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Everyone is a Stakeholder at Some Level

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton

“Everyone is a stakeholder at some level, and all stakeholders are important. We should consider all stakeholders as we lead – those we serve, those we lead, the powerless, the silenced, the planet, and all of humanity.” 

I shared this insight in a previous post – it was an aha moment from a Tweetchat I guest-hosted on Leading With Ethics. To reflect on where you are in the journey to leading with the mindset that “everyone is a stakeholder at some level,” explore the answers to these important questions:

  • How am I adding value for customers, employees and partners?
  • What ripples am I creating on the global landscape?
  • If everyone followed my lead, would they be showing that all stakeholders are important, regardless of who they are or where they live?
  • How well do I consider the interests of stakeholders who aren’t at the table, including…

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Coaching Yourself—6 Tips from a Professional Coach

Blanchard LeaderChat

Have you ever thought about coaching yourself?  It’s a good skill to have—especially during an unexpected change, transition, or period of uncertainty. Through self-coaching, you can take control of your thoughts and actions.

Coaching yourself can be a challenge due to biases and assumed constraints.  However, by increasing your awareness of your thoughts and being intentional, you can coach yourself to positive outcomes. Here are six recommendations that may help you.

Silence is Key.  Set aside quiet times for yourself to deeply reflect and explore your thoughts.

Brain Dump.  Write down your thoughts.  Be honest about how you are truly feeling.  Don’t hold back!  Remember, you are only talking to yourself so be honest!

Identify Your Goal or Objective.  In your current reality, state what you truly want to accomplish or change.  Say to yourself, “In a perfect world, I want… or “If I could have it my…

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The Two Sides of Servant Leadership

Blanchard LeaderChat

When people hear the phrase servant leadership, they are often confused. These folks think you can’t lead and serve at the same time. Yet you can, if you understand that servant leadership consists of two parts:

A visionary/direction, or strategic, role—the leadership aspect of servant leadership; and

An implementation, or operational, role—the servant aspect of servant leadership.

The visionary role involves establishing a compelling vision that tells people who you are (your purpose), where you’re going (your picture of the future), and what will guide your journey (your values).

When Walt Disney started his theme parks, he was clear on his purpose. He didn’t say “We’re in the theme park business,” he said “We’re in the happiness business.” Why the distinction? Because being in the happiness business helps keep Disney cast members (employees) aware of the company’s primary goal.

Disney’s clear purpose for his theme parks also…

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Dealing with a Difficult Employee? Ask Madeleine

Blanchard LeaderChat

Dear Madeleine,

I manage a large team of graphic artists for a popular online magazine. A few of my people are employees who do other tasks for the magazine, but most of my artists are independent contractors.

On the whole, they are professional and easy to work with—but a couple are simply a pain in my neck. They don’t take feedback, they try to re-negotiate the fee after we have signed the contract, and one routinely misses his deadline.

Of course I like to give the bulk of the work to the ones who are easy to work with. One of the difficult ones called me recently and challenged me on giving preferential treatment to a favored few. I was tongue tied and didn’t know what to say. I basically ended up stammering that I would pay more attention in the future. Am I being fair?

Feeling Unjust


Dear Unjust,

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“PeopleWork: 4 Simple Steps To Build Better Motivation for Safety” @KevinBurnsBGI

EHS Safety News America

Published on Jun 20, 2017

http://www.kevburns.com

Improve an employee’s motivation to do the work and you improve their motivation to do the work safely. On this episode, we will explore four easy steps to improving employees’ motivation in safety.

As a front-line safety person or supervisor, you may not be aware of it but you have the greatest impact on employee motivation. In fact, the front-supervisor and safety people have far more influence on safety culture at the front-line than any senior managers ever will. It’s true. The things you say, the things you do and the way you engage your people all influence motivation and safety culture.

When an employee lacks motivation, there is a corresponding reduction in that employee’s willingness to be engaged at work. That affects productivity. Without motivation to give their best, an employee will be more apt to take shortcuts. Shortcuts impact safety. Keep employees…

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Do not become enlightened

Zen Flash

Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
When you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.

~ Ajahn Chah ~

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Do not become enlightened

Zen Flash

Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
When you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.

~ Ajahn Chah ~

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Death is the beginning of life

Zen Flash

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Life is the companion of death;
death is the beginning of life.
Who can understand
how the two are related?
We arrive here from the unknown
and go back to where we came from.
What people love about life
is its miraculous beauty;
what they hate about death
is the loss and decay around it.
Yet losing is not losing,
and decay turns into beauty,
as beauty turns back into decay.
We are breathed in, breathed out.
Therefore all you need
is to understand the one breath.
— Chuang Tzu

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Death is the beginning of life

Zen Flash

Image may contain: sky and nature

Life is the companion of death;
death is the beginning of life.
Who can understand
how the two are related?
We arrive here from the unknown
and go back to where we came from.
What people love about life
is its miraculous beauty;
what they hate about death
is the loss and decay around it.
Yet losing is not losing,
and decay turns into beauty,
as beauty turns back into decay.
We are breathed in, breathed out.
Therefore all you need
is to understand the one breath.
— Chuang Tzu

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Truth is found in life

Zen Flash

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 “Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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