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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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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

Leadership is HOPE | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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.

Via Matthew Fritz
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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...

Via Anne Leong
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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 People Development Network, 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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How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant

How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If I asked you to judge how smart someone is, you

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:06 PM

From the Article:  Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience ... Cultivating wisdom is a deliberate choice that people can make regardless of age and intelligence.


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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.

Via Anne Leong
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Every leader's temptation is to deal with what's directly in front, because it always seems more urgent and concrete. Unfortunately, if you do that, you put your company at risk. While you concentrate on steering around potholes, you'll miss windfall opportunities, not to mention any signals that the road you're on is leading off a cliff.

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Are You an Infomercial or a Leader? — Break The Frame

Are You an Infomercial or a Leader? — Break The Frame | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leaders that are constantly in spin-mode miss an opportunity to truly engage. Instead, leadership becomes a one-sided pitch that fails to connect.

Via Kevin Watson
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Are you true to you in word and deed? A great list to review for every leader. 

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Chin Up: Never Leave Your Team Feeling Down - Forbes

Chin Up: Never Leave Your Team Feeling Down - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Chin Up: Never Leave Your Team Feeling Down
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A leader's job is to make is less so through his commitment to helping the team succeed.
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Tough times produce discouragement and people in the ranks feel this angst acutely. If their team is not doing as well as it should it needs encouragement. Yet all too often managers do the opposite. They belittle rather than praise, berate rather than cheer. Such action only heightens anxiety and makes people more uncomfortable and less likely to produce.

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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

9 Tips for a Better Company Culture | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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.

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Grant Mulligans: A Wonderful Gift!

Grant Mulligans: A Wonderful Gift! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How often do you grant mulligans within your team? there a situation or a person you know who could benefit from your undeserved favor. . . today?
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How generous are you in granting mulligans to others? 

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John Michel's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:04 PM

How generous are you in granting mulligans? Is there a situation or a person you know who could benefit from your undeserved favor, today?

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Bouncing Back from Rejection

Bouncing Back from Rejection | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Into each life some rain must fall.” Even when you are pounded by a hailstorm, carry on. Let that hail bounce right off of you. Act decisively and with enthusiasm at the earliest opportunity.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, November 19, 2013 8:14 PM

"There isn’t one of us who hasn’t felt the painful sting of rejection; it’s part of the human condition. Why then must we take it so personally? Scientists at UCLA have demonstrated that the brain response to rejection is the same as its response to actual physical pain. A comparison of MRI scans shows no difference between the two. So the pain of rejection is real. What differentiates people is how they deal with the pain."

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Higher emotional intelligence leads to better decision-making | PsyPost

Higher emotional intelligence leads to better decision-making | PsyPost | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

The anxiety people feel making investment decisions may have more to do with the traffic they dealt with earlier than the potential consequences they face with the investment, but not if the decision-maker has high emotional intelligence a recent study published inPsychological Science suggests.

The study shows that understanding the source and relevance of emotions influences how much sway they have over individuals’ decision-making and can affect the willingness to take risks.

“People often make decisions that are influenced by emotions that have nothing to do with the decisions they are making,” says Stéphane Côté, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, who co-wrote the study with lead researcher Jeremy Yip of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “Research has found that we fall prey to this all the time.


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It is important to note that People who are emotionally intelligent don’t remove all emotions from their decision-making...they merely remove emotions that have nothing to do with the decision.

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Silver Linings: A Leader's Playbook for Positive Thinking | Empower the Leader in You

Silver Linings: A Leader's Playbook for Positive Thinking | Empower the Leader in You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Positive thinking is sifting through the rubbish to uncover whatever tidbit of good information is available.
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Many leaders consider themselves optimists because they are always striving for greatness in their work. But in doing so, they set themselves up for failure because leadership requires the mental toughness to not lose hope while in the midst of adversity and overcoming obstacles. It is the hope that comes from faith, both in themselves and in something bigger, better, and bolder than themselves.

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AnnC's curator insight, November 23, 2013 1:14 PM

Keep faith in yourself and your goal in order to persevere through the problems you will encounter.