Archive for May, 2014

Leadership By Virtue

The central blog question is: “How to successfully lead a group of people coming from different cultural backgrounds?”
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Today we are facing important and challenging (new) factors in leadership and management: different languages, time zones, channels/modes of communication, physical distance, and consequently a large and variable mixture of cultural factors. All these factors influence work processes, decision-making, management, work habits and even get embodied in national work-related legislation. To be able to lead and to predict behaviors a modern leader is supposed to grasp them and not to give and take offence due to misunderstanding of cultural issues. In today’s global world it is increasingly important and desirable to understand these differences and understand how they require a different leadership and management style.

Time zonesAs there are numerous studies of cultural impact on management, leadership, team building, motivation, etc. I will not describe them, but rather follow a different path. People…

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A TRIP TO SUCCESS: AN AFRICAN WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Posted: May 28, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

African Stories

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Four years ago, I discovered that the only thing that kept my interest for more than 48 hours was providing business solutions that were ridiculously simple yet totally effective in increasing profit margins. This was in no way related to the phrase ‘the place of the woman is in the kitchen’ that was constantly poured as hot coal tar into my orifices with the hope that it would melt aspirations and solidify to societal conformations. Well, it didn’t and after these past years, I can say one thing for sure; the place of the AFRICAN woman is definitely not the kitchen. It is in adding her quota to humanity at every level she finds herself.
Largely, in every African society, the definition of success for an African woman can be as thus;
“Once upon a time,
Tutu gets married to Yulu.
Yulu can afford the basics.
They had SONS
…and…

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MacSparky Field Guide: Paperless

Posted: May 27, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Michelle Muto

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I started down the path of going paperless a few years ago. Except that the word, paperless, isn’t exactly accurate. For me, it’s more like paper less. Besides the cutting down of countless trees, the chemicals it takes to process said paper and what all this does to the environment, having papers everywhere is a headache. Even if I were meticulous about filing and shredding, there’s always a situation where paperless works best for me.

Even if you don’t want to go paperless, you might want to scan some documents in case of fire, flood, or other disaster. If the idea of starting down this path seems daunting, don’t despair. Going paperless, or paper less, doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition. And to help you get started, my friend David Sparks, author of the iBook PAPERLESS, and co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast has…

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Teaching coupled with Leadership

Posted: May 22, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

A teacher should by default be a leader: he/she teaches new things, influences others, has listeners, defines personal growing path, can define task and workload. Anything wrong with it?

TeacherTeacher as a leader ensures improvements in instruction he or she gives and thus enhance learning process. But a teacher can (unfortunately) lack autonomy in workplace issues like: (architecture and equipment of lecture rooms), the choice of curriculum material, the scheduling of classes and other resources. Previous teacher training (mostly for university ones) is not the only obstacle they have. Once hired and in the pipeline, young teachers often find that what they have learned in their four or more years of preparation has not equipped them for what they may encounter in their new classrooms say at the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc. Then the burden of publishing papers and research instead of learning new teaching approaches add to…

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Leadership and influence

Posted: May 16, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

Within lots of studies and researches on and about the nature of leaders, many aspects of leadership still remain a secret. There are books and programs that teach how to be a leader. They give a list of what constitutes a leader. With over 200,000 respondents describing 20,000 leaders Zenger, Folkman, and Edinger conducted a four-year study to determine what makes an outstanding leader. The results showed that the ability to ‘inspire and motivate to high performance’ was the single most powerful predictor of being perceived as extraordinary leader. Why the single most? There definitely are other qualities engaged too.
inspirationI believe that there is no recipe or checklist on how to be a leader and how to influence others.

Does a leader firstly need to build an effective interaction to exert influence or is he able to influence people without building relationships first? Is it really necessary to influence…

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EGO and Leadership?

Posted: May 10, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

“The ego” – a positive or a negative feature? Is it a necessary ingredient, an essential to had by an exceptional leader?

BrainWe all seem to be able to spot a strong ego in others. Brain studies cannot point to the place in a brain where ego could exist, what could it be? Outside of a few technical papers ego, is still a very poorly defined concept. Animals don’t have it, for them it is only an awareness of self. Studies show that awareness of ‘self’ in humans is allocated to the left brain. Could this be the ‘true’ place for our ego?

Ego_positionA research showed that at least 99% of all human problems are caused by the false opinion of ‘self’. The most obvious and known falsities are about our perceptions of doing right to environmental, in economic and in political issues. There are others false opinion…

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