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Think Your Organization Is Compassionate?

Think Your Organization Is Compassionate? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
See how it compares with the results from our Compassionate Organizations Quiz.

 

Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?


The answers to these questions aren’t just important for feel-good reasons. Recent research suggests that more compassionate workplaces reap substantive benefits when it comes to employee wellness, creative problem solving, productivity, and the bottom line.

 

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Emily Nauman 

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Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?

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Chris Ringer's curator insight, July 6, 2013 4:52 PM

I wonder how they define "compassion." People confronting one another, lending a hand when times are tough, and leaders caring about their team members are only specific manifestations of compassion.

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Career, Leadership Lessons From Michael Phelps' Return - Fox Business

Career, Leadership Lessons From Michael Phelps' Return - Fox Business | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Career, Leadership Lessons From Michael Phelps' Return
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A quick summary of his career: The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, with 22 medals, 18 of them gold (twice as many gold medals as his closest challenger).
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If you were successful in the past but have eased out of the game, either abruptly or by slowing down a little bit more every day, ask yourself why. If it's intentional, something you really want for yourself, fine. Enjoy your life and don't look back. But if it's a case of feeling that you have to move out of the way, that you can't run with your younger colleagues, that there's nothing left for you to contribute, then maybe it's time to reevaluate, create a plan, and get back in the pool.

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9 Ways to Find Peace of Mind in Tough Times

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15 Revealing Signs You Genuinely Love What You Do

15 Revealing Signs You Genuinely Love What You Do | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
See where you stand--and whether you need to start making changes.
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Passion and purpose--in short, doing what you love--can be difficult to find. Some people search forever. Some gain remarkable skills and talents only to think, I'm great at this. So why don't I feel successful? Others, even after building successful businesses, suddenly think, Hold on. This is just not me.

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Why Incentives Don't Actually Motivate People to Do Better Work

Why Incentives Don't Actually Motivate People to Do Better Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

You would think that rewarding people for being good at their jobs would make them better at them. 


But social science shows that it doesn't, for a number of reasons. 



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Rather than structuring our workdays (and our employees' workdays) around rewards, we should instead structure them around continual, meaningful progress. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 3, 7:13 AM

(KEY QUOTE) "Motivation is much less about external prodding or stimulation," management sage Clay Christensen explains, "and much more about what's inside of you and inside of your work." 

 

In other words, the most motivated people aren't the best paid, but those who feel a connection with their work. 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 3, 8:45 PM

Research has been available for many years that monetary incentives are not (except in limited circumstances) the most important motivating factor for people.  So why do most organisations continue to use bonuses etc as there main way to motivate their people?  

Mike Masin's comment, April 18, 6:26 AM
Things that are harder to quantify like growing and being challenged are our long-term motivators. So we know ourselves better than anybody else.
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20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You

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The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers

The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you’ve managed a team for even a year, you know the crazy behavior that human beings can deliver.  As a CEO for 23 years, I remember dozens of times I sat with my head in my hands, wondering what a team member was thinking, if anything.  If you’re the [...]

Via Bobby Dillard
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It is the leader’s job to enforce the values and behaviors that make up the company culture. A healthy company culture is a set of norms and behaviors that support high performance and the company’s ultimate success.   Since midsized companies (and larger) are completely dependent on teams to accomplish critical tasks,anyone who damages teamwork can’t be allowed to stay.

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Today's Challenge: Leading Change - Great Leaders Serve

Today's Challenge: Leading Change - Great Leaders Serve | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leading change is a process.

Via Amy Melendez
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When people change because of vision, there’s a higher commitment to the change effort. You can even think of vision as an intrinsic motivator to change, while fear and pain are extrinsic motivators.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 12, 8:32 AM

Very interesting piece.

 

Think about it.

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Five Real Life Tips for Giving Your Staff a Sense of Purpose

Five  Real Life Tips for Giving Your Staff a Sense of Purpose | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Giving your workers more autonomy is truly a win-win solution. It allows you to entrust and delegate, while your workers feel inspired, energized, and part of a real team. Empowered employees are happy employees, and happiness is good for business.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, April 10, 9:49 AM


Every business would love to have employees who give their all to the business, and through their willing endeavours, help the business to grow and prosper.


Business owners who aspire to such a situation, need to do more than just dream about such a great state of affairs, they need to explore ways to make this situation happen.


This excellent article, suggests that business owners can empower their employees to reap higher productivity, fresh ideas, and enduring loyalty by encouraging the development of a sense of purpose throughout the business, and it offers five tips that anyone can follow to develop employees who really make a difference to business outcomes.

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9 Things Great Leaders Say Every Day

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People judge you by what you do--and by what you say. Here are nine phrases that should roll off your lips every single day.

Via Joe Boutte
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Your words are among your greatest tools. They're a window into your vision, your values and your abilities. So, whether you're running a giant organization or just trying to herd a group toward a certain outcome, there are messages you need to communicate constantly in order to lead effectively.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, April 5, 7:39 AM

This list is cool and is a good reminder of the things all of us should do each day to influence others, make progress, and achieve results.

Mike Brooks's comment, April 8, 2:34 AM
The best leaders I've had have said these same phrases to me many times. Over half of these phrases lay the foundation for what author Simon Sinek calls the "Circle of Safety." When the circle is large, those inside the circle have more room to do great things for the organization. As leaders, we need to work continuously towards making that circle bigger.
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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders - Entrepreneur

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders
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Positive Energy - Leaders show positive energy and optimism, showering their people with a can-do attitude.
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In reality, there is no simple answer to leadership. It takes devotion, time and patience. Most importantly, it takes knowledge.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 2, 9:42 AM

You really have to love your work to display the positive energy a leader needs to motivate and instill that passion in others...

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders- Entrepreneur

donhornsby's curator insight, April 3, 7:36 AM

Most significant things at work and in life require work, study and most important, practice. Leadership is no different. Understand that no one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one.

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Top 10 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You

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Unless you're lucky enough to work for yourself, we all have a boss we have to answer to. Provided they're not the devil incarnate, there are quite a few ways to ensure you two have a good relationship.


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Unless you're lucky enough to work for yourself, we all have a boss we have to answer to. Provided they're not the devil incarnate, there are quite a few ways to ensure you two have a good relationship. Here's what you should keep in mind.P

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10 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost and Alone

10 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost and Alone | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, March 21, 12:55 PM

Being alone and feeling ok with it is actually a skill. From time to time everyone needs to be alone, setting aside time for reflection and mindfulness.

MyKLogica's curator insight, March 21, 2:12 PM
"Jenny Ebermann's insight:


Being alone and feeling ok with it is actually a skill. From time to time everyone needs to be alone, setting aside time for reflection and mindfulness."


Poco que añadir al insight de Jenny.

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3 Ways To Get More Out Of Every Single Hour

3 Ways To Get More Out Of Every Single Hour | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Struggling to fit all of your to-dos in the day? You can't get more hours, so here's how to use the ones you've got more wisely.

Via Bobby Dillard
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From ringing phones to co-workers stopping by your desk for a chat, distractions are plentiful in most office environments. (Handling the “drive-bys” can be a real challenge.) While these distractions have become an accepted part of work life, they can wreak havoc on our levels of productivity. When we’re in stop-and-start mode all day, we find ourselves repeating tasks, losing our place, and spinning our wheels. In fact, it can take 20 minutes or longer to re-focus after an interruption.

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

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When possible, attempt to surround yourself with winners; those who are positive and uplifting and just seem to radiate happiness.

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Traits of a Motivated Leader

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If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated

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Plenty of people are motivated by external factors, such as a big salary or the status that comes from having an impressive title or being part of a prestigious company. By contrast, those with leadership potential are motivated by a deeply embedded desire to achieve for the sake of achievement.

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25 Things You Should Never Stop Doing for Yourself

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The Difference Between What You "Should" Do And What You "Must" Do

The Difference Between What You "Should" Do And What You "Must" Do | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you aren't doing what you love, it's time to examine your ideas about calling, career, and how to chase both toward success.

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There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.

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One Powerful Way To Control Your Leadership Reputation

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A personal brand is the total experience of the relationship others have with who you are and what you stand for as a leader – and how you live your personal brand each and every day regardless of the circumstances.   Unfortunately, most leaders (less than 15% according to leadership surveys conducted by my organization) still don’t know how to develop their personal brand – and when they have made attempts, they were more likely to launch self-promotion campaigns that tarnished their workplace reputations and made their colleagues begin to question their true intentions.

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Study: Receiving a Compliment has Same Positive Effect as Receiving Cash

Study: Receiving a Compliment has Same Positive Effect as Receiving Cash | The Second Mile | Scoop.it



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Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, April 12, 11:43 AM

If you are in a position of authority, you might want to try this!

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15 Questions That Gauge Leadership Ability

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How can you anticipate and prevent derailment in your leadership-development pipeline? By asking questions that assess leadership potential outside the realm of individual performance.
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Spencer Stuart, the global executive search consulting firm, compiled a list of 15 questions to judge leadership potential outside the realm of individual performance.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, April 11, 12:11 PM

Helpful ideas you can use for developing leaders. 

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What a CEO Really Does: 'Half the Time I'm a Psychologist'

What a CEO Really Does: 'Half the Time I'm a Psychologist' | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Gravity Media CEO Yuriy Boykiv says leading people means knowing how to dissect and manage human behavior. In fact, that's the bulk of the job.

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Your business card says you're founder and CEO of your business. What it doesn't say is that you're also ceaseless promoter of your business, big-picture visionaire, and manager of people and their emotions.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, April 8, 5:35 PM

As leaders in your organizations this piece may help inform you of one way to look at how you spend your time.  There is no right balance of percentages...it really does depend on the nature of your business.  The important takeaway is ensuring that mix works for you.

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Why do we not talk about behaviour change in L&D?

Why do we not talk about behaviour change in L&D? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leaders lacking in knowledge and skills necessary to make people change their behaviour.

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 The language of ‘learning and development’ engenders a line of thinking and the consideration of issues that are quite different from the ones that are raised if we talk of behaviour change.

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HR_Hardball's curator insight, April 17, 10:03 AM

Perhaps we don't recognize the behavior, perhaps we're not committed to the effort needed to change?

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HOW SUCCESSFUL NETWORKS NURTURE GOOD IDEAS

HOW SUCCESSFUL NETWORKS NURTURE GOOD IDEAS | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more.

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niftyjock's curator insight, April 1, 5:31 PM

I think in Private but I make mistakes in public 

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Simple Trick for Better Brainstorming Sessions

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Need lots of ideas right now? Here's how to get them.
The ability to generate good ideas is perhaps one of the most valuable assets in business. But what if you're feeling uninspired or blocked?

Via Dean J. Fusto
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According to HBR.org, a team of researchers led by Sophie Ellwood at the University of Sydney recently found evidence that incubation--taking a break from a problem to focus on something unrelated--can increase creativity.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, March 21, 8:19 PM

There are lots of things you can do with your staff that are still productive that can help incubate great ideas. Sharing sessions for lessons, technology, a break for some fellowship with a snack, and so on.  Just keep in mind that everything doesn't have to be finished right now; we can return to it and get better ideas. 

Mike Masin's curator insight, March 22, 9:43 AM

Your brain needs time to be creative. Think about the problem, focus on something else for a short time, then come back to the problem.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 24, 7:38 AM

The key to having a great brainstorming session is to make sure that everyone realizes their input is valued.

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6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement: How “Attitude Reflects Leadership” | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog

6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement: How “Attitude Reflects Leadership” | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you value highly engaged teams, you must foster a highly engaging work environment, and be a highly engaged team member yourself. (What does your attitude say in the workplace?

Via Richard Andrews
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Here are six characteristics of an engaging team environment. Ask yourself how you can personally role model these characteristics with your team:

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 8:18 AM

(From the article): In its report, Gallup states, “Gallup’s research has found that managers are primarily responsible for their employee’s engagement levels.” If this is true, we all must continually develop these skills in order to inspire employees and unleash their full potential.


How do you ensure you are an engaged leader?