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The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment

The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment | Positivity | Scoop.it
We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 23, 2013 8:52 PM

This article reminds us that we we have is right now and that's what we should embrace, and enjoy. The best we can.

 

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10 Steps to End Procrastination

10 Steps to End Procrastination | Positivity | Scoop.it

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elshaddairefrigeration's curator insight, March 20, 2014 3:02 AM

El Shaddai Refrigeration is one of the leading Cold Room Suppliers in India. We supply brand new and high quality equipment at highly competitive prices. We also service and maintain all types of commercial cooling equipment

Catherine Besse's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:21 AM

Sus à la procrastination ;)

Ann Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:45 AM

Which of these are you guilty of?

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How To Make Work Matter

How To Make Work Matter | Positivity | Scoop.it
It’s the great challenge of leadership: how to inspire employees to bring their best selves to work and deliver consistent, stellar performance. It is accepted wisdom that happy (ok, I will even take content) employees are better performers. While there is much truth to this, it can lead to some common leadership [...]

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:10 AM

I'm hovering towards being a helicopter boss; hope my frequent visits are more towards getting to know what is bothering people and is not seen as a micro-management tactic.

John Michel's curator insight, March 16, 2014 12:29 PM

Happiness is a loaded word in our culture, and in our workplace cultures. It’s important to keep in mind that we all have our own personal definition of happiness. But I firmly believe that a fulfilling career is a direct result of doing work that matters – that engages us mind, heart, and soul. Leaders can’t force employees into the zone, but they can certainly facilitate and nurture the process and make this more of a reality by making decisions that keep this in mind. And for employees – it’s a satisfying challenge if you decide to make it matter.

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SOCIAL NETWORKS AND HAPPINESS | Edge.org

SOCIAL NETWORKS AND HAPPINESS | Edge.org | Positivity | Scoop.it

We found that social networks have clusters of happy and unhappy people within them that reach out to three degrees of separation. A person's happiness is related to the happiness of their friends, their friends' friends, and their friends' friends' friends—that is, to people well beyond their social horizon. We found that happy people tend to be located in the center of their social networks and to be located in large clusters of other happy people. And we found that each additional happy friend increases a person's probability of being happy by about 9%.

 


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'Dozens of mental disorders don't exist' - Telegraph

'Dozens of mental disorders don't exist' - Telegraph | Positivity | Scoop.it
As World Mental Health Day approaches, has the drive to identify all illnesses created a ‘fiction’ of psychiatry?

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Why Organizations Fail

Why Organizations Fail | Positivity | Scoop.it

We've fostered generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.


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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:05 AM

 

SUMMARY

 

For a long time, we believed that people were rational, logical agents, driven by self-interest, greed, and desire. In recent years, we have begun to realize that people have another driver that is of equal, if not greater, importance: the drive to be social.

 

The studies tell the story:

a)  Giving to charity activates the brain's reward system more than winning money.

b)  Painkillers like Tylenol relieve social pain the same way they relieve physical pain.

c)  Being socially rejected can lower your I.Q. score by 20% and cut your GRE score nearly in half.

d)  Seeing a friend regularly has the same effect on our well-being as making an extra $100,000.

e)  Volunteering to help others regularly produces the same increase in well-being as making an extra $50,000.

f)   When an employee meets a person who benefits from their work, that employee can double their productivity.

g)  People will pay $30,000 to be recognized as a high-status employee.

h)  And, finally, being socially connected is literally as good for your health as quitting smoking.

 

Social activity matters more than we have realized. Yet institutions and organizations, from political systems to hospitals, schools and corporations, have been built based on a different set of beliefs:

a)  that people are motivated by money,

b)  that physical -- not social -- health is most important

c)  and that social needs are "nice to have."

 

A boss who knows what his staff members really care about will be able to develop a better team environment.

 

We are deeply social beings, with social needs mattering more than physical needs in many situations. Maslow may have been wrong: Social may not be up the pyramid, it may be down at the base with physical needs. Until this insight makes its way into how we design our institutions, we may continue to see less than 30% of people in our organizations actively engaged in their work.

 

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:44 AM

Some of our long-held beliefs about human motivation may be wrong....

Cath Daley's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:09 AM

and it really all comes down to the ability to be flexible with your communication so that you can interact with evryone in a way that reduces conflict and increases buy in.

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Is Stress Contagious?

Is Stress Contagious? | Positivity | Scoop.it
When the person next to you yawns, chances are you're going to break off a tonsil-rattling exhale, too. And when your stressed-out colleague is demanding a meeting right now, the alarmed face quickly incites yours to mimic it.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:22 AM

Researchers have long known about the infectious nature of stress. Pass-along strain runs rampant in relationships and work settings. Studies have shown that there is "crossover" stress from one spouse to the other, between coworkers, and "spill over" from the work domain to home. The stress contagion effect, as it's known, spreads anxiety like a virus. Our mirror neurons help suck us into the emotional eruptions of others.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:50 PM

"As a social animal, we are built to relate to others, so much so that we physically reflect back their expressions and movements. The urge to echo is triggered by what are known as mirror neurons, brain cells that mimic the actions or emotions of others. While they help the species learn, understand, and bond, they can also be your undoing when the channeled behavior is the emotional contagion of stress."

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8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses | Positivity | Scoop.it
The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 20, 2013 5:20 AM

Extraordinary bosses set a general direction and then commit themselves to obtaining the resources that their employees need to get the job done. They push decision making downward, allowing teams form their own rules and intervening only in emergencies.

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IQ or EQ: Which One Is More Important?

IQ or EQ: Which One Is More Important? | Positivity | Scoop.it
While intelligence is an important part of life success, other factors also play a vital role - including emotional intelligence. Is EQ more important that IQ? Learn more... (RT @pensionpartners: IQ or EQ: Which One Is More Important?

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10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise | Positivity | Scoop.it

Making big money is often less important to employees than satisfying these basic needs.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 9, 2013 11:24 PM

good; one can use that in times when raises are not forthcoming:-)

Alan Lee Myers, MA, PCC, CH's curator insight, October 26, 2013 10:25 PM

Great article about what really motivates employees.  Money is great, but it doesn't get at the most basic of human needs: significance, love/connection, certainty, and variety.  If leaders could build organizations that try to meet these basic human needs not only with employes but customers too, just think what can be done.   That would be an organization that would be both profitable and sustainable.  It would be an agent of change for good in the world. 

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8 Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day And How To Prevent Them

8 Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day And How To Prevent Them | Positivity | Scoop.it
Get ready to have your mind blown.
I was...

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John Michel's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:17 AM

Being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them—if you even want to.

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'Nomophobia' affects majority of UK - Telegraph

'Nomophobia' affects majority of UK - Telegraph | Positivity | Scoop.it

"More than half of people suffer from a fear of being without their mobile phone, according to a survey..."

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Mindfulness At Work: 5 Tricks For A Healthier, Less Stressful Work Day - Huffington Post

Mindfulness At Work: 5 Tricks For A Healthier, Less Stressful Work Day - Huffington Post | Positivity | Scoop.it

Mindfulness At Work: 5 Tricks For A Healthier, Less Stressful Work Day

"Meditation is an act of sanity," scientist and writer John Kabat-Zinn told Google employees in a mindfulness session at the company's headquarters in 2007.


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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 24, 2013 11:51 AM

A good read to help better understand how to integrate mindfulness into daily practice.

Jo Hale's curator insight, March 9, 2014 1:30 PM

Some tips you could try to practice mindfulness 

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6 Habits of Super Successful People

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 9, 2014 6:37 AM

(From the article): Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It’s because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are six things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.

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The Science of ‘Paying It Forward’

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How generosity among strangers becomes socially contagious.

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Flexibility: The New Definition of Success

Flexibility: The New Definition of Success | Positivity | Scoop.it
Titles and salary are so 20th century. These days the flexibility to work how you want to is the ultimate status symbol, a new poll suggests.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:40 AM

kaam jo hum chahen, keemat jo tum chaho:-)

John Michel's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:35 AM

If we’re honest with ourselves, many of us privately already value flexibility and autonomy as more important accomplishments than the traditional signs of being a big shot.

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed | Positivity | Scoop.it

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:20 AM
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I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

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When Relationships at Work, Work (And Don’t Work!)

When Relationships at Work, Work (And Don’t Work!) | Positivity | Scoop.it

Like them or loathe them we cannot escape the people we work with. In Relationships in Organisations: A Work Psychology Perspective,1 Rachel L. Morrison, Helena D. Cooper-Thomas and Susan Geertshuis explore the positive and negative effects of the workplace. Below, the authors outline some key research findings with regards to workplace relationships, and explore two salient topics relating to the use and misuse of power at work – bullying and influence tactics.


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Charles Cameron's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:21 AM

A delightfully succinct insight into the many relationship types which exist at work.  Of particular interest, at this time, is the consignment of the bully into three categories - predatory, purposeful, and unaware.  This European Business Review article acknowledges that regular change is a breeding ground for the purposeful bully.   

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:23 AM

the book looks super promising!

Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:58 AM

Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
http://www.universaliss.net/leader/trader/mpfr/belkacem1173

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How can ordinary people demonstrate extraordinary leadership

How can ordinary people demonstrate extraordinary leadership | Positivity | Scoop.it
By Saras Sarasvathy I'm very fond of Star Trek. I love its vision of humanity at peace, the dream of a world without hunger or poverty. I have to force myself not to salute when I hear its mission...

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How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose

How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose | Positivity | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want a deeper sense of purpose? Ask these four questions to discover your path to more meaningful work.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 20, 2013 11:52 AM

Regardless of your neurological wiring, when you're living with purpose you should be feeling one of these two ways--excitement or satisfaction--most of the time. Your moments of exhilaration, curiosity, and contentment should far outnumber your moments of boredom, frustration, or despair.

David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:19 PM

Four great questions here - but the health warning is that they are easy to state, difficult to answer and even harder to put into practice.

Starts with asking them though...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:22 PM

Life does have a way of showing us what holds meaning for us.

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Doing good feels good

Action for Happiness http://www.actionforhappiness.org is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who wa...

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Leadership consists of 4 essential elements

Leadership consists of 4 essential elements | Positivity | Scoop.it
It is amazing to me that so many people think of themselves as great leaders, but do not demonstrate leadership qualities.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 14, 2013 12:47 AM

confidence, decisiveness, intuition and empathy as the four pillars!

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Why Today's Leaders Need to Know Psychology

Why Today's Leaders Need to Know Psychology | Positivity | Scoop.it

“The neuroscience of emotion and motivation has much to offer leaders.”


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John Michel's curator insight, October 5, 2013 2:14 PM

Leaders can consciously decide to tolerate some emotional discomfort so as to remain open to new information. This can help you update your strategies and take strategic, calculated risks to harness the opportunities of a changing world.

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Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem - and could it also be part of the solution?


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:17 AM

 a really good talk about what flexible working really means!

bancoideas's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:46 PM

Algunas #ideas interesante sobre el #trabajo en nuestros tiempos

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:32 PM

Are the office spaces that we have created fit for purpose? How can you create trust and be able to innovate in the creation of work spaces?

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Tapping Your Talent - How to Nurture High Potential Employees - Jobscience - Management Considerations for Working With Outlier Genius at Work

Tapping Your Talent - How to Nurture High Potential Employees - Jobscience - Management Considerations for Working With Outlier Genius at Work | Positivity | Scoop.it
Top talent can be a challenge to recruit and manage, but can be a boon to innovation and your bottom line. Tips to attract and retain high potential staff.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:28 AM

How you should treat most employees; as long as they are not underperforming!