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What is Appreciative Inquiry? - | Le coaching professionnel par Soizic Merdrignac

What is Appreciative Inquiry? -  | Le coaching professionnel par Soizic Merdrignac | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Coaching Leaders - (RT @talking4good: Great introduction to #AI (appreciative inquiry) http://t.co/ZaODJjuA #coaching #change) (What is Appreciative Inquiry?

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All leaders should understand this process!

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Leadership is a Journey

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“How do I get an ‘A’?”  
This was a very common question while I was getting my undergraduate degree. It wasn’t until my last semester when a very wise professor made this profound statement, “Don’t worry about the grade!

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Like most journeys, it's better sometimes if you stop to explore and smell the roses...

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In an Era of Complexity - The C-Suite Opens Up

In an Era  of Complexity - The C-Suite Opens Up | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

The long-held idea that a CEO is the only person within a business who has the ability to change the world is daunting and unfair. For such a concept to be the model for innovation is a risky bet. 


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Karin Sebelin's comment, January 10, 2013 3:28 AM
thank you for this wonderful article, David :-)
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Daniel Goleman on Leadership

Excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new video series Leadership: A Master Class. The eight-part video collection includes more than eight hours of research finding...

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Invest 2 minutes!  I suspect much of the 8 hours is worth it too!

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AltruisticLeadership's curator insight, January 9, 2013 11:22 AM

Daniel Goleman ... enough said!

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» 13 Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself - World of Psychology

» 13 Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself  - World of Psychology | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Whenever you’re anxious, sad or overwhelmed or simply need some soothing, it helps to have a collection of comforting -- and healthy -- tools to turn to.

But some calming activities don’t work for everyone. 

So we asked three experts for their take on how readers can truly soothe their minds and bodies without needing more money, time or anything else, for that matter. Below are 13 strategies anyone can use to comfort themselves when they’re having a bad day.


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Great Tips. I'm sure you'll find at least one strategie that works for you.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:11 AM

(I agree!) Great Tips. I'm sure you'll find at least one strategie that works for you.

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Esercizi per calmarsi e rilassarsi.

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» 13 Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself - World of Psychology

» 13 Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself  - World of Psychology | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Whenever you’re anxious, sad or overwhelmed or simply need some soothing, it helps to have a collection of comforting -- and healthy -- tools to turn to.

But some calming activities don’t work for everyone. 

So we asked three experts for their take on how readers can truly soothe their minds and bodies without needing more money, time or anything else, for that matter. Below are 13 strategies anyone can use to comfort themselves when they’re having a bad day.


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Great Tips. I'm sure you'll find at least one strategie that works for you.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:11 AM

(I agree!) Great Tips. I'm sure you'll find at least one strategie that works for you.

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Mario Maresca's curator insight, January 10, 2013 10:00 AM

Esercizi per calmarsi e rilassarsi.

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15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners

15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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This was a relief...

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 9, 2013 7:23 AM

"The daydream begins. It’s a familiar scene, one we have likely both experienced as students and struggled against in our students as teachers. But daydreaming is not what it might seem. Recent research in both psychology and neuroscience makes clear that daydreaming is an essential part of mental processing, reasoning and, yes, even learning."

Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, January 9, 2013 12:30 PM

Thanks Anu and others, this was something I needed!

Trumans's curator insight, January 9, 2013 4:35 PM

Daydreamers are thinkers.  In order to stay in front of the competition one of the biggest challenges is "how?"  Thinkers may have the answer...

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How to Make the Best Choices in Life: 5 Practical Insights

How to Make the Best Choices in Life: 5 Practical Insights | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”  ~Stephen R.

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15 Big Differences Between Acting Like a Boss and BEING a Leader | TerryStarbucker.com

15 Big Differences Between Acting Like a Boss and BEING a Leader | TerryStarbucker.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In fast paced, high stress business environments it can be all too easy sometimes for leaders to slip into what I call “Boss Man” mode. What I mean by that is that they stop being a leader, and start acting like a boss.

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Some nice distinctions.

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Roger Francis's curator insight, January 9, 2013 5:32 AM

Some nice distinctions.

donhornsby's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:24 AM

Some nice distinctions.

 

(From the article): Keep this list handy, or better yet, post it on your personal bulletin board as you continue on your leadership journey, so you can recognize any Boss Man tendencies and stop them in their tracks.

 

BE a leader, not a boss!

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 9, 2013 3:11 PM

This can come across as a bit too critical, but, the truth is, we can all slip into this mode and this list can be a job aid on how to continue leading and being as good of a boss as we can be.  :)

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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Many would say if you’re in the leadership business, you’re also in the business of dealing with adversity. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today’s post I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some to succeed where others fail.


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(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

Amy Melendez's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:31 AM

(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

 

Just as a diamond cannot be polished without friction, neither can you fully develop your skills without them being tested by adversity. Use obstacles and failures as an opportunity to polish your skills. I think Winston Churchill said it best when he noted, “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:54 PM

Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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John E. Michel is a widely recognized expert in culture, strategy & individual and organizational change. An accomplished unconventional leader and proven status quo buster, he has successfully led several multi-billion dollar transformation efforts and his award-winning work has been featured in a wide variety of articles and journals, including the Harvard Business Review. You are encouraged to learn more about John at his website, www.MedicoreMe.com

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The Leader of the Future

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It's hard to imagine discussing "the leader of the future" without having a discussion with Ronald Heifetz -- one of the world's leading authorities on leadership.

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Worth reading.

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Connect and Grow... Fusion of Social Networking with Personal Development

Connect and Grow... Fusion of Social Networking with Personal Development | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Now the future of e-learning, training, and development points towards social learning and knowledge networking. Extending development beyond the traditional classroom, workplace, and training media, towards self-directed learning, collaborative production and evaluation of knowledge, brainstorming, problem solving, and ultimately personal responsibility (critical for both adults and younger learners). Thus people who tend to sink in the background or be marginalized in formal settings can now interact with more confidence.

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Interesting work and opportunity to develop professional skills and measure emotional intelligence online. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2012 5:56 PM

Social networking is the way to establish your presence beyond the home town circle of freinds you grew up with. 

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 8, 2013 11:56 PM

Interesting work and opportunity to develop professional skills and measure emotional intelligence online. 

David Hain's comment, January 9, 2013 2:52 AM
Interesting site - will try it out.
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How to design breakthrough inventions -Use Empathy

How to design breakthrough inventions -Use Empathy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Global firm IDEO incorporates human behavior into product design -- an innovative approach being taught at Stanford. Charlie Rose profiles the company's founder, David Kelley.

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cool thanks

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Edwin Rutsch's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:56 PM

cool thanks

Create Wise Leader's comment, January 9, 2013 7:07 AM
Great insight into how to lead Human Centred Design. I particulary like how IDEO build a team of people from diverse backgrounds.
Create Wise Leader's curator insight, January 9, 2013 7:08 AM

cool thanks

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Roman Krznaric - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

*Cultural historian and author of 'Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live' Roman Krznaric reveals how the art of empathy can not only enrich one's own life but also help to create social change.

Here the article to that video:

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/six_habits_of_highly_empathic_people1

Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers
Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities
Habit 3: Try another person’s life
Habit 4: Listen hard—and open up
Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change
Habit 6: Develop an ambitious imagination

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I think this is such a potentially powerful movement - see also www.startempathy.org

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Listening, Empathy, Conceptualization: Characteristics of Servant Leadership

Listening, Empathy, Conceptualization: Characteristics of Servant Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

We begin with looking at how the characteristics of Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization fulfill the principle of Transformation. You may remember Transformation in this context is a vehicle for personal and institutional growth. At The Inspired Business Center we believe that Authentic Servant Leaders use Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization to help both their people and their organization as they develop new, improved and innovative forms of meeting the needs of all their stakeholders.


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Characteristics of any good leadership!

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 Monique Biloro's comment, January 8, 2013 6:04 AM
As a leader you may grow also by generative listening.
Ricard Lloria's curator insight, January 8, 2013 2:47 PM

Characteristics of any good leadership!

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What is Self Empathy and When Do You Need It?

Are you your own worst enemy at times? Spend 4 minutes with Nonviolent Communication trainer Rodger Sorrow learning about self-empathy and why it's so helpful...


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4 minutes that may help you to avoid being one of the 1 in 4 who will uffer from depression, or better support those who do!

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Everyone wants avoid pain but examining our imperfections without judgment or self-blame are essential to healing through developing self compassion.

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Take Charge of Your Strategy

Take Charge of Your Strategy | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The speed and scale of change in today’s business environment are forcing businesses to rethink old assumptions as never before. New opportunities and threats arise daily; they can come almost

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, January 6, 2013 10:02 PM

Attention CEOs, business unit leads and owner-managers - Don't outsource your strategy 100%.  As a career strategist, I've often felt handicapped without the help & follow-through from company leaders to actually implement and champion the strategic plan.  This is YOUR company.  Make strategy matter.

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How Can I Make Deadlines Less Stressful?

How Can I Make Deadlines Less Stressful? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Dear Lifehacker, I know everyone has to deal with them, but deadlines make me feel anxious and even paralyzed sometimes. Is there something I can do to make deadlines less awful and deal with them better?


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The Three Stages of Your Career

The Three Stages of Your Career | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Learn the differences between doers, managers, and leaders
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Are you learning the right skills for the next stage?  Is your organisation preparing you or just taking the best technician and dumping them in 'management'?

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Leaders: 4 Ways to Improve Your Ability to Think and Learn

Successful leaders need to think and learn on a consistent basis. It’s been proven that stress reduces our ability to learn. Fight or Flight Our response to stress is born from the “Fight or Flight...
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"Create a place to pause and reflect that surrounds you with wonderful memories that takes your focus off of you and directs it to what is really important in your life."


We all need a place like this...

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:03 AM

I totally agree David, great scoop!

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10 Characteristics of Community Leaders

10 Characteristics of Community Leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
In addition to traits of superior leadership in any discipline, such as integrity and responsibility, here are ten characteristics that are particular to excellent community leaders.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 6, 2013 4:37 PM

Leadership needs to get adapted on a daily base...

 

Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 6, 2013 7:00 PM

The facts are, any business page you create, in any social media  network, is really the beginning of creating your own community for people to be a part of. Why would they want to join yours?

AnnC's curator insight, January 7, 2013 10:12 PM

Walk beside and develop leadership in your community.

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Leaders in Beta: Testing What Works

Leaders in Beta: Testing What Works | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Due to the complex challenges we face in the world, leaders will benefit tremendously when embracing a ‘beta mindset’.

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Courage: An Essential Leadership Trait

Courage: An Essential Leadership Trait | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

According to Aristotle, courage is the first virtue because it makes all other virtues possible. 

 

Here is a list of ten things you can do as a leader to show and develop courage:

1. Stand up for what is right even if your opinion is unpopular.
2. Keep quiet and let others speak even if you think they are wrong.
3. Delegate with confidence.
4. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
5. Take responsibility for your actions.
6. Maintain your integrity even when temptation abounds.
7. Ask what you can give, rather than what you can get.
8. Give credit where credit is due.
9. Be kind when giving feedback.
10. Ask. Don’t tell.

 


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Ricard Lloria's comment, January 6, 2013 4:23 PM
Great and fantastic :)
Anne Egros's curator insight, January 7, 2013 3:25 PM

Sounds a great list of virtues, wondering if we can have it all in one person ? after all leaders are humans too !

AlGonzalezinfo's comment, January 10, 2013 6:05 AM
Good point Anne! I look at this as a good leadership "job aid" which can remind me of best practices. I will not always achieve them but can continue trying to improve :)
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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights.

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We all need this!

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ThinDifference's curator insight, January 14, 2013 7:14 AM

It is amazing what 20 minutes can do to settle us, let us create, and refresh us...

donhornsby's curator insight, January 14, 2013 8:03 AM

(From the article): New research from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests that people who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. In other words, meditation might make your brain bigger, faster, and "younger". As lead researcher Eileen Luders explains, "it appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain."

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Humane Connection: Humane Educator's Toolbox: The Power of Outrospection

Humane Connection: Humane Educator's Toolbox: The Power of Outrospection | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Enough navel gazing! It's time to look outward to know ourselves, and to help create a better world!, says philosopher and author Roman Krznaric. In this 10 minute video (animated by RSA Animate) Krznaric argues for a turn to "outrospection." He focuses on the power of empathy as a revolutionary tool for changing the world.

In outlining his argument, he uses powerful examples, such as strategies being used  to bring about peace between Palestine and Israel. He also talks about the power of empathy as a mass force -- something that happens on a collective scale.


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Great idea, well realised!

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People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.