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Actually TIME, This Is What The 'Mindful Revolution' Really Looks Like

Actually TIME, This Is What The 'Mindful Revolution' Really Looks Like | Positive futures | Scoop.it

2014 has been called the "year of mindful living," and talk of a mindful revolution seems to be everywhere from Davos to Silicon Valley. Most recently, mindfulness was the subject of a controversial cover of TIME Magazine.


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Five Practices of Positive Impact Leaders

Five Practices of Positive Impact Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Organizational culture, often described as “the way we do things around here,” is a management challenge begging for positive intervention. Yet it is an asset often taken for granted by traditional companies that believe it is hard to define.
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Do You Have Trouble Changing a Habit Because of Concern for Others?

Do You Have Trouble Changing a Habit Because of Concern for Others? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In my forthcoming book on habit-formation, Before and After, I identify the strategies we can use to change our habits.One focus is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. Loopholes matter because when we form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes.

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By identifying loopholes, you may find habit-breaking solutions.

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What is the Future of Work?

What is the Future of Work? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Much has been made recently about one of the stand out trends of the times we live in: Everything is becoming infused with technology. Software is eating the world it is said. Some have claimed that next it might even eat the jobs, which to some degree is almost certainly the case. With only a little bit of irony, Hugh MacLeod humorously noted this week that software may eventually eat all the people. But even that could be a bit closer to the truth than some of us might expect.

But the point is this: In the last half-decade alone, most of us would admit the societal and cultural shifts that technology and global digital networks have wrought is nothing short of astounding:

Social media is relentlessly chipping away at the power and control that companies and governments have long enjoyed almost exclusively over the rest of the world. Supply chains, talent management (hiring), customer service, product development, and just about every function of business is being transformed by things like 3D printing, social recruiting, customer care communities, crowdsourcing, to only name a few of the more important examples. That’s not even looking at the macro changes (example: Arab Spring), in which digital/social is impacting the fabric of entire nations. In all of these cases, the power and control is shifting to the other side of the network, to what many now call the ‘edge’, where most of us are.

Unfortunately, there remains a constituency that remains stubbornly in the back of the pack when it comes to the large scale changes happening in the world today. Surprisingly, this constituency formerly used to actually lead the technology world. Instead, it is now dragged along by consumer technology companies and their customers. Yes, I am referring to our corporations, to which I’ll add our institutions, including our governments and associated entities.


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The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color

The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color | Positive futures | Scoop.it

This seemingly simple area of study offers insights into all sorts of behavior - from attention to decision-making.


Neuroscientist Bevil Conway thinks about color for a living.


An artist since youth, Conway now spends much of his time studying vision and perception at Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School.


His science remains strongly linked to art - in 2004 he and Margaret Livingstone famously reported that Rembrandt may have suffered from flawed vision - and in recent years Conway has focused his research almost entirely on the neural machinery behind color.


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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” [...]

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:24 AM

Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:08 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: 35 Companies That Set the Standard for Workplace Excellence

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: 35 Companies That Set the Standard for Workplace Excellence | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Gallup is pleased to honor 35 leading organizations that are recipients of our annual Gallup Great Workplace Award. These organizations average a ratio of 9 engaged employees to 1 actively disengaged employee, which is more than five times the ratio in the U.S. and more than 16 times the ratio for workforces globally. 

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These orgs must be doing something right!

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Global Leadership Summit in Madison Aims to Make the World a Happier Place

Global Leadership Summit in Madison Aims to Make the World a Happier Place | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Yes, according to leading sources such as the United Nations, which issued its first-ever World Happiness Reports in 2012 and 2013.. The Leadership for a Better World Global Summit, to be held June 17-18, 2014, is the first of its kind for the University of Wisconsin- Extension’ s new leadership center.
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This new way of leading involves three basic principles:

1. The purpose of leadership is to create organizational and community well-being.
2. Everyone is a leader. We all contribute to and influence our organizations.
3. Inclusive collaboration is a means to creating well-being.

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Unleashing Your Creative Self

Unleashing Your Creative Self | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, there is creativity lurking within each of us. Creativity is not specifically having the ability to draw a picture or write a poem. Creativity is simply thinking in a unique way. When you approach a situation, as long as you keep thinking of new ways to solve problems, you are thinking creatively.

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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs

and developing our wings on the way down.

Kurt Vonnegut. via @MartinaMcGowan



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Does having choice make us happy? 6 studies that suggest it doesn’t always | TED Blog

Does having choice make us happy? 6 studies that suggest it doesn’t always | TED Blog | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In a fascinating talk at TEDxStanford, “Sometimes it’s good to give up the driver’s seat,” marketing professor Baba Shiv reveals that discomfort over making choices extends into medical decisions. Five years ago, Shiv’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“The most harrowing and agonizing part of the whole experience was that we were making decision after decision,” Shiv shares in his talk. “The wisdom of the ages is that when it comes to decisions of importance, it’s best to be in charge. But are there contexts where we’re far better off taking the passenger seat and having someone else drive?”

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Studies suggest having a variety of choices isn't always what we need.

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3 Mantras to Give Your Work More Meaning

3 Mantras to Give Your Work More Meaning | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you were asked what you wanted most in the world, how would you answer?Adam Braun asked that question of a boy begging on the street in India, and the answer was both stark and simple: "a pencil."
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"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014 | CORE Education

CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014 | CORE Education | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The purpose in presenting these trends is to provide a glimpse of the ‘big picture’ within which we operate in the education system. It is important to recognize that these are trends, not specific predictions. As such, they are presented to provoke further research, investigation and discussion, in order to determine how they may affect the strategic planning within your educational institution.

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Education trends 2014.

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A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology | Brain Pickings - Linkis.com

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology | Brain Pickings - Linkis.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You'll need pen, paper, and a silencer for cynicism. (A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression.
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Irene Becker | Against All Odds

Irene Becker | Against All Odds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Irene Becker | Against All Odds. Acclaimed success coach shares her personal 21st century leadership journey through adversity.

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buket's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:18 PM

 Our greatest power lies in our ability to use what is to create what can be in our self, our lives, our relationships, our leadership and our work. Irene Becker.

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Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason Not Emotion

Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason Not Emotion | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A new neuroimaging study finds those who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion.

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Justice is entirely reasonable - that's why it gets emotional when it doesn't happen!

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The Empathy Way

The Empathy Way | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We strive to touch the hearts of children and adults, and to help them create healthy, solid, and enjoyable relationships. Although there are many ways to ‘be with’ others, we feel that the empathy way is the best. New research shows that we are at our best when we feel understood.


Fostering empathy with, and in, our children will have many positive effects:


1. empathy calms and strengthens,


2. empathy activates the brain so we are ready to learn, engage, and create,


3. when empathy is developed at an early age, later troubling behaviors like bullying, rejecting others, depression, and even suicide, can be prevented.


Bonobo apes are great ambassadors for empathy.They are our closest genetic relative and share many of our traits like compassion, love, and empathy. Their emotional lives are very similar to ours, except they seem to be better at relationships. They live peacefully with each other and are quick to resolve conflicts when differences do occur. Look into their eyes and see who we are, and what we can become.


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when empathy is developed at an early age,

later troubling behaviors like bullying,

rejecting others, depression, and

even suicide, can be prevented.

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19 Ways to Be More Effective Today

19 Ways to Be More Effective Today | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We tend to get overwhelmed by change because when we think of changes we think big. Moving, marrying, divorcing, becoming a parent, changing careers. But often the most effective change comes in smaller forms.

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Who is Carl Jung? And the Importance behind Getting to Know Yourself -

Who is Carl Jung? And the Importance behind Getting to Know Yourself - | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In psychological study, Carl Jung is a famous name. The well-known Swiss psychiatrist was the founder of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) ®. The MBTI® is widely used today in knowing persona

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All development is predicated on self knowledge - read about the man who refined the process.

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State of Health: Prevention is What Matters

State of Health: Prevention is What Matters | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The health industry is essentially a sickness industry. The business of sickness is what hospitals, medical equipment makers, pharmaceutical companies and physicians and surgeons thrive on. When I finished my training I realized that focusing on sickness would never make for healthy citizens, businesses, communities or nations. I, therefore, turned my attention to prevention of disease and lifestyle changes that could not only prevent illness but also even reverse it.

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Deepak Chopra predicts high demand for those who are able to improve the health of their clients.

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Coloring your Work Life

Coloring your Work Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Most of us need to have a job in order to earn a living. Assuming you join the workforce after college in your early 20s, retire in your 60s, and have a lifespan of 70 – 80 years, it means you need to work for around 40 years and engage for nearly 50% of your lifetime. It's obvious that the quality of your work life can affect your well-being.

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Happiness at work is similar to oil painting - tips for colouring here.

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5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty

5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Business can be a huge driver of change around the world, but it has to be the right kind of business, run the right way.
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A few entrepreneurs are showing that mission-driven business can improve  lives. "Wouldn’t it be great if 'billionaire' was re-defined to mean someone who had improved 1 billion lives?"

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Why Every Professional Should Have a Personal Marketing Plan

Why Every Professional Should Have a Personal Marketing Plan | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Creating a personal marketing plan is not simply a mental exercise. Take the time to record the plan and refer to it at least once a quarter to ensure that you are staying on task.

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Where are You heading.  How are you getting there?

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162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist

162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Our goal needs to be focused on the catalytic innovations that create entirely new industries, and these new industries will serve as the engines of future job creation, unlike anything in all history.

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Some fascinating predictions of new jobs and skills from Thomas Frey.

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5 Scientific Principles of Success

5 Scientific Principles of Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

 

1. Successful companies tell stories.

We may live in the information age, but human beings are genetically identical to human beings who lived in the Stone Age. Back then, what separated humans from apes was the part of the brain called the neocortex, which in humans is huge compared with other mammals.

An important element of the huge neocortex are what neuroscientists call "mirror neurons"--brain cells that fire both when we do something ourselves or when we observe somebody else doing the same thing. When a storyteller tells a story with emotion, those emotions are echoed in the listener's mirror neurons.

 

According to psychologist Brian Sturm at the University of North Carolina, swapping relatable stories brings people closer together and builds trust, making them part of the same tribe and therefore appropriate as business partners.

 

Though stories connect people emotionally, people quickly forget facts provided outside the context of story. In fact, most people forget 90 percent of the information presented to them within "a relatively short period of time."

 

Therefore, though you will need facts and information to verify and buttress your stories, your success depends upon the stories you tell, because the stories you tell are how your customers and investors decide what it means to do business with you.

 

More: How to Tell a Business Story

2. Successful employees work smarter rather than longer.

Many companies encourage working long hours under the belief that paying fewer people to do more work increases profit. That belief, however, is unfounded.

 

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:37 AM

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:55 AM

(From the article) Having a strong, meaningful story creates a sense of community. Only doing what's important reduces both busywork and overwork. Building teams rather than spotlighting prima donnas reduces conflict, as does encouraging honesty and trust.


Not every successful business embodies all five principles, but if you read some of those thousands of books about business success, I'd wager you'll find that all successful businesses implement at least four of them.

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8 benefits to being a socially responsible brand | SmartBlogs

8 benefits to being a socially responsible brand | SmartBlogs | Positive futures | Scoop.it

How do organisations distinguish ourselves? The key is to understand how our brands can provide solutions to problems as well as to communities (our own or others). Here are eight reasons that business leaders who incorporate social responsibility into their business models will survive and thrive.

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70% (Deloitte) of Millennials are willing to take less compensation to work for a business that is socially responsible.

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