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16 Harsh Truths That Will Make You Stronger, Smarter & More Powerful

16 Harsh Truths That Will Make You Stronger, Smarter & More Powerful | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Life, as we all know, is a series of games of many forms. It is a game of will, a game of speed and a game of wit as well. One thing is for sure, neither of these are in any way simple to understand or overcome. If only we were informed of this abundance of compromising situations earlier.

Throughout our young lives we have always been sheltered by school, lied to by our older peers and were always told that if we do x y and z that everything will just work out with no resistance whatsoever.

Of course, as we get older and graduate from college, we soon realize that the real world bears some harsh truths that some of us are no necessarily ready for. The real world is a cold place that can crumble a person and break them down within seconds.

It’s there to work against you, not with you. Still, it is ultimately up to you as to how you handle this clash of wills and how to make sure you and only you are in charge of what happens to you. Accepting these harsh truths and formulating a game plan to adapt to them and end up on top will greatly assist you in your ability to roll with all the punches life throws at you, we assure you that much.


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Tom Hood's curator insight, June 14, 2013 7:32 AM

Great advice for young professionals (and even us seasoned profesisonals), it is really about taking responsibility and thinking about adding more valus than you cost evey day!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:50 AM

We need to know these truths to learn resiliency.

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Transformation in Leadership, Part 1: A Developmental Study of Warren Buffett | Integral Leadership Review

Transformation in Leadership, Part 1: A Developmental Study of Warren Buffett | Integral Leadership Review | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

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Stubborn People That Don’t Get It

Stubborn People That Don’t Get It | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

 My friend Steve is a smart guy. He is a hard-driving business man and he is always coming up with new models for new businesses.

 

Recently Steve and I were talking about people who just don’t see to get it.  It was then that he knocked me over with this statement:

“The people that don’t get it; they don’t get that they don’t get it.”

 

If you are lucky, someone mentors or coaches you through your blind spot and you stop hitting your thumb with a hammer.

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If your only tool is a hammer, you will tend to see everything as a nail!

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John Michel's curator insight, June 13, 2013 6:56 PM

When you repeatedly make a mistake in how you lead, how you build relationships, how you close a sale or whatever the case may be, it is the thumb and hammer effect.

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When Stress Strikes: 10 Questions To Help You Take Better Care of Yourself

When Stress Strikes: 10 Questions To Help You Take Better Care of Yourself | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Self-care is the basis for our well-being. And when stress strikes, we especially need to attend to our emotional, physical and spiritual needs and practice nourishing, healthy habits.
But, for many of us, that’s exactly when our self-care dips.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:53 AM

When you’re facing a difficult situation or any kind of stressor, it helps to know exactly what and who will bring you the most comfort and let you express your feelings healthfully and safely.

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Seven Paths to a Meaningful Life

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A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 16, 2013 3:32 PM

Teachers who inspire their students are everyday heroes, who should be more treasured by our society, as should parents and guardians like you here today who have sacrificed much for the well-being and success of your longtime students.

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9 Qualities Of Truly Confident People

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First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others.Confidence is quiet: It’s

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God Is.'s curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Need improvement... Sometimes lots of improvement...

Helen Teague's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:09 AM

I like the article's inclusion of the quiet, reflective aspect of confidence.

AnnC's curator insight, June 13, 2013 7:02 PM

Reflective style hungry to learn more from others as good leaders always seek to learn more from others.

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Powerful Leadership: Do Unto Others As They Would Want Done

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I recommend you revise the Golden Rule. Let me explain.This past week, I pissed off a major business partner. I can't get into all the details, but, in essence, I added my own sales force to my product his team had been selling.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:46 AM

Interesting view...

Jerry Linnins's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:08 PM

Years ago I heard someone call this "The Platinum Rule." I also heard a quote that said the most unfair thing we can do is to treat everyone alike. Hmmmmm.

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Attitude is Everything | The Leadership Hub

Attitude is Everything | The Leadership Hub | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
One of my favourite quotes is “the positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible”

This is something that I truly believe.

I often say ‘the first step on the path to success is trying’, but we will never really try unless we have a positive attitude and believe we can do it.

If we start something without believing we will be successful, then we are not really trying, we are just going through the motions with quitting already in our minds.

When I talk about trying, I am talking about really giving it a go, believing that if you give it your best shot, then you have a chance of success.

That doesn’t mean it’s success is guaranteed, but if you try not believing you will succeed, then failure is guaranteed.


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Leadership Begins With Humility - TanveerNaseer.com

Leadership Begins With Humility - TanveerNaseer.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chad “Corntassel” Smith discusses the relationship of humility and vision in leadership.
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Great piece!

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Different Kinds of Empathy

Empathy is central to leadership abilities. Daniel Goleman discusses the three different kinds of empathy: Cognitive, Emotional, and Empathic Concern.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, June 11, 2013 8:23 PM

Excellent review and explantion of the three kinds of empathy.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 12, 2013 7:02 AM

Top Performing Teams Self Awareness Self Mangagement Emotional Intelligence

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Exercising Leadership Skills: 5 Tips for Working Out Your Brain

Exercising Leadership Skills: 5 Tips for  Working Out Your Brain | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

Graphic and content quoted from LifeSpan Fitness!


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 11, 2013 9:10 PM

This is my first of a series of articles connecting fitness and exercise to our ability to lead.  As a bodybuilder and leadership practioner, I am loving the opportunity to connect these dots!!!

 

From the article:

 

Exercise can improve your brain function!


Studies conducted have provided insight into the effect exercising has on improving the function of our brains.

 

While improving the way our body breaks down and uses the healthier, more nutritious food we are consuming, the brain also enjoys various other benefits.

John Michel's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:18 AM

The better your ability to think clearly, analyze options, and remember details, the better you will be able to lead. This ability applies whether you are leading an established team, your family, or starting a new business.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:12 AM

It's true, working out makes us better leaders by helping our brains!

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The Sound Of Your Leadership

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“Great leadership is like great music…it draws you in…stays with you.  Leaving an imprint that lingers on…”

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:37 PM

(From the article): No matter how much you learn…leadership will always remain a journey.  A journey of becoming…learning and leading.  A never ending cycle.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Constantly working to master your craft…

Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 12, 2013 3:52 AM
Great motivation for the morning
John Michel's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:19 AM

No matter how much you learn…leadership will always remain a journey.  A journey of becoming…learning and leading.  A never ending cycle.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Constantly working to master your craft…

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Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

 Part of being a leader is managing change. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”


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(From the article): Innovation has always been what makes good businesses great. And innovation does not happen without change and risk. Great leaders know this. Great leaders turn “I can’t work from home anymore,” into “I’m part of company that is preparing for greatness.” Here are five ways to turn your doubters into doers:

John Michel's curator insight, June 11, 2013 8:27 PM

Part of being a leader is managing change. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” Innovation has always been what makes good businesses great. And innovation does not happen without change and risk. Great leaders know this. Great leaders turn “I can’t work from home anymore,” into “I’m part of company that is preparing for greatness.” Here are five ways to turn your doubters into doers:

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How Happiness Directly Impacts Your Success

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Feeling unhappy? Learn how increasing your happiness is within your power, and how doing so directly influences your success.

 

Recently a client shared with me the riveting TED Talk by the world’s leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author Shawn Achor on The Happy Secret to Better Work.  

His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 4 million views, and he has a new lecture airing on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”

When my client told me about the talk, I questioned whether there would be anything new that I hadn’t already heard about happiness in my training as a therapist, but wow, was I wrong.

I asked Shawn what I wanted to know about happiness and success. Here are his answers...


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:24 AM

Great list of areas to focus on in this article, realistic and relevant. 

Katherine Bryant's curator insight, June 11, 2013 6:35 AM

I love this research and used it recently as the basis of a workshop for which the a feedback was amazing! 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 2013 8:05 PM

Happiness is important to being productive and successful.

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Stop Blaming Others

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One of the most transformational moments in my FBI career happened in a hallway with  dim lights that made the muddy government brown carpet look like beach silt.
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Blaming others - never works, but so many people live in a 'blame culture'...

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John Michel's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:20 PM

we spend our time blaming others, we have no time to look at ourselves. Blaming others prevents us from learning about ourselves. When something isn’t our fault, there’s no reason to do anything differently. Which means we will inevitably make the same mistake in the future. And that will lead to more blame . . .

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Monday Morning Coaching Memo 6-10-2013 | Clear Vision Development Group

Monday Morning Coaching Memo 6-10-2013 | Clear Vision Development Group | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

This Week’s Focus Point: Small daily steps equal large accumulated results. No matter whether you are trying to learn a musical instrument or launch a major initiative. Breaking your huge multi-year task, result or problem into small, daily action steps has been proven to be the best way to get the long-term results you desire.

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Sound advice from Tony Richards.

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Do You Use Intel Or Intuition? The Psychology Of Tough Decisions - Fast Company

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The Psychology Of Tough Decisions. Let's face it, when forced to make a difficult call, we often just go with our gut.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 9, 2013 7:14 PM

Emotions are woven into all decision-making processes in many ways in which we are not conscious. Leaders who see themselves as making decisions in a purely rational manner could be setting themselves--and their organizations--up for potential disaster because they may end up believing that they are right when they are wrong. However, you can gain control over some of these emotions by becoming more aware of their source and more analytical and fact-based in your approach. And you’ll feel a lot surer in your gut.

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:14 AM

Just beware that intuition is the true intuition, and not the intuition of experts (or System 1 according to Kahneman)

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Desire Success or Mediocrity? ...It All Comes Down to GROWTH!

Desire Success or Mediocrity? ...It All Comes Down to GROWTH! | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
The defining characteristics that all leaders and organizations need to create success, is GROWTH. This article discusses the reasons and benefits for developing personal growth

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Radical Listening – 6 Strategies For Deeper Connections - Goodlife Zen

Radical Listening – 6 Strategies For Deeper Connections - Goodlife Zen | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it

"Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. -Robert Greenleaf

 

In a recent post, we talked about why you might be undervaluing your listening skills, and how that’s costing you.

In this post, I’ll share some helpful techniques to improve your listening ability.

But before you keep reading, check yourself: how important is listening to you, really?"


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John Michel's curator insight, June 9, 2013 8:11 AM

One of the biggest reasons people don’t listen is that they don’t think it’s important. Unless you decide listening matters for your life, you probably won’t be willing to do the hard work that this post is going to ask of you.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 9, 2013 3:44 PM

Listen and learn ~ great things happen when you hear the message ~ http://www.lifestyle-online.co.uk/blog/2013/02/listen-and-learn/

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“Managing Up” When Your Boss Has You Down

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Do you love your job, but hate your boss?If you don’t manage your relationship with your boss, it will manage you…out!!!Unfortunately, many employees face this problem and might even

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 8, 2013 10:29 AM

I reach a point where I leave when this happens. There is another bus coming.

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How to Tell Your 'Story of Self' | BillMoyers.com

How to Tell Your 'Story of Self' | BillMoyers.com | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools that organizers and movement builders have at their disposal -- and personal stories often have the most impact.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, June 8, 2013 3:22 PM

Great article!

"Focus on one key story — one event or one place or one important relationship. Take some time to think about the elements of your story in the context of the challenge, choice and outcome. In this case, the outcome might also be the thing you learned, in addition to what actually happened.

Remember, the purpose of telling your story of self is to begin to create common ground with your audience by sharing a story that reflects the values that brought you to work on your given issue, and where those values come from."

 

These tips for constructing your "story of self" can be used as an insightful coaching tool. Finding your "story of self" through this frame can help you:

 

- get a better understanding of your core values,

- identify your main challenges (the challenges you faced and the ones you're about to face in the future),

-  dig deeper on the specific choices you made or the options you have now

- learn from the outcomes you got and plan for the one's you want to get.

 

Read also: http://billmoyers.com/groupthink/activism-what-works/a-story-of-self-a-story-of-us/

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Survey Suggests Most Executives Are In Over Their Heads

Survey Suggests Most Executives Are In Over Their Heads | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. shows that a striking majority of corporate leaders are not able to keep their priorities straight.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 8, 2013 9:27 PM

A new survey conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. shows that a striking majority of corporate leaders are not able to keep their priorities straight. They are also pursuing strategies they don’t believe in, and many of their strategies fail to build on the things their companies are especially good at, compared with competitors. It’s like everything that can go wrong already has gone wrong for them.


AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 9, 2013 8:32 AM

Very interesteing concept shared here about coherence ~ the fit between value creation for customers, its capabilities, and its products and services.  Thanks David.

 

From the article ~

 

How can companies be more successful and executives less frustrated? They need to find what Booz calls “coherence.” That means a fit between the way a company creates value for customers, its capabilities and its products and services. Not surprisingly, at coherent firms, 57% of survey-takers said they enjoyed above-industry-average revenue growth. At firms that were rated “incoherent,” only 18% reported growth above the industry average, and 36% of that group reported growth below the industry average.

Booz has run this study before. Last year it got similar results, though this year was even worse.  For instance, last year 53% of managers didn’t feel their company’s strategy would lead to success. That’s a poor showing, but not as bad as this year’s 64%.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:36 AM

Help?

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If You Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action! | SmartChic

If You Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action! | SmartChic | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action
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Well worth pondering on!

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:26 AM

intéressant pour chacun de nous. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 8, 2013 9:43 AM

We need to set realistic goals in life and understand there are times we cannot achieve them. Realistic includes resiliency.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 8, 2013 3:31 PM

I do! ;)  

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Are You a Born Leader?

Are You a Born Leader? | Coaching Leaders | Scoop.it
Natural-born leaders do exist, a new study finds.
David Hain's insight:

Watch this space - much to be equivocal about in this study, but maybe there is a germ of insight...

 

Whatever, we are autonomous human beings who can decide to be what we want to be!

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 7, 2013 6:31 PM

Yes they do.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:40 PM

They do exist, but leadership still needs life-long work.

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