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Developing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders | MIT Sloan Management Review

Developing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders | MIT Sloan Management Review | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Human resources executives believe the next generation of global executives will be more diverse.
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The Present And Future In The Hands Of Global Stewards

The Present And Future In The Hands Of Global Stewards | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Many people talk about the need for global leaders. They’re positing the world’s requirement for individuals who can organize and motivate others for a common goal.
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10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy

10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Negative thoughts drain your energy. The more you give in to them, the stronger they become. Here are a few tips to turn your negative thoughts positive. (Thinking #positively can change the way you live your #life.

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We get what we expect to get - so expect in the positive!!

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John Michel's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:35 AM
Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.
Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 20, 2013 1:39 PM

"...I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.

That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.

I’d like to share with you an example of how one small thought can turn into a very negative experience.

For the last ten years, I have lived on my own. Obviously during this time, I’ve grown accustomed to living in a particular way; I have my routines with cooking, cleaning and living happily in my place.

My boyfriend of two years who I have had a long distance relationship with will soon be moving here and we will be living together. Lately, I’ve had negative thoughts of moving in with him knowing that my living routine will have to change and we will have to create a new routine together.

Unfortunately, I’ve already jumped into the future and have had thoughts that we will not be able to come up with a living arrangement that will make us both happy. In my mind, I have seen myself already getting angry about our cooking and cleaning situation.

He came for a surprise visit this past weekend and boy, was it a surprise for him. We had a miserable weekend together. I did not enjoy his company because I was already angry with him and he was confused and equally frustrated with me. What could have been a really fabulous weekend ended up being a painful and heavy weekend.

When we start to have negative thoughts, it’s hard to stop them. And it’s much easier said than done to shift your focus to positive thoughts. But, it’s the only way—especially if you want to avoid going down a path that is painful and unnecessary.

Here are 10 things I did to help overcome my negative thoughts that you can also try:

1. Meditate or do yoga.

One of the first things I did was head to a yoga class. It took my focus away from my thoughts and brought my attention to my breath. Yoga is also very relaxing which helped ease my mind. Yoga helped me stay present to my experience so instead of jumping to what could happen, it brought me back to the now—the only moment, the most important moment.

2. Smile.

I didn’t do much of this during the weekend so I literally had to bring myself in front of a mirror and force myself to smile. It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also felt lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

I called a friend who I knew could give me constructive, yet loving feedback. When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.

4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.

For example, instead of thinking We are going to have a hard time adjusting to our living situation, replace that with We will face some challenges in our living situation, but we will come up with solutions that we will both be happy with.

5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.

The way I was thinking and acting, you would think I was stuck. Even if our living situation becomes unbearable, there is always a way out. I will always have the choice to make change happen, if need be.

6. Help someone.

Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person. I decided to make a tray of food and donate it to the Salvation Army. It took my mind off of things and I felt better for helping someone else.

7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.

It’s easy to dwell on your mistakes. I felt terrible that I acted this way and that I wasted our weekend. The only thing I can do now is learn from my mistakes and move forward. I definitely don’t want to have a weekend like that again.

8. Sing.

I don’t remember lyrics very well and it’s probably the reason that I don’t enjoy singing, but every time I do sing I always feel better . When we sing, we show our feelings and this provides an amazing stress relief.

9. List five things that you are grateful for right now.

Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have. Here’s my list: My cats, health, a six-week trip to Asia, a new yoga class that I’ll be teaching, and for my mom’s biopsy coming out clean.

10. Read positive quotes.

I like to place Post-It notes with positive quotes on my computer, fridge door and mirror as reminders to stay positive. Also, I’d like to share with you a quote by an unknown author that was shared in a meditation class that I attended:

 

Watch your thoughts, they become words.Watch your words, they become actions.Watch your actions, they become habits.Watch your habits, they become your character.Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

 

 
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Is There Life After Email? Yes, And It's Amazing

Is There Life After Email? Yes, And It's Amazing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Scott Berkun author of The Year Without Pants on his time at Wordpress.com a company that--pinch us--doesn't rely on email.
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The 3 Characteristics of Tomorrow's Leaders

The 3 Characteristics of Tomorrow's Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I've talked previously here about the huge opportunity and disruption that the emergence of the tech-savvy digitally native 'Generation Y' into the workplace.As Jack Welch, one of the most celebrated (The 3 Characteristics of Tomorrow's Leaders | ...
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Welcome to the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence

Welcome to the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence | Positive futures | Scoop.it

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:22 AM

What would happen if programs like this were the mainstay of our education system, from primary through graduate school?

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5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders - Huffington Post

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders - Huffington Post | Positive futures | Scoop.it


Research shows that compassion and social connectedness lead to faster recovery from illness, greater happiness and even longer lifespans.

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Three Unconventional Lessons for Business School Students - Inspiring better leaders for a better world

Three Unconventional Lessons for Business School Students - Inspiring better leaders for a better world | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By Online Editor (4 Posts)Inspiring and connecting better leaders for a better world, through media and global events.It’s unusual when a successful entrepreneur opens a presentation to a room full of business school students with a photograph of...
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Re-Train Your Brain to Overcome "Microwave Mentality"

Re-Train Your Brain to Overcome "Microwave Mentality" | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you're looking for results in your business or personal life and feeling frustrated that it's taking too long, perhaps you need to drop the microwave mentality. Remember: anything that's worth something takes time.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 16, 2013 6:06 PM

Have you fallen prey to the "microwave mentality?" 

Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:51 AM

This is classic...re-train your brain to be more sane....really!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 2013 11:47 AM

A microwave mentality is a good way of putting it.

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Imagine... John Lennon

Imagine... John Lennon | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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This one speaks for itself!

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Make Love Not War

Make Love Not War | Positive futures | Scoop.it
People all over the world are filled with wisdom and knowledge. We each get to choose whether to use it in love or in war.
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Namaste!  Read the article for why...

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including:

 

– Weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity

– Underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design

– Considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning


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How to Think Like a Wise Person

How to Think Like a Wise Person | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and choices based on experience. It’s a virtue according to every great philosophical and religious tradition, from Aristotle to Confucius and Christianity to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism, and Taoism to Hinduism. According to the bookFrom Smart to Wise, wisdom distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack. So what does it take to cultivate wisdom?

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Key point - the people with the highest wisdom scores are just as likely to be 30 as 60!

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CristinaSkyBox: Inquiry as Learning - An Environmental Example

CristinaSkyBox: Inquiry as Learning - An Environmental Example | Positive futures | Scoop.it

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What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology

What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology | Positive futures | Scoop.it

“ What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology”


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 22, 2013 12:24 AM
Thanks for this!
Ken Morrison's curator insight, September 23, 2013 9:39 AM

I don't find this to be overly scientific or reliabe, but it can be a good conversation starter.....

Joe Boutte's comment, September 24, 2013 6:40 AM
Very interesting infographic. I'm optimistic about the "trending up" issues but dissappointed in the "trending down" issues, especially to see academics, transparency, and infographics going down. However, if elearning is trending down and blending learning is trending up, I think this is a positive overall trend for holistic, life-long learning. Thanks for the post!
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The Power of Random Acts of Kindness - World of Psychology

The Power of Random Acts of Kindness - World of Psychology | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. ~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel 


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Absolutely! Feels good on both sides.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:01 PM

The kindest people make other people’s day better and brighter. That is a worthy goal in and of itself. But if you need further incentive to be kind to strangers and loved ones, know that you yourself will thrive as you become more compassionate, considerate and caring.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:20 PM

"It’s not unusual for an act of kindness to shift someone’s miserable day into an uplifting one. Wow, what power kindness yields!"

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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:28 PM

There are some interesting points... They smile, LOL, they are resilient (fall 7 times, stand up 8), appreciate simple pleasures, they give time and money to others, they listen and uphold in-person connections, they "always looking the bright side of life", they like old but gold music, they unplug and get spiritual, they listen and like deep, real conversations and THEY LET THEMSELVES LOSE TRACK OF TIME (AND SOMETIMES THEY CAN'T HELP IT)...:-))), they make exercise a priority, go outside... and spend some time on the pillow...

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:01 AM

America could use some of this right about now...

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Predicting The Future

Predicting The Future | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Visions of the future don't just have to come from science fiction. There's very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like?


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Javier Pagès López's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:39 AM

Un recopilatorio especial de conferencisa TED sobre las predicciones tecnológicas y su cumplimiento.

 

Áltamente recomendado.

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The Power of Listening - An Ancient Practice for Our Future: Leon Berg

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in the Upper Ojai Valley of Southern California. He is a Senior Trainer of the Ojai Foundation's Center for Council Practice, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years. 


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Charo Encinas Bayán's comment, September 23, 2013 4:32 AM
Practice, practice and practice... don't you think? it's not easy. Only in that way will become natural...
Don Cloud's comment, September 23, 2013 8:17 AM
Thanks Charo ... I agree--more practice and more effort listening is what it take ... and less talking.
Charo Encinas Bayán's comment, September 23, 2013 8:27 AM
Totally agree!
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Research Uncovers How And Where Imagination Occurs In The Brain - Huffington Post

Research Uncovers How And Where Imagination Occurs In The Brain - Huffington Post | Positive futures | Scoop.it


... 2011 study in the journal Neuropsychology. HealthDay reported on the study of 70 people ages 60 to 83, with varying levels of music experience.

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Leadership and the power of being positive - The Globe and Mail

Leadership and the power of being positive - The Globe and Mail | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Includes a positivity self test.  Thanks @GautierJohann, the most positive person I know!

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Photoshopping The Future: Take A Look At The World That Awaits Us In 2050

Photoshopping The Future: Take A Look At The World That Awaits Us In 2050 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

British environmentalist Jonathan Porritt offers a photo-realistic vision of life on Earth in the year 2050. Spoiler alert: the future does not exatly go smoothly....


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What do you think - dream or dystopia?

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The Case for Workplace Optimism

The Case for Workplace Optimism | Positive futures | Scoop.it

 

You certainly don’t need to be reminded of the trouble our organizations are in these days. Let’s instead shift our focus to what managers can do to counter the dark cloud hanging around too many workplaces.

 

 

It’s time managers take matters into their own hands and bring optimism to the work environment influencing their teams’ performance. But what is workplace optimism? Is it happiness? Is it viewing the world through the proverbial rose-tinted glasses? I suppose for some it could be. However, that is not what I’m advocating.

 

 

Workplace optimism is a dimension of the company or team’s culture. For this post, we’ll focus on workplace optimism at the team level. Using Dov Seidman’s “Five How’s of Culture” framework, workplace optimism is a cultural dimension of “How we relate” to one another and our work


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More evidence that positivity works!

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5 Ways To Teach Children Mindfulness

5 Ways To Teach Children Mindfulness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This is the final post of Stress-Less Parenting Club's workshop on mindful parenting. This week, our leader Carla Naumburg explains how we can teach our kids mindfulness.

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2013 seems to be the year of mindfulness - let's make sure it's not just this year's fad!

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Local Heroes Change Lives : What Will Your Impact Be ?

Local Heroes Change Lives :  What Will Your Impact Be ? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Each and everyone of us has an impact on this world.
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And what we give tends to be what we get back...!

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