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Leadership Basics: What to Do When You Don't Have All the Answers

You're in charge, but that doesn't mean you're expected to always know what to do. Here are four ways to approach a challenge when you...
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Yes, I like very much (and always practiced) the idea that you don't know everything and the most natural thing to do in these cases... guess what? Yes, you can advance to the next round of the quiz: admit it...:-))) Though I have in store one ramification: it happens that you know something but you are not 100% in the solution... then - second round of the quiz... yes, admit it that you have a certain idea about it but you are not sure (I used to add: "it's 30% (50% or 70%) that I'm right and it would help a lot if you would contribute too" or something in the line...)

 

One more thing... I do not like very much point 4... doing anything even if it wrong (because you can learn from it)... well, rather ask it before...:-)))

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The 10 Commandments of Presentations

The 10 Commandments of Presentations | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Via Baiba Svenca, Karen Dietz
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Well, I simply adore this...:-))) both the form and the content... charming...:-))) e.g. Iikd this: "Thou shall relax. For thy audience is unlikely to raise arms against thee..." tremendous, isn't it? ...:-)))

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Glad you like it Jesus!
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Great post and imagination. #BRIGITTESOUCI

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#BRIGITTESOUCI

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Curiosity: The always-in-style leadership skill

Curiosity: The always-in-style leadership skill | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
No matter how you define it, there’s a growing agreement that curiosity is a vital (and too frequently missing) ingredient in today’s workplace.
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Oh, no, really? The good old curiosity?! like this...

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» Depression Associated with Vague, Abstract Goals - Psych Central News

» Depression Associated with Vague, Abstract Goals - Psych Central News | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
A new UK research study suggests a difference in goal-setting behavior among those who are depressed versus those without depression. University of Liverpool
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Now, that's excellent... the importance of the  specificity of goal-setting has received a new, very strong argument...:-))) like it...

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The Morality of Meditation: David DeSteno

The Morality of Meditation: David DeSteno | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

MEDITATION is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests, interest in its practical benefits is growing. A number of “mindfulness” training programs, like that developed by the engineerChade-Meng Tan at Google, and conferences like Wisdom 2.0 for business and tech leaders, promise attendees insight into how meditation can be used to augment individual performance, leadership and productivity.

 

This is all well and good, but if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the (perfectly commendable) pursuit of these benefits and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. Gaining competitive advantage on exams and increasing creativity in business weren’t of the utmost concern to Buddha and other early meditation teachers. As Buddha himself said, “I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” For Buddha, as for many modern spiritual leaders, the goal of meditation was as simple as that. The heightened control of the mind that meditation offers was supposed to help its practitioners see the world in a new and more compassionate way, allowing them to break free from the categorizations (us/them, self/other) that commonly divide people from one another.

 

But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?

 

To put the question to the test, my lab, led in this work by the psychologist Paul Condon, joined with the neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes and the Buddhist lama Willa Miller to conduct an experiment whose publication is forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science. We recruited 39 people from the Boston area who were willing to take part in an eight-week course on meditation (and who had never taken any such course before). We then randomly assigned 20 of them to take part in weekly meditation classes, which also required them to practice at home using guided recordings. The remaining 19 were told that they had been placed on a waiting list for a future course.

 

After the eight-week period of instruction, we invited the participants to the lab for an experiment that purported to examine their memory, attention and related cognitive abilities. But as you might anticipate, what actually interested us was whether those who had been meditating would exhibit greater compassion in the face of suffering. To find out, we staged a situation designed to test the participants’ behavior before they were aware that the experiment had begun.

 

WHEN a participant entered the waiting area for our lab, he (or she) found three chairs, two of which were already occupied. Naturally, he sat in the remaining chair. As he waited, a fourth person, using crutches and wearing a boot for a broken foot, entered the room and audibly sighed in pain as she leaned uncomfortably against a wall. The other two people in the room — who, like the woman on crutches, secretly worked for us — ignored the woman, thus confronting the participant with a moral quandary. Would he act compassionately, giving up his chair for her, or selfishly ignore her plight?

 

The results were striking. Although only 16 percent of the nonmeditators gave up their seats — an admittedly disheartening fact — the proportion rose to 50 percent among those who had meditated. This increase is impressive not solely because it occurred after only eight weeks of meditation, but also because it did so within the context of a situation known to inhibit considerate behavior: witnessing others ignoring a person in distress — what psychologists call the bystander effect — reduces the odds that any single individual will help. Nonetheless, the meditation increased the compassionate response threefold.

 

Although we don’t yet know why meditation has this effect, one of two explanations seems likely. The first rests on meditation’s documented ability to enhance attention, which might in turn increase the odds of noticing someone in pain (as opposed to being lost in one’s own thoughts).

 

My favored explanation, though, derives from a different aspect of meditation: its ability to foster a view that all beings are interconnected. The psychologist Piercarlo Valdesolo and I have found that any marker of affiliation between two people, even something as subtle as tapping their hands together in synchrony, causes them to feel more compassion for each other when distressed. The increased compassion of meditators, then, might stem directly from meditation’s ability to dissolve the artificial social distinctions — ethnicity, religion, ideology and the like — that divide us.

 

Supporting this view, recent findings by the neuroscientists Helen Weng, Richard Davidson and colleagues confirm that even relatively brief training in meditative techniques can alter neural functioning in brain areas associated with empathic understanding of others’ distress — areas whose responsiveness is also modulated by a person’s degree of felt associations with others.

 

So take heart. The next time you meditate, know that you’re not just benefiting yourself, you’re also benefiting your neighbors, community members and as-yet-unknown strangers by increasing the odds that you’ll feel their pain when the time comes, and act to lessen it as well.

 


Via Jim Manske, Jone Johnson Lewis
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Actually, I like this very much...

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Adrian Ivakhiv's curator insight, July 7, 2013 4:22 PM

The result -- that meditators are more likely to show empathy to a stranger -- is not surprising, but the proportion (three times as likely) is. The research base for this conclusion keeps growing...

Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:02 PM

Nueva evidencia de que la meditación nos ayuda a ser más compasivos.

#bienestar

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6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson, Graeme & Jennifer Bowman
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Well, not an easy one... but very true...

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, July 3, 2013 1:46 AM

#Leaders need clear messages, and this article gives some useful #tips on how to achieve that. It's focus is on the content and words leaders need to use. 

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, July 4, 2013 4:14 AM

A linguagem que usa reflecte o seu estilo de liderança?

Graeme & Jennifer Bowman's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:29 AM

Good advice here on an aspect of communication leaders need to get right before they bother too much about being creative. The language of leadership needs to demonstrate clarity and decisiveness.

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Margaret J. Wheatley: Goodbye, Command and Control

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It's not from now... it's from 1997... 16 years elapsed...  I'm not sure that "on the field" so many things happened , changed... Margaret Wheatley is somebody who is worth to listen to... 

 

What about this introduction, how it resonates with your experiences: "We know, for example, that in many surveys senior leaders report that the majority of their organizational change efforts or mergers fail. They and their employees report deep cynicism at the endless programs and fads; nearly everyone suffers from increased stress at the organizational lives we have created together. Survey after survey registers our loss of hope and increased uncertainty for every major institutional form in our society. Do we know how to organize anything anymore so that people want to engage in productive and contributing work?"

 

If you are just leaning back with a satisfied smile on your lips, OK, go... but if you think that this might be relevant to your organization in a little bit... then, please, read it...

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David Hain's curator insight, July 5, 2013 2:06 AM

It's a few years old, but the analysis is truly timeless.  Required reading for those who yearn for a new paradigm.

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Professional Development: Four Ways to Start Changing the World This Summer

Professional Development: Four Ways to Start Changing the World This Summer | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Changing the world sounds like a tall order. But in reality, educators play their role to help change the world every single day. The summer is a great time to start planting seeds of change in our p
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Yesss... "...summertime, and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high, your daddy's rich..." or not... anyhow, in the summertime, finally you could have some time for your second quadrant, the "important but not urgent" things"... why not... "Share... Care... Contact and Reflect" says this small post.. like it...:-)))

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» 3 Key Mindfulness Practices for Calm, Self-Compassion and Happiness - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» 3 Key Mindfulness Practices for Calm, Self-Compassion and Happiness - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Three of my favorite short mindfulness practices, all spelled out to start applying today.
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Simple, easily applicable and memorable... great... like it...

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The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself

The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
This simple life-changing 7-minute exercise will help you see if you’re truly aiming for the right goals in your life or if you’re stuck in modern culture’s “Means Goals” trap.
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it's worth of your time, I think... simple, and an n+1st goal-setting exercise... one of the most motivating...:-))) like the making difference between means- and end-goals...:-)))

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Get The Job You REALLY Want

Get The Job You REALLY Want | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Throughout my career I have made sure that I assess my own performance at regular intervals and I will also use the opportunity to ask myself whether I am reaching the personal targets I routinely
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Sometimes I think: "It's easy to say... it would be much easier if the employment market wouldn't be supply-side strong"... but anyhow when in doubt, when at the crossroads, it's important to go through this check list...:-)))

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The Ultimate Guide to Time Management and Yourself

The Ultimate Guide to Time Management and Yourself | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Have you ever encountered outrageously busy people that seem to have the superpower to do everything? For an adult, that would be that person you have met that has multiple jobs, a family, and weekend activities.
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Wow, so many things together... great... dosing piecemal...:-))) not to overburden your conscience...

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The Psychology of Sharing: Why do People Share Online?.pdf

A first-of-its-kind inquiry into the motivations behind why we share - Understanding the motivational forces behind the act of sharing will help marketers get their content shared
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Download it first becuse online it's too slow... It's not easy to avalise but if yoiu have a little bit iof time it could be useful... provided you are interested...:-)))

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Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
It's a noble quest, but a tough one.
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A really, really excellent article... yes, you need dedication, time and it's not for everybody... and some other good points...

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Being a lifelong bookworm may keep you sharp in old age

Being a lifelong bookworm may keep you sharp in old age | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
New research suggests that reading and writing can slow down cognitive decline
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I like that.., Well, I did know that, of course...:-))) OK, not exactly that but anyhow it's a plain vanilla idea for me... of coourse  regular reading and writing will help you - side effect, you will never do these for this - to be longer flexible in your mind... It's not for longer, more healthy  life that you are reading and writing (would be ridiculous, wouldn't it?) but you are joyfully reading and writing for the life - among other important & magical things -  to be worth to live through...:-)))

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The Problem with Executive Isolation

The Problem with Executive Isolation | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
The executive entourage may have its uses, but can keep leaders out of the loop.
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Now, guys, it's an important one... it happens all the time but it's very rare that you could have first-hand info about it... of course... the advisors have all the interests to keep it hidden and the other levels want to keep their jobs... and these advisors who knows everything better might be a very dangerous type of people... they have the boss' ear...

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Reverse Mentoring: What it is and Why it is Beneficial

Reverse Mentoring: What it is and Why it is Beneficial | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Almost everyone has hear about mentoring, but have you ever heard about “reverse mentoring”? Learn how reverse mentoring can help you and your company.
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Interesting, energizing idea... I would rather call it reciprocal mentoring but never mind... I'm sure that the new, young employee is honoured and also more ready to learn on his/her turn too... surely better he/she will be motivated than in a unidirectional, rather tutorial formal mentoring... he/she has a say, an experience and the new company is interested in this experience... gee... that's what I call motivation & empowerment... Jack Welch who coined it first is still actively with us...:-)))

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SOLworld CEE – September 12-14, 2013 Visegrád, Hungary

SOLworld CEE – September 12-14, 2013 Visegrád, Hungary | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Coaches and (the actual and potential) clients, solution-focused and other approches... It's something new...:-))) "Central East European SOLWorld conference" in Visegrád, a beautiful venue... 3+1 day fun... you can still apply on an early bird rate until the 12th of July... it's exactly next Friday midight... you know I like this solution-focus community because they are always full of fun and surprises... laugh, laugh, laugh and serious and durable result... How they do it? How we do it? It's time to learn this on the Visegrad conference... I will definitely be there... yeahhh, the picture? - you ask... well, if somebody happen to be would not know her, she is Katalin Hankovszky (acc. to her passport presumably) but for us, Hungarian coaches Hankovszky Katalin from SolutionSurfers Switzerland... in the same boîte with Peter Szabo and Daniel Meier... she trained a lot of us and she is the main organizer of this magnific event...:-))))

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Why Leaders' Thinking Is Often Wrong

Why Leaders' Thinking Is Often Wrong | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Being wrong? It happens... what to check, which ways we can go astray? A short reminder...:-)))

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Sascha Reimann's curator insight, July 5, 2013 6:49 AM

From the text: There are a handful of cognitive flaws that everyone -- executives included -- are particularly apt to fall prey to. Among them are:

Confirmation bias: We tend to search for things that confirm what we believe and ignore things that don't.Overconfidence effect: Our confidence in our judgment is generally higher than the actual accuracy of that judgment.Hindsight bias: This is the feeling that we "knew it all along" -- that our successes or failures were more predictable before they happened than they actually were.Bias for action: We tend to want to act or make decisions before we analyze or plan.

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Tao Te Ching 17: The Art of Leadership

Tao Te Ching 17: The Art of Leadership | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

"The greatest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are hardly aware. Next best is a leader who is loved and praised. Next comes the one who is feared. The worst is the one who i...

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Leave no footprint... like it...:-)))

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A Brief Look At Narcissistic Leadership | The Three Levels of Leadership - Scouller Leadership Blog

A Brief Look At Narcissistic Leadership | The Three Levels of Leadership - Scouller Leadership Blog | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
The narcissistic leadership style, the strengths and weaknesses of narcissistic leaders and how this style of leadership compares to charismatic leadership.
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They could well be strong and charismatic, but always feeling deep inside a sort of inadequacy, therefore they want always overachieve, their visions are boundless/limitless, never really realistic... gather around people who admire him/her and they always lose the North...

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New Theory: Emotions and Facial Expressions Are Not Directly Related

New Theory: Emotions and Facial Expressions Are Not Directly Related | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Read about Lisa Barrett's new research on the science of emotion, which debunks Paul Ekman's theory that directly relates facial expressions to emotions.
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Well, is Ekman's theory (leading e. g. to the series "Lie to me") about the universality of the decodability of emotions from the facial expressions in its totality or partly false? A lot of money, influence, trainings, etc. are depending on this question... the (long) article is about somebody who wants to find out... with little help and against all the winds...

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What the Hell Happens Five Minutes Into This Richard Dawkins Speech?

What the Hell Happens Five Minutes Into This Richard Dawkins Speech? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
World's most insufferable atheist Richard Dawkins opened Saatchi & Saatchi's New Directors Showcase at Cannes last week with a brief speech on "memes," a term and concept he introduced in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene.
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I realized, I actually might like the rap, too...:-))) great... a very remarkable performance, as such, too...:-)))

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The New THINK Before You Speak | Personal Branding Blog - Dan Schawbel

The New THINK Before You Speak | Personal Branding Blog - Dan Schawbel | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
How are you coming across to others? As society moves forward we continually need to push ourselves to learn new techniques, incorporate the best of the older
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Well, "think before speaking"... gee, somebody has invented the hot water - my first thought was this... then, I just started to thinking (yeahhh, before speaking...:-))))  is this (also) signal a tout petit pas towards a tend when everybody will be everybody's coach or mentor? When the rule is first to listen and the to react? I don't know... perhaps...:-))) it would be a more enjoyable space anyhow...:-)))

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The Zen Of Innovation Leadership: 'And'

The Zen Of Innovation Leadership: 'And' | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Innovation leadership is saying "yes" when confronted with either/or choices.
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Well, it's an interesting one... though not easy to do... "innovation leaders"... in these circonstances every leader is better be one... AND instead of OR...

 

"Confronted with either/or circumstances, the temptation is to make a choice.  We are hardwired to resolve, to act, to decide; and the conflicting ambiguities of either/or are uncomfortable for us. We want to pick a side, focus our energies and begin doing something.  Anything.  And in either/or situations we often start by engaging in the deadliest of all leadership sins:  prioritization..."

 

The author's advise is "to think less about what to do and a lot more about what might be a good point of view to adopt" - good point...

 

This whole thing by the way reminds me the solutionfocused induced substitution of BUT by AND (see my confrère, John Brooker site, it's already in its URL ("yes and..."): http://www.yesand.eu/author/john-brooker/

 

Interesting to read the author's méprise towards aone of the basic management tool, the "prioritization"...

 

Well, at the end of the day, it's an interesting thought-process, however, it looks like easier to say it than to do it.. but, exactly, that's the real challenge...:-)))

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