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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
The ability to remain calm under pressure is a massive predictor of performance. Dr. Travis Bradberry provides ten proven strategies you can start using today.
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Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.
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John Michel's curator insight, February 4, 2014 6:05 PM

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

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Leadership Development Carnival - January 2014

Leadership Development Carnival - January 2014 | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Welcome to the January 6, 2014 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! One of the best ways to improve as a leader is to reflect upon your past experiences, catalog the lessons learned, and...
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Wow! I'm honored to have my article included in this list of amazing blogs with my publication, "The Leader's Greatest Harvest," published on SwitchandShift at http://switchandshift.com/the-leaders-harvest Pretty Cool, Indeed!
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I've bookmarked this page for great reading with my EIB students. Thanks :) 

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How Women Owned Businesses Are A Source of Strength

How Women Owned Businesses Are A Source of Strength | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Who is driving new business growth AND having a social impact in New York City? According to a new study, it's increasingly women.
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While it's clear there's still progress to be made, the ideas, talent and commitment of these women are transforming communities for the better
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The real reason to hire a veteran | Fox News

The real reason to hire a veteran | Fox News | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve grown tired of reading articles telling us why we should hire veterans. Veterans bring true real world experience to the workplace.
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Any companies are to comment as to why an unfailing attitude toward mission success might be important to a bottom line? How about work ethic, character, unparalleled persistence and self-starting problem solving? If these sound important to you, then you might want to consider hiring a veteran!
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17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likable People

17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likable People | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
It starts with what you say--and what you know not to say.
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Likable people are often dreamers, optimists, and doers. RFK put it best: "There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
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Likable people are often dreamers, optimists, and doers. RFK put it best: "There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
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Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
And four ways to improve it.
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Strengthening your emotional intelligence takes commitment, discipline, and a genuine belief in its value. With time and practice, though, you’ll find that the results you achieve far outweigh the effort it took to get there.
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Mary Martínez's curator insight, February 23, 6:30 PM
Strengthening your emotional intelligence takes commitment, discipline, and a genuine belief in its value. With time and practice, though, you’ll find that the results you achieve far outweigh the effort it took to get there.
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Why Leading By Example Isn't Always Enough

Why Leading By Example Isn't Always Enough | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
It takes more than just being a good person to inspire ethical conduct in employees.
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It would be great if all you had to do as a leader was to be a good person yourself. This would be the easy road; after all, most people already think they're highly ethical. That's an important prerequisite, but taking concrete steps as a manager to inspire ethical behavior in others is just as critical. Of course, good things don't always happen to good people, but leading ethically may be one of those sweet spots where doing well and doing good actually go together.
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16 Of The Best Excerpts From The Greatest Military Speeches Ever Given

16 Of The Best Excerpts From The Greatest Military Speeches Ever Given | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
For as long as wars have been fought, great military leaders have been able to use the power of the pulpit to motivate their troops.
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My personal favorite comes by way of General Douglas MacArthur addressing West Point: “Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government; whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing, indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grow too violent . . . These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.”
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The collaboration curse

The collaboration curse | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
The fashion for making employees collaborate has gone too far
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What can be done to restore balance in a world gone collaboration-mad? Few people have the freedom of a Franzen or a Feynman to unplug themselves from the world. But employees—particularly young ones—need to recognise the long-term costs of working in a constant state of distraction. The HBR article points out that there is an overlap of only 50% between “the top collaborative contributors in any organisation and those individuals deemed to be the top performers.” About 20% of company stars keep themselves to themselves. So organisations need to do more to recognise that the amount of time workers have available is finite, that every request to attend a meeting or engage in an internet discussion leaves less time for focused work and that seemingly small demands on people’s time can quickly compound into big demands. Helping people to collaborate is a wonderful thing. Giving them the time to think is even better.
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10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence

10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
If you want to know if you have high emotional intelligence, here are a few tips to guide you along the way.
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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have an unlimited amount of success in both their personal and professional lives? It could be because they possess high emotional intelligence. According to Psychology Today, "Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others." EI all share.
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10 Simple Ways You Can Stop Yourself From Overthinking

10 Simple Ways You Can Stop Yourself From Overthinking | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are 10 simple ideas to help overthinkers stop spinning their wheels.
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ing that can happen to anyone. But if you have a great system for dealing with it you can at least ward off some of the negative, anxious, stressful thinking and turn it into something useful, productive, and effective.
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If You Want to Be a Great Leader, Spend Some Time Alone

If You Want to Be a Great Leader, Spend Some Time Alone | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
In an always-connected work environment, it's hard to find time to reflect by yourself. Here's why the best leaders take their alone time seriously.
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Take advantage of your holiday downtime to reconnect with your most valuable leader...you!
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How to Master Situational Leadership

How to Master Situational Leadership | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
For Col. Halloran, more than two decades in the military have included many roles, and many shifts in function. Along the way, he has had to master situational leadership, adjusting his goals to become known as a leader who gets things done.
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Strong situational leadership skills are not just about taking decisive action, but about getting the detailed information needed to make good decisions. But the more someone ascends in an organization’s leadership, the more the people around him will be inclined to “protect him” from details that that they feel are not worth his time. The problem is that in many cases this amounts to withholding information. Often the withholding stems from a desire to respect a leader’s time—to not bother him or her with pesky details—but it still can isolate the leader from important information. Halloran calls this the “glass cone” of leadership. Breaking that glass cone is essential to making informed decisions.
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How to Use Stress to Make Your Team Stronger

How to Use Stress to Make Your Team Stronger | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
If you use stress to your advantage, you can make your employees feel more bonded to each other and to your company.
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Stress doesn't need to be an overwhelming, life-shortening emotion. As a leader, you can use the stress of a fast-paced business environment to the advantage of your company and your employees. All you need to do is reframe stress from a negative thing to bond-forming exercise.
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Why Social Media Is Shaping The Future Of Work

Why Social Media Is Shaping The Future Of Work | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Lists of social media disasters are like new versions of worst-dressed lists. And there’s no such thing as not being on social media. If you’re not actively pursuing your brand on social, someone else is, and probably not the way you want to be.
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In Meghan's words, "...you're a brand, whether you like it or not." So true and so important. My advice, start defining your brand before it starts defining you!
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The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager - Jesse Lyn Stoner

The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of catching up with Ken Blanchard to talk about the challenges first-time managers face and what to do about it.
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Great points for the front-line supervisor who has moved up from being a part of the team to now leading it. Leading your former peers can be daunting--but with training and knowledge, it's both doable and rewarding!
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5 Ways You Can Encourage Your Kids to Become Innovators

5 Ways You Can Encourage Your Kids to Become Innovators | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Let's face it, school isn't always the best at nurturing creativity. Parents can step into the gap with these tips.
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Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs

Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. veteran population was more than 21 million strong as of 2014.
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America is aware of the abilities that U.S. veterans acquire during their time in service. Many of these abilities overlap with the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur, as many veterans-turned-entrepreneurs have demonstrated. Hard-working individuals create businesses that adapt and change with the times, and veterans are proving that higher education isn't the only way to find a place within the ranks of successful business owners.
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Assessment: Find Out If You’re a Superboss

Assessment: Find Out If You’re a Superboss | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
How good are you at nurturing talent?
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The best bosses in the world don’t just surround themselves with talent; they spawn it. Think of Julian Robertson in finance, Larry Ellison in technology, Jon Stewart in entertainment, Alice Waters in restaurants, and Bill Walsh in coaching. All took on and trained protégés who became leaders in their respective fields. Do you have what it takes to propel your team members in the same way? These questions, drawn from years of research into what “superbosses” do differently, will help you assess that question. Think about your present job and answer honestly, focusing on what you actually do, not on what you aspire to do.
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Be Highly Successful: 9 Body Language Secrets of Exceptional People

Be Highly Successful: 9 Body Language Secrets of Exceptional People | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
The nonverbal signals you send affect others... but they also affect your own performance, creativity, and level of stress.
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How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence

How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
A standard interview won’t test for it. That said, it's surprisingly easy to do. Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, can be a strong determinant of an individual's success in the culture of your team!
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While possible to do, I'm not sure I agree with the premise. Emotional Intelligence is a learned skill that can be developed. As such, it's not set in stone. Hiring on the basis of EQ may cost your team diamonds in the rough, who merely needed a bit of polish to shine!
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7 Habits Of Parents Who Leave The Office At 5 P.M. Guilt-Free

7 Habits Of Parents Who Leave The Office At 5 P.M. Guilt-Free | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Putting in late nights at the office doesn't always mean you are working harder. Here's how to structure your days to get everything done.
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"The hard truth is that there will always be more to do, so it’s up to you to decide—regardless of the to-do list or the fire to put out—how much time you’re willing to invest at work each day."
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The Sum of Our Lives, in One Short Video

The Sum of Our Lives, in One Short Video | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
What if in the afterlife, you relive all of your experiences—but this time, you experience them grouped together? You’d spend six weeks clipping your nails, 15 months looking for lost items, 18 months waiting in line, and so on. This is what the neuroscientist and writer David Eagleman imagines in Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, and what this creative short film attempts to bring to life. More
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12 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work

12 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Revealing the wrong aspects of yourself at work can have a devastating effect on your career. Dr. Travis Bradberry explains how to navigate this difficult landscape.
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The Tactical Pause - General Leadership

The Tactical Pause - General Leadership | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
When you are faced with a critical decision, take a tactical pause; look, listen and think. Come up with a plan.
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Particularly relevant thinking around this holiday time period. Our leadership experiences could all benefit from an occasional "tactical pause" to resort and re-engage.
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Beware those toxic co-workers

Beware those toxic co-workers | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
Study says they undercut groups in destructive, expensive ways | New HBS research finds that avoiding a toxic employee realizes twice the savings of hiring a superstar.
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Most of us have come across someone known as a “toxic worker,” a colleague or boss whose abrasive style or devious actions can make the workday utterly miserable. Such people hurt morale, stoke conflict in the office, and harm a company’s reputation. But toxic workers aren’t just annoying or unpleasant to be around; they cost firms significantly more money than most of them even realize. According to a new Harvard Business School (HBS) paper, toxic workers are so damaging to the bottom line that avoiding them or rooting them out delivers twice the value to a company that hiring a superstar performer does.
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Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood

Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood | Living Leadership | Scoop.it
THERE are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down now and then, not least the fact that incessantly checking them takes us out of the present moment and disrupts family dinners around the globe. But here’s one you might not have considered: Smartphones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in insidious psychological ways.
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