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What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
1) Get out in nature: You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there's research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, impr...
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A nice list of things to include in your every day schedule.  I would add a few more....but it is a great place to start.

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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2016.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 5, 2015 2:48 PM

I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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How do effective leaders manage their negative thoughts?

How do effective leaders manage their negative thoughts? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How effective leaders manage their negative thoughts and feelings
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Leaders stumble when they are paying too much attention to their internal chatter and allowing it to sap important cognitive resources that could be put to better use.
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Are You a True Leader, or Just a Boss?

Are You a True Leader, or Just a Boss? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These characteristics are what shape a great leader, according to the experts.
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"You'll know you're a good boss because you see it in your team's work and on their faces," she said. "The success is there."
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4 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From The Olympics

4 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From The Olympics | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
4 valuable lessons we can take from the Olympics for how we can inspire our employees to bring their best efforts to the work they do.
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(From the article): You have to genuinely care about your personal mission statement as a leader – that it’s not about what you personally stand to gain from your efforts, but what you will help those under your care to achieve through your leadership. That’s why the key to mirroring that sustainable drive seen in all of these remarkable athletes – of pushing ourselves to learn and grow, of challenging our beliefs of what we can do, and of how we can help those we lead to succeed – is found not in the pursuit of the proverbial brass ring. Instead, this driving force to keep pressing ahead grows from the knowledge that this is what you were meant to do, along with the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to create a sense of meaning, purpose, and hopefully a sense of belonging among those you’ve taken on the responsibility to lead.
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3 Ways to Get out of Your Rut That Don't Involve Giving Two Weeks' Notice

3 Ways to Get out of Your Rut That Don't Involve Giving Two Weeks' Notice | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stuck in a rut at work? Here are three ways to get unstuck and be on the path to advancement, so that you can still grow in your job.
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(From the article): But the good news is: It doesn’t mean you have to do something major, like up and quit. You can take smaller steps toward advancement and see if that makes the job you have the one you want, too. As Thomas Jefferson said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” In that spirit, here are three things you can do to break out of a rut and start feeling good about your workdays again.
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Honesty: The Plain and Simple Truth

Honesty: The Plain and Simple Truth | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The value of honesty cannot be overstated. It’s critical to always tell the truth or the truth will tell on you.
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(From the article): The truth shouldn’t be told only when it’s convenient. Honesty must be a way of life. Honesty means that you care deeply about trust, cherish your relationships, and value the importance of a solid reputation. Honesty means that you try to do your best and are willing to accept the consequences of your actions. Honesty means that you respect others enough to tell them the truth and that you value your opinion of yourself enough to never live a lie. As the saying goes, “It’s simple. Never lie to someone who trusts you, and never trust someone who lies to you.” That’s why it’s critical to always tell the truth — or the truth will tell on you. Honest.
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8 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Night | #Success

8 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Night | #Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Your happy and productive tomorrow starts tonight.


Via Gust MEES, Roger Francis, Ricard Lloria
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Train yourself to make that transition a great one with these eight evening habits borrowed from highly successful people.
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Your happy and productive tomorrow starts tonight.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

 

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, August 11, 8:23 PM
OK, this scoop is not something for the classroom, but one to help you continue being the thoughtful and amazing teacher you are.  I hope you find some of the things helpful, and hopefully some will already be familiar to you.
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The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable

The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not being approachable could be your biggest leadership blind spot

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roger Francis
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(From the article): If you're struggling with approachability because of persistent shyness or fear of appearing vulnerable, you can still overcome the hurdle breaking the practices down into smaller steps and setting incremental goals for yourself that include practicing with people outside of work--on a plane, in line at the store, or in your neighborhood. For example, a micro-step for number 1 might be making the first move with one person at one event. The easiest way to do this is to scan the room for anyone else who is standing alone. Being approachable doesn't mean changing your core personality, it's simply a way to ensure that more people have access to you and what you have to offer.

 Becoming more approachable will have numerous benefits in your career. You'll gain access to more information faster and grow your network by being known as someone who is interesting and engaging. Awareness of the importance of being approachable is a starting point. Then, these six tips can help you build that awareness and the skills you need to sustain and invite future conversations around the office.
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5 Habits That Improve Your Leadership

5 Habits That Improve Your Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

As a leader, it’s you that has the biggest impact on the engagement of your team, and your No. 1 goal should be to look to increase this, as it will have a significant impact on the bottom line of your company.

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Leaders have the biggest impact on the morale of their employees. By following these five simple tips daily, you can make that a positive impact and boost their engagement.
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4 Ways To Slow Down For Peak Personal Impact

4 Ways To Slow Down For Peak Personal Impact | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo. You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat with her. Tina just switched from a demanding full-time corporate
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A helpful reminder!

(From the article): Surrender to summer slow-down time, not just in the outdoor mid-July heat. As you slow down, you will more vibrantly experience each aspect of your day. You will fritter away less time. You will be more mindful of each moment. It’s the slow-down paradox. We actually get more done.
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Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment

Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is center stage in HR and The World of Work right now because it is vital to successful business. Here’s how to chart a path for engagement.
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(From the article): How: Engagement isn’t magic, it’s craft. Engagement is built by creating trust, which engenders loyalty. It requires open communication, clearly-articulated goals and unambiguous expectations. It demands shared values and well-understood reward systems. Engagement is a journey, not a destination. It’s work. You have to get up every day determined to be more engaged, a better leader.
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Does Pride Affects Leadership?

Does Pride Affects Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Does pride affect how you lead? As a leader, what do you do to cause pride and what can you do to battle the pride hiding within your team?
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(From the article): Humility is the result of having an accurate assessment of oneself. A humble person can be very good and know it. A humble person’s judgment is accurate, objective, and unbiased. Humility doesn’t demand someone underestimate their ability or importance. Humility is the state where an individual accurately understands where they fit in the organization, team or the community.
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Leaders Should Take a Helicopter Ride Once in a While

Leaders Should Take a Helicopter Ride Once in a While | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Several years ago I was in a season of my leadership journey where I was consumed with addressing and solving day-to-day operational issues. Each day seemed to bring another problem to solve, a challenge to work through, or a fire to fight. The days became weeks and the weeks became months. My stress level kept rising, I kept working harder, and yet it seemed like I was running in place. After telling my sob story to my manager she made a simple, yet profound observation that stopped me in my tracks. She said, “It sounds like you’re spending all of your time working in the business and not on the business.”


Via Roger Francis, Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): As leaders we are often motivated to always be on the go…get things done…make stuff happen. There’s a time and place for all that activity, but there is also a time and place for rising above the day-to-day and taking a helicopter ride to look at your business, and your leadership practices, in a new and fresh way.
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How to Be Humble

How to Be Humble | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. So don’t let success go to your head. Be humble. Here are 11 powerful tips.
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Be modest. There’s a difference between excitement and bragging. As John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, said, “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
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Five Signs You Are A Leader With Integrity | Terri Klass Consulting, LLC

Five Signs You Are A Leader With Integrity | Terri Klass Consulting, LLC | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

One of the most critical qualities leaders say they must possess is integrity. When asking leaders what is important for great leadership, there isn’t a time that integrity doesn’t pop-up. It also doesn’t matter what type of job or industry that leaders work, integrity tops almost every list. 

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Leaders with integrity consider how a change impacts others, not just themselves. 
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Breaking Bad...Habits: Beliefs That Stifle Personal Growth

Breaking Bad...Habits: Beliefs That Stifle Personal Growth | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
By giving you a healthy dose of perspective, even a seemingly gloomy situation may just be your next opportunity for growth and the development of new skills.
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The message here: It’s helpful to scrutinize your beliefs every once in a while, in order to see yourself and the world in a new light.
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7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job

7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To win at being the best company, you must first win over your best employees.
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(From the article): Ultimately, many people who leave their job do so because of the boss, not the work or the organization. Ask yourself what you may be doing to drive your best people away, and start making the changes you need to make to keep them.
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Françoise Morvan's curator insight, August 11, 1:22 PM
Even the most selfless people want to be recognized and rewarded for a job well done. It is part of who we are as human beings.
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What Is True Compassion?

What Is True Compassion? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it. - Daniel Goleman 
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Look for ways to help and assist others. Have true compassion today.
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Don’t Be a Hypocrite About Failure

Don’t Be a Hypocrite About Failure | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Own up to your shortcomings.
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A 'must read'...

(From the article): Our failure hypocrisy is hurting our teams and our companies. If you’re a leader, it’s time for you to open up about failure. Yes, it will be embarrassing at first, but you will learn more and watch your team — and you — grow stronger. Act now. Don’t fail at failure.
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The One Thing You're Sure to Struggle With as a Leader 

The One Thing You're Sure to Struggle With as a Leader  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders face a lot of issues but one thing they will struggle with is sometimes staying positive. Being a leader is all about balance. You have to be
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To find the balance, the stamina, the solutions you need, remember that the first step is always the same: Stay positive. 
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ACTIONS Speak Louder Than Words

ACTIONS Speak Louder Than Words | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Actions speak louder than words. You send a message with what you say AND what you do. If words aren’t supported with actions, they will ring hollow.
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(From the article): So, any time you make a claim, no matter how small, and display inconsistent behavior, you shatter the comfort zone –– and weaken your bond of trust with others. As a result, anything thought to be predictable in the future may be treated as suspect. The fact is, everything you do in life sends a message. So, make sure to practice what you preach. As Ben Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.”
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Sometimes You Miss The Mark 

Sometimes You Miss The Mark  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

After all, we’re all human. We all make mistakes. That’s why you’re going to miss the mark. You’re going to make poor leadership decisions. You’re doing to disappoint your spouse. 


You’re going to break your exercise routine. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to feel guilty about it. Maybe even beat yourself up over these failures. I want to encourage you not to do this.

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It's important to understand that we will all miss the mark - and fail. Here is a great quick read to get back on track.

(From the article): You don’t have to rip yourself apart because you messed up. You do have to do something. This means you can begin to adjust your aim so you’re more likely to hit the mark in the future.
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How we (unconsciously) make bad decisions

How we (unconsciously) make bad decisions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
And how mindfulness training can help

Via Roger Francis
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The problem isn’t that we don’t know what to do. The problem is that we are subject to cognitive biases—ways of deciding and acting that result from a lifetime of conditioning—which cause us to unconsciously make decisions that are less than optimal.
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When will we engage the life around us, and within us, today?

When will we engage the life around us, and within us, today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 How do we see the ways we contribute to the problems we can also help solve?

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Reflection, contemplation, and monastic life do not excuse us to do nothing. They allow us to pay the attention our questions deserve. They show us that the issues we find in the world around us reflect the issues within us. They give us opportunities to see we are the causes as well as the ways to respond.
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30 Questions Every Business Owner Should Answer

30 Questions Every Business Owner Should Answer | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a business owner, take a moment to review the following questions. They’re designed to challenge the way you view your organization.
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(From the article): What’s really holding you back? Margaret Thatcher said it so well, “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
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Understanding What Drives Us To Push Ahead

Understanding What Drives Us To Push Ahead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How do we motivate our employees – and ourselves – when the focus is simply on getting today's work done?
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When we talk about how leaders set the example for those under their care, it’s not just about exemplifying organizational values. It’s also about honouring your promise to show up – that they know that you will be there to support them, to cheer them on, and to help them pick themselves up when things go wrong.
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