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Stop Being Comfortable & Start Being Motivated

Stop Being Comfortable & Start Being Motivated | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Like most, you probably don’t like new things that you can’t control.

You prefer to be in your comfort zone.

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(From the article): As we head into the New Year, ask yourself, “Am I too comfortable?”

 

Ask, “What do I want to accomplish?”

 

Then, make a decision to leave your comfort zone.

 

Don’t sit there any longer.

 

Don’t settle anymore.

 

And of course, don’t be comfortable.

 

What do you need to leave your comfort zone to achieve?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:38 AM

fantastic scoop, thanks Dan!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:55 AM

Excellent perspective...time to move and capture our future!

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 5, 2013 7:01 PM

change=growth

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Serving and Leadership | 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 2015.

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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 7:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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10 signs your boss doesn't like you!

10 signs your boss doesn't like you! | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Bernard Marr gives you 10 key signs to look out for to answer if you're being overly sensitive or whether you're actually disliked.
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(From the article): Remember, we’re all human, and personality differences happen. But if your boss is letting his or her own dislike or prejudices against you interfere with your work and the work of your team, you should take action.

 

Have you ever had to deal with a boss who didn’t like you? How did you handle the situation?

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The 5 Stages of Becoming a Successful Thought Leader

The 5 Stages of Becoming a Successful Thought Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

The idea of becoming a thought leader is a nebulous and confusing concept to grasp. Every leader’s approach is different, and there’s no secret formula to success.

 

Becoming a thought leader doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time — not to mention a willingness to share the “secrets” of your success — and the right mindset to master. But once you understand that it’snot about your ego or selling people on your company, you can start to unlock its true value.


Via Maite Finch, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Armed with a well-defined strategy, your thought leadership articles will begin to open doors to professional opportunities you never thought possible. One article builds on the next, and with strategic deployment in mind, the combined force will impact nearly every aspect of your company. It’s a basic concept in theory, but the credibility and opportunities that’ll arise make it one of the most powerful business tools you have.

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Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
What will make your life quest meaningful? Will peace be present? Will you have the courage to be authentic?
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(From the article): What will bring the best within me? The courage to embrace joy as a way to live, lead, and work. The courage to make the tough choices and take the necessary actions to stay true to self. The courage to hold myself accountable to the best person and leader I can be. The courage to smile in the embrace of others while embracing my own dreams.

 

We cannot afford to become cowards in our own life. I cannot.

 

Joy will be the knock on my soul, letting me know when my choices and actions are working right. In joy, there is peace.

Courage will keep me honest and give me backbone strength. In courage, there is authenticity.

 

What will bring you joy and courage in the year ahead? What practices will you engage to keep both?


 

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Building a Culture: You Need to Harness the Value of Core Values

Building a Culture: You Need to Harness the Value of Core Values | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Core values are traits or qualities that represent deeply held beliefs. They reflect what is important to us, and what motivates us.

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Try this simple exercise to give you some insight into your organizational values.

 

If your organization were a group of musicians, what group would you be? What would your music be like, your lyrics? What kind of experience would your fans have? How would the band members interact?

 

And now, what group would you like to be?

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How CEOs crank up their culture of excellence?

How CEOs crank up their culture of excellence? | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Who is taking the initiative to shape your company culture? Is it you the leader? Or are you delegating it to Human Resources or middle management?

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(From the article): Many leaders are focusing as they should on performance expectations. But, that’s only half of the equation to creating a great culture! The companies I mentioned earlier got the performance and the culture right! The leaders of these companies model the way and cultivate a healthy culture that creates sustainable business results with employees and customers alike. No one is left out.


Many leaders and managers complain that their people are not performing to their fullest potential. Leaders must remember that a brand culture does not begin on the outside. It does not begin with the customer and vendors. It begins with your employees.

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My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com

My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When I started writing my book on leadership, The Virgin Way, I openly admitted that I’ve never read a leadership advice book. However, I have picked up some useful leadership tips from some brilliant minds along the way. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes on how to be a great leader. 

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A nice list of leadership quotes.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 24, 9:17 PM

Grace Hopper and Lao Tzu on the same list is inspiring.

 

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15 Points To Focus On In 2015

15 Points To Focus On In 2015 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

What are you going to focus on in 2015? At Wrage/Antwort, we have come up with five main topics to take good care of, and three ways to approach each of these topics. Yes, that’s quite a lot – but we don’t want just an ordinary year, do we?

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Creativity is the basis of innovation. It is the root of strategy. It’s what sets you apart from your competitors, and what gives you an identity. Without creativity you wouldn’t even have a business. So make sure it prospers.

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4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness

4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Have you ever tried to tell yourself to "just relax and enjoy" an unexpected traffic-filled commute that is sure to make you late? 

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(From the article): Based on these findings, approaches designed to rationally think past stressful feelings aren't always effective. The PFC does not have enough neural strength to simply override stressful feelings with happy thoughts. Fortunately, you can feel and diffuse the stress response in a matter of minutes. Approaches that decrease stress and increase feelings of calm activate the power of your PFC to focus on being happy.

 

According to Richard Hanson, neuroscientist and author of The Buddha's Brain, engaging regularly in relaxing activities can wire your brain for calm. Hanson notes that people who routinely relax have "improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient."

 

The options available for us to accomplish this are abundant in our society; examples include meditation, yoga, nature walks, breathing practices, energy psychology, somatic practices and a host of other mind-body approaches.

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Set the Stage to Build Performance in 2015

Set the Stage to Build Performance in 2015 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
There are a few keys to building a development plan that if followed will add to the level of success that you enjoy in the upcoming year.
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(From the article): The third key is that your goals should be driven by your vision for what you want to create in each of the areas of responsibility for your life. They will move you towards your “What!” The areas of responsibility of my life that I want to drive improvement in every year are: Spirituality, Career, Health / Fitness, Family / Relationships. I envision a picture of what I want to create in each of these areas and then create goals to make that vision a reality.

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5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us

5 Ways Leaders Think Differently Than The Rest Of Us | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders have some common traits when it comes to how they approach problems, information, and other people.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Leaders hunger to learn and, as they do, their opinions are likely to change because they’re more concerned with looking for the best action rather than looking like the smartest person in the room, says leadership expert G. Shawn Hunter, author of Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes. In fact, their quest for information may make them appear like better leaders to those around them.

 

THEY’RE MORE CONCERNED WITH LOOKING FOR THE BEST ACTION RATHER THAN LOOKING LIKE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM.

 

"Even if you’re asking a lot of questions because you have doubt or ambiguity or even a lack of confidence in the direction of where you’re going, the simple act of asking open questions for which you do not know the answer of key advisors or teammates around the table will make you, in their eyes, a stronger leader," Hunter says.

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What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney

What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
On the anniversary of Walt Disney's death, this article is meant to help all of us who are leaders learn from the man behind the mouse.
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(From the article): A man should never neglect his family for business.


I’d add woman to Walt’s idea. This may not be what you think about when you think of Walt and what he built, making it even more important to share with you. Walt, like all of us, was human, and I’m sure his family/business balance wasn’t always perfect. But if a guy that created and built what he built could focus on family and not just business, I’m sure you can too. How much time and focus have you invested in your family this week?

 

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The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader

The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Neuroscience has gained so much popularity in the last few years, because of advancements made by scientists in human nature and behavior change. I find neuroscience so interesting, and have been spe…

Via Agnipravo Sengupta, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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(From the article): In a four-year study, researchers tracked the work habits of employees at the Boston Consulting Group.

 

In one experiment, consultants on a team took a break from work one day a week. In a second experiment, every member of a team scheduled one weekly night of uninterrupted personal time, even though they were accustomed to working from home in the evenings.

Everyone resisted at first, fearing they would only be postponing work. But over time, the consultants learned to love their scheduled time off because it consistently refreshed them, and made them more willing to work, which made them more productive overall.

 

After five months, employees experimenting with deliberate periodic rest were more satisfied with their jobs, more likely to envision a long-term future at the company, more content with their work-life balance and prouder of their accomplishments.



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Leadership Finds a Rhythm to Keep Going

Leadership Finds a Rhythm to Keep Going | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

It is true that leaders deal with hard situations. There are times when the leaders we choose become tired, discouraged, frustrated. There are times when the challenges seem to overwhelm us, when we must give up. There are times when our challenges seem to overwhelm the people we trust to lead us.

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There is a rhythm to leadership, to life, each of us must learn to follow. As we inhale and exhale, as we we work and rest, we find the rhythm that sustains us.

 

What rhythms sustain your leadership?

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The Science of Dealing With People You Hate

The Science of Dealing With People You Hate | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Try these science-backed ways to deal with 7 types of difficult people — all while keeping your cool
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(From the article): The Social Media Bragger: It doesn’t matter how many times you yawn or audibly sigh — some people will never get the message that you’re tired of hearing how great their jobs, spouses, or vacation plans are. Of course, there’s no shortage of shameless bragging on social media, either (witness the #luckygirl or #humblebrag hashtags). To ease your frustrations, think about the bragger’s underlying motivations — chances are, that person is insecure, needs validation, or has low self-esteem. If all else fails, remember that you’re probably not the only one feeling chafed by your friend’s self-congratulatory attitude; save up your annoyance for some group venting later.

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Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Most Important Leadership Lessons from The Top CEOs of the World

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Roger Francis
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(From the article): For many CEOs, the pressure means that they can often disconnect from family and friends. In the limited time that they do try to devote to life outside work, they are often not fully present, and are more focused on using the time to recharge for next week in the office.

 

Crucially, leaders must take responsibility for own work/life balance and their own happiness, so that in the final analysis, they have no regrets. The cautionary tale here is that of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and by any standards one of America’s successful entrepreneurs. However, on his death bed , he admitted that he was never there as a father, husband and friend. He had the wealthiest pockets, but the poorest soul. Walton’s final words? “I blew it.”

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Interesante articulo

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How to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

How to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box” | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Read this article to learn how to be more productive by using the same strategy that US President Dwight Eisenhower used to master his life and work.
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(From the article): The Eisenhower Method isn’t a perfect strategy, but I have found it to be a useful decision-making tool for increasing my productivity and eliminating the behaviors that take up mental energy, waste time, and rarely move me toward my goals. I hope you’ll find it useful too.

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6 Tips To Overcome The Winter Blues

6 Tips To Overcome The Winter Blues | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Winter is upon us, which means depression is on the rise. Here are 6 tips to overcome the winter blues!
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(From the article): Try something you haven’t tried, or do something you haven’t done in awhile and you may be delightfully surprised that this winter will pass by in a blink of an eye because you are having so much fun.

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
“All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership.  Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post...
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(From the article): Culture that magnifies upward communication. These leaders believed that the best and most innovative ideas bubbled up from underneath. They strived to create a culture that uncorked good ideas from the first level of the organization. They were often described as projecting optimism, being full of energy and always receptive to new ideas. Grimness was replaced with kidding and laughter.
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12 leadership books to watch for in 2015

12 leadership books to watch for in 2015 | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Save a spot on next year's reading list for these upcoming books.
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Do you know of any other books to add to this list for 2015?


(From the article): We scanned publishers' lists, looked for compelling titles in the news, and picked the brains of top leadership authors about the most compelling ones scheduled to come out in the year ahead. Here are 12 books we think will be worth reading as we turn the page to 2015.

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Why Great Leaders Have Selective Amnesia, and 3 Ways They Use It.

Why Great Leaders Have Selective Amnesia, and 3 Ways They Use It. | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
When it comes to history, great leaders essentially have selective amnesia. Because not all of what has taken place in the past should be remembered.
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(From the article): Bad outcomes can easily create paralysis, due to the fear they can conjure up when all the grisly details are remembered. But great leaders know how to absorb just the lessons learned while “forgetting” most of those details, so when the time comes and those lessons must be applied, anxiety won’t get in the way.

 

On the other hand, especially good outcomes can create complacency (the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality). Great leaders “remember” past success by looking past the objective results and putting a fresh eye on the people, process and policy that achieved them. Otherwise, it’s hard to raise the bar when history is telling you that you’ve already nailed it.

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16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch

16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it
Don't have enough time in a day? Follow these tips to get majority of your work done in the morning.
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 (From the article): Stick to your schedule.

Don't let yourself veer off the course that you've mapped out. You have a limited amount of time. Don't ruin the schedule.

Take your schedule, allow it guide you, and you'll be able to accomplish more.

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6 Leadership Habits, from West Point to You

6 Leadership Habits, from West Point to You | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

When I spoke at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently, I was the one who walked away inspired, having gained some incredible life insights, which I wrote about in last week’s blog. In addition, I was invited to be a guest lecturer, where I shared with cadets the habits of some great leaders—coaches and executives—I’ve worked with in the past.

 

So, from West Point to you, here are those six leadership lessons:...


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(From the article): If you want to be a leader, you have to learn how to tell your story. The best storytellers always win. I reminded the cadets that less than a hundred miles south of West Point there were men who flew airplanes into buildings a few years ago because someone told them a story of bitterness and blame that they believed, and their choices and ideology were affected as a result. This example was a little graphic, but the cadets immediately understood it. I challenged them to use their own story to inspire others toward positive action and meaningful growth. 

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On Leadership and The Reflections of An Aging Leader

On Leadership and The Reflections of An Aging Leader | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

At my age, I have a realization that I don't really want to contemplate too much in my mind. The brutal fact for me is that I have fewer years to live than I have lived thus far.  Lessons from a older leader to younger ones.

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A older leader passes on lessons to younger ones. What would you share from your experience as a leader?

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How to Get Ahead When Life’s not “Fair”

How to Get Ahead When Life’s not “Fair” | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

Have you ever worked with someone who incessantly whined about how unfair things are, how bad, how wrong or how irrational? When people constantly whine and complain, they inhibit any chance they have for impacting the future. Their managers view them as annoying, and their direct reports and co-workers view them as inept.

 

Nobody wins.

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(From the article): Once we make peace with the fact that the people who have the power to make the decisions always make the decisions – and we get over whining because ‘life isn’t fair’ – we can become more effective at influencing others, making a positive difference, and even become the person who makes the decisions!

 

We can fight the battles that are really worth fighting, and quit bugging the world because, “The teacher gave me a C!”

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Working on Tomorrow

Working on Tomorrow | Serving and Leadership | Scoop.it

In two weeks, we will be in a new week, a new month, a new year. Many of us are working hard to accomplish goals we set for this year before it ends. Some of us are even trying to get a head start on our goals for next year.

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We have 12 tomorrows left this year and 365 new ones next year.

 

What would you like to accomplish tomorrow?

 

Where will what you do today take you tomorrow?

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