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Indivisible

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There are more people living alone than at any time in history, and more depression than ever recorded. Violence continues to cast long shadows across generations. We are fragmented to the point of vile speech and hate crimes based on false divisions.

The Antidote to “No, But”

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Within six months of being hired, Sam wished he had a dollar for every time a team member communicated, “No, but.”. Sam had passed his interviews with flying colors. They even gave him time to share his initial ideas, ask probing questions, and take time to think over his decision to accept the role. Sadly, nothing could have prepared Sam for what happened next—he stepped onto a toxic team. Everyone seemed nice enough, but something unseen kept undercutting conversations and momentum.

April 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the April Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, productivity, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication. Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting shared 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Financials to Increase Transparency.

5 Ways to Find Natural Leaders for Your Team

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There’s the age-old adage in business that, as the owner, you should look to employ people who are better than you at specific tasks and disciplines. This extends to leadership. And that might sound a little odd; you’re the big boss, after all – why on earth would you employ people who could technically unseat you at some stage? That’s a rather insular mindset, unfortunately.

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Eat That Frog!

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“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain. Do you know what the NUMBER ONE reason for failure in business and personal life is today? It’s procrastination.

Change is Inevitable. Get Ready to Lead It!

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Leadership is about leading. Also, when you need to lead into change. Or is leadership nothing else than facilitating change? Whichever way you choose to look at leadership, leading change is one of your most challenging and, at the same time, essential tasks. Change requires a culture where change is possible. When team members don’t do what (or how) you want them to do, you send them off to a training. Teach them how to give feedback, for example.

How to Improve Good Communication Skills

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One of the core qualities that a leader requires in any scenario is the ability to communicate effectively. You need to be authoritative, persuasive, and attentive to communicate as a leader effectively. Leaders are responsible for the strategic planning of the organization’s next steps, while their subjects are responsible for the implementation of the plans prepared by the leaders. Leaders need to develop effective ways of communicating these instructions for this to happen.

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Navigate Your Way Through Relationships

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“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” — Stephen Covey. I remember a short story with a beautiful message on relationships. A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge. Father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter, “Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river.” ” The little girl said, “No, Dad.

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How Clear Is Your Vision for 2019?

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At this time of year, we often find ourselves preparing for change – personal and business – based on our vision for the year ahead. Vision, Not New Year’s Resolutions! So, when speaking about vision, I am not talking here about having stuff in your head! That lies in the territory of New Year’s resolutions! However, many know that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. Michael Hyatt has some excellent research commentary on New Year’s Resolutions that backs up that view.

Lead Like Louie: Look Beyond Failure and Rejection

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Since adopting my rescue pup, Louie, in 2013, he and I have experienced many challenges as well as delightful adventures. Every interaction has given me PAWS to reflect on the leadership lessons I’ve learned over the years, many of which I will share in future articles.

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The New Science of Radical Innovation

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In the era of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), decision-making is very challenging for leaders because one can rarely foresee the consequences of one’s decisions. Traditional leadership (command and control) must give way to a whole new approach to leadership.

Leadership and Dialog

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I often hear (about) leaders in organizations mumbling things like, “We need to get the dialog going on the subject of.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But what do we mean when we say dialog? Is it just a hip way of saying we should talk to coworkers? A monolog only works to transmit powerful messages. The opposite of a dialog is a monolog. Monolog literally means one ( mono ) does the word ( logos ). In other words, during a monolog, there is an absence of interaction: the sender sends.

Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work

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Regardless of your responsibilities, you will inevitably face an individual or a team who appear unmotivated. Trying to motivate them is frustrating for everyone involved and it just doesn’t work.

The Politics of Promotion

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Although being savvy about office politics is important for both genders, unconscious bias and stereotypes create special challenges for women. Many women focus on performance, thinking that good work garners promotion.

5 Skills Needed in the Workforce by 2020

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By the year 2020, the workplace will require some unique skills in order to thrive, to be resilient, and to relish an ever-changing world. Now is the time to begin developing them. The Institute for the Future teamed up with the University of Phoenix Research Institute to pinpoint skills that are the result of several current economic drivers. Skill #1: Sense-Making. This requires one to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.

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Don’t Follow the Crowd

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“Let me take a look at your Twitter profile,” offered my table companion. We were attending a Chamber-sponsored event on how to make the most of social media. That’s my area of expertise, and I’m happy to offer up a suggestion or two. Maybe you’ll decide to become a client.”. A few days later, I received an email from him that read in part: The biggest problem with your Twitter account is that you follow too many people.

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6 Habits of High-Performance Leaders

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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Rohn. For many years, I have been a big advocate of focusing on your strengths as, when leaders excel at what they love, they get into a state called flow. When this happens, it often feels like time flies by and we get extraordinary amounts of work complete. Typically, we feel energized and alive because we are doing what we love. However, I have recently changed my thoughts on this.

The Leader as Gardener

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“Well-oiled machine.” ” For most of the time I’ve been in business, that was the metaphor for organizations. Leaders designed machines. Other leaders operated machines. And the machines themselves? Well, they were made up of interchangeable parts. If a part broke or if a part wore out, all you had to do was replace it with another part. That metaphor comes from the early Industrial Age. It made sense then, but it makes little sense now.

Different Thinking. Different Leadership

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Our current model of success is not designed to make us happy, to give us fulfillment, to give us meaning. It’s designed to accumulate. And it’s a model that is not sustainable anymore. We need a new way of doing business. But it is not something we just can do differently. It requires a different thinking. It requires a different consciousness. Peter Matthies, Founder, Conscious Business Institute.

Win the Heart

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Every great company has an engaged workforce, and nurturing a culture of engagement is at the heart of great leadership — employees who really care about their work, their coworkers, and the organization can supercharge a company’s success. But for many years, engagement has been suffering.

Leadership: It Either Scales and Grows, or Destroys

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Scaling Leadership provides a proven framework for magnifying agile and scalable leadership in your organization by multiplying high-achieving leaders at scale. Lead Change recently spoke with the authors, Bill Adams and Bob Anderson, to dig deeper into their latest book. What compelled you to write Scaling Leadership ? We have about 1.5 million 360 rater surveys in our global database. We decided to research that data in a unique way.

Preview Thursday: Win the Heart

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We are pleased to present this excerpt from Win the Heart by Mark Miller. Why Engagement Matters. The life of a leader can be hectic.

How to Build Trust-Filled Relationships in Fast-Changing Environments

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Tom is the HR Director for a large healthcare organization. Like others in his field, Tom has been charged with increasing employee engagement and retention. For several months, he and his team have been working behind closed doors on a new employee appreciation and recognition program. Tom’s team borrowed an idea from their health insurance company and created a rewards program that allows employees to earn points for demonstrating behaviors that contribute to a positive work environment.

March 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the March Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, productivity, development, engagement, team-building, and more. Communication. Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting shared Is Your Workplace Full of Facts or Opinions? She asks: “How often do you get fact and opinion confused?

How Could One Word Be So Disruptive?

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“I hope you have a good lawyer,” said the CEO as he leaned back in his chair. He was referring to my business tagline, “Develop Leaders to Develop Leaders Based on the Foundation of LOVE,” and to my newly released book, Love Like Louie , for eight-year-olds and up. He meant no malice by that comment. He just didn’t know the story of Louie, my rescue pup, and how Louie influenced my writing about love.

Being Authentic Takes Work

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Since change is such a common dynamic in organizations, change leaders and/or change agents are important roles. Authenticity is really a critical element for these roles. Change is difficult for most people, and those most impacted by change look to leaders and agents as people they can trust to steer them through the “rough waters.” Trust is seriously hampered if you cannot be authentic.

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4 Steps to Make Decisions on the Fly

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If you are put into a situation where you need to make decisions quickly, you may find that you react differently than you would if you had more time to consider your options. I was reminded of this familiar situation recently when I was in a local coffee shop that uses an iPad screen for payment.

Dealing with Difficult Team Members

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Picture this: as a leader, you’re a real go-getter. And then there’s that team member who always needs to analyze everything to death before finally getting into action. And the other one who is such a perfectionist that they never get the job finished. Why do these co-workers manage to get under your skin? And more importantly, how do you deal with your irritation? Know Your Allergies. Your perspective is that your good quality is getting the job done quickly, smoothly and efficiently.

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It’s the People, Stupid!

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Want to succeed as a boss? Pay attention to the people around you. Technical skill is important. So is strategy. But you can be the world’s greatest technical expert and have the biggest brain and still fail as a boss if you don’t pay attention to the people. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. People are Not Things. People are not parts. They are not machines. People show up with emotions that affect how they act.

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Here’s What Could Be in HTC’s ‘Vive 1.5’

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HTC made a not so subtle tease today that a new version of the HTC Vive is on the way with improved resolution. While it doesn’t look like this will be positioned as a ‘Vive 2’, here’s what we could see from a ‘Vive 1.5’

Recognize Individual Differences in Your Team

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“Change is in the air.” I chuckled at the headline in an airline magazine as I planned this article. That’s a constant, as we repeatedly hear that the pace of change will never be slower than it is today. Still, most people struggle with the reality of yet more change on the horizon. The best change leaders recognize the individual differences among their team members as they lead change. They approach each person based on his or her unique personality and preferences.

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Preview Thursday: The Dentist Who Gets It

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We are pleased to present this excerpt from The Dentist Who Gets It b y Dr. Steven Hymovitch. How Do You Champion Your People? As much as you may have a put together a diverse team, you need to be diverse in how you, the boss/leader-of-the-team/ employer/lead dentist, handle your people.

Health and Well-Being in the Workplace

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Employees are no longer just motivated by a paycheck. Those who are there just for the money will usually work inefficiently. To improve employee morale and health, you can consider implementing these tips. Encourage Employees to Work Out. As a leader, you should encourage your employees to exercise during working hours. Physical activity will keep them mentally sharp, meaning they will be able to work more productively.

When Leadership Becomes Too Much: How to Unwind

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When you become a leader of a team, business, or organisation, there’s one certainty: at some stage, it’ll all become too much. This isn’t an indication of failure, either. You’re human, and leadership is tough. It requires long hours, intense meetings, big decisions, and the ever-present challenge of dealing with multiple personalities. So, you’re bound to burn out at some stage. But the biggest challenge often comes with accepting you need to unwind. The good news? You can.

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The Servant Leadership Journal

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A typical top-down, power-based leader, Art Barter began using servant leadership to transform his organization and people from the inside out. As he showed others he was serious about becoming a different type of leader—one who could be trusted to act the same way he talked—dramatic improvements were achieved. Leaders across the company freed employees to operate at their fullest potential and discover significance in their work.

The Key to Sustainable Performance

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As an organization, as a leader, sustainable performance is key to build and maintain an excellent organization. Sustainable performance means coworkers do excellent work without falling into the traps of burnout or workaholism. Sustainable performance means your organization efficiently and effectively provides quality products and services, is blessed with low absenteeism and low staff-turnover. All of this is good for the bottom line. Sustainable Performance and Engagement.

Vulnerability, Trust, and a Thriving Business

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Simon Sinek tells the story of a time he was waiting to board a flight when one customer committed the unforgivable sin of attempting to gain access before his group was called. The gate agent tore into the man rudely, prompting Sinek to ask her, “Why can’t you speak to us like humans?”

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Leadership: A Spiritual Boot Camp

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Leadership expert James MacGregor Burns, once wrote something that we think is very interesting to consider. He said, “Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.” Since those words were originally written more than 40 years ago, we suspect that leadership has actually become one of the most observed and the most understood phenomena on earth.

5 Ways To Manage Your Energy Levels

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No one doubts that we live in a world that is moving at lightning pace. In fact, the speed of change has never been faster. As a result, the most common theme I keep hearing my clients and colleagues say is “there are not enough hours in the day.” ” How can I get everything done? I need to learn to manage my time better. I need to become more productive. Yet ironically, none of us can learn to manage time. As a leader, you all have 24 hours in a day – 1,440 minutes.

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Your Leadership Heritage

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“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”. Isaac Newton said that in the 17 th century, and the idea is even older than that. Other people have helped you become what you are today. They’re part of your heritage, your leadership heritage. If you take the time to reflect on your leadership heritage, you will become a better leader. You will deepen your understanding of why you do things the way you do.

Pacing for Growth

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Whether you’re running a race or running a company, pacing is everything. Go too fast and you’ll burn yourself out—too slow and you’re left in the dust. So how can leaders find the right speed?

Trust Inspires Growth and Success

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Trust inspires excellence. When we trust our team, we elevate their status and inspire them to exceed their own expectations. By trusting others, we can breathe life into them. Expectations and Trust. In 2000, President George W. Bush coined the phrase, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” He was speaking to the NAACP about discrimination that results when we expect people to do less than their potential.

Scaling Leadership

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Are you a High-Creative leader, capable of rapidly growing your organization while simultaneously transforming it into a more agile, innovative, adaptive, and engaging workplace? Or are you a High-Reactive leader, who practices leadership that cancels itself out and seriously limits scale?