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A Girl And Her Calculator: The Best Prom Love Story Ever Told - Huffington Post

A Girl And Her Calculator: The Best Prom Love Story Ever Told - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Huffington Post A Girl And Her Calculator: The Best Prom Love Story Ever Told Huffington Post Last year, STEM high school student Regina Reynolds told her friends, "If nobody asks me to prom, I'm taking my calculator." When the time came and no one...
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An absolutely awesome Story.

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Tap into Your Talent

Tap into Your Talent | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
There were once a brother and sister who were each give…
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How well are you using your talents? 

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Each of us is born with talents that we are free to share or to hide. When we liberally share our best selves with others, we foster growth, enhance happiness and promote posterity. And as a result, the world literally becomes a different place. 

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Top 5 Reasons People Love Their Jobs and How You Can Love Yours, Too

Top 5 Reasons People Love Their Jobs and How You Can Love Yours, Too | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It’s pretty easy to guess why 40% of employees are not engaged at work. And in your own life, you’re either in the same boat or have heard the gripes, quips and complaints from others. But what about the 60% of employees that are engaged?

Via Thomas Faltin
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A great list every leader should look to put into play in their surroundings.


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Are You a Leader? Don’t Do This! Unless You Don’t Care About Trust

Are You a Leader? Don’t Do This! Unless You Don’t Care About Trust | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
There are many do’s and don’ts of effective leaders. One of the most important skills a leader can learn is how to build and increase trust. (Sarcasm,a hge leadership diminisher....

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Sarcasm is not a sound leadership skill. It ultimately creates a lack of respect towards that leader by team members. And while the one using it may think it is more funny than harmful, they are completely underestimating its damaging effects.

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The 8 Clear Signs of a Workplace Culture of Fear

The 8 Clear Signs of a Workplace Culture of Fear | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Two major incidents in the last week made me think about the signs of a culture of fear since fear is the ultimate culture killer!


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Fear is the ultimate culture killer. Most organizations have some level of fear that holds back the potential of their organization on many fronts.

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The Power of One: Making Better Tomorrows - General Leadership

The Power of One: Making Better Tomorrows - General Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The power of one is realized when we choose to make tomorrow better than we find things today. Article includes Booker T Washington and Tuskegee University
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A brief reminder that we can all make a profoundly positive difference in our spheres of influence. 

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Leadership is HOPE

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Hope is at the core of leadership as it provides the grounds for believing that something good may happen.


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Hope is at the core of leadership as it provides the grounds for believing that something good may happen.

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5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone

5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Making assumptions can be a positive thing. Here are five assumptions that we should try to make about everyone.
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Usually when we make assumptions about others, they’re not positive ones. We tend to make split-second judgments; build complex stories in the blink of an eye with them as villain and us as hero (or victim); attach nefarious motivations to their actions. We forget that we’re seeing them through our own lenses, with our own stories and experiences as filters that influence what we think, believe and notice.

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8 Ways to Become a Better Boss

No one intends to be a bad boss. Some just don't know any better. Here are 10 tips that will help any boss improve. (#TalentManagement: 8 Ways to Become a Better #Manager. #leadership.

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Straight  up insights on how to raise the bar on your boss hood. 

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:10 AM

Make your leadership personal--"Be generous with gratitude, praise and concern for their individual wellbeing."  Seek opportunities to grow, together, with the members of your Team and they will do the same.  Bridge the gap...leadership is personal and about people.  Through that medium, you achieve your goals and those of your team.

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Leadership grows when you become a better giver.

Leadership grows when you become a better giver. | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leaders are givers. By giving, you trigger a universal law as powerful as gravity life gives to the giver, and takes from the taker. As a leader, the only way to get what you want is by helping eno...

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 Great leaders have a strong interest in fostering giving behavior in their organizations, communities and families. A willingness to help others achieve their goals lies at the heart of effective collaboration, innovation, and service excellence. Giving is an act of generosity and gratitude that leaves a lasting memory with the people we lead.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 22, 2013 10:34 AM

You may ask yourself, what are the benefits of giving?  Here are a few to consider: healthy relationships; a sense of gratitude; a meaningful job; a sense of empowerment, pride, and accomplishment; and making a positive difference in the world.

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The Heart of Innovation: 50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking

The Heart of Innovation: 50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions (50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking http://t.co/z6Ae690gC8)
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Here is my favorite. What's yours? 


"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy | Elite Daily

The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy | Elite Daily | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Everyone has one common goal in life: to achieve true happiness. The biggest factor holding us back from achieving our dreams is, simply and sadly, our own selves.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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We put limitations on ourselves everyday, whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are so many ways we can alleviate these restraints.

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Spark Inspiration: 12 Things to Do When You Hit a Rut

Spark Inspiration: 12 Things to Do When You Hit a Rut | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Can’t find inspiration? Don’t worry. Everyone hits a rut from time to time.
Be it your career drive, creative projects, or a weight loss plan, sometimes—unfortunately—when you lose your mojo, you just lose it!

Via The e.MILE Community, Bobby Dillard
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Stuck? Check out these simple, yet powerful ways to get back in the game. 

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Angie Mc's curator insight, November 21, 2013 9:40 AM

Ruts! Sometimes all you need is to know there is a way out by trying something different. Great list.

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5 leadership lessons from the world's toughest workplace - BRW (subscription)

5 leadership lessons from the world's toughest workplace - BRW (subscription) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
BRW (subscription) 5 leadership lessons from the world's toughest workplace BRW (subscription) “With the current economic climate, may businesses feel as though they are in an Antarctic winter,” says Robertson, who these days is a motivational...
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Instead of harmony teams should aim for respect because respect trumps harmony every time.

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Mindful Leadership: Compassion, contemplation and meditation develop effective leaders - Bill George

Mindful Leadership: Compassion, contemplation and meditation develop effective leaders - Bill George | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the former CEO of Medtronic and a Best-Selling Author.
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Mindful leadership will help the new generation of authentic leaders to restore trust in their leadership and to build sustainable organizations known for their harmony. Its ultimate goal is to create a more harmonious and peaceful world for all to live in.

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The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo they bend but rarely break. How resilient...
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Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. Resilient people possess a set of paradoxical traits.


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✓ Conviction Makes You a Leader - Bill Rice

✓ Conviction Makes You a Leader - Bill Rice | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Great leaders never start out with their primary objective to become a great leader. That’s why it’s so hard to become a leader from reading books and websites about leadership.


Via Matthew Fritz
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Leadership is the seed of viral growth, but it must start with a burning conviction. Without a gnawing sense of purpose to accomplish a specific thing, often to fundamentally change the very nature of something–it is impossible to become a great leader.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, November 24, 2013 7:11 AM
You are where you are because you made choice about your course along the way. Leadership is an opportunity for action, not a mantle of blind power. Seize the opportunity through a resolute conviction to engage, rather than sit idly by.
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The CEO Who Led a Turnaround Wearing a Helmet

The CEO Who Led a Turnaround Wearing a Helmet | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A story of Paul Anderson of BHP Billiton, and the ripple effects of leadership.
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 A good reminder that in order to succeed as a leader, you need to live the mindset that you aim to instill in others. 

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9 Tips for a Better Company Culture

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Nine entrepreneurs explain how they built great teams.


Via Kip Michael Kelly
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Companies aren't built by individuals, they're built by teams with complementary skills. But recruiting good talent is half the battle — you also need to foster an environment in which your employees can flourish and grow.

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Seeking Better Returns: Staying True to 'Corporate Character' Means Realizing ... - Forbes

Seeking Better Returns: Staying True to 'Corporate Character' Means Realizing ... - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Seeking Better Returns: Staying True to 'Corporate Character' Means Realizing ...
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It’s always been true that unhealthy corporate reputations repel, while stellar reputations attract. But consumers now respond to corporate reputations with a new urgency.

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JFK and the Absolutes of Leadership

JFK and the Absolutes of Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I’ve had the fortune of sitting down face-to-face with some of the world’s great leaders. My point is not to impress.
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An outstanding article highlighting how this superb leader possessed and promoted the essenial attributes of individual and collective success. 

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How To Inspire Others Without Saying A Word

How To Inspire Others Without Saying A Word | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Don't underestimate the power of your example. I'm often asked: Is example enough? What do you think? » Does the boss who says one thing and does another influence you? » Does the person whose priv...

Via Bobby Dillard
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We can all see where example is powerful. A positive example is more valuable than a positive statement. It’s powerful because it is belief in action. It’s inspirational. It models behavior that can be imitated.

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The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 Leadership Themes

The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 Leadership Themes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

People are consuming massive amounts of content each day via their smartphones, laptops, tablets and the multiple social media platforms, blogs and publications they engage with. Carefully observe the leaders in your organization – the content they create and read shapes how they lead.



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Dean J. Fusto
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  If you are stuck in your career or having trouble maximizing the performance of your team and/or the growth of your organization – begin with a better understanding of the content that is required to help you overcome the hurdles you are being faced with. 

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The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Strategic optimists and defensive pessimists succeed under different circumstances. If you're a defensive pessimist, or you're attempting to motivate one, the strategies that prove effective are often the reverse of what you expect.
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If you're the kind of person who's always telling other people to look on the bright side, you might want to reconsider. Whether people succeed is not a matter of thinking positively or negatively, but rather whether they choose the strategies that match their thinking styles.

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AnnC's curator insight, November 23, 2013 1:05 PM

STRATEGIES should be chosen based upon the person's thinking style and the task demands or situation.

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Congestion, Roadblocks And Frustation

Congestion, Roadblocks And Frustation | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It isn't until our routines are disrupted that we really discover how difficult change can be...  -George Couros via Jimmy Casas And very often it is not the change itself that causes the frustrati...

Via Mike Klintworth
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Leadership not only determines the path…they determine the quality of the journey.  Roadblocks and obstacles will always surface during change…the challenge of leadership is to not create your own congestion, roadblocks and frustration for your organization…and those you lead.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 21, 2013 9:44 AM

When an organization lacks transparency and clarity, people begin to look for side routes around the congestion and confusion created by the change.