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» The Neuroscience of Resiliency: An Interview with Linda Graham - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» The Neuroscience of Resiliency: An Interview with Linda Graham - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Linda Graham, author of Bouncing Back shares with us what we can do to wire a more resilient brain.
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I find this stuff fascinating and here Linda offers some further insights! If you are interested in becoming more resilient as you develop your leadership, have a read!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 2014 10:51 AM

Being Mr Bounce! We need to learn more about this, for ourselves, our staff and our kids.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 4, 2014 6:35 PM

Neuroscience is contributing considerably to a greater understanding of what mindfulness and resiliency are all about for people.

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The Courage to Confront

The Courage to Confront | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Authentic Servant Leaders have courage. This allows them to make tough choices, it allows them to take calculated risks. Courage is their “secret sauce,” it’s what often separates...
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Now here's a challenge! This is about courage, something all authentic servant leader should have! Interestingly Steve writes this post form what he terms 'average leaders'! There's no escaping the bottom line, however, all leaders need to know themselves ... and display courage! 

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Abandon the Dead Horse: It’s Time for a New Approach to Leadership

Abandon the Dead Horse: It’s Time for a New Approach to Leadership | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Leadership has become an often-repeated set of skills and characteristics that lack much in the way of originality and freshness. Instead of the same old thing, explore a new look at old leadership.
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Hampton offers some interesting insights based on trying to think differently! This is a key skill for all developing leaders!

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Six tips for executing a successful turnaround - CMI

Six tips for executing a successful turnaround - CMI | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
As disappointing McDonalds figures trigger a rethink at the brand’s HQ, we look at how floundering businesses can put themselves back on track.
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Some more great advice via my professional organisation of choice, the CMI!

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Lead With Giants Coaching - and Consulting / 512-516-4666

Lead With Giants Coaching - and Consulting / 512-516-4666 | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
and Consulting / 512-516-4666
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Think differently ~ something all great leaders do! Here's some timely advice from my friend Dan Forbes, who I highly recommend!

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How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still.
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I was almost inclined to disagree with the comment above as it seems like 'old' theory now! However, great leaders display great emotional intelligence and learn to build and develop that part of their skill set!

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How Social is Your CEO?

How Social is Your CEO? | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it

Let’s face it: social leaders – or as we call them, “Blue Unicorns” because they are so rare – remain hard to find. Only a small percentage have embraced and leveraged a social mindset like Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and Peter Aceto


Many leaders, however, are starting to realize that having an effective online presence is a huge asset to their organization, mission and their personal brand. They are coming out from behind the desk to show some character, leadership, social awareness, and even vulnerability.


This infographic from Chrissy Gomez and the team at MBACentral takes a close look at The Social CEO, and their use of social media. Take a look, and then ask yourself: “How social is the leadership of my organization… and what can I do to help them become a Blue Unicorn?”


Via Roger Francis
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In the Social Age you need to be a social leader - so, you must read A World Gone Social ... and aim to become a Blue Unicorn!

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People - Forbes

How Successful People Handle Toxic People - Forbes | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.
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As you develop into your leadership role, the chances are that you will encounter at least one of these, either by inheriting them as part of a team you lead or, as often observed in my local government career, they get traded around teams trying to find a 'best fit' for the person or just to dispose of the difficulty, instead of really dealing with the issue!

 

So this advice will definitely be useful, if not now, then for the future!

 

 

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5 Behaviors That Can Sink Leaders

5 Behaviors That Can Sink Leaders | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Being a school leader is a stressful job, but one that comes with a great deal of responsibility. Schools, staff and students need great leaders, and there just isn't enough of that going around yet.
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Although written from a perspective of classroom leadership, I think these five behaviors would sink any aspiring leader within a team environment.

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7 Signs It’s Time to Un-Follow a Leader | Switch and Shift

7 Signs It’s Time to Un-Follow a Leader | Switch and Shift | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it

’m not much of a “follower.”  I consider all of my influence something to be given. So I prefer to join rather than follow. And I un-join if I find the purpose or the person to be different than what I thought. 

So here is a short checklist of behaviors that I use for when it’s time to un-follow a leader.


Via David Hain
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Knowing when it's time to ditch a leader and/or leave a team is also hard to do ... and it takes courage to reach that decision! Here's a few signs that will help you tell that time is fast approaching! Thanks to David Hain for the link!

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David Hain's curator insight, May 6, 2014 2:25 AM

When you become the person you would follow, then you become character-based leader.

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5 Toughest Personalities at Work--and How to Manage Them

When faced with a problem personality, most of us do one of two things: We either confront the person head-on, leading to escalating hostility, or else avoid dealing with him or her and leave the problem to worsen. Neither is an effective solution, and as your company's leader, neither is an option.


Via David Hain
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Thanks to my friend David Hain for this link to a great post on the personality types you might encounter most days in your team ... and how to deal with them!

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David Hain's curator insight, May 6, 2014 2:33 AM

Some practical ideas for getting 'difficult' types onside.

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Welcome! | LinkedIn

Welcome! | LinkedIn | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
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Saw this on Antonio Roque's update on LinkedIn! Thought it was so simple but powerful ... plus I am a long-time fan of Lego!

 

I often think that 'being busy' is just the lazy person's response to not thinking and planning properly ... and then acting on that thinking and planning! 

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Wait, How Many Direct Reports Did You Say You Have?

Wait, How Many Direct Reports Did You Say You Have? | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
The complications of a manager's span of control are underappreciated. Adding direct subordinates looks linear--but the effect on the workload is geometric.
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Some interesting insights into the impact of span of control -  a long time business conundrum!

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The Power Of Social + Emotional Intelligence | Authentic Leadership International

The Power Of Social + Emotional Intelligence | Authentic Leadership International | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
What is Social + Emotional Intelligence? Find out why it costs $360 billon in lost productivity and why 65% of Americans would choose a new boss over a raise.
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This is really insightful ... and the bit I loved the most was the view that 65% of people surveyed would rather have a new boss than a pay rise!

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5 Operating Principles of the 21st Century Manager

5 Operating Principles of the 21st Century Manager | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
By Marla Gottschalk When we join an organization today, we rarely envision a long-term relationship. In fact, we anticipate that our career path will take us to many different workplaces, with vary...
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Maria provides some great ideas in this article. In particular, I like #3. We live in the #SocialAge and connecting with others, in many ways, not just digitally, will increasingly become part of our everyday. Acknowledge and embrace this and allies will develop wherever you go!

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How to inspire personal brilliance in your workforce - CMI

How to inspire personal brilliance in your workforce - CMI | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Five tips for how managers can make the personal brilliance of their staff work consistently for the benefit of the team.
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This is helpful advice for all developing leaders via my professional organisation of choice, the CMI.

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Eight essential ways to beat work-related stress - CMI

Eight essential ways to beat work-related stress - CMI | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
With stress symptoms forcing 90% of the UK’s IT staff to consider changing jobs, we show how employers and employees can work together to tackle this demoralising problem.
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Some great advice on how to manage your work-related stress via my professional organisation of choice, the CMI!

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New Leaders – Get Good Information and Build Relationships

New Leaders – Get Good Information and Build Relationships | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
All new leaders face similar challenges. Establishing your style, values and culture effectively and quickly are key to a good start.
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Skip's friend, Bruce Rhoades, shares some great insights here for the developing leader!

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The Leadership Style of the Future - People Development

The Leadership Style of the Future - People Development | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
The leadership style of the future is the supportive style which does not rely its effectiveness on authority. An effective leader does not criticize.

Via Dan Kirsch
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So ... where do you stand on this?

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Are You Fit to Lead?

Are You Fit to Lead? | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
The question posed in the title of this post is one that I’ve heard asked a lot over the years. Usually, it refers to someone having the right mix of temperament, ethics, experience and the like that’s needed to be an effective leader.
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This is an interesting take on an age old question ... with a difference!

 

I am absolutely sure that there is a strong connection between developing as a leader and keeping yourself physically fit! Listen to the podcast and see what you think?

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How To Be A More Authentic And Confident Leader - Fast Company

How To Be A More Authentic And Confident Leader - Fast Company | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Confidence can feel like an act when we're not feeling up to a task. Here's how to be true to yourself, and project strength.
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This is a short, although interesting piece. The phrase which captured my attention was this one ... Instead, “you want to convey to people that you've struggled and you've emerged. That’s something they’re experiencing too.”


Now that's authentic ... and people will respond well to those kinds of stories.

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Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management

Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Historical and fictional accounts of King Henry V show how powerful the two disciplines can be when used together.
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This is a lovely historical take on the age-old question of leadership -v- management!  Clearly you need both!

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Co-operative Behaviour: Neuroscience Insights

Co-operative Behaviour:  Neuroscience Insights | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Co-operation is essential for the functioning of human societies — and several current public policy initiatives, including health and lifestyle and environmental campaigns, depend upon it. Many attempts to persuade people to co-operate and collaborate, however, fail — or succeed for only a limited time. Understanding the neural mechanisms for co-operation can help in developing more effective ways of promoting collective behaviour and in designing policies to achieve societal aims.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters, Emre Erdogan, Jocelyn Stoller, David Hain
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As a developing leader this is the way forward! Effective collaboration makes for great successes and mutuality is a wonderful principle to anchor your leadership behaviour upon! Thanks to David Hain for the great link!

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, April 20, 2014 8:10 AM

Co-operation in business

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More insights from neuroscience about how to collaborate effectively.

Ruth Obadia's curator insight, May 11, 2014 2:12 AM
Co-operation with others can be inherently satisfying — and that it’s not contingent on the prospect of material reward. (A 2004 experiment, for example, found increased activity in the reward system of the brain for mutual co-operation decisions, even when controlling for the amount of money earned by the decision itself.)Playing games with another human being is more satisfying (rewarding) than playing with a computer partner.The learning of co-operative behaviour is partly dependent on reciprocation — we tend to co-operate, over the longer term, with those who behave well towards us.Co-operation can be motivated by the anticipation of guilt — activity in regions of the brain associated with ‘negative affective states’ increases when people match the expectations of other players.The ability to understand the mental states of others, traditionally referred to as ‘theory of mind’, plays an important part in co-operation.Co-operation is context-specific, depending partly on prior knowledge of others and their trustworthiness.
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20 Quotes To Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities

Adapted from "The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph" by Ryan Holiday http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591846358/rya...
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As a leader you will encounter obstacles! Here's some thoughts to help you turn those more trying moments of disaster into occasions of triumph! Thanks to my friend and colleague David Hain for the link!

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The Four Dimensions Of Leadership - #bealeader

The Four Dimensions Of Leadership - #bealeader | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Fair warning – it’s not an easy task. And it does require certain skills...
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Some helpful perceptions on what it takes to be a leader! I loved the use of the word 'Devotion', as leadership is about being people-focused and caring for those that you lead and look to develop as leaders!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 2014 6:58 AM

Leadership in 4-D.  And the fourth dimension makes all the difference.

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Everyone Should Follow This Legendary Marine General's Advice On Leadership

Everyone Should Follow This Legendary Marine General's Advice On Leadership | Developing The Leader Within You | Scoop.it
The short answer is to listen.
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That is just such great advice! As is approach your new organisation with open-mind, listening and learning how it operates before figuring out how to move forward!


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