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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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Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills

Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Peace First is working to create a kinder, gentler tomorrow by teaching our kids right today.

Via David Hain
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The four points are spot on. What we need are opportunities to authentically bring them to life.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 7, 2013 3:54 PM

From dance lessons to SAT prep, we think about everything our kids need in their toolboxes for success. Let's make a similar commitment to instilling and modeling the basic building blocks of peacemaking. There's nothing simpler—and nothing more important.

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Mind Is A Verb, Not A Noun

Mind Is A Verb, Not A Noun | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
When talking about our minds, we have a tendency to take complicated processes and treat them as simplified things. For example, we say we want "happiness" or "confidence" or "motivation" but how do we know when we really have them?
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This is an interesting way of understanding mind.

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3 Causes for Judging People (and How to Accept Yourself)

3 Causes for Judging People (and How to Accept Yourself) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Each encounter with someone else offers you the gift of greater self-awareness by illustrating what you do and don’t accept about yourself.

Via Mary Meduna, PhD
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The three causes are pretty interesting.

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How to Save Someone's Emotional Life | Six Seconds

How to Save Someone's Emotional Life | Six Seconds | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How do you save an emotional life? When do you step in? How do you step in? What do you do? What do you say?

Via David Hain
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It is hard work. We tend to want to counsel or talk and judge at a time people need deep listening and a non-judgemental approach.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 4:24 PM

Powerful post! 

John Michel's curator insight, June 6, 2013 5:43 PM

Intervening to save someone’s emotional life isn’t easy. And it is almost impossible when we don’t know what to do. The hard part is speaking up—without offending—about observations.  How to deliver a message without insult requires the utmost of tact—and a careful balancing of words and actions, in order to reduce social distance and solidify communication. 

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11 Ways To Make Your Mindfulness Practice Stick

11 Ways To Make Your Mindfulness Practice Stick | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
When the fact that I teach mindfulness comes up in conversation, a frequent response is “Oh, I LOVE meditating... but I can’t get myself to practice.” Then there’s a guilty look, as if they’ve been a
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We need mindfulness more today than ever.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 5, 2013 12:04 PM

This is about being truly present, which can be a gift!  

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Your Words Have Power

Your Words Have Power | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
When was the last time you actually took the time to listen to yourself? I’m not talking about the way you speak to yourself, but the words you say to yourself. Are you critical of the risks you let yourself take?
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Reminds me of the Bee Gee song: "Words all I have to take your heart away."

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Unexpected Truths About Liars and Lying

Unexpected Truths About Liars and Lying | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Modern "social" life is ripe for temptation so it's especially helpful to recognize some myths and counterintuitive truths about lying. Just keep in mind our self-deception.
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What if we tried being honest?

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It takes a village to raise a consciousness!

It takes a village to raise a consciousness! | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

What are the most effective ways to grow spiritual qualities like kindness, generosity, patience, forgiveness, honesty, empathy, compassion, courage, and love and create loving, conscious communities with great communication skills, values of transparency and respect for autonomy?  Absolutely essential to this growth is the courage and love it takes to give clear, constructive, clean, love based, self referenced, and, sometimes hard, honesty.  Rollo May, the great psychologist, wrote that all healing begins with empathy. Empathy, coupled with honesty, connection and trust, produces dramatic growth and shifts in consciousness.  Empathy is like the massage, but honesty is the “crack“– the chiropractic adjustment. Within my heart is a great hunger for conscious community, the urge to merge, and a longing for growth and honest self awareness.


Via Edwin Rutsch, David Hain
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It does take a village to do many things including raising consciousness.

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Education: Exercises in Paradox - The Genius in Children

Education: Exercises in Paradox - The Genius in Children | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The main job of an educator is to get us to be new, to update our mindsets regularly. This job, however, has a built-in paradox: you can't change someone's mind if they think you are trying to change it.
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I like the idea that we will help children learn about paradox. Many adults struggle with paradox.

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leading and learning: Educational Readings - The Prophet or education for profit

leading and learning: Educational Readings - The Prophet or education for profit | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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If for no other reason than the Gibran poem, Your Children.

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In Collaboration We Trust

In Collaboration We Trust | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Collaboration is the new way to work. Walls are being removed and collaboration points are being designed into workplaces. Though collaboration isn&#039...
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I read a recent post about trust written by someone I worked with previously. It is doubtful they viewed this graphic. The visual suggests two things often missing: empathy and healthy interdependence. The latter suggests healthy diversity. I am not as convinced of the linear aspect. Most progress is non-linear and requires heightened awareness.

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Psyche and Soul in Archetypal Psychology | The Encircling

Psyche and Soul in Archetypal Psychology | The Encircling | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
To talk of the soul today one must also talk of psychology, but psychologists themselves are often the last to use soul-language. The notable exception, of course, are the schools associated with depth psychology, especially ...

Via Zeteticus, Keith Wayne Brown
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What animates our body and mind? The soul or spirit is what does

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The Best Talent Is Bringing Out Talent in Others

The Best Talent Is Bringing Out Talent in Others | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
"A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results." Many years ago, an entrepreneur told me that. He was right.But this isn't just true

Via Kevin Watson, John Lasschuit ®™, Tom Hood
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The definition sounds like servant-leadership.

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Tom Hood's comment, May 28, 2013 8:04 AM
Love this definition of Leadership, "A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results." and reminds me of friend Emmanuel Gobillot who says, a leaders job is to make others feel stronger and more capable...
Tom Hood's curator insight, May 28, 2013 8:06 AM

Great definition of Leadership "A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results."

John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, May 29, 2013 3:26 PM
I agree with +Ivon: this is servant-leadership.
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Fear Consumes, Joy Builds Capacity | I was thinking…

Fear Consumes, Joy Builds Capacity | I was thinking… | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via Chris Wejr
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Children need to know adults are there for them and to help them.

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, June 7, 2013 9:33 AM
Looking at children's through the lens of inquiry... Asking questions and seeking to understand.
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Empathy Without Boundaries - New York Times (blog)

Empathy Without Boundaries - New York Times (blog) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Empathy Without Boundaries
New York Times (blog)
Jean McFee Raichle, 94, is a remarkably cheerful woman. She lives in an assisted living center in Seattle staffed by aides who are warm and nurturing.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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We need more empathy in our daily llves.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:28 PM

Emotional contagion is problematic.  

 

"“If we are calm, we can bring people with dementia to a calm place,” he said. “And if we are anxious, we can amp people up.”"


Staying calm is vital.  

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The Third Decade of Emotional Intelligence - Six Seconds

The Third Decade of Emotional Intelligence - Six Seconds | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence was discovered in the 1990s. The value was proven in the 2000s. What will happen in this third decade with the science and practice of emotional intelligence?

Via David Hain
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I still do not see much happening. Educators seem to be relying on quick fix and faddish approaches.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 4:22 PM

Six seconds, three decades, infinite possibilities...

John Michel's curator insight, June 6, 2013 5:41 PM

More proof of the power of EQ in our lives.

Pavel Barta's comment, June 7, 2013 5:07 AM
I worked at higher education in the past and now I am a full time MBA student - well ranked business school - but let me tell you. We still have a long way to go! ... lots of talk, but very little happening on the ground. So lets do something about it :-)
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The View Inside Me

The View Inside Me - Inside Edge for Entrepreneurs. The blog for high performance entrepreneurs by Marc Winn.
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When someone writes about trust, and I read a recent article on it by someone I worked with, and treats it as a cognitive exercise this is problematic.

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The Development of an Ethical Mind

The Development of an Ethical Mind | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In Howard Gardner’s book, Five Minds for the Future, he talks about the disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind. Without these
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We are really short of ethical behaviour.

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Leaders Do. Together. | workplace MOJO

Leaders Do. Together. | workplace MOJO | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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What will we do to overcome a lack of trust? Set aside our technolog and have real conversations where we listen to each other.

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Creativity as Connecting Dots

Creativity as Connecting Dots | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

DARE - CARE - SHARE: Brainpickings is by far my most treasured source of inspiration. This piece + video on connecting the dots should be an eyeopener to everyone - finally someone talks about the ability to connect the dots as a skill set!


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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This is a pretty interesting article.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 2, 2013 9:56 AM

Worth watching......

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When to be the Wolf & When to be the Moon. ~ Kate Bartolotta & Bryonie Wise

When to be the Wolf & When to be the Moon. ~ Kate Bartolotta & Bryonie Wise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Kate & Bryonie's (Badass Unicorn) Juice Cleanse: Recap of Day Four. #kandbjuicecleanse
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We need to tame the wolf in us somedays.

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Are You a Team Player or a Ninja? - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

Are You a Team Player or a Ninja? - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You might be committed to your team's objectives, but if you're a ninja, you might inadvertently sabotage your team's efforts.
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Does being a team player promote individualism rather than collaboration?

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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

Via Tom Wojick, Swati Lahiri M.Ed (Curriculum Design)
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We need to be present and mindful to the task and people at hand.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:37 AM

Excellent article that highlights research and practical applications to deal with

what the author calls the plague of modern exsistence: multitasking.

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“You are the Universe becoming aware of itself.”

“You are the Universe becoming aware of itself.” | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
^ Your new Wallpaper. “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” ~ Carl Sagan But that’s not enough!
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Science and spirituality share common links. We only need to examine the words of great scientists and spiritual thinkers.

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EMPATHY: What is it, anyway?

EMPATHY: What is it, anyway? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The Center for Creative Leadership did a study with data from 6,731 managers from 38 countries. Their study found that the ability to understand what others are feeling is a skill that clearly contributes to effective leadership. In some cultures, the connection between empathy and performance is particularly striking, placing an even greater value on empathy as a leadership skill.

 

The findings were consistent across the sample: empathy is positively related to job performance. Managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses.

 

dr Ada


Via Edwin Rutsch, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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In the article there is a reference to teaching and explaining empathy. It is something we need to model and demonstrate. It cannot be reduced to a simple cognitive exercise.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 30, 2013 3:21 AM

Authoritative confirmation!

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:36 AM

What I found most endearing in this post were the definitions of empathy written by second graders. They explained it beautifully.

The author concludes then that "if you can practice empathy at least at the level these second graders describe it, you'll be a great leader".

Florentine van Thiel's curator insight, May 31, 2013 3:30 AM

La capacité à comprendre les sentiments des autres est une compétence qui contribue clairement à un leadership efficace.