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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

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Via Garth Sanginiti
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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.

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How To Foster Employee Trust And Growth Through Constructive Feedback - Forbes

How To Foster Employee Trust And Growth Through Constructive Feedback - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How To Foster Employee Trust And Growth Through Constructive Feedback
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True leaders understand the power of feedback, but they always make sure that the delivery of feedback is constructive.
John Michel's insight:

True leaders understand the power of feedback, but they always make sure that the delivery of feedback is constructive. They also strike a great balance between providing positive reinforcement and constructive feedback.  It is essential to ensure that your employees know how valuable they are and how the extraordinary work they are doing impacts company’s success.

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Chery Gegelman's curator insight, November 23, 2013 8:52 AM

"...Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing a leader can do..."

Denise Lombardo's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:47 PM

Lots of resonance here - in terms of working as a leader with other teachers, and in terms of teaching and providing feedback to students. The notion of postivies plus constructive criticism and honesty aligns with formative assessment principles, too, eg Medals and Missions (Petty).

 

Tony Phillips's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:12 PM

Leaders can improve their level of engagement theough effective coaching strategies.

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Taking Over from an Incompetent Team Leader

Taking Over from an Incompetent Team Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Cleaning up someone else's mess is never easy.
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Incompetent leaders are not only ineffective at achieving the team’s goals. They think and act in ways that detract from and undermine the team’s performance, working relationships, and well-being.

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Leadership, Leaves, and Why We Should Never Give Up - Kevin A. Thompson

Leadership, Leaves, and Why We Should Never Give Up - Kevin A. Thompson | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It's tempting to give up in all areas of life--from faith to marriage to politics. Yet let the leaves remind you to never give up.

Via Bobby Dillard
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A grear read for those wanting to be in "The Third Group." 

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The Leader is the Chief Energy Officer - Business Insider

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The Leader is the Chief Energy Officer
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The offsetting news is that the regular expression of positive energy can transform a workplace in a remarkably short time.
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The best leaders used their own positive energy to bolster their employees' faith in their own abilities and to fuel their optimism and perseverance in the face of stresses and setbacks. That belief from a leader is intoxicating.



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Finding Strength In Humility | CEO.com

Finding Strength In Humility | CEO.com | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Finding Strength In Humility http://t.co/sBCJo424YW
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But genuine humility is a reflection of neither weakness nor insecurity. Instead, it implies a respectful appreciation of the strengths of others, a lack of personal pretension and a more relaxed sense of confidence that doesn’t require external recognition.

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Coherence – the brilliant future for leaders

Coherence – the brilliant future for leaders | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
There are four levels that drive behaviour in humans.

Via Roger Francis
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Achieving physiological coherence is essential to influencing your behaviour, but that comes through mastery of your emotional state, what you are feeling and thinking.

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Appreciation more important than pay, employees say - Boston Globe

Appreciation more important than pay, employees say - Boston Globe | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Appreciation more important than pay, employees say
Boston Globe
The reason is simple, explains Shawn Achor, the author of “Before Happiness” and a nationally recognized positive psychology researcher: Career fulfillment is not about money.
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I wonder how much better our workplaces (and world) would be if more leaders understood productivity rises by 30 percent when a team is given one piece of praise each day.

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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!

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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
John Michel's insight:

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
John Michel's insight:

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

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Chin Up: Never Leave Your Team Feeling Down
Forbes
A leader's job is to make is less so through his commitment to helping the team succeed.
John Michel's insight:

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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Discovering Your Purpose

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NEW: Discovering Your Purpose http://t.co/sBmYxQ2M65 #LeadWithGiants #leadership

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Great words to help you discover what matters most in life. 

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 19, 2013 11:45 AM

If you are interested in discovering your purpose, these three exercises will help.

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Thanks for sharing my post today. I appreciate it.
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The Power of Trust in Business

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Sooner or later every executive realizes that 99 percen…
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Trust is the most powerful form of capital there is, and nothing makes a business run more smoothly. In addition, trust is not a scarce resource...we can all have more of it than we need. However, while trust is not a scarce resource, it is a fragile asset. Once squandered it may be impossible to regain.

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Leaders – Should Employee Happiness be on Your Agenda?

Leaders – Should Employee Happiness be on Your Agenda? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In April last year, the United Nations held its first conference on happiness and wellbeing in New York City. The conference introduced the concept of

Via Kevin Watson
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The truth is, people choose to be happy or not.  Self-aware people understand that external “things” may help you get in touch with happy feelings, but rarely do they last.  In fact really happy people understand that due to the temporary nature of anything in the world, happiness is an internal state largely consisting of acceptance, interpretation and choice.

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Relationships are Everything

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In the end we won't be measured by our bank account, sales numbers or wins and losses but by the difference we made in people's lives... and we make a difference through relationships.
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Life isn't about money. It's about people, commitment, loyalty and relationships. I didn't always know this but I know it now. In the end we won't be measured by our bank account, sales numbers or wins and losses but by the difference we made in people's lives... and we make a difference through relationships.

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Kindness Does Not Equate To Weakness In Leadership

Kindness Does Not Equate To Weakness In Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We're smack in the middle of World Kindness Week. It's a time to reflect on being kind and, for those of us who lead organizations, a time to think about kindness in leadership. For many critics, kindness in leadership equates to weakness.

Via Gene Shklover, PhD, VISÃO\\VI5I0NTHNG
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For many critics, kindness in leadership equates to weakness. However, in today’s age of open feedback available on the web both from customers and employees, being a kind leader is essential to success.

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Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement?

Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

We are a society that puts a huge emphasis on rewards, and a school of psychology is based on it. In behavioral psychology, an American invention, there are two ways to stimulate a response from someone, either reward them or punish them. This two-way mechanism works with lower animals - dog and horse trainers, for example, use food treats to reinforce the behavior they want - so it should work with humans, or so the logic goes. If you want a certain behavior out of prisoners, for example, behaviorists advise giving privileges as a reward for obeying the rules and punishment for disobeying them.


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The duality of encouragement-discouragement has its advantages, although they don't come to mind as easily as earning a reward in terms of money and promotion.

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