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The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable

The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Not being approachable could be your biggest leadership blind spot

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roger Francis, donhornsby, Create Wise Leader
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donhornsby's curator insight, July 25, 9:30 AM
(From the article): If you're struggling with approachability because of persistent shyness or fear of appearing vulnerable, you can still overcome the hurdle breaking the practices down into smaller steps and setting incremental goals for yourself that include practicing with people outside of work--on a plane, in line at the store, or in your neighborhood. For example, a micro-step for number 1 might be making the first move with one person at one event. The easiest way to do this is to scan the room for anyone else who is standing alone. Being approachable doesn't mean changing your core personality, it's simply a way to ensure that more people have access to you and what you have to offer.

 Becoming more approachable will have numerous benefits in your career. You'll gain access to more information faster and grow your network by being known as someone who is interesting and engaging. Awareness of the importance of being approachable is a starting point. Then, these six tips can help you build that awareness and the skills you need to sustain and invite future conversations around the office.
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How People Learn to Become Resilient

How People Learn to Become Resilient | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

“We can become less resilient, or less likely to be resilient,” Bonanno says. “We can create or exaggerate stressors very easily in our own minds. That’s the danger of the human condition.” Human beings are capable of worry and rumination: we can take a minor thing, blow it up in our heads, run through it over and over, and drive ourselves crazy until we feel like that minor thing is the biggest thing that ever happened. In a sense, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Frame adversity as a challenge, and you become more flexible and able to deal with it, move on, learn from it, and grow. Focus on it, frame it as a threat, and a potentially traumatic event becomes an enduring problem; you become more inflexible, and more likely to be negatively affected.


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Resilience deconstructed! Turns out it is a skill set that can, and should, be learned and practised.

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Karlton B McIver's curator insight, March 9, 7:52 AM

Resilience deconstructed! Turns out it is a skill set that can, and should, be learned and practised.

Vincent PEIFFERT's curator insight, March 16, 5:29 AM

Resilience deconstructed! Turns out it is a skill set that can, and should, be learned and practised.

Johan Meiring Van Zyl's curator insight, April 4, 8:43 AM

Resilience deconstructed! Turns out it is a skill set that can, and should, be learned and practised.

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Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?

Via F. Thunus, David Hain, Jose Luis Anzizar
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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2014 1:58 AM

If we can't alter 24 hours in every day, we need to stop doing some stuff to make more time for important stuff!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 11, 2014 12:28 PM

I prefer a to be list. Who am I becoming today? That seems like a very important question.

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The Trap of Dependency

The Trap of Dependency | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

The other day, I was in the process of reading my book, Synchronicity which was first published 18 years ago and recently published as a second edition. I found myself focusing on the key lessons I have learned over the years.

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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:21 PM

Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:48 PM

Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found


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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:20 AM
Lisa C. Arrendell's insight:

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

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Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement?

Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement? | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

We are a society that puts a huge emphasis on rewards, and a school of psychology is based on it. In behavioral psychology, an American invention, there are two ways to stimulate a response from someone, either reward them or punish them. This two-way mechanism works with lower animals - dog and horse trainers, for example, use food treats to reinforce the behavior they want - so it should work with humans, or so the logic goes. If you want a certain behavior out of prisoners, for example, behaviorists advise giving privileges as a reward for obeying the rules and punishment for disobeying them.


Via paulgreen, Create Wise Leader
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John Michel's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:18 PM

The duality of encouragement-discouragement has its advantages, although they don't come to mind as easily as earning a reward in terms of money and promotion.

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10 tips from entrepreneurs who made their own luck

10 tips from entrepreneurs who made their own luck | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? As an Angel investor, I quickly learned that luck has very little to do with it, and I now look for some personal characteristics and leadership styles that separate the potential winners from the losers.


Via Daniel Watson, David Hain
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harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 10:18 AM
Not many, Entrepreneurship should be in blood otherwise the chances of failure is much more.
harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 10:19 AM
Not many, Entrepreneurship should be in blood otherwise the chances of failure is much more.
Gerald Hynes's curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:34 AM

Really enjoyed this article. A nice summary of p[eople who work hard and then people say they are lucky.

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Is Overcommitment Destroying Your Leadership?

Is Overcommitment Destroying Your Leadership? | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
I have watched a very talented leader self-destruct before my very eyes. He wants to do it all, both professionally and personally. He works long hours in his office, always taking on tough

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 25, 9:21 AM
(From the article): Do you have a sense of not being able to reach an end? 

Does it seem like as soon as you finish one project, there is always another one to be tackled immediately? Is there no finish line in sight? TIP: Celebrate when assignments are completed by taking a walk, getting some treat or just sharing the news with a colleague or friend.
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3 Keys to Accelerate Your Success

3 Keys to Accelerate Your Success | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t want to be successful? And, who doesn’t want success faster and easier. Why are some people so much more successful than others?

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Dan Forbes's curator insight, May 7, 2015 9:25 AM

Get these 3 keys right and your success is assured. IMHO

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What Generation Z Is Telling Us About Leadership

What Generation Z Is Telling Us About Leadership | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

If you want a glimpse of the future of technology and its impact on society, study how younger generations interact with one another today. While everyone is talking about Millennials these days, there’s another, potential more disruptive generation behind them…Generation Z.

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Success: the stories you tell yourself decide yours

Success: the stories you tell yourself decide yours | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

"Your identity story is your own epic saga. Quite literally the tale of who you are and where you are going. It’s the way you make meaning out of the ocean of chaos we call life.  Stories are the subatomic particles of the self. They are the keys to changing everything.

 

How to instantly identify toxic narratives.  Start getting very real with yourself, about the stories you’re telling yourself. Here’s a huge hint: They are also the stories you tell others to explain yourself."

 

Read the full article to find out how more about these tips to transform your identity narratives to revolutionize your life:

Pick out a goal you really desire but you’ve struggled to attainGet objective about your terrible storyPick a totally new story that presupposes you’ll soon achieve your goal


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Karen Dietz, luigi vico
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malek's curator insight, December 30, 2013 8:01 AM

A long article and it's  well worth the time it takes to read !

Want to change your life, start with your identity, tell yourself the story of success.

Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:06 AM

I like the introduction to this post. It speaks to the deep sense making about your own life and the broad themes that make up who and what you are.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 5, 2014 1:39 PM

Here is some inspiration for telling your own story!

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How To Get Along With Losers | Empower the Leader in You

How To Get Along With Losers | Empower the Leader in You | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
It takes mental toughness to face the negative attitudes of losers who blame others, hate hard work, and don't try to improve themselves.

 

Positivity is the ability to look reality in the face and not flinch. It is not sugar-coated phrases or optimism that insists circumstances will change.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 24, 2013 11:36 PM

 

Positivity is the ability ===> to look reality in the face and not flinch. <===  It is not sugar-coated phrases or optimism that insists circumstances will change.



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How Storytelling Contributes to 20 People Skills Needed To Succeed At Work

How Storytelling Contributes to 20 People Skills Needed To Succeed At Work | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Do you think you’re qualified for a particular job, fit to lead a team, or entitled to a promotion because you have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills?

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:15 PM

This is a terrific list by Jacquelyn Smith at Forbes, and a great way to check in on how you are doing at work or what skills you might need to upgrade to realize greater success.


I was checking out this article just because when I realized how much storytelling skills play a role here. In fact, 13 of the 20 success skills can be connected to storytelling. Here they are:


  1. Ability to relate to others -- building storytelling skills builds empathy and builds relationships.
  2. Strong communication skills -- don't be boring or shy: storytelling to the rescue!
  3. Ability to trust others -- well, stories help build trust.
  4. Knowing how and when to show empathy -- building storytelling skills builds empathy skills.
  5. Active listening skills -- effective storytelling is really all about listening to someone else's story first.
  6. Genuine interest in others -- through building storytelling/story evoking skills you have a lot more fun genuinely getting to know someone.
  7. Flexibility -- there's a lot to flexibility, and becoming proficient in storytelling means learning how to shift and change the story in real time (i.e. being flexible!). Hopefully this spills over into other areas of life :)
  8. Ability to persuade others -- well, storytelling is your best tool for this!
  9. Ability to keep an open mind -- I've noticed that as I listen to other people's stories I become much more tolerant. Hopefully, others do too.
  10. Knowing your audience -- telling a great story that connects with others doesn't happen unless you know your audience, which storytelling can help teach you.
  11. Honesty -- if you are unable to tell an honest and authentic story, you are toast. Need I say more?
  12. Awareness of body langauge -- as you learn to craft and tell your stories, you become more aware of how your own body language helps you tell the story (or how to move your body to better tell the story) and the body language of others.
  13. Ability to be supportive and motivate others -- which is one of the core purposes for telling stories. Working on stories helps you do this more effectively.


OK, I know storytelling won't solve all the worlds woes, or all the issues at work. But it can take you far! There are more insights to grab in this article so don't miss it.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:02 AM

Another excellent article and gold nuggets from Karen!

 

Thank you!

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Is Your Inner House in Order?

Is Your Inner House in Order? | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Steve Mundahl, CEO of Goodwill Industries and author of "The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership," was on a fishing vacation in Northern Minnesota when he started pondering his life and asking himself if all its elements were in balance. "I asked myself, do I have enough fun in my life, and enough creative expression?" he says. Although he was on vacation on that moment he realised that in general the answer was no.


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Ivan Berlocher's curator insight, November 10, 2013 4:42 AM

Inner peace begins with making order...

John Michel's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:27 AM

Smart reflections we would all be wise to heed. 

Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:11 PM

Out of touch? Here's couple of minutes test.

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True or False? Pay Attention to Structure to Tell if a Story is Made Up

True or False? Pay Attention to Structure to Tell if a Story is Made Up | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

"Psychologists and psychotherapists have long relied on the power of narrative storytelling to help their patients make sense of their world. In fact, it's been said that we are our narratives. For evidence that this may be true, pay attention to how people shape their stories about themselves. As it turns out, there is a big difference between the way we narrate events that have really happened to us and those we've invented."

 

Image by prosotphoto (Shutterstock)

 

Love this article! We now have a storytelling lie detector kit. As storytelling rises in popularity in a whole host of business applications, keeping our antenna sharp for fabrications is going to be important.

 

Remember these 'tells' and let's keep on focusing on authenticity.

 

Thanks Gregg Morris @greggvm for finding and sharing this article!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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