Archive for March, 2014

My Writing Process

Posted: March 28, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

I was invited by Regina Puckett to take part in the Writing Process blog tour. Its purpose is to showcase different author methods all over the world. Charity is an amazing lady and it is wonderful to participate in a chain of it. It was started by Victoria that is an amazing lady and a wonderful author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing and Liquid Silver Books.

My tour questions

What am I working on?

Professionally I teach social informatics at University of Ljubljana. On the other hand as an author I’m interested and do research about a different approaches to outstanding leadership.

How does my work differ from others of the same genre?

It is a work that merges Western and Fareast mentality and is based on approach coming from martial arts (Wing Chun, Tai Chi) Philosophy aiming to a personal growth in order to become an exceptional leader.

Why do…

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Team Confidence: It is Story Time

Posted: March 24, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Global Edcom

In one of my previous article in our ‘Guiding Young Leaders’ series, I had mentioned about the key role that confidence plays in building conviction and leadership abilities. So what is so great about confidence? Don’t all of us have it within?

To define ‘Confidence’, it is simply knowing your strengths and what you are good at and letting others ‘see’, ‘feel’ it through your behavior. Imagine two people that you feel are confident and vice versa and list down what gives you that impression about the person. Eg: Eye contact, Body Language, Knowledge, Appearance, Power etc.

Boosting the team confidence

So is confidence that important? Does it make a difference? A 2012, Melbourne University study revealed that ‘Those who self- reported higher levels of confidence earlier in school earned better wages, and were promoted more quickly.’ So it is not only important that we make ourselves confident now – but we also help…

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IQ & EQ for Leaders

Posted: March 21, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

Human beings are complex integrated systems. It is hard to define them by some theoretical calculations as hard as it is to quantify demanding processor’s unquantifiable actions. Nevertheless I teach my students two measures commonly used to explain humans and their roles in leadership.

IQ

IQ (intelligence quotient) is representing a person’s reasoning ability (measured using problem-solving tests) calculated by a mathematical formula that is supposed to be a measure of a person’s intelligence. The quotient is traditionally derived by dividing an individual’s mental age by his chronological age and then multiplied by 100 (thus IQ = MA/CA x 100) to get the statistical norm or average taken as 100. The most direct ancestor of today’s intelligence tests was developed by Alfred Binet. He did it due to a request of an education commission in France in order to distinguish some intellectually impaired children from other intellectually normal ones. Later…

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Leaders are not only born but ….

Leadership Training Blog

A better leader does things and works to achieve them effectively as planned. He never believes in luck; but hard work and dedication. Being happy and contented, that play vital roles in accomplishing daily tasks towards the realization of the organization’s goals, are the habits of successful managers.

Study shows that successful managers possess common qualities. Effective leaders are results-oriented and goal driven individuals. They always think positive and work diligently towards the achievement of the set goals. Great managers practice personal touch to communicate their ideas to his men – not only through memos, orders and letters.

Successful managers know how to appreciate good works of team members and are able to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, efforts and talents. They know how to appreciate them both in words and in actions.

A leader knows how to manage the organization and strives hard to be successful. A leader cannot…

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Leadership and trust

Posted: March 17, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Trust is important in life, leadership, …

Leadership By Virtue

Trust is vital. It is one of the fundamentals of any kind of cooperation between two living beings.
For the word “trust” Google offers first: ‘trust is the leading value-for-money brand for digital lifestyle…’. Only the next shot is the definition of trust by Webster’s dictionary.
dollar to gold Unluckily, trust is a rare supply these days. People have trouble trusting each other, according to the AP-GfK poll conducted in November 2013. Furthermore, it seems that Americans are suspicious of each other in their everyday encounters. Only one-third of them say most people can be trusted – down from half of the people who felt that way in 1972. Another study since 1972 is the General Social Survey that has been monitoring societal change and within it also a trust. In the Final Report of General Social Survey 2012 “Trends in Public Attitudes about Confidence in Institutions” a scale…

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It’s All About Me!

Posted: March 14, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Leadership Press

From the Harvard Business Review come a fascinating observation regarding pronoun use in the U.S.

According to a study by Jean M. Twenge of San Diego State University and a team of letter-iresearchers, between 1960 and 2008, the number of uses of “I” or “me” increased 42%, and instances of “we” or “us” declined 10%. This observation was based on a study of hundreds of thousands of American books, both fiction and nonfiction. 

The rise of the singular pronoun and the decline of the plural are consistent with what has been described as an increasing level of individuality in American culture over the last half-century, the researchers say. Some might also refer to this as narcissism.

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For more information see:

http://blogs.hbr.org/daily-stat/2013/08/pronoun-use-reflects-a-rising.html

http://jcc.sagepub.com/content/44/3/406

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7 Ways to Make it Easy for People to Work with You

Posted: March 14, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Leading with Trust

easy“It all depends on who you’re working with.”

That was the feedback from team members to a recent survey about the state of collaboration within our department. The feedback was consistent. Collaboration is…well…inconsistent. It all depends on who you’re working with.

In all organizations you’ll hear people complain about the difficulty of working with certain colleagues. The common refrain is, “If only they would _____…”— communicate better, be more responsive, give me all the information I need…fill in the blank with whatever reason suits the occasion.

Instead of being frustrated with other people not being easy to work with, shift the focus to yourself. Are YOU are easy to work with? If you are easy to do business with, odds are you’ll find others much more willing to cooperate and collaborate with you.

Here are seven ways to make it easy for people to work with you:

1. Build rapport

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6 Conversations Every Leader Needs To Have

Posted: March 14, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Leading with Trust

Conversation Between email, text message, instant messaging, and social media, it’s never been easier to communicate with each other, yet the quality of our interactions seems to have become brief, fragmented, and altogether unfulfilling. That’s a big problem for leaders and the people they manage.

Productive and timely conversations are critically important to help people achieve their goals. Without a clear focus on goals and the proper direction and support to achieve them, individuals are cast adrift in the rough seas of the workplace, left alone to navigate their way to success. It’s the leaders’ responsibility to have the right conversations at the right time to help their people succeed. But what kind of conversations are we talking about?

There are six types of conversations leaders need to have with those they lead:

1. Alignment Conversations – All good performance starts with clear goals and an agreement on the type of…

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Why this book (West vs. East) …

Posted: March 14, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

There are hundreds of books addressing the yáng of outer leadership, complete with checklists, game plans, and first person accounts of how successful people exercised leadership. But I wanted to write a book about the yīn or an inner leadership.

Yin-Yang Tai Chi

Connected to those leadership issues, my other different views and thinking came from my martial arts practice and their philosophy toward life and fights.
I’ve learned that East wants to be in harmony with nature; the Western approach is to control nature also spurred by the Western way of life and religion. Martial arts in the East have a focus on the martial way and the mental culture united with body, while in the West their perspective is sportier and competitive, where winning becomes their main objective. We could say, using the concepts of Eastern is a ‘soft’ approach as in yīn, and Western is ‘hard’ as in yáng. Eastern…

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Tai Chi Quan Leadership

Posted: March 14, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

Tai Chi Quan Tai Chi Quan (Tai Chi) is represented through steps by the coordinated actions of the body’s extremities, of the body as a whole including the eyes. The breathing is also coordinated. Thusly,  Tai Chi is a complete system of exercises characterized by the unity and by the cultivation of the internal and external application of power. A very old system, widely known for its healthy and relaxation methods but rarely considered a martial art.

The term Tai Chi Quan translates as “supreme ultimate fist, boundless fist, great extremes boxing or simply the ultimate.” Tai Chi theory is deep and profound. It takes many years of practice, learning, research and pondering to gradually grasp the esence to the art. It is said that Tai Chi Quan was created by San Feng Chang in the Song Hui Zong era (1.082 – 1.135) although techniques and forms with the same basic principles were…

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