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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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Train Your Brain to Overcome Fear

Train Your Brain to Overcome Fear | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You don't have to be a natural risk-taker in order to succeed, and learning how fear works can empower you to overcome it.

Three tips to help you get over your fears and take bigger risks.


Via The People Development Network
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(From the article): Risk-takers will be more likely to encourage you to take chances, and they will also be living examples of what it takes to risk and fail and risk again. "If you look at the biography of a famous person, it all depends on where in the biography you stop," Mehta says. "Success comes by way of many, many failures."


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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:21 AM

I've got a few scars from risks that didn't work out as I originally hoped.  But I'd rather be a risk taker than play is safe all the time.  How about you? #energizedleader

John Michel's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:25 PM

Entrepreneurs have to take big risks in order to succeed, but even well-known leaders are often terrified to leap. In one famous example, fear of failure almost kept Kevin Rose from starting Digg, the enormously successful social news site that made him a multi-millionaire.Over time, he learned to trust his gut by taking the initiative to learn sides of the business that were unfamiliar or scary at first.
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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

Gauthier de Pierpont's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:35 AM

Peur mode d'emploi pour entrepreneur (de vie, de projet, de business...)

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Happiness, The Means or the End?

Happiness, The Means or the End? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Social scientists have studied negative emotions—anger, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies and their ilk—for years. By contrast, happiness is a fairly new area of research, as a recent wave of books shows.

 

The three offerings reviewed here try to shed light on happiness from varied perspectives. We ask: What can we learn about the elusive quality of happiness to help us understand and attain more of it? Are there keys to happiness?

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Today (March 20) is the first International Day of Happiness according to the United Nations. 

 

What does it mean to be happy?  

 

(From the article): In the face of these three books and their disparate approaches, Klein’s concluding statement rings true: “We are six billion people, and there are six billion paths to happiness.” Schoch concludes, “Our life is an ever striving, and we call the striving happiness.” Aiming directly at happiness, then, we are likely to miss it. Happiness is neither an end nor a means, but rather a product of living an authentic, wise and outgoing life.

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The Power of the Creative Conclave

The Power of the Creative Conclave | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The more I’ve heard the word “conclave” these past few weeks, the more I’ve liked the sound of it. It feels much more interesting than having a meeting with associates or getting together like-minded individuals.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): Nevertheless, it’s important to note that whoever the team is, creative thinking doesn’t just happen. It must be nurtured in a culture that encourages genuine collaboration – because then, and only then, are we able to freely explore new ideas and solve problems in innovative ways.

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Maybe We Just Need to Stick to Basics…It Worked for Picasso!

Maybe We Just Need to Stick to Basics…It Worked for Picasso! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The ingredients are not unique, the human being is.

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(From the article): In the coming week, would you consider trying something? Would you use some common, off-the-shelf paint every day this coming week – thank two people a day, smile a lot, ask a few people how their weekend was, ask a few people how their spouses or kids are, ask someone if you can help them, hold the door open for the next person, offer to get someone a glass of water or cup of coffee. Just give it a shot – and perhaps you can turn plain old paint into a masterpiece.

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At a Loss With the Boss

At a Loss With the Boss | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The conclusion here is that some words such as ‘boss’ are very negatively impactful. We can weaken our positive impact by using them, even if it’s done ironically.

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(From the article): First, employees subconsciously feel the need to distance and protect themselves. Secondly the manager, consciously or otherwise, feels the imperative to live up to the tag. “Boss” is a title that forces distance when closeness and collaboration is needed to deliver results.

 

"This is what my client had experienced when he first accepted the role, and had been struggling with it ever since."

 

Some people love the title of “boss” because it is a public declaration of their significance and raised status. Other managers, the more successful ones, realise that results are not achieved by wielding status, but by engagement, good management, and loyalty.

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What Leaders Get All Wrong About Leadership

What Leaders Get All Wrong About Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I did leadership all wrong for years. I held leadership positions without understanding effective leadership practices. My early education was in theology. Tragically, I had no training in leadership.

 

My leadership journey includes powerful, sometimes painful, shifts in attitudes and practice.

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(From the article): Respected leaders help others see themselves.


Actors whisper, “Did you see so-n-so is here tonight?” when dignitaries sit in the audience.

 

Actors feel important when someone important is watching.


In my youth, I thought leaders stood on center stage. Now I know leaders are the audience.

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#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening

#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I introduced a series of the Top 10 Barriers to Leadership skills and leadership qualities. I have given a lot of thought to prioritize the top 10.

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): Because we have so many things going on in our head and we operate at our pace and within our time frame, the following reminders will help all of us become better listeners. Pleases take a minute and review this list and share these listening skills and strategies with others. (GREAT LIST OF REMINDERS!)

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 14, 2013 5:49 AM

As usual, Dr. Mary Kay Whitaker manages to focus on a critical issue affecting many managers today.  As I always say, titles do not make us leaders.  If we want to lead, we better pay attention to those who need us to understand them.  

 

From the article:

 

Are you guilty of not listening?

Be honest. How recently have you:

 

~Interrupted someone while he or she is talking?

 

~Interjected your words of wisdom?

 

~Increased the pace and tone of your message?

 

~Thought about something else why someone is talking?

 

~Looked out the window or starting texting?

 

~Thought you have already figured out what the person is saying before they finish their first sentence?

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:05 AM

Do you listen?

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6 Qualities In a Leadership Role Model

6 Qualities In a Leadership Role Model | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leadership requires awareness, empathy and foresight – and more. Here are six qualities that you should find in a leadership role model.

Via Amy Melendez
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(From the article):  Everyone has leadership ability. It’s how we use our leadership abilities that decides if we are a role model for others.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:35 AM

From the article"Everyone has leadership ability. It's how we use our leadership abilities that decides if we are a role model for others."

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Thought for the Week - 03/10/13 - Your Influence on others...

Thought for the Week - 03/10/13  - Your Influence on others... | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." - Kenneth Blanchard

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Question: Are you a positive or negative influence on others?

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 13, 2013 8:31 AM

Good question to ask yourself....

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How Extreme Transparency Can Make Your Team Its Most Productive

How Extreme Transparency Can Make Your Team Its Most Productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

At Asana, the collaboration software startup from Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein, the culture is designed to be "transparent 'til it hurts." Here's how to replicate it for pain-free productivity.

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(From the article): There is such a thing as too much transparency, says Moskovitz. That’s why performance reviews and personal matters that come up in meetings aren’t shared with the company.

 

Rosenstein admits they’ve had to coach people to be more confident about receiving the flood of feedback that can come from this practice. “One of our values is balance,” he says, to maintain the flow of ideas without having someone bottleneck over a perceived slight to their work.

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Kudos's curator insight, March 11, 2013 1:30 PM

Honesty / Trasnparency is the best policy. A cliche' but true. Build trust with your team and they will follow you anywhere. 

Michael_J_Stone's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:49 AM

Just as important as the ideas on transparency is the notion of being original and pushing beyond standard operations. As you might guess, I like the "Start with Hiring" and "Create a Roadmap" ideas. Pay particular attention to how these strategies allow "wrong-fit" employees to opt out of the selection process. 

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The Power of Words

Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposeful communication. So choose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.


Via The People Development Network
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Choose your words wisely...

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In Support of the Imperfect Boss

In Support of the Imperfect Boss | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

I bet you’ve learned a lot from great bosses.  I hope your boss has all the characteristics on the list above.  But if they don’t, that may be even better.   Don’t get hung up in false hopes, fantasies, and disappointments.

 

Instead, learn from the imperfection.

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(From the article): What did they teach you about leadership?  What did you learn about yourself?   How did your skills grow?

 

Did your imperfect boss grow along the way?  What did you learn from that process?

 

We can’t choose our bosses any more than we can choose our relatives.  Instead of getting frustrated, consider your bosses imperfections as a blessing.

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Give An Experience, Not A Report!

Give An Experience, Not A Report! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Have you come across aspects of work which seem ridiculous to you? I guess a common example could be procedures that are followed seemingly blindly, often because it's the way it's always been done. If you have, you've almost certainly had some great ideas about how to improve things…yet may have been left with the thought: “but I just don't have the power to change it"


Via Kevin Watson
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(Article): Create a way to change it from a report into an experience, something people can see, hear, touch, smell and feel.

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Life Changing: 4 Questions to re:Shape Everything

Life Changing: 4 Questions to re:Shape Everything | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The speed and reach of your success are directly rated to how you answer these four questions.

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(From the article): There are, however, four questions that lead to genuinely life changing results. These four questions don’t simply influence how things change, they are the standard by which we evaluate succes. They prescribe our culture, define our choices, and explain the unique characteristics that set us apart from everyone else. The speed and reach of your success are directly rated to how you answer these four questions.

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Trust is...

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Trust is...

 

What is trust to you?


Via Amy Rouse, Scott Span, MSOD
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The article has some excellent points including the following:

 

Fragile—One careless act can instantaneously destroy trust that has taken years to develop, especially when the breach of trust involves a personal character failure.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:58 AM

...so important to leadership, change and every relationship!

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:15 AM

Excellent points...we've said it again and again, trust is the foundation of any great relationship both personal and professional! 

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, March 20, 2013 1:59 AM

From the article : "Leadership is about influencing others, and if people don’t trust you, you won’t be able to influence them. Leadership and trust go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other".

 
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The Importance of Integrity in Leadership

The Importance of Integrity in Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In today’s world, we often look for faster ways of getting things done.  The magic of technology makes this possible.  And, there are all kinds of ways to cut through processes when they start getting in the way of progress.  One thing we can never afford to compromise however, is the integrity with which we conduct ourselves.  That’s what this post is about.


Via Don Dea, Jennifer Gosse
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(From the article): Skill and talent can take us only so far. To travel the rest of the way, we must make sure we bring with us a large measure of honourable intent, concern for the welfare of others and the willingness and courage to do what is right, even when it means giving up something we want very badly.  That’s what makes it so hard.

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Don Dea's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:40 AM

Trust is one of those things that often takes a long time to build but only a minute to destroy. As such, it is a thing to be treasured and protected. That’s where strength of character comes in, and where telling the truth and keeping promises become vital.

Okay, so we’re all human and who among us has never told a lie? But, the consequences of deception and lies often have a greater impact than we think when we first venture into the realm of the untruth. It is a lesson that most of us learn eventually.

There is a certain arrogance in believing that the rules of the universe apply to everyone but me. And, believe me, there have been times when I have been very arrogant indeed… always with a poor result.

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Quit Being A Critic and Go Create Something

Quit Being A Critic and Go Create Something | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

As leaders, we’re often in a position where our opinions and criticism carry great weight and those perspectives can positively and negatively affect the lives of those around us.  Unfortunately we’re not always careful with our criticism nor are we mindful of the corresponding responsibilities that go along with our words.

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(From the article): Leadership is about being out in front and taking others to new places.  You can’t lead if you simply follow the conventional wisdom because it’s safe.  So the next time you consider dropping a criticism bomb on the work of another, I invite you to consider the feelings of that individual, the effort they put into creating that work, the risk they’re taking in subjecting it to judgment, and the hopes and dreams they have tied up in the idea.  After you’ve considered those things, then render your criticism appropriately and try to go beyond judgment and become a co-creator yourself.

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Is your company being bullied by customers?

Is your company being bullied by customers? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Honest, courteous and well-paying customers are always right. Deceitful, manipulative fiscally bullying customers are always wrong.
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(From the article): Like a shark, bully customers can smell a drop of blood in an ocean of water. Bullying customers are usually dishonest, uncivil, verbally abusive and do not pay well. Their tactics border on scam artistry.

 

Conversely, high-expectation customers want what they want — right now — exactly and perfectly every time. Although challenging, high-expectation customers are usually honest, civil and pay well for exceptional value or treatment.

 

In my view, honest, courteous and well-paying customers are always right. Deceitful, manipulative fiscally bullying customers are always wrong. Bending over backwards to serve the former while eliminating the latter is the thesis.

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Feeling Overconnected? 5 Reasons To Unplug From Technology After Work

Feeling Overconnected? 5 Reasons To Unplug From Technology After Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We all love staying connected to our jobs round the clock, but here are some excellent reasons to cut the cord after hours.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): As it turns out, restricting our use of our gadgets in the evening hours is probably a pretty smart move, and makes sense on a bunch of different levels. It may be time to take the workday back, at least in part, and when it comes to responding to a colleague at some ungodly hour, to just say “no.” Or at least, “I’ll get back to you during business hours.”

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Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A lack of trust is at the heart of the workplace issues in places like Yahoo and Best Buy.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Every one of these people is highly productive. I do have moments when I find myself wishing all of our team members were in the office more, and even wondering what they're doing when I haven't heard from them.

 

When those feelings arise, I take a deep breath and remind myself that my colleagues are adults, capable of making their own decisions about how best to get their work done, and that all good relationships involve some compromise.

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What Would Winston Churchill Do?

What Would Winston Churchill Do? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In 1940, a war-weary Britain was on the verge of capitulation. Here's how Churchill turned it around - and what it means for you.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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(From the article): As the leader of a company, of course, you are constantly faced with employees who do not perform up to expectations. What should you do? The single worst thing is to call them lazy and attempt to shame them into taking action. Instead, employees need to be reminded of what they are capable of accomplishing, even as you observe that they are falling short of their potential.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, March 31, 2013 8:13 AM

Leadership = inspiration! A leader's job is to reach both the head (logic) and the heart (emotion) if you want to have truly engaged people committed to the purpose and tasks at hand. Only then will you get their full "discretionary effort" that separates the winners form the losers. Winston Churchill is a great example of using true grit to win.

 

"It is in adversity that British qualities shine the brightest, and it is under these extraordinary tests that the character of our slowly wrought institutions reveals its latent, invisible strength." The speech has been credited with helping to revive Britain's sagging spirits and gradually changing the course of the war.

 

The article ends with this...

 

So if your people seem to have lost some of the passion they once had for their jobs and your company—and, let's face it, working at a start-up can be a very rocky ride—why not take a page from Churchill and passionately remind them about the light within them? Who knows what possibilities you may create?

 

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How To Bounce Back Stronger After You Blow It At Work

How To Bounce Back Stronger After You Blow It At Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Three strategies to manage disappointment when it shows up. Because, for better or for worse, it will.

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(From the article):  The big pain of disappointment can lead to even bigger outcomes and opportunities if we’re willing to be patient with the process, do the hard work to learn critical lessons, and, yes, put ourselves out there again. And again.

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Why Do People Commit To Behavior Which Consistently Lacks Moral or Ethical Principles

Why Do People Commit To Behavior Which Consistently Lacks Moral or Ethical Principles | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Call it what you like…thirst for control, money, power, greed, lust or simply a lack of conscience. Does good behavior lead to more good behavior and by the same token does bad behavior lead to more of the bad?


The answer depends on our ethical mindset,...


Via Juan Carlos Hernandez
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(From the article): Making moral judgments requires at least two processes — a logical assessment of the intention, and an emotional reaction to it. When rules are established, violation of those rules can often lead to the wrong assessments leading to negative emotions.

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Why Do People Commit To Behavior Which Consistently Lacks Moral or Ethical Principles

Call it what you like…thirst for control, money, power, greed, lust or simply a lack of conscience. Does good behavior lead to more good behavior and by the same token does bad behavior lead to more of the bad? The answer depends on our ethical mindset, according to new research published in Psychological Science.

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Assumptions limit possibilities. Which ones are limiting you?

Assumptions limit possibilities. Which ones are limiting you? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
  Heavier-than-air flying machines are an impossibility. The human body can't run a mile in under 4 minutes. Women are too emotional to be leaders. The sun revolves around the earth (which is flat). Telephones are only for talking and listening.

Via Roger Francis, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): So, what assumptions are you going to challenge about your life today? Any area of your life where you continually chase your tail, or keep coming up against the same problem again and again, is an area that likely holds outdated assumptions, and is an invitation for you to ‘unlearn and relearn’ what you think is possible.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 11, 2013 6:13 AM

Love this scoop Roger, thank you!. Here is a quote I love from it:

 

 “Only when we are willing to unlearn what we already know, and give up our old mental maps of how things work, can we navigate forward in our work, career and lives more efficiently and get to where we want to go more effectively.”

David Hain's curator insight, March 16, 2013 3:37 AM

Always worth reviewing mental models - Scoopit helps me greatly to do this...

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:06 PM

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
~Anais Nin


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Get Yourself Together

Get Yourself Together | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You may not be able to move to Hawaii to boost your well-being. Nor are you likely to impact the well-being of residents in your state. What you can do, though, is take control of your own well-being.

 

Your well-being is your responsibility.

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(From the article): Choose an aligned life where you can act on your values, live with a strong spirit, and enjoy physical health for many years. It all starts with you.

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