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Top 4 tips for living a happier life | Good Relaxation

Top 4 tips for living a happier life | Good Relaxation | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
Fortunately, it doesn't take much to improve your state of mind. Try the following tips for leading a happier life.
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The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

The meaningful life is a road worth traveling | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Happiness and meaningfulness, similar or dramatically different?  Stanford researchers  found five key differences between meaningfulness  and happiness.  Is it as simple as givers and takers? Now is the time to read the full article. 

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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Leadership is not about acting the part, but rather being your most authentic self to serve the organization and advance others, while avoiding the traps of self promotion.  How does your first impression begin to impact performance, morale, attitude, trust and innovation?   

 

 This article highlights 14 things to consider if you want to make an unforgettable first impression.  Read more now.

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Two Ways to Reduce "Hurry Up and Wait" Syndrome

Two Ways to Reduce "Hurry Up and Wait" Syndrome | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Have you ever been asked to drop everything to complete a seemingly urgent task, and then found that the task wasn’t so urgent after all?

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Smile, Don’t Bark, in Tough Times

Smile, Don’t Bark, in Tough Times | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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During taxing circumstances, team members are less likely to address the issue underlying a leader anger and more likely to take offense at your behavior. Read more now.

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How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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So often, we assume that excellence requires a monumental effort and that our lofty goals demand incredible doses of willpower and motivation. But really, all we need is dedication to small, manageable tasks. Mastery follows consistency.

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Has Listening Become a Lost Art? — HBS Working Knowledge

Has Listening Become a Lost Art? — HBS Working Knowledge | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Have we lost the ability to listen?  Insightful  new research that suggests we don't even listen to ourselves anymore. What do YOU think?

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Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Conflict Strategies for Nice People | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Conflict is a necessary part of a functioning team.  It doesn't need to be mean. Now is the time to explore some stratagies.

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How to Train Your Brain to Stay Positive

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Positive | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Our brains are more likely to seek out negative information and store it more quickly to memory.  You can learn to cultivate that resilience by training your brain to stay positive when times are tough.  This article gives you three techniques to practice.  Read more now.

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We Could Be Better at Giving Thanks

We Could Be Better at Giving Thanks | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
70% of respondents said they’d feel better about themselves if their bosses were more grateful.
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Food for thought....and an opportunity to make a difference.  Excerpt: "Although people say they want to be thanked more often at work, fewer than 50% of Americans polled for the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization, reported that they would be very likely to thank salespeople, their mail carriers, or cleaning crews, and just 15% express daily gratitude to friends or colleagues. 74% never or rarely express gratitude to their bosses—but 70% said they’d feel better about themselves if their bosses were more grateful. " 

 

 

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Evaluate Your Emotional Agility

Evaluate Your Emotional Agility | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Thousands of thoughts and feelings course through our minds each day. And trying to avoid, ignore or “manage” the negative ones only make them more powerful.   Christina Congleton and Susan Davd wrote about this for HBR in November, encouraging readers to build something we call “emotional agility” – that is, the ability to attend to and use one’s inner experiences (both good and bad) in a more mindful, productive way (http://sco.It/6TqSn).

The first step in the process is to understand your patterns:  Do you buy into your negative thoughts and emotions? Or do you avoid them? Or both?

The response to the article has been so strong that the authors worked with HBR to develop an interactive assessment designed to help you with this first part of the process and then offer advice tailored to your specific profile. Click the link to access the asessment  (alternatively, you can access the link  through the article):

  http://hbr.org/web/2013/11/assessment/evaluate-your-emotional-agility

 

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Emotional Agility

Emotional Agility | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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The prevailing wisdom says that negative thoughts and feelings have no place at the office. But that goes against basic biology. All healthy human beings have an inner stream of thoughts and feelings that include criticism, doubt, and fear. David and Congleton have worked with leaders in various industries to build a critical skill they call emotional agility, which enables people to approach their inner experiences in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way rather than buying into or trying to suppress them. The authors offer four practices to explore.  Now read more.....

 
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Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
It's the most valuable attribute we're not teaching our high-potentials.
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Books, articles, and studies warn us of the perils of hubris. The word comes from the Greek and means extreme pride and arrogance, generally indicating a loss of connection to reality brought about when those in power vastly overestimate their capabilities. And yes, many of us have also seen evidence that its opposite, humility, inspires loyalty, helps to build and sustain cohesive, productive team work, and decreases staff turnover. Read more now....

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Don't Let Them Underestimate You

Don't Let Them Underestimate You | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
Go into your next networking meeting with a plan.
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From the article: "We all hope our merits will be recognized — and it's a jarring comeuppance when they're not. Some people begin to doubt themselves: should I actually be going back to graduate school? Others get angry at the people who have failed to see their potential (or their actual demonstrated ability). But the best plan, of course, is to ensure we're vigilant upfront about conveying our expertise — and that if we falter in an encounter, we move quickly to correct those misimpressions." Read more now....

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What Makes a Leader?

What Makes a Leader? | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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 What is the “right stuff” that leaders are made of?  This article explores the role of Emotional Intelligence in leadership.  Read more now. 

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The Enemies of Trust

The Enemies of Trust | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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The building blocks of trust are unsurprising: They’re managerial virtues like consistency, clear communication, and a willingness to tackle awkward questions. Building a trustworthy (and trusting) organization requires close attention to those virtues. And it also requires a defensive game: You need to protect trustworthiness from its enemies, both big and small, because trust takes years to build but can suffer serious damage in just a moment.  This article take a look at some of those enemies, discuss trust in times of crisis, and explores the ways to rebuild trust when it’s been breached.  Read more now.

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Lacking Motivation? Follow These Steps to Get Back on Track.

Lacking Motivation? Follow These Steps to Get Back on Track. | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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From the article: "Motivation comes from within you, not from outside you. No one can motivate you but yourself. Here's how to best do it." Now read more.

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5 Myths about Introverts and Extraverts at Work

5 Myths about Introverts and Extraverts at Work | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Raise your hand if you are an  ambivert?  If you’re an introvert or an extravert, and you want to become better at persuading and influencing, get in touch with your inner ambivert.  Read more now.

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Do Your People Trust You?

Do Your People Trust You? | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Don’t take trust for granted, or believe it just happens, because virtually all you do as a leader and or manager begins with people’s trust in you.

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The Holy Grail of Workplace Motivation

The Holy Grail of Workplace Motivation | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Autonomy and transparency in their workplace attracts and most importantly retains the best of the best staff.  Do you have the courage to give it a try?

 



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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 29, 12:28 PM

It resonates in me when I read this article, even though we always should be careful when applying autonomy... to not replace it by "abandonment".

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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It's not easy, but these three tips can help.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 12, 11:15 AM

"When it comes to getting outside your comfort zone, don’t mistake magical outcomes for magical processes. Adaptation takes time, effort, strategy, and determination"

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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Excertp: "What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success."  Now check out the 14 signs of emotional quotient (EQ). 

 
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Annie M Herbert's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:45 PM

Sounds like a great place to start students understanding what their emotional intelligence is.  Need to convince students that emotional intelligence makes a difference.

What a quote:

"Your ability to concentrate on the work you're doing or your schoolwork, and to put off looking at that text or playing that video game until after you're done ... how good you are at that in childhood turns out to be a stronger predictor of your financial success in adulthood than either your IQ or the wealth of the family you grew up in,"

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When an emotionally intelligent person experiences a failure or setback, he or she is able to bounce back quickly. This is in part because of the ability to mindfully experience negative emotions without letting them get out of control, which provides a higher degree of resilience.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:42 AM

What does it mean to be a great leader? I think it is sign of emotional intelligence and so hard to define.

Charney Coaching & Consulting's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:46 AM

How many of these signs do you see in those around you?

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The Signs of a Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder

The Signs of a Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Think of two people who work in your organization: one a level or two below you, and the other a level above. Now imagine getting an email from each of them. Ask yourself how long it would take you? Now  is the time to read this article for great insights.
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Want to Change the World? Be Resilient.

Want to Change the World? Be Resilient. | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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Except: What’s the difference between someone with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real impact? To tackle the world’s biggest problems, we need to be able to identify and support the people who are capable of creating lasting change. 

And what we’ve found time and again is: Resilience matters most.

Resilient leaders have three key characteristics:

Grit: Short-term focus on tasks at hand, a willingness to slog through broken systems with limited resources, and pragmatic problem-solving skills.Courage: Action in the face of fear and embracing the unknown.Commitment: Long-term optimism and focus on big-picture goals.Read more now....
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Ann Bolzenius's curator insight, January 4, 6:27 AM

Resilient leaders need grit, courage, and commitment!

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Always, Always, Always Show Up

Always, Always, Always Show Up | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
Proud of yourself for not giving up? Sorry, but that's not enough.
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From the article: "Dreaming is at the heart of disruption.  Whether we want to disrupt an industry or our  personal status quo  in order to make that terrifying leap from one learning curve to the next,  we must dream.  The good news is that the causal mechanism for achieving our dreams is always, always, always showing up:  and as we show up, our future will too."

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Be Yourself, but Carefully

Be Yourself, but Carefully | Inspirational learning | Scoop.it
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“Authenticity” is the new buzzword among leaders today. We’re told to bring our full selves to the office, to engage in frank conversations, and to tell personal stories as a way of gaining our colleagues’ trust and improving group performance. But the honest sharing of thoughts, feelings, and experiences at work is a double-edged sword. Getting it right takes a deft touch, for leaders at any stage of their careers.

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