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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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9 Things Happy, Successful People Choose to Ignore

9 Things Happy, Successful People Choose to Ignore | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The president and co-founder of a local charity that directly cares for homeless people in our area is a 38-year-old musician and tattoo artist who’s covered from head to toe with tattoos and piercings, and has long brown dreadlocks that dangle below his waistline.  He’s been running the charity since he was 20 and has helped hundreds of people get back on their feet, including a woman I know personally who is now a successful entrepreneur.

I just had a short, inspiring conversation with this unlikely hero a few minutes ago, and now I’m sitting here thinking about the dozens of happy, successful people I know like him who ignore stereotypes, negativity, and naysayers, and go against the grain to make a difference by doing things their own way… the right way.

And following in their footsteps isn’t hard either; you just have to start ignoring…


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These are important things to set aside.

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10 Tips for a Mindful Home

10 Tips for a Mindful Home | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Ten lovely tips for practicing Mindfulness at home. (Ten lovely tips for practicing Mindfulness at home. http://t.co/ngXiiv0zpz)

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This is a nice and informative infographic.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:54 AM

Wisdom for a mindful home:

 

1. Wake with the Sun

2. Sit

3. Make Your Bed

4. Empty the Hampers

5. Wash Your Bowl

6. Set a Timer

7. Rake the Leaves

8. Eat When Hungry

9. Let the Darkness Come

10. Sleep When Tired

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Leadership Termites

Leadership Termites | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For the first six years after we moved into our current residence, my family enjoyed juicy, yellow loquat fruits from the tree that grew with abundance in our backyard. We would patiently anticipat...

Via Bobby Dillard
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This has three key points: mistrust, disingenuous practice, and ignoring the inner being of the other. These are important and when violated trust, integrity, and passion are hard to rekindle and re-earn.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:14 PM

We are all created uniquely different. There is no one-size-fits-it-all strategy to working with people. The highest level of disrespect of any human being is to box them into a mold you deem fit for them.

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, December 29, 2013 12:07 AM

From article : 

 “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~Albert Camus

 
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Leadership: If you want more – give more

Leadership: If you want more  – give more | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

How can leadership be about giving more to get more?  Early in my career I had two questions about this when my mentors shared this philosophy with me.

 

Leaders, if you want more  - give more.  It’s just like Bob Burg said in his book, The Go-Giver,“Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.”

 


Via David Hain, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Sounds a lot like servant-leadership.

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Stephane Loiret's curator insight, December 9, 2013 5:15 PM

And give as a gift !

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 29, 2013 5:31 PM

This article rings true to me.  Build others up to take your place and in truth, you have built yourself up more as a leader.  Zig Ziglar says, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want” 

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:36 PM

The difference between selfless and selfish is a couple of letters...yet the difference between a selfless and selfish person is worlds apart.  "Then I heard the great Zig Ziglar say, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want” "

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The Eight Keys to Finding Meaningful Work

The Eight Keys to Finding Meaningful Work | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The eight keys to finding meaningful work will give you a deep understanding of exactly what career or field is best for you at any given moment in life

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Meaningful work provides a voice for us throughout life. It is also a compassionate place to be. We care for others and the world we share.

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Peace Overtures's curator insight, December 23, 2013 1:41 PM

Excllent article by the founders of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.

In this article, you will be presented with timeless wisdom backed by the latest scientific research on how to find a meaningful career that aligns with your passions. 

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Kahneman on Well-Being and Domains of Consciousness

Kahneman on Well-Being and Domains of Consciousness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A Nobel Winning Psychologist

 

From the vantage point of the unified theory, there is much to like and only a little to critique regarding Kahneman's work. He is a brilliant experimentalist (I believe he is the only psychologist who has won a Nobel prize-let me know if you know of another) and his studies led to a whole field of behavioral (psychological?) economics. His work on the two mental systems, System 1 and System 2 and their corollaries in consciousness (experiential and reflective/remembering) is directly congruent with the model of cognition advocated for in the unified theory. (Behavioral Investment Theory provides the theoretical frame for System 1, and the Justification Hypothesis for System 2).

 


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Happiness is important to the way we live and our potential success.

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 19, 2013 10:10 AM

Kahneman's work indirectly suggests that educators can improve student approaches to problem solving and decision making and as a result improve resilience. If we can overcome some of the destructive habits of the mind on "cruise control", we may improve our outcomes.

 

from the article:

"Kahneman makes three key points in this talk (TEDtalk, where he explains how the two domains of human consciousness differ quite dramatically in what it means to be happy TEDx). The first point, which is somewhat subtle in that he only briefly alludes to it, is that happiness is a complicated construct and that there has been a shift away from this term, as it has been found not to capture the essence of what researchers are interested in. 

The second key point that Kahneman makes is that humans are of two minds, what he refers to in this talk as the experiencing and remembering selves. 

The third key point was how the experiencing self and the remembering self evaluate situations differently."

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Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

Creating More Compassionate Classrooms | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

I had been trying to start class for several minutes. Our normal post-weekend check-in had failed. Instead of hearing updates from each other, students were having side conversations about the school


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Teachers who care are great role models and help students care.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:49 AM
Some good reminders for us all that it is about relationships and care as well as learning.
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Why it’s (long past) time for social and emotional learning

Why it’s (long past) time for social and emotional learning | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Sacramento's superintendent explains.

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We need adults and children who are resilient and can handle setbacks effectively.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:13 PM

If you read carefully, this is really about grit and reslience-learning to grow , not to be rewarded with a grade.

 

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce Physical Pain by 90 Percent, Week Two of Our Course Shows You How | Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Three American psychologists once asked a group of students to watch cartoons and rate how funny they were.

 

Some were asked to hold a pencil between their lips, forcing them to mimic a scowl. Others watched the cartoons with the pencil between their teeth, simulating a smile. The results were striking: those forced to smile found the cartoons funnier than those compelled to frown. Smiling had actually made them happier.

 

The process works in reverse too. Frowning makes you unhappy. And a tense neck, back, or shoulders can trigger anxiety and stress. But it’s not just emotions that are driven by such vicious cycles. Pain is too.


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Just be. That is so important

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Bringing Mindfulness to Medicine - The Center for Mind-Body ...

Bringing Mindfulness to Medicine - The Center for Mind-Body ... | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
And this is where mindfulness comes in. In addition to offering the education and training to make changes, I am always giving my patients homework that requires them to be mindful. I call these self-awareness experiments, ...
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What about bringing it to education?

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How to Achieve a Flow State

How to Achieve a Flow State | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Many people recently asked me to talk more about the flow state - a topic I touched on in last week's post.“Flow”, the state where we feel in command of what we do, do it effortlessly, and perform at


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Flow is an imperative for the work of the 21st Century.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:46 AM

Today we all realize that we do our best work in those special moments when we are in flow. And for leaders helping people get into flow and stay there means they will work at their peak abilities.

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How Can Students Be Successful in a High Stakes World? Hint: Affective, Behavioral and Cognitive engagement by Denise Pope

How Can Students Be Successful in a High Stakes World? Hint: Affective, Behavioral and Cognitive engagement by Denise Pope | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
High school students increasingly see school as something to "do," not a place to learn. How can parents and educators reframe success to allow schools to become a place of deep engagement and real learning?

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I think we need to include spiritual. Whitehead commented that teaching is a "religious event" which connotes a sacred and spiritual element which needs to be included.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:53 AM

A nice review of the design issues that make the school day and week such a pressure-cooker for high achieving and even average students in secondary schools. The suggestion to have teachers shadow their own students is a good one! Once faculty experienced the pace and the pressure of so many subjects, and demands, they may indeed understand and accept the need for changes!-Lou


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"...There are a few things Pope would like to see more educators try in order to reduce the stress on students.

Test optional college applications: There are already more than 1,000 colleges and universities that are test optional – students don’t have to take the SAT or ACT to qualify. Pope hopes that trend continues, with more emphasis put on a portfolio of work, recommendations and essays.

No grades: Commenting on a piece of work forces students to internalize changes rather than focusing on exclusively on the grade. “Move away from the grade conversation,” Pope said. The standard argument has been that grades allow colleges to quickly compare students. But Pope said even state schools like the University of California system will soon be able to evaluate applications that don’t have grades and it will go a long way to convince applicants that schools are looking at the whole person, not just a number.

Reconsider assessment. Pope recommends high schools take a hard look at their assessments to determine if they promote cheating. “Have an assessment that allows them to revise and collaborate and cheating will go down,” Pope said. And if teachers remove the expectation that students turn in perfect work then students won’t feel they have to either cheat or be cheated.

A simple thing educators can do to understand what their students are going through is to shadow them. Some administrators tried this approach. “They realized how exhausting it is to go from class to class, keep it all straight and then go home and do homework,” Pope said. It promoted the whole school to reevaluate not only the school schedule, but the amount of homework and whether that work tied back to the core goals of each class or not..."

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Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation

Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One of the most common complaints I hear from teachers, administrators, and staff working in public schools is something along the lines of, "I don't feel appreciated." I'd like to propose that by sim...

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There are good ideas here. I hope this does not become the latest fad.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, November 13, 2013 4:58 PM

The value of gratification for both healthy brains and healthy organizations.

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Leadership Listening Skills

Leadership Listening Skills | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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Be mindful and present.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:35 AM

Do you listen in such a way that others enjoy speaking with you?  For some of us we can't wait to jump in and give advice.  Listening is a skill that I work on daily. 

 

I do my best not to be like the 18 second leader who interrupts after listening for 18 seconds.  What do you do to build this skill?  Would love to hear from you!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:13 PM

Simple...powerful...true!

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Breathe, Pause, Focus: Businesses reimagine the workplace

Breathe, Pause, Focus: Businesses reimagine the workplace | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Many companies promote employee wellness, often by giving staff incentives to exercise, offering flu shots at the office or requiring

Via Bobby Dillard
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"The practice of mindfulness can include meditation, breathing exercises, “purposeful pausing” and a self-awareness of both the physical and mental symptoms of stress. It encourages a person to be more sincerely engaged with the person or activity before them and to make a choice about how to react to stressful situations."

 

Being mindful and present leads to purpose.

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Harmony: What Does It Take to Really Listen? #peopleskills - Kate Nasser

Harmony: What Does It Take to Really Listen? #peopleskills - Kate Nasser | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Turn differences into mutual success. Harmony w/o surrender. What does it really take? Global views via The People Skills Coach™. Leadership & Teamwork.
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Listening is an important aspect of servant and mindful leadership.

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Great Quotes about Art - Creative Leader

Great Quotes about Art - Creative Leader | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life o …

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Art is something that touches the soul.

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Practice Gratitude Today!

Practice Gratitude Today! | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via craig daniels
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This is a profound comment.

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Ana Magno's curator insight, January 2, 2014 11:19 AM

Se não souber rezar, pode agradecer a sua vida...

 

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The Role of Leaders in Helping Others Find Meaning at Work

The Role of Leaders in Helping Others Find Meaning at Work | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for." - Viktor E. Frankl


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We each need to find meaning. It is nice when we have authentic help in the search.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 4, 2014 11:44 AM

Viktor Frankl's work was profound and little used.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, January 5, 2014 6:51 PM

Finding your purpose and helping others find their purpose in life is a leaders top priority.  When you find your purpose everything you do has meaning.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 6, 2014 2:31 PM

Meaning needs to be created; existence (work) precedes essence (meaning)

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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via Maria Rachelle, Wise Leader™, Roger Francis, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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What does it mean to be a great leader? I think it is sign of emotional intelligence and so hard to define.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:08 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Daniel-GOLEMAN

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Howard-GARDNER

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/1798/

 

 

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,"

Another great quote:

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.

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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What are Values?

What are Values? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What are values? Beliefs, ideas, principles that we regard as important. Discover your functional, core and organisational values with The Leader's Voice.

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Values are the glue that holds people together.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, December 14, 2013 9:32 AM

This article really hit home for me today!

 

I really liked the how the author defined values:

Values are what we hold important when making decisions or taking action. 

 

As a leader once you take the time to hire talented and passionate people who fit your culture, identifying values will help guide your leaders to stay on course.  To me living the values, believing in the values, and ensuring that we as leaders as well as our teams are staying on course with how decisions are made.

 

Values then become an inside out job, and become simply how we do things around here.

 

What are your thoughts?

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It Is Always Now

It Is Always Now | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Sam Harris, an American neuroscientist, author, and philosopher, shares his concept of the present moment and why it matters to live in the now rather than wait for the "now" of the future. This video asks viewers to live for each and every moment.


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Being fully present is an essential aspect of living.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:19 AM

Life is a blessing ... don't let it slip by without notice.  It is always "now", and the now is worth being grateful and thankful for.

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» Mindfulness & Meditation: Resting in Stillness - World of Psychology

» Mindfulness & Meditation: Resting in Stillness - World of Psychology | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

I’ve written much about the benefits of meditation, from stress management to mood stability, from increased creativity to breakthroughs in psychotherapy.


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Even little bits spread throughout the day make a difference.

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10 Harsh Realities that Help You Grow

10 Harsh Realities that Help You Grow | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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We need to realize that sometimes finding our way is challenging and part of the process of learning. This is not just for the followers, but part of the leadership mindset which is often sorely lacking.

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Mindfulness: the new science of performance | HRZone

Mindfulness: the new science of performance | HRZone | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Soon we'll all recognise mindfulness for the significant benefits it can bring individuals and organisations.

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I am glad we are beginning to understand that the spiritual side of living is important. It is likely the glue that keeps everything together.

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, November 14, 2013 4:33 PM

I for one will promote a mindfulness revitalise weekend @MiskinManor 2014