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Few Executives Are Self-Aware, But Women Have the Edge

A new study by Hay Group shows that female leaders tend to have better interpersonal skills.
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The compentecies and skills that women have an edge over their male counterparts are EQ competenices. This study suggests at least two areas where organizations need to focus their human capital development efforts: gender diversity and EQ.

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Resilience...The Alchemy of transforming life's stresses and adversities into opportunities for growth and joy
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This is your brain on mindfulness training - Futurity

This is your brain on mindfulness training - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Many studies suggest that mindfulness training eases a range of health problems. Now, scientists offer a biological account of how it works.
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Mindfulness equals reduced stress, which improves your emotional intelligence resulting in improved relationships and better leadership capabilities.

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Marrying an optimist may help you stay healthy - Futurity

Marrying an optimist may help you stay healthy - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Having an optimistic spouse appears to have positive effects on a partner's health—even more than a person's own positive outlook.
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How awe and beauty could boost your health - Futurity

How awe and beauty could boost your health - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Experiences that bring out feelings of awe, wonder, and amazement may improve the body's defense system, report researchers.
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The colloquialism and trivialization of the word awesome is concerning. I fear that because we use it so often that it will dampen our curiosity to explore and really find the awesomeness in our world.

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Tommy Caldwell Climbing Pitch 15 | The Dawn Wall - YouTube

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of The Dawn Wall on Yosemite's El Capitan. Watch Tommy climb pitch 15 (5.14...
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After my hands stopped sweating as I intently watched this video I started to reflect on the level of mindfulness needed to accomplish such a fete and what inner language is required to make each move and step?

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The Secret to Breaking Bad Habits | Daniel Goleman | LinkedIn

The Secret to Breaking Bad Habits | Daniel Goleman | LinkedIn | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

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Break your non-resilient patterns and habits for 2015

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25 minutes of meditating eases stress - Futurity

25 minutes of meditating eases stress - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Even brief sessions of mindfulness meditation—25 minutes for three consecutive days—can help people cope with stressful situations.
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This is a sure way of preventing acute stress from becoming chronic stress. Mindfulness works!

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Can hugs keep us from catching colds? - Futurity

Can hugs keep us from catching colds? - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
More hugs could mean fewer colds, according to new research.
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Did you get your flu shot yet? If you haven't please do and make sure you get as many hugs as possible if you want to prevent infections and reduce stress! A great example of how emotions and our immune system is linked.

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A Lesson in Overcoming Adversity Through Innovation

A Lesson in Overcoming Adversity Through Innovation | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Kamkwamba’s story teaches us that only by thinking about innovating to solve problems of access can we begin to truly tackle these socio-economic issues.

Overcoming adversity through innovating is a process that begins with mental toughness, cultivating one’s curiosity, and doing what others aren’t doing.

Via David Hain
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These same problem skills apply to personal and professional issues as well as sock-economic problems.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:41 AM

A BOY FROM MALAWI TEACHES US HOW TO TACKLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES WITH INNOVATION.

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Organizational Engagement: Starting Your Own Concern Movement

Organizational Engagement: Starting Your Own Concern Movement | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
I can’t seem to get through a page of John Gardner’s book Self-Renewa l: The Individual and the Innovative Society —which is full of lessons, advice and wisdom on the nature and nurturing of...
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Living resiliently is about living one's values.This applies to organizations and leaders as well individuals. 

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How to Handle Stress in the Moment

How to Handle Stress in the Moment | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Silence the negative voice in your head.
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Excellent advice that works. I also recommend Stop: When you notice your stress signal, Breathe: Take a few slow deep breaths and focus on your breathing, Reflect: how can I reframe what is causing me stress and Choose to do something other than your normal stress response. 

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How To Recover When Stress Builds Up

How To Recover When Stress Builds Up | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

Recovery is not negotiable. You can either make time to rest and rejuvenate now or make time to be sick and injured later. Keep your bucket full....


Via massimo facchinetti
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Good article and I recommend the book, The Power of Full Engagement, for an in depth understanding of the WHY, What, and How of Recovery.  The science of periodization is the science of recovery.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 3, 2014 4:35 AM

I like the illustration very much...:-)))

donhornsby's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:44 AM

(From the article): Because recovery is not negotiable. You can either make time to rest and rejuvenate now or make time to be sick and injured later. Keep your bucket full.

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How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout

How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about.

After several years of head-down-focused work, day in and day out, you’ll start to feel the rigorous training you’ve forced your body to adopt has taken a toll. You’ll either push through or hit the wall hard. The most successful people have all dealt with this life-work challenge at some point. Below, seven of them share what they did to reset and recover.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Personal stories are one of the best learning tools.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 30, 2014 11:48 PM

Burnout is the scariest thing that can happen to anyone including dedicated professionals. This might happen at any time although the most predictable time would be when you are well into your job. One of the causative factors is stress, and pressure to perform multiple tasks, graveyard shifts, and narrow deadlines. The curse of multitasking has made us even more susceptible to burnout!

antonio velardo's curator insight, November 1, 2014 6:13 PM

"Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about."  This is SO TRUE!!!!

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The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Work and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive

The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Work and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
"The self-renewing man … looks forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between his potentialities and the claims of life -- not o

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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This is one book everyone needs to read not tomorrow - Today! 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:46 PM

John W. Gardner's book is a gem!!! 


I also recommend that you read a speech given by John W. Gardner that I Scooped earlier: Personal renewal.  

David Hain's curator insight, October 23, 2014 10:08 AM

"The renewal of societies and organizations can go forward only if someone cares. Apathy and lowered motivation are the most widely noted characteristics of a civilization on the downward path." ~ John W. Gardner

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Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive

Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Recent train explosions have involved crude from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, perhaps because flammable fracking fluids contaminated the oil.
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Another unfortunate accident that could have been tragic under different circumstance. Corporations continue to be ROI obsessed and blind to ROS- Return on Safety, which places employees, communities and innocent citizens in harms way. See my article ROI-A Hazard To Employee Safety in EHS Today

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, February 18, 11:45 AM

Another unfortunate accident that could have been a tragedy. Corporations continue to be ROI obsessed instead of ROS -Return on Safety. See my article, ROI- Return on Safety, in EHS Today in on this page.

DebbyBruck's curator insight, February 20, 2:35 AM

I liked Tom Wojick's insight:

"Another unfortunate accident that could have been tragic under different circumstance. Corporations continue to be ROI obsessed and blind to ROS- Return on Safety, which places employees, communities and innocent citizens in harms way. See my article ROI-A Hazard To Employee Safety in EHS Today."

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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Science is showing that meditation is very deserving of its newfound fame.
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Stop Pushing Yourself: 10 Crucial Steps to Avoid Burnout

Stop Pushing Yourself: 10 Crucial Steps to Avoid Burnout | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
You don’t need to push yourself to the point of exhaustion—not if you follow these steps to avoid an imminent burnout.
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A personal story that highlights how burnout works and excellent tips to stop the burning and restore your resiliency.

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What Makes a Resilient Mind — NOVA Next | PBS

What Makes a Resilient Mind — NOVA Next | PBS | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
From genetics to social ties, scientists are discovering why some people—but not others—easily bounce back from trauma.
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“We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life, even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. For what then matters is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph. To turn predicament into a human achievement. When we are no longer able to change a situation, that is when we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor Frankl

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Guided Meditations

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Meditation can remove stress and replace it with a dose of inner peace. But it can be tough to meditate without a teacher or guide. Guided meditations literally walk you through a meditation and help you find a calm and peaceful state—one step at a time. Try one of these unique guided meditations, ranging from five minutes to one hour each.
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Are you noticing your stress level increasing as you anticipate the holidays. Here are a few helpful meditations to help you regain your balance and find the joy of the season.

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A little stress can make brains sharper - Futurity

A little stress can make brains sharper - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
UC BERKELEY (US) — Acute stress that’s short-lived, not chronic, primes the brain for improved performance, according to new research. … Continued
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The key is not allowing acute stress to become chronic stress. Watch your thoughts and language. "This will never get better vs. In a day this will be a memory."

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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.

Via Jose Luis Anzizar, Wise Leader™
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Great presentation. Resiliency is the ability to be grateful for all experiences; even the ones that appear to be negative. There is an opportunity to learn form all of life's experiences.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 28, 2014 11:44 AM

There is spiritual element to gratitude.

 

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Stuck in Survival Mode: Insights into Turning Down Your Stress Level

Stuck in Survival Mode: Insights into Turning Down Your Stress Level | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
UConn Health psychiatry professor Julian Ford shares one simple strategy that you can use right now to regain control of your emotions.
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I like the suggest to focus on your core values as way to bring your stress level down.

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How To Cure Your Burnout Without Quitting Your Job

How To Cure Your Burnout Without Quitting Your Job | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Quitting your job or chucking your career aren't the only ways to cure your burnout. Try these five steps.
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I found the reasons and cure for work burnout similar to the issues regarding employee engagement. I think reading this article from a managers perspective can help gain an awareness on what burns people out and how to counter it.

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7 Things You Should Never Apologize For

7 Things You Should Never Apologize For | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Everyone makes mistakes. We're human -- we're allowed. And when we do make an error in judgment, we simply apologize and move on.

But the truth is, there are simply some actions we shouldn't have guilt over because our emotional and physical healt...
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After reading the list I would refer to them as the 7 Resiliency Boosters. Each one has emotional, physical and psychological benefits.

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Meditation Experience • Home

Meditation Experience • Home | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Are you ready to create the life you’ve always dreamed of? All you can imagine or desire is available to you, right here and now. Join Oprah & Deepak to tap into your true power to co-create your best and most meaningful life. In this transformative 3-week journey, Oprah & Deepak reveal the secrets to attracting all the love, success, and happiness you desire.
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I just completed session one! I recommend this program to help bring a new and sustained focus living your intentions. I realized that I was focusing way too much on what I don't want instead of what I want. 

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The Problem With Positive Thinking - NYTimes.com

The Problem With Positive Thinking - NYTimes.com | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
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In Jim Collin's book from "Good To Great" it talks about the Stockdale Paradox, which was a characteristic of effective leaders. It is named after Admiral Stockdale who was a prisoner of war in Viet Nam. Realistic Optimism is a much more effective and success way of approaching life's challenges and to living a resilient life.

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