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The Importance of Being Mindful

The Importance of Being Mindful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It’s not just a trend; companies can be more effective by fostering contemplative awareness in every aspect of their processes and practices.

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Topic of the year? Hope it's next year's topic too! #mindfulness

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Obama: The role of listening in effective leadership

Obama: The role of listening in effective leadership | Positive futures | Scoop.it

President Obama is often accused by his critics of being an "appeaser." Those on the right tend to bring this up in the context of his foreign policy (to them, he's a tyrant at home) and on the left it comes up in their criticisms of how he deals with Republicans on domestic policy (to them, he's a tyrant abroad).

Its true, the President has been pretty relentless in reaching out to his opponents. But if we dig a little deeper, we find a much more interesting story about his style of leadership.

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Deep listening hallmark of Obama's style - is politics ready for this strong #leadership trait?

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The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The Purpose Economy describes how a new type of economy is taking shape, one that will emphasize serving the people.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 3, 2014 5:07 AM

By choosing work rich in purpose, we become vulnerable. Vulnerability is at the core of being human. It will require a new kind of leadership to find creative ways to make it safe to be vulnerable. This is the riddle of leading in the Purpose Economy.


This post is an excerpt from Aaron Hurst's book, The Purpose Economy.


You can follow Aaron on Twitter here: @Aaron_Hurst


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Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory  to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the intricate inner workings of our master-controller.

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The workings of the brain demystified - in a comic book!

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Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Wonderful modern-day counterpart that falls partway between Tolstoy and Tumblr: Whatever You Are, Be a Good One (public library) — an impossibly charming compendium of 100 wise and timeless thoughts from some of history’s greatest minds, hand-lettered by illustrator and Brain Pickings collaborator Lisa Congdon. The common thread underpinning these quotes — which include such beloved luminaries as Albert CamusSimone de BeauvoirHenry JamesAnne Lamott,Søren Kierkegaard, and Leo Tolstoy himself — is Congdon’s own sensibility about what it means to live with kindness and integrity, to cherish beauty and the creative spirit, and ultimately to be a good human being.

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Wisdom form Tolstoy to Tumblr!

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10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do

10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Why do some people seem to make friends and create success wherever they go? You may find they have developed their high EQ over IQ. Here's how you can too!

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A Very Bad Idea That Millions of People Believe

A Very Bad Idea That Millions of People Believe | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The real problem with "money buys happiness" is twofold. First, it's not true beyond a very limited point. Having enough money to be comfortable produces more happiness than living with the stress of poverty and want. Beyond this fairly modest state of financial security (not so modest if you were born into a poor country or have an impoverished background in a rich one) money brings more stress than it's worth.

The second reason that "money buys happiness" is such a bad idea is subtler. The pursuit of money prevents you from finding happiness another way.

David Hain's insight:

Deepak Chopra - Happiness is an inner pursuit, to find it most of us don't need to chase the money.

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The Evolution Of Work

The Evolution Of Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Work is clearly evolving which means that we are seeing new technologies and behaviors enter our organizations.  These new behaviors and technologies are largely being fueled by the consumer web and now organizations are struggling to adapt.

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Mike Collins's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:47 AM

How are you preparing for the future workplace? Should you wait for your workplace to change or should you be demanding the change and influencing how this change happens?

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Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work

Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Leaders who are seen as authentic inspire the most loyalty, but what does being ‘authentic’ really mean? Pepi Sappal explores this complex and often misunderstood area of leadership, and looks at how to balance personality with professionalism


Via Roger Francis, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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Useful exploration of a critical positive leadership characteristic.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:58 AM

There are many definitions within management and business literature of authentic leadership but, as a rule, authentic leaders tend to be genuine, transparent and trustworthy, display a strong moral code and can be counted on to keep their word.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:37 PM

Authenticity starts with self awareness.  And self awareness is about understanding how you react and how your behaviour can affect others.

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Digital Transformation: Re-Imagine from the Outside-in

Digital Transformation: Re-Imagine from the Outside-in | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Digital technology enables people to do many new things and can alter the human experience in beneficial ways. The most successful companies often use digital technology to fully engage customers and create profitable, long-lasting relationships. According to Watermark Consulting, customer experience leaders have significantly outperformed the S&P 500 since 2008.


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A Dilemma of Choice: When do we begin to trust?

A Dilemma of Choice: When do we begin to trust? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Trusting is often not so easy, especially when we don’t know the person exactly.

We are often unsure when the right time to trust is there …

Trust is a dilemma of choice …

How do we know if we can trust a person?

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Important question, major implications, from @Karin Sebelin. When do you trust?

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New Book on Telling Leadership Stories

New Book on Telling Leadership Stories | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Telling the Story opens a door into the world of narrative leadership, showing how leaders affect our understanding of what is possible and desirable through the stories they tell and embody. This book will help executives, managers and concerned citizens to identify what stories are and how they work; when to tell a story and how to tell one well.

 

It offers a challenge to consider the purposes behind our stories: what are we leading for? It will help practitioners identify their own authentic story and use this to lead convincingly. Using tips, exercises and examples, Telling the Story will help leaders build on their own current practices using the vital art of narrative leadership.   This book is both practical and thought–provoking, to encourage leaders to consider the big stories of our time and how we can use our own stories to create and take responsibility for the kind of future we want.


Via Gregg Morris, Melanie Hundley, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Leaders need to tell stories - this book will help!

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Gregg Morris's curator insight, April 1, 2014 6:50 AM

I just had the pleasure of meeting Geoff via email. He seems to be surrounded by a very talented and capable group of folks at Narrative Leadership. I'll get a review of the book posted as soon as I've finished reading it.

 

I encourage you to browse his site. You can also find him writing at cominghometostory.com and leadership.com.

 

I wish that every day started with emails like his in my inbox!

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The Top 5 Excuses For Not Practicing Mindfulness (And Why We Need To Stop Using Them)

The Top 5 Excuses For Not Practicing Mindfulness (And Why We Need To Stop Using Them) | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Over the years, I found that I expanded these bite size mindfulness exercises into full-blown practices in my own life. Now I sit and meditate every morning, and try to approach life in a more mindful way....


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Shri Ram Heritage's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:40 AM

Gritings from Rao Bika ji Groups
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5 Assumptions that Sabotage Your Career|Equanimity Executive Coaching

5 Assumptions that Sabotage Your Career|Equanimity Executive Coaching | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What stops you from achieving your fullest potential might be yourself. These 10 assumptions can sabotage your career - know them and fight them to succeed.
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Good tips on career assessment from @Belinda MJ.B

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Leadership Gold Nuggets From Around The World - Parts 1 - 6 of 27

Leadership Gold Nuggets From Around The World - Parts 1 - 6 of 27 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The success of the International Leadership Blogathon that I put on in March of 2012 went way beyond my expectations. I could not have predicted so many gold nuggets of wisdom that would inspire me. I not only learned a lot, but I made what I expect to be great friendships for years to come.

Even if you read all the articles, it can be easy to forget or overlook these gold nuggets, so below I have written some of these insights so that you can see all the collective wisdom together. This will be a multi-part article as there are a lot of great quotes and lessons of leadership. Lets begin…

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A recap o.f a great learning event that took place over a month last year, @toddbnielsen Leadership Blogathon

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A Journey of Discovery with Don Tapscott

A Journey of Discovery with Don Tapscott | Positive futures | Scoop.it

One of the world's leading authorities on the digital revolution, Don Tapscott, shares the vital qualities and characteristics of our digitally connected world. He will explain how the power of networks will radically transform our ability to solve global challenges, the way states are governed and how the next generation will live and work in the future. You are invited to learn from his personal journey of profound discovery.

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Change Management Models

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Organizational development has been of focus for several years, but still many companies do not understand the importance of change management models. Almost 70% of all major organizational change efforts fail, which among others is because of a lack of holistic approach to the management of change and the extend of the models used. This emphasizes the importance for companies to have a good and realistic change management model before starting to implement the transformation.

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If you believe that change is top down, this one's for you.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 2014 4:01 AM

"Change is about changing people not organisations, organisations will transform when the management and employees change their way of doing business, which is why good change management models are central to a successful transformation of a firm." - could not agree more, yesss, it's about people...  change management is one of the leading topics... I don't know exactly, say, in the last 50 to 70 years and it will remain... it's not the first and last article/blog/book about it bu also not the worst one... additionally, a quick read...:-)))

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:38 AM

In the first years of a startup there are many iterations and sometimes a pivot. Even if it touches only a few employees, the model here still applies

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 2014 4:09 AM

Great article... like it...:-))) teachers as guides... yessss...

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Can Robots Be Managers, Too?

Can Robots Be Managers, Too? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Robots are starting to enter homes as automatic cleaners, work in urban search and rescue as pseudo teammates that perform reconnaissance and dangerous jobs, and even to serve as pet-like companions.
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6 Types of Bullying

6 Types of Bullying | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Physical bullying is just one type of bullying kids experience. Here is an overview of the six most common types of bullying found in schools.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 2014 1:45 PM

There might be more, but these are concise definitions that probably apply more broadly.

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35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment. Here are 35 critical thinking strategies, straight from the mind of Sigmund Freud." | by Sara Briggs


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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 4, 2014 10:25 PM
Good strategies to incorporate when planning instruction. (some we already use!)
Audrey's curator insight, March 9, 2014 7:10 AM

Some of these are excellent memory methods, which people learn automatically from a very young age. One way to help older learners is to try to get them back to that exciting trial and error style that they had as young children.  

 

Watch babies aged a year plus and see how they are fascinated by simple activities such as picking up a pencil and walking backwards and forwards to drop it at a certain spot, then walking around a table and carrying out the same action again and again. But watch carefully, the spot the pencil has been placed is usually near something else, sometimes a larger object.  

 

One of the things we stop doing as we get older is to enjoy repeating things from different perspectives:  that is learning with stress.  If students looked at what they were learning as something that enhanced their understanding rather than just for passing exams, learning would be memorable and more enjoyable.  You do not need a teacher to' teach' you this.  Most of the psychology-based strategies are inherent.


So parents start children as soon as they start crawling;  leave books, small toys and a variety of different toys around and watch how they learn. NOT EVERYTHING GOES INTO THEIR MOUTHS!!

audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


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The habits of happiness | Leadership and Spirit...

The habits of happiness | Leadership and Spirit... | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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Welcome To The Purpose Economy #HRockstars

Welcome To The Purpose Economy #HRockstars | Positive futures | Scoop.it
How can we create an entire economy geared toward good? Focusing on personal, social, and societal purpose.

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Johann Gauthier's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:43 PM

Amazing post -- a true game-changer -- speaking of a new Purpose Economy... built on "good growth" and community legacy-making reality construction and impact.  Bravo Aaron Hurst!  Look forward to welcome YOU in the growing infectious unstoppable #HRockstars tribe!

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Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress

Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Stress is not inherently good or bad. It’s just a natural part of living in a changing, evolving universe. Researchers have found that healthy stress (or “eustress”) exists alongside unhealthy stress. If we never had to face new challenges, life would be monotonous and boring and we wouldn’t grow. So, how can we distinguish the two and harness the benefits of healthy stress? 

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Introduction to eustress via @DrMelanieG.  Learn to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy stress.

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Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Hierarchical structures are not as effective as we would like to believe. Too many people with the designated title of "leader" are not leading at all.

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Hierarchies are only one way - there are many!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:51 AM

Interesting POV that I really like.  Now this is easy to say but very difficult to implement based on ingrained habits, attitudes and politics.