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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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7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently

7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What makes a real difference in reaching your potential is an ability to be a smart learner. See what smart learners do differently and what they can teach us.


Via David Hain
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(From the article): People often divide their time between learning and non-learning. Learning is usually much more focused, dedicated time. Even our education systems are built around that concept — first we learn for several years, and then we work. Smart learners do it differently. They use every occasion to learn something new — about the food they eat, the way things work, different cultures, different roles in the same organization, history, and the people around them. The world is a great source of knowledge and skills, available 24/7, so they ask tons of questions and connect the dots.

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John Michel's curator insight, February 22, 2014 9:35 AM

We learn best when we are relaxed and have a real friend and mentor around.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 22, 2014 6:14 PM

They do all those things and probably many more.

Don Cloud's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:36 AM

Learning is a journey, not a destination.

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How to Develop a Leadership Philosophy?

How to Develop a Leadership Philosophy? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How to develop a leadership philosophy? Take time to define your theory, attitude, principles, and expected behaviors, all core to a leadership philosophy.

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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Some parts of a leadership philosophy are intuitive to who we are. Thinking through what type of leader we want to be and how we want to lead will make us a better leader. More importantly, in those difficult times, having a leadership philosophy will keep us centered in moving forward as well as within the right boundaries when temptations arise. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 22, 2014 6:22 PM

This is a relevant and useful post.  The behavior section is where we are truly tested.  I see myself and so many other struggle under pressure and this is a great tool to ensure we are living up to our values.  


From the post:


Behavior:

I expect to _________________________ in _________________________

situations.


Behavior is where your leadership philosophy gets tested. Behavior determines whether your leadership philosophy is just a bunch of lofty words to be used in team meetings or visible in your everyday actions. Identify what you expect your behavior to be, given your theories, attitude, and principles. Think through success and failure. Think through achievements and tough challenges.


For example:

  • I expect to respond rather than react in challenging situations.
  • I expect to focus on the process to understand and change in challenging situations.

- See more at: http://www.thindifference.com/2014/02/19/develop-leadership-philosophy/#sthash.uZutaQ6j.dpuf

donhornsby's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:49 PM

Some parts of a leadership philosophy are intuitive to who we are. Thinking through what type of leader we want to be and how we want to lead will make us a better leader. More importantly, in those difficult times, having a leadership philosophy will keep us centered in moving forward as well as within the right boundaries when temptations arise. - See more at: http://www.thindifference.com/2014/02/19/develop-leadership-philosophy/#sthash.n2icLv4z.dpuf

Don Cloud's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:34 AM

A useful guide to developing your own leadership philosphy and put it into practice.  I recommend going one step further.  Instead of just studying admirable/great leaders, also study bad leaders.  It's critical as a leader to do the right things, but often times it's equally important to know what *not* to do.  We can learn from the leadership failure of others and avoid those pitfalls.

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Change Your Story, Change Your Organization

Change Your Story, Change Your Organization | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When an organization's story begins to change, people can feel confused or frustrated. Peggy Holman explains 5 roles that help transition to the new story.
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Have you ever gone back to somewhere familiar only to discover it is no longer what you expected? Wave riders help us understand the changing story, and make a mindset shift from who we were to who we are, and even to glimpse who we are becoming. They make visible the differences that matter, inspiring us with possibilities, assuring us with enduring values, and naming what’s emerging. By doing so, they bring something new into being.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 12, 2014 2:13 PM

There are some great analogies in the article. Change can be intimidating. When people are included in helping plan the change and given voice, it makes a difference. I think the five roles would be beneficial in that way. There are people within organizations who can be the midwives or wave surfers.

 

Quite often, it is not the change I resist. It is the way indoctrination, prescribed, and mandated way it is done. Then to make matters worse, I am given some book about how I need to change my behaviour about and towards change. When I look back at this kind of change, I find little has changed. Most of what happened is superficial.

Dr. Jose Lepervanche Net's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:48 AM

You better learn to change you, the people around you, the organization and the technology that support all of the above. 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:38 PM

Interesting view of change.

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A Question to Leaders Everywhere: What Questions Are You Asking?

A Question to Leaders Everywhere: What Questions Are You Asking? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I collect questions!


Not just any questions but those kind of questions that seem to have the ability to turn things inside-out, upside-down and sometimes, right-way up.

 

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(From the article): Smart leaders understand the importance and power of good questions. It is said that the mind works best in the presence of a question and so the right question leads to ‘right thinking’ and ultimately, the ‘right actions’. The need today is for leaders to remain curious rather than certain or as Mark Twain put it, ‘It is not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble but rather what we know for certain that just ain’t so’.

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When Running Away is Running Toward

When Running Away is Running Toward | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 How do you know the difference between running away and running toward?  Are they ever in the same direction?

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“At the end of my life, I don’t want to look back and feel like I wasted my years.”
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Characteristics Of High-Performing Teams

Characteristics Of High-Performing Teams | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

According to Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese, authors of the book, The Collaboration Imperative, high-performing teams have the following characteristics:

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 A great list to review with your team.

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The Best Way to Use the Last Five Minutes of Your Day

The Best Way to Use the Last Five Minutes of Your Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What is the best way to use the last five minutes of the day?

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(From the article): I was once asked: if an organization could teach only one thing to its employees, what single thing would have the most impact? My answer was immediate and clear: teach people how to learn. How to look at their past behavior, figure out what worked, and repeat it while admitting honestly what didn’t and change it.

If a person can do that well, everything else takes care of itself.

 

That’s how people become life-long learners. And it’s how companies become learning organizations. It requires confidence, openness, and letting go of defenses. But here’s what it doesn’t require: much time.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 10, 2014 6:50 PM

The three questions we should ask ourselves at the end of the day are about learning and relationships. The key to all relationships is the first relationship we have everyday. It is the relationship we have with our self. By focusing on that and improving it, we help the other relationships in our life and perhaps beyond. It is kind of like a Christmas Carole everyday.

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, February 17, 2014 9:23 AM

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I was once asked: if an organization could teach only one thing to its employees, what single thing would have the most impact? My answer was immediate and clear: teach people how to learn. How to look at their past behavior, figure out what worked, and repeat it while admitting honestly what didn’t and change it.

If a person can do that well, everything else takes care of itself. That’s how people become life-long learners. And it’s how companies become learning organizations. It requires confidence, openness, and letting go of defenses. But here’s what it doesn’t require: much time. 

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Are you counting your blessings or focusing on what’s missing?

Are you counting your blessings or focusing on what’s missing? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Living courageously means highlighting our accomplishments, embracing our fortunes & allowing ourselves to be inspired by life every minute & day.
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(From the article): As Fr. D’sousa wrote – the events, obstacles and ups-and-downs of our life should not keep us from living our life to its fullest, now. On the contrary – our day-to-day journey, no matter how good or bad, contains in it an abundance of small, medium and large victories, accomplishments and things to feel blessed about.

 

Living courageously means highlighting these accomplishments, embracing our fortunes and allowing ourselves to be inspired by our own life every minute and day.

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6 Telling Signs Your Colleague is a Master Manipulator & How to Deal with it.

6 Telling Signs Your Colleague is a Master Manipulator & How to Deal with it. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 One of the biggest predicaments with manipulative colleagues is that it’s hard to prove that they’re taking advantage of others.

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(From the article): The good new—it’s a lot easier to avoid falling into manipulators’ emotional trap if you’re aware of the warning signs. These are seven revealing signs that your colleague is trying to manipulate you. Avert these roadblocks to happiness!

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Why Most Of What We Know About Management Is Plain, Flat, Dead Wrong

Why Most Of What We Know About Management Is Plain, Flat, Dead Wrong | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We are in fact at the beginning of a set of gigantic changes in society, in which everything we do is being re-invented—how we live, how we work, how we play, how we communicate, even how we think and how we feel. At the heart of these changes is of course the Internet and its related technologies. We have already seen big changes. But the implications of it have only just begun.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): But it requires more than agility. It requires an agility that is tightly linked to empathy and a responsiveness to what customers want and need. That’s because the technology has not only empowered producers and entrepreneurs and given them more possibilities in terms of what they can produce.


Technology has also empowered customers. Globalization gave customers choices. The Internet gives customers instant access to reliable information as to what those choices are and an ability to communicate with other customers and mobilize support for what they collectively want.

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Lorenzo del Marmol's curator insight, February 17, 2014 1:27 PM
In the article check out the management principles of the Creative Economy.
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PEOPLE FOLLOW PEOPLE, NOT JUST GREAT IDEAS

PEOPLE FOLLOW PEOPLE, NOT JUST GREAT IDEAS | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What makes Pope Francis such an inspirational leader for so many people? I believe Reverend. Robert A. Sirico got it right in his recent opinion piece for The Detroit News: .....

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(From the article): But research tells us that when people at every level feel they can contribute to achieving the vision, their ownership and commitment to execution grows exponentially. For a motivating and rewarding future for all, ensure that your group’s desires become part of the mosaic of your vision.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, February 1, 2014 2:26 PM

So simple yet profound ... "people follow people" ... and this is why the world needs leaders.  Where are you leading your people?

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Are you living your life in the moment?

Are you living your life in the moment? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you living the moment, fully present to the accomplishment and blessing of your life? When is it our time? When do we ever enjoy today… the moment???
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(from the article): Consider this quote from Fr. Alfred D’souza, which I thoroughly love and resonate with:

 “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life”.  

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What Strong Emotions Reveal About the Way You Work

What Strong Emotions Reveal About the Way You Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These seven emotions tell you what you're doing wrong (and right) in the office.
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(From the article): Emotions are more than just what you feel. They're powerful signals that you need to make changes in the way you work and the way you think about work.

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Helping the Passive-Aggressive Executive

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Business schools prepare us to become better at strategizing, inspiring, mentoring, team building, delegating, and so on. But do they prepare us for dealing with executives who are resistant to motivating, influencing, and coaching interventions?

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Why would you want to go through such a rigmarole to keep a passive-aggressive on track?  The answer is that these people are often highly expert at what they do, despite being poor at teamwork. In an effort to carve out an identity for themselves, they often make themselves highly expert in a narrow field in which their parents have little authority and can’t challenge them. That’s obviously fine until they get a job with people who do have relevant expertise and can challenge them.

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Andrew Man's curator insight, February 23, 2014 12:48 AM

Nice insight on dealing with passive agressive people at work.

Sabine Henrichfreise's curator insight, February 23, 2014 8:42 AM

Leaders have to develop their affective skills if they want to create a positive emotional atmosphere. Positive emotions create positive relationships. Positive relationships are key for a successful and a joyful business life. 

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15 Things You Must Give Up to Be Happy Again

15 Things You Must Give Up to Be Happy Again | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak; sometimes it simply means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go.

Via John Michel
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The article contains a great list to review today...or any other day. Including:

 

Excessive pride. – Get out of your own way.  Stop judging everyone and everything.  Pride is one of the greatest enemies to your happiness and growth.  Open your mind before you open your mouth.  Don’t hate what you don’t know.  The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work when it’s closed.  Or as C.S. Lewis so profoundly put it, “A proud person is always looking down on things and other people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something beautiful that is above you.”
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John Michel's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:31 AM
Life is a tapestry of people weaving in and out of your life, people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Everyone has something to offer and share with you. Imagine treating every person you encounter, no matter how fleeting, as an intriguing story waiting to be told. But the story can only be told if someone asks to hear it. Will you ask?
Jayne Albiston's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:00 PM

Wow! Absolutely one of the best lists I have ever read to inspire me and hopefully you to make the most of every day, to keep striving for our goals, to stay strong, to be grateful and to never ever give up.

The last paragraph is such a strong quote:

Remember, you are the customer of a bank called Time.  Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds.  Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever remainder you have failed to invest to good purpose.  It carries over no balance.  It allows no overdraft.  Each day it opens a new account for you with the same deposit of 86,400 seconds.  Each night it burns the remains of the day.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. 

 

So let's invest in today and make the most of now - every moment counts!

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To Err Is Human: How Good Leaders Handle Mistakes

To Err Is Human: How Good Leaders Handle Mistakes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders will make mistakes. How leaders handle mistakes sets them a part from other leaders, if they handle the mistakes with character and integrity.

Via Amy Ragsdale
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(From the article): So how do you deal with this situation? How do you minimise the damage you’ve caused? And how do you maintain the respect and the loyalty of your employees/family? Let’s see what the best way to deal with a mistake is. 

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Four Reasons Why Great Leaders Aren’t Firefighters

Four Reasons Why Great Leaders Aren’t Firefighters | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Great firefighters are leaders of their teams in situations far beyond what most of us could imagine. Situations of heat and crisis – we are talking flames, folks.
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But as leaders we feel like we need to step in and solve the problems and urgent situations and put out the fires that threaten our teams, departments and profits. Most leaders I know have their fire-retardant suit ready at all times.

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Meet people where they are

Meet people where they are | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Are you a stickler for data, lots of it and all beautifully organized? Are you a genius at pointing out the reasons things can’t be done? 

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Effort and ideas can be as fragile as grandma’s porcelain tea cup. Drink from them.


Sometimes you have to meet people where they are and start from there. That starting place may not be ideal according to your standards, but at least it’s a beginning.

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7 Ways to Make Bad Decisions

7 Ways to Make Bad Decisions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

None of us set out to make bad decisions, but sometimes the way we make them can significantly increase or decrease the chance the quality of our decisions.

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(From the article): Make them reactionary – Ultimately we want to work from a plan. We want to make decisions before the decision is needed. We want proactive decision-making. That’s obviously not always possible, but in my experience, I’m more likely to make a bad decision when I’m reacting to a situation, rather than having thought about the scenario and my response beforehand.

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Are You a Leadership Force?

Are You a Leadership Force? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be a leadershipforce? I

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(From the article): So, what does it mean to have executive presence? Let’s start with presence – a word that is ubiquitous in current leadership literature because it is so important. To me, leaders with presence have the skill to stay grounded and lead powerfully on a regular basis. At the same time, they have ability to stay true to themselves. They are comfortable in their own skin. Even if they receive information that ruffles them, they regain their composure quickly.

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How Whack-A-Mole Can Improve Your Productivity

How Whack-A-Mole Can Improve Your Productivity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Have you ever played Whack-A-Mole, the classic arcade game?  

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(From the article): Your workday is a zero-sum game.  You don’t likely have bundles of free time at your disposal. If you add a new chunk to your workload, something somewhere is going to have to give. As former Medtronic CEO and Harvard professor Bill George says, don’t keep piling stuff on. If you’re considering adding to your to-do list, then immediately ask, “What can I add to my not-to-do list.”
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What is Resistance, Really?

What is Resistance, Really? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Why is it that when I and others talk about resistance, there is usually a strong reaction?

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(From the article): I don’t think resistance is inherently good or bad, and I do think resistance matters.  In fact, I think it matters a lot because at its root, resistance is information.   If we or someone in our midst says no to something, emotionally or literally, there is a reason for that no.   As courageous – and valiant – leaders and managers, it is up to us to meet resistance in others, and in ourselves, with an open mind.  Yes, it’s tempting to greet resistance with more resistance (our own), but instead, can we reply with curiosity?  Rather than judging and shutting down, can we listen openly to the information that the “resister” tells us?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 31, 2014 7:17 PM

Resistance is important and it must be met with openness. Sometimes, in a rush to protect turf, leaders push resistance aside. The outliers are important and tell us a lot about the organizational culture we normally do not notice.

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Three Tips for Leaders Who Want to Keep It Real

Three Tips for Leaders Who Want to Keep It Real | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

As a leader you’ve got to stay connected to keep it real. Here are three tips on how to do that.


Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Look and Listen More Than You Talk: Look for your opportunities to pitch in. Watch how the work actually gets done. Ask questions about how people do what they do and what they’ve learned along the way. Ask folks about their families, their hobbies, what they do after work. Be present and attentive when you do.

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Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions

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The key to being a powerful leader isn’t giving orders – it’s extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas. 

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(from the article): Rather than schedule these interactions, which can feel too formal and potentially stifling, you should budget five or ten extra minutes to zig-zag your way to meetings, lunch or even the restroom. Pop in on your team and strike up a conversation using some variation on the suggestions above. 

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Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results

Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
At the beginning of this month, I decided that I was going to take a different approach to New Years Resolutions.
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(From the article): I read up on things like how long it takes to form a habit, and the importance of going through this process in order to change behaviors. Planning on making changes and accomplishing goals is great, but ultimately, it’s all about what we are going to do to make things happen. With that in mind, here are some tips on adapting habits, behaviors, and actions that will help you more efficiently reach your goals.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:00 PM

Big goals can be scary and intimidating, especially at work. Instead of allowing yourself to be intimidated by large numbers and expectations, try to break them down into shorter time periods. This will not only result in more attainable goals, but will also allow you to climb to your desired outcome day by day in a less stressful environment.

Angie Mc's curator insight, January 29, 2014 10:04 PM

I love the big picture, but sometimes it gets too big and I need to break goals down into smaller pieces. Working on it.