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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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Making Yourself Indispensable

Making Yourself Indispensable | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
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This article presents a step-by-step process by which developing leaders can identify their strengths, select appropriate complementary skills , and develop those skills to dramatically improve their strengths—making themselves uniquely valuable to their companies. Read more.....

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
What's important is self-compassion.
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From the article: "Here's an unavoidable truth: You are going to screw up. Everyone — including very successful people — makes boatloads of mistakes. The key to success is, as everyone knows, to learn from those mistakes and keep moving forward. But not everyone knows how. Self-compassion is the how you've been looking for."

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Collaboration Is the New Competition

Collaboration Is the New Competition | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
Five ways to drive large-scale social change by working cooperatively.
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From the article: "Leaders and organizations are acknowledging that even their best individual efforts can't stack up against today's complex and interconnected problems. They are putting aside self-interests and collaborating to build a new civic infrastructure to advance their shared objectives. It's called collective impact and it's a growing trend across the country."

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Oluwasemilogo Akinmuyiwa's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:52 PM

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An online marketplace is a place where businesses in one specific industry gather to explore common interest, goals and profitable income streams.

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Becoming a Better Judge of People

Becoming a Better Judge of People | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it

Ten questions to help you understand the intrinsic "why" and "how" behind a person.

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"Ask these ten questions about someone, or even a subset of them, and you'll be on a path to being a better judge of people."

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Oluwasemilogo Akinmuyiwa's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:50 AM

Horn up your people management skills. It is very essential in today's world if you hope to make an impact.

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Dealing with a Bad Boss

Dealing with a Bad Boss | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
It's often said there's nothing certain in life except death and taxes. The parallel in organizational life is that at some point in your career you'll have a bad boss — or at least a boss who's bad for you....
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Positive Intelligence

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Increasing your happiness improves your chances of success. Developing new habits, nurturing your coworkers, and thinking positively about stress are good ways to start

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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, 2014 2:15 PM

"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 9:45 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 11:42 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 1:46 PM

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, 2014 9:27 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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Humility as a Leadership Trait

Humility as a Leadership Trait | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
Want to demonstrate that you have what it takes to be an effective leader and have people follow your direction? Be humble! That lesson echoed with me as I read a David Brooks column in the New York Times in...
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From the article: "A sense of humility is essential to leadership because it authenticates a person's humanity. We humans are frail creatures; we have our faults. Recognizing what we do well, as well as what we do not do so well, is vital to self-awareness and paramount to humility." Read more to find  ways to demonstrate humility in the workplace....

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Ways Successful People Defeat Stress

Ways Successful People Defeat Stress | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it

 Here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes.  Number one is compassion. Read more now...

 

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From the article: "Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, people are counting on you, and to top it all off," there are and family commitments to juggle. " You are under a lot of pressure — so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it.

 

This is life in the modern workplace. It is more or less impossible to be any kind of professional these days and not experience frequent bouts of intense stress. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren't is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do."  

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The Smartest Leaders Make Their Own Opportunities

The Smartest Leaders Make Their Own Opportunities | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
And they're not afraid to take a step back first.
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 From the article: "The smartest, savviest professionals don't wait for a posting to appear.  They make their own opportunities, and get rewarded handsomely for it."

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Connect, Then Lead

Connect, Then Lead | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it

Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”


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Excerpt from article: "If you want to effectively lead others, you have to get the warmth-competence dynamic right. Projecting both traits at once is difficult, but the two can be mutually reinforcing—and the rewards substantial. Earning the trust and appreciation of those around you feels good. Feeling in command of a situation does, too. Doing both lets you influence people more effectively."

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Oluwasemilogo Akinmuyiwa's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:12 AM

Recipe for good leadership...

Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 12, 2014 2:19 PM

Excerpt from article: "If you want to effectively lead others, you have to get the warmth-competence dynamic right. Projecting both traits at once is difficult, but the two can be mutually reinforcing—and the rewards substantial. Earning the trust and appreciation of those around you feels good. Feeling in command of a situation does, too. Doing both lets you influence people more effectively."

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Are You Nonverbally Illiterate?

Are You Nonverbally Illiterate? | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
Are You Nonverbally Illiterate? Carol Goman's new book - The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How You Lead
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This article is a great primer for the book. It highlights some key areas for leader awarness.  It is not always what we say as what your non vebals communicate.  Is there congruency in the message? Read more now.  

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How to Respond to Negativity

How to Respond to Negativity | Inspirational Learning | Scoop.it
"I'm getting to the end of my patience," Dan,* the head of sales for a financial services firm, told me. "There is so much opportunity here — the business is growing, the work is interesting, and bonuses should be pretty...
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This articles give you some great insights on effectively turning around negative people. Now read.

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