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Empathy and loving-kindness: what can it do for you?

Empathy and loving-kindness: what can it do for you? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Today I want to write about something I came across when learning to practice mindfulness which I thought was extremely strange and funny at the same time. I am sure that many of you will smile whe...

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Its so easy to blame but kindness and empathy are better for our health and well-being.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, December 12, 2012 4:05 AM
How to start your day with joy ? Stop what you are doing and read this post. Think about someone you don't like, can you feel empathy and love for that person? if you can you will feel happier today #coaching
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~ A Strategic Planning Model

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- Strategy: a plan of action prepared to achieve the major goals of an organization. In order to take strategy into consideration for your planning efforts, you must define your goals as they relate and support the Vision and Mission of the organization.

 

A Strategic Plan should answer the following:

~Where are we going as an organization?

~What is the environment? (external/internal, this is critical to the vision)

~How do we get there? 

 

 

For strategic planning, I use the following definitions:

 

 

Vision - What do we want to become? (Aspirational)


Mission - Why do we exist? What function does the organization perform?  For whom does the org perform this function? How does the organization go about fulfilling this function? (Specific)



Goals - are the translation of the vision for each theme and answer “what do we want to do?”  *Key Result Areas - It is helpful to organize the goals under broader labels, e.g.  Product Design & Development, Financial, Branding, Marketing, Funding/Development, International Presence, etc


Objectives - are quantifiable metrics that show progress toward our stated goals


Strategies - these are the action plans that when implemented will achieve the objectives.


Tactics - day to day and week to week actions we take to implement our strategies, meet our objectives, and accomplish our goals. 

*** Strategic Management means approving only projects and programs that fit the scope of the organization's mission *** 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:40 PM

If the vision is shared per Senge's work on Learning Organization, the rest falls into place so much more easily with full buy in.

gustavo salazar's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:51 AM

Modelo de planificación estratégica

Larry Glover's curator insight, May 19, 7:04 AM

Heading into a Strategic Planning Retreat with a client this coming weekend and so appreciated seeing this succinct description. 

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64 Promises That Every Leader Should Make

64 Promises That Every Leader Should Make | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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These promises can help us all lead at home, work and in our fitness efforts at the gym, field, or court.  


Here are few that truly apply everywhere:


~  I promise to:


  • lead by example
  • build trust
  • be authentic and vulnerable
  • plan for success
  •  to “take one for the team” if that is what it takes
  •  to get my hands dirty and be goal oriented

And, last but not least:


I promise to keep my promises, at home, work, or at my fitness efforts!  

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The One Thing You Need To Stop Doing To Become A Great Communicator

The One Thing You Need To Stop Doing To Become A Great Communicator | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

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Good scoop here via @kittengeorge


The S.T.O.P. model is very interesting and the following guidelines are very helpful:


  • Design – 1. Minimum size font should be 30. 2. The maximum number of words on any given slide is 16.
     
  • Timing – 1. For every 20 minutes of presentation, use no more than15 slides. 2. Schedule in breaks every 10 minutes of your presentation. Our brains can only concentrate for 10 minutes without shutting off. Use exercises, role plays and videos to allow the audience to reset.
     
  • Speaking – 1. Don’t play 20 questions. Never finish with a standard q+a session. Budget in time to take questions, then finish with a story and a strong closing statement. 2. Go beyond words when communicating feelings. Words only account for 7% of the meaning, whereby body language accounts for 55% and tone 38%.
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Young Cornellian leads the transformation of Summer School in NYC

Young Cornellian leads the transformation of Summer School in NYC | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Karim Abouelnaga '13, CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, talks with ABC 7 about PMP's summer program.

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PracticeMakesPerfect.org is an innovative education organization that partners with communities to create high quality summer learning opportunities for inner-city youth from elementary school through college matriculation. 


Through a holistic enrichment experience, students master concepts from our curricula that focuses on targeted skill development.


Checkout the interview at: http://7online.com/news/viewpoint-on-july-13th-2014-part-3/174302/

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Be a leader, bring the joy!

Be a leader, bring the joy! | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

On a cold and rainy day our bus driver told us with joy and emotion:


"Just remember folks, its great to be alive!"


Then from a few rows behind, a grumpy and angry student yelled with a pedantic tone...

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On a cold and rainy day our bus driver told us with joy and emotion:


"Just remember folks, its great to be alive!"


Then from a few rows behind, a grumpy and angry student yelled with a pedantic tone:


"Keep telling yourself that buddy..."


This was followed by silence.


As many of us got of the bus, we thanked the driver for reminding us to be grateful.  


While many may put me down, I chose to lead like our bus driver did and bring joy to with me and lead with courage.


But, most importantly, I will avoid being like the grumpy student who gave in to misery and chose to put a good person down in front of others.


Thanks for sharing everyone!


~ algonzalezinfo 


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Leaders, 5 Times When Logic Will Fail You | #Leadership

Leaders, 5 Times When Logic Will Fail You | #Leadership | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
by Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™


Logic is a tremendous asset. It brings order out of chaos. It diagnoses and solves problems. Yet like any asset, it can become a liability when misapplied or skewed.


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Great post here by  @Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™.  


As a communication professional, I could not agree more with the following:


5. When you use it as a reason not to communicate. After a mishap have you ever said, "Didn't they know that already? It's just common sense. It's logical."


Not only does common sense not actually exist, logic has little value if not communicated.


Great leaders communicate with their teams. They don't label their assumptions as logic that everyone should know.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 11:05 PM

"Logic will get you from A-B. Imagination will take you everywhere." ~ Albert Einstein, via @KateNasser

John Michel's curator insight, July 15, 4:59 AM

In the early stages of creativity, logic limits the panorama and possibilities. Logic is a filter. If you filter too soon, novel ideas will not make it onto the canvas. Great leaders don't fear the chaos of creativity. They filter later.

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3 Ways To Work Meditation Into Your Busy Day

3 Ways To Work Meditation Into Your Busy Day | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
No doubt you’ve noticed that mindfulness and meditation have moved out of the monastery and into corporate America.

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Great scoop here by Bobby Dillard at @Bobby Dillard, so very helpful.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 14, 4:34 PM

There are three good ideas in the article and some links.

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(5) #LeadWithGiants

(5) #LeadWithGiants | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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#leadership and #risk go hand in hand.  


@DanVForbes leads by doing!!!  #LeadWithGiants

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How Behavioral Coaching Moves You From Good To Great

How Behavioral Coaching Moves You From Good To Great | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Great post here by Giant Leap Consulting on coaching through behavioral change.  


Here are two critical steps:


7. Develop an ongoing follow-up process. The one key point of the follow-up is to answer the question, “Based on my behavior last month, what ideas do you have for me next month?”Notice it doesn’t focus on mistakes that might have been made. It focuses solely on the future and is positive. Then within 6 months ask the stakeholders to complete a two to six question mini-survey to determine whether the client has become more or less effective in the behavior he or she is working on.


8. Review the results and start again. It’s rare that a client doesn’t experience remarkable improvement. This process works when the client is serious and really wants to improve. The next step is to build upon this success by identifying the next behavior to improve. The continued cycle of success results in greater effectivness for the client.

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The Bully was ME! Twice!

The Bully was ME! Twice! | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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As a kid, I was an overt and mean bully. As a manager, I learned ways of bullying covertly by hiding behind my rank. Although I may not have been as bad as other bosses, I was still a bully and very good at getting away with it.


In both situations, albeit years apart, I found ways to justify my behavior. I felt entitled to my actions! I was wrong both times and had to look in the mirror long and hard to face up to the fact that it was ME who needed to change.


Here is the rest of the story: http://www.aboutleaders.com/unexpected-leadership-skills/

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Rise and Fall of Leadership

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Few concepts have received such widespread attention over the last two decades as that of leadership. Below, Guido Stein discusses the complicated balance between leadership and results, and considers the qualities that make a great leader.


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Excellent scoop here via @RogerFrancis1.  Professor Stein does a wonderful job of showcasing how leadership is different than being a manager. 


From the post:


Influence. Leadership can be measured in terms of the influence the leader exercises over others, so that they do what the leader wants them to do and even want what the leader wants. Exercising such influence must come naturally, as in the phrase attributed to Margaret Thatcher: “Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to remind people that you are, you aren’t.”



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donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 5:27 AM

(From the article): A person’s leadership skill determines his effectiveness as a leader, as it converts his personal dedication into results. Without that skill, his efforts will not have the impact they should have. Experience shows that some managers put a great deal of time, effort and concentration into their work but achieve very little, while others, in comparable situations, achieve much more with the same amount of effort. These more effective managers are able to reverse the ratio of effort to achievement by working as a team, so that everybody works with everybody else, rather than for everybody else.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 7, 6:01 PM

Leadership can be induced in individuals but it cannot be mass-produced. At the pinnacle, leadership is conferred on the leader by others, whereas at the position level it is conferred by the company; at the second, third and fourth levels it is earned by the manager through his one-dimensional effort.

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Parents as Leadership Coaches

Parents as Leadership Coaches | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Great post and free e-book from leadership expert Karin Hurt from @LetsGrowLeaders.    I totally agree with Karen's views on Parenting and Leadership.  Here is just one example:


It’s interesting to see leaders who take their servant leadership philosophy seriously at work, but have a more hovering approach when it comes to their children. In an effort to protect and scaffold, they actually overlook natural opportunities for their children to emerge as leaders.


The best way to learn the piano is to practice.


The best way to learn to do a flip-turn is to get in the pool and get some water up your nose.


The best way to learn leadership is by leading.


Our children surprise us when we stop looking for perfection and see the leaders that they are becoming.


- See more at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/leadership-in-children/parents-as-leadership-coaches/#sthash.CJBxqRX4.dpuf

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On Resilience, Fitness and Leadership with @ToscaReno

On Resilience, Fitness and Leadership with @ToscaReno | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

#HealthyLeadership, connecting the dots of #fitness & #leadership

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After losing a son, a spouse and a successful business, most people would give up on life but not Tosca Reno.  


Today #HealthyLeadership is all about using fitness to build our sense of self and leadership to overcome the most difficult challenges that life throws our way.


@Toscareno Rocks!! 

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Larry Glover's curator insight, June 9, 9:13 PM

Building our sense of physical capability certainly builds our sense of self... as does building cognitive capability. Bigger trick is to not identity either... as who we are... but as capacities carried by a yet deeper identity.

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What it takes to be a great leader ~ sorry, nothing new here...

What it takes to be a great leader ~ sorry, nothing new here... | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

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I don't usually do this but I reacted quite strongly to the premise made in this video about three "new" ways of thinking that will shape leaders into the next century. 


At best, the speaker has verified some classic themes that are covered in most if not all of the traditional leadership development programs that exist today.  


Below are the 3 main "breakthroughs" that I heard from the speaker and my thoughts on how I have learned and practiced these "new" leadership themes. 


1. Leaders see beyond the current situation and prepare for upcoming  change...  This is what scenario planning is ALL about.  


* Scenario Planning accounts for many factors that may combine in complex ways to create surprising futures.  This has been written about and practiced for DECADES.  


2. A diverse network...  Hummm...  I think this is what most HR departments are trying to instill in their organizations.  


Now, if the speaker had gotten into the immense difficulty of going from diverse to inclusive, I would have given her this one.  But, no, just more talk about how we need to work and understand people who think differently than we think.  Not new...


3. Courage to make a change and persistence to stay the course while others are telling you it is not going to work.  Hummmm...  Really?  This is NOT covered in the current leadership development programs?  


I usually scoop content that I feel is helpful, not this time.  If you are new to leadership development, maybe this is worthwhile.  If you are educated in leadership, take the 10 minutes and practice how to provide honoring feedback.

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Fitness is key to wellness. Wellness is key to leading well. | ENCOGNITIVE.COM

Fitness is key to wellness.  Wellness is key to leading well.  | ENCOGNITIVE.COM | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Image Credit:  http://encognitive.com/node/19004

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Leaders, fitness is key to wellness.  Wellness is key to leading well. 


My favorite stat:


When patients lost fat, the quality of life improved for 95% of them!  

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Leadership & Business | Feel Good Friday Quote 7-18-14 | Tolero Solutions

Leadership & Business | Feel Good Friday Quote 7-18-14 | Tolero Solutions | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
A little motivation and humor are good for business. We post leadership development quotes at the end of each week - end your week on a feel good note.

Via Scott Span, MSOD
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Wonderful graphic via @SSpanTolero.  When we put in the effort to leave Basket A or what we are, and make the leap to Basket B, a net is there to catch us if we fall.

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How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World?

How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

While I feel much of this has already been discovered and documented on The Speed of  Trust by Stephen Covey Jr.  I appreciate that there is now a scientific model to back it up.


Via John Lasschuit ®™, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis, donhornsby
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I really appreciate the following trust benefits listed in the article:


  1. Psychological well-being
  2. Meaningful friendships and business relationships
  3. Faster, more efficient decision making
  4. Greater personal effectiveness in groups
  5. Greater support for your decisions
  6. Career promotions
  7. Win/win opportunities
  8. Role modeling trustworthy behavior
  9. More time for creativity and relaxation
  10. More money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)
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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, July 15, 7:41 AM

Rodger Dean Duncan: #Leadership and #Trust: one not without the other

donhornsby's curator insight, July 16, 3:16 PM

(From the article): Finally, aside from the fact that it’s simply the right thing to do, here are ten benefits of being trustworthy.

Psychological well-beingMeaningful friendships and business relationshipsFaster, more efficient decision makingGreater personal effectiveness in groupsGreater support for your decisionsCareer promotionsWin/win opportunitiesRole modeling trustworthy behaviorMore time for creativity and relaxationMore money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 16, 6:35 PM

Trust is not an operating system. It is not a commodity. It cannot be manufactured. It is earned in the daily relationships we have with other people. It is situational and contextual. When I consider the ten key elements of servant-leadership, they are the hard work used in entering relationships and building trust in the daily give and take.

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Five Reasons to Start an Online Community

Five Reasons to Start an Online Community | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Creating an online community  can be so rewarding. One of the first steps is to get in the mindset of your target audience and define what it is you want he or she to gain from your community. Do yo…
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We can help others deal with situations they may be facing and need help with by providing an online community that shares relevant content, tools and tips. 


Here is another great reason:


  1. To Fix a Problem

If I had a dollar for every time I looked online for a solution to a problem or a quick fix, I could probably retire! The Internet is so accessible that most people reach for the keyboard before the user manual.


Establish an online community as an expert of something you love or create a question and answer forum for specific issues/needs – cooking tips, smart phone fixes, travel and vacation ideas, etc.

Do you have any online community ideas like the ones above? Tell me about them in the comments section below.


Read more at http://www.business2community.com/online-communities/five-reasons-start-online-community-0945460#gkuwpxzA7gfHO2La.99

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Radical Change: Engaging Communities

Radical Change: Engaging Communities | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
It doesn't have to be 'them and us'. With the right type of engagement, it can be 'us' all around. I'm seeing increased interest in the power of socially moderated and driven change models:

Via Celine Schillinger
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Great scoop here via @CelineSchill.  


I really agree with this statement:


Momentum is one of the hardest aspects of change: you can easily create disturbance, but like ripples on the water, it soon fades away. True change requires momentum over time, and that can only be generated from within the community, not input from outside.


It's socially created and socially moderated, so almost by definition, it requires engagement from the community.

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Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, July 17, 12:02 AM

Un modelo para el cambio

 

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Are You Sleepwalking Through Life?

Are You Sleepwalking Through Life? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Our current organizational structures are not working. 


If 80% of organizations disappeared, nobody would miss them! 


This weeks show is all about how being accountable to ourselves, having self-respect and trusting ourselves, can motivate us in life AND propel us to lead past the leadership crisis at work.  


And we connect all this to fitness with our guest, author and leadership expert, Rob Peters.


Rob and I are going to explore the connection between how "falling asleep" through our careers may be connected to our inability to stay active and and accountable to ourselves in our fitness and at home.  


Check out the blog and podcast at:

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 14, 2:56 PM

Self-reflection can be painful but as they say, no pain no gain.  

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 14, 4:39 PM

There is a leadership crisis at the workplace.  


If 80% of organizations disappeared, nobody would miss them! 


This week's show is all about how being accountable to ourselves, having self-respect and trusting ourselves, can motivate us in life AND propel us to lead past the leadership crisis at work.  


And we connect all this to fitness with our guest, author and leadership expert, Rob Peters.


Are you the kind of leader that can leverage the leadership lessons from the gym to confront the  crisis in the workplace?


Check out the blog/podcast at:  http://bit.ly/Wc7hzu

 

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http://algonzalezinfo.podbean.com/e/are-you-sleepwalking-through-your-career/


Regularly interesting podcasts on healthy workplaces from [url=/u/441556 x-already-notified=1]AlGonzalezinfo[/url].

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▶ Leadership From A Dancing Guy - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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Sometimes we lead, sometimes we follow.   8-)

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On Leadership, Growth and Doing it Anyway

On Leadership, Growth and Doing it Anyway | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Inspiring story here of leading through the adversity brought upon by  drug and alcohol abuse.  


From the post:


There is no battle more worth fighting that the battle to save a child. There is no amount of money that could change my opinion on the financial, emotional, and family decisions that we made. In fact, I would do it all over again for what we gained.

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How Your Decision Making Skills Can Make or Break You

How Your Decision Making Skills Can Make or Break You | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Leaders Style


This decision-making process places high importance on gathering information and gaining the support of other people affected by the decision.

 

Leaders hold themselves accountable for their decisions even in the face of catastrophic setbacks. They continuously reach for bold and ingenious solutions, which energizes them and keeps them and their supporters committed.


If you don't do this, you may be a boss or an executive, but, NOT a leader. 

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Be Cool to the Pizza Dude

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

By Sarah Adams

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My 14 year old daughter shared such a great reminder here of leadership values:


Humility

Forgiveness

Empathy

Honesty


All through the lens of how we treat the Pizza Dude!



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On Fitness, Leadership and Helping Others with Kat Cannella

On Fitness, Leadership and Helping Others with Kat Cannella | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
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Today’s show is all about connecting the dots between fitness and leadership in the context of helping others.  Leaders are people who help create other leaders and our guest is a leader that helps her clients develop the courage to identify their goals and pursue them. 

As you will learn, she helps clients do this at at the gym and at the office!

Beach Body coach and leadership development professional, Kat Cannella, joined us to talk about the strong connections between being healthy, working out and developing her clients ability to achieve their professional goals.   

Check out the blog and podcast at:  http://bit.ly/1pZo4lx
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 23, 9:23 AM
SMART Goals can help us define and measure success, both at the gym AND at the office. Check out my interview with BeachBody Coach Kat Cannella!
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Do LinkedIn Endorsements Really Matter?

Do LinkedIn Endorsements Really Matter? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Like them or not, they're worth paying attention to.

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I agree with @donhornsby on this.  I know there are skeptics when it comes to LI endorsements but I think they are meaningful. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 12, 6:41 AM

(From the article) Think about endorsements as new and improved keywords. LinkedIn automatically defaults to ranking your skills by the number of endorsements you have, but to get more endorsements for the skills you want to emphasize, rearrange your list and move those skills higher. Also, if you’re getting endorsed for random things or for things you don’t want to be endorsed for, you can always hide either the entire skill or the particular endorser. Just set your profile to edit mode and you’ll see a little demo in the Skills and Endorsements section showing you how to edit it.

 
Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 12, 7:32 AM

This is an important article for any job seeker (and the link that follows may be of interest as well).  LinkedIn is one of the primary vehicles for recruiters....

Josie Gibson's curator insight, June 15, 7:25 PM

Senior executives need to take such social tools seriously, for a variety of reasons.