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70% of Organisational Change Efforts Fail. 8 Steps for Leading Change.

70% of Organisational Change Efforts Fail. 8 Steps for Leading Change. | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
70% of organisation change efforts fail. John Kotter has an 8 step process that can reduce the likelihood that your project of organisational change (and all leadership projects mean some form of c...

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A big source of failure is starting action before you have put together a solid base of support and understanding before acting.

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10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy

10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Negative thoughts drain your energy. The more you give in to them, the stronger they become. Here are a few tips to turn your negative thoughts positive. (Thinking #positively can change the way you live your #life.
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Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.
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David Hain's curator insight, September 20, 2013 11:13 AM

We get what we expect to get - so expect in the positive!!

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"...I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.

That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.

I’d like to share with you an example of how one small thought can turn into a very negative experience.

For the last ten years, I have lived on my own. Obviously during this time, I’ve grown accustomed to living in a particular way; I have my routines with cooking, cleaning and living happily in my place.

My boyfriend of two years who I have had a long distance relationship with will soon be moving here and we will be living together. Lately, I’ve had negative thoughts of moving in with him knowing that my living routine will have to change and we will have to create a new routine together.

Unfortunately, I’ve already jumped into the future and have had thoughts that we will not be able to come up with a living arrangement that will make us both happy. In my mind, I have seen myself already getting angry about our cooking and cleaning situation.

He came for a surprise visit this past weekend and boy, was it a surprise for him. We had a miserable weekend together. I did not enjoy his company because I was already angry with him and he was confused and equally frustrated with me. What could have been a really fabulous weekend ended up being a painful and heavy weekend.

When we start to have negative thoughts, it’s hard to stop them. And it’s much easier said than done to shift your focus to positive thoughts. But, it’s the only way—especially if you want to avoid going down a path that is painful and unnecessary.

Here are 10 things I did to help overcome my negative thoughts that you can also try:

1. Meditate or do yoga.

One of the first things I did was head to a yoga class. It took my focus away from my thoughts and brought my attention to my breath. Yoga is also very relaxing which helped ease my mind. Yoga helped me stay present to my experience so instead of jumping to what could happen, it brought me back to the now—the only moment, the most important moment.

2. Smile.

I didn’t do much of this during the weekend so I literally had to bring myself in front of a mirror and force myself to smile. It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also felt lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

I called a friend who I knew could give me constructive, yet loving feedback. When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.

4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.

For example, instead of thinking We are going to have a hard time adjusting to our living situation, replace that with We will face some challenges in our living situation, but we will come up with solutions that we will both be happy with.

5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.

The way I was thinking and acting, you would think I was stuck. Even if our living situation becomes unbearable, there is always a way out. I will always have the choice to make change happen, if need be.

6. Help someone.

Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person. I decided to make a tray of food and donate it to the Salvation Army. It took my mind off of things and I felt better for helping someone else.

7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.

It’s easy to dwell on your mistakes. I felt terrible that I acted this way and that I wasted our weekend. The only thing I can do now is learn from my mistakes and move forward. I definitely don’t want to have a weekend like that again.

8. Sing.

I don’t remember lyrics very well and it’s probably the reason that I don’t enjoy singing, but every time I do sing I always feel better . When we sing, we show our feelings and this provides an amazing stress relief.

9. List five things that you are grateful for right now.

Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have. Here’s my list: My cats, health, a six-week trip to Asia, a new yoga class that I’ll be teaching, and for my mom’s biopsy coming out clean.

10. Read positive quotes.

I like to place Post-It notes with positive quotes on my computer, fridge door and mirror as reminders to stay positive. Also, I’d like to share with you a quote by an unknown author that was shared in a meditation class that I attended:

 

Watch your thoughts, they become words.Watch your words, they become actions.Watch your actions, they become habits.Watch your habits, they become your character.Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

 

 
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A 12-Year-Old's Genius Secret To Pursuing Your Dreams | CAREEREALISM

A 12-Year-Old's Genius Secret To Pursuing Your Dreams | CAREEREALISM | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
For many, deciding what they want to be when they grow up can be a daunting task. Here's a 12-year-old's genius secret to pursing your dreams.
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Pursuing your dreams can be extremely hard. For many, simply deciding what they want to be when they grow up can be a daunting task. But for one girl, the choice seems obvious. 

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Personal Branding for Introverts

Personal Branding for Introverts | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Build your reputation — without the schmoozing.

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In popular imagination, personal branding is often equated with high-octane, flesh-pressing showmanship. But there are other, sometimes better, ways you can define yourself and your reputation. Taking the time to reflect and be thoughtful about how you’d like to be seen and then living that out through your writing and your interpersonal relationships (and even your décor) is a powerful way to ensure you’re seen as the leader you are.

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Modeling Leadership Grows Future Leaders — Break The Frame

Modeling Leadership Grows Future Leaders — Break The Frame | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Modeling leadership grows future leaders because we are no longer dictating, we’re empowering others to step up into their personal leadership.
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Our kids become leaders when we give them the knowledge and let them make choices.  The same holds true for the people on our teams.  Mentors, coaches and other leaders, talking us through the steps to get to the other side, help immensely but it’s up to each one of us to own it and ultimately make the leap

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Approaching Power with Humility and Wisdom

Approaching Power with Humility and Wisdom | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Understanding the impact that winning and power has on your brain and behavior (RT @michaelhogannui: Understanding the impact that winning and power has on your brain and behavior http://t.co/SIVpxA5uxm...
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n addition to handicapping oneself by setting unattainable goals, one of the greatest impediments to achieving success and maintaining intrinsic motivation in the face of challenges is the view that abilities such asintelligence are ‘fixed’.  

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How To Conquer Your Fears And Live A More Courageous Life

How To Conquer Your Fears And Live A More Courageous Life | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible," he wrote.

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It's difficult to conquer your fears if you're unable to be honest with yourself in the first place about what exactly those fears are. So why not start today? 

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David Hain's curator insight, September 16, 2013 3:51 AM

Most development starts with the mirror test!

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The 10 Happiest Countries In The World, And Why We're Not One Of Them

The 10 Happiest Countries In The World, And Why We're Not One Of Them | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
The United Nations just released its second World Happiness Report which ranks countries according to happiness levels. Nordic countries are at the...

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Surprised? 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:47 AM

Inida at a lamentable #111 position amongst 156 countries!!

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The Benefits of Empathy

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Being able to put yourself in another’s shoes and to realize that they are just like you has far-reaching benefits for both your emotional and physical wellbeing. These are just a few of the many benefits of empathy.

 

1. Makes you happier...

You’re happier in the sense that you’re able to meet people on a level of understanding, meaning that your social interactions are more amiable and less apprehensive....

 

2. Makes you healthier..

 

3. Makes you smarter..


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Your mind is opened and sympathetic to the daily lives of others, and because we are all sharing the same experience, it is easier, as a human being, to understand the plight of another.

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Are Bullies More Successful at Work?

Are Bullies More Successful at Work? | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
In the recruiting and HR space, it's pretty rare to find a post that promotes bullying at work. After all, most of us spend a great deal of time at work and it'

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In an Harvard Business Review article, one story talks about one employee who went out of his comfort zone to report a bully at his job, only to have the employee promoted over him. He had a heart attack three days later. It’s a tale as old as time for workers who have spent their time in the trenches watching bullies get promoted:

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Chris Morales's curator insight, September 12, 2013 9:58 AM

Have you worked with a bully?

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Risky Business: Management Wisdom Gleaned From 80s Movies - Huffington Post

Risky Business: Management Wisdom Gleaned From 80s Movies - Huffington Post | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Risky Business: Management Wisdom Gleaned From 80s Movies
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In the ten years since I co-founded a brand agency, I've often been asked, "Who or what is your greatest professional influence?
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Do you remember some of these classics? 

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What are the Top 5 Global Recruiting Trends in 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What are the Top 5 Global Recruiting Trends in 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
This infographic and blog from LinkedIn outlines the top 5 recruiting trends seen globally this year. They are: The source of quality hires - social network

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Interesting insights.

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10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative...

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It is safe to say that more and more entrepreneurs are artists, and artists of all kinds are entrepreneurs. And the trend is only on the rise as all things (art, science, technology, business, culture, spirituality) are increasingly converging.

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Companies that Practice "Conscious Capitalism" Perform 10x Better

Companies that Practice "Conscious Capitalism" Perform 10x Better | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Why should that be a surprise?

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It’s not necessary to choose up sides between consciousness and capitalism, self-interest and the broader interest, or personal development and service to others. Rather, they’re each inextricably connected, and they all serve one another.

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7 Life Lessons From Shel Silverstein

7 Life Lessons From Shel Silverstein | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.
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With stanzas that make us laugh and reflect, Shel Silverstein wrote for kids -- and the kid inside all of us. Click through the slideshow below for words of comfort and inspiration that will remind you of the simplest life lessons.
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The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday

The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Don't let pockets of free time go to waste. Try this easy time-saving strategy.
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How are your time management skills? 

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Are You a 'Talk to Think' Leader?

Are You a 'Talk to Think' Leader? | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Some leaders need to 'talk to think'. But sometimes this can get you into trouble. Here's why.

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Some leaders-- specifically, those with a Visionary style-- use debate and discussion as a way to frame their thoughts and opinions.

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The Benefits of Talent Mobility - Businessweek

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The Benefits of Talent Mobility
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On Sept. 3, Ned Brody, former chief executive of AOL Networks, officially joined Yahoo! (YHOO) as the company's new chief of advertising in North and South America.
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As the talent wars become ever more heated, too many of us instinctively resort to the familiar: control and retaliation. We can benefit from turning the protectionist mentality on its head: Talent needs to be free and flowing for us to succeed in the ultimate race for brainpower.

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Seth's Blog: What works?

Seth's Blog: What works? | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
We are capable of abandoning, bullying, raping, murdering, belittling, undermining, objectifying, cheating, stealing, ignoring, maligning, spamming, excoriating and arguing.
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Straightforward wisdom from the webs top blogger...

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Think Twice Before You Ask for Feedback

Think Twice Before You Ask for Feedback | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Asking for feedback isn't always easy. But if you're going to do it, then make sure that you really want it.

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Think carefully and consciously about whether you really want feedback, and why. If you truly think that you could benefit from someone else’s thinking, then ask for it. But if you feel confident that what you are doing or thinking is already good enough, then it’s okay not to ask. In other words, don’t ask for input as social convention. Do it only if you mean it.

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do you really want my feedback on this article ?! full of truth and I love the two constructive guidelines at the end
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Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement, Not a Self-Promotion Campaign

Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement, Not a Self-Promotion Campaign | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Developing your personal brand is essential for the advancement of your career and development as a leader.

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Personal branding, much like social media, is about making a full-time commitment to the journey of defining yourself as a leader and how this will shape the manner in which you will serve others.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:47 AM

Very insightful ... of course step one is understanding what you, as a leader, believe and value ... and then understanding how your actions and words support these values (and your brand) ... and what you might be doing or saying that detracts from them.

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10 Disastrously Funny Job Application Typos

10 Disastrously Funny Job Application Typos | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Matching people with the right jobs is serious business…it is. It’s just that sometimes, when a typo shows up in the job application, it’s hard not to chuckle at least a bit.
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Matching people with the right jobs is serious business…it is. It’s just that sometimes, when a typo shows up in the job application, it’s hard not to chuckle at least a bit. Here are some of the fun but substantial typos that transformed the meaning of the job applications:

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead

5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Leadership is about more than the person at the top. Here's how to get all of your employees to take on leadership roles.

Via Don Cloud
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Some of today’s most effective businesses encourage every one of their employees to take on leadership roles in their organizations. Are you one of them?
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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:34 AM

Leaders set the conditions for others to lead ... here are 5 easy steps to promote a culture to grows and develops emerging leaders at every level.

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:44 AM

Thanks Don for sharing!

 

It takes a confident and humble leader to encourage their team to lead.  It means that the leader doesn't believe that they need to have all of the answers or the best ideas.  The right collaborative environment is the foundation with teams who are empowered to take decisions, and take the lead. 

 

These type of leaders don't point fingers when mistakes are made...instead they take the bullet.  They give the recognition away, and the team has that spark of excitement, passion, and ownership.  They know that when the goal is achieved...their team did it on their own.

 

Make it a great day!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:04 PM

Leadership is about influence and setting the right environment. It is not about coercion and micro-managing.

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Seven tips for living with the wisdom of a 70-year-old - NEWS.com.au

Seven tips for living with the wisdom of a 70-year-old - NEWS.com.au | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Seven tips for living with the wisdom of a 70-year-old
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When you make it a point to live out your elder years consciously, you quickly feel that enthusiastic child inside of you.
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Regardless of your age, When you bring alertness to your day, with the intent of savouring your experiences like a child, you will find that you are still a mischievous rascal.

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Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage - Huffington Post (blog)

Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage - Huffington Post (blog) | Liberating Genius | Scoop.it
Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage
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"Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel -- I am the carpenter of my own soul." -- Rumi.
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William James, the father of American psychology, said, "The power to move the world is in your subconscious mind." And the Da Vincis of the world have manifested their futures with their ability to repeatedly imagine and then design innovative successes.

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