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Mindfulness Meditation: Helping Doctors in Training Find Calm

Mindfulness Meditation: Helping Doctors in Training Find Calm | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
It sounds like a simple concept: the idea that we can actually stop our busy, racing minds (“monkey minds,” as they’re called in Buddhism) for short periods of time and actually pay attention to the present moment.

 

There is even some evidence, from a group at the University of Rochester, that mindfulness may lead to fewer errors among practicing physicians, by preventing them from making decisions too quickly before they have considered all the possible causes of a given illness and all the treatments that might be available.

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Over and over again it comes back to the doing.  Doing the practice.  Being 100% committed means that one does what one is committed to no matter how one is feelings. 

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Looking Inwards: How Self-Reflection Strengthens Leaders | LinkedIn

Looking Inwards: How Self-Reflection Strengthens Leaders | LinkedIn | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it



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Uncovering The Blind Spot of Leadership, by C. Otto Scharmer

Uncovering The Blind Spot of Leadership, by C. Otto Scharmer | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Why do many of our attempts to address the challenges of our times fail? This article presents the view that two leaders in the same environment acting in the same way can bring about completely different outcomes depending on the inner place from which each operates. We know very little about this inner dimension and this lack of knowledge constitutes a blind spot in our approach to leadership and management. This article sheds light on the inner dimension of leadership and presents seven leadership capacities to develop in order to become a more effective leader. Profound change today not only requires a shift of the mind, it requires a shift of the will and a shift of the heart.

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Psychologist Dorothy Mitchell shared a small bright yellow card that resides on hundreds and hundreds of bathroom and bedroom mirrors around the world stating: You are looking at the face of the person who is responsible for your happiness.  For Lee Thayer: If it's to be it's up to me.  The first person to lead is myself.

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Otto Scharmer provides a strategy to to be free of personal preferences, superfluous attachments, and preformed opinions. Effective leaders, argues Scharmer, have the interior disposition and interior freedom necessary to access intention and see the emerging whole. 

P.S. Scharmer would have made a great Jesuit!

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What's the Best Social Network Ever? A Table + Two Chairs!

What's the Best Social Network Ever? A Table + Two Chairs! | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
People do business with people, not with technology. Whether you are a person or a brand, to truly build long-lasting personal relationship with another person or a brand advocate you need way more than just a couple of tweets and a LinkedIn connection request, you need face-to-face time.

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Barbara Ganley's curator insight, February 28, 9:44 AM

Amazing how obvious it all is... ;-)  (What has happened to our common sense?!)

Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 28, 3:24 PM

Sometimes the best PLN is right next door, just down the hall, or in your building!!

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Read Karen's comments.

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Miami Dolphins: Leadership, Organizational Culture and Empty Words

Miami Dolphins: Leadership, Organizational Culture and Empty Words | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Recently, I wrote about the issue of leadership, accountability and the case of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. I argued that leaders are responsible for creating organizational cultures; and, regardless of whether Chris Christie, Jamie Dimon or Barack Obama are knowledgeable about the things going on under their watches, each [...]

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There is a world of difference between what I say and what I do. Am I talking about it or...Doing it.  A reminder that practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent.  So I need to be careful as to what my practice is.   ozzie Mindfulness.com

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, February 26, 7:38 PM

So true! Actions speak louder than words.

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Are You Your Employees’ Worst Enemy?

Are You Your Employees’ Worst Enemy? | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Many leaders inadvertently stand in the way of superior performance. Here’s how to avoid the hindrance trap.

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The story of Ralph Stayer is interesting in getting out of one's own way.  What is more interesting is that his mentor early on was Lee Thayer who asked the questions that needed to be asked.


Lee Thayer reminded me numerous times:

  • No tool is any better than the understanding of the person using it.
  • The best tool in the wrong hands will not accomplish what was intended.
  • No tool or technique can be any better than its users

 

And BOLDED as a reminder:

 

The Mother of all tools is how I think about what needs thinking about.


It would serve one well to get to right thinking by reading any of Lee's books starting with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing or an easier start would be: A Pocket Oracle for Leaders.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, February 8, 9:10 PM

As Pogo said, we have met the enemy and the enemy is us.

Rich Maxwell's curator insight, February 10, 9:53 AM

Leadership is largely about developing your people, setting a vision, and supporting them in making it happen.  But are you hindering that success by not setting clear expectations, not considering organizational capacity when rolling out a new initiative, or setting policies and procedures that aren't useful?  Leaders clear the way, they don't stand in the way.

ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 5:23 PM

The story of Ralph Stayer is interesting in getting out of one's own way.  What is more interesting is that his mentor early on was Lee Thayer who asked the questions that needed to be asked.


Lee Thayer reminded me numerous times:

  • No tool is any better than the understanding of the person using it.
  • The best tool in the wrong hands will not accomplish what was intended.
  • No tool or technique can be any better than its users

 

And BOLDED as a reminder:

 

The Mother of all tools is how I think about what needs thinking about.


It would serve one well to get to right thinking by reading any of Lee's books starting with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing or an easier start would be: A Pocket Oracle for Leaders.

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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success
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Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:48 PM

Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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6 Benefits of Running

6 Benefits of Running | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Running is more than a good way to get in shape. Lace up and reap the many benefits of running today.
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Just a reminder ofthe benefits of running. Research is showing more and more clearly the relationship of exercise and its impact of brain function.   Mens sana in corpore sano (Healthy/Sound mind in a healthy body) 

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7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own

7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That's a huge mistake.
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The blog: The Better Presenter blog provides news, tips and insights that will help you become a better presenter. Evolving out of the Learning Technologies Group's original presentation workshops,...
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5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine

5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
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It all starts with leading myself and instrumenting myself: focusing on my behavior and habits; understanding what I will stand for and not stand for, better known as Values; investing in learning what I need to know; not allowing people to default themselves, and making possible what is necessary.


The real strategy is seeing myself and working on myself as the strategy.  The strategy is not out there it is within. As Lee Thayer reminds us over and over:  The leader doesn't have the vision; the leader is had by the vision.

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Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:32 PM
You are in a tough situation Carolin and it reminds me of the go-go days of bank mergers when I was consulting in that industry. And yes, silos became stronger because of high degrees of uncertainty. Your instincts are right -- the more people can get to know each other across silos, the walls will start becoming more permeable. Story sharing across groups (one-to-one or in group settings) is really critical here.
Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:32 PM
And thanks for sharing Carolin!
Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:53 PM
And thank you SmartCoach, Kati, and Regine for your comments and additional insights you've shared!
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How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe) | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

Lead people to their better selves. And start with myself first.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:51 PM

Leaders change the world in some way. Often it is radical change. Look at leaders in history. There were no books on leadership. Leaders influence/influenced this person and the next and the next to get out and create the change necessary to alter the world.  The measure of performance is: Performance.


When you think about it, the leader is often identified only after the fact. After the results have been achieved.


Leaders don't have a Vision. They are had by a Vision.


Umair Hague's thoughts on leadership are reflected in the life work of Lee Thayer on Leadership and High Performance Organizations.


Should I want to see what it takes to prepare myself to become a leader should the occasion arise, then I will begin to read the works of Lee Thayer starting with Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing.  Then I must be prepared to challenge myself for the rest of my life.

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LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress

LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

 Historically, the majority of stressors facing humans were physical (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), requiring, in turn, a physical response. "We are not particularly splendid physical creatures," says David Spiegel, M.D., director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford School of Medicine, who explains that plenty of other animals can outrun us, overpower us, out-see us, out-smell us. "The only thing that has allowed us to explore the planet is the fact that we can respond effectively to threats."


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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, July 16, 2013 2:00 PM

It is important to understand how our brains and bodies react to stress. This article also includes an infographic.

ozziegontang's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:52 AM

Without the stresses of life we would not be here today reading this article.  The issue is that when I stress in situations that are not life threatening or overreact to situations and events that shoot a squirt of adreneline into my system 200 times a day, I am training myself to be anxious...almost all the time.  I like to say: When this occurs I am swimming in an adreneline stew. When you stew me enough, my autoimmune system gets compromised. My normal and natural defenses wear down...andI wear out.


The trick is to train myself to become a non-anxious presence in an anxious and overstressed world. 


The aphorism is: I learn from my experience.  The trust should I look a little deeper is: I DO NOT learn from my experience.  I LEARN from my interpretation of my experience.  Two people can have the same experience. One sees it as a learning lesson, grows from it and continues on with life. Another person sees it as a horrible experience that  they will never get over, and remain a victim of that experience for the rest of their life.


This is where an attitude of gratitude and appreciation come in. Take a breath in, and then out.  Move on to the next breath. I only have this moment.

Shadow Quill 's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:11 PM

The evolution of the fight or flight response is no longer as adaptive as it once was

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Dilbert Comic Strip 2013-06-30. Dilbert read Lee Thayer

Dilbert Comic Strip 2013-06-30. Dilbert read Lee Thayer | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

A tip of the hat to Scott Adams for the Dilbert Comic Strip 2013-06-13

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Lee has been adding the contact for over 40 years. Check out my Pinterest board on Lee Thayer On Leadership especially @BrianNarelle did a cartoon capture of Lee's Presentation here in San Diego a number of years ago. We forget that knowing and doing are worlds apart. You might want to start with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing and progress through his 9 or 10 other thought prodding and provoking  books by Lee. In the works: Mental Hygiene.


My thinking influences who I am and who I am impacts what I do and the habits I create. 


Check out this piece I wrote on the Kalama Sutra about who to believe.

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Lee has been adding the CONTEXT for over 40 years. The contact is with several thousand people who he has influenced helping them to think about what needs thinking.
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The inner workings of the executive brain

The inner workings of the executive brain | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
New research shows that the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought.

Via Mark Taylor
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I wrote on my blog yesterday about Mindfulness and Who Do I Believe.  The picture I use is the statement: Follow your heart but bring your brain along.


This research reminds us also that use your brain and take into account your feelings and emotions.


The truth is that we are storytellers. And if the story I tell resonates with you, you buy in because you see yourself as a active participant in creating something you see as of benefit to you and a place where your contribution plays a part in that story.


It is interesting, the article quotes: The best leaders, it seems, are good at motivating people with things like encouragement, praise and rewards—thereby creating a strong emotional bond and sense of purpose among employees.


A motive is a goal or object of one's actions. In reality I can't motivate you to become a concert pianist or an NFL or NBA pro or a US Senator let along be the most competent person in your field of endeavor. Maybe it would be better to say that leaders' stories attract people to want to be part of bringing that story to fruition and to enrich the quality of their lives.  


Behavioral economics talks about the emotional portion of the decisions and choices we make. Often unknowingly.


We are finding some wonderful things out about the brain and how it functions. At the same time we are  herd/pack animals that euphemistically call ourselves social animals.  


So with all we are learning what difference is it making for the betterment of the world.


While we hear all these wonderful ideas, theories, reasons, and explanations of  what we are learning from the brain and what it means,  I am left with  the thoughts Carl Sagan's shared:


“Science is a way of thinking, skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility.”


“If we are not able to ask skeptical questions and to interrogate  those who tell us that something is truth; to be skeptical of those in authority then we’re up for grabs for the next charlatan, political, or religious that comes ambling along …”   


Sagan mentioned  Jefferson who said that we the people have to educate ourselves and  need to practice our education and our skepticism.


Or reflecting on the words of Buddha to the people of Kalama:


Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.


After thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.


In this era of sound bites, talking heads, and experts, are we thinking about what needs thinking about?


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Mark Taylor's curator insight, May 4, 9:03 AM

The science of decision making. Good reflections.

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Humility and Leadership: Can We Teach Leaders to Be Humble?

Humility and Leadership:  Can We Teach Leaders to Be Humble? | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less” -C. S. Lewis I’m alarmed by the humility deficit in many leaders.  Why do we reinforce, recognize...

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:25 AM

Humility means letting go of self-glorification. There is no effort to build up ego, impress people or compete with others for status. When your intentions are honorable you are able to create value without fanfare. 

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Leadership character: A six-part series by West Point’s Col. Eric Kail

Leadership character: A six-part series by West Point’s Col. Eric Kail | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
We introduce a six-part series written by West Point’s course director of military leadership, Col. Eric Kail.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 4:44 PM

Read Annette's insights.   ozzie Mindfulness.com

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 4:45 PM

Read Annette's insights. And start with anyone of Lee Thayer's books.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 4:45 PM

Read Annette's insights. And start with anyone of Lee Thayer's books.

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The Happiness Culture: Zappos Isn't a Company -- It's a Mission

The Happiness Culture: Zappos Isn't a Company -- It's a Mission | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Tony Hsieh sold earthworms greeting cards and slices of pizza. Along the way he never considered that a failed business meant he was a failure. Then...

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 5, 9:34 AM

'Happiness' itself is not a core value at Zappos, but the organizational alignment with core values is so powerful that you cannot miss the end result. Zappos core values center on customer service and connect the employees as human beings. The values are timeless and do not change - the practices and strategies of business should change all of the time. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 31, 6:40 PM

Thanks to Annette Schmeling for this reminder.

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Have You Mastered This Key to Great Leadership?

Have You Mastered This Key to Great Leadership? | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Leaders bring out the best in others, but the most successful leaders go even farther: They form lasting emotional bonds. They are the kind of leaders we hold in our hearts. Deep motivation then
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When coming from the heart remember to bring your brain and your competence (being better tomorrow than I was today) along.


Another sharing from Mark Taylor's Leadership Best Practices Because Culture Matters.





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CEO and Executive Coaching Services | Vistage International

CEO and Executive Coaching Services | Vistage International | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Vistage is a business networking organization that helps CEOs and executives grow their businesses by making better decisions and achieving better results.
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After 27 years as a Vistage Chair (Formerly known as TEC) I can say without hesitation: Vistage Works. A place where the vested interest of each member is the success of their companies and the sucess of their fellow members' companies.


Interested in becoming a member or a Chair, check in at the website or give me a call: 619-895-9273

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Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud

Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Dennis T OConnor
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The proof is in the reading.  And making it a daily practice.

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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:40 PM

All voice actors should be reading aloud for 15 minutes daily for practice anyway, so if you're not doing this already with your kids, you really need to make the time to do it. It also happens to be a great way to test out and practice dialects and characters; your kids are usually more forgiving than the reviewers on Audible and Amazon.


If your grandchildren, nieces or nephews live far away, there's no reason why you can't Skype-read to them...or spend 15 minutes daily recording a book that you can send them when it's completed.


And if you don't have kids in your life, your local library or school would probably love to have a professional voice actor come in and read to students. Here are tips from the SAG Foundations BookPals for reading aloud: http://bookpals.net/ten-tips-for-reading-aloud/


...and they all lived happily ever after! 

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:42 PM

This is so important. It isn't just important for mothers to read aloud. It is very important that fathers take a turn too.

Jan Watts's curator insight, November 26, 2013 5:09 PM

We know this, but it bears repeating, and repeating and repeating!!!!

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The pioneering thinking of Chris Argyris - FT.com

The pioneering thinking of Chris Argyris - FT.com | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
No one in my life has taught me more about the world, about people and about success than my parents did. But Chris Argyris, renowned in business education as a leading professor at Harvard, comes close.

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Again, like many, influenced by his thinking on thinking.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:49 PM

I would add my appreciation for Argyris' practical application and the focus on learning opportunities. Double-Loop Learning, Ladder of Inference, Espoused vs Lived experience and the balance between Inquiry and Advocacy are concepts that are regularly used in the practice on Contemplative Dialogue.

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Top 5 Lessons Learned from The Last Lecture

Top 5 Lessons Learned from The Last Lecture | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Powerful. Inspirational. Emotionally moving. Those are the words that best describe Dr. Daniel Lowenstein's "The Last Lecture" presentation, delivered to a packed house in Cole Hall on April 25th. ...
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Storytelling at its best. If you want a great curated topic Visit Karen Dietz's #Just-story-it on Scoop.it. Thanks to former Vistage Chair Jen Sertl. She continues to be at the forefront of being a leader of leaders.

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Storytelling at its best. If you want a great curated topic Visit Karen Dietz's #Just-story-it on Scoop.it. Thanks to former Vistage Chair Jen Sertl. She continues to be at the forefront of being a leader of leaders.

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10 Research-Backed Steps To Building A Great Team

10 Research-Backed Steps To Building A Great Team | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

What does scientific research say about building a great team? Here are insights from numerous studies that can help you assemble a group of top performers.


Via Mark Taylor
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Thanks to fellow Vistage Chair, Mark Taylor, for his ongoing contribution at: http://www.scoop.it/t/tribal-leadership-because-culture-matters because Culture matters.


Besides the points behind building a team, there's some excellent cross references.


Here are some of Lee Thayer's thoughts  on Leadership Virtuosity that might interest you further to look into his work. The foundational book being: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:40 AM

Excellent article on building a team; however, still applies during the interview process!

 

 I believe that interviewers are not lonly seeking for intelligence, competenc, skills, and experience.  They are also seeking individuals with interpersonal  skills who will complement the team.

 

Make it a great day! 

 

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Mindfulness: Vulnerability & Empathy Break Down My Walls

Mindfulness: Vulnerability & Empathy Break Down My Walls | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
What has always been interesting for me regarding the walls that I build is are they keeping me in or are they keeping me out. ...
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The videos by Cleveland Clinic on Empathy, on Vulnerability by Brene Brown, and Pema Chodron on Living from the Heart and being vulnerabile share perspectives about how I confine myself by my self-limiting beliefs often call walls or barriers.

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Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success

Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

My Greatness Zone is a result of the passion when I find my unique contribution and live it. It is the place one can change the world for the better in some way. Cindy shares how she has found hers.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:16 AM

We are interdependent.  We are herd/pack animals euphemistically calling ourselves social animals. It is with the help of others tht we reach our greatness.  That Greatness Zone lays in what Suzanne Livingston calls: My unique contribution. For me that is my passion around servant-leadership and building community.  Cindy shares well how the work as a fellow Vistage/TEC Chair has allowed me to fulfill my passion for the past 27 years.


Cindy talks about being good at what she did. She also mentions "I found I became bored easily"  When I can do something well and it becomes  habit, I can coast.  And you know what they say about coasting.  When you're coasting you're going downhill.


The challenge that Lee Thayer throws down is: How will I be better tomorrow that I was today in living my life and performing better than I was today personally and professionally?


Cindy has found her unique contribution that challenges her daily to be better than yesterday.


Remember, I cannot motivate another person. Motivation comes from within.


Motivation:  the state or condition of being motivated.

Motivate:     Providing motive.

Motive:        Goals or objectives of one's actions.Random House Dictionary


You may be able to inspire me, however it is up to me to achieve the "goals or objectives my one's actions."