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ON LEADERSHIP AND WHY POWERFUL PEOPLE CAN BEHAVE SO POORLY

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   June 08, 2015

Research tells us that social power can actually have an effect of the psychological state of the power holder. Social power can intensify the motivation of power holders to pursue their wants or desires (good or bad) while decreasing their awareness or sensitivity to potential consequences of such pursuits. Link to article

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The 6 C’s of Effective Leadership

don3ethos   •   Blog   •   July 01, 2015

Poor leadership is often magnified in TV shows and comic strips, showing inadequate leaders who take all the credit and are driven entirely by power. Though we recognize that these leaders are entirely fictional, we can also recognize some of those characteristics in thousands of bosses around the world. It’s true that some people are born leaders and others don’t have that natural talent. But it’s false to believe that people can’t develop the habits of highly effective leaders. With a thorough understanding of the six C’s of effective leadership and a little practice, anyone can learn what it takes to be a leader worth trusting. Link article

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Why The Best Leadership Involves ‘Downward Mobility’

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   May 15, 2015

Do you want to be happy, or would you prefer to be a leader? Don’t decide too quickly. And if you are already a leader, do you know if you’ll able to do the one thing that could allow you to be content when it’s all over? Most leaders aren’t happy when the day is done or their career is done. From studying history and watching and working with many leaders up close, I’ve seen that few ever are able to take lasting satisfaction in their accomplishments or in the tributes paid to them. Link to article

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Knowing the difference between 2 facets of the fiduciary standard

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   May 12, 2015

President Barack Obama’s remarks on Feb. 23 about the Department of Labor’s re-proposed fiduciary standard are an excellent illustration of the two faces of a fiduciary standard. On the one hand, Mr. Obama singled out great advisers who are doing the right thing for their clients. He then changed his tenor and talked about advisers who are “selling snake oil.” Link to article

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5 WAYS TO FACE UNCERTAINTY WITH CONFIDENCE

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   May 12, 2015

Responding to uncertainty establishes trajectory, impacts potential, and determines quality of life. “Uncertainty is the spotlight of leadership.” Link to article

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The Leadership Behavior That’s Most Important to Employees

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   May 12, 2015

For the last 20 years, I’ve studied the costs of incivility, as well as the benefits of civility. Across the board, I’ve found that civility pays. It enhances your influence and performance — and is positively associated with being perceived as a leader. Link to article

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7 signs an adviser measures up to a professional standard of care

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   May 04, 2015

Thirty years ago, the fiduciary movement began to take root. No one held a press conference, it just happened. That’s the thing about movements: you really don’t have a sense that one has started until enough time has passed that you can look back and see what material changes have taken place. In hindsight, we can see that the pioneers of the fiduciary movement had two similar, overlapping objectives: (1) to define the details and best practices of a fiduciary’s prudent investment process; and (2) to define the details and best practices of a professional standard of care. Link to article

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The 2015 IA 35 for 35

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   May 04, 2015

In the 35th anniversary year for Investment Advisor, and the 13th year we’ve been naming the IA 25, we thought it proper to publish a special list honoring 35 people who have been most influential in and around the business of independent financial advice. Link to article

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Winston Churchill’s Terrible Leadership Failure

don3ethos   •   Blog, Character, Leadership   •   April 26, 2015

Winston Churchill is often hailed as the model of a great leader, but a hundred years ago this month, in the early days of World War I, his leadership was dreadful. As Britain’s lord of admiralty (secretary of the navy), he made the fateful decision to attack Turkey on its Dardanelles coast, specifically at Gallipoli. The eight-and-a-half-month-long battle involved a total of about a million men on both sides, of whom nearly one half became casualties. The failed campaign led to the humiliation of the British. Churchill was dismissed from his cabinet position, excluded from the War Council, and allowed no hand in the further conduct and administration of the […]

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Why Investors Rank New Businesses By Leader Quality

don3ethos   •   Blog, carousel-post, Leadership   •   April 23, 2015

As an Angel investor in early-stage startups, I’ve long noticed my peers’ apparent bias toward the strength and character of the founding entrepreneurs, often overriding a strong solution to a painful problem with a big opportunity. In other words, the entrepreneur quality is more important than the idea — in investor jargon, people invest in the jockey, and not the horse. Link to article

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