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Hugh Ballou on July 31st, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 31, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Brian Clark 

The Nasty Four-Letter Word that Keeps You from Writing

Brian ClarkThere’s a nasty demon hiding behind writer’s block. This four-letter word represents a condition we don’t like to admit to ourselves, much less utter in polite conversation.

Yep, it’s the “F word” that’s blocking you from writing.

Fear.

Fear affects us all more than we care to admit, and it’s especially insidious for writers. Writing online is one of those activities where you’re really putting yourself out there, and the critics are always waiting to pounce. But as we’ll see below, failure and mediocrity are not the only things we fear.

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Denise Restauri 

Top 4 Reasons To Grab A Seat At The Cool Table With Millennials Who Share 

Denise RestauriI can’t find a job. Should I volunteer? Or work for a charity before I enter the real world? Those are the questions I hear from recent college graduates. Their questions make me wonder, “Why are they looking at non-profits as not being a part of working in the real world? And what needs to happen to change this mindset?”

I was meeting with Leila Chambers, the 31-year-old founder of Flying Kites, an organization that is raising the standards of education available to orphaned and critically-poor children in rural Kenya, so I asked her for her take, a few great reasons for college graduates to consider a real career in the non-profit sector.

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Lyn Boyner 

Stability: How to Show Powerful Leadership Presence

Lyn BoynerPhil was frantic. He was a manager in a mid-sized financial institution, and a recent meeting with his director was very unsettling.

Phil recognized that employees in his department sometimes seemed to ignore his comments, and the quality of their work continued to decline. However, he was not prepared for this meeting in which he learned that unless he turned things around, the CEO would replace him with someone who could.

His leadership ability was in question.

In a meeting with his new executive coach, Phil considered a variety of approaches to his dilemma. He discussed greater penalties for low performance. He thought about increased accountability and oversight of his employees’ work. He wondered which of his employees he should replace with more skilled and willing workers.

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Jim Dougherty

10 Pro Tips for Instagram

Jim DoughertyInstagram is impressive. It boasts the highest engagement of any social network (4.21 percent engagement per post compared to .07 percent for Facebook), and it is the fastest growing (larger) social network. Images get attention, and Instagram has found the secret formula to effectively present visual content to a social audience.

Despite all the unique features of Instagram, businesses still have questions about what to make of it. Paid options for Instagram don’t (yet) exist for everyone, and the leap of faith for small- to medium-sized businesses to commit resources to a visual social network like Insta without the ad targeting features of Facebook is (as Geans describes) pretty huge.

In this post, I want to share 10 Instagram tips from the experts. These are people who are effectively using Instagram to communicate with and to engage their audience. I didn’t just ask everyone I spoke with to give me tips about Instagram; I asked them to give me their best tips about Instagram. Hopefully their insight will give you some ideas about how you can improve your Instagram presence.

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Chantal Bechervaise

The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

Chantal BechervaiseEvery employee is different, but unfortunately many leaders use a one-size-fits-all approach to leading. In doing so, these otherwise well-intentioned leaders are working harder than they should while not getting all they could out of their teams. How do leaders change the way they approach their employee and teams?

Victor Prince and Mike Figliuolo have the solution in their new book, Lead Inside the Box.  Their new book is already a ‘Top 10 Hot New Release in Leadership on Amazon’. The book starts with the premise that:

1) A leader’s job is to help people move to a position of improved performance and higher satisfaction

2) A leader must lead based on the team member’s needs, not the leader’s own needs

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Hugh Ballou

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Hugh Ballou on July 27th, 2015

Dreams are not the opposite of reality. Dreams inform reality. – Seth Godin*

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Leaders struggle with apparent conflicts and opposite strategies. Transformational Leadership is about transforming thoughts as well as cultures.

Here are some conflicts that challenge me:

  • Perfection versus Moving Ahead
  • Details versus The Big Picture
  • Systems versus Creativity
  • Approval versus Vision
  • Push Leading versus Pull Leading
  • Providing Answers versus Asking Questions
  • Micromanaging versus Coaching

When I was in elementary school, dreaming was discouraged. When I studied piano as a child, I was taught to read the notes and not make things up. In my first job, I was required to follow the rules and to not challenge the system. Things were different then.

Things haven’t changed much in some circles, however. Leaders in charge are limited in their scope by their conditioning, both from their nuclear family and from what they have been taught.

Leadership has been and is continuing to be redefined. The transformation continues with those who are capable, willing, and attentive.

What we have been taught and what we have inherited are not working in today’s world.

The culture we create and lead is a reflection of our skills and vision.

Organizational transformation begins with the leader. There are many pathways to transformation. One channel is defined as Transformational Leadership. It’s a style of leadership defined by Burns and Bass in the 1970s and ’80s. I have added to their data with my musical profile in my Conducting Transformation paradigm.

To have a look at what’s taught, get my free report, “Building the Business of Your Dreams” at http://theleaderaccelerator.com You will receive the report along with a series of videos and questions to help you think about your own transformation. In the series of messages, you will receive an invitation to a personal session with me without cost. You can define what you want to accomplish in that session.

Are you comfortable moving to a place that might not feel comfortable?

Sometimes where we need to move is a place we most resist. My job is to help you feel comfortable if needed, or to challenge your comfort level if that’s what you need and request.

If you are tired of the mundane, let’s chat about it.

* Seth’s blog: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/07/opposition.html

 

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Hugh Ballou on July 24th, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 24, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Crystal Washington

4 Simple Ways to Use Periscope for Business

Crystal WashingtonPeriscope is the popular live video streaming app purchased by Twitter in March 2015. It’s the Instagram of live video streaming, offering users the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of someone else. Users have the capability to share their stories and perspectives to add value to their viewers in the form of entertainment and/or education.

Whether you’re a seasoned business professional or a small business owner, if you use Twitter, and you can add to your credibility and brand using live video as a storytelling tool, you should check out Periscope. You need a Twitter account and the app downloaded to your Android or iOS device to get started.

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Zach Cutler

5 Strategies I Used to Start and Grow a Successful Business With Only $200

Zach CutlerI graduated from college in the worst year for finding a job in recent history: 2009. I had one interview after another, and the one offer I did receive kept getting delayed. I needed to find a job fast or move back home to California from D.C.

Having always been entrepreneurial, and with a passion for marketing, I decided to form a PR firm with only $200, and a whole lot of unknowns and risks. Six years later, Cutler PR is a leading boutique tech PR firm based in New York that has serviced over 70 clients including the likes of Trivia Crack, Kaltura, Taboola and Gett.

Like many entrepreneurs, I was starting a business with little to no capital…

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Leonard Kim

Overcome Your Team’s Weaknesses by Focusing on These 3 Things

Leonard KimSabeen Ali is the founder and CEO of AngelHack, a global network of 50,000 programmers. She is a big box thinker and lays out the grand scheme of things.

When you look in the mirror, each of you know what your strengths are. Are you a leader? Visionary? Detail oriented? A great communicator? Strong at analytics?

Whatever it may be, most of you are in tune to who you are.

You may not want to admit it, but when looking in that same mirror, you see what your weaknesses are as well. Are you bad at math? Communicating? Thinking big? Working quickly?

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Neil Patel

What To Do When You’re Completely Out of Blog Ideas

Neil PatelEvery blogger has faced this situation. You’re staring into your computer screen waiting, wondering — what do I write about today?

Content marketing is a massive marketing force. Every day in the life of the internet, two million blog posts are published. According to research from the Content Marketing Institute, marketers have no intent to loosen up their massive content output. Most marketers plan to either maintain or increase the amount of content that they publish.

With all this producing, you might reach a point at which you run out of good ideas. Either you’ve already written it, someone else has already written about it, or you lack the mental energy to come up with something original. What do you do now?

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John Brandon 

Why ‘Flat Management’ Drove 200 Employees Out of Zappos

John BrandonFire that grumpy micro-manager.

Get rid of the boss who is constantly tweaking your task list.

Give that CEO the pink slip when he or she is constantly nitpicking about the sales chart.

That’s the conventional line of thinking for companies like Zappos that have adopted a flat management structure, also known as a holacracy. (You might already know about the term meritocracy, which is equally confusing to people who don’t speak business lingo.)

According to leadership expert and book author Brian Fielkow, companies see management as a bad thing when they respond to micromanagement and think the power is misplaced.

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Hugh Ballou

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Change vs TraditionI have been traveling around the country presenting Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Workshops. In many instances, I’m asked what to do when a board, or members in general, are resistant to change. The phrase, “We’ve never done it that way before!” is often repeated.

Change is a fearful thought if other changes in life are too stressful. Change is not an option when there is no understanding of the value of the change. Change for the sake of change is a generator of confusion.

However, the only constant in life is that there is change. We are all getting older every day. We change without even trying.

Having said those things about change, let me point out that understanding history and tradition are important to the continuity of work within any organization. When working with lay leaders in the church, I find that many of them are not aware of the denominational traditions and theology that have shaped our worship, our programs, and our work in the community. We are informed by learning about the past. We don’t, however, need to live in the past.

It is the leader’s duty and delight to observe what’s happening and how it happens, and to respond in a thoughtful way by engaging members in conversation about desired results. Have we defined the desired outcomes from our work and programs, or are we just running on autopilot without thinking about what or why?

In Seth Godin’s blog post, “Because it has always been this way,” he points out that making a change means that we are responsible for the results. I’d like to point out that if we don’t make a change, we are likewise responsible for the results as the leader.

Not making a decision is a choice.

Leaders ask good questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are some to ask yourself and your team:

  • Are we (Am I) bound by tradition?
  • What are the consequences of staying with the status quo?
  • What are the different results we desire and what changes will lead us in the appropriate direction?
  • What are the risks on both sides – making a change and not making any change?

Sleep on the answers.

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Hugh Ballou on July 19th, 2015

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. 

Dalai Lama

Calm ImageAllowing stress to rule your decisions, your culture, and your life is not an effective leadership choice. There are several ways to retain composure in the face of stress, to remain calm and not be anxious. Being anxious spreads instantly to the group, even when the leader attempts to hide the anxiety.

It’s easy to tell someone to stay calm, however it’s a different matter to do it. Remaining calm is essential to effective leadership. Anxiety pushes us to reach emotionally, rather than making thinking decisions.

Here are my techniques for managing self to address my anxiety:

  1. Breathe – In college, my piano teacher grabbed me in a lesson one day and said with assertiveness, “BREATHE!” I was unaware that I was so stressed out that I was holding my breath. Conquering fear and releasing tension are accomplished by breathing deeply. Be intentional with breathing deeply.
  2. Break – Focus is good. Not taking a break is not good. Intentionally planning breaks is a good plan. I schedule 25-minute blocks during my work day with a 5-minute interval in between. Coaching calls are 50-minutes with a 10-minute interval. It’s nice to have that extra time when things get behind.
  3. Reframe – Rather than envision what if things go to the worst case, reframe thinking to envision the best.
  4. Keep a Positive Mental Attitude – The mind cannot hold a negative and positive thought simultaneously. Successful people have a positive image to focus on when anxiety looms.
  5. Associate With Positive Thinkers – Positive people inspire positive thinking and acting. Hang around inspiring, positive people. It’s contagious. Hang around them and be one. You attract what you are.
  6. Exercise – Move around. Sitting all day is not good for health or mental condition. Exercise helps to dissipate the effects of stress.
  7. Replace the Negative Scripts – Those negative tapes playing in your head drive negative thinking and negative actions. Create positive affirmations and repeat them often.
  8. Be Grateful – Express gratitude for every blessing. What you don’t have becomes less important.

I know what to do to shed the negative. I’m not always successful, but I’m not giving in to the negative. I’m rehearsing my way to success…hopefully, every day.

Hugh Ballou

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Hugh Ballou on July 10th, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 10, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

 

 

Chery Gegelman

Executives: Do you have the courage to sit and listen?

Chery GegelmanYour team has just offered you the gift of honest feedback, will you open it or return it?

Have you ever had someone that works for you ask you for a meeting? …Try to share a concern with you? …Or passionately try to share an idea?

How do you react when that happens?

 Have you ever considered that they are bringing you a gift?

  • The person that is coming has chosen to take a risk and invest in you and in the organization.
  • No matter what their title is – they have knowledge and experiences that you don’t have.
  • No matter what their role is – they see things in your organization that you don’t see.

~ Thank them for their courage.

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Susan Mazza

3 Ways to Ignite Inspiration 

Susan Mazza

Have you ever gone through a period in your work, or even your life in general, when you felt uninspired?

I certainly have. Recently, as a matter of fact.

For the first time in many years I did not write or post on my blog for a few weeks. I could not seem to generate anything I felt was worth writing about. For me, that is a sure sign that my flame of inspiration has gone out. I couldn’t seem to shake this feeling that I was going through the motions, despite how many great things were happening in life and business.

Maybe you are in that space right now. Or perhaps you know someone who is missing that spark. It’s not hard to look around and find someone who is going through life uninspired.

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Peter Stark 

What Is Your Leadership Role In Employee Engagement?

Peter StarkIf you google employee engagement, you’re going to be inundated with thousands of results trying to define and tackle the topic of employee engagement. If you click on just about anyone of these results, you’ll learn that the level of employee engagement is still, 20 years later, sadly stagnant at 30 percent of the workforce.

But, what about managers? According to Gallup, managers are not much better, with only 36 percent of them considered engaged. If managers are not engaged, how can we ever expect to raise the level of engagement of the team members who work for them? Yes, employee engagement is internal. It cannot be forced, nor can it be bought. But it can be inspired, and engaging the workforce starts with engaged managers. Consider the questions below. Can you honestly say you’re an engaged manager, and would your employees agree with your self-assessment?

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Russ Alan Prince

Much Of Thought Leadership Is Thought Followship

Russ Alan PrinceThought leadership (also know as content marketing) is one of the most effective ways of building a revenue-generating brand. This can be especially powerful and important for professional services firms.

The business value of becoming a thought leader is widely recognized among professionals from accountants to lawyers and from business coaches to financial advisors. Content marketing, for example, can be instrumental in being able to – on a preferable basis – access certain types of clients such as the ultra-affluent.

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Richard E. Boyatzis

How to Handle Rebellion on Your Team

Richard E. BoyatzisHave you ever been blindsided in a meeting? You adequately prepared. The objectives were clear. But then, BLAM! Someone objects to one of your assumptions about halfway through the meeting and others just add to the objections. You try to explain your reasoning, but no one comes to your defense. Others join in and you feel as if you are at the bottom of a Rugby pile-on. It seems like chaos and anarchy have taken over, and your meeting is about to end with no clear resolution.

Far too often, executives try to minimize this possibility by making meetings “rubber stamp” events, where everything has been decided ahead of time and there’s no room for open discussion. But that’s a huge mistake. Repressing differences of opinion makes you less adaptable and make your meeting a boring waste of time. Instead you need to be open — and ready to handle — differences of opinion, dissent in the ranks, or even outright rebellion. Diversity of opinion is when one or more people offer a different way to view the situation. Dissent is when there’s a disagreement with a position or proposal. And rebellion happens when a dominant coalition or a sizeable force outright defy or contest your right to be the team leader.

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Hugh Ballou on July 8th, 2015

Planning and Leadershi


A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. –
Confucius

I spent 40 years planning and implementing worship. One of my constant struggles was the tension between form and freedom. Over time, I learned to appreciate the fact that the area of tension between form and freedom is where the real clarity and focus are present.

In graduate school, at least 50% of the lab choir from the conducting program was made up of people who were computer programmers. At first this did not make sense to me, until one of them pointed out that there is a relationship – it’s freedom within form. There is a very precise structure to music and within that structure we must be creative. In fact, mastering the structure and the technique allow ultimate creativity. However, musicians deal with creativity in real time, while programmers can lay down code and it runs in the future. Conducting a musical ensemble is similar to leading a team, in that you must have the structure in place, and lead in real time and make decisions in real time that will affect your future. In this example, ensemble equals synergy within the team. Synergy is a result that is greater than the sum of the parts, as Covey points out.

I meet leaders from organizations of all types and sizes, who tell me they don’t want to write down their goals and don’t want to do a strategic plan because it limits their creativity. I respond, pointing out that it’s the plan which provides clarity and allows the mind to focus on creative implementation. The very fact that you know where you’re going helps you to fully focus on using your creative energy and your creative brain power.

In a reverse paradigm, it’s really the form that gives us the freedom.

With freedom comes responsibility. If we lead an organization, we are in fact responsible for the outcomes. We have financial responsibility, we have people responsibility, and we have content and deliverables responsibility. The only way to be clear about our responsibility as leaders is to define what the outcomes should be.

Planning is hard work. It’s through planning that we gain clarity and are able to unleash all the creativity in ourselves and in our culture where we live. I call this paying the upfront price. The upfront price is far less than the cost of repair, repeating things, and failure. You pay this upfront price in doing a lot of heavy lifting with your brain at the beginning. Once this heavy lifting is done, then it’s time to implement the plan.  There is also a discipline which is required to follow the plan. The ultimate clarity is being able to know what can be delegated.

Here is my formula for the paradigm between form and freedom:

1) Define the future in the present tense as long-term objectives

2) Share those objectives with your team in very specific language

3) Work with the team to develop an action plan with steps to achieve those objectives

4) Time activate the action steps, and put each action step on your calendar so that you know exactly when it’s going to be done

5) Finally, set an evaluation date with accountabilities with the team coming back together and defining what happened, what didn’t happen, and what to do about it.

Effective leaders are successful because they do make things happen, and they know how or learn how things happen. When things happen, and we empower the team to make things happen and their role in making them happen, then we become the person of influence.

A leader is primarily a person of influence.

 

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Hugh Ballou on July 6th, 2015

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs

PlanningDiscernment is a number one priority for leaders.

My simple definition of a leader, as you might have read before, is:

  • Leaders get things done,
  • Leader know how things get done, and
  • Leaders are persons of influence.

Therefore, in order to get things done, it’s important for the leader to discern what the most important things are and prioritize what they must get done.

Discernment doesn’t come as a magic wand. Discernment comes from clear thinking. Clear planning. Focus. And dedication to discipline.

Leaders must be able to make effective decisions. Effective decisions are a byproduct of knowing what’s important, as well as being able to discern what is not important. Discernment, therefore, is a byproduct of intentional planning.  The rule is…plan, plan, plan. When the leader looks to the future, defines the future, and then defines the tasks to get there, the leader then sets the pathway forward for what to do, as well as what not to do. It’s defining the “not-to-dos” that separates the successful from the others.

Define the objectives in the present tense. Next, define the steps to get there in action steps. Then, “time activate” the action steps and daily deliverables on your calendar. Knowing replaces believing. Leaders know because they have taken the time to plan for success and are dedicated to that plan. It’s very clear what needs to be done; therefore, intuitively, leaders know that if it’s not on the list, they should not be doing it.

The effective leader makes plans, reviews the plan regularly, and then makes effective decisions on how to use time daily.

Successful leaders do what others are not willing to do.

Hugh Ballou

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Hugh Ballou on July 3rd, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 3, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 6 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 6 in the series:

 

 

Jeff Bullas

10 Content Marketing Mistakes That The Amateurs Make

Jeff BullasContent marketing is time consuming.

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night saying to yourself that it’s not worth the time and effort. Many of us do.

Blog posts take hours to write, those great images need to be found or created and those social networks need to be managed and nurtured. It is often not done or persisted with because there are no apparent quick rewards.

This is where the tortoise can beat the hare by slow persistence. It is a marathon and a journey not a sprint.

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Bill Murphy Jr.

87 Incredibly Motivating Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Successful

Bill Murphy Jr.Here are some of the wisest and most inspiring quotes that will help motivate you to succeed.

I once scoffed at the notion of inspiring quotes and aphorisms. Then, I grew up a bit and shed some of my cynicism. I came to appreciate how reflecting on true words of wisdom can help you to develop a happier, more success-oriented mindset.

With that in mind, here’s a long list of some of the most inspiring and truthful quotes you can find about the attitudes, challenges, and determination that lead most often to true success.

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Lolly Daskal

12 Significant Ways That Great Leaders Are Different From the Rest of Us

Lolly DaskalSet yourself apart as a great leader by emulating and cultivating the following traits of genuine leadership.

If you’re looking to become a great leader–as a manager, as a boss, as an entrepreneur–you must start from the qualities that make you different from the rest.

How many of these do you already emulate? How many have you yet to acquire?

If you want to be great:

1. Make people feel valuable.

People need to be valued. Great leaders make people feel that they are at the heart, that they’re part of making things happen.

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Fabian Oefner

Where Is All of Your Time Going?

Fabian OefnerIn the 1930 publication, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist, predicted that our millennial generation would be working “three-hour shifts” or a “fifteen-hour week.” Now that the future is here, it’s safe to say that we’re working longer and harder than ever to meet the competitive challenges of today’s workplace, and we can’t seem catch our breath during the frantic daily grind.

According to a recent poll, the working week in the United States is almost a full working day longer than average. It’s no better internationally: in Turkey, nearly half the population works more than 50 hours per week. If we are to ever regain control of our work week, we need to better understand where our time goes.

Jackie Bavaro, Product Manager at Asana, recently shared her insights on how to master one’s time.

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Brittany Hodak

What appearing on “Shark Tank” taught me about my business

Brittany HodakSeven months after filming an episode for season six of ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank,” I finally received the email I had been waiting for: my episode had an air date, and it was only 18 days away! My immediate thoughts were relief and terror, in that order. Relief because it was the end of an almost yearlong waiting game since producers had first contacted me with an invitation to appear on the show, and terror because I suddenly realized that I had absolutely no idea what my business–or my life–would be like in 30 days’ time.

Moments after receiving the email, I shared the “Shark Tank” news, along with my feelings of excitement and uncertainty, with a friend, Colin McGuire. After a short congratulations, he said something that resonated with me: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help over the next few weeks. Entrepreneurship is a team sport. There are lots of people who want you to succeed and will be happy to help if you ask them.”

The words “Entrepreneurship is a team sport”stuck in my mind like the hook of a popular song…

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Sachin Gupta 

Why Is It So Hard To Be An Entrepreneur?

Sachin GuptaIt has been over two and a half years since I started my startup (HackerEarth) but well more than three years since the entrepreneurial bug bit me. I was still in the seventh semester of B.Tech at IIT Roorkee, and I was dreaming of building my own company.

When I look back, these three years have been a blur, while at the same it feels that I have been doing this forever. I feel as if all this time has rubbed off me. It’s like I can look back at time and see a younger, more foolish, more naive reflection of me; it’s as if I am no more a kid I used to be.

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Hugh Ballou on June 22nd, 2015

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

– Benjamin Franklin

PersuasionThe capacity to persuade is the power of influence, not the power of position.

The Transformational Leader leads by influence, not by power. The musical conductor steps on the podium and reigns as king. Nevertheless, the musicians respond to influence in a more profound way than to the authority of a dictator.

In today’s culture, individuals seek personal satisfaction in their work and are motivated by different factors than in eras past. The factory worker driven by fear, and the laborer driven by need for work, did what was required by an authoritative boss to keep their jobs and performed up to minimum requirements to retain their income.

The Charismatic Leader rules by autocratic authority when followers give up their power to the leader. There’s no reason to think, make meaningful decisions, or to be creative in problem solving when everything to be done is articulated by the leader. It’s ultimately a bottleneck in the system when there is a dependence on authority in a low-functioning culture, similar to group think in which individuals are not thinking for themselves and follow the party line.

Both types of leaders are persuasive. The ultimate results vary widely.

Leadership is influence, good or bad, marginal or optimal, oppressive or liberating.

Being a person of influence is the ultimate definition of leadership.

The choice to persuade is a leadership choice. It’s a choice of integrity. It’s a choice that ultimately impacts the bottom line.

How do you measure effectiveness in the enterprise you lead? How will you use persuasiveness for a higher purpose?

Making good choices is the leader’s duty and delight.

 

Hugh Ballou

The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM

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