does at rest has been transformed. Yoga may not be the only way to still the mind

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace

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The Science of Older and Wiser

The Science of Older and Wiser | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The definition of wisdom may be hard to pin down precisely, but for those who have it, aging will be a pleasure.
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Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels

Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Anybody who has ever watched interviews with managers or coaches of professional sports teams will have heard plenty of discussion of the need for leaders throughout the team. The same thinking is also increasingly a preoccupation of business people. Indeed, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of [...]

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:23 AM

“Senior executives should create a culture that broadens the opportunity for leaders to develop in new ways,” writes the Deloitte team. “This means putting potential leaders in positions that stretch them beyond their current skill sets, and continuously coaching and supporting leaders so they can build their capabilities as rapidly as possible.”

John Michel's curator insight, March 25, 2014 10:27 PM

According to a recent Deloitte study, “Today’s market environment places a premium on speed, flexibility and the ability to lead in uncertain situations. At the same time, the flattening of organizations has created an explosion in demand for leadership skills at every level.” The question for you is, how well are you doing in recruiting, training and retaining the right leaders?

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Beyond McMindfulness

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The rush to secularize and commodify mindfulness into a marketable technique may be leading to an unfortunate denaturing of this ancient practice, which was intended for far more than helping executives become better focused and more productive.

 

Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concentration, perhaps a little more empathy. Needless to say, this is an important development to be welcomed -- but it has a shadow.


by Ron Purser and David Loy


 perhaps a little more empathy


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:03 PM

If you're using only mindfulness for the sake of attaining corporate profits or higher salaries, it shows how little you actually understand mindfulness and how very unmindful you are.

 

It's about being aware of yourself in the grandest scheme of things, beyond money and beyond your own individual self.

 

It's that simple.

 

And yet so many powerful people don't, won't and/or can't get these basic concepts down.

 

Sad.

 

Think about it.

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5 Scientific Principles of Success

5 Scientific Principles of Success | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

 

1. Successful companies tell stories.

We may live in the information age, but human beings are genetically identical to human beings who lived in the Stone Age. Back then, what separated humans from apes was the part of the brain called the neocortex, which in humans is huge compared with other mammals.

An important element of the huge neocortex are what neuroscientists call "mirror neurons"--brain cells that fire both when we do something ourselves or when we observe somebody else doing the same thing. When a storyteller tells a story with emotion, those emotions are echoed in the listener's mirror neurons.

 

According to psychologist Brian Sturm at the University of North Carolina, swapping relatable stories brings people closer together and builds trust, making them part of the same tribe and therefore appropriate as business partners.

 

Though stories connect people emotionally, people quickly forget facts provided outside the context of story. In fact, most people forget 90 percent of the information presented to them within "a relatively short period of time."

 

Therefore, though you will need facts and information to verify and buttress your stories, your success depends upon the stories you tell, because the stories you tell are how your customers and investors decide what it means to do business with you.

 

More: How to Tell a Business Story

2. Successful employees work smarter rather than longer.

Many companies encourage working long hours under the belief that paying fewer people to do more work increases profit. That belief, however, is unfounded.

 

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:37 AM

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:55 AM

(From the article) Having a strong, meaningful story creates a sense of community. Only doing what's important reduces both busywork and overwork. Building teams rather than spotlighting prima donnas reduces conflict, as does encouraging honesty and trust.


Not every successful business embodies all five principles, but if you read some of those thousands of books about business success, I'd wager you'll find that all successful businesses implement at least four of them.

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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ... - Forbes

Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ... - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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The phrase nosce teipsum, know thyself, has been a classic theme throughout history.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2014 3:19 PM

 Self-awareness is the most crucial developmental breakthrough for accelerating personal leadership growth and authenticity.  Learning to pause to build self-awareness is an evolving process critical to leader success. 

donhornsby's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:03 AM

(From the article): 

  It is extremely valuable to know ourselves in order to leverage our potentialities:
 

We need to know our strengths to assert them in the appropriate circumstances;We need to know our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and distressing emotions, to check them and to prevent asserting them inappropriately and in non-value creating ways;When we are not self-aware, people around us have a better sense of our strengths and weaknesses than we do, and we lose credibility;When we are self-aware, we are more in touch with reality; people trust and respect us more.

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The Overwhelmed Employee

The Overwhelmed Employee | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

"We just completed a major study of human capital trends around the world (Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, 2500 organizations in 90 countries) and the message is clear:  companies are struggling to engage our modern, 21st century workforce.

 

This is a worldwide issue. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work, and more than twice that number are so disengaged they are likely to spread negativity to others.

 

...And when we asked companies to evaluate their management practices they were particularly critical of the way they manage performance, leading us to the conclusion that performance management is broken. (Read The Myth of the Bell Curve for more on this topic)…"

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John Michel's curator insight, March 16, 2014 12:22 PM

Now is the time to think holistically about your company’s work environment and consider what you can do to create passion, engagement, and commitment. It may be “the issue” we face in business over the next few years.

Sushma Sharma's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:18 AM

Much needed

Paul Cadario's curator insight, March 17, 2014 2:39 PM

A global problem for organizations

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To Motivate Employees, Apply This Scientific Rule Of Leadership

To Motivate Employees, Apply This Scientific Rule Of Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
How to motivate employees: leadership consultant Micah Solomon writes that successful employee motivation requires you never forget the #1 leadership rule, the key ingredient you need in the mix.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:06 PM

While I agree with his point, I am not sure most leaders will accept employee autonomy just yet.  Another easy to say but difficult to execute.

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Tech Trends 2014 - How will they impact leadership?


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Kudos's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:39 AM

The world is changing with and because of technology. Are you ready.

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain [...]

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Is Everyone a Leader? | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands

Is Everyone a Leader? | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Article about the many definitions of a leader people unconsciously hold in their minds. These definitions then determine who is and who isn't a leader.
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Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains

Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Future-oriented questions empower students more than focusing current skills.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 16, 2014 12:46 AM

the benefits of putting people in expansive frames of mind:-)

Mathy Behar's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:36 PM

Real y pragmático...!

Mosami's curator insight, April 25, 2014 1:34 PM

talk about what you can have not what you can't

 

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The End of Leadership--at Least As We Know It!

The End of Leadership--at Least As We Know It! | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

America is currently facing a crisis of leadership in business and in government. Yet at the same time – participation in leadership seminars and programs has never been higher. The leadership industry, with many of  its roots in America, is now a $50 billion industry. 

 

Kellerman explains that the current state of leadership is no better understood or produced than it was 40 years ago and that followers are becoming more and more disenchanted by those who are leading them.


Though the leadership industry thrives, leadership in practice is declining in performance.


 



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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 29, 2014 2:33 PM

Leadership has been changing for some time, but not uniformly. It is not readily evident in education that hierarchy is a thing of the past. What this means is that we are educating children and youth in a model that theorists think is passe. No wonder we have a crisis. Practice and theory are not separate, they are fused.

Deborah Verran's comment, March 29, 2014 6:13 PM
Leadership is not just about having ability it is all about demonstrating that ability in practice i.e. standing up & accepting both responsibility & accountability
Gust MEES's comment, March 29, 2014 6:40 PM
Hi Deborah Verran, I agree by 100%! Have a great day :)
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Can We Identify Emotionally Intelligent Job Candidates?

Can We Identify Emotionally Intelligent Job Candidates? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Some claim the new phone app MEIT (mobile emotional intelligence test), which shows photos of people’s faces and asks you to identify a person’s emotions, can tell how emotionally intelligent you are


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The Future Of Business: 4 Ways Companies Will Change

The Future Of Business: 4 Ways Companies Will Change | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

We've shifted to a business world where collaboration and connection are replacing hierarchy and bureaucracy. The outdated "alpha" notion of aggressive management has given way to the modern era of cooperative "beta" leadership.

 

We're already seeing this take place as some companies take the lead in thinking about how, by giving up top-down control, they can actually get more work done. Here are some examples of what the future has in store for these beta organizations.


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Simple Trick for Better Brainstorming Sessions

Simple Trick for Better Brainstorming Sessions | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Need lots of ideas right now? Here's how to get them.
The ability to generate good ideas is perhaps one of the most valuable assets in business. But what if you're feeling uninspired or blocked?

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, March 21, 2014 8:19 PM

There are lots of things you can do with your staff that are still productive that can help incubate great ideas. Sharing sessions for lessons, technology, a break for some fellowship with a snack, and so on.  Just keep in mind that everything doesn't have to be finished right now; we can return to it and get better ideas. 

John Michel's curator insight, March 21, 2014 10:13 PM

According to HBR.org, a team of researchers led by Sophie Ellwood at the University of Sydney recently found evidence that incubation--taking a break from a problem to focus on something unrelated--can increase creativity.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 24, 2014 7:38 AM

The key to having a great brainstorming session is to make sure that everyone realizes their input is valued.

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Is Hierarchy Helping Or Harming Your Organization?

Is Hierarchy Helping Or Harming Your Organization? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Hailed as the anti-hierarchy, holacracy is the new business buzzword. Developed by Ternary Software CEO Brian Robertson in 2007, at its most basic holacracy is a self-governing operating system where everyone within an organization takes responsibility for delivering on the company’s purpose. With roles arranged in circles rather than layers, [...]

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 23, 2014 7:18 PM

Interesting article. Hierarchies are not all bad and they provide people with some structure.

David Hain's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:46 AM

Holacracy is helping Zappos.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:39 PM

At the minimum organization structure is about roles and relationships. Whether flat or heirarchical,  individuals in the structure must understand the purpose of their role and how it interacts with other roles. Beyond having a clear focus and direction for activity, they need autonomy and authority to do what is necessary for the role, the competencies required for the role, and the means to develop new competencies, processes and procedures as organization's circumstances change. 

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Daniel Goleman: The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader

Daniel Goleman: The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
I recently had the pleasure of catching up again with Daniel Goleman, who is an internationally known psychologist that lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on [...]

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Gurmeet S. Randhir's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:37 AM

Each of his books is  a 'must read' for all those who want to make a difference in their own areas of  specialisation.

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 2014 9:31 AM

El propulsor de la Inteligencia Emocional

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Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great

Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Focus on a few core components of leadership and you can take your company to new heights.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, March 19, 2014 1:15 AM

Leadership and directions

Dan Biles's curator insight, March 20, 2014 8:34 AM

Avoid paralysis by analysis..."Highly effective leaders are decisive when called upon to make tough calls quickly and confidently. Take a moment to assess a difficult situation and then calmly and rationally consider your options. As soon as you have the information you need to make an informed decision, make it. Don't let fear of being wrong prevent you from making what you know is the right call."

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 2014 9:29 AM

De lo bueno a lo mejor

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Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question

Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The traits that help us get promoted aren't the ones that make us effective managers.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 16, 2014 2:07 AM

The myth that leaderships effectiveness cannot be developed is a dangerous myth....

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From Structures to Nets – Leadership in the Shift Age

From Structures to Nets – Leadership in the Shift Age | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The vast majority of companies today have management structures or reporting hierarchies. That simply is the way it has been, at least since the beginning of the Industrial Age a bit more than 200 years ago. When humanity moved from the...


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 29, 2014 1:50 PM

I actually propose that the world is not flattened by the rapid pace of information and connectivity. The world is a more nuanced place than it has ever been with information coming unexpectedly from around corners. Certaintly, hierarchies could be flatter, but they usually not. Leadership in the 21st Century should be far more distributed to overcome the volume and pace. This has never been truer in education where the stranglehold of hierarchy and the intransigience of bureaurcracy and technocracy are stifling.

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Why Managers Now Need To Become Leaders

Why Managers Now Need To Become Leaders | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Successful managers today are no longer supervisors, nor are they deciders, but formulators of strategic intent

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