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10 Times You're Better Off Saying Nothing at All

10 Times You're Better Off Saying Nothing at All | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You know the saying that sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all? Here are 10 of the times when that is most true.

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As President Harry S. Truman once said, you can accomplish just about anything if you don't care who gets the credit. Sometimes, that means staying quiet just long enough for someone else to think of your solution and propose it as his or her own.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, May 13, 8:34 PM

It often pays to keep your mouth shut.

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10 Things to Remember When You’re Feeling Stuck

10 Things to Remember When You’re Feeling Stuck | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Take heart, and remember that the biggest breakthroughs often come after a long period of being stuck.  Which is why feeling stuck for a while is necessary.  Embrace this.  When things seem to be at their worst is the ideal time for you to be at your best. 

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10 Toxic Behaviors that Kill Your Confidence

10 Toxic Behaviors that Kill Your Confidence | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.  Believe in your intuition, especially when you have to choose between two good paths.  Believe that the answers are out there waiting.  Believe that life will surprise you again and again.  Believe that the journey is the destination.  Believe that it’s all worth your while.  Believe that you are confident enough to see it through.

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The Mirror Test - Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

The Mirror Test - Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

More than we’d probably like to admit so many of our days are spent in a state of self-delusion, an internal monologue of justifying our actions, both good and bad. When we do something wrong, our evolutionary instincts kick in and we do anything we can to not acknowledge the obvious: sometimes, it’s all our fault.


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Over time, this becomes our routine, our default reaction, and we fail to stop and reflect on what we’re doing. To make it even more difficult, many of us don’t have the luxury of someone being accountable for us (who does?), helping us recognize our mistakes and their repercussions.

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Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, August 19, 5:37 AM

Know yourself before you  lead others. Understand why you respond as you do and  its affect on others.  Honesty about yourself can be hard but in the end it is worth it

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, August 26, 3:31 PM

If you want to go far...you need to know who you are!

 

 

David Jardin's curator insight, August 28, 7:06 AM

Emotional intelligence and effective leadership are unattainable without self-awareness.

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Building Legendary Teams With Leadership

Building Legendary Teams With Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Great results are outcomes of great practice and preparation. Shareholder returns, a great customer experience, and the candidate experience are all outcomes.

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Great results are outcomes of great practice and preparation. Shareholder returns, a great customer experience, and the candidate experience are all outcomes.  If you want better outcomes, focus on the internal strategies that drive results, people and performance. You’ve heard leaders say “People are our most important asset.” So why do businesses spend billions of dollars each year advertising to drive shareholder returns, customer experiences? It’s because most will focus on the results and not the internal strategies that create them.

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3 Types Of Dysfunctional Teams And How To Fix Them

3 Types Of Dysfunctional Teams And How To Fix Them | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Is your workplace a battlefield, a love-in, or does it barely function? Leaders can save these teams by instilling a healthy community.
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11 Old-Fashioned Relationship Habits We Should Bring Back

11 Old-Fashioned Relationship Habits We Should Bring Back | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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In your relationships and interactions with others, nothing you can give is more appreciated than your sincere, focused attention – your full presence.  Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of the next event is the ultimate compliment.  It is indeed the most valued gesture you can make to another human being.


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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 18, 1:46 PM

I love no.  9! ~ Be a force for positivity and encouragement.

"Elevate your inner game...Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.  It makes a big difference in your life and the lives around you when you stay positive... If something is not to your liking, change your liking and carry on with smile.  Always turn a negative situation into a positive lesson and move forward.

Encourage the best possible results with your thoughts and words.  And teach this philosophy to those around you too."

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12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For - Forbes

How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For
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An old colleague and leadership expert used to relate a little parable about the great British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli.

Via Mike Klintworth
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The wise leader senses that there’s something noble and heroic in most anyone who sits across the table, and uses the time together to learn about that person’s personal battles and triumphs. Many of the greatest leaders and mentors are those who can become sincerely fascinated by most anyone.

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 3, 7:01 AM

It takes maturity and humility and wisdom to grasp that oftentimes the best thing you can do with that spotlight is to put it on those around you, so that they blossom in ways they didn’t realize were possible … and so that your organization can benefit fully from their fully developed talents.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 3, 9:39 AM

Wow, I absolutely love this article!

 

What a powerful message to remind us that leadership is not about us, it is about helping our teams shine. 

 

So today if the positive spotlight is turned on you, turn it back to the team and let them shine! 

 

What do you think?  Would love to learn from our experiences and observations....The SPOTLIGHT is on YOU:)

 

Until next time....PS - Live on Purpose!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 1:19 PM

There is a lot of servant-leadership in this article. I thought about how often I heard School managers spoke using language that suggested ownership. For example, my School, my teachers, my leadership, etc as if they were the only ones who had a vision.

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29 Signs You’re Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It)

29 Signs You’re Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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People rarely quit over the last thing that happened.  Instead they quit a tiny bit each day.  Trying to fix the last thing misses the point.  Keep this in mind.

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, June 15, 8:58 PM

Great list to have on hand when you suffer any setbacks and we all suffer setbacks. Always be resilient.

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7 Essential Reasons to Show Compassion Everyday

7 Essential Reasons to Show Compassion Everyday | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has a short but great saying about showing kindness in everyday life: “compassion is a verb.”   (RT @Luv_Adventures: 7 Essential Reasons to Show Compassion Everyday http://t.co/MEs45i81ox...
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More than a word describing the general spirit of love, compassion can be a hands-on philosophy – one with plenty of good reasons to live it fully each day:

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6 Pitfalls Savvy CEOs Avoid At All Costs, And You Should, Too

6 Pitfalls Savvy CEOs Avoid At All Costs, And You Should, Too | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Being a CEO is tough, but it's even harder when you let these mistakes drag you down. Here are six pitfalls, from not delegating enough to answering...
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Why Leaders Need Courage through Perspective | Switch and Shift

Why Leaders Need Courage through Perspective | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Are you afraid? You need to tap into your deeper driver, not the obvious surface driver like promotion, wealth, recognition, or whatever success means to you.
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Are you afraid? You need to tap into your deeper driver, not the obvious surface driver like promotion, wealth, recognition, or whatever success means to you. You need the perspective that today’s endeavor isn’t the end-all.

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Reality Check: Leadership Is Hell

Reality Check: Leadership Is Hell | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leadership is hell, but it’s brightly packaged as heaven. And this lures too many talented and ambitious people into the wrong careers, because they’ve falsely equated being a senior manager with being a success.
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The study of leadership shouldn’t be an effort to turn everyone into a leader. In fact, one of the best ways to improve the leadership in our organizations and our society is to give people permission not to feel pressured to be on the leadership track.

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The Essence of Leadership in Five Letters

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Image source by George Hodan Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller capture, “The Secret," of leadership in five letters, SERVE. The beauty of SERVE is inescapable simplicity and actionable clarity. Serve S...


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How would you answer the question, "Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”


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Joe Boutte's curator insight, September 13, 11:12 AM
“Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?”
Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 15, 6:19 AM

Good guidelines for a continual reinventing journey:-)

Betty Skeet's curator insight, September 22, 5:58 AM

If you really want to make a difference...what kind of a leader are you?

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6 Steps To Becoming The Best You

6 Steps To Becoming The Best You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

The greatest achievement in life is simple - Just be the best ‘you’ that is possible. It is, honestly, the greatest honor we can give to ourselves.


Via Bobby Dillard, Maite Finch, Ricard Lloria, donhornsby
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Success in anything has a method and a process. The journey is what crafts us and steels the fiber of who we are. It is designed and executed day after day.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 22, 10:34 AM

(From the article): Being your best self is synonymous with personal development and it always starts with becoming more aware of who you are and what patterns have been running you to date. Here is the truth; you cannot expect to become the best version of yourself while you are still running all of the same old thought and behavior patterns, which have gotten you to where you are now.. It all has to change and if you are truly committed to becoming the absolute best you, then this change has to be deliberate. In fact, it cannot just be change, it must be transformation.

 

“Be willing in any moment to sacrifice who you are for who you are going to be”




Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 23, 8:02 AM

Whole heartedly agree.. you don't control a lot of things in life but you do contour the YOU you want to become... it is a great achievement to just be the best you.Make it a daily habit..

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Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
“Together.”
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The word “together” is a powerful social cue to the brain.  In and of itself, it seems to serve as a kind of relatedness reward, signaling that you belong, that you are connected, and that there are people you can trust working with you toward the same goal.

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Yves CINOTTI's curator insight, August 17, 5:56 AM

Ce mot est "ensemble"

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9 Ways You are Destroying Your Team

9 Ways You are Destroying Your Team | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In a program we ran with top executives of a multi-billion dollar company, the CEO asked us - "Why don't we have this much fun at work?" So we asked back "What are you doing at work that is

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Are you creating conditions to bring out the best in those around you? 

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10 Things Happy People Never Do Again

10 Things Happy People Never Do Again | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Simply put, happy people don’t blame others or defer their authority.  They take complete responsibility for their actions and outcomes, or their lack thereof.  They know it’s up to them, and only them, to assess and manage their circumstances. 

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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

The same strategies used to create a business plan can tell you if you're on the right track in your career and personal life.


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Finding joy in your career and life means knowing what you’re passions are. If you have trouble coming up with your list of passions, think about the best experiences you’ve had, what you do when you’re procrastinating, or what you daydream about.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 14, 7:27 PM

How can I tell you if you are heading in the right direction if you don’t where you are headed.

Tony Phillips's curator insight, July 15, 9:33 PM

I love it!

Dixie Binford's curator insight, July 24, 9:28 AM

Good guidelines for school leadership in coaching/mentoring staff.

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Navy SEAL Lessons for Operating Successfully As A Team

Navy SEAL Lessons for Operating Successfully As A Team | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In the military, there are shared beliefs, consistent values, and deep traditions across all military units. In comparison, it’s often unclear in businesses what values a company operates with. In
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12 Common Lies Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe

12 Common Lies Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Mentally strong people know the opposite of defeat is not courage; the opposite of defeat is hope.  And there’s always hope.  When you lose something good, don’t think of it as a loss, but as an experience that gets you back on the path you were meant to travel.  Ultimately, the measure of who you are is what you do with what you have at any given point in time.

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10 Leadership Lessons from 10 Inspiring Entrepreneurs - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

10 Leadership Lessons from 10 Inspiring Entrepreneurs - Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As the emcee of the 2014 OEN Entrepreneurial Summit, I watched a group of entrepreneurs from diverse businesses deliver 10 valuable leadership lessons.

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Simple truths from successful leaders...enjoy! 

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 10, 8:51 AM

(From the article): While there was a wide diversity in business type, there was a real commonality in the lessons these entrepreneurs shared  - the “hard knocks” leadership lessons.

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Leadership is Sharing Who You Are -

Leadership is Sharing Who You Are - | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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People tend to think that becoming a leader is being more like leaders who have gone before us.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 5, 11:32 AM

Parker Palmer wrote something to the effect authority is authoring our lives. That makes leaders vulnerable. Teachers who sit on the boundary of public and private life embrace this vulnerability. Usually, combined with technical skills, these are the teachers students respect and learn from.

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Managing a Negative, Out-of-Touch Boss

Managing a Negative, Out-of-Touch Boss | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Keen advice on working with (and for) a toxic boss.

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How to Get Your Employees to Go Beyond the Call of Duty

How to Get Your Employees to Go Beyond the Call of Duty | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Being a humble leader means you have to get rid of the attitude that you're the boss and you're always right. "Too often leaders are focused on swaying others and 'winning' arguments.

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Stephanie Golden's curator insight, June 23, 11:22 PM

AWESOME ARTICLE! I truly believe in remaining humble and treating people right...having selfless leadership! 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 9, 9:12 AM

A plea for more Humble and Selfless Leadership to make your employees go the Extra Mile!

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 7, 8:11 PM

How you can make your leadership style more selfless and humble?