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Being Special Isn't So Special

Being Special Isn't So Special | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
There’s a paradox that is stumping psychologists right now and it’s this: Over the past 50 years, despite the standard of living rising dramatically in the western world, happiness has stayed level, while mental illnesses, anxiety disorders, narcissism, and depression have all gone up. When you study marketing, the first thing you learn…
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Continuing my holidays scoops about living life appropriately. 

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How Do You Measure Your Life?

How Do You Measure Your Life? | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
In the early 1980's, a talented young guitarist was kicked out of his band. The band had just been signed to their first record contract, and they were...
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Warren Buffett's "20 Slot" Rule: How to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Results | James Clear

Warren Buffett's "20 Slot" Rule: How to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Results | James Clear | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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The Four Stages of Life

The Four Stages of Life | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Life is a bitch. Then you die. So while staring at my navel the other day, I decided that that bitch happens in four stages. Here they are.
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Famous Biologist Louis Agassiz on the Usefulness of Learning Through Observation | James Clear

Famous Biologist Louis Agassiz on the Usefulness of Learning Through Observation | James Clear | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
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The Dark Side of a Funny Situation

The Dark Side of a Funny Situation | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Everyone agreed that Jack, the VP Information Systems in the company, was a very funny guy. He had an unusual, self-deprecating twist to his humour, he knew how to get laughs out of people and to help them see the lighter side of things. But his banter also had a darker side, especially when it was directed at others. While his coworkers would laugh when he joked about colleagues’ imperfections, it would also leave them with a bitter aftertaste. What added to their ambivalence was that Jack was
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Leadership styles: Only 8% of leaders are 'tran...

Leadership styles: Only 8% of leaders are 'tran... | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
The debate about whether these earth-shaking leaders are born or made will continue to rumble on, not least because they’re so apparently rare. Then again, it often only takes one person at the top to kickstart an organisation into action.
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The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
A memo to the cardinals applies to executives as well.
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Excellent distillation of spiritual wisdom by one of the gurus, Gary Hamel

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The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever

The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, or reason can provide the tools that people need in order to make good decisions.
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What We All Can Learn From Sheryl Sandberg's Marriage

What We All Can Learn From Sheryl Sandberg's Marriage | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has told women, "Who you marry is the single most important career decision you make." And she's right: A study of Harvard Business School graduates (Sandberg received her M.B.A. from Harvard, coincidentally) found that husbands—not kids—were more likely to hold women back from job success. In her husband, Dave Goldberg, Sandberg found a true partner—someone who urged men to do equal housework by taking part in "choreplay" ("resistance is futile...a
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Thought this article was going to be in bad taste. In fact it is very touching and puts in perspective what we should cherish.  

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Proof that you should get a life

Proof that you should get a life | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
DO YOU work too much? Last year we wrote a jolly piece that found an interesting correlation between working hours and output. With higher working hours, labour...
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People who work long hours would be more productive if they reduced their hours. Fact!

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It's 4.30 and I think I'll go home!

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At Zappos, Pushing Shoes and a Vision

At Zappos, Pushing Shoes and a Vision | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Tony Hsieh, C.E.O. of Zappos, is on an uphill mission to remake the company’s culture by banning the boss.
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The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
The corporate culture at Sudabank (not its real name) was toxic, some even described it as “Darwinian”. The working environment was survival of the fittest; everyone seemed to be out for themselves and teamwork was nonexistent. Greed, bullying, and illegal behaviour were rampant. Focused on profits and bonuses, the senior leadership team whittled away at their employees’ self-confidence, health and sanity. Productivity was decreasing, morale was low, there was serious absenteeism and a disturbingly high employee turnover.
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Moral Suspicion Trickles Down the Corporate Ladder - Association for Psychological Science

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When to change how you lead | McKinsey & Company

When to change how you lead | McKinsey & Company | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
It’s fashionable to say we live in fast-changing times. Does that mean leadership itself must change? A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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The Office Is Watching You

The Office Is Watching You | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
A new generation of "people analytics" tools promises to make offices more self-aware and efficient. Could they also help get you fired?
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This little software gimmick will ensure that the companies who do NOT use it will stay nimble innovative and flexible. A frightening echo of the police states many Western Democracies are becoming. 

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Leadership Lessons From the Brothers Grimm

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Fairy tales help children to answer basic existential questions, like who am I, what is the good life, where do I belong? Through fairy tales they learn to navigate reality and survive in a world full of ambiguities and dangers.
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If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk? – Eric Schwitzgebel – Aeon

If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk? – Eric Schwitzgebel – Aeon | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude
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Digital storytelling revives the art of gossip – Katherine May – Aeon

Digital storytelling revives the art of gossip – Katherine May – Aeon | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip
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This article gives a beautiful insight into how storytelling helps us create a topography of relationships and narratives within our social systems. 

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Science Says These 9 Tactics Will Help You Win Any Argument

Science Says These 9 Tactics Will Help You Win Any Argument | Leadership, Creativity, Connection, Presence. | Scoop.it
You have to understand people.
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