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Transformational Leadership (19 articles)

You might say transformational leadership is a style. But it is one of the more important styles you can master for the 21st century. It's importance lies in the ability to adapt to the environment and get others to adapt.For example, it is a poor sort of transformational leader who just focuses on chaining others and forgets about dealing with the crap within their own minds. 

Not only do you learn what it is, but insights into how to build 4 Transformational Competencies:

  • The Skill of Building Skills
  • The Transformational Mindset
  • The 9 Spheres of Social Influence
  • Achieving Self-Mastery
Also discover two closely related styles: visionary and charismatic.

Leadership Styles (7 Articles)

Here you will find out about styles and there are many of them. Their importance lies in the context. That is, it is the situation that determines the style you should choose. Also find detailed articles on: autocratic, bureaucratic, situational, facilitative, and cross-cultural. 

Meeting Leadership (5 articles)

Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Meetings are the common ritual, one held many times each day in corporations and government. Despite their importance, many lack the skills to run them well. Not only is time lost, a huge number of the them result in bad decisions from a faulty problem solving process. 

The Great Founder Paradigm (5 articles)

By definition, a great entrepreneur must also be a transformational leader. But this is not enough, their are other skills, other competencies one must develop. 

The Quest of Heroes (5 articles)

A hero in essence is someone who takes on a difficult challenge. This is a mythic pattern, one that has been captured in the great books and in top selling movies. 

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    A Full Class in the Methods of Masters Concentration


    This full class is oriented toward applying the skill development model and the mastery practices in focused on developing an application skill of your choice.

    Throughout the program, individual skill builders have been applying what they know. Theory has ben sanity checked to know that it works, skillful practice has been applied to make sure that one understands the this one needs to employ to get better and better. There will be both the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Quite satisfaction at making something happen and bone-grinding frustration when it didn’t. Mastery practices have to be mastered and processes have to be perfected.

    In this case, one will take an application skills and really work hard at putting what you know to the test of the real world. Choice of an application skill is up to you. For example, you could choose one of the 12 verbal communication skills that underlie great leadership. Communication is a fertile ground to plants seeds of perfection since these skill-sets are so important and they tend to be neglected.

    Key Steps in the Process

    1. Define the Theory Set. Choice of good theory is a really important step. Bad theory results in skills not learned.
    2. Come Up With a Practice Plan. A skill must be perfected in a particular context.
    3. Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice Skilled Practice. This is really a cycle. One A cycle that one needs to keep improving.
    4. Lessons Learned. At the end of practice, one needs to step back and take an entire look at the what occurred. What went well and what can be improved.
    5. Next Project. Personal improvement never stops. Should never stop. It needs to be a habit.

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      There is probably no more important communication experience for college students and those who want to fast tack your career than that job interview. 

      While there are studies that say the interview is a poor predictor of future performance, it continues to be universally used — it's not something you are going to get out of. It's simple a question of whether you sink or swim. And swimming is easier than you think.

      Key Take Aways

      • 7 Interview biases one can take advantage to really standout 
      • A powerful pattern to answer questions
      • Great Openings: How to Nail the Positive First Impression
      • Two common types of interview questions
      • Types of questions one can use during a conversation. 
      • Understand how one can answer the questions one would likely be asked during an interview. 
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      Melpomene (Tragedy) by Edward Simmons.

      "The door of opportunity frequently opens for those best prepared to walk through it." — Murray Johannsen

      Success is more than just living in the present. Some people have dreams, but few have vision. Some simple live in the present, but others use the present to prepare for the future.

      For example, birds live in the moment, but squirrels use the moment to prepare for the future. Birds exists day-to-day, squirrels store food in the summer for winter. And so it is with people.

      This module covers essential elements needed to stimulate foresight and construct a vision.


      Create Vision — Activate Imagination

      Learning Objectives:

      • Develop the information sources for a robust program of environmental scanning.
      • Develop a deeper understanding of foresight
      • Practice developing a vision for your future.

      John William Waterhouse (1849–1917): The Crystal Ball. But honestly, we don't need a crystal ball if we know how to use our imagination.

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        "Just because you have two ears and a mouth, doesn't mean you know how to communicate." -- A Mother's Advice To Her Son.


        Despite it importance, few people spend the time to really understand it or to improve the component skills of interpersonal communication. So you might way, the competition is weak.

        Still, at some point in climbing the organizational latter, your skills in this area will either make you or break you. Make the  investment in interpersonal communication skills, it will pay off many times over.


        TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION: Using the Full-Duplex Method to drastically reduce miscommunication

        LISTENING Skills: Six types of listening: Five that improve listening and one that doesn't

        NONVERBAL Communication: How to better read face and hear the meaning in tones and intonation

        The Use of QUESTIONS: Eight types of questions that shape a conversation

        Your RELATIONSHIPS: How to generate positive impressions, increase trust, & be better liked

        SELF-TALK: What psychology tells us about how to think to accomplish difficult tasks

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        Grow Your Social Capital

        Not growing social capital is a hug mistake—like not saving for retirement, Sure you need to be competent but who you know matters. And have a large network matters when it comes to getting work.  

        For example, International and national business was much more difficult and expensive—fruitless hours prospecting, sitting in a planes cars and hotel rooms. Now you can generate national and international leads sitting at home.

        Today you may still have to travel, but you are traveling to meet someone who already knows you. More importantly, the issues of trust and credibility have been sorted out prior to the face-to-face. 

        Key Take Aways

         The big picture: how the network will grow (or why Microsoft would pay 26 billion for it.)

         Benchmark individuals with really large network

         Discover how to really connect 

         Define the essential attributes making up your “personal brand.”

         Choose your major methods of brand projection consistent with Linkedin

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        The more you know about psychology, the better prepared you are to lead.

         This is due to the fact that leadership is influence, and we don't influence things, we influence people. And the more you understand about how cognition affects behavior, the better you will understand what you see.

        Module 1: How To Emerge as a Leader

        Module 1: How To Emerge as a Leader

        Edmund Leighton (1853–1922) God Speed

        Assume you have just been given a position with a new title—you are in charge of a group of strangers. The title and the position help, but you still have a challenge, you must emerge as there leader.

        Module 2: What Makes a Group a Group and a Team a Team

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        Another type of leader in demand in today's world is the one you can build teams. A team leader is difficult, much tougher than being a supervisor of a group. However, teams are worth going after since teams out perform groups. And companies that know how to develop teams and their leaders typically out perform those who don't.

        Module 3 Personality Disorders: Avoiding The Bad Leader

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        We tend to focus on the good, but we also need to understand the bad. Bad leadership has two aspects to it: the first is the person who is not effective as a leader, who has little influence or who has to rely almost exclusively on authority. A second dimension is the person who has a great deal of influence who can cause people who can engage in unethical or immoral actions.

        Module 4: Personality Traits Associated with Success and Failure

        Traits are characteristics, patterns of behavior and thinking that are consist over time. They are also strong tendencies to act in a similar way across many different types of situations. For example, an introvert consistently will not say much, while the extrovert is continuously uses the voice. For leaders, traits are valuable in two ways. First, by identifying traits in another, one can predict how that person will act in the future. Secondly, it is reasonable to assume that certain traits associated with the being a leader and others associated with being a follower.

        Module 5: The Psychology of Success

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        Success as a leader begins with understanding what goes on inside. For example, an entrepreneur must possess both management ability and leadership skills if the business is to grow. Learn what the psychologist's have identified some of the common aspects important in success.

        Module 6: Social Psychology — Understanding Organizational Culture

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        Sad to say, one can succeed as a leader in one culture and miserably fail in another. It's important to understand the key organizational and national differences that impact leader influence. Rather than look at all national cultures, the focus is on East and West.

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        The engine which drives performance management is motivation. It is the key to unlocking productivity gains, sparking quality improvements, generating continuous profits, and insuring customer service. This leadership training package contains down to earth, practical techniques based on behavioral principles to extinguish problems or ignite topnotch performance.

        • How to identify what turns employees on and off about work
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        Melpomene (Tragedy) by Edward Simmons.

        “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

        Standing pat on existing competencies is a recipe for disaster; for job you have today is not the one you’ll have tomorrow. This book helps you discover what competencies to build now and in the future.

        Step 1: Visualize Current and Future Roles

        "The door of opportunity frequently opens for those best prepared to walk through it." — Murray Johannsen

        Roles aren't just played in Hollywood and Bollywood. On the stage of work, you can be a bit player or a star. Imagine your future roles a future you define — not your boss, not your parents, not your university — you.

        Now you will be looking at three roles, your current one, the next one and your aspirational role. After all, if you don't have a destination on the journey of life, you are forever lost. 

        Step 2: Continuously Scan the Environment

        Sure, you can surround yourself with a zone of complacency and now understand what's going on. But the world is stronger than your security blanket. You might as well know as to be ignorant.    

        Step 3: Decide on Your Threats and Opportunities

        "Luck is what you call it when preparation meets opportunity." — Gen. David Petraeous, Frequent Saying, Washington Post, June 23, 2010

        You’ll be in the career slow lane if you can’t sense opportunity. Worse, you can lose what you have if you don’t deal with primary threats. Be a strategist — of your own career. 

        Globalization is not all peace, love and happiness. The evolving global economic structure has created a number of real threats and possible threats that will have to be dealt with and planned for. This section will look at existing threats and highly probable ones impacting global business.

        It was once said that opportunity is often masked as an insurmountable problem. Since there are no lack of problems in the world, we all must be surrounded by opportunity.

        Unfortunately, very few people know what opportunity is let alone sense it. To paraphrase a Winston Churchill hill saying, "The average man trips over opportunity, but quickly stands up and keeps going."

        Step 4:  Assess Your Core 5 Competencies

        “You get hired because of your strengths, fired because your weaknesses.” — Murray Johannsen

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        You can't easily change your traits, but you can build your skills. Some skills are always in demand and always pay well. Paradoxically, these are often skills not taught in the universities.  

        In the Core Five model, every role has a unique set of five competencies. They are:

        • Technical. 

        • Leadership. 

        • Management. 

        • Strategy and Tactics, and 

        • Self-Mastery. 

        Be smart — build what the universities don't teach you but corporations want — and what your desired roles require  

        Step 5:  Determine Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses

        “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War

        As Legacees founder likes to say, “Your strengths get you hired, your weaknesses get you fired." There’s nothing worse than being blind-sided; you can’t fix what you don’t know was broken. 

        And remember, no great dream is every achieved with the strengths you now have. Iif you see yourself as an unfinished work, as someone who doesn’t want the same job for 30 years, as a person who wants to move up the ladder of success, you better work on those weaknesses.

        Step 7: Take Action

        Mapping. On the journey of life, you better have a map or you will always be lost. That's the purpose for the first six steps. 

        Once map has given you the layout and your destination, but one must choose from among different paths to get there. For example, skills needed must be built and ignorance diminished.   

        This is the Routing. Choosing the best path is not so easy when you have lots of alternatives to sort through.

        One has to figure out how this has to be done. Understand that there are others who can do your job and machines might as well so forever build skills. Don't stop  

        This is where assessments, a mentor, or a coach comes in handy — it’s vital to get feedback from an expert. They can provide specific details only someone who really mastered a skill is capable of knowing.

        And to make the course more enjoyable, there are:

        Memorable Quotes. Lots of them from the famous and the wise.

        Beautiful Images. Numerous paintings from the old masters. After all, eyes were not made to see in black and white.

        • 20-Mar-2017
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        "When managers and other responsible persons in business organizations are asked how much of the work day is spent in communicating, the replies range from 85 to 99 percent." -- Harold Zelko and Frank Dance (1965)

        This course focuses on six essential leadership communication skills—the kind of skills that lead to increased levels of responsibility and increased pay. After all, one cannot be effect as a leader if one doesn't posses stellar communication skills. And one never gets too good at the art of communication.

        Modules include:

        • 27-Mar-2017
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        • A 6-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor in the Digital Mastery Concentration

        Most people have many contacts in their network, but few know how to leverage these contacts. There is a similar phenomenon in chemistry, where there exists both potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential forever remains a possibility. Kinetic energy makes things happen. And so it is with your Linkedin network, you must convert potential energy (contacts) into the kinetic kind (referral sources, appointments and interviews.)

        Class Modules

        This online class is about developing contacts and taking actions that covert work leads to prospects to work. You will learn how to:

           • Develop both personal positioning
           • Put together your branding strategy
           • Develop more high quality leads
           • Take more effective conversion actions

        1. Building a Strong Foundation: The Essentials of Branding, Positioning and Differentiation

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        You have the option of presenting ourself in many different ways. Whether one wants to do so depends on the nature of the product or service. Sometimes people want to hire the expert. Sometimes, they want to hire the business. Sometimes they want to hire an expert who has a business. This section looks at the corporate entity and how it might be used on this medium.

        3. Enhancing Your Personal Brand: Developing a Top-Drawer Profile

        "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." — Groucho Marx

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        Getting found by the prospects such as head hunters involves the smart use of your profile. The issue is two-fold, first, being discovered during a search and second, once they are on the profile getting and keeping them interested.

        4. How to Properly Leverage Group Membership 

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        There are thousands of groups you join. Some groups you join because of a common interest, (i.e. technology) or (much more likely), it's where the clients or recruiters hangs out. Once you join a group you can: share your knowledge to help others, post a news article, start a discussion, answer a question, or post a job lead.

        5. Growing Your Network: Utilizing, Influencing and Boosting Social Capital

        It's long been known that in professional circles the quality of the network is very important. In the old days, one used a rolodex and a phone. Today your options are more numerous and more complex. Linkedin presents one way to leverage a network, but it is not the only way. The way Linkedin manages the network is through "degrees of separation." This model has strengths, but it also has major weaknesses. For example, to assume all individuals you know are equally important, and is willing to help you out is not a valid assumption.

        6. Advanced Methods of Projecting Your Expertise

        "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." — Unknown Source

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        Linkedin has both basic functions which one must master and the advanced options which you can choose to use. ANSWERS as the name implies is a service defined to get answers to your questions. Its value lies asking good questions and answering the same. How do you jazz up a profile? You can add applications. While it is not necessary, potentially one can create another channel to impress. Some may want to host an event. Events offer a valuable way of getting to people together either locally or on the web. For example, you could host a local group or might want to offer a webinar of some type.

        7. Managing Your Reputation
        Before one starts to develop a personal brand, its wise to take a look at what is already being said out there since most individuals will not only check your profile, they will also do a quick check on Google. And of course, you want to keep some information out of the public domain to discourage identity theft. 

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