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Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.

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Fascinating research on cultural paradigms, with counter intuitive conclusions.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:27 AM

IN THE SUMMER of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the Machiguenga, an indigenous people who live north of Machu Picchu in the Amazon basin. The Machiguenga had traditionally been horticulturalists who lived in single-family, thatch-roofed houses in small hamlets composed of clusters of extended families. For sustenance, they relied on local game and produce from small-scale farming. They shared with their kin but rarely traded with outside groups.



While the setting was fairly typical for an anthropologist, Henrich’s research was not. Rather than practice traditional ethnography, he decided to run a behavioral experiment that had been developed by economists. Henrich used a “game”—along the lines of the famous prisoner’s dilemma—to see whether isolated cultures shared with the West the same basic instinct for fairness. In doing so, Henrich expected to confirm one of the foundational assumptions underlying such experiments, and indeed underpinning the entire fields of economics and psychology: that humans all share the same cognitive machinery—the same evolved rational and psychological hardwiring.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 10, 2013 8:43 AM
Yes David, these studies are always quite interesting, whether one agrees or not with them.
Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, March 10, 2013 10:15 AM

The growing body of cross-cultural research that the three researchers were compiling suggested that the mind’s capacity to mold itself to cultural and environmental settings was far greater than had been assumed. The most interesting thing about cultures may not be in the observable things they do—the rituals, eating preferences, codes of behavior, and the like—but in the way they mold our most fundamental conscious and unconscious thinking and perception.

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Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders

Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I used to work with a woman I am honest-to-God convinced is evil. I know that some people are uncomfortable with words like “good,” “bad,” “wrong,” and “evil,” but this … (Miss this?
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How to get motivated, according to science

How to get motivated, according to science | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research says to stop being so rational. Get those emotions going instead.

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Self motivation - now you know..!

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 17, 9:09 PM

(From the article)" Surround yourself with people you want to be and it's far less taxing to do what you should be doing.


In his excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg says: "When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real."

The Longevity Project, which studied over 1000 people from youth to death had this to say:

The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change. [The Longevity Project]

And the research on friendship confirms this. From my interview with Carlin Flora, author ofFriendfluence:

Research shows over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits, and even career aspirations of those around you. If you're in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you'll take on that same sense of seriousness.

Gloria Miele, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 18, 10:58 AM

Get excited!! 

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Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – #Knowledge

Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – #Knowledge | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0


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Required reading for those interested in making a better world for self and others!

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John Presutti's curator insight, July 18, 11:29 PM

I don't think knowledge is the disruptive factor rather the mechanisms, the speed, and the diversity of knowledge that can be acquired.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 19, 3:47 PM

Scoop.it co-founder Marc Rougier shares the company's research report and his valuable insight into the risks and opportunities of Knowledge 2.0 for organizations.


The implications are particularly important for internal communications and employee engagement. Recommended reading 9/10

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, July 20, 2:34 AM

Conocer o morir: riesgos y oportunidades del Conocimiento 2.0

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Young Professionals: Six Keys to Building Your Career

Young Professionals:  Six Keys to Building Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it

This week two new studies (one by The Economist and one by Quantum Workplace) highlight how rapidly young professionals' view of their careers have changed. While startups continue to be exciting and people desperately want to work for pre-IPO companies, research shows that most Millennials (under the age of 30) are starting to really mature in their career thinking.  


Josh Bersin offers 6 keys to a great career.

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People in their 20s rate "professional development" as their #1 issue in selecting a great place to work ~ Quantum Workplace research

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A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills | Positive futures | Scoop.it

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills.





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Useful 21C skills dictionary, even tho' it needs refinement and context to be fully useful.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 18, 4:57 AM

The University of Toledo have developed this exhaustive checklist about skills of our century (some importants like digital citizienship are also missing)


Have a look and also in this link and also finde some explanations about 9 selected skills

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, July 19, 9:14 AM

¿Le habrán echado una mirada en el MED (MINEDU) a ésto ...? Si no, es el momento.

Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, July 20, 12:55 AM

#Compétences pour le XXIe siècle.  Très exhaustif, mais peu contestable. Le nouveau référentiel sur les compétences de base est toute même plus simple et facile à appréhender. Sans doute faudra -t il passer un jour des compétences à des concepts plus évolués de  "conscience" ...

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Understanding Global Millennials: Summary of Findings from Expanded Global Study

Learn more about how this impacts marketing at www.sdl.com/five-truths Millennials are an interesting generation, and with a buying power in the trillions, it… (RT @Bob_Thompson: Understanding Global Millennials: Summary of Findings from Expanded ...


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4 Steps That Will Change The Way You Think About Leadership | Financenk

4 Steps That Will Change The Way You Think About Leadership | Financenk | Positive futures | Scoop.it

As youngsters we became accustomed to hearing, You can’t do this or you can’t do that. This routine carried on into high school with our teachers telling us what we should do and what we shouldn’t do and what they considered achievable. Then a lot of us went on to college where they taught us skills that gave us the ability to take orders instead of developing the leader inside each of us.They needed us to obey to keep the machine known as corporate running smoothly.They created sheep instead of lions. They wouldn’t teach us how to be independent, creative and self-reliant.

Rebuilding those leadership qualities demands that you retrain yourself.

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Remember what childhood was like, before conformity set in? Maybe you can recapture it...

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The way you work is going to change - Virgin.com

The way you work is going to change - Virgin.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it

‘Entrepreneurs are the crazy people who work 100 hours a week so they don’t have to work 40 hours for someone else.’ – Brad Sugars

While there’s certainly something in Brad’s quote, I believe the way we all work is going to change in the coming years. As Google’s Larry Page and others have said, the amount of jobs available for people is going to decrease as technology advances. 


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Branson on the future of work.

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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.



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Candidness comes with self-disclosure and feedback as well as questioning and listening. All 4 need to be in balance appropriate to context.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 14, 5:53 PM

(From the article): Sacrifice ego. On one memorable occasion Phil said in front of a group of middle managers: “I’ve been told I am unapproachable. I don’t know what that means. I would appreciate any specific feedback any of you would be willing to offer me.” The rest of the group looked on in awe as one brave soul, a manager named Terry, raised his hand. “I would be happy to, Phil.” Terry met later with Phil and gave a couple of suggestions – which Phil then shared publicly. Phil sacrificed his ego to show how much he valued candor and openness and that people were safe with him.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 14, 7:44 PM

Don's point is well-made: sacrifice ego. Too often, bosses want to talk and not listen. Sometimes stepping back and listening is important. It allows the other person to share their complete thought rather than only half which might not be enough.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 15, 8:09 PM

Please read co-creating cultures of candor too http://blog.ianberry.biz/2014/07/co-creating-culture-of-candor.html

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10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Do

10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Do | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What Do Trustworthy Leaders Do?
  1. Lead With Positive Values (In Every Situation)
  2. Acknowledge Complexity (And Help People Deal With It)
  3. Demonstrate and Expect Respectful Behavior (Even When It’s a Challenge)
  4. Know Their Own Mindsets and Assumptions (And Be Willing to Change Them)
  5. Show People They Care (In Big and Small Ways)
  6. Think Long Term (Always Doing What’s Most Ethical in the Long Run)
  7. Extend an Open Invitation to Talk (About Ethics, About Bad News, About Good News)
  8. Show They Care (About People and the Success of the Group)
  9. Communicate Clear Ethical Values (And Live Them Every Day)
  10. Contribute to the Well-Being of Those They Lead (Including Reducing Stress)



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Don Dea's curator insight, July 14, 12:29 AM
What Do Trustworthy Leaders Do?
  1. Lead With Positive Values (In Every Situation)
  2. Acknowledge Complexity (And Help People Deal With It)
  3. Demonstrate and Expect Respectful Behavior (Even When It’s a Challenge)
  4. Know Their Own Mindsets and Assumptions (And Be Willing to Change Them)
  5. Show People They Care (In Big and Small Ways)
  6. Think Long Term (Always Doing What’s Most Ethical in the Long Run)
  7. Extend an Open Invitation to Talk (About Ethics, About Bad News, About Good News)
  8. Show They Care (About People and the Success of the Group)
  9. Communicate Clear Ethical Values (And Live Them Every Day)
  10. Contribute to the Well-Being of Those They Lead (Including Reducing Stress)

Trustworthy leaders also regularly weed out negative behaviors that erode the trust within the group. This careful tending lets the trust they plant and the groups they lead flourish. Your challenge?

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Seven steps to becoming a Positive Person

Seven steps to becoming a Positive Person | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We live in denial of our inherent negativity for the most part, and often wonder why the world around is so mean and reckless. At work, we never fail telling our juniors how meeting deadlines can be (RT @Center_for_AI: Sounds simple enough right?

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Don't Sideline Your Personal Goals

Don't Sideline Your Personal Goals | Positive futures | Scoop.it

To feel successful in the workplace, it is critical to consider what we personally hope to learn or achieve. Yet, after we settle into a role, we barely broach the topic. 

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Never too late to identify targets and evaluate progress, says Maria Gottschalk.

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5 Things Happen When You Show Up - KSMLifeCoaching

5 Things Happen When You Show Up - KSMLifeCoaching | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Whether you're the leader of an organization or the leader of a home, when you show up, it's a game changer. Show up to show someone they're important, show up
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Great advice from Kaylene Mathews on how you can make friends an influence people!

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Emotional Development. Six ways to develop emotional awareness

Emotional Development. Six ways to develop emotional awareness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Six techniques for daily emotional development (RT @DerikMocke: Emotional Intelligence: Six ways to develop emotional awareness - http://t.co/asBaoC12es #EmotionalIntelligence #EQ)...
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6 types of learners, Which one are you?

6 types of learners, Which one are you? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Did you know there are 6 different types of learners? Determining which type of learner you are can significantly boost your chances of performing better when it comes to exam time. Familiarizing yourself with your own best practices for study is crucial for retaining information in a particular subject.

 

Above are six brief descriptions on the 6 types of learners there are, which one are you?


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What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like? - Thinkers 50

What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like? - Thinkers 50 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

By 2040 we estimate that women will represent some 30 percent of the incoming class of the top 2,500 global CEOs. And that proportion will only increase over time.

To punctuate the rise of women leaders and to help personify the challenges CEOs will encounter by the middle of this century, we have envisioned a prototypical chief executive of 2040. We call her Melissa. She was born in the 1980s or ’90s; in 2014, she is likely in graduate school or the early stages of her career.

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What might the  path to the 2040 C-suite look like?

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Three Questions that Will Change Your Life!

Three Questions that Will Change Your Life! | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Tony Robbins, American life coach, self-help author and motivational speaker has studied several successful people all around the world and he came to a conclusion that

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

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"A great question is like a master key that can open multiple doors. A question not asked is a lost opportunity." ~ @Tal Shnall

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The Power of No: 12 Things to Say “No” To Today

Adapted from the book "The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness" by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher http:/…

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Who says 'no' can't be positive?

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Project: iSEL EQ for Teachers (July-Aug 2014) | EQ.org

Project: iSEL EQ for Teachers (July-Aug 2014) | EQ.org | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What is social emotional learning, why does it matter, and how can you use it?

iSEL is a free online class with “faculty” of amazing experts including Daniel Goleman, Anabel Jensen, Roger Weissberg, Mary Helen Immordino Yang, Dan Siegel and many accomplished educators and experts from around the globe.  Participants in this project will collaborate with “pods” of teachers in the course, supporting them to go further with EQ.

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Teacher? Doing enough with essential skills? Free online class here, with qa via @eqjosh of Six Seconds.  Please pass on.

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Are You Sleepwalking Through Life?

Are You Sleepwalking Through Life? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

This weeks show is all about how being accountable to ourselves, having self-respect and trusting ourselves, can motivate us in life AND propel us to lead past the leadership crisis at work.  


And we connect all this to fitness with our guest, author and leadership expert, Rob Peters.


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http://algonzalezinfo.podbean.com/e/are-you-sleepwalking-through-your-career/


Regularly interesting podcasts on healthy workplaces from @AlGonzalezinfo.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 14, 6:28 AM

Our current organizational structures are not working. 


If 80% of organizations disappeared, nobody would miss them! 


This weeks show is all about how being accountable to ourselves, having self-respect and trusting ourselves, can motivate us in life AND propel us to lead past the leadership crisis at work.  


And we connect all this to fitness with our guest, author and leadership expert, Rob Peters.


Rob and I are going to explore the connection between how "falling asleep" through our careers may be connected to our inability to stay active and and accountable to ourselves in our fitness and at home.  


Check out the blog and podcast at:

donhornsby's curator insight, July 14, 5:56 PM

Self-reflection can be painful but as they say, no pain no gain.  

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 14, 7:39 PM

There is a leadership crisis at the workplace.  


If 80% of organizations disappeared, nobody would miss them! 


This weeks show is all about how being accountable to ourselves, having self-respect and trusting ourselves, can motivate us in life AND propel us to lead past the leadership crisis at work.  


And we connect all this to fitness with our guest, author and leadership expert, Rob Peters.


Are you the kind of leader that can leverage the leadership lessons from the gym to confront the leadership crisis in the workplace?


Check out the blog/podcast at:  http://bit.ly/Wc7hzu

 

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Success Comes By Learning To Fail Magnificently

Success Comes By Learning To Fail Magnificently | Positive futures | Scoop.it

If you are going to fail – you might as well fail magnificently. And if you aren’t failing chances are you aren’t trying hard enough. If you aren’t failing you are going through life by playing it way too safe. You are robbing yourself of your opportunity to grow. I don’t thing we start out intentionally to fail – but we shouldn’t let the fear of failing get in the way of us giving it a go. Failing is part of the learning process. It’s a way of figuring out what works – and more importantly – what doesn’t work.

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Nice 1-minute piece on the importance of failure from @briansmithpld. Demonstrating and encouraging intelligent failure is the sign of a wise leader!

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Reinventing Management

Reinventing Management | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What is the future of management? Can management be reinvented to make it more effective as an agent of economic progress and more responsive to the needs of employees?


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Leader? Manager? Most of us are both - it's knowing where the intersection is and what to do in context that matters!

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 9, 5:43 AM

Leadership is a process of social influence: it is concerned with the traits, styles, and behaviours of individuals that causes others to follow them. Management is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals. Or to put it really simply, we all need to be leaders and managers. We need to be able to influence others through our ideas, words, and actions. We also need to be able to get work done through others on a day-to-day basis.

Michael Binzer's curator insight, July 10, 8:43 AM

Future management from a different perspective

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Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Kirthi Jayakumar argues that empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram's campaign of violence and terror


A large part of building peace and living in a world of peace comes from cultivating and living in a state of empathy.


As Mother Teresa said, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This state of belonging to each other stems from the fact that we are not only individuals, but also a part of the whole that constitutes the universe. The font of all efforts in peacebuilding stems from the understanding of the significance of empathy: for it is only when we understand where the other comes from, that we are in a place to act accordingly in response to their actions..


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Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?

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If we can't alter 24 hours in every day, we need to stop doing some stuff to make more time for important stuff!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 11, 12:28 PM

I prefer a to be list. Who am I becoming today? That seems like a very important question.

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Be The Leader You Wish To Follow

Be The Leader You Wish To Follow | Positive futures | Scoop.it
There is nothing more valuable to a leader than to enjoy the trust of those she leads.When our employees trust us, they will do great things to achieve the goals we set with them.
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