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How I Hire: Look Into an Applicant's Soul

How I Hire: Look Into an Applicant's Soul | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Since my life's work has always focused on self-awareness and well being, I have made those two attributes the criterion for people I want to work with. In my course, The Soul of Leadership, I advise (A positive psychology approach to hiring.

Via Luis Valdes, John Michel
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Interesting questions ... are strong leaders inherently able to see the souls of their people and connect with them?

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John Michel's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:04 PM

Remember that your own personal well-being, and how you model that in your life, will attract the right people to you.

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The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change

The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A paper from Journal for Business Ethics suggests fairness in leadership is a powerful motivator inside and outside a company

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Integrity and strength of character are at the heart of leadership ... and a culture of "fairness" resonates across and outside of an organization.

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:44 AM

It's great to be confirmed by sound research, but many of you already knew...

Cath Daley's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:16 AM

And I think fairness follows on automatically if you have integrity very high in your values, both personally and as accompany.fairness and integrity go hand in hand

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:03 AM

Would you use "fair" to describe your leader?

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10 Ways To Lose Your Best Employees

10 Ways To Lose Your Best Employees | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to hold tight to your talent? Don't do these things!
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Great insights on how NOT to recruit, retain, or develop your people --> simply do the opposite.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:25 AM

Want to unload your most dynamic, highest-potential employees? Keep doing these things:

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, October 7, 2013 9:21 AM
Don, I have been traveling and have missed reading your articles! I enjoyed reading this article. I particularly agree that not involving or hoarding information will make staff feel unimportant, dis-respected, and un-connected to the mission/purpose.
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:24 AM

Thanks Don for sharing this article with us!

 

Sharing the company's strategy, priorities, successes, and challenges to each employee is essential.  Then involving your team, asking for feedback makes them feel important, recognized, and valued. 

 

Make it a great day!

 

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Reveling in Each Other’s Strengths « ingeniosus.net

Reveling in Each Other’s Strengths « ingeniosus.net | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
RT @DeborahMersino: "Reveling in Each Other's Strengths at Work" http://t.co/w68SIrhLJK New Ingeniosus post. #education #leadership #nonpro…

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Great article ... thanks for sharing.  And I'll piggyback that a leaders purpose is to create this condition/environment:  "the real magic of an organization is realized when employees are able to utilize their top strengths and talents the majority of the time."

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John Michel's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:00 AM

No matter how well an organization nails its brand positioning, invests in design, grows its digital footprint through engagement and creative campaigns, funds strategies, revamps its membership model, and/or establishes cross-functional teams, the real magic of an organization is realized when employees are able to utilize their top strengths and talents the majority of the time.



Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:27 AM

We use the Strengthsfinder books in many of our Leadership Bootcamps.  The power multiplies when we are aware of our natural talents, and leverage them to overcome obstacles.

 

Make it a great day!

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How Effective People Handle Email

How Effective People Handle Email | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If you’re like most people, you feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the amount of email you receive. You would rather spend time on high-impact projects instead of digging through your inbox.

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More leading ... less email.  Sound advice.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:16 AM

Your career will be made on your ability to get things done, not your ability to answer emails immediately. 

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Do Employees Trust You? 11 Entrepreneurs Reveal How to Build Credibility as a Leader

Do Employees Trust You? 11 Entrepreneurs Reveal How to Build Credibility as a Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs share how to effectively increase credibility with employees.
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Do you lead in a manner that is worthy of your people's trust?

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Are you a "serving" or "self serving" leader?

How can you tell the difference between a "serving" or "self serving" leader?


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Great question.  That said, I would offer only those who serve their people and set them up for success are truly leaders.

 

That is, being self-serving is mutually exclusive to being a leader ... there's no such thing as a "self-serving leader" -- they are just "self-serving."

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Brian K. McArthur's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:58 PM

a very nice distinction 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 4, 2013 1:29 PM

We need more leaders who are willing to serve in their leadership.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:02 PM

Ken Blanchard: The 4 Keys to Effective Leadership

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Sometimes the Leader Should Follow

Sometimes the Leader Should Follow | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
From my early childhood I was encouraged to be decisive… (RT @tedcoine: Sometimes the Leader Should Follow http://t.co/ihQckxkAqY #humanbiz #leadership #CEO)...

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Thanks for sharing!  Leaders can only empower if you give others decision-making authority and responsibility (you have to give both).  Pushing decisions down to the lowest level that is required for making that decision is crucial to productivity and motivation.

 

A good question to ask is, "am I the only one that must make this particular decision?"  If the answer is no, then your job is to move that decision to the right person/people in the organization.  If the answer is yes, then that's a decision you should focus on.

 

One last insight, it is not uncommon for people with problems to want to raise those problems up to a higher level for solution -- thereby passing their problem to you.  Don't fall for it, and don't deny your people the opportunity to grow by having to solve tough problems on their own -- that's how you enable them to grow as leaders.  These are opportunities to push those problems and decisions back down -- the decision gets made at the right level ... your people learn and grow ... and the organization moves forward.  (PS Sometimes folks make mistakes with those decisions ... but let them learn from those mistakes by making them fix it on their own ... don't be tempted to pull the decision back to your level).

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John Michel's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:29 AM

When a leader acts in a manner that assumes he is the best decision maker — in other words, the most knowledgeable and responsible member of a group — everyone else feels extraneous.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:00 PM

Empowering the workforce to make decisions promotes growth, employee engagement, and responsibility.  All of which benefit the individual and the organization.  Author states, "And when we distributed decisions and invited more people to take ownership in the process, we achieved the central goals of modern business: engaged people and better decisions. It was a win-win, for both our employees and our business success."

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Stop Trying to Engineer Success

Stop Trying to Engineer Success | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Excellence is complicated and context-specific. And sadly, there are no short cuts.


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Amen!

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 4, 2013 9:59 PM

Excerpt from article: 


The fundamental problem with the engineering approach is that simple mechanics do not drive outcomes in complex systems. Where causes and effects are constantly subject to dynamic adaptation, as they are in ecosystems, societies, and organizations, conditions cannot be reproduced.


This post is part of a series of perspectives leading up to the fifth annual Global Drucker Forum in November 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

Taylor Gillard's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:35 PM

Very interesting on the perception of achievment 

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16 Things You Need To Stop Being Afraid Of; Fear Can Hold You Back From Being The Person You Are Meant To Be.

16 Things You Need To Stop Being Afraid Of; Fear Can Hold You Back From Being The Person You Are Meant To Be. | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Vicki, thanks for sharing!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:40 PM

Remember what Morgan Freeman’s character in The Shawshank Redemption said: “Terrible thing, to live in fear.” Fear can hold you back from being the person you’re meant to be.


Some of these won’t apply to you, but perhaps some will. Here are 16 things some people need to stop being afraid of.


1. Hard work


I’m not ragging on young people as a bunch of entitled loafers here. I am one of the laziest people I know to the point of almost being "too lazy to fail". Heaven help me if I ever won the lottery. My life would go to hell it rapid fashion.


But there is a plague of “quick” and “easy” upon society, and I’m not just talking about the fitness industry.

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Drink Up: 10 Leadership Lessons From the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev - Entrepreneur

Drink Up: 10 Leadership Lessons From the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev - Entrepreneur | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Drink Up: 10 Leadership Lessons From the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev Entrepreneur Brito, who oversaw the 2008 mega merger of Brazilian brewing company InBev and American beer giant Anheuser-Busch, knows a thing or two about being a leader,...
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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Admittedly, I only do 1 out of these 5 -- perhaps this is an opportunity for self-improvement.  Useful habits to strive for.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:06 PM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilising the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful, and healthy, lifestyle.That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people.


Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.

Lee Werrell's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:41 AM

Not strictly compliance, but definately corporate achievement.

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Building leaders through faith, trust and risk-taking

Building leaders through faith, trust and risk-taking | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The Deputy Commanding General of I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, talks to students as part of the MBA Executive Leadership Series.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:01 AM
In any organization, the pillars of integrity, trust and faith build strong leadership and a functioning unit. check out this piece on Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl speaking to PLU students at the opening lecture of the MBA Executive Leadership series.
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Don’t kid yourself : Six ways to be a more humble leader

Don’t kid yourself : Six ways to be a more humble leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Humility seems to be neglected in leadership development programs. To the extent it is considered by managers rising through the ranks, it is often misunderstood. How can we change this?

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Profound and useful insights on humility and working on being more humble.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:41 AM

Humility is not hospitality, courtesy, or a kind and friendly demeanour. Humility has nothing to do with being meek, weak or indecisive. Perhaps more surprising, it does not entail shunning publicity. Organisations need people who understand marketing, including self-marketing, to flourish and prosper.

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Be Grace-Full

Be Grace-Full | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
  I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - onl…

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A perfect article for a Sunday and before starting the week -- see for yourself. 

 

The coming week will offer opportunities for you to offer grace ... or perhaps to be the recipient of grace ... or even to reflect back on our lives/careers on moments when grace was offered to us. 

 

Cherish the opportunities and be humble enough to pay it forward.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:15 AM

Got Grace?

Don Cloud's comment, October 6, 2013 7:33 PM
John Michel, thank you for writing this! In itself, it is a piece ... an apportionment of grace.
Peace Overtures's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:08 PM

Coming from the heart in business is a choice and it gets easier with practic. This article is an inspiring example of the power our heart-centered decisions ripple and continue to ressonate long after the act occured.

 

See attached Alignment Process session to help with letting go to the heart. http://wp.me/p2xRQh-jJ

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The Seven Decisions of Decisive Leaders

The Seven Decisions of Decisive Leaders | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Decisiveness is a strength and weakness. I often hear complaints about bosses who can’t make decisions. Then there’s the leader who makes all the decisions. In both cases the results are the same. ...
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Great questions that every leader should ask him/herself to improve decisionmaking throughout the organization.

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Tough Choices: The Science Behind Making The Right Call

Tough Choices: The Science Behind Making The Right Call | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Keep your friends close, you'll need them when it comes time to make a tough decision. (Tough Choices: The Science Behind Making The Right Call http://t.co/paKoUl8OnG Great read!

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Sage advice on improving tough calls.  The tougher the call to be made, the more time you should take to mull it over.  That said, at some point, you still need to move forward and make the decision.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:17 AM

The bad news is our decision-making is hampered by the fog of human irrationality. Fortunately, science has shown us that there are tricks and habits we can use to improve our judgments and better light the path ahead.



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5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose

5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Living and working with purpose is a process of self-discovery--and one most of us never let ourselves undergo.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:16 PM

The idea that we need to turn inward to find our purpose is both interesting and accurate.

Don Cloud's comment, October 5, 2013 9:21 PM
Ivon, I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, am trying to help my daughter through this process (she graduates high school this year). But it's tough ... society has already put all the "checkboxes" in place.
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, October 5, 2013 9:24 PM
It is Don. We lose a lot of kids and adults due to the check box approach.
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Tap Into Emotional IQ to Become a Great Leader

Tap Into Emotional IQ to Become a Great Leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Truly innovative, successful individuals get to where they are not by selling a product, but by selling what they believe. What drives their success is the ability to inspire, and at the core -- it is emotional IQ.
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"Don't sell a product.  Sell a dream."

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Management & Business | Tolero Feel Good Friday Quotes 10-4-13 | Tolero Solutions

Management & Business | Tolero Feel Good Friday Quotes 10-4-13 | Tolero Solutions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
A little motivation and humor are good for business. We post motivational business quotes at the end of each week - end your week on a feel good note.

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Go for it!

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Multitasking Makes Managers Less Thoughtful

New research on electronic devices at meetings. The disruptive fate of the e-cigarette. And why women aren't becoming scientists. These stories and more in this week's scouting report on provocativ...

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Thanks for sharing Don!  I could not agree more. 

 

There's a time and a place to use mobile devices -- but that time and place is NOT in meetings nor requiring everyone to be tied/responding to their electonic devices all day.  You CANNOT lead by email/text ... so what environment have you set if everyone is tied to their electronic leash all day ... and after work.

 

Some easy tips to consider ... these worked for my organization on many occasions ... and they promoted much richer human (vice electronic) interactions:

 

1) Ban electronic devices from meetings--period.  This does 2 things:  a) everyone is focused on the meeting so it's more productive, and b) everyone has to actually prepare for this meeting so it's more productive [they cannot rely on their device].  From my experience, my meetings got shorter but more content rich and decision focused.

 

2) As a leader, purposefully minimize email usage to only that which is necessary ... that means send and respond to far less emails.  If you are the one sending emails, then you are the one generating email churn that your folks feel they must respond to.

 

  a) After work, check your email once when you get home and then once right before bed.  If there's an "emergency" which requires your attention, let you people know to CALL you.  If it's that important, it's worth the phone call.  This will filter out a lot of the chaff, not just for you but for your folks.  It also empowers their decision making and problem solving.

 

  b) Use your mobile device to monitor email ... I tried to limit it to looking for messages from my boss or my boss' boss.  These may require your attention.  Besides that, everything else is informational.  Remember, if something important comes up after hours, your folks should call.

 

Finally ... just a sanity check ... does anyone think it's possible to build trust and relationship by electronic transactions?  Most would say no -- and if this is the case, then why would leaders hinder themselves by inserting mobile devices between yourself and your people?

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Don Dea's curator insight, October 5, 2013 2:44 AM

Studies from Clifford Nass's Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media Lab clearly indicate that those who engage in media multitasking are unable to ignore irrelevant information and have difficulty identifying which information is important. Even watching that stream of type crawl across your television screen during the evening news makes you less likely to retain information from either the program or the crawl. Media multitasking makes managers less thoughtful and more inclined to exercise poor judgment, Nass says. And companies that encourage people to respond instantly to e-mail make the problem worse. At the very least, managers should insist that employees bring no electronic devices to meetings. 

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Trust

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Via Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach
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Patricia, thanks for sharing -- I like this a lot.

 

That said, I would offer that the wrong words are highlighted/bolded. 

 

Specifically, the word "bond" is not highlighted/bolded -- and it should be ... when it comes to leadership, it's the most important factor.

 

Powerful bonds distinguish the link between great leaders and their people from good leaders who have a mere relationship with them.  Bonds distinguish strong leaders who are committed and "all in" versus average leaders who are merely involved.  Bonds between leaders and followers will energize people to act on their own for the greater purpose ... the "why" of the group.  These bonds are the sinew between leader, followers, and greater purpose that combine in a way that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts -- that are planted, nurtured, grown, and developed -- that transform a mere collection of people into a living organism that we call an organization.

 

Just sharing a thought that struck me as I pondered the profound meaning of this slide.  Thanks again!

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:04 AM

Trust is the foundation & the key to all successful relationships! 

 

How full is your trust bank account?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:10 PM

Truer words were never spoken.

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8 Things Successful People Do And Why [infographic]

8 Things Successful People Do And Why [infographic] | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Goal setting is one of the best ways to think outside of the box and a sure way to get your motivation up.

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Many great insights in a tiny package ... thanks for sharing!

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Melissa St Hill's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:51 AM

Really great infrographic - definitely worth having a read over - 

 

"work more...like, a lot more.."

John Michel's curator insight, October 3, 2013 2:40 PM

To be successful, you have to be tenacious. You have to be driven by a purpose. You have to be fearless. Failure is a part of life, but it makes the winning so much sweeter. A true success will see that losing is really just learning what doesn’t work and how to succeed.

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5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students

5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
 Attend LearnBop’s free webinar for Connected Educators Month entitled “Cultivating Intelligence and Talent through a Growth Mindset,” led by Presidential Award Winning Teacher Cindy Bryant. How Can We Help Every Student Tap Their Inner Genius?

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On Leadership and Making Difficult Decisions

On Leadership and Making Difficult Decisions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

For some leaders, decision-making comes naturally; and for others, it often is a daunting task.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:41 AM

Every decision is an opportunity...and there will always be another one.