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what comes first: employee engagement or great work?

what comes first: employee engagement or great work? | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
If you’re managing a team you might wonder what comes first: engaged and personally invested employees or productive, great work? Is an employee doing gre

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Stuart Wilkinson's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:22 AM

We all like to be appreciated when we do well, but how many of us fail  to show our own appreciation to our own teams when they do well?

John Michel's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:51 AM

When you recognize great work several things happen. First, your other employees understand the standards they are being held to for their own production. Second, the recognized employee is re-engaged to perform at an even higher level. Third, you’re creating an environment that cheers on all employees, promising them the work they do is meaningful and worthy of notice.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:08 PM

How to create a virtuous cycle of engagement.

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Essential Conversation Skills for Leaders

Essential Conversation Skills for Leaders | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

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Leaders must have high levels of self awareness and flexibility. It is more that technical expertise.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:01 PM

 

A business owner's day is filled with multiple conversations, and the effectiveness of these conversations over time, will determine the level of success that the business ultimately achieves.

 

Unfortunately, many business owners are not as adept as they believe that they are, when it comes to conducting effective conversations across the broad spectrum of people with whom they need to converse.

 

This excellent article, suggests that business owners must practise the practical and personal skills of communication to be effective leaders, and it identifies seven interaction sins to avoid in communicating with others to achieve desired outcomes.

Patrice McDonough's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:26 PM

We seem to have lost the art of having meaningful conversations without upsetting each other. Can we learn to be more objective and less personal in our efforts to co-exist in the workplace? It's a skill for sure

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Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues

Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system may hold the key to dealing with some of the more significant health problems facing people in the world today, researchers say in a new analysis.
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Peak performace is determined by how much energy you have. We all KNOW nutrition is important but did you know how it controls your immune system too? Maybe time to rethink the nutritional value of our food!

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"Hidden Caves" in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins

"Hidden Caves" in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
"Hidden caves" that open up in the brain may help explain sleep's amazing restorative powers.
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Do you really think you are performing at your best on low levels of sleep?

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Authenticity is the key to successfully leading change

Authenticity is the key to successfully leading change | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
Leaders need to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their impact on others if they are to succeed at managing organizational change, says an academic.
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10 Current Psychology Studies Every Parent Should Know

10 Current Psychology Studies Every Parent Should Know | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
Whether parents are happier than non-parents, why siblings are so different, the perils of discipline, bedtimes, TV and more...
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You Can't Coach Attitude

You Can't Coach Attitude | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
I wish I had a dime for every time I have experienced this story . . . I’ve just finished giving a workshop or a keynote, and someone walks up to me with a question. It is seldom a question asked i...

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A very pragmatic approach that is sometimes avoided.

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A beginner's guide to meditation

A beginner's guide to meditation | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
You don't have to sit cross-legged or close your eyes. All you need is an open mind and a few minutes each day.
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Not so sure about the mantra in step 2 but the rest is solid. 

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Not Quitting

Not Quitting | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
How did Louis CK become so successful? He didn't quit when the going got rough.
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Resilience and persistence are truley the hallmarks of success!

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10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself

10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

Psychologists have long sought insights into how we perceive the world and what motivates our behavior, and they've made enormous strides in lifting that veil of mystery. Aside from providing fodder for stimulating cocktail-party conversations, some of the most famous psychological experiments of the past century reveal universal and often surprising truths about human nature. Here are 10 classic psychological studies that may change the way you understand yourself.


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I love the way science can show us just a little bit about how we think.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:23 PM

Interesting article summarising psychological studies which help us understand why we are the way we are!

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Emotional Intelligence and a Loyal, Motivated Staff

Emotional Intelligence and a Loyal, Motivated Staff | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
Ruth Malloy is global managing director of the Hay Group Leadership and Talent practice, where she works with Fortune 500 companies to help them achieve their strategies. I've asked her to guest blog
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13 Traits of an Outstanding Salesperson

13 Traits of an Outstanding Salesperson | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

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Marty Wolff's curator insight, October 19, 2013 6:12 PM

Talk about conflicting thoughts! Message really is bring on the salesperson that fits your culture, business development structure and growth and/or retention goals.

Hannah Langlois's curator insight, November 4, 2014 11:35 AM

Even though some people don't like to see it, Marketing and Sales work together in the world of business. This article shows what companies believe are the best traits of a salesperson and what they look for in a person. 

Megan Kraft's curator insight, November 5, 2014 3:40 PM

Fun compilation list that has the traits you would expect, along with some surprises and unique insight.

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Hate Your Job? Try These 12 Ways to Start Enjoying That Job You Hate.

Hate Your Job?  Try These 12 Ways to Start Enjoying That Job You Hate. | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
There are few things more depressing than waking to an alarm going off, signaling it’s time to get up and go to a job you hate.

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Why the Sleep-Deprived Crave Junk Food and Buy Higher Calorie Foods

Why the Sleep-Deprived Crave Junk Food and Buy Higher Calorie Foods | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
A recent study has revealed exactly how a lack of sleep may lead to junk food cravings.
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Sleep is an underrated element of peak performance. 

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15 Innovative Strategic Planning Questions to Prepare for 2014

15 Innovative Strategic Planning Questions to Prepare for 2014 | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
For those executives still developing next year's strategies aimed at creating strategic impact in 2014, we've opened up the Brainzooming strategic thinking R&D lab to share fifteen newly devel...

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The Many Reasons Long Hours Are Awful For You, Your Work, And Your Clients

The Many Reasons Long Hours Are Awful For You, Your Work, And Your Clients | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
Longer is not always better. (Long Hours article by @jas0njames continuing to resonate: http://t.co/QG3c6ESQ5l via @briancollins1)

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:19 AM

How true.  It's not about hours worked, but value added.

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Even in a world of high-tech communications, story-telling can be the best way to get a message across.

Even in a world of high-tech communications, story-telling can be the best way to get a message across. | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
Even in a world of high-tech communications, narratives can be the best way to get a message across.
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Many of the decisions that we make are emotionally deiven and justified logically. This is not a popular understanding though :)

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Why You Need a Business Coach

Why You Need a Business Coach | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

An outsider's perspective can be more valuable than you suspect.

 

Steve Jobs had Bill Campbell.

Jodie Foster leaned on Robert De Niro.

Andy Murray has Ivan Lendl.

High performers in any field typically have a coach or mentor. A great coach provides you with the benefit of their experience and asks more questions than they answer. They force you to think about your business in ways that you wouldn’t do on your own.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:46 PM

The greats from all walks of life use a coach to get even better. But don’t obsess over finding a mentor from your own industry. Sometimes the very best coaches know nothing about your industry. It is their status as an outsider that makes their perspective so valuable.

David Hain's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:51 AM

Everyone needs a coach!

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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend.
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How to Meditate Without Moving To The Himalayas with Brian Johnson

How to Meditate Without Moving To The Himalayas with Brian Johnson | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
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Daily dose works :)

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4 Important Things About Mindfulness You Didn't Realize

4 Important Things About Mindfulness You Didn't Realize | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
It's not all like one big mental trip man. There are good and productive reasons for attaining mindfulness.
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How to be More Productive? Multitasking Paradox and Attention Deficit

How to be More Productive? Multitasking Paradox and Attention Deficit | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

 

What is one of the invaluable things today that everyone strives for to get from you? To my mind, it is your Attention..  Commercials aimed to get attention of consumers, governments – for voters, international authorities etc, businesses – for stakeholders etc..

“The more I allow myself to be seduced by distraction, the more distractible I become”.  Tony Schwartz, President and CEO of The Energy Project.

 

It is getting more and more difficult to grant longer attention to the issues or hobbies you’d prefer to do. Still we need somehow to cope to keep afloat. And moreover, we don’t need only to cope, but to time-manage, prioritise, and be on top of the follow-up.

 

Thus, we usually decide and/or are forced to multitask as a solution. Multitasking is a very well promoted skill as one that saves time and logically will lead to more productivity. However, the recent study by Harvard Business Review revealed directly the opposite, so-called ‘The Multitasking Paradox’.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 21, 2013 5:06 PM

Multitasking and Attention Deficit Trait This is continuation of the series on Networking, Priorities, Data.   What is one of the invaluable things?

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If You Feel Compelled to Do Something, Don't

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The art of being more mindful of our internal environment.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:01 PM

Excellent insight.  I know I have been guilty of sending off that impulsive email when a bit of reflection would have been the better course of action.

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Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain

Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain | Peak Performance | Scoop.it
New study demonstrates that the brain treats social pain in a similar way to physical pain.
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20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind

20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

Studies find exercise increases stress resilience, fights anxiety, speeds up the mind, protects against dementia, is more fun than we predict, and more...


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I love evidence :)

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:15 PM

So now there are no excuses for not exercising - just get out and do it!