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The Courage of Servant Leadership | AboutLeaders.com

The Courage of Servant Leadership | AboutLeaders.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Servant Leadership center around a calling, listening, empathy, emotional intelligence, character, leading with moral authority and putting other people first.

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Morale courage distinguishes leaders from everyone else.

 

Do you have the morale courage and conviction to lead?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 20, 2013 7:25 AM

Excellent Scoop Kevin!  It is especially good to see how the author has clarified what authentic leadership requires.  

 

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Leadership AuthenticityServant Leadership authenticity can only be maintained and emulated by adhering to the highest possible standards of moral and physical courage.Where do you stand in your leadership courage? Do you stand as a rampart against unethical and immoral behaviors by employees? Are you an authentic Servant Leader?
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The great boss as a visionary leader

The great boss as a visionary leader | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Vision! Steve Jobs had it. Walt Disney had it. George Washington — although less educated than either Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin — saw what this country could become and led the nation to accept his vision and follow him into its future.

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Avoid the trap of making your organization's "vision" mere posters or slogans.

 

Real leadership means doing the hard and necessary work of translating your organization's purpose or "why" into inspiration for your people and actions to make it real.

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3 Leadership Must Do’s for 2014

3 Leadership Must Do’s for 2014 | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

According to a survey published this month by Right Management, 83% of employees said they are actively seeking a new position for 2014. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study earlier this year found that 70% of workers are not engaged or actively disengaged and emotionally disconnected from their workplaces, and thus less likely to be productive. Gallup’s research also finds that engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success.

Here are three workplace trends that are likely to keep employees engaged and retained in 2014:


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David Hain's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:47 AM

Bottom line: pay attention to honing your leadership style in 2014.  If not, your employees may find other opportunities to get their voices heard.

Karl Wabst's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:27 PM

Corporate leaders are also employees. If they are disengaged, their people are likely to be as well. Leaders and Managers are not immune to the disillusionment of the past decade. Some percentage of the 83% of employees actively seeking a new position are leaders. When the market finally opens up, expect movement at all levels.

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Generosity: The Key to Getting Ahead

Generosity: The Key to Getting Ahead | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Have you ever worked for a jerk? How about a boss you loved, respected, admired? Who did you perform better for?We all do better work for someone we trust, admire, respect.

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Five simple ways leaders should serve those they lead.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:24 AM

Generous people share information readily, share credit often and give of their time and expertise easily. What comes across is a strong work ethic, great communication skills, and a willingness and ability to collaborate. Generous bosses get 10x the productivity from their employees; generous employees’ stars rise in tandem with their bosse.

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How Mental Toughness Can Help You Thrive | Empower the Leader in You

How Mental Toughness Can Help You Thrive | Empower the Leader in You | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Mental toughness is the ability to prevail over out struggles and carve our a tranquil existence in the midst of life’s turbulence.

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Adversity is where real leaders are tested and thrive.  After all, who needs a leader or leadership when things are going great?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:48 AM

Excellent post by leadership giant LaRae Quy.  I am recently going through some tough struggles and looking at them as  mysteries to be investigated for clues and lessons.

 

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Reframe Adversity 

As an FBI agent, I approached my obstacles as unsolved mysteries to be investigated.

 

A mystery requires us to look at a situation from many different angles, or through a larger frame. A mystery calls for us to change sides, back and forth, so we can see it from every aspect. No one solves a mystery by deciding on one conclusion from the outset and then force-feeding the facts so they fit their image of a successful outcome.


If we reframe our adversity to look more like mysteries to be solved by careful analysis, then we can pick away at suppositions and judgments which may, or may not, be accurate. We remain open-minded about how to solve the problem and overcome the obstacle.

John Michel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:37 AM

If we reframe our adversity to look more like mysteries to be solved by careful analysis, then we can pick away at suppositions and judgments which may, or may not, be accurate. We remain open-minded about how to solve the problem and overcome the obstacle.

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The Leadership Paradox

The Leadership Paradox | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
In his book, ‘Good To Great’ Jim Collins identified that the majority of Leaders who take their companies on the journey… (The Leadership Paradox http://t.co/zLefLJ9eGO)...

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The paradox of leadership ... "First Who…Then What — Rather than beginning by setting a new vision, or strategy, our paradoxical Leader will instead ensure that firstly they have the, “right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats”: And then they figure out where to drive it"

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John Michel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:02 AM

The fundamental fact is Leadership is a paradox and to accept this is in great part to begin to understand what it really means and really is in practice.

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I Lived a Day According to Ben Franklin’s Schedule and It Changed My Life

I Lived a Day According to Ben Franklin’s Schedule and It Changed My Life | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Long before to-do-list apps existed Benjamin Franklin was providing us with a daily schedule for success.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:20 PM

We could all use a little more Ben in our lives.

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7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People

7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, December 10, 2013 2:38 PM

Toxic people will likely try to imply that somehow you’ve done something wrong.  And because the “feeling guilty” button is quite large on many of us, even the implication that we might have done something wrong can hurt our confidence and unsettle our resolve.  Don’t let this happen to you.

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10 New Year's Resolutions for the Servant Leader - Great Leaders Serve

10 New Year's Resolutions for the Servant Leader - Great Leaders Serve | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
As this year winds down, I’m preoccupied with the question of how I can be more effective next year. My historical method, and the process I’ve started for 2014, has been to create a plan – complete with goals, strategies and tactics.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:01 AM

Every once in a while I get to stand on my soap box here at Whole Brain Leadership.  Mark Miller's work has been pivitol in my own learning over the past few years.  Be sure to check out his book, The Heart of Leadership.  He's donating100% of proceeds of that book to charity.  Good stuff.

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:26 AM

What's on your New Years resolution list? If your unsure, here are some insightful options.

Terri Goldson's curator insight, December 26, 2013 9:12 PM

Get ready for 2014 and beyond...no limits!

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Making Gratitude Part of Your Company Culture

Making Gratitude Part of Your Company Culture | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Here’s how to let your company give thanks beyond Thanksgiving, while also enhancing corporate culture.

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Gratitude is a very powerful attitude.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:06 PM

Fulfilled employees are more loyal and committed to the company, giving businesses that embrace a culture of generosity a competitive advantage.

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Real leadership begins with one’s self - like Pope Francis

Real leadership begins with one’s self - like Pope Francis | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
America has an ample number of leaders, in the workplace and in politics. But unfortunately, what many of these leaders are actually doing is “leadIng.You'll note the capital “I.” That’s not a typo.




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David Hain's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:24 AM

"Author Chris Lowney has observed the behavior of the first Jesuit pope and used him as a case study in effective leadership. In his new book, “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads,” Lowney writes of Francis’ first days as pope: “We were not watching someone trying to act like a pope. We were watching a person unafraid to be who he was.”


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John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:31 AM

You will be a more effective leader if you place your own self-interests aside. People will work harder for you. Loyalty will increase. You don’t need an academic study to prove that – just think of the bosses, coaches, even parents, who have led you and helped you reach a better place.


Angie Mc's curator insight, December 2, 2013 10:13 AM

Courage to be real, to be your best self.

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Be Grateful More Often

Be Grateful More Often | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
You'll be happier and so will everyone else.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:34 PM

Excellent article on the science behind showing gratitude.  From the post:

 

Thanksgiving is a great time to think about gratitude, but a dive into the research around giving thanks makes it clear that we should be doing more of it throughout the year.

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You Know You’re a High-Maintenance Leader When…

You Know You’re a High-Maintenance Leader When… | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
“You’re the worst kind; you’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.” - Harry (When Harry Met Sally) She doesn’t think she’s high-maintenance.  After all, she’s just trying to do her job.

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What NOT to do as a leader.

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A Celebration Of A Mom's Love, This Father-Daughter Photo Series Will Rip ... - Huffington Post

A Celebration Of A Mom's Love, This Father-Daughter Photo Series Will Rip ... - Huffington Post | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
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A Celebration Of A Mom's Love, This Father-Daughter Photo Series Will Rip ...

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beyond words ....

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John Michel's curator insight, December 20, 2013 1:22 AM

Simply awesome! 

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Work-Life Balance Is Over - Create A Work-Life Flow

Work-life balance? Forget it. The author is serious. It’s a misnomer and it can set you up for failure. Work-life balance implies that if you spend a set amount of time on your work, you’ll have to spend that same amount of time on whatever else makes up your life – personal time, physical fitness, family, parenthood, hobbies, etc.


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There's no such thing as "work-life balance" ... it's a myth that leads to mediocrity.

 

Olympic athletes, the world's most creative artists and authors, inventors who change the world, and the most profound transformational leaders do not achieve such greatness by living a life in "balance."  Instead, they choose to align and prioritize their life, both work and non-work, with the pursuit of their passions.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 15, 2013 6:19 PM

Work-life balance? Forget it. I’m serious. It’s a misnomer and it can set you up for failure. Work-life effectiveness should be the goal.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 16, 2013 2:08 AM

This is really interesting, somehow the gab between work and life is getting smaller and smaller. What makes work enjoyable depends on how close to your life it is. If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, then work should be something you are passionate about, just like your passion for the hobby!

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The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Many leaders see their role as directing and giving information, rather than gathering.  There is pressure to “come up with the answer” quickly or risk looking weak.  Too many new leaders believe they’re expected to know the answer without input or guidance. Nothing could be further from the truth.


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There is no leadership without trust -- and building trust is the #1 priority for all great leaders.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:47 AM

Thank you for sharing this article!

 

Building trust through involvement, collaboration, and asking their team ...what do you think we should do?  How do you believe this solution will solve the issue?  What factors did you consider to come to this conclusion?

 

What are your thoughts?

Jeffrey Ross's curator insight, December 20, 2013 10:36 AM

Building TRUST is the true cornerstone to building a successful business.  Internally, we need to be able to trust one another, so that our customers will trust us.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 9, 2014 9:20 AM

Trust is HUGE for leading todays workforce. Simply take an interest in your people... reach out them and LISTEN. Put your ego and prejudice away. Author gives 3 great questions to ask :“If you were put into my role tomorrow, what would be the first three things you’d do and why?”  Or: “What are the three biggest barriers to our success, and what are our three biggest opportunities we have?” 

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It Is Always Now

It Is Always Now | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Sam Harris, an American neuroscientist, author, and philosopher, shares his concept of the present moment and why it matters to live in the now rather than wait for the "now" of the future. This video asks viewers to live for each and every moment.


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Life is a blessing ... don't let it slip by without notice.  It is always "now", and the now is worth being grateful and thankful for.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 13, 2013 11:55 AM

Being fully present is an essential aspect of living.

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The Seven Pursuits of Leadership

The Seven Pursuits of Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
You may grow weary of a life of pursuit but what’s the alternative?

 

Spend yourself in pursuit or waste yourself in ease. Fatigue from pursuit is the noblest form of exhaustion. “At its essence, lea...


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In the "pursuit of happiness" ... here's a short list of things worth pursuing.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:08 PM

Spend yourself in pursuit or waste yourself in ease. Fatigue from pursuit is the noblest form of exhaustion.

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Lessons in Leadership and Life from Nelson Mandela | Tolero Solutions

Lessons in Leadership and Life from Nelson Mandela | Tolero Solutions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
How was Nelson Mandela able to lead and influence so many people? And how can you learn those leadership lessons to inspire people to do great things?

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:44 PM

-What makes a great leader?
-What can we learn from Nelson Mandela's leadership?
-Are you inspiring those you lead?

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:59 AM

Thank you Don!

 

This quote reminds me of Good to Great saying about Great Leaders.

 

When there is recognition:  Great Leaders look out the window at their team to give the credit away

 

When there is a mistake:  Great Leaders look in the mirror at themselves

 

Make it a great day!

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5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength - Forbes

5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength
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Psychology often discusses mental health — but what's not often discussed is a clear definition of mental strength.

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Sara Picken-Brown's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:08 PM

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:43 PM

So you're at the top of your corporate game.  You rise before dawn, do a thousand crunches, yanked fifty pull-ups, and squated the equivalent weight of your BMW run five miles,  all before you sit in that beauty for your morning commute.  You're big, strong, looking tight and chiseled.  But what about your mental strength?  Have you ever excercised that muscle before getting to work?  Hmmm..

Annette Swann's curator insight, December 21, 2013 3:51 AM

I like the article's distinction of "productive" thoughts (rather than "positive thoughts")

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Make yourself a "to become" list | SmartBlogs

Make yourself a "to become" list | SmartBlogs | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders need to constantly develop themselves as human beings. There is so much external change for them to adapt to that the need to be intentional about (Nice idea. Make yourself a "to become" list.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:29 AM

Wisdom of the ages...  Great scoop David!

John Michel's curator insight, December 5, 2013 3:12 PM

Your behavior affects those around you. How you conduct yourself is essential to influencing, managing change, fostering teamwork, and developing others. So as you conceive your leadership development plan, think in terms of the behaviors you need to take on or change.

Todd Alan Cudaback's curator insight, December 6, 2013 12:16 PM

Ahh!!! Now this is a great idea. As we near the new year and we bury the goal list that we created last year. Consider a TO BE LIST. The details are in this article

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Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being.


Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”


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A must see video!!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:17 AM

Wow.... for several reasons the topics and the thing as a whole in this forty-something minutes are: wow... still digesting it, I can only tell you there is hope for a better world because there are people like him... who are not only like him but who - like him - are able to transfer their beings, their attitudes in a very efficient way... it's also full a lots cognitiv things as well... great guy... I will review this sometimes and already search for his books...:-))) 

 

For leaders or for managers who want to be leaders, for supporters to better understand the human nature, and for everybody who simply wants to know more...

Victoria Harris's curator insight, February 5, 2014 3:44 PM

This is well worth a watch. Sinek looks at how we are hard wired to feel particular emotions - as leaders and followers. 

 

CL Costley's curator insight, October 16, 2014 11:20 PM

I just finished reading this book.  It's got "respect" (mainly in the form of empathy) all the way through.

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Why Monk Mode Is The Secret To Insane Productivity

Why Monk Mode Is The Secret To Insane Productivity | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

If you have a gigantic project and a ton of people wanting your time how do you satisfy both? By slipping into monk mode. (Lately, I've found that going into monk mode has helped my productivity too.


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A little something to share with my fellow introverts.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:39 AM
Taking the time to silence your mind and place yourself in the moment is a skill not easily mastered. As a leader, focus at the right times can be crucial to your Teams success. Seek out your "happy place" and learn to quiet distractions in times of struggle and strife to see the light!
John Michel's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:54 AM

When you go into monk mode, you make an open declaration to yourself and everybody else that you're going to be doing your deep work. You come out of the closet about going into your cave.

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Reflection: An Essential Leadership Practice

Reflection: An Essential Leadership Practice | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Ponder the following equations:

Information + Action = Knowledge

Knowledge is the result of information and action. Yet, knowledge of actions taken is still not wisdom. It is in the reflective process that we are able to see if the knowledge used and actions taken have produced something of value and worth.

Thus:

Knowledge + Experience + Reflection = Wisdom


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Thru self reflection, a leader can make changes to improve his/her leadership.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:49 AM

“One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.” - Norman Vincent Peale


Nicely argued blog from Angela Maiers

donhornsby's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:38 AM

Robust reflection is a prerequisite to personal and professional development.

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:51 AM

Excellent article....thank you for sharing!

 

Knowledge + Experience + Reflection = Wisdom

 

I believe that many of us know what we should be doing, and also have the experience that supports what we know.

 

What separates the best leaders I believe are those who take time to reflect on how the knowledge + experience is rightly applied.  Taking action after reflection is when wisdom is rightly applied.

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Make it a great day!

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Born to Matter - General Leadership

Born to Matter - General Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
You were born to matter, so make a positive difference in your surroundings. You never know, the ripple effect of your actions could last for generations!

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We are all born to matter -- as measured in the impact we have on the lives of others.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 13, 2013 11:42 AM

Mattering is your birthright. Just as mattering is a choice. We can give ourselves that option every day. It doesn’t matter how you do it- it only matters that you do it. You can say it, write it, tweet it, or live it. Choose to matter by doing something to make a positive difference in your surroundings.