Clipart of a middle aged caucasian business man in a long sleeved white shirt, red tie and tan pants, sitting on top of the earth. However, women in leadership roles is a hotly debated topic with many differences of opinion.
However, that’s simply not happening and debate centres around why it is not happening and what should be done about it. As Bob Sherwin (2014) writing for Business Insider explains, we’re now at the point that at the lowest levels of the workforce female employees make up 50% of companies. It is difficult to know how to address the problem of the shrinking numbers of women in business at each leadership level. It’s easy to sit back and be envious of other people, successful people that seem to have it all. The post 10 Practices to Boost Success in Life and Business appeared first on Intelligent Head Quarters. I confess that I have a hard time with the principle that tells us that all feelings can be useful.
Reynolds sixth and last principle (less pleasant for us to hear) is that we are responsible for our actions independently of the way we feel. I don?t think this book has the most original ideas as in a certain way we can find them in many other books.
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Despite repeated mistakes and failures, entrepreneurs still love what they do and come bouncing back for more.
1.Vision – one of the most noticeable traits of successful entrepreneurs is their vision that they are able to communicate effectively to inspire others. The post “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action” By Simon Sinek appeared first on Intelligent Head Quarters. In a way the book by Simon Sinek is about how organizations find their vocation by having a clear purpose that guides all their actions in general and communication in particular.
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The author starts the book by telling the readers that she studied a book about the science of cooking (about what chemicals in food react with others to enhance the flavours or make it more tender).
In the book, you will find a lot of useful information that one never though about such as: The more choices people have the more regret they  will feel upon the choice they picked.
The strategies offered by the author have scientific studies behind them and the sources of the data can be accessed by the reader , in case he wants to gather more information. Personally, if I would have to classify this book, I would give it three and half stars in five. Whether a crisis is small or large, it is somewhat human nature to initially bury your head in the sand and hope it goes away. The post CEOs: Own the Crisis Or It Will Own You appeared first on Intelligent Head Quarters. Taking control of crisis is the subject of a 2014 Harvard Business Review commentary by Lauren Leader-Chivee.
The three attributes that were considered necessary for good leaders, and common between them were firstly the ability to have what Leader-Chivee terms “grace under fire”. Leader-Chivee illustrates how CEO personal brand is not possible to separate from the company brand.
A better approach when faced with a crisis is to follow the old adage of “taking the bull by the horns”. Women nowadays are becoming more and more noticed for their exceptional success in the tendentially male dominated corporate world of global business. Women have shown the world how they are great business leaders, and how their approach to business  is strikingly different from men, due to their unique skills and leadership approach. Intelligenthq  assembles here a list of quotes said by some of the most powerful women in the world. The post The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change appeared first on Intelligent Head Quarters.
In my opinion the book has two objectives, which are totally achieved. One of these is to show the readers how it is possible to have more purpose and passion in their lifes. The second objective is to give the readers a sort of “road-map” to transform ideas into a practical reality. However, with or without the safety net like the one the author probably had, and which enabled him to take the wanted steps to have a more meaningful life, I think the message conveyed in his book is very powerful: he could have had an ordinary and very comfortable life, but instead, he choose to have an impact in the world.
After working for more than a decade in a University, I arrived to a moment where I did the following question to myself: is this all that I want for my life?
By reading this book one feels inspired to achieve more passion and purpose in one’s life.
I finish with the inspirational quote used by the author to open his book:   “Don’t ask what the world needs. Life is a process of understanding yourself through a permanent quest of opening up, of mapping yourself, which enables you to become more aware of who you are. We live in a world of complex technology, shaped by new trends that are transforming human beings, economies, businesses, and life, at a fast accelerated pace.
Our old human quest of the journey of the hero, quoting Joseph Campbell is more than ever shifting. A good metaphor of this process is the one of a flower blooming, from a folded initial position, the seed filled with potential, to the tinny button, that grows into a full beautiful flower. Leadership is synonyms with words such as guidance, direction, control, management, superintendence, supervision.
The best way to improve your capabilities of personal leadership is first of all to map who we are. To think about maps can help us define a good strategy of personal leadership. Maps show us the perception and borders of countries, continents, seas and oceans. Sometimes we are not able or willing to dedicate our strength to use that profound power residing in each of us, the one Paulo Coelho speaks about. The challenge is to find the tools that enable us to be brave, and move forward in life in a permanent process of finding ourselves. Mapping yourself will lead you into better understanding the world around you and your place in it. The post The Power of Investing in You: Your Greatest Asset appeared first on Intelligent Head Quarters.
For these particular methods of personal development to be effective you need to be completely open to the feedback that you get. As a starting point, Angier and Axelrod note that in their study women have quite different experiences in the workplace than men. However, as people rise up through the workforce to get to the top, by the time the top is reached, only 3% to 4% of CEOs are women.
As Joanna Barsh (2014) writing for McKinsey points out, a number of countries have started addressing this problem at the senior executive level by requiring certain levels of women on boards by law. Angier and Axelrod explain that the company started with a Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), which started out helping women in leadership roles.
After all, success for some might mean being able to afford a fast sports car and being able to take flashy holidays. Treat others as you would want to be treated – being respectful to others is key to success in life.
Don’t waste time – people that are successful in both business and life do not waste their time. Lose the expectations – people that have expectations about the way something is going to be or how things are going to work out for them are often disappointed. Plan to succeed – while people who are successful in life do not have unrealistic expectations, they do plan to succeed. Grasp opportunities – on the note of opportunities, those that are successful in both life and in business seize opportunities when they come their way. They deliberately seek out new experiences – people that succeed in life and business do so because they have attuned their minds by taking part in new activities, travelling, exposing themselves to people that are different than them to keep on taking on board new ideas all of the time. Practice the habit of lifelong learning – those that are successful know that they need to keep learning. Don’t dwell on mistakes – dwelling on mistakes is negative and does not help a person to move forward. Embrace change – successful people in both work and life understand that things are not static. Rejuvenate – those that achieve the greatest success know that they also need time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. One of the things the book stresses is to accept the reality around and inside us in the present moment.
Reynolds claims that the acknowledgment that we cannot directly control our feelings has a clear benefit. To understand that all feelings have the potential to trigger positive actions is beneficial though, because I try to find those potential actions, which can lead me to a better outcome.
Even though we might feel overwhelmed by grief, fear or shock, with time such strong feelings lose their intensity and slowly become transformed into memories. This means that behavior can accentuate the feelings we desire to have, but also that the way we behave can help unwanted feelings to disappear faster.
In most cases we can control our actions and leave our feelings on the side, however, as Reynolds states, the way we deal with our actions can offer us an emotionally rich life.
Setting up your own business gives people tremendous satisfaction, and greater control and freedom over what they decide to do in life.


All successful entrepreneurs are frequently labelled as being inspired visionaries because they can clearly see where they want to go, and that it is possible to get there. Sticking at it – Joe Robinson calls this “tenacity”, and it is a trait shared among all successful entrepreneurs. Passion – as explained by Joe Robinson, all entrepreneurs that are successful have a huge passion for what they do. Self-confidence – being able to believe in yourself and your ideas is critical because people will continually be telling you that it won’t work, or that no one will go for your idea.
Adaptability – belief in your own idea is important but holding onto a fixed idea of what will work when presented with comprehensive evidence that shows you that it will not is not smart.
Rule breaking – the last of Joe Robinson’s traits of successful entrepreneurs, this suggests that entrepreneurs are risk takers who do not necessarily follow the crowd.
Ability to plan – entrepreneurs that are successful understand the adage, “failing to plan is planning to fail”. Involved – successful entrepreneurs know that to drive their success they need to be involved in it.
Self-motivated – entrepreneurs know that the only person that can really motivate someone is you. Conversely, if the communication to the market focused on what they used to do so far (computers) it would have been difficult for the costumers to accept the introduction of different types of products and services. But it is preferable to gain some loyal costumers even if some people are deviated by your clear statement of purpose. Suppose you ask your friends what is the best option to buy in a supermarket in terms of snacks and the like. This book presents several ways on how to get staff to do things from the perspective of managers. Susan Weinschenk, ”The more you understand psychology, the better you’ll be able to sync what you want people to do with what they want to do. It is important then  to offer them fewer choices, if you want them to feel less resentful. You can see this book as a sort of “cookbook” full of “recipes” about how to get people to do stuff. You might read a little part of it here and there, and then you might  try to apply what makes sense to you and your life. I don’t have any doubt that the book will help the reader learn how to persuade and motivate people. This is part of the natural response to change – people often enter a state of denial before they actually decide to accept a change and work with it.
Chivee reports that in a study that she carried out with the Center for Talent Innovation in 2010, she attempted to determine what the intangibles of leadership are, and interestingly a number of these relate to being able to manage a crisis well. So often leaders are willing to take the credit for when things go well, failing to acknowledge the rest of the team in building that success, or taking credit when the leader did not really do all that much. Face the storm head on and address every issue it throws at you with the same values that you hold dear as a leader. A number of successful women have finally been able to walk up the corporate ladder, arriving to high ranking positions in some of the most renowned corporations of the world. However, from my point of view, it has one or two little flaws that I will address later on.
The author takes this job very seriously and mentions alternative texts dedicated to the same goal, such a book by Viktor E.
The book is structured around 30 very clear ideas, not all of them very innovative,  but presented with a fresh flavour combined with stories of his life or family. As a College professor, I  have a comfortable life, but I lack more meaning and purpose in my life. Even though the background of Adam Braun isn?t similar to most readers that doesn?t mean you can’t learn cool and useful stuff in his book. But if we think of humans, with complex mind sets, with critical reasoning, emotions, and embedded in a long cultural soup of traditions and ways to do things, to bloom, gets more complicated. You can be leading a group of people, an organization, but above anything it means to lead your inner self, and how to shape your character. There are different styles of leadership, so one needs to find the one that is most appropriate for himself, the one that better fits his or her character.
Every single one of us is born with a particular set of positive and negative characteristics.
Moreover there are maps that illustrate our inner emotions and the weight of our imagination.
There are speculative maps, fantazising about the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Maps can therefore help us not only with our processes of personal leadership, but also as creative strategies to visualize our mind, from our emotions and imagination, to our inner fears and dreams. We might be prone to live our life without looking at who we really are and prefer to move on, driven by the forces outside, the vehicles surrounding us,  mostly with engines of fear and living in spaces of comfort zones. Mapmaking can help us with that process. Mapmaking is a great way to reach personal leadership. A world where personal leadership, mapping who we are is enabled in a process of technology, big data and social media.
Business and life coaching isn’t necessarily cheap but if you find the right coach it is well worth the expense. For example, it is reported by Angier and Axelrod that women were more likely to report that they felt that their male colleagues did not understand them particularly well, while men felt that they were understood by the women. The CEO took personal responsibility for the success of gender diversity in leadership roles at the organisation, looking to reduce the number of women in attrition, increasing their numbers in leadership roles and also increasing their satisfaction with work.
Rather, there are certain practices that they follow in life that help them to be able to boost their success, both in and out of the office.
For another, it might mean being able to live comfortably without money worries or undue stressors. They tend to spend their time doing things that will either be productive or on hobbies that are worthwhile.
It is better to set goals, work towards them and keep an open mind in life than to have unrealistic expectations that will not be met. They never think that they know all that they possibly could know about a subject and they keep on seeking out new information and building up their knowledge. Reviewing mistakes and learning where you went wrong and how you could improve things next time however, is a habit of the successful in life. The theories he describes in his book are based on two Japanese psychotherapies, the Morita therapy and Naikan therapy, both influenced by Buddhism.
If we can control our feelings we shouldn’t consider ourselves morally responsible for whatever feeling we have. If we agree that we don’t directly control our feelings (through our willpower or our mind), we also can’t have any guilt in what we feel. For example, fear can makes us move away from a certain threat (like an aggression or a car trying to run us over).
Obviously, this also happens to feelings like happiness and love unless, according to Reynolds, one doesn’t keep stimulating them. This for many is far more appealing than working for someone else, and lots of people, given the choice, would prefer to be their own boss and do what they want to do. Have you ever wondered what it is that separates successful entrepreneurs from the rest of us mere mortals? Ambiguity and not being sure about what will happen are fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship.
Successful entrepreneurs are able to adapt their idea to fit changing circumstances to increase their chances of achievement.
They are comfortable stepping outside of the box to follow their dreams, and don’t take the word of others that there is only one way of doing things when they believe there are other options. They don’t over-plan every detail but they do have goals and a plan to reach those goals that is documented. Others can help to inspire you, but true motivation to achieve something comes from within. People in an organization can easily know what products and services the organization provides. But when we are solely motivated by money, we tend to feel miserable: we are constantly anxious about the results of what we do.
She worked as a professor at State University of New York and has written  several books about applying psychology to business environments.
Well, even though I don?t have any doubt that the book is useful for people in general (like parents, teachers and managers, in particular)  I confess that I became bored after reading ten or more strategies in a row.
Of course, areas such as good communication and gravitas also emerged as being important, but factors of crisis management did emerge as being very important in good leaders. However, as soon as things go poorly they turn things back on their teams and blame individuals for shoddy work.
In each of these cases the leaders have built a strong persona in the media and this is very closely linked to that of their companies. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention the the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up. When he was a teenager he began working summers at hedge funds, which quickly lead him to a successful Wall Street career. One very good advice is to never take a no from someone who can?t say yes:  accepting a no in that conditions is, at least, a waste of energy and resources. I really agree with the author’s point of view that humankind and each one of us as individuals, should take more action and risk more, following up on the idea of having a life with more purpose and passion.
And if we don’t have the social net that enables us to do it with safety, we still take it, perhaps by moving through small decisions that will lead us slowly and steadily to that direction.
I am trying to “walk” the same “road” of Adam Braun, but taking a different approach, as  I don?t plan to quit in the near future of my job as university professor.


However, as we live in a new world where we process more data than ever in history and where our digital track leaves a permanent digital footprint, to record and map ourselves becomes increasingly challenging.
Social Media and its implicit connectedness is changing irreversibly our human ways of doing things.
It fulfils one of human?s most ancient and deep-seated inner desires: the notion that you move, you conduct yourself from a centred position, your core self, your clear identity.
People that are continually learning about how they can improve themselves are more likely to progress more quickly with their endeavours than those that do not.
With mentoring you could look for a professional network, or alternatively consider finding someone that you can offer something to in return. Their role is to push you that little bit further, by encouraging you, but also helping you to see your critical development areas.
Also, women were less likely to feel convinced that their opinions were being listened to and heard by men, and more commonly were found to doubt that the people that were most deserving of promotions actually received them. A number of countries in Europe have put such quotas in place, and Norway is a noteworthy example of this. Some initiatives included laying out career development plans for women that should be discussed with their managers, having a “diverse slate of candidates and interviewers” for open leadership roles, and making sure that every senior vice president and vice president was mentoring or sponsoring five women. As Stephen Kay explains, each person is different and has different defining features of what they see as success. This simply turns people off you, and makes them look elsewhere for people that are nicer to be around – either in work or in life more generally speaking. Those that are able to do the best in work and life are those that accept that and look for the opportunities within change to improve their lot or that of others. They know that after a rest when they come back to their work they will have much more energy for it.
Basically I go back to the book recurrently as I think its information  is very practical and quite sharp.
But attempting to change how we feel just by rationalizing our feelings is not a good idea. Stating the obvious, if we are feeling down probably it is wiser to do stuff like walk under the sun or be with friends then to be alone in your apartment. There are arguments about whether entrepreneurship is something that people are born with or whether it is a skill that can be learned. Take a look at Richard Branson of Virgin, or the late Steve Jobs, as they are fine examples demonstrating this particular trait.
This requires resilience and mental strength to overcome, and to just be able to bear with it day after day. Their involvement is paramount to their success because it provides direction and purpose for those implementing the idea.
He develops an activity as consultant for companies like Microsoft and 3M and collaborates with media like The New York Times and FastCompany. If you are a teacher or a parent this could be also a book for you – most of the strategies can also be applied with kids or students. Thirdly, and also extremely important for crisis management is that leaders were found to need to have integrity and to be able to continually speak the truth. Actually Paulo Coelho is an influence thoroughly acknowledged by the author, as in an interview given by Adam Braun, the author mentions how the Brazilian writer has been a great source of inspiration for his life and work.
Other advice (very obvious and correct) is to get out of our comfort zone as without that it is almost impossible to accomplish something or really grow as a human being.
However, I think he talks too lightly about taking risks like quitting a job for activities in search of more meaning life, by ignoring the social and economical constraints that most of us have to deal with.
But we should, definitely “walk the road” of filling our lives with more meaning and passion. To have a strong process of  personal leadership that looks at our performance, self development, business management and all 360 degrees ways of thinking and acting can help us navigate this admirable world of big data, and social innovation. What all these maps have in common is their creators’ willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
Investing in yourself can mean anything from signing up to a Master’s programme to taking some time out for meditation and contemplation every day.
Either way the coach or mentor should be someone who is prepared to push you outside of your comfort zone, at least just a little bit. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course and these programmes are either low cost or in many cases even free. Some venture to say that the female leadership archetypes, are the ones we are all searching for now, in a world that is on the hedge of changing its paradigm. These results were found to be mirrored in different geographical regions, leading them to believe that the problem is a global one.
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, the Davies Review recommended a target rather than a quota, explains Barsh. Whatever you see as success however, the practices that you should undertake to achieve it will be the same. The book?s central argument is that we should focus more on controlling our behaviours and not our feelings.
When it comes to feelings, if deep inside we don’t want to change something, the situation won’t change. Whatever side of this fence you fall on, there are certainly a range of different traits that are common among all entrepreneurs. They stick at it regardless of the naysayers around them telling them that it can’t be done.
While some crises might dissipate however, most will not and they will grow out of all control unless you take control. When dealing with a crisis, taking responsibility and being honest and truthful about the situation are among the best steps that leaders can take to gain respect in crisis situations. In fact Leader-Chivee explains that the leader’s brand is partly comprised of the team, and so the implication is that disassociating oneself from the situation is not really possible without losing credibility and integrity. What it also means is that separating oneself from that brand when something less savoury happens is pretty much impossible, and neither should it be possible.
In the eyes of others it doesn’t matter – you are the leader so ultimately you are responsible. In one of his trips as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India who would change his life. Many people might initially feel a bit sceptical about that but it may interest you to know that even the world’s top universities like Stanford offer MOOCs.
According to Johanna Barsch, feminine archetypes of leadership concern the role of meaning in companies.
In this case the target was 25%, and already the number of women on FTSE 100 boards has increased to nearly 21%, up from 12.5%, according to Barsh. The number of women in leadership roles has more than doubled and progress has been made in all areas.
The author mentions that to foment competition between a staff composed mostly of women isn’t a good idea, but if most of the staff is composed of  guys then it is favourable to increase competition. And of course, as we have already noted, integrity is one of the three most important qualities in a leader.
When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered “a pencil.” Braun gave up a promising Wall Street career a few years after, by leaving University,  to create an ONG  entitled Pencils of Promise, dedicated to educate children living below the poverty threshold. You can then trace the specific series of actions or steps that you need to take in order to achieve  whatever it is that you have in mind.
There are hundreds of ways in which you can invest in yourself, and here are some ideas to get you started. She outlines its three characteristics:  building on strengths, leading with purpose, achieving fulfillment. On the other hand, if competition works as a motivating stragegy between a reduce number of people (20 or less)  in greater groups isn?t such a good idea. Look at the steps that you can take to dissipate the crisis while not detracting from serious points that have to be addressed. The ONG grew to have in the present, more than 200 schools across various countries located in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Accepting that these blind spots are real and taking action to fix them rather than getting defensive is essential. There are many good providers of MOOCs that cover every single topic imaginable from Applied Cryptology to Latin Migration, and everything in between. In particular it is argued that quotas fly in the face of people being able to achieve through merit. That effort was the beginning of “centered leadership,” an approach that, in its simplest terms, joins feminine archetypes with masculine ones, anchored in purpose.
At the end of the day, taking this approach will garner you a lot more respect and show your integrity far more than if you sweep the crisis under the carpet.
Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Steven Berglas (2013) takes this a step further and argues that you have to be ready to accept that change is necessary too. You can be sure that whatever you want to learn there is a MOOC out there that serves your purpose. Sherwin argues that this is even more curious when considering a study that looked at leadership effectiveness of men and women, which found that while men are initially perceived to be slightly more effective in the 26 to 30 age range, as women mature they become increasingly more effective leaders than men. A good strategy to avoid certain feelings could be to change the situation that triggers them.



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