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The Power of Words

Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

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The Global Search for Education: The Millennial Bloggers - Distrust in Leadership | Huffington Post

The Global Search for Education: The Millennial Bloggers - Distrust in Leadership | Huffington Post | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Millennial Bloggers are based all over the world. They are innovators in entrepreneurship, journalism, education, entertainment, and academic scholarship. This month we ask them to share their perspectives on the high cost of distrust in leadership.
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What do we do about the crumbling trust in leadership?

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Don’t get hijacked. Use your emotional intelligence

Don’t get hijacked. Use your emotional intelligence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The amygdala is part of the brain for many of the higher vertebrates and it regulates the fight or flight response that is key to the survival mechanism for many animals.

At the moment a threat is perceived, the amygdala can override the neocortex centre of higher thinking, and initiate a violent response.

In the wild or in the presence of actual physical threats, this can be a life-saving function.

In ordinary day-to-day living, however, this amygdala hijack can inspire impulsive responses we may live to regret.

‘Advanced common sense’

Fortunately, there is a way of avoiding this hijacking.

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How to overcome your inner cave-dweller!

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Use Social Influences to Be a Better Manager

Use Social Influences to Be a Better Manager | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A new book shows how you can create a better team by recognizing people’s needs to stand out, fit in, and shape their identities.
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Be aware of social influence to manage your won needs authentically and accommodate those of others.

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Ten Red Flags That Scream 'Don't Work For This Manager'

Ten Red Flags That Scream 'Don't Work For This Manager' | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Here are 10 signs that the manager who’s interviewing you is not someone who deserves your talents on his or her team.
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Always remember that Interviews are a 2-way street! You're choosing them, too - choose wisely!

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Want a job in 2025? These are the sectors to focus on

Want a job in 2025? These are the sectors to focus on | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By 2020 more than a third of the core skillset of most occupations will be made up of skills that are not considered crucial to the job today, according to the Future of Jobs report.
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The job market is changing faster than ever. It will pay to keep up and invest in skills for the future!

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Introvert Or Extrovert? Here's How Losing The Labels Leads To Greater Success

Introvert Or Extrovert? Here's How Losing The Labels Leads To Greater Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I’m going to make a bold statement: The majority of articles on how to identify introverts and extroverts are wrong. In my own company (like many others), the greatest members embody the characteristics of both. The classic advice has us mislabeled. So here’s my proposal: Why use these labels at all?

If you were to watch the majority of my leadership team in a meeting, for example, you’d say they’re introverts. They’re neither loud nor gregarious. “Your top sales guy isn’t animated? What’s wrong with him?” people might say. Or, “He’s not extroverted enough to lead.”
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Don't worry about labelling yourself intro or extrovert! Instead, learn to flex your ambiversion!

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Seeking Human Kindness ~ Reprise

Seeking Human Kindness ~ Reprise | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Author and lecturer Will Buckingham explores the question of why Western philosophers have had so little to say about kindness. ”Ethical philosophers, he writes, like to talk about duties and rights, they like to talk about utility and consequence, they like to talk about virtue and vice, good and evil, responsibility and obligation. These are big and impressive sounding things. But the amount of ink spent writing about kindness is, as far as I can see, rather slight.”

Buckingham points out that you have to look to Eastern traditions, most specifically Buddhism, to find in-depth thought on the nature of kindness with its “rich vocabulary of love and kindness.” These comparisons, says Buckingham, are both interesting and important because most Western philosophic traditions seem to relish precisely the opposite.

One of the most common derivations from Buddhist scriptures is the practice of metta. The original name of this practice is metta bhavana, which means “love” (in a non-romantic sense), benevolence, goodwill, friendliness, or kindness: hence ‘loving-kindness.”  Bhavana means to develop or cultivate.

The essence of metta – the practice of loving kindness – is that it is unconditional. When one practices metta, the acts of loving kindness benefit both the giver and the receiver.  The giver benefits not through the promotion of self-interest but through the pure desire for the well-being of others.
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Practice metta today and enjoy the impact! then wait and watch - it will come back to you!

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If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report

If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"The jobs that the robots will leave for humans will be those that require thought and knowledge. In other words, only the best-educated humans will compete with machines," Howard Rheingold, an internet sociologist, told Pew. "And education systems in the US and much of the rest of the world are still sitting students in rows and columns, teaching them to keep quiet and memorize what is told to them, preparing them for life in a 20th century factory.”
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The future is here already. Will it cost you or your children a job? Maybe, unless you get savvy about skill sets...

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Parkinson’s diagnosis: Sympathy versus Empathy? • Six Seconds

Parkinson’s diagnosis: Sympathy versus Empathy? • Six Seconds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sympathy versus Empathy?
I believe sympathy comes from how one would feel if they were in the other person’s shoes; while empathy comes from feeling what the other person is feeling.
Sympathy requires me to treat others as I would like to be treated; while empathy requires me to treat others as they would like to be treated.
According to Marco Iacoboni, all humans have “mirror neurons” and are wired to feel others emotions; if we are more self-aware and not overwhelmed by our own more intense emotions, such as fear, grief, and even excitement, we can be more empathetic.
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The distinction between sympathy and empathy is really important!

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This 5-Minute TED Talk by a Survivor of the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Just Might Change Your Life

This 5-Minute TED Talk by a Survivor of the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Just Might Change Your Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As the pilot next attempted the seemingly impossible, he uttered three words to the crew and passengers:

"Brace for impact."

Fortunately, as we now know, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger valiantly guided the plane onto the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew safely evacuated the airplane, and the event became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." (All of this has been in the press again lately, as a new film portraying the events and their aftermath will be released later this year, with Tom Hanks playing the heroic captain.)

But imagine for a moment you were sitting on that plane, as it headed down toward the water. What do you think would go through your mind?

Ric Elias, co-founder and CEO of marketing firm Red Ventures, had a front-row seat on flight 1549. In the five-minute TED talk below, he opens up about three things he learned as the plane crashed, and how the event changed his life.
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How one man found his one important thing. Double lucky (and insightful) to survive near death, and to realise that it was a sign!

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Jimmy Carter: World at "turning point," must commit to peace

Jimmy Carter: World at "turning point," must commit to peace | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said Monday that the world is at a "turning point in history" and governments must choose policies of peace and human rights over war and human suffering.

Carter's remarks opened a forum of human rights workers hosted by The Carter Center in Atlanta, attended by more than 60 global activists.

Carter, 91, said military actions, human rights violations and restrictions on freedom have inspired the spread of violent extremist groups. He said even the peace-focused mission of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights adopted by the UN in 1948 "have been abandoned by the world."

"What is needed now, more than ever, is leadership that steers us away from fear and fosters greater confidence in the inherent goodness and ingenuity of humanity," Carter said.
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When this man speaks, we should all listen...

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Mindset matters - what’s it all about and why it matters

Mindset matters - what’s it all about and why it matters | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Do you find yourself stuck doing your job the way you always have? Are you well-suited to your role: it matches your talents and abilities, and you like to be in a role you can succeed at?

Or do you like a challenge, and prefer to take the risky role rather than the sure bet? These types of thoughts and strategies may be the result of your mindset. And you might want to review that mindset and your own beliefs in the light of research on talent and success.

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Mindset matters! And you can change it...

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Accepting These 6 Painful Truths Will Make You a Better Leader

Accepting These 6 Painful Truths Will Make You a Better Leader | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The real truth is that although leaders experience many joyful moments, there are these moments of disappointment as well.
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Some useful reality checks about how leadership really is...

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Technological Unemployment Is Changing the Future of Work - Daniel Burrus

Technological Unemployment Is Changing the Future of Work - Daniel Burrus | Positive futures | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of buzzwords around meeting rooms or office water coolers such as the Internet of Things, wearable tech or big data. The one phrase that most people choose to ignore is technological unemployment. Ignoring its existence could be the difference between your remaining relevant in the 21st-century digital economy or not. 

Gartner famously predicted five billion people and 21 billion things will be connected to the Internet by 2020. This headline alone hammers home the level of change heading our way and our journey into digital transformation beyond the point of no return.

Despite our knowing that Albert Einstein’s theory of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, why do established businesses continue to rely on legacy processes, business models and culture that is no longer relevant in this new digital age?

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Richard Gere: My Journey as a Buddhist

Richard Gere: My Journey as a Buddhist | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I suppose it’s a sign of our current cynicism that we find it hard to believe celebrities can also be serious people. The recent prominence of “celebrity Buddhists” has brought some snide comments in the press, and even among Buddhists, but personally I am very appreciative of the actors, directors, musicians and other public figures who have brought greater awareness to the cause of Tibetan freedom and the value of Buddhist practice. These are fine artists and thoughtful people, some Buddhists, some not, among them Martin Scorsese, Leonard Cohen, Adam Yauch, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, and of course, Richard Gere. I met Gere at his office in New York recently, and we talked about his many years of Buddhist practice, his devotion to his teacher the Dalai Lama, and his work on behalf of the dharma and the cause of the Tibetan people.
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How one superstar found a spiritual compass - good read!

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Our Inevitable Future: A Conversation With Kevin Kelly About VR, Digital Socialism, And His New Book

Our Inevitable Future: A Conversation With Kevin Kelly About VR, Digital Socialism, And His New Book | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you’re a virtual reality enthusiast, you probably read Kevin Kelly’s April Wired cover story on Magic Leap, “The World’s Most Secretive Startup.” Kelly is one of the few people who’ve seen the much-hyped mixed reality technology being produced by the Fort Lauderdale company and was suitably impressed by it. “While Magic Leap has yet to achieve the immersion of The Void,” he wrote (referring to the Utah-based immersive experience company), “it is still, by far, the most impressive on the visual front — the best at creating the illusion that virtual objects truly exist.”

As the co-founder of Wired, publisher of the Cool Tools website, and former publisher and editor of The Whole Earth Review, Kelly has always been prescient about these things. In his new book, The Inevitable: Understanding 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, he compellingly outlines a set of behaviors and trends that will change the way we live. We recently spoke with Kelly about the themes of the book, and of course, the latest developments in VR.
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Thoughts- some bit scary - on the future, form someone whose credentials we can probably trust!

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20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Scientific American asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 10, 2:09 AM
It's already good to speak about it... future of humanity... hope it means it will exist...
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Jobs, wives, kids: Three reasons men need ‘Men’s Lib’ | Brookings Institution

Jobs, wives, kids: Three reasons men need ‘Men’s Lib’ | Brookings Institution | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The world has changed, and women have changed. But men have not: or at least, not enough. That’s the argument Belle Sawhill and I made in the New York Times yesterday in a piece headlined ‘Men’s Lib!’ Here’s the short version: a combination of economic and social transformations (feminism and de-industrialization) have rendered the old model of masculinity obsolete. Women have learned to become more like men. Now men need to learn to become more like women. They must adapt or be left behind.

The need for men to adapt is urgent, to improve both their job prospects and their marriage prospects, and to help their children.  

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I agree with this thesis- the old masculine world is full of dinosaurs, and we know what happened to them!

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Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.

We already know too much noise is not a good thing for our brains or our bodies. Research has linked noise pollution to increased blood pressure, sleep loss, and heart disease. These results have led to even more research on the long-term effects of noise. Along the way, almost by accident, scientists who study noise are uncovering benefits of its absence.

A recent piece in Nautilus explores in detail the positive effects that silence can have on our brains. Journalist Daniel A. Gross elaborates on several studies in which researchers set out to study the effects of various types of noise--such as music, short bursts of sound, and white noise--only to discover the silence in between the sounds they were studying produced interesting results. Here are a few gems this body of research has revealed.
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Enjoy the sound of silence - research says it does you good!

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, September 7, 5:29 AM
I love silence, maybe this explains why! 
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Finding silence in your day. It's more important than we think...

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Why it pays to be grumpy and bad-tempered

Why it pays to be grumpy and bad-tempered | Positive futures | Scoop.it
On stage he’s a loveable, floppy-haired prince charming. Off camera – well let’s just say he needs a lot of personal space. He hates being a celebrity. He resents being an actor. To his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley's friends he was apparently known as ‘Grumpelstiltskin’.
Hugh Grant may be famed for being moody and a little challenging to work with. But could a grumpy attitude be the secret to his success?
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With all the pressure to be happy, good to know it's to be grumpy at times - there may even be benefits, apparently...

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Psychiatrists Map Your Brain's Reaction in Social Settings • Six Seconds

Psychiatrists Map Your Brain's Reaction in Social Settings • Six Seconds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Read Montague is director of the Human Neuroimaging Lab and Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute where he is pioneering the field of computational psychiatry, a new discipline which is trying to map social reactions and create a kind of “Periodic Table” for the human mind.
He was recently interviewed on the science radio show, “Pulse of the Planet.” Hear the interview here:
Scientists on Dr. Montague’s team hooked people up to brain imaging devices similar to MRIs and mapped the activity of their brain as they performed simple social interactions such as trading things or seeking information. They used a new method called hyperscanning which allows multiple subjects, each on a separate MRI scanner, to interact with one another while their brains are simultaneously scanned. This technology allows researchers to study the brain responses that underlie important social interactions, and begin to quantify and categorize them, creating a “Periodic Table” of the mind.
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Imagine - a periodic table of the mind...!

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12 Signs You’re Disrespecting Yourself (and How to Stop) - The Minds Journal

12 Signs You’re Disrespecting Yourself (and How to Stop) - The Minds Journal | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“How people treat other people is a direct reflection how they feel about themselves” – Paulo Coelho
Every relationship we have, can be viewed as a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves and setting the tone for the right relationships, lies heavily upon us. By trusting ourselves, listening to our own thoughts, feelings and emotions, we become more authentic and this gives us the wonderful opportunity to become comfortable in our own skin. Yet, when we are not comfortable with who we are, we project onto others, what we cannot accept of ourselves.
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Some food for thought about personal blind spots...

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It might be a good starting point in a self-management project...
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Science Says Humans Now Have Shorter Attention Spans Than Goldfish--This Is How You Can Fix That

Science Says Humans Now Have Shorter Attention Spans Than Goldfish--This Is How You Can Fix That | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The only time you can change your behavior is right now. You can't undo that mistake you made last week. And you can't fast forward into next week to change the outcome of your life.

All you can do is change how you're behaving in this very moment. But you can't change your actions unless you're fully present in the here-and-now.

When you're dialed in on what you're doing right now, all your brainpower can be used wisely. And that's the key to performing at your peak.
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Digital warp speed is compelling but disorienting. Here is the antidote!

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7 Ways To Handle Criticism Like An Expert

7 Ways To Handle Criticism Like An Expert | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Boy, do we know how to handle criticism?

No. You don’t. I’m sorry, but you rather suck at handling criticism.

The truth is, you and I don’t know how to handle an opinion that finds a fault in us. Just like most of those around us. Okay. Now that the hardest thing to say is over, why not just sit down and let it brew?
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Such an important quality - limited growth without it!

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Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet) | McKinsey 

Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet) | McKinsey  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role in everyday life, their potential effect on the workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a major focus of research and public concern. The discussion tends toward a Manichean guessing game: which jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines?

In fact, as our research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced. While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail. Automation, now going beyond routine manufacturing activities, has the potential, as least with regard to its technical feasibility, to transform sectors such as healthcare and finance, which involve a substantial share of knowledge work.
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Automation - it's here and growing, like it or not! Might as well learn about it...

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