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The power of ‘thanks’

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In “Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan,” Francesca Gino, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, explores a range of fascinating subjects, including how emotions influence decisions and the...

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Tom Wojick's comment, March 21, 2013 8:58 AM
Thanks for this post. It made a difference in my day, Thank You
The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:01 PM

Gratitude, appreciation, encouragement, love, etc...these qualities bring authentic engagement to our lives.

"Do not miss a single chance - not one single opportunity - to tell someone how wonderful they are, how special they are, how important to you they are, how incredible as a person they are, how beautiful they are inside and out. Do not miss a single opening in which to insert such a comment, genuinely felt and genuinely meant."
- Neale Donald Walsch

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#psychology #mental health

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More Than Sound Podcast 41 - Learning Emotional Intelligence: The Importance Of Practice | More Than Sound Blog

More Than Sound Podcast 41 - Learning Emotional Intelligence: The Importance Of Practice | More Than Sound Blog | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Mirabai Bush sits down with Daniel Goleman to discuss questions her mindfulness students asked about emotional intelligence.
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Filling the Leadership Pipeline: Developing the Reluctant Emerging Leader - Huffington Post (blog)

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Filling the Leadership Pipeline: Developing the Reluctant Emerging Leader
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The generational make-up of the participants was Baby Boomer and Gen X.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 20, 2013 10:57 PM

Leadership has an image problem amongst Millennials and that signals trouble for today's executives. According to Lauren Rikleen, who has studied workplace demographics for Boston College's Center for Work and Family there won't be enough members of the Gen X population to fill anticipated leadership roles in the next decade.

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Paulo Coelho on Jesus, Twitter and the difference between defeat and failure

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Stuart Jeffries: One of the world's most popular writers, Coelho has survived being sent to an asylum by his parents and tortured by Brazil's ruling militia

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Chris Chan's curator insight, March 20, 2013 11:29 PM

The author of 'Alchemist', with 9.8 million Facebook fans, 6.3 million Twitter followers, and a fanbase embracing readers in the Islamic republic of Iran and the socialist republic of Cuba.  He can also confirm Jennifer Lawrence's archery technique is authentic in 'The Hunger Games'.

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3 Simple Conversations That Will Change The Rest Of Your Life. | Edgy Conversations

Any situation, no matter how bad it might appear at first, can be  remedied with the right conversation.  So being a master of that right conversation is an invaluable skill to have.  Without it, you find yourself alienating advocates and burning bridges.

 


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EQRocks's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:24 AM

3 Great Questions (and essential EQ skills):

"Thank You..." -- gratitude

"I'm sorry..." -- humility, single biggest barrier to relationships(!)
"Why?" -- curiosity

The right conversation will take very little time, cost you nothing (except some courage) and could very well transform your life! 

 
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The Science of Productivity

Productivity is on the minds of many. So what can science tell us about the human brain and productive work? How do we become more efficient at working, and spend less time working overall?


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Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest

Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

 

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

 

A few years ago the London Sunday Times ran an article with the title “Whatever Happened to Real Leaders?” It read in part: “The foreign secretary was a stuffed shirt. But the prime minister was not even that: ‘he was just a hole in the air.’ The words are George Orwell’s, applied to Lord Halifax and Stanley Baldwin, in the late 1930s. What resonance they have today! . . . What the country needs is leadership, and this is true of the Western world as a whole.”

 

The article continued, “The gap between the desirable and the real has never been as great in this respect. As you open the newspapers or watch the television news, is there a single political leader in the West whose words you would expect to remember? Would you expect to learn anything from them? Do you expect them to do anything inspiring or creative, or even just the right thing? We have reached a real low point in leadership, lower than at any other time in recent history. . . . ‘I sowed dragons, and I reaped fleas,’ said Nietzsche.” It’s a powerful plea for the kind of leadership that can deliver humanity from the grip of its many problems and evils.


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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:59 AM

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

John Michel's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:17 PM

True leadership is and always has been a selfless action. It involves taking yourself out of the picture and considering the needs of others. It is a way of thinking that takes other people into account even when your own needs are pressing.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Defeating the Fear Monster! Part 2

Defeating the Fear Monster! Part 2 | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In my last article, Defeating the Fear Monster! Part 1, I listed the fears that make up what Jim Haudan, CEO and Founder or Root Inc, calls the Fear Monster.  In Part 2, I will focus on two specifi...

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 19, 2013 6:48 PM

Not only is the middle manager about to get swallowed by the tornado, he is getting pulled apart by two forces that are not in alignment!

 

~Does this image scare you?

 

~Have you ever felt like this at work?

 

~Not only have I felt like this for most of my career, many of my employees feel the same way!

 

~In terms of feedback, do you think it is easy for a middle manager to explain to senior management that he that he finds himself pulled in two different directions?

 

~That seems like a tough message to deliver, don’t you think?

 

~Or, is it easier for middle managers to look at a visual like The Canyon when it is being shared by the senior executives and say, “We often feel like this.”

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Every Moment Is A Chance To Practice

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"Every moment is a moment to practice and cultivate your virtues. The point isn’t perfect execution but continual practice."

 

"If you’re not occasionally losing your balance, you’re not stretching yourself. The more powerful you become, the more each movement can take you off balance."


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Leadership is About Core Values

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Leadership is about discovering, understanding, remembering, and focusing on core values. Leaders discover core values. Leaders discover their own core values, and the core values of the people aro...

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Rich Maxwell's curator insight, March 21, 2013 2:41 PM

The most important core vlaues are not the ones brought down from on high after senior leadership went to a retreat.  They evole from the front line up.  What are the core values your people have?  How do they align with what you, as a leader, see as necessary for the success of the company?  Once you begin acting from this vantage point you can better align the core values of your people with those of the company, and sustainable corporate culture is all about values alignement.

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Mediocre Me - Make Hope a Habit

Mediocre Me - Make Hope a Habit | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

It’s been said that hope is the first of our “emergency” virtues. Specifically, hope is a virtue that keeps us going through difficulties. It is a life raft we cling to when all seems lost.


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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:45 PM

The dictionary tells us hope means “to look forward with confidence or expectation.” From such a view, hope encourages us to adopt an optimistic vision of the future that is much better than the status quo. It enables us to claim our power when we feel powerless, just as it empowers us to transcend our limitations when we feel we don’t have what it takes to grow into our fullest potential. Thus, in simplest terms, hope helps us defeat mediocrity by pointing our imagination in a positive direction.

////////////John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Think in terms of possibilities and solutions rather than limitations.


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The New Rules of Leadership - Forbes

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Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the crocuses are poking up their hopeful heads. Yet, these remain bleak times for too many job seekers, even leaders and managers with impressive resumes.
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What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life)

What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

In the past decade, there has been a lot of fascinating academic research conducted around habit formation and willpower. By examining things like how smokers quit, why student perform well, and how New Year's resolvers stay on track, researchers are starting to piece together the answers to how we can build lasting habits and improve our ability to resist temptation. One surprising result is this: to improve your overall well-being, start a new regular habit. Pretty much any positive habit will do.


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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:21 PM

At the turn of the 21st century, a landmark meta-study was conducted that looked at the question "Does Self Control Resemble a Muscle?" After reviewing hundreds of studies over the past few decades, the authors concluded that the answer was "Yes, it does."

Social scientists all over the world started to examine willpower and self-regulation from this "muscle" metaphor. For instance, if willpower is like a muscle, and muscles can get stronger over time with training, could willpower similarly be trained and strengthened?

Paul Grout's comment, August 23, 2013 2:57 AM
Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing.

We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com
Paul Grout's curator insight, August 23, 2013 2:58 AM

Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com

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4 Reasons Great Leaders Get Overlooked

4 Reasons Great Leaders Get Overlooked | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Despite all your best efforts, are you failing to get the recognition you think you deserve? Here's what's going on.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:03 PM

There you are: battling away month after month in difficult surroundings, giving it your all (or nearly your all), saving everyone else's hides, thinking so far outside the box that the box is barely visible, delivering added value faster than a speeding train... basically, you're laying waste to every leadership metaphor there is.

And yet, despite all your best efforts, you might as well be working down a coal mine for all the recognition you get.

Ever felt that way?

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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25 phrases to guide you to greatness in public speaking

25 cardinal phrases to power your public speaking skills!


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Brian Buchmann's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:03 PM

I like it

MAB 1 Online Marketing's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:17 AM

anyone with difficulty with public speaking maybe this will help!

Elsie Barone's curator insight, June 21, 2013 10:03 AM

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Transforming a Company Is Daunting, But You Can Prepare for It

Transforming a Company Is Daunting, But You Can Prepare for It | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
There's no harder job for a corporate leader than transformation.

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Pope Benedict XVI and the Leadership Issue No One Wants to Talk About

Pope Benedict XVI and the Leadership Issue No One Wants to Talk About | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
His resignation is a reminder of how physically and emotionally demanding effective leadership actually is.

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Kimberly Togman's curator insight, February 11, 2013 10:45 PM

Leadership is hard. That's one of the lessons that the HBR editors want us to take from the pope's resignation announcement today. That and that energy and endurance are critical for leaders. 

 

I think it also illustrates that it takes courage and strong beliefs to follow your convictions against the great tide of history.  You?

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Shaken, Not Stirred, in a Deep Champagne Goblet

Shaken, Not Stirred, in a Deep Champagne Goblet | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
It can be relatively easy. You get in. You get out. Call it a routine. Getting to work had become just that, a routine. Even the Martinis weren't Shaken, Not Stirred, anymore. In Skyfall Bond is literally torn and twisted.
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Brief thought starter on James Bond and the concept of flow.

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What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading

What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The lessons I learned later helped me as CEO.
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Doug Conant went on to become famous as a leared with the Campbells Soup company.  The leassons he learned are very valuable.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:16 PM

Outstanding advice from a world-class leader.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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Motivation Monday: Move It or Lose It - Pioneer Outfitters Alaska

Motivation Monday: Move It or Lose It - Pioneer Outfitters Alaska | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
You are on the right path, invested in time, blood, sweat and most likely, a few tears. What are you doing, just standing there? Move it or lose it!
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Great practical picture of hwat 'doing what you  say" really means!

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Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Want to write everyday? Start exercising? Quit smoking? We look at how to hack our brains' hard-wired habit loops to change our lives for the better.


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Kimberly Togman's comment, March 18, 2013 5:06 PM
Duhigg's narrative on habits is a good one. He lays out a clear path to effecting personal and system wide change. And helps us understand why it is so hard. Also check out Chip and Dan Heath's "Switch," William Bridges "Transitions" and Rick Maurer's "Beyond the Wall of Resistance."
The BioSync Team's comment, March 18, 2013 8:04 PM
Thanks Kimberly for the book recommendations. I am familiar with William Bridges "Transitions". It is one of the books I recommend on my site (http://www.biosync.com/resources/recommended-reading/). I will look at the other two as well.
Kelsey Walsh's curator insight, February 11, 2015 1:51 PM

I chose this article because it answers the question, "How do I get in the habit of running?" It explains how to replace old habits with new ones and include rewards.

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Checklist: What 9 things can help you make better decisions?

Checklist: What 9 things can help you make better decisions? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Francesca Gino is a professor at Harvard Business School and has done a number of fascinating studies in social psychology exploring the sometimes crazy things that influence your behavior and the biases the human mind seems inherently prone to.

In her book Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan she compiles many of her findings and lays out a strategy for overcoming your brain’s common errors so you can make better decisions.

What are her recommendations?


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Kimberly Togman's comment, March 18, 2013 5:11 PM
Also check out the newest from Dan and Chip Heath, "Decisive" it hits the shelves on March 31st but you can find excerpts on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Decisive-Make-Better-Choices-Life/dp/0307956393. In the book they outline an effective model for decision making: WRAP: Widen your options, Reality check your assumptions, Attain distance, and Prepare to be wrong. As with all their books, the Heath brothers lay out stories to illustrate how to employ their strategies as well as compelling examples from business and evidence from science. Great book.
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Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions - Harvard Business Review

Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions - Harvard Business Review | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Decision making lies at the heart of our personal and professional lives. Every day we make decisions. Some are small, domestic, and innocuous. Others are more important, affecting people’s lives, livelihoods, and well-being. Inevitably, we make mistakes along the way.


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Crowdsourcing Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Crowdsourcing Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The rock musician, humanitarian, and venture capitalist Bono is perhaps echoing the thinking among many of today's top business leaders with the line, “We thought we had the answers, but it was the questions we had wrong.”But excellence in asking...

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The Psychology of Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception

The Psychology of Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
True thought leader books are captivating because they 'get' how readers' minds work and how their hearts ache.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:13 AM

Ready to fly high and also keep a safe distance from both the sun and the sea:-) just need to figure am I going to be my own Daedalus?

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