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8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations

8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Giving memorable and persuasive presentations is more than an art. It's brain science.

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There’s nothing soft about soft skills: six ways to foster emotional intelligence | Personnel Today

There’s nothing soft about soft skills: six ways to foster emotional intelligence | Personnel Today | Positive futures | Scoop.it
With the pace of change intensifying all the time, leaders with emotional intelligence are better equipped to manage it, argues Eddie Kilkelly.
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Addicted to Approval: Reclaim Your Self-Esteem

Addicted to Approval: Reclaim Your Self-Esteem | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Depending on others to confirm that you’re worthwhile is a recipe for disappointment. You are good enough, whether others approve of you or not.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2014 2:02 PM

We live in a world that seems to tell us the opposite; that we need external approval. Thich Nhat Hanh's quote is a great entry into this article.

 

This is something we need to emphasize in schools and with students. It might help overcome bullying a bit.

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Is this the plaster cast of the future?

Is this the plaster cast of the future? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A Turkish design student has unveiled his revolutionary cast for patients. The 3D-printed cast enables injuries to be treated faster and more easily.

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Leading Against All Odds...

Leading Against All Odds... | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Inspired by our #leadwithgiants tweetchat with @MaaHoda.  A wise quote for a wise post by a Civil War survivor and leader that leads by example.  


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Great tweetchat from Hoda Maalouf with Dan Forbes.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 21, 2014 9:13 PM

Inspired by our #leadwithgiants tweetchat with @MaaHoda.  A wise quote for a wise post by a Civil War survivor and leader that leads by example.  



This section reminds me of the most painful time of my life, when I had to leave those I loved and trusted the most.  


Seek advice and surround yourself with people you love and trust.1 This is more useful than going to hide in faraway places, alone with your thoughts, fears and problems. 


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Every person, place and thing on this planet is interconnected with love

Every person, place and thing on this planet is interconnected with love | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every person, place and thing on this planet is interconnected with love. - Louise Hay (more Louise Hay quotes and sayings) Quoting Mitch Albom, "There are no random acts … We are all connected … You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.

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More reasons for paying it forward!

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15 Revealing Signs You Genuinely Love What You Do

15 Revealing Signs You Genuinely Love What You Do | Positive futures | Scoop.it
See where you stand--and whether you need to start making changes.

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Excellent checklist to help you find your mojo in work.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 21, 2014 5:20 AM

Passion and purpose--in short, doing what you love--can be difficult to find. Some people search forever. Some gain remarkable skills and talents only to think, I'm great at this. So why don't I feel successful? Others, even after building successful businesses, suddenly think, Hold on. This is just not me.

Eli Levine's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:40 PM

There's wisdom here.

 

Enjoy.

 

And assess.

Think about it.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
  If you're a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this c...

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Some amazing maps here that help you to take a broad view.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 25, 2014 9:01 AM

Map # 10 shows a map of world wide internet usage, 24 hrs.

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Great post,thank you!!!!
Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, June 29, 2014 2:39 AM

Added (face over) 1815 after Vienna Congress

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How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it

It's not just for Oprah devotees. Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life - and researchers believe it may help us break bad habits. 


Gratitude is about focusing on other people, says Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, a psychology professor at Baylor University, who led a study which will appear in the July 2014 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.


“Previous research that we and others have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them--and to help others as well. We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” Tsang said in a statement.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:54 PM

Actually, I would go one step further and say there is karma when people help each other. Somehow, the universe knows we are helpful people and others respond to us in like manner. Just think if we thanked people i.e. students for even little things that they do.

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Leading With Optimism

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Leading with optimism - 10 ways to be optimistic

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Wisdom for the Future

Wisdom for the Future | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What we sow in our organizations and technologies today, we will one day reap. Life is unpredictable, and we don’t know exactly what we are now creating for our future. But there are clues to what lies ahead, clues that can be found in the foundations we are now busily building with our organizations and our technologies.

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``Wisdom is not just one more step in a chain of data,# information and knowledge. #Wisdom is different." ~ Gideon Rosenblatt

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Building Emotional Intelligence with Words

Building Emotional Intelligence with Words | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This amazing ebook contains a simple-to-use method to gain emotional mastery. You will gain a Simple Philosophy and several techniques for Emotional Control Based on the word choice used to describe emotions.
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Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 Day Meditation Challenge

Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 Day Meditation Challenge | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I believe there is a reason that the idea of practicing meditation is popping up everywhere around me. It means that I am supposed to be meditating, and as your mild mannered morning show host, am supposed to be encouraging you to meditate as well.

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The optimism deficit - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

The optimism deficit - Spectator.co.uk (blog) | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The extent of public pessimism in Britain is striking. 54 percent of people think that young people's lives will be worse than that of their parents' generation.

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A scary statistic about how people see their future - we need to accentuate the positives and the future will become so.

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The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude

The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude If you are having tough time, take time to watch this video and express gratitude to the person who matters the most to you.
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15 Things Highly Confident People Don't Do

15 Things Highly Confident People Don't Do | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Daniel Wallen – LifeHack | Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you?


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Good advice - choose your attitude.

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'Against All Odds' #LeadWithGiants chat w Host @DanVForbes & Co-Host @MaaHoda (with images, tweets) · LeadWithGiants

A Social Media Story storified by LeadWIthGiants

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I'm sorry I missed this, @MaaHoda and DanVForbes.  Looking forward to catching up!

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Dan Forbes's curator insight, April 25, 2014 6:55 AM

Here's the Recap of the "Against All Odds" #LeadWithGiants Twitter chat with Hoda Maalouf, a civil war survivor.  Hosted by @DanVForbes

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... And I wondered, who hurt you and turned your heart to stone?

... And I wondered, who hurt you and turned your heart to stone? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Dear bully....although I don't trust you I pray for you.


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Bullying is a scourge on children and adults the world over. I'm proud to stand with @GianaConsulting, @AlGonzalezinfo and @BulliesOut against them!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 25, 2014 5:36 AM

A tribute to @GianaConsulting for capturing so much sentiment in this wonderful letter to a bully.

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How to Create a Culture of 'Paying It Forward'

How to Create a Culture of 'Paying It Forward' | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Everyone wants an office culture where employees pitch in without being asked. Here are some concrete ways to encourage the behavior. 



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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We are all here as custodians.  Paying it forward is the basis for this magazine!

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5 Reasons to Go The Extra Mile and Live Your Best Life

5 Reasons to Go The Extra Mile and Live Your Best Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Going the extra mile, is a brilliant ambition, not only at work, but in life too.

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New insights into brain development: A conversation with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel

A staggering 80 percent of our brain is developed in the first five years of life, but when the quality of key factors -- including in our health, nutrition, environment and sources of support...
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Learn about neuro-development, it will be a key knowledge source for future leaders.

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Walking in Dylan Thomas country - Telegraph

Walking in Dylan Thomas country - Telegraph | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Discover the landscapes and people that inspired Dylan Thomas’s poetry with this selection of stunning walking routes in Wales

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How you Condemn your Staff to Failure

How you Condemn your Staff to Failure | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Rats and children are not so different

They are similar in the way they behave:

Those might be scientifically proven facts, but proof and explanation are not the same thing.  How does the way a teacher thinks about a child (or an experimenter thinks about a rat) result in the child (or rat) becoming cleverer?

David Hain's insight:

When your children go to school are they problems to solve or buckets of potential to fill?

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This Infographic Shows What Your Customers Will Be Like Next Year

This Infographic Shows What Your Customers Will Be Like Next Year | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Reuven Gorsht recently put out an infographic looking at what an average business customer will look like next year. Spoiler alert: It's not all that different than what one might look like this year, but the graphic is full of interesting stats that any business would want to take into consideration.

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Trust, authenticity, connectedness among key customer traits.

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:



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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.