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What is a Bitcoin, Besides Being Complicated? Try Virtual Finance 2014.

What is a Bitcoin, Besides Being Complicated? Try Virtual Finance 2014. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are complicated.  ...bitcoin is the rabbit leading us further down into the rabbit-hole.

     

A BitCoin is a complex digital product that is not legally currency but used as currency and is exchanged for "ordinary income," so there are therefore, tax implications.

 

....If regulators choose to attempt to shut it down, they will only push innovation overseas, possibly to China where already companies like Baidu accept it.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I've paraphrased the direction of the article and scooped it here, in  Change Leadership Watch for three reasons:

1) Welcome to World 2014.   We chose what in the virtual world will become real.   Bitcoins and digital currency don't have legal standing as currency, except that people are quite actively using them as currency.  If income is earned, even if it isn't legally seen as currency, it is taxable and deductible.


2)  Bitcoin is connected to the famous Winklevoss twins, as mentioned in the film, "The Social Network" (juicy quote in the PS below.)  For all the kvetching about Facebook, WHO, in the USA, hasn't been touched by this social media giant's influence and marketing reach?  If you have a cell phone, developing nations are included in not only Facebook's reach, but perhaps ANY digital business.


3)  The Wild West side of finance is not disappearing anytime soon. Regulation will simply define where it will find a home somewhere on the globe.  Read the last statement excerpted above as the example.  Shut down USA use = shift to China or <fill in eager country here.>


PS:  Here's the quote:   Tyler Winklevoss: We can do that ourselves [beat up someone who stole their intellectual property.] I'm 6'5", 220, and there's two of me.

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Myths & Reality of Control & Corporations, Innovation, Agile & Change Leaders 2012- Forbes

Myths & Reality of Control & Corporations, Innovation, Agile & Change Leaders 2012- Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The gem in this Forbes post focusing on reconciling disciplined execution with innovation is that it concludes with how much it IS about control when collaborative group methods, Agile included, are used.


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The solutions that the experts have offered to the problem of reconciling disciplined execution with innovation have all tended to be various ways of increasing or modifying control over an increasing number of ideas:

  



What’s annoying about Agile to control-minded management practitioners and theorists is that it recognizes that the problem lies in control itself.


...[It IS about] giving greater freedom to those people doing the work to exercise their talents and creativity, but doing so within short cycles so that those doing the work can themselves see whether they are making progress or not.


...Agile thrives on transparency.

   

...control thrives on non-transparency.


...introducing (real) Agile means exposing all of the non-transparent tricks that hierarchical managers play on their subordinates to maintain power. Is it any wonder that Agile isn’t naturally popular with the command-and-control gang?



Photo credit: Agile Boston event, by IT Event Photography Boston

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Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader

Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"To keep your equilibrium, practice meditation (or something like it) every day."


...mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it.   ...to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


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Medical studies have found evidence of meditation's benefits, including ...emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders ...under constant pressure.

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The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


…you must be able to quiet your mind. That is tremendously difficult and takes a lifetime of practice.


In 2012, I had the privilege of presenting my ideas on authentic leadership to his Holiness the Dalai Lama. When I asked him what it took to become an authentic leader, he replied, "You must have practices that you engage in every day."


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The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening.

   

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…My most important introspective practice is meditation, something I try to do for twenty minutes twice a day.


In recent years, medical studies have found evidence of meditation's many benefits, including ...reducing stress, improving attention and sensory processing; and physically altering parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders attempting to maintain their equilibrium under constant pressure.


it may not be for everyone. The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening. ...I know leaders who take time for daily journaling, prayer, and reflecting while walking, hiking or jogging.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

From my perspective,  mindfulness and "space for a quiet mind" elements exist in useful change models.  


The human element in change features managing transition by using practices like mindfulness as well as authentic leadership.  


It's what current in being a agile learner in today's complex and ever changing environment.  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 13, 2013 2:39 PM
"IF* one wants to meditate in the context of wanting to be Free - that answer will come in the smaller context of the beginners' and observer's mind. Thanks for your perspective, Mo. I'll be sharing this stream with my meditation teacher in my neck of the woods.
Mo Riddiford's comment, January 13, 2013 4:09 PM
If I understood your comment correctly, then No the answer will absolutely not come within the context of the beginner's and the observer's mind. There is simply the direct recognition, in which the more limited cutting-up of existence that we call the observer's mind, is utterly irrelevant. Oh and by the way I am in your neck of the woods! The internet neck of the woods. (We can Skype if you want....)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 18, 2013 5:42 PM
I'm talking with my BCoach friend, Pat Milland, who knows you and highly recommends me talking with you. How about sometime in February when it is convenient for you. Pat and I have some amazing Synchronicity together. Perhaps there is something cool happening here too, including the amazing depth of understanding you have about mindfulness.