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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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7 ways to communicate confidence

7 ways to communicate confidence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Project confidence at all times, even when you don’t feel it, and you will be amazed at the positivity that you create around you.  
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You may have to fake it till you make it! Here's how...

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A Simple 6 Step Self Compassion Exercise to Combat Depression and Low Self Esteem

A Simple 6 Step Self Compassion Exercise to Combat Depression and Low Self Esteem | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need – at points – to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation.
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Be kind to yourself - your life will be better for it!

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Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like?

Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Will we live in buildings made out of waste, heavily surveilled smart cities, or maybe floating communities designed to cope with rising sea levels?
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Some people are thinking deeply and radically about the future...

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Stop Trying to Grow Influence. Grow this Instead.

Stop Trying to Grow Influence. Grow this Instead. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You will never be a leader.

You won’t get that promotion. The bonus and salary increase you expect will be given to someone else. Your product won’t change the world. Your idea won’t go viral. Your organization will fade into history. The legacy you leave will be forgotten. And a generation from now no one will even know your name.

Be honest.

You’ve had these thoughts before. The voices in your head are relentless. It’s not competition that trips you up. It’s not the unexpected or unavoidable that bring you down. It’s the constant self-talk of unsatisfied desire, unrealized dreams, and unreasonable expectations.

At some point, every leader faces it. We struggle to increase our influence. We hope to enlarge our territory. You see it so clearly. Why can’t others?
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Working on capacity banishes fear, and ends up in performance. "Your capacity determines your reach. Grow capacity. Grow influence." - LeadChange Group

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The makers of Sesame Street are bringing quality education to refugee children

The makers of Sesame Street are bringing quality education to refugee children | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Sesame Street's beloved Muppets will soon help some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

A new partnership between Sesame Workshop, the brand's educational nonprofit, and global humanitarian aid organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) will allow the two groups to develop, distribute, and test educational resources and programs designed with young refugees in mind.

The initiative, which will be announced Monday at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, is still in its early stages. The first phase is to develop educational multimedia content that can reach children living in displaced or resettled communities through mobile devices, radio, TV and printed materials in engaging, enjoyable ways.

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Sesame Street initiative to bring education to humanitarian crisis young people. Excellent!

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How to go from good to great | London Business School

How to go from good to great | London Business School | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What turns a manager into a leader? Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Randall S Peterson, suggests some answers.
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Some key behaviours to practice leadership rather than management.

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Why do we want the latest gadgets? This is what brain science tells us

Why do we want the latest gadgets? This is what brain science tells us | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A neuroscientists looks at the reasons behind the success of brands like Apple, and how technology is changing our understanding of our basic needs.

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Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein | Aeon Essays

We are organisms, not computers. Get over it. Let’s get on with the business of trying to understand ourselves, but without being encumbered by unnecessary intellectual baggage. The IP metaphor has had a half-century run, producing few, if any, insights along the way. The time has come to hit the DELETE key.
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What the brain does - and what it doesn't! An elegant rant challenging sloppy language.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 20, 6:23 PM
Worth reading the whole essay. "We are organisms, not computers" is the point. The future belongs to those who co-create and sustain harmony between humans and machines including VR and AI. I continually ask and encourage others to ask this question about technology How does this enhance the human experience?
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Stepping into Uncertainty

Stepping into Uncertainty | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Primatologist Isabel Behncke and neuroscientist Beau Lotto contemplate the significance of play in our everyday lives.
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Why you should play more!

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#HR 7 Things to Say When a Conversation Turns Negative

#HR 7 Things to Say When a Conversation Turns Negative | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A helpful list of replies and comebacks.
Via Fernanda Grimaldi, Ricard Lloria
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Nice mini conversation toolkit!

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, May 14, 7:21 AM
The ability to redirect a conversation to a more positive outcome is a key ability and foundational communications characteristic for everyday leaders. Changing the course of a conversation through thoughtful reframing creates common goals and leads to solutions and positive outcomes.  Note that it is a conversation, which should always be two-way traffic where intent listening by the leader helps overcome the challenges of negativity.
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Infographic: Millennials Believe In Life After Work

According to Deloitte, many millennials around the world are planning near-term exits from their employers. Many have expressed their belief that businesses have few motivations beyond profit and they would prefer to place their own values ahead of organizational goals. For millennials searching for new employment opportunities, a good work/life balance is their top priority in any future career. The reputation of a company and its leaders is not considered important by young workers today.
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What Millennials want out of life - and perhaps, what they are not getting enough of!

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Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, May 13, 2:15 AM
Infographic: Millennials Believe In Life After Work
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Dan Pontefract Uncovers the Purpose Effect

Dan Pontefract Uncovers the Purpose Effect | Positive futures | Scoop.it

If Good Work is your job description, and getting stuff done for your organization, Great Work is about the work that has more impact, but also the work that has more meaning. It’s the work that lights you up. It’s your purpose. 

Today, I’m speaking to Dan Pontefract. He’s the author of Flat Army and his latest book is called The Purpose Effect. It’s an interesting take on what’s required to find your sweet spot, your true purpose in the work that you’ve done.

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The 3 types of purpose, and other meaningful stuff! From the excellent Dan Pontefract and Michael Bungay Stanier.

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Why feeling like a fraud can be a good thing - BBC News

Why feeling like a fraud can be a good thing - BBC News | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you feel inadequate or that you are likely to be "found out" at work, you're probably not alone. It's part of a phenomenon called the "impostor syndrome" and it's very common, writes journalist Oliver Burkeman.
"I have written 11 books but each time I think 'Uh-oh, they're going to find out now,'" the novelist Maya Angelou once said.
"I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out."
Angelou was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and won five Grammys for her spoken recordings, plus a myriad other awards.
But the "impostor phenomenon" - sometimes known as impostor syndrome - had her firmly in its grip. Public acclaim didn't dent the feeling that, deep down, she was a fraud, who didn't have a clue what she was doing.
You've probably felt the same. Most of us have. Yet a crucial element of the impostor phenomenon is the sense that you're the only person to suffer.
So you may not find it reassuring to learn that Angelou felt it too.
"Sure," you tell yourself, "she thought she was a fraud - but I really am one. And any day now, I'll be rumbled."
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"If you're sufficiently self-aware to feel that you may be a fraud...you may well not be!" Good article on inner gremlins!

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Michelle Sales's curator insight, May 11, 10:33 AM

Research shows also that highly successful women suffer this most. It is helpful to focus on positive self talk and work on assertiveness and resilience. 

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Are you your own bully?

Are you your own bully? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We all have that “inner critic” voice in our head. Our inner critic is that believable and nagging voice, which says unkind or even downright mean things to us. Some people are reluctant to challenge their inner critic because they believe that it serves to motivate them, however this could not be further from the truth. While it is impossible to completely get rid of your inner critic, you can take away a lot of your inner critic’s power through the practice of self-compassion.
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How to beat your inner bully!

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Four Myths Most Bosses Believe About Employee Engagement - Content Loop

Four Myths Most Bosses Believe About Employee Engagement - Content Loop | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Engaged employees are more productive, have higher job satisfaction, and are more focused on customers, according to a Gallup study. But what exactly does "engaged" mean?

Boston University professor William Kahn coined the term 25 years ago, but there still isn't a widely accepted definition. What does exist, however, is a lot of frustration and myths surrounding the idea, says Rodd Wagner, vice president of employee engagement strategy for the consulting firm BI Worldwide and author of Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People.

"Once in a while, you will hear someone say he's 'engaged' or 'disengaged' at work, but not often," he says. "Even after two decades of HR using it, it's not part of the natural vocabulary among employees and, it's now safe to say, it never will be."

The problem goes to the core of the relationship between the employee and the company, Wagner says. "Employee engagement is what the business wants; it's strategic with a return-on-investment view," he says. "Happiness is what the employees want. If they each look out for the other's interest, the bargain works exceptionally well. It's human nature to reciprocate what we do for others."

Whether you strive for engagement or happiness, Wagner says there are four myths that leaders need to know:
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Engagement - don't build the rules of the organisation around lazy or disgruntled employees, just because the are low in the engagement audit!

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What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As a parent of adolescents, I’ve often worried about their health and happiness. They seem to be under a lot of social and academic pressure, suggesting they need more guidance from me to help them get through. But how can I support their independence and autonomy while making sure they don’t fall through the cracks or become depressed or anxious?
To find out more about how parents can best help their budding teenagers, I spoke with Ron Dahl, a neuroscientist and professor of human health and development at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dahl, one of the leading experts on adolescent development, has spent years studying depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders in adolescence, using intervention studies and, more recently, fMRI technology to increase our understanding of what’s going on. His findings have helped uncover the neural underpinnings of adolescence and have led to some interesting discoveries about the role of social supports in teen life. They point the way toward helping our young teens get what they truly need during this very risky yet exciting time of life.
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Parenting adolescents - a subject close to my heart! Some useful framing in this article.

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People who love chocolate are more likely to be clever

People who love chocolate are more likely to be clever | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Good news for chocolate lovers: eating the sweet treat has been found to have a positive association with cognitive performance, according to a new study.

Published in the journal Appetite, researchers used data collected from a Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS), in which 968 people aged between 23 and 98 were measured for dietary intake and cardiovascular risk factors, as well as cognitive function.  

The researchers found that regularly eating chocolate was significantly associated with cognitive function “irrespective of other dietary habits”.
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That chocolate habit might be doing you some good! Now to find some cognition research on that red wine habit...

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6 Ways to use Neuroscience to Improve Your Team and Business

6 Ways to use Neuroscience to Improve Your Team and Business | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Neuroscience is the big buzzword flying around in business right now.  It is a perplexing subject unless you’re fully conversant with the terminology.   What is being shown is that getting your employees to use their brains in ways which help them engage, be motivated, thrive and create is the way forward.  This means considering new ways to tackle traditional systems or cultures in the workplace.   I don’t pretend to understand all of the science but I do understand how some of the applications should be used.   What follows is my take on the changes which will bring out the best in people, by using breakthrough findings in neuroscience.
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Useful primer on neuroscience.

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This scientist can hack your dreams

This scientist can hack your dreams | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What if we could peek inside our brains and see our dreams — or even shape them? Studying memory-specific brain cells, neuroscientist (and ex-hacker) Moran Cerf found that our sleeping brains retain some of the content we encounter when we're awake and that our dreams can influence our waking actions. Where could this lead us? "Neuroscientists are now giving us a new tool to control our dreams," Cerf says, "a new canvas that flickers to life when we fall asleep."
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Wow, even our dreams are not immune to the power of science these days. Not much left for hackers to crack!

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Dreams are a lot more than what we think...

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5 reasons city mayors want self-driving vehicles

5 reasons city mayors want self-driving vehicles | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Until recently, many people had reservations about the concept of driverless cars. Could they be trusted? Were they safe? Was it even realistic given the current design of most cities? While these questions are still important, we're now starting to focus on the benefits as much as the challenges. Forum research found that 58% of people said they were either likely or very likely to take a ride in a self-driving car.
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5 sound reasons to embrace drivers cars - they could change your world, also transform the world...

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How A Princess And A CEO Are Applying The VC Model To Philanthropy

How A Princess And A CEO Are Applying The VC Model To Philanthropy | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"It was overwhelming, actually," recalls Kate Roberts, CEO of the philanthropic initiative the Maverick Collective, of the emotions that flooded in when she gave birth to her daughter in 2011. As a senior vice president at the not-for-profit Population Services International (PSI), she knew the challenges women face all over the world, including gender-based violence and lack of access to contraception. And she knew that despite all the rhetoric about investing in women, just two cents of every development dollar actually goes toward programs for girls.

The following year, Roberts accompanied Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, a longtime HIV/AIDS activist and also a mother of a young daughter, on a visit to a PSI project in New Delhi. The two had met in passing at conferences but grew close as they toured the city’s slums and hospitals, meeting with women affected by HIV and tuberculosis. "We talked a lot about the need to put major resources behind girls and women," says Roberts. "We got very emotional about it."

They decided that if the current model for philanthropy wasn’t working to lift girls out of poverty, they needed to create something new, combining Roberts’s development and marketing experience—plus access to PSI’s 9,000 employees across 65 countries—with the crown princess’s international clout and track record of giving voice to those in need. They devised a strategy to enlist women (who were able to invest at least $1 million each) to run innovative pilot programs, though Roberts makes sure to point out that the organization "is not a club for rich women." The focus on private capital was strategic: Traditional funders typically need to see results before they’ll pour money into something. "Private money is less risk-averse," says the crown princess. This freedom would allow the collective to gamble on experimental ideas.
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Maverick change - created by women philanthropists. "Money doesn't create change - people do!"

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Harvard Study Reveals What Meditation Literally Does To Gastrointestinal (Bowel) Disorders 

Harvard Study Reveals What Meditation Literally Does To Gastrointestinal (Bowel) Disorders  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The hits just keep on coming when it comes to the health benefits of meditation. Research is now emerging that would justify implementing this practice within hospitals and schools (some already do) as well as including it in treatment recommendations for various diseases.

Not long ago, an eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It was the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. Now, they’ve released another study showing that meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  The study showed that elicitation of the relaxation response (a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress) is a very big help.
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Yet more evidence of the impact of mindfulness on wellbeing. Becoming pretty compelling...

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Guy Claxton on Why Your Mind Needs Your Body

Guy Claxton on Why Your Mind Needs Your Body | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Western Culture has long separated the mind from the body; the brain, has been privileged as the source of intellect, with the rest of the body annexed a
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Why Do We Feel Awe?

Why Do We Feel Awe? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
News stories and social media posts inundate us every day with tips for greater happiness, health, and general well-being. But who has the time to fit them into our already packed schedules?
Recently, though, my research has led me to believe that one simple prescription can have transformative effects: look for more daily experiences of awe. This doesn’t require a trek to the mountains. What the science of awe is suggesting is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound.
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"Don't underestimate the power of goosebumps!" - Berkeley Greater Good. The importance of bringing some awe into your life! 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 11:02 AM
Does it have to extraordinary to feel awe? Or, can we experience the extraordinary in the ordinary?
Ian Berry's curator insight, May 12, 6:54 PM
We can all be more childlike and less childish. Every day my wife and I and our dog Molly walk the same path (we are blessed with sand and sea, and bush and scrub!) Every day Molly finds something new because her curiosity knows no bounds. She reminds us daily that every moment has never happened before and therefore we cannot help but be in awe.
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The 4th Largest Economy In The World Just Generated 90 Percent Of The Power It Needs From Renewables

The 4th Largest Economy In The World Just Generated 90 Percent Of The Power It Needs From Renewables | Positive futures | Scoop.it
On Sunday, for a brief, shining moment, renewable power output in Germany reached 90 percent of the country’s total electricity demand.
That’s a big deal. On May 8th, at 11 a.m. local time, the total output of German solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass reached 55 gigawatts (GW), just short of the 58 GW consumed by every light bulb, washing machine, water heater and personal computer humming away on Sunday morning. See the graph below, courtesy Agora Energiewende, a German clean energy think tank. (It’s important to note that most likely, not all of that 55 GW could be used at the time it was generated due to system and grid limitations, but it’s still noteworthy that this quantity of power was produced.)
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Some case-based reflections on a green future, as practised in Germany now - HT @ReachScale.

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