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7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology

7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.

Via ThinDifference, David Hain, Fabrice De Zanet
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(From the article): Here are seven ways you can practice mindfulness with your technology platforms. Try these practices as an experiment to raise your own awareness. Refrain from judging yourself or being too harsh about how these practices work for you. These exercises are intended to raise awareness by simply being aware.

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In the moment of the ringing sound or downtime, we need to unplug and breath in.... re-setting ourselves and releasing the pressures that have built up. Social media, email, and voicemail can wait for a moment....

Create Wise Leader's comment, January 16, 2013 7:57 AM
Some great practices to help ensure our technological gadgets serve us rather than the other way round.
Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:14 PM

Technology can be an anxiety-producing energy depending on our approach. How we discipline ourselves and think about the daily onslaught of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages impacts how much we are truly connected or disconnected in our life. Mindfulness practices recommended in this article are very practical and impacts the quality of connections between people and their capacity to feel seen, heard and valued. 

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

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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 2017.

 
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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 2015.

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Why integrity is the foundation of a peak performance leader  

Why integrity is the foundation of a peak performance leader   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
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Leaders are only as good as their word To truly have integrity, follow through on the commitments you make without fail, writes Chris McGoff. This is essential because integrity is the building block of trust, and when trust flourishes, so do "interconnectedness, intimacy, and synchronicity."
 
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How to Resolve Workplace Conflict

How to Resolve Workplace Conflict | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In a 2012 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 65 percent of Americans cited work as a top source of stress. The study cites a number stress sources, ranging from excessive workload to lack of social support. Many of the sources are rooted in conflict situations.

Whether at home or at work, conflict can leave us feeling frustrated, unmotivated and unfocused. We bring our work troubles home and our home troubles to work, with little opportunity (or time) to sort out tensions.

Collaborative environments, where individuals feel free to vigorously debate and challenge ideas, rather than “go along to get along,” are within reach. We typically think our ability to work without conflict depends on how others treat us, but Arbinger’s work suggests something different: our ability to cut through conflict depends on how we see others. The structure, the nature of real collaboration, is the same at home, at work, or in our communities. And it all begins with mindset.


Via David Hain
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Conflict is something that happens to all of us. What can you do when you have a conflict at work or home? Perhaps it's time to take a look at ourselves?
 
 
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The role of an outward mindset in resolving conflict. A key attitude to cultivate in organisations and people today...

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10 Simple Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in Your Children

10 Simple Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in Your Children | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders are made, they are not born.
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Show the importance of character. Out of all the lessons you can teach a child, I believe the most important is the importance of character. A child who can learn the foundation of trust, honesty, respect and integrity will be ready for a lifetime of successful leadership, partnerships and relationships.
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These Are The Top Three Reasons People Quit Their Jobs

These Are The Top Three Reasons People Quit Their Jobs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Forget work-life balance: These other factors have more of an impact on retaining employees.

Via Bobby Dillard, Jose Luis Yañez
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For all the reports on the importance of work-life balance, it's company culture, money, and the ability to progress that reign supreme.
 
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These Are The Top Three Reasons People Quit Their Jobs
 
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6 Reasons to Get Better at Leading Meetings

6 Reasons to Get Better at Leading Meetings | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s a skill that can set you apart.
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Beyond improving your own skills and advancing your career, getting better at running meetings will be dropping a pebble in the pond of ineffective meetings — it will ripple outward. When you begin to deliver meetings that people look forward to and benefit from, others will realize your organization is not doomed to have wasteful, ineffective meetings, and may be inspired to follow your example.
 
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Effective Communication - Is Security More Important Than Opportunity? 

Effective Communication - Is Security More Important Than Opportunity?  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you are feeling nervous at this prospect of public speaking just ask yourself, is security more important than opportunity?

 

Via The People Development Network
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Being prepared to ask for help was the first step. Then to think about planning and organising her presentation to suit her audience. Finally, to realise that she was a competent speaker and that presenting to the international board was a privilege and a great opportunity, far more important than security!
 
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5 Exercises That Will Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

5 Exercises That Will Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Get your brain in shape with a little mental strength training.
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The conversations you have with yourself have a profound effect on your life. If you want to reach your greatest potential, it's important to build your mental muscle. Exercise your brain every day and over time, you'll train your brain for happiness and success.
 
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12 Ways to Make Yourself Proud

12 Ways to Make Yourself Proud | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Make yourself proud. Give everything 110%. It’s the extra 10% that everyone remembers. Here are 12 things that you can do, today, to make yourself proud.
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Define happiness for yourself. Success in life begins and ends with purpose. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short- and long-term objectives.
 
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Seeking a definition of social leadership

Seeking a definition of social leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What is social leadership? A good question and one that isn’t as easy to answer as you might imagine. For some, social leadership is tied to morality, ethics and the leader’s sense of duty towards society whilst others consider it to be how deftly a person can employ their social and emotional skills to lead others.
 
Furthermore, academics such as Balkundi & Kilduff assert that leadership should be viewed from a social network perspective, and it is this focus upon social relationships and the ability of the leader to accurately perceive and manage these linkages between people that impacts upon their success. 


Via Roger Francis
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So if you are looking to truly define social leadership, a good starting point would be this: a leadership style utilised by a person who may or may not be the formal leader who utilises their strong social capital, and core social skills to motivate, inspire and lead others.
 
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Get In The Zone: 5 Strategies To Help You Keep Focus, Be Calm and Perform Under Pressure

Get In The Zone: 5 Strategies To Help You Keep Focus, Be Calm and Perform Under Pressure | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These are five of many strategies you can begin to develop in your arena. Start with one and see how it can help with your development and training.

Via Stefano Principato, Bobby Dillard
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These are five of many strategies you can begin to develop in your arena. Start with one and see how it can help with your development and training.
 
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10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People

10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's not rocket science, but like all good habits, it takes hard work to communicate at this level.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Start and end with the positive. 

 When bringing up sensitive topics, don't jump right into a difficult discussion, which will put the other person immediately on the defense. Open with the positive: Acknowledge what is already working, and what you appreciate about your colleague's strengths. Then ease into how you'd like to see the relationship or partnership improve in certain areas. Ending the conversation is also important. If you can't come up with a solution to your problem, at least end on a positive note with something like "I think it's good that we both got to this point. I know we're getting closer. Let's talk again and see if we can get this thing resolved."
 
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Make a Winning Presentation

Make a Winning Presentation | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Many presentations read like lengthy novels. In business, however, audiences don’t want a book. They want the bottom line. This requires a different approach.

 
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Do you know how to craft a winning presentation? Try these steps on your next one, whether it is a monster deal or an internal project.
 
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Employees Naturally Trust Leaders That Display These 3 Powerful Habits

Employees Naturally Trust Leaders That Display These 3 Powerful Habits | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Who wouldn't want to work for a boss like this?
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What's your experience with what makes truly loyal employees who will give their best for a leader? What would you add to this list as hallmarks of leaders that employees naturally trust?
 
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The Caring Leader

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There’s a hard-headed business case for expressing concern about employees’ well-being.
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From the streets of Baghdad to the boardroom, care has proven to be an effective tool for leaders.
 
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How To Spot Leadership Potential In Millennials

How To Spot Leadership Potential In Millennials | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I’ve said it dozens of times: millennials are some of the sharpest, hardest-working employees out there, and I’m proud that they comprise over half of my team at Vanderbloemen. Here are several key attributes to look for when interviewing a millennial in order to discern their leadership potential.
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Don’t miss out on the leadership potential of this bright generation. They have so much to offer.
 
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The premise is correct, but one maybe spends too much  time sifting through candidates to find the ones who own a Value System to succeed and not be expected to begin at the top.
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Characteristics of a Good Listener 

Characteristics of a Good Listener  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I was at a dinner and someone told me, “if you are even thinking of a response while someone is talking, then you aren’t really listening.” I thought about it a lot afterwards. For a long time I felt…

Via Bobby Dillard
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If you are even thinking of a response while someone is talking, then you aren’t really listening.
 
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Ten Habits Of Incredibly Happy People

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Your habits create happiness more than anything else in life. These 10 habits will make you happier today.

Via Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Bad things happen to everyone, including happy people. Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, happy people reflect on everything they’re grateful for. Then they find the best solution available to the problem, tackle it, and move on. Nothing fuels unhappiness quite like pessimism. The problem with a pessimistic attitude, apart from the damage it does to your mood, is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect bad things, you’re more likely to experience negative events. Pessimistic thoughts are hard to shake off until you recognize how illogical they are. Force yourself to look at the facts, and you’ll see that things are not nearly as bad as they seem.
 
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5 Tips for Dealing With Digital Distraction - People Development Network

5 Tips for Dealing With Digital Distraction - People Development Network | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are some tips that might help with achieving professional and personal life balance when dealing with digital distraction.

Via The People Development Network
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There are many other approaches to consider when dealing with digital distraction and they will depend on your personal experience and specific use of digital media. To sum it up, using these and other strategies to limit digital distraction can help you effectively battle procrastination and lack of attention to truly meaningful aspects of life such as work performance and real-world social interactions.
 
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Failing to Succeed

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How do your views on failure affect your chances of success? What is the key to success and coping with failure?

 
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Overcoming mind games, facing our failures and seeing them as learning opportunities are all positive steps, but ultimately they’ll be of little use if the process doesn’t produce a change in behavior. Will it take a heart attack before we change our diet or take up exercise? Rarely do such experiences come out of the blue; the warning signs, the failures, were there to be seen—golden opportunities to prompt us to change. All too often though, the tendency is to find out more and more about our problems but do little to solve them. It’s one reason why diet and exercise magazines, books and websites are so popular, especially at the turn of each year. But how many of us use the information they contain for more than a few weeks, persevering until failure turns to success?
 
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7 Traits Of Inspiring Leadership That Uplifts Rather Than Destroys

7 Traits Of Inspiring Leadership That Uplifts Rather Than Destroys | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These 7 key traits demonstrate true leadership that uplifts rather than destroys.
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The words that leaders (and all of us) choose to share are extremely revealing about their inner mindset and the way in which they operate in the world, and how much good they believe exists in that world. As we know, words can be used as weapons or they can be tools for growth. Take the time today to read an inspiring speech of a great leader such as Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln or Eleanor Roosevelt, and you’ll find words that generate so much positive emotion, uplifting us with a compelling vision of a better, more loving, free world that we want to create.
 
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Five Body Language Mistakes You're Making In Interviews

Five Body Language Mistakes You're Making In Interviews | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You should smile, but not too much.

Via Bobby Dillard
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CareerBuilder surveyed hiring managers to identify the biggest body language mistakes they see in job seekers during an interview. Here’s a list of five to watch:
 
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Why You Should Speak Less and Listen More

Why You Should Speak Less and Listen More | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Speaking less and listening more can quickly turn a conversation about what’s wrong into a conversation about what we can do to make things better.

Via Kevin Watson, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Keep in mind that silence as an act of leadership is far from passive — it is an act of actively and generously listening. It requires the discipline of listening for what is needed to contribute to progress or make a difference in the things that matter most in this moment. It requires being present to what is vs. how you would like things to be. Sometimes the best thing a leader can do is let people speak up and speak out, despite their personal feelings about what is being said or how it is being said.
 
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How Great Leaders Pull and Push To Success

How Great Leaders Pull and Push To Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The number one behavior tied to innovation is the willingness to change. We can all probably come up with a variety of activities that we continue to do even though there is a faster, more efficient way. Change takes energy, discipline, and often a willingness to do something we have never done before.

The people who are most likely to be innovative are those who are not satisfied with good performance, but are constantly looking for superior performance. It is amazing how much mediocrity we can all put up with in our lives. Possibly it is the combination of traffic jams, the lines in stores, and the bureaucracy that develops at work that influences expectations that everything is going to be slow and difficult. It is easy for people to simply go with the flow and not look for efficiency or faster options.


Via Roger Francis
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In addition to what needs to be done today, these leaders had the long view of where the organization needed to be in the future. That long view of an aspirational goal and objective keeps people on track, and it provides them with a sense of destination about where they need to go.
 
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Making Time for Learning Will Make You Healthier, Richer, and More Popular

Making Time for Learning Will Make You Healthier, Richer, and More Popular | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An author runs down the impressive benefits of lifelong learning.
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How many hours a week do you dedicate to learning?
 
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How Feeling Frustrated Can Transform You and Your Business

How Feeling Frustrated Can Transform You and Your Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, is known for his countless insightful musings on the world of business and entrepreneurship, but there’s one saying in particular that’s been on my mind a lot lately.

“Finding something frustrating and seeing an opportunity to make it better is what entrepreneurship is all about.”

What a simple, yet profound, statement. It’s so true. Think of all the great innovations in history, and the inception of that product or service likely came from someone’s long-held frustration. Frustrated that taxis are expensive and hard to fetch? Here’s Uber. Think hotels are overpriced? Well, here’s Airbnb. Want to eat at a place that doesn’t offer delivery? OK, here’s GrubHub. Are you sick of using slow and ugly looking computers? Welcome to Apple.

The examples are endless.

Frustration is indeed the core of what spawns most great businesses. But, on a deeper level, there’s something even more powerful about being frustrated. Not only can frustration help people come up with ideas or create new ventures, but it can act as a motivator to keep individuals from stagnating when it comes to their own development.

Via David Hain
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Leaders shouldn’t be afraid of frustration. It’s not to say that frustration is an enjoyable experience worth looking forward to, to be sure. But understand that feeling frustrated is a normal part of development. I’d even argue that if you’re not feeling frustration from time to time, you’re doing something wrong. You’re not pushing yourself enough. You’re not thinking big. You’re not growing.
 
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Welcome your frustrations - they may be giving you important signals!