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The Art of Servant Leadership

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By integrating the servant-led paradigm into their inner lives and professional thinking, today’s leaders can revolutionize heartless corporate strategies that reward the few at the expense of the many.

Who Changes?

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One of the challenges you as leader are faced with is getting changes done in your organization. Especially influencing organizational culture, which is an arduous task, and many an attempt fails to bring about the desired cultural change. So why is that? And more importantly: how can you influence your coworkers in such a way that you increase the probability the desired changes are actually effectuated? Who is rational, who isn’t?

The Disciplined Leader

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What do the best leaders have in common? As author of The Disciplined Leader and President of Management Action Programs, Inc. MAP), John Manning should know.

Daily Gratitude

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Gratitude is about attitude. It is the mindset you wake up with every morning and it guides your outlook on the world. I make a conscious effort to be positive and thankful for what I have. Gratitude is a conscious choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to think and act on it. You have to take stock of your life and appreciate all the wonderful things in it. The alternative is to focus on what is not going right, which produces a gloomy outlook and attitude.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Friend of a Friend

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What if all the advice we’ve heard about networking is wrong?

What Lies Behind Our Fear?

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One thing I’ve learned about rescue dogs—they come with a lot of baggage. Not unlike every single one of us reading this blog. Since I’ve adopted Louie over five years ago, one thing remains constant: fear is his one of his top issues.

May 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the May Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication. Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog contributed Silent and listen have a lot in common besides six letters.

Hitting Workplace Conflict Head-on

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“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interactions, conflict, argument, debate.” — Margaret Heffernan. Do you remember the last time you avoided getting into an argument with your boss or your coworker? You were probably trying to maintain harmony and relationship. That is what many of us do when we try to avoid conflict. VitalSmarts’ research reveals that employees waste an average of $1500 and an 8-hour workday for every crucial conversation that they avoid.

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.

End Well on a Low Note

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It’s been two seasons since Jake Arrieta played for the 2016 World Series winning Chicago Cubs, and he still gets standing ovations as an opposing pitcher at Wrigley Field. This may seem insignificant, especially if you’re not a baseball fan. But, there’s a world class leadership lesson to be learned from a former Cubbie who knows how to end well on a low note. On March 12, 2018, Arrieta penned and posted a letter to his former team and its fans.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Introducing Newbies Isn’t Always Easy

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Louie, my adopted pup since 2013, has experienced a lot of loss over the last year. We wrote about two of those losses, Ellie and Mick , in previous blogs. Our neighborhood grieved over the loss of these beloved companions.

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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.

Long Live the Chief Happiness Officer!

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At long last, focused attention for MAC! Do you know what’s so great? For years we’ve been writing about the three needs which when fulfilled make a person happy – at home and even more so at work: Mastery, Autonomy, and Connection. It’s so simple. Yet not easy. That’s why many organizations who have understood this message realize how difficult it is to truly live up to this challenge and appoint a Chief Happiness Officer. A hype? Rubbish? We think not.

Addicted to Change

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Gonna have to face it: we’re addicted to change. I’m not a scientist or a psychologist. I define addiction my own way. You’re addicted to something when it’s not good for you, but you do it anyway. Over and over. By my definition, we’re addicted to change. Consider the experience of one of my coaching clients. He worked for a large company for seven years. In that time, the company had at least one management fad per year.

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.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

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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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.

Leveraging Leadership R&D

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With increasing demands in our time, one of the challenges that leaders continually face is that of productivity. How do we get more done with less? Clearly, one solution is to have highly engaged team members that are aligned and pulling together behind the same shared vision. However, with only 13% of the global workforce highly engaged at work ( Gallup 2016 ), we are obviously not doing a great job at this.

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.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Tidy Up Your Leadership Marie Kondo Style

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Have you seen a few Facebook or Instagram friends post that they are “sparking joy” with their new folding techniques? Between the New Year, spring cleaning, and Netflix’s new sensation, people everywhere are purging, cleaning, and sorting their way to an improved life. What would our workplaces look like if we brought this same level of intensity to how we lead? How would our team describe our culture?

Are You Listening?

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To truly “seek to understand” someone, you have to slip into that person’s frame of reference. This includes understanding the person’s values, experience, knowledge, and emotion. You have to understand the elements of the other person, how the person ticks. You must try to climb into the person’s head and experience the world as he or she does. The best way to get into someone else’s frame of reference is to listen.

Great Leaders Ask Questions

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“Leadership is not as much about knowing the right answers, as it is about knowing the right questions.” – Bob Tiede. If you were in a rowboat with your team, how many of them would you want to have row? Might your answer be all of them?

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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Wired for Authenticity

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Leadership today is more challenging than ever. Trends including the rapid pace of change, constant restructuring, and a 24/7 always-on work environment are creating overwhelmed employees and eroding trust in workplaces.

Are You A Consumer, Contributor or a Creator?

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During a seminar on human relationships I attended, the speaker pointed out that there were four different types of relationships, committed, codependent, casual and the most destructive, a consumer-based relationship. That’s where one party consumes the attention, service or provisions of the other with little to nothing in return. These types of behaviors have a similar trend in social media.

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.

Gardens Bloom. Do you?

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If a picture is worth 1000 words, a metaphor is worth 1000 pictures. There’s great wisdom to learn from the spring growth that breaks out of the cold grasp of winter. This year, at the 35th Annual Tulip Festival in Woodburn, OR, I was reminded of how the human spirit resembles the tulip bulb. Before me spread acres and acres of magnificent tulips, proudly displaying depths of colors and varieties that only photographs could capture.

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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Dear Human, Master Your Emotions

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Did you know the power to change our world exists within all of us? What if you could learn how to be the best version of yourself every day? Clearly, that’s hard to do when faced with so many daily demands, conflicts, and challenges. For most people, emotions like stress, anger, frustration, anxiety, and disappointment are an exhausting daily struggle. That makes it tough to consistently be the leader, parent, mate, colleague, friend, and person you truly want to be.

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.

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.

Living a Worthwhile Life

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“Hmm, you’re one of those people,” sneered my neighbor. “A A do-gooder.”. That wasn’t the first—and it won’t be the last—time that someone, usually a man, had mocked my efforts to do good and do well. That used to upset me. Hurt my feelings, too. It doesn’t anymore. The very first time I wasn’t troubled by someone’s condescension about doing good and well was a liberating moment. A moment that was a long time in the making.

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The Mistake We Make When Trying To Be Fair

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I coached youth baseball for over 15 years, from 5-year-old kids to 14-year-old teenagers, and at least two things were common across all the age groups: 1) the kids always kept score, and 2) they were the first ones to remind me if I wasn’t being fair.

Humility and Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Wouldn’t it be lovely if humility smelled like warm chocolate chip cookies, so we could easily find ours when we lost it? A small group of us were sharing comeuppance stories—times when we’d gotten too big for our britches and had taken a big fall from grace. Betsy’s fall was the most dramatic. She’d been off-the-charts successful in her marketing job for a cosmetics company. Another company recruited her for their CMO job, complete with huge salary, signing bonus, and jaw-dropping perks.

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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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 Kanban Revived My Work Ethic

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I’ve always been a hard worker, but as any manager or leader of a business will know, when times get tough, they can directly impact your desire to get things done. This happened to me some time ago. I’d been working long hours on jobs that I was fast becoming disillusioned with. As a result — or as I thought at the time — my productivity slipped and I rapidly lost interest in what I was doing. However, I didn’t realise that it wasn’t the work that was to blame — it was my work ethic.

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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.

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.