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14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

Ever wonder how successful people spend their weekends? Here are 14 things they do (or should be doing).

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The Draining Worry Habit and How to Overcome It

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Image by amira_a (license). “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” Swedish Proverb One of the most common and subtly – or not so subtly – destructive habits people get wrapped up in must be worrying.

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I'm not sure we ever overcome this - or should do.  But we do need to learn to manage it better...

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John Michel's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:48 PM

One of the most common and subtly – or not so subtly – destructive habits people get wrapped up in must be worrying.

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How to Suck at Leadership, A Quick 7 Steps

Have you ever woken up in the morning and said to yourself: “I’m tired of being a good leader. Today, I want to suck at it!”

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:47 PM

Concise take on the matter!  

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The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading

The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Joshua Freedman (@eqjosh) shares the science behind what's going on inside your head. Emotional intelligence, he says, is the difference that makes the difference.
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:50 PM

'One of the central challenges in learning and leading is the ability for people to connect, to collaborate, and to find the common ground needed to work out the intense polarizations that lead to so many of the terrible headlines we see. While humans have a fierce independence, we are actually social animals, and mirror neurons are evidence of this interdependence.'


Bottom line:  "In short, when we work with human nature, and we take care of basic emotional needs, people perform better. Thus it’s a “no brainer” that we learn more about the brain and how to use this cutting edge science to inform the way we lead and live."

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Leading Ethically and The Control Trap

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By Linda Fisher Thornton

Why is controlling leadership so harmful in organizations? There are a number of powerful reasons that have ethical implications:
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Honor Yourself

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Today I ask you to honor yourself. I know what you are probably thinking: that the best leaders are the ones who are of service to others.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:58 PM

I need to like myself before I can expect others to.

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10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
If and when it's employed properly, humor can be a key to success at work. Here's how.

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Life's tough enough, and for most people it's a long way to retirement - may as well enjoy it along the way...!

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5 Ways Storytelling Can Boost Participation and Performance

5 Ways Storytelling Can Boost Participation and Performance | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Boost morale, performance and collaboration by telling the story in which others want to participate.

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4 Traits Leaders Need To Influence Others - Leadership, Sales & Life

4 Traits Leaders Need To Influence Others - Leadership, Sales & Life | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leaders need four basic traits to influence others. These traits are important and can be developed over time. Some can be taught at an early age in life.

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How To Be a Natural Leader and Influence the People Around You

How To Be a Natural Leader and Influence the People Around You | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Seriously – the art of leadership and persuasion is not in forcing people to do something. Instead, the art is in being an inspiration – being someone, whose team people want to be on.


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The art of leadership is not in forcing people to do something. Instead, the art is in being an inspiration – being someone, whose team people want to be on.

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6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better

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Exceptional leaders differentiate themselves by doing a few things better. Here are six things you can learn from them.

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Some good differentiators here...

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Are You Judged by the Company You Keep? - Butterfly Maiden

Are You Judged by the Company You Keep? - Butterfly Maiden | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
They say you can get a feel for a person based on the five people they spend the most time with, therefore the company you keep is potentially influential

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Janet Louise Stephenson's curator insight, May 5, 2013 7:17 PM

The latest from my blog: "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who YOU are." #personaldevelopment #friendship #authenticity

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True leaders are human

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Being a leader is much more complicated than simply acting leader-like. True leadership (the type that changes lives by giving followers self-respect and value with the windfall of changing attitude and behavior) is good for organizational performance and product quality. True leadership is quality-based. Fake leadership is leader-like-sound-bites of things leaders might say


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Peter Francis's curator insight, May 6, 2013 4:59 AM

Never forget followers are people not numbers

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life is one of the best Infographics created in the category. Check out 30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life now!


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Trumans's curator insight, May 8, 2013 5:12 PM

We like: Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on yur way. 

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 9, 2013 9:19 AM

Sometimes, the basics hold true!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, August 21, 2013 9:15 AM

Dr. Suess rules...gotta love the fun and wisdom!

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Leadership lessons from a bowl of porridge | The Learning Factor

Leadership lessons from a bowl of porridge | The Learning Factor | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

 

Let’s face it, change is a pain. My wife loves to cook and decided she wanted a Thermomix for her birthday.  Although there is no appliance she doesn’t already own, a Thermomix was what she wanted. If you are novice like me, buying a Thermomix is like buying a BMW for the kitchen (almost as expensive), however we gave her what she wanted.  “Happy wife, happy life” has been a long held motto of mine after I learnt it from our local Italian deli owner.

 

Since then we have been experiencing amazing quality cooking like I have never had before. BUT (and there is always a but), I didn’t understand this German technology at all. There it sits on the kitchen bench all shiny and proud, but to me scary as hell. Like a loyal blue heeler cattle dog, who loves its owner but bites any stranger who approaches it.

 

Just after it’s arrival my wife, a born and bred teacher, attempted to show me how to make scrambled eggs. There were more keystrokes to remember than attempting to join two photos together using Adobe Photoshop! In the end I promptly made a mental note – “avoid the blue heeler”.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:17 PM

What I learned about leadership from my bowl of porridge.

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"As leaders our job is to inspire and show our teams the vision of what they could be after they embrace change!! Hmmm, something to ponder over as I eat another bowl of porridge."

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Top HR executive talks about the importance of leadership at all levels of the ... - Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release)

Top HR executive talks about the importance of leadership at all levels of the ... - Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Top HR executive talks about the importance of leadership at all levels of the ...


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Is Your Team Promotion Or Prevention-Focused? Here’s Why It Matters To Leaders - TanveerNaseer.com

Is Your Team Promotion Or Prevention-Focused? Here’s Why It Matters To Leaders - TanveerNaseer.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Discover how leaders can manage promotion and prevention focus among their employees to help their organization achieve their shared purpose.
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"Is your employee a risk-taker, or does he avoid risks like the plague? Does she get uncomfortable with too much optimism or praise, or is she known for her sunny outlook? Do some assignments always seem particularly hard for her, while she excels at others naturally?

The answers to these questions give you a window into your employee’s motivational focus – something every leader needs to understand in order to give feedback and create incentives that are persuasive and motivating."

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Do we have a leadership issue? | TrainingZone.co.uk

Do we have a leadership issue? | TrainingZone.co.uk | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Improving leadership is often seen as a panacea. The cry goes up for leadership and for leaders who will swoop in and save the day. These new leaders are expected to be like comic book superheroes with billowing capes and impossibly perfect physiques. They will put things right against all the odds, and good will triumph. So, the solution to all the problems is to run a leadership program. Clearly there is not enough leadership in the middle levels of the organisation. It is the missing ingredient that is denying us the success we deserve. A leadership programme is commissioned and run...and very little changes.

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Interesting thoughts about follower skills - and we all have to follow someone!

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Curing the Common Cold of Leadership: Poor Listening

Curing the Common Cold of Leadership: Poor Listening | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Leaders today are beset by overwhelming demands – scheduled every 15 minutes through the day, with an incoming barrage of messages via phone, email, texts, and knocks on the door. Who has time

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, May 7, 2013 10:48 AM

How to be more mindful ... and less basal ganglia!

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Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity

Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Three factors have kept complexity science out of C-suites -- until now.

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"Managers, I think, should now get ready to face the full complexity of their organizations and economic environments and, if not control them, learn how to intervene with deliberate, positive effect. Embracing complexity will not make their jobs easier, but it is a recognition of reality, and an idea whose time has come."


Good article, preaching a pragmatic view of the reality we live with...

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Innovation Excellence | How to Suck at Leadership

Innovation Excellence | How to Suck at Leadership | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
If you’re tired of being an effective leader, here’s some timely advice on how to do it badly. (#Innovation Alert - How to Suck at Leadership - If you’re tired of being an effective leader, here’s some time...

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John Michel's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:55 PM
A different, fun way to think about leadership.
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Leadership Is A Relational Skill - Forbes

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Leadership Is A Relational Skill
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I have said many times that if you want to know the effectiveness of a leader, then ask those who are led.

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The power of relationships - ultimately, it's all we have...

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John Michel's curator insight, May 6, 2013 4:54 PM

 We all know of examples of leaders who excelled in one environment and failed in another, as well as leaders who were average in one organization and proved spectacular in a new role. One of the factors explaining this phenomenon is that leadership is a relational skill; it is about how you interact with others. Sometimes we relate well, and other times not so well, but how we relate is always having an impact on our leadership effectiveness.

Rafael Hernampérez's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:14 AM

Leadership Is A Relational Skill - Forbes

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:22 AM

Relational - and situational!

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Care to Dare: a challenge to high performance leaders

Care to Dare: a challenge to high performance leaders | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Bond with people, be accessible, develop talent, drive change, encourage risk…these are just a few marks of high performance leadership as outlined by George Kohlrieser.

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Wisdom from an excellent IMD professor - worth a watch...

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:59 PM

 Interesting background, interesting points ... worth listening!

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30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth

30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:52 PM

Scientists have suggested that, with a little willpower, it takes roughly 30 days for a person to form a new habit.  As with mastering anything new, the act of starting and getting beyond the preliminary stage where everything feels awkward is 80% of the battle.  This is precisely why it’s important to make small, positive changes every day over the course of at least a 30 day period.


Linda Allen's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:29 PM

I'm up for the challenge--how about you?

Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:29 AM

Sometimes we need little reminders about how to stay connected with our humanity and the humanity of others. I found this to be inspiring. 

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The Impact Of Stress On Emotional Wellbeing – And How To Deal With It.

The Impact Of Stress On Emotional Wellbeing – And How To Deal With It. | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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Shirley Marriott's comment, May 12, 2013 12:59 PM
This is one area that I can help with. I offer a variety of therapies which will help to reduce your stress levels and give you the much needed time out even 10 minutes and I offer these therapies not only in a variety of clinics but due to the lack of time people have I can come to the office environment. During the therapy you remain fully clothed and I work with you to cause the least disruption to the work being carried out. As little as 10 minutes can make a huge difference to a persons life. We think we have not got the time but can you really afford for the negative effects of stress to build up?
WorkplaceIncentives's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:19 PM

Stress is often seen as the result of an event. The event causes stress. However this isn't true. We as individuals have the ability to control whether or not we 'get stressed'. It is in fact our perception of any event or 'thing' that may cause us to be stressed. Should we perceive an event in a positive light or choose to frame the event constructively, we can prevent ourselves from becoming stressed. As you're reading this insight you might be thinking that it may seem like we're stating the obvious and yet so many people, probably including yourself, get stressed on a regular basis...

Jesse Wieser's curator insight, May 20, 2013 4:43 PM

My thoughts

After reading this article, I find the mini-relaxation plans suggested are a huge help when your running on little to no time and just need a quick breather. The relaxation plan in this article goes into detail about what can you do to relieve some stress in 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, etc. which can be very helpful even trying these plans in between classes on account of the fact school can be very stressful at times. What I enjoyed the most about this article is the 2 minute relaxation plan, where I'll be taking 1 deep breath for every number I count down too since deep-breathing helps relieves stress and some of the bad toxins in your body.