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The Power of Concentration

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We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

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(Important thought from the article): ...mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way. The formulation dates from the work of the psychologist Ellen Langer, who demonstrated in the 1970s that mindful thought could lead to improvements on measures of cognitive function and even vital functions in older adults.

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Christine Heine's comment, January 4, 2013 5:42 AM
A good reminder about the power of simplicity of mind and spirit. In our hectic day-to-day, paring down to the simple task of peaceful exercise of meditation, can prove to be the "reboot" that we can all benefit from.
Ricard Lloria's comment, January 6, 2013 4:21 PM
Very practical addition to the groundswell for mindfulness - it's about impulse control and emotional intelligence as well as spirituality. the same like David, the mind right set it so interested post
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Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Forget the small stuff, for now. What's your big objective?
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(From the article): As January approaches, and we bid another year adieu, our thoughts turn to making resolutions: this year I will lose that extra weight, drink less alcohol, give up sugar, get out of debt. All worthy goals, but why do we perennially return to resolutions that seem based on the idea of fixing all the things we're doing "wrong?"

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Creating a Cycle of Success

Creating a Cycle of Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You have no doubt heard of the term “vicious cycle”.  It’s that incredibly frustrating experience of repeating the same patterns over and over with less than desirable outcomes.  It’s “vicious” because every time you think you have outsmarted the cycle, somehow there it is again.  It can seem like there is no way out!


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(From the article): ith each success I completed a cycle of 5 practices below at least once, sometimes more than once, for the same intention or goal.  I call this the “Cycle of Success”.  On the other hand, with each thing I failed to do or failed in my attempt to do I unwittingly took an “off-ramp” from the Cycle of Success by failing to complete one or more of these practices.


(Good cycle to ponder in your own life).

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Purposeful Abandonment: The Art of Letting Go

Purposeful Abandonment: The Art of Letting Go | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You employ systems and strategies for starting, maintaining, and moving forward. Adopt systems for stopping, as well.

 

People who can’t say, “No,” chase all the spilled marbles at once. They’re confused and empty handed in the end. Too many yeses distract, weigh down, and waste energy.


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(Great Drucker quote): “Planned, purposeful abandonment of the old
and of the unrewarding is a prerequisite to successful pursuit of the new and highly promising.” - Peter Drucker

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Nine Great Questions on what to abandon.

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Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013

Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Nearly three hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to changing habits that has yet to be surpassed.

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(From the article): Modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s three-hundred-year-old procedure for changing habits:

He started out committed to the new behavior.He worked on only one habit at a time.He put in place visual reminders.
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How to Give Yourself an Edge in Making 2013 Your Best Year Ever

How to Give Yourself an Edge in Making 2013 Your Best Year Ever | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of my most important mentors (and closest friends) is Robert D. Smith. His new book, 20,000 Days and Counting, wisdom and inspiration you need to start this year right.
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What I have never revealed until now is that he is also one of my most important mentors. His words and life have inspired me to think bigger, push harder, and strive for excellence in everything I do.

 

Here are just ten of lessons I have learned from him.

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11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People

11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Productivity is a hot topic at Fast Company, and one that our contributors and the CEO types we cover spend time thinking about (efficiently, before crossing it off a list, of course).
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The following is a great comment from the article: 

 

Keep Email From Crushing You With "OHIO"

That stands for "only handle it once"--a technique that's espoused by productivity expert Bob Pozen and practiced by Huge CEO and Fast Company contributor Aaron Shapiro.

 

"No 'I'll respond later' is allowed," Shapiro says. "Responding later means you take three times longer to get through your email than taking care of it the first time, because responding later means you have to waste time finding and rereading that email... or even worse, the time wasted reminding yourself over and over to get to that message."

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Five Self-Defeating Behaviors that Ruin Companies and Careers

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In turbulent times, it's hard enough to deal with external problems. But too often people and companies exacerbate their troubles by their own actions. Self-defeating behaviors can make any situation worse. Put these five on the what-not-to-do list.

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A good list to ponder.....(From the article): Humility prevents self-defeat. A desire to serve others, an emphasis on values and purpose, a sense of responsibility for long-term consequences, and knowledge of both strengths and limitations can make it easier to avoid these traps.

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Leadership – If not now, when?

Leadership – If not now, when? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The writing is on the wall.  Senseless wars, self-absorbed employees, greedy bosses, financial woes and social ills…some days, it feels like there are more problems than solutions, and no leaders stepping up to solve them.

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(From the article): Think back to a time when you got worked up about a lack of leadership.  It could be at work, in your community or your country.  What fired you up?

 

And if it DIDN’T ignite any strong feelings in you, why not?  Are you content to live the rest of your life standing for…nothing?  What do you want your legacy to be when you die?  Again, there’s no judgement either way.  I’m just asking the question.

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, December 27, 2012 12:44 AM

Leading is a simple act of human decency.  Deciding to lead...that's where the rubber meets the road.  What will you decide?

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 30, 2012 6:50 AM

Time to understand our role in conflict and how to lead away from it.   Great post Maya Mathias, it does start with everyone of us.  

 

The graphic comes from the following youtube animation and it relates to this topic:  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfJYP3guo18

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5 Big Discoveries About Leadership in 2012

5 Big Discoveries About Leadership in 2012 | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Bad management appears to be an epidemic, costing the economy a total of $360 billion every year in lost productivity. 65% of employees say they would take a new boss over a pay raise, and 3 out of every 4 employees say their boss is the most stressful part of their job.

 

It’s not like we’re not trying: according to the American Society for Training and Development, in 2011, U.S. firms spent about $156 billion on corporate training.

 

Against this backdrop, what have we learned in 2012 that might help us improve the quality of leadership? Here are five of the bigger findings.


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(From the article): 1. Why incompetent leaders keep getting hired

 

2. More women increase a team’s smarts

 

3. To increase engagement, share more information

 

4. Turns out leadership really is personal

 

5. Being the boss isn’t so stressful after all

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 29, 2012 5:35 AM

(From the article): We’ve learned a lot about leadership this year – with many findings being surprisingly counter-intuitive. Let’s stop hiring the most confident, start to share more information, increase the percentage of woman at the top, and remember that leadership really is personal. Perhaps none of this is ‘new news’, but it is exciting to see the research catch up to our hunches.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:37 AM

Here are the five "bigger" research findings. My fave is numero cuatro: Leadership is personal. That connection is key if not paramount.

 

1. Why incompetent leaders keep getting hired

 

2. More women increase a team’s smarts

 

3. To increase engagement, share more information

 

4. Turns out leadership really is personal

 

5. Being the boss isn’t so stressful after all

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5 Big Discoveries About Personal Effectiveness in 2012

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The science of self-improvement never ceases. Every year brings dozens of new quirky findings about how to be more effective, whether in managing our time, being more creative or just getting things done. Here are some of the highlights for me from 2012.
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(From the article): We live in a time when where more people are staying connected on vacations. People have forgotten how important it is for your mind to rejuvenate. Research shows that naps improve productivity—a growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 29, 2012 4:52 AM

This is a fine recap of the latest insights and research in this field. Good work from David Rock, who is the founder of the Neuro Leadership Institute. I had the pleasure of talking to David a few years ago for an article about the influence of neuro science in our modern business world.  

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, December 29, 2012 4:54 AM
Thanks for making me aware of this blog post, Don. Happy holiday season to you. Best, Kenneth
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A Twist to Unplugging

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The thought of unplugging makes sense, yet it is challenging to do. Maybe “unplug” is too mild of a word. Maybe we should use “pull the plug.” It has a stronger action associated with it, so maybe we would be more inclined to do it.

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(Key thought from article): What unplug does not mean, however, is disengaging from the community around us. We need to serve where we are. It can be with our neighbors next door or our community in another part of town. Our communities need us, and we need to take on this responsibility.

 

It is an important twist on unplug. Unplugging as an individual enables us to catch our breath, but it cannot be an excuse to ignore our communities.

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Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf 1934-2012

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Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, died today at age 78 due to complications from pneumonia. He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command.

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(From the article) On Leadership Development 
You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.

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Resolve: Have It, Use It

Resolve: Have It, Use It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The resolution time of the year has arrived. We resolve to:

 

Do differently

Do more

Do less

Do this

Do that

 

Although I believe in making principles and values a verb, in this case, a noun may be better. We need to have resolve.

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(Great insight): Resolve is something that lasts beyond January. Its presence is evident most days of every month.

 

In the year ahead, do more than resolve, have resolve. It is an important twist to resolve; it is an unlife life way.

 

Clear eyes. Spirited plans. A strong dash of resolve will fortify you in your purposeful work ahead.

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Joe Boutte's comment, January 3, 2013 9:11 PM
A few years ago I created a Power Point slide with the following items:
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Think, Think Critically, Think Differently, Think Creatively, but Just Think.
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I like the DO list! Thanks.
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3 Reasons For Answering Your Critics

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In his draft of an excellent, soon-to-be-released book on leadership, Pat Sullivan, a long-time and hugely successful university coach and administrator, raised a very interesting point regarding handling critics and their criticism.

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(From the Article): Should we answer them? Like most things, I think it depends. We certainly cannot respond every time or we would indeed fall into the trap pointed out by Dr. King. At the same time, never responding would be counterproductive, as well. Utilizing discernment is important.

 

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A Leader's New Year's Resolution

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~ try my best to stay out of the box with others   

~ forgive those I don't want to forgive

~ stop blaming and trust more

~ mimimize my self-deception and my own virtue

 

Here is to a great 2013!


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Happy New Year!!!!

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2013: The Gift of Presence

2013: The Gift of Presence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As New Year’s festivities get underway, how are you envisioning the year ahead? Perhaps you want to learn a new language, start a family, or change your career path.

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(From the article): If you try to force something to happen, you deplete your energy. When you are totally focused and living in the moment, all energy is available to you, and you are living closest to your full potential. If you can actively work on this, then the coming year will be one of great abundance and awareness.

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Josh Matthews-Morgan's comment, January 2, 2013 10:13 AM
This is so true! Be present and allow things to come as they come. It is liberating, and also leads to a much higher performance!
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The Leader’s Attitude Choice

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How to choose your attitude and why it matters to your success as a leader.
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(From the article): As a leader, you must take the higher road. Always remember that your attitude is your choice. While you may get angry or upset, you must move past it as quickly as you can. Your team and organization deserve you at your best – choose to be there.

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Make Room for the New Year

Make Room for the New Year | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There’s something about the new year that brings out the organizer in all of us. Maybe it’s the desire to start fresh, wipe away the previous year, or start over.

I started 2013 by organizing my garage. Big deal, right?

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(From the article) Doesn’t it make sense that the more space you have, the more things you’ll keep? Think about it…it’s easier to stick something on a shelf in case you need it some day (something my clients always say), than to decide whether you really need to keep it.

 

So this new year, take a look at your closets, bookcases, cabinets, your garage, or storage space — not in one day, it’s too overwhelming — and see if you can get rid of a few things you’re no longer using.

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5 Things Business Can Learn from a Tree

5 Things Business Can Learn from a Tree | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I am always noticing metaphors, symbols, patterns. For a long time I have noticed the powerful principles embodied in the design and structure of a tree as it relates to business. I hope it helps your business like it has helped ours…

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Great points.  Especially number 2: Focus, focus, focus.

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5 Unconventional Tips for Finding and Following Your Passion

5 Unconventional Tips for Finding and Following Your Passion | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There are a lot of people today that are fresh out of college or university, and they don’t know what to do.

Or maybe someone has lost their job, and they are staring into the dark abyss of the future without a clue as to where to start.

All of this can seem scary, but it’s an opportunity for change.

You are no longer the person you were when you started on your current path, and if you want to be fulfilled, you have to be willing to leap into the unknown and find what makes you come alive.

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Here are 5 quick tips for finding and following your passion:...

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The Secret Ingredient of Brilliant Leaders and Managers

The Secret Ingredient of Brilliant Leaders and Managers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I have only come across a handful of brilliant leaders and managers in my working career.

 

The ingredient these people shared was, they were intrinsically drawn to “doing the right thing”. The “right thing” for these leaders and managers wasn’t always popular. The act of choosing for them was sometimes personally agonising, but they still made those decisions.

 

When questioned, many leaders and managers know what “doing the right thing” is, but quite often,  mysteriously,  they just don’t make that decision.  Thus, opportunities are lost, credibility is questioned and results are lower than expected.

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(From the Article): When leaders and managers don’t understand how to manage difference whether it is psychological, cultural, or an equality issue, or are more concerned about speedy outcomes at the expense of the people they employ, then there is a danger unhelpful decisions will be made.

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Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance

Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Since people tend to avoid confrontation, especially with authority figures, passive resistance is more common in organizations than most of us realize.

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(From the article): Since people tend to avoid confrontation, especially with authority figures, passive resistance is more common in organizations than most of us realize. And sometimes it’s actually a good thing — it causes managers to avoid impulsive actions, think through implications of change, get people on board, and deal with emotional issues. Most of the time, however, passive resistance undermines a leader’s ability to get things done quickly and effectively. In fact it often puts leaders in the untenable position of confidently charging ahead — only to later discover that the team was not fully on-board.

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Mindful Mornings: 4 tips to get the day going | Mindful

Mindful Mornings: 4 tips to get the day going | Mindful | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How we start the morning often sets the stage for how the rest of the day unfolds. Of course life throws us curve balls in the middle of the day, maybe you get a stressful email or someone rear ends you with their car or you lost that deal that you were looking forward to. Anything can happen in the present moment, but how we start our day can often affect how we greet those challenges.
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This is an insightful article - and I especially appreciated the second point:

 

"Prime Your Mind for Good – After a brief mindful check-in, one way of inclining your mind toward resiliency and even opening up to the good of the day is to consider an intentional gratitude practice. What in your life right now do you have to be grateful for? It could be something simple, like waking up on the right side of the bed, to having a roof over your head, to having a good cup of coffee in the morning. Just practice inkling your mind to the good in life."

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Just what I needed to read today. Thank you.
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3 Traits of Truly Great Salespeople

3 Traits of Truly Great Salespeople | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In today's wired world, salespeople need to be good with people -- kind, honest and empathetic -- as well as good at sales.
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(from the article) Sales ability is no longer the only attribute that matters when it comes to sales personnel, writes Stacey Alcorn. In today’s interconnected world, salespeople must be empathetic and kind, she explains. “The number one trait of a really good salesperson is their ability to put themselves in the shoes of others.”

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