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Self-Improvement Strategies For Becoming A More Authentic Leader

Self-Improvement Strategies For Becoming A More Authentic Leader | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
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"To be authentic one must be "awake," meaning you have the ability to understand who you are"

 

How do you perceive and interpret what you see and feel ? What are your spontaneous  responses to others ? How do you behave under various conditions ? What makes you truly happy or unhappy? Do you follow your intuitions ? How do you make decisions ? How do you manage your fears etc.

 

All those mental mechanisms are built both at conscious and unconscious levels and the more you know them the more authentic you can be.

 

You can access to your inner voice and energy by making some introspection. For some people it is about spirituality, for others it is a dramatic, even traumatic event in their life that forces them to take time to discover what it means to be true to themselves.

 

Some leaders have discovered their true self through coaching, others thanks to a mentor, some by participating to a humanitarian mission abroad etc.There is no magical formula to find your inner energy but this article give some good suggestions to foster your inner energy.

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:28 PM

Leadership begins from within.  This article provides some very thought-provoking (and soul-stirring) ideas to energize your leadership presence.  A great blend of Eastern philosophy & Western academics/entrepreneurs.

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Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off

Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
After I posted a story last week with the headline, “What To Do As Soon As You Get Laid Off,” I hosted a chat on Forbes’ LinkedIn page and fielded questions and comments from readers. One comment came in from UK-based Jack McLaren-Stewart, who works in sales for a company [...]
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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
A comprehensive look at the role color plays in marketing and how it impacts customer engagement.
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Meanings of colors vary greatly across cultures and depends on individual experiences. 

 

This article contains interesting studies on colors and branding and impact on consumer behaviors toward the brand

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Dealing with conflict in the matrix - Personnel Today

Dealing with conflict in the matrix - Personnel Today | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
As “matrix” management replaces more traditional top-down organisational structures, it can create new people-management issues. Chief executive of Global Integration Kevan Hall explains...
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How do you teach conflict management in matrix organizations ?

 

Increased opportunity for conflict in a matrix can include the following:

 

→In a matrix, employees have more than one boss and work on multiple teams. Resources are shared more widely across the organisation and this can create competition for resources.

 

→Working with more diverse groups of colleagues from different functional, corporate and national cultures, and different perspectives and values, can easily cause misunderstanding.

 

→Virtual teams often have limited opportunities to meet face to face; instead they are working together through email, webinars, video and other tools, all of which make misunderstandings more likely

 

→Leaders who are used to a more “command and control” way of working may find it difficult to adapt to accountability without control and influence without authority and may respond by trying to increase their control over activities.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 24, 9:03 AM

(From the article) A typical sequence for resolving conflict has four stages – recognizing the problem, understanding the differences, creating shared purpose, and building and delivering agreements. Having recognized the problem, the next three phases involve moving past understanding the differences into finding common ground and deciding how you are going to work together in the future. These three phases are much more difficult to deliver remotely, particularly at the early stage where there is often an emotional component to the discussions.

 

Meet face to face if you possibly can at this stage, as it is important to understand what people think and feel and also to understand why. You then need to look hard for existing points of commonality, which often means finding the common business goal.

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The New Science of Building Great Teams

The New Science of Building Great Teams | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Why do some teams consistently deliver high performance while other, seemingly identical teams struggle? .
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Led by Sandy Pentland, researchers at MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory set out to solve that puzzle. Hoping to decode the “It factor” that made groups click, they equipped teams from a broad variety of projects and industries (comprising 2,500 individuals in total) with wearable electronic sensors that collected data on their social behavior for weeks at a time.

 

 

With remarkable consistency, the data showed that the most important predictor of a team’s success was its communication patterns. Those patterns were as significant as all other factors—intelligence, personality, talent—combined. In fact, the researchers could foretell which teams would outperform simply by looking at the data on their communication, without even meeting their members.

 

In this article Pentland shares the secrets of his findings and shows how anyone can engineer a great team. He has identified three key communication dynamics that affect performance: energy,engagement, and exploration. Drawing from the data, he has precisely quantified the ideal team patterns for each. Even more significant, he has seen that when teams map their own communication behavior over time and then make adjustments that move it closer to the ideal, they can dramatically improve their performance.

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The Chemistry of Positive Social Interactions In Leadership

The Chemistry of Positive Social Interactions In Leadership | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Oxytocin has been described as the molecule of social connection associated with positive traits like trust, cooperation, and empathy. Judith and Richard Glaser published an article in HBR on the results of a study that analyzed the hormonal response of positive and negative behaviors in managers. 

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High- and low-context cultures

High- and low-context cultures | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

 Introduction of "high-context culture" vs "low-context culture". These concepts were first introduced by anthropologist Edward Twitchell Hall. 

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A High-context culture can be defined as “a culture that emphasizes the context of the situation in which communication occurs”.


A low-context culture can be defined as “a culture that emphasizes the (verbal) content of messages while paying less attention to the context of the situation in which communication occurs”.

Below are some examples of high- and low-context cultures:

 

High-context cultures:               Low-context cultures:
Algerian                                         Australian
Bhutanese                                     Canadian
Belorussian                                    Danish
Chinese                                          Dutch
Filipino                                            English
French                                            Finnish
Greek                                             German
Indian                                              Irish
Indonesian                                      New Zealand
Italian                                              Norwegian
Japanese                                        Swedish
Korean                                            Swiss
Libyan                                             US
Nepali
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

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Dealing with Difficult People: The Know-It-All

Dealing with Difficult People: The Know-It-All | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Got a know-it-all in your life who knows everything except, perhaps, how to act like a real human being? Read on for tips on how to deal.
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According to the author of this article, Susan Davis, the Know It All (KIAs) are part of the most difficult people in the world to deal with, along with :

 

*The bullies

*The stealth destroyers

*The "yes" people

**The complainers

*The martyrs

 

 There are KIAs everywhere but it is particularly annoying when this type of person is your boss, employee or co-worker.

 

So what can you do when you are engaged in a dead end conversation with a KIA or worse with a clique of KIAs?

 

No matter what you say, those people will never be interested in your ideas if they don't think like you. They usually use criticism, condescending or sarcastic tone and even try to intimidate you..

 

KIA people lack basic emotional intelligence and are self-defensive trying to exclude anybody who are not admiring their intelligence or agree with their truth or faith.

 

As much as possible  stay calm and relaxed not trying to argue at all. You will  always lose  if you try to battle with their ego. In addition, it is not good for your heart and well-being as you may feel frustrated and angry.

 

In case having a conversation is unavoidable, then ask the KIA person questions about their field of expertise  they will be more than happy to teach you something.

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Gained in translation

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“WOULD You Kill the Fat Man?” is the title of a recent book about a set of moral problems that philosophers like to ponder, and psychologists to put to their to their experimental subjects...
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Are we more objective when we speak a foreign language ?

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Do Facial Expressions Develop before Birth?

Do Facial Expressions Develop before Birth? | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

.Fetal facial development is essential not only for postnatal bonding between parents and child, but also theoretically for the study of the origins of affect. However, how such movements become coordinated is poorly understood. 4-D ultrasound visualisation allows an objective coding of fetal facial movements.

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 Interesting study analysing specific movements of facial muscles of fetuses in the womb thanks to 4D ultrasounds.

 

This research have shown that specific facial muscles movements could be linked to specific emotions helping babies communicate long before the language is developed.

 

More research should be done but we can maybe conclude that those fetal expressions become  unconscious facial micro-movements in adults triggered by emotions  and that there are universal across cultures

 

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Should You Eat While You Negotiate?

Should You Eat While You Negotiate? | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
New research shows a link between lunch and profitable negotiations.
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 In the experiment, Individuals who negotiated in restaurants created 12% greater profits and those who negotiated  without food.


This suggests that eating while deciding important matters offers profitable, measurable benefits through mutually productive discussions.


It seems that the increase of glucose level while eating plays a  greater role  by fostering self-control than sharing the simple activity of eating.


In countries like France or Japan, inviting business partners for lunch or dinner  is a must  in those cultures, the emphasis is put on creating relationships first) while in the USA, food is more often brought in a conference room (culture where the notion of time  is linked  to money)


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Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective

Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Overview At a time when the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to 1.5 billion by mid-century, public opinion on whether the
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In the future, aging and slower rates of growth are expected to characterize the populations of all major regions in the world. Ranked by median age, Europe is currently the oldest region in the world and should retain that distinction in 2050. However, Latin America and Asia are projected to age the most rapidly through 2050. It is expected that the median age in Latin America, currently 10 years lower than the median age in North America, will match North America’s age level by 2050. Africa will continue to have the youngest population in the world.

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How to make stress your friend

How to make stress your friend | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
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A positive belief about stress makes your body react  by producing oxytocin, a hormone that encourages your social behavior, either by helping others or seeking help from others.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 9, 6:43 AM

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. 

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When Crossing Cultures, Don't Forget Praise

When Crossing Cultures, Don't Forget Praise | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Everyone likes appreciation for a job well-done. But how you say it matters.
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Delivering appreciation is just like the way you deliver feedback to employees, it must be tailor made based on cultural background and knowing personal preferences.

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22 Things Happy People Do Differently - Successify!

22 Things Happy People Do Differently - Successify! | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy.

 

Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. 

Anne Egros's insight:

22 things that should become habits.

 

Coach tip: Start writing in a journal your daily activity based on this list

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 29, 8:51 AM

(From the article): The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a third world country could be happy and content. I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

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Ukraine Crisis? U.S. Trade With Russia Grows in March Despite Standoff

Ukraine Crisis? U.S. Trade With Russia Grows in March Despite Standoff | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Rising U.S.-Russian tensions over the continued disorder in Ukraine didn’t derail trade between the two Cold War rivals in March.
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U.S. Good exports to Russian totaled just $11 billion in 2013 

 

Russia doesn't rank among the top 15 U.S. trading partners, according to the Commerce Department.

 

So far this year, total trade with Russia ranks just ahead of Ireland, and behind that of Colombia and Thailand.

 

Russia supplies oil, metals and fertilizer to the U.S. and imports American machinery, vehicles and food.

 

Europeans are much more dependent than the U.S. on imports and exports with Russia:

 

Up to 75% of Foreign Direct Investment stocks in Russia come from EU Member States  

 

Russia is the third trading partner of the EU and the EU is the first trading partner of Russia.                                                                      

Source : http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/russia/

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Expat Life: Culture Shock May Be Inevitable But Pain Is Optional

Expat Life: Culture Shock May Be Inevitable But Pain Is Optional | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

At one point or another new expats will get a "lecture" about "Culture Shock" as it is explained in this video: Not every expats experience that sequence of emotional reactions ...

 

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Culture shock is a series of emotional states that people experience when they live in a different culture or country.

 

I think it is important to let go about the theory and listen to each individual, not all expats are alike so are their emotional states.

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.
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Time perception across cultures

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Organizational Culture, Russian Style

Organizational Culture, Russian Style | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
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Corporate culture in Russian companies is  young (20  years old) and is still in the process of being formed.

 

Foreign companies bring us a culture that has been developed over decades,

 

The general differences include the fact that foreign [organizational] culture is more transparent, while there is more impulsiveness and uncertainty in Russian companies,

 

“The local approach to forming and managing a corporate culture is characterized by being a young, ambitious and dynamic but anarchic process, while in Europe and the U.S. there are a number of standard practices,

 

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Indulgence vs. Restraint – Do we need this 6th Dimension in Intercultural Training and Coaching ?

Indulgence vs. Restraint – Do we need this 6th Dimension in Intercultural Training and Coaching ? | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
What insights does Hofstede’s 6th and least frequently discussed dimension on Indulgence vs. Restraint give us to help us to collaborate more effectively with people from other cultures?
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I don't think this is a valid dimension and would really like to see the study behind it.

For example : 

I don't think United States is a more indulgent culture than France. In the USA there is no law that oblige employers to give paid holidays while in France by law people work only 35 hours/week but also have more than 5 weeks of paid holidays per year compared to 25 % of American workers that don't take their vacation. 

 

Paid maternity leave is also much more in France than in the US : six weeks before birth and up to 8 weeks after birth.

 

People don't work on Sundays in France and you cannot do your shopping 24/7 as you do in USA, Japan or Russia.These are FACTS not from empirical studies. 

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The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different

The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
There's a scientific reason certain people thrive more than others.
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The "KIA" or "Know It All" is typically a "fixed mindset "person who don't like to be challenged, look for opinion that are in accordance to what they think is truth and reject any other ideas and basically refuse to learn new things.

 

So called self-proclaimed "experts" and "gurus" are very intolerant and may not hesitate to attack both verbally and physically those who are different from them.

 

Back in childhood, kids who were praised for their intelligence rather than for making efforts were less performant when given new tasks

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Two mindsets - choose wisely!  Because it is a choice...

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Dweck's excellent research and its applications....

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Blind People Can Still 'See' Facial Expressions

Blind People Can Still 'See' Facial Expressions | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists has recently made a groundbreaking discovery, when experts have discovered that people who were partially blind, d...
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There is evidence that we can recognize the emotions of others without needing to be visually aware of them,

 

Related  Articles: 

 

Audiovisual correlates of basic emotions in blind and sighted people

(https://pure.uvt.nl/portal/files/1458664/interspeech-blind.pdf)

 

Emotional Contagion for Unseen Bodily Expressions: Evidence from Facial EMG

(http://www.beatricedegelder.com/documents/EmotionalcontagionforunseenbodilyexpressionsEvidencefromfacialEMG.pdf)


 

 

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Guide to Reading Microexpressions - Science of People

Guide to Reading Microexpressions - Science of People | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

nowing how to read and interpret microexpressions is an essential part of understanding nonverbal behavior and reading people. Here is my brief guide to understanding the microexpression. A microexpression is a brief, involuntary facial expression that is shown on the face of humans according to the emotions that are being experienced. 

 

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Are You A Cultural Creative? Find Out! - Kindred

Are You A Cultural Creative? Find Out! - Kindred | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Are you a Cultural Creative?  This list of statements can give you an idea of what Cultural Creatives value.  But as social scientist, Paul Ray, says in Kindred’s interview, the edges are fuzzy as everyone is evolving and learning new perspectives all the time! 

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#culturalcreatives: a new trend ? 

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Using a foreign language changes moral decisions

Using a foreign language changes moral decisions | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Such moral choices could depend on whether you are using a foreign language or your native tongue. A new study from psychologists finds that people using a foreign language take a relatively utilitarian approach to moral dilemmas, making decisions based on assessments of what’s best for the common good.
Anne Egros's insight:

Very interesting article that brings some questions on language and moral judgement.

 

For example, when you use a foreign language you reduce your emotional response impacting the way you make decisions.

 

With less emotional involvement people have a tendency to use utilitarian approach.

 

 Decisions appear to be made differently when processed in a foreign language

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How Referral Key's Spammy Practice Embarrassed Pollyanna

How Referral Key's Spammy Practice Embarrassed Pollyanna | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

  It’s what networking is supposed to be all about. A colleague sends you an email asking if you are still looking for clients and invites you to join his or her business network. 

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This blog describes exactly what happened to me two days ago with my Linkedin network.

 

I feel embarrassed , annoyed and then ashamed

 

Did that happen to you too with programs spamming your personal email lists ? What did you do ?

 

On the positive side (the Pollyanna attitude), now I will be more cautious and just Google any new tool I am willing to try to learn about other users 'stories.

 

Please Share !

 

 

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Trust is a precious thing.