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FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence - Summary Review

FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence - Summary Review | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Is Attention Today’s Scarcest Resource?  The essential theme of Daniel Goleman's new book "FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence" is that "paying attention" is a lost art form that needs resurrecting. In today’s noisy fast-moving world, it’s...
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"The Antidote To Attention Fatigue?
It’s the same as for the physical kind: take a rest! Find a completely different but immersive activity to engage in such as exercising, connecting with a trusted friend or a relaxing movie to watch. You will be able to focus much better on your return!"

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How Being Surrounded by Beauty Makes People Happier

How Being Surrounded by Beauty Makes People Happier | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Looking at lovely things—and people—can improve quality of life
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Hasya (joy) and Shringar (beauty ) as the two routes to happiness :-) surround yourself with beauty  (better yet, create beauty) and experience joy and happiness:-))

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14 Leadership Lessons

14 Leadership Lessons | positive psychology | Scoop.it

Over the past two days, I had the opportunity to join over ~200,000 leaders in 350+ locations around the world who came together for one of the largest events of the year – the Global Leadership Summit. The speakers were gathered at the Willow Creek campus in Chicago, but only about 5% of the total viewing audience was present onsite – the majority of us were participating from countries all around the world.  The Summit is an annual event where you’ll find business leaders, church leaders, political leaders and social leaders from across all spans of life.


Via David Hain, Kevin Watson
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some nice quotes (and thoughts) there!

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David Hain's curator insight, August 18, 3:02 AM

Some nice #Leadership soundbytes here.  My favourite -“Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the most senior leader wants it to be.” ~ Bill Hybels

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How to Walk Away With Strength When Things Aren't Working Out - Fulfillment Daily

How to Walk Away With Strength When Things Aren't Working Out - Fulfillment Daily | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Why do we stay in that dead-end relationship or put time and money into something that just isn't working out? Thankfully there is a simple and effective way to be sure you are making the best decisions when things go awry!
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focusing on what you may gain rather what you can lose is the trick to get over sunk costs, cut your losses and move on.
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The Science of Character (a new 8 min "Cloud Film")

The Science of Character (a new 8 min "Cloud Film") | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Character strengths are like super powers. We all have our own unique combination and when we focus on them they can boost happiness, enhance success and deepen relationships. This lesson uses an engaging film to learn about the science behind how character can be learned, practiced and cultivated. Discover your strengths with the free VIA Survey at www.viacharacter.org.
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a really cool clip!

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Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others

The 21st century leader must have the ability to make the most out of every situation. They are courageous and not afraid to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries to make things better. Because of these qualities and many others, the best leaders know how to get the most out of people; they enable the full potential in others.

An employee’s success, the lens they see through, the decisions they make and how they navigate their careers are all heavily influenced by the types of leaders they are able to observe and learn from. This is why you will find that many of today’s best leaders were mentored by great leaders themselves (see examples of successful technology leaders and their mentors). Success as a leader is a by-product of the leaders and mentors we associate with throughout our careers.

Via Anne Leong
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One of your primary role as a leader is to ensure the blooming of your team members and co-workers.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 12, 6:53 PM
The 21st century leader must have the ability to make the most out of every situation. They are courageous and not afraid to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries to make things better. Because of these qualities and many others, the best leaders know how to get the most out of people; they enable the full potential in others. 

An employee’s success, the lens they see through, the decisions they make and how they navigate their careers are all heavily influenced by the types of leaders they are able to observe and learn from. This is why you will find that many of today’s best leaders were mentored by great leaders themselves (see examples of successful technology leaders and their mentors). Success as a leader is a by-product of the leaders and mentors we associate with throughout our careers.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


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Why the Best Leaders are Servants, Not Kings

Leaders must empower their people, not just command them.

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An interesting perspective and analogy!!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 30, 9:03 PM

Leaders engage and invite people. Empowering suggests acting externally on people. Inviting and engaging allows people to enter their work on their terms to a greater extent.

 

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What Predicts Success? It's Not Your IQ

What Predicts Success? It's Not Your IQ | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The CEO of one of the world’s largest money management firms was puzzled. He wanted to know why there was a Bell curve for performance among his employees, with a few outstanding, most in the middle,

Via Anne Leong
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The importance of grit, cognitive control, emotional and social intelligence etc:-)

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 2, 7:15 AM

Another example of why EQ trumps IQ in leadership

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The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders | PsyBlog - Understand Your Mind


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Neither warmth, nor competence; but humility is what makes a leader go from 'good to great'; be humble and be modest!!

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What You Need to Know about Willpower: The Psychological Science of Self-Control

What You Need to Know about Willpower: The Psychological Science of Self-Control | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Willpower is the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.
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The scientific study of the power of the will:-)

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You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach

You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach | positive psychology | Scoop.it
If you have room in your head for only one nugget of leadership wisdom, make it this one: the most powerfully motivating condition people experience at work is making progress at something that is personally meaningful.
Via Karl Wabst
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I am loving it (the coaching experience)
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5 Promises You Should Make To Yourself Every Day

5 Promises You Should Make To Yourself Every Day | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Every day we make handfuls of commitments. We say we'll meet friends for drinks or pick up the dry cleaning. We swear we'll make it to the gym or call our grandmothers. And while these are all great promises, they all have one slightly negative commo...
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take these vows now:-)

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Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression

Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression | positive psychology | Scoop.it

Giftendeness and its corollory: existential Psychologists note highly sensitive, creative and gifted people can be particularly vulnerable to existential depression, and that making meaning can help.

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Giftedness and its corollary: confronting the existential issues, even if it means experiencing angst and existential depression, and using creativity to create meaning, if there is none:-)

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Michon Williams's curator insight, July 30, 7:15 PM

Reminds me of "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz".  Aaron was a gifted young programmer and start-up wunderkind.  He walked away from his very profitable start-up to focus on making access to information easier, and to protest bills like SOPA.  He was so gifted and idealistic, that I believe he was all the more sensitive to the injustice of public information being sold for profit, or to his eventual persecution.  This may be a good read for anyone who struggles with frustration at inequity or other human challenges so much that it saddens them.  

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4 Common Characteristics Of The Super Resilient

4 Common Characteristics Of The Super Resilient | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Turns out what doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
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How to be a Supersurvivor!

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John Michel's curator insight, August 20, 8:43 AM

By grounding yourself in the things you cannot change, it enables you to see more clearly what you can change.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, August 20, 12:27 PM

When life closes one door, it always opens another one.

Virginia Curran's curator insight, Today, 2:32 PM

http://www.fastcompany.com/3033272/hit-the-ground-running/4-common-characteristics-of-the-super-resilient

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To Work Better, Work Less

To Work Better, Work Less | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Toiling away for more hours diminishes productivity. Why do so many do it anyway?
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The title says it all:-) free time or unstructured time for 'play' is as important for adults as for kids:-))

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Strengths Coaches’ Playbook: Called to Coach Recap – India Edition: Rebecca Parks(July 29, 2014)

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Loved this Called 2 Coach recording of Rebecca. Couldn't attend the live event.  Rebecca was a co-participant in the accelerated Gallup strengths coaching I did and I wish her all the best for all the great work she is doing!

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India's Performance Management Problem

Performance management systems in India face serious questions about their credibility, according to a study. Many employees doubt whether such systems effectively identify superior performance or properly reward it.
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meet the emotional needs of your employees too by being seen as transparent about performance appraisals and evaluations:-)

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Malcolm Gladwell on Why You Shouldn't Hire for Talent

The best-selling author explains why individuals who have failed before have a distinct advantage over the most talented job candidates.
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The attitude towards, and the experience of failures, is also important!

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The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership

The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership | positive psychology | Scoop.it
General John Michel of the U.S. Air Force has graciously written this post for my blog. To say I'...

Via Anne Leong
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A powerful article by John Michel on what (positive) leadership means.

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Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself

Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, there are too many people in leadership and management roles who aren't effective and some are just plain inept. And because most people leave managers not companies, AND with workpl...

Via Anne Leong
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Good points- one needs to recognize the need for developing people, delegating stuff and managing results as well as relationships if one truly wants to be an effective leader.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 31, 11:28 AM

This is a timely article that you should spend some time thinking about as you prepare for the new school year-- whether you are a new or returning assistant principal or other leader.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 2, 7:14 AM

Great questions to ask yourself about leading...

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What Many Leaders Misunderstand About Fairness

What Many Leaders Misunderstand About Fairness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
A fair leader recognizes that not all team members deserve the same amount of recognition, feedback, training or mentoring.

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The dynamics between consistency and individualized, but fair, treatment. As per Clifton StrenghtsFinder, both consistency and individualization are strengths and have their own edges:-); for the record, I have individualization in my top 5 strengths and consistency somewhere in the bottom few.

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Effective Leaders Are "Happy Warriors"

Effective Leaders Are "Happy Warriors" | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The two traits leaders need: warmth and competence.

Via Anne Leong
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You not only need warmth to win over people/gain the trust of your team, you also need competence to fight on their behalf and make things happen:-)

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Michon Williams's curator insight, August 8, 9:23 AM
I've long thought that one of our greatest and most foundational requirements is to be happy first. For leadership, for personal effectiveness, for life!
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Simon Sinek on Leadership - TED2014 - YouTube

We would never fire our children or suspend our parents—so why do we readily adopt that practice when it comes to managing employees in the business sector? ...
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Leadership as parenting- genuinely caring about people who have entrusted you with their development:-)

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What to do when life isn't fair

What to do when life isn't fair | positive psychology | Scoop.it
There are 2 types of unfairness. Learning to tell the differences is important.
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Expect other people and yourself to be fair; but don't expect life to be fair.

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Self Care For Your Creative Life | TalentDevelop

Self Care For Your Creative Life | TalentDevelop | positive psychology | Scoop.it

posGood self-care is taking steps daily, even hourly, to stay replenished with the energy and positive attitude needed to be productively creative.

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If you can not care about yourself, you will never be able to truly care about anything/ anyone else!

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Compassion over empathy could help prevent emotional burnout (Wired UK)

Compassion over empathy could help prevent emotional burnout (Wired UK) | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Training people to be compassionate rather than empathic might help to solve problems such as depression, burnout and narcissism, according to Tania Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
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Being empathetic is better than being clueless/ cruel or confused; but time  to move beyond empathy that may still lead to apathy/ burnout, towards compassionate concern and action- healing others while taking care of self!

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