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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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The Heart Of Struggle: The Leadership's Journey

The Heart Of Struggle: The Leadership's Journey | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
We all have experienced difficult events, emotional hurts, and serious mistakes. Life is never without struggle, and the way to live it on life’s terms is to accept ourselves as we truly are, and embrace the journey.
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This is a very interesting article about the role of spirit and heart in leadership.

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10 Secrets of Science For Achieving Bliss (and my take)

10 Secrets of Science For Achieving Bliss (and my take) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Lori, my Zen Master and a bubbling brook of knowledge and wisdom, shared this FastCompany article titled: 10 Simple Science Backed Ways to Be Happier Today. I reflected on it for a few days. Here's...
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Happiness is an important aspect of life that is often overlooked.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?

Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. 

 

Homa Tavangar Author, "Growing Up Global," GlobalEd advisor


Via Edwin Rutsch, Nancy Jones
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The adults will need to model and it is very difficult.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:46 PM

Empathy is a 21st Century skill that must be developed at home and in the class room.  "Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively."

Audrey's comment, August 26, 2013 6:13 PM
I would agree with Garth, which is why homeschooling is so important.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 26, 2013 8:53 PM
Thanks, Audrey. And I echo your homeschooling comment...I am a strong supporter of homeschooling families!
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Wind Beneath Your Wings

Wind Beneath Your Wings | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that Len has a mistress—flying. A private pilot, his heart accelerates when he hears the drone of an engine in the sky. We recently went to Brodhead, WI to attend the Pietenpol/Hatz ...

Via Laurie Buchanan, PhD
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This is a great metaphor for finding what fuels are work and life.

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Who is the wind beneath your wings?

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6 Paths to Better Leadership

6 Paths to Better Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
We know a lot about effective leadership in education -- and we keep learning the same lessons over and over. Between 1989 and 2000, Mark Goldberg interviewed 43 leaders across a spectrum of positi

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Lead morally. For many that I worked with in education this is not happening.

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Ten essential skills the next generation of religious leaders will need | Insights into Religion

Ten essential skills the next generation of religious leaders will need | Insights into Religion | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The U.S. religious landscape is changing and so too the old ways of doing church. Today’s seminary students will likely need to be far more creative and imaginative than older generations in connecting with members and creating community.
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These can apply to other leadership areas i.e. education.

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The Reflective Teacher: A Taxonomy of Reflection Part 3

The Reflective Teacher: A Taxonomy of Reflection Part 3 | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A guide to reflective thinking. Includes prompts for teachers to self - monitor their classroom practice and instructional strategies.

Via Malachy Scullion
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Quiet time is essential to grow.

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Reflection time is important and much overlooked.  

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Reminder ~ Slow Me Down, Lord

Reminder ~ Slow Me Down, Lord | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
With the computer automation, sometimes we are expected to work faster.  Working faster does not necessarily mean working smart.  Working faster means haste.  Haste causes mistakes.  Mistakes cause...
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This is a great post and poet. Take time to read it and sink roots deep.

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[New Post] Learn the Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

[New Post] Learn the Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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I read Thomas Merton's work extensively. The Trappists recognize the gifts of each other and encourage each person to work towards those gifts. Merton referred to them as vocations which comes from the same root word as voice. Thomas Merton was one of the most, if not the most influential, Catholic writers of the 20th Century and passed away in 1969 at an early age.

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Are You Stressed, Rushed, and Aggravated?

Are You Stressed, Rushed, and Aggravated? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The bottom line is this: air travel, or anything else, is what you make it. If you're stressed, rushed, and aggravated, you can change it.
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Slowing down and resting in the moment is an essential part of life today.

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harnessing the six sources of influence

harnessing the six sources of influence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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The article expands well on the six sources of influence.

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3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology

3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Here are three ways for teachers to prepare to design learning experiences that encourage higher order thinking through the use of technology as a tool for learning.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Malachy Scullion
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Some of these will work, but should hav been in place already.

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Meditation and mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley (Wired UK)

Meditation and mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley (Wired UK) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
And it's not just about inner peace -- it's about getting ahead (Feature: Meditation and mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley http://t.co/jRmjJ7oVPA)...

Via Les Howard, Lynnette Van Dyke
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When I mentioned this to another educator, he said it was basically that these companies had time to do this. We need to make time to do this.

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How to Access Higher States of Consciousness With Breath

How to Access Higher States of Consciousness With Breath | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The ancients knew that the breath was the key to higher states of consciousness and awareness and so they developed many practices to use it for this purpose

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Being present and a spiritual essence are increasingly important.

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Awakening Your Compassion: 8 Steps to Cultivate a Daily Practice

Awakening Your Compassion: 8 Steps to Cultivate a Daily Practice | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Remind yourself that the action you took issue with was not personal to you but about what the other person was going through.
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Eight excellent points

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
It's easier to get lost in the busy life. Ask yourself these questions everyday and measure progress in your personal, interpersonal and professional lives.
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We should.

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Where Are You on the Leadership Continuum?

Where Are You on the Leadership Continuum? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
When you ask a hundred people to describe the perfect leader, you get the same answers over and over. Most people name typical qualities like “intelligent”, “decisive,” “

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The word discerning caught my eye. It goes with wisdom and moral leadership.

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USCCB Blog: What Can I Do? Three Steps to Reduce Income Disparities

USCCB Blog: What Can I Do? Three Steps to Reduce Income Disparities | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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What if we did these things in our families, our schools, and our businesses?

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4 Ways To End Destructive Pride - TanveerNaseer.com

4 Ways To End Destructive Pride - TanveerNaseer.com | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Learn from CEO Richie Norton about the 4 steps we should take to overcome destructive pride in order to ensure a successful outcome from our efforts.
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The first about vulnerability reminded me of a Thomas Merton essay written many years ago about the vulnerability of falling in love. Merton did not use the words "do not be afraid to look stupid" but indicated when we are called to something relationally we find our voice in that.

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If you are back to work, remember this:

If you are back to work, remember this: | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
All the peace and happiness of the whole globe, the peace and happiness of societies, the peace and happiness of family, the peace and happiness in the individual persons' life, and the peace and h...

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A nice poem that is easy to print and pin up.

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What's Your ROT - Return on Trust?

What's Your ROT - Return on Trust? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As leaders and managers we are programmed through education and experience to constantly measure and manage the results of our activities. Want to make a new capital investment? You better perform ...
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Trust is at the core of successful leadership and enterprises. Recently, I read a blog posting where the author spoke about trust. This same person wrote in another piece that groupthink was OK under some circumstances without any elaboration. His vew of trust is one of blind faith. I worked for him and saw little trust in the workplace. Today, this is a person sending out requests for virtual mentors. It is easier to do that then build healthy, trusting relationships.

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“Enlightenment is Simple: the Synchronization of Body, Speech & Mind, Harnessed to the Present Moment.”

“Enlightenment is Simple: the Synchronization of Body, Speech & Mind, Harnessed to the Present Moment.” | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Enlightenment is Simple: the Synchronization of Body, Speech & Mind, Harnessed to the Present Moment.

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Being open and in the moment is essential. Body, mind, and spirit all need to be in the same space.

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Reasonable Neediness. ~ Lindsay R. Repko, LMFT

Reasonable Neediness. ~ Lindsay R. Repko, LMFT | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
"“We’re only as needy as our unmet needs.” Bowlby’s research focused on attachment in the first two years of life between babies and their caregivers. We can infer that unmet needs originate in the early years.
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Take time for yourself and integrate those practices into daily life.

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For Integrity, Use Emotional Intelligence To Follow Your Intention

For Integrity, Use Emotional Intelligence To Follow Your Intention | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Integrity is aligning your choices with your intentions. Emotional Intelligence provides a way to change behavior and do what you really mean to do.

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Emotioinal intelligence is increasingly important.

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Understanding and aligning what we do, how we do it, and why we do it helps us be the best version of ourselves.  When we are able to align these principles through the practice of emotional intelligence, we are able to add value to the people we interact with every day and improve the quality of our relationships. 

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Justice Is in Our Nature

Justice Is in Our Nature | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Social contracts are written into our biology. As is the justice they need. The arc of our evolution has long bent towards the justice of “laws” fittest for team survival. We bred ourselves, by artificial selection, to internalize and feel strongly about social rules.


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These social contracts are covenants and they create bonds that help us get through life. Humans have diminished these into legalistic ways of conducting business rather than trusting the other person.

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