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How Does Bill Belichick Develop New Leaders?

How Does Bill Belichick Develop New Leaders? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
By relying on a metaphor from business, not the sports world.
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Simple, superb advice for I one of footballs greatest coaches and leaders. 

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The Focused Leader

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Every leader needs to cultivate this triad of awareness, in abundance and in the proper balance, because a failure to focus inward leaves you rudderless, a failure to focus on others renders you clueless, and a failure to focus outward may leave you blindsided.



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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:03 AM

The key take-away is having a balanced awareness of inner-self, others and the environment.  When it comes to inner-self the most effective approach is placing the right amount of attention to inner psychological signals.  The right balance leads to success!

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7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People

7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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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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Leadership Starts with One

Leadership Starts with One | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Great leaders have inspired millions of people throughout history. Likewise, today’s great business leaders at all levels motivate employees to transform their enterprises and help them reach new heights of accomplishment.

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Leading oneself to inspiring one’s own heart and discipline one’s own ego is the first step any great leader takes before embarking on a great leadership role.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:46 AM
Very true!  One cannot effectively lead others without first being able to lead him/her self.
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How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits

How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live? I’d say that one very common and destructive thing is that they think too much.
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Find ways to spend more of your time and attention with the people and sources that have a positive effect on your thinking and less on the influences that tends to strengthen your overthinking habit.


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8 Ways To Make Positive Change Last. | Live Your Epic Life

As we move through the holidays, and move into 2014 setting goals, creating New Year's resolutions, and making positive changes will become top of mind. There will no doubt be a lot of content out there written about how to ...
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The results of change always lag behind the decision to change.  In the mean time, to sustain the change you want to see vicariously live your results every day!

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Responsible Bravery

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For the listener, humility humanizes the speaker, it decreases the sense of threat, it lowers the fear of harm, it beckons benefit of the doubt. Humility creates a better chance of being able to address hate without perpetuating it.
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Humility creates a better chance of being able to address hate without perpetuating it. To confront injustice without wielding more of it.

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Nelson Mandela and the evolution of great leaders - Fortune

Nelson Mandela and the evolution of great leaders - Fortune | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
NBC4 Washington Nelson Mandela and the evolution of great leaders Fortune Though he shared the Nobel Prize with Mandela for their work in dismantling apartheid, they were fierce opponents, and Mandela too had few positive things to say about his...
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Great leaders approach life as a school. They are always learning. No situation -- a day in prison, a scolding from a child -- is too inconsequential.

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The Greatest Risk - Vibe Shifting

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The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing; if you have a dream that really want to achieve, you have to move out of your comfort zone and take risks.
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The greatest risk doesn’t come from taking risks it comes from always avoiding risks. The greatest risk lies in doing nothing, having nothing, being nothing and becoming… nothing.

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Using Failure to Identify Your Blind Spots

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Failure is a great teacher but also a cryptic one. Deci…
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Failures are incredibly valuable because they allow us to analyze our tasks and performance and by doing so, identify our blind spots.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 4, 2013 8:36 AM

Great scoop John.  I really appreciate the specific steps outlined in the article that can help us learn from our mistakes and failures.  

 

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Viewing failures as teaching tools is no mere consolation prize. Rather, failures provide us with vital information about our psychological blind spots we would not have access to otherwise.

 

Specifically, our psychological makeup is such that we tend to make only a few mistakes and repeat them in endless varieties.

 

That is the definition of a working blind spot, a repetitive error we don’t see and keep making. Imagine having a crystal ball that tells you what mistakes you are most likely to make in the future. You would happily watch out for them and correct them.

 

Well, failure is that crystal ball.

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The Five Major Benefits Of Failure

The Five Major Benefits Of Failure | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Video People love success stories, but freak out at the prospect of failure. If you want success in any aspect of your life, then you have to embrace failure and build on the benefits it generates.
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There are four keys to unlocking the benefits of failure. Mastering these four will yield five major benefits.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 3, 2013 4:07 AM

Fali forward, practice intelligent failure to get ahead!

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Hacking Leadership - Sample Chapter

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Ready to start Hacking Leadership? Here is a sample chapter from Mike Myatt's new book.  Take a look!


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A fantastic, must read book by one of America's most successful leaders. Grab a copy today.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:12 AM

Mike Myatt is America’s Top CEO Coach, recognized by Thinkers50 as a global authority on the topic of leadership, a Forbes leadership columnist, author of Leadership Matters, and CEO at N2growth. The official release date for his new book, Hacking Leadership, is December 16, 2013.

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:58 PM

Good leadership insights from an experienced coach.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 24, 2013 1:11 AM

don't focus on best practices, but next practices; with pithy advices like these, Mike had me hooked over from the word go. A definitive and much needed read - looking fwd to reading the full book- the excerpt was a great appetizer!!

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Making Friends With Failure

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No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens.
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To succeed, we must make friends with failure. Failure makes you a better, kinder, stronger and wiser human being.

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2013 Person of the Year: Pope Francis

2013 Person of the Year: Pope Francis | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.
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What makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all.


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Leadership Takes a Deep Breath | Strategic Monk.com

Leadership Takes a Deep Breath | Strategic Monk.com | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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The leaders who inspire me recognize they need time to breathe. They appreciate that the deep work they do to know their true selves strengthens their leadership..

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:40 PM

"It is a terrible burden to be so essential, and so busy. There is never enough time to be really prepared, never enough time to really evaluate. There is never enough time to be thoughtful, never enough time even to take a deep breath."

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Five Bosses You Don't Want (Or Want to Be)

Five Bosses You Don't Want (Or Want to Be) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
By Jack and Suzy WelchWhat is lousy leadership? Here are a few of the most common ways leaders can get it wrong and too often do.The first and perhaps most frustrating way that some people blow

Via Bobby Dillard
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Leaders who don't differentiate usually do the most damage when it comes to people. Unwilling to deliver candid, rigorous performance reviews, they give every employee the same kind of bland, mushy, "nice job" sign-off. And when rewards are doled out, they give star performers not much more than the laggards.

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Failure is the Gift of Humility - LinkedIn Today

Failure is the Gift of Humility - LinkedIn Today | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Failure is the Gift of Humility
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“Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.” - George Arliss.
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The truth is, no matter how many wins you have, no matter how successful you are, no matter how happy you are, a dose of failure - as hard as it can be, can lead to a dose of humility, which is super valuable.


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The Images We Hold Create Our Reality - Jesse Lyn Stoner

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“We must actively seek out positive images or our sense of reality will be unbalanced. Nelson Mandela used the power of a collective image to unify his broken country. (Lead w/ positive images!”


Via Mike Klintworth
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We must actively seek out positive images or our sense of reality will be unbalanced. Many wonderful and powerful things are happening everyday. But we have to look for them because they won’t be presented to us in the media.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:50 PM
The influx of negative images and stories we are exposed to--sometimes self-inflicted, other times media-induced for shock affect--can negatively impact our mental images, reality, behaviors and how we navigate life. The good news is, we can create positive images.
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4 New Year's Resolutions Every Leader Should Make - Forbes

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4 New Year's Resolutions Every Leader Should Make
Forbes
Successful organizations need alternative learning resources that affect positive talent change.
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As a leader, it’s ultimately up to you to solve the pain points at your company. While your weakness could be almost anything, here are four of the most common pain points for leaders and how to address them.

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20 Positive Ways to Confront Poor Performance

20 Positive Ways to Confront Poor Performance | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Lousy leaders whine about mediocrity but can’t or won’t have tough conversations. Excellence is a function of confronting performance issues. Call people to rise up or they will leave or lay down. ...
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Lousy leaders whine about mediocrity but can’t or won’t have tough conversations. Excellence is a function of confronting performance issues.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:04 AM

Having the courage to confront performance opportunities is an important part of being a leader.  It is easy to be a leader when things are going well, and it is smooth sailing.

 

True leaders are like hot tea bags...when the water is hot they get stronger.

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Watch How a Leopard Reacts When It Finds Out Its Prey Has a Newborn

Watch How a Leopard Reacts When It Finds Out Its Prey Has a Newborn | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
RT @amineguy: Beautiful, natural compassion | Watch How a Leopard Reacts When It Finds Out Its Prey Has a Newborn http://t.co/a0fiTCKKrw vi…
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An awesome video that shows compassion is a powerful force in any and every species. 

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Super Achievers' Secret Power: Humility

Super Achievers' Secret Power: Humility | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
From Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to Alec Baldwin yes really the secret of many super successful people isn't Kanye West-like bravado it's striking the right...

Via Sandeep Gautam
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While any one individual’s self-serving biases can poison the dynamics of a group, when people in an organization, family, or group practice a truth-seeking humility, the better the chances of their shared endeavor being a smash success.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:09 AM

"June Price Tangney, a psychology professor and leading researcher of moral emotions and cognitions at George Mason University describes what she considers to be true humility this way: Having the ability to acknowledge our mistakes and limitations, having an openness to new ideas, and being able to maintain a realistic perspective of our place in the larger world."

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3 Things Top Leaders Do To Stay Authentic - Forbes

3 Things Top Leaders Do To Stay Authentic - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
3 Things Top Leaders Do To Stay Authentic
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Only by accepting and being aware of all the issues and thoughts at hand—positive, negative, and otherwise—can you rise above them.
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You won’t simply have “less” stress when you’re grounded in values and authenticity—but you’ll be able to handle it better because you will tackle it with clarity to begin with, and not try to figure out what you stand for in the midst of a stressful situation.

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How to Delegate So the Gain Outweighs the Pain - Jesse Lyn Stoner

How to Delegate So the Gain Outweighs the Pain - Jesse Lyn Stoner | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you rarely delegate, you are really an individual contributor. It doesn’t matter what your title is. Leaders who don’t delegate are not leading.

Via Ron McIntyre, mytalentbook ltd., Bobby Dillard
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Are you and the members of your team good at delegating? If not, you may want to reconsider how you can improve your teams performance. 

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:59 PM

Food for thought:

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The Struggle For Authentic Leadership

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I have a begun to take issue with leadership developmen…
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Authenticity is an internal struggle to become better by admitting the ugly.

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