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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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WATCH: This Video Will Jump Start Your Life In Less That 3 Minutes

WATCH: This Video Will Jump Start Your Life In Less That 3 Minutes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In under 180 seconds, this video will rewire your brain and have you seeing the world with new eyes.
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A must watch, though provoking (short) video  that will open your eyes to the beauty around you in a whole new way. Enjoy! 

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Seven Ways To Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving A Raise - Forbes

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Seven Ways To Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving A Raise
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Examination of the data showed 7 factors that created this positive increase in their satisfaction, even during the economy's poorest times.
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Proven strategies for bringing out the best in those who work for (and with) you. 

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Making Gratitude Part of Your Company Culture

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

Via Roger Francis
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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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Don Cloud's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:21 PM

Gratitude is a very powerful attitude.

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5 keys to great nonverbal communication

5 keys to great nonverbal communication | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
An experiment proves that a few differences in body language can make a huge difference in how well an audience takes in what a presenter says.

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Kevin Watson
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The next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:50 AM

Excellent article on non-verbal communication.  Here is a very interesting section:

 

Poor nonverbal communication class: 


• “He just had random facts. I just didn’t really know where he got those from.” 


• “I got distracted easily with doodling on my paper. I listened to the first half, but I don’t remember anything from the second half.” 


• “I agree. I kind of wandered off. I tried focusing on the PowerPoint, but that was bad, too.” 


So, next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth. 

David Hain's curator insight, November 27, 2013 8:10 AM

We're always exhibiting behaviour, worth thinking about how consciously we do it.

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The Importance of Grace to Leadership

The Importance of Grace to Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere.…
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If ever there is a time where we need more grace in your leadership it is today.

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Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense, by Emma Seppala

Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense, by Emma Seppala | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Managers often think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance.
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Research on compassion is setting a new tone for the workplace and management culture. But this field is still new. Scientists are exploring the most effective ways to foster compassion in the workplace, and to help these best practices spread across organizations.

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Reduce Your Stress in 2 Minutes a Day

Reduce Your Stress in 2 Minutes a Day | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he (change things up for a positive life path.
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Often we try to bring about change through sheer effort and we put all of our energy into a new initiative. But you can’t beat stress using the same techniques that created the stress in the first place.

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Leadership and Legitimacy

Leadership and Legitimacy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leadership and legitimacy go together. When people see individuals in a leadership position and they show legitimacy, they will be more likely to follow.

Via Anne Leong
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Individuals want to collaborate. Work in teams. Accomplish. Invest in something worthwhile with a purpose. Leaders play a crucial role in making it all happen. You can rely on yourself (and risk winding up alone on the range) or engage your workforce and let them succeed.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, November 26, 2013 12:43 PM

Some nice ideas here on how to walk the walk.

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The Mighty Pen - Four Reasons to Write Positive Feedback Down

The Mighty Pen - Four Reasons to Write Positive Feedback Down | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Every leader, supervisor, coach, team member and parent has been told of the value of giving positive feedback. We’ve heard reasons why. We’ve heard we don’t do it enough. We’ve learned all of the ...
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When was the last time you gave someone positive feedback in writing?

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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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Laura Hansen's curator insight, October 6, 2014 12:11 AM

We've emerged from the what this article describes as the "lost decade."  A period to time where leaders were selected for his or her charisma, powerful image, and fast turnaround successes. Reeling from the effects of essentially a pillage strategy, the pendulum has swung away toward a leadership capable of fostering stability. We are now firmly in an era of the mindful, or authentic leader. A nice quote from the author Bill George:


“Authentic leaders are genuine in their intentions and understand the purpose of their leadership is serving their customers, employees and investors, not their self-interest.”


Many organizations are providing mindfulness and social responsibility training for their teams. Other organizations are replacing their leadership teams. 


Although we're a bit behind the eight ball, we are working as fast as we can to preserve the resources we have while stewarding the game-changing genius of today's rising leaders.


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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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How To Generate Your Own Career Breakthrough - Forbes

How To Generate Your Own Career Breakthrough - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How To Generate Your Own Career Breakthrough
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Take the right steps to: 1) understand how your company and leaders perceive you and if there are any gaps you need to close, and 2) do more leadership work NOW to demonstrate how valuable you are.
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 Do the work now to change how you operate in the world so you can finally attract and generate the success and joy you want.

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Be Thankful For What You Don't Have

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For all the things you don’t have yet or had to give up in order to get something better, be grateful. Your ability to keep your ultimate goals and dreams in sight is what will allow you to rise to the top and create the life you really want.
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Your ability to keep your ultimate goals and dreams in sight is what will allow you to rise to the top and create the life you really desire.

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Turn Your Worst Employee Into a Top Asset

Turn Your Worst Employee Into a Top Asset | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You can't save your weakest staffers. But you can use them as an way to upgrade your whole team's performance.

Via Mike Klintworth
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A single poor performer can capture a leader’s attention and energy like a drowning person taking a would-be rescuer to the bottom. Team rescues, on the other hand, always succeed.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:37 PM

Great leaders reframe this issue, and start working on behalf of the team instead of fixing the “eaches”—a more situational world view.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, November 30, 2013 1:12 AM

Interesting aand refreshing approach to under-performance.

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[New Post] The Gift of Today—Lessons from a Monk

[New Post] The Gift of Today—Lessons from a Monk | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Here are four ways you can transform today, taking it from ordinary to extraordinary...from an unexpected but inspiring source.

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Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges

Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A new area of psychological research suggests that self-compassion, a measure of how kindly people view themselves, may be the first step toward better health. (Go Easy on Yourself, Research Urges.
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The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health.

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The Gift We Love to Receive but Forget to Give

The Gift We Love to Receive but Forget to Give | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When you ask people around the world what they value most, one answer consistently rises to the top. It’s giving to the people who matter to us. We want to help others and contribute to our

Via Thomas Faltin
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Despite the power of introductions, people often overlook them as a form of giving.

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vandana chhabra's curator insight, November 26, 2013 3:55 AM

The Gift We Love to Receive but Forget to Give

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How A Volatile World Raises The Leadership Ante For Midsized Companies - Forbes

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How A Volatile World Raises The Leadership Ante For Midsized Companies
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His 2009 book Leaders Make the Future introduced the acronym VUCA to the business world: volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
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With the VUCA world as the norm, midsized companies must instead attract, retain, and train a cadre of versatile leaders with broad skills to be able to make the nearly constant course corrections. 

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The Signs of a Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder

The Signs of a Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

The signs of a leadership empathy deficit in any or all of these varieties can best be detected by how a leader’s actions impact those he or she leads.



Via Edwin Rutsch
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High-contact leaders, who wander around and spend informal time getting to know employees, inoculate themselves against empathy deficit. The same goes for leaders who create a workplace atmosphere where people feel safe being candid – including with the boss.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:30 AM

"High-contact leaders, who wander around and spend informal time getting to know employees, inoculate themselves against empathy deficit. The same goes for leaders who create a workplace atmosphere where people feel safe being candid – including with the boss."

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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

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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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John Michel's curator insight, November 24, 2013 8:04 AM

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....

Via Alain Platevoet
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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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