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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative...

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Creativity is the common theme that drives both entrepreneurs and artists alike. But creative people are often also paradoxical. See which of these traits best describe you. 

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 12, 2013 5:21 AM

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.

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In an overconfident world, is humility the key to success?

In an overconfident world, is humility the key to success? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A new book argues that our obsession with self-belief is leading to a culture of narcissism, that we should be less like Berlusconi and more like Merkel.
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It is possible to achieve a healthy level of confidence. It just takes a bit of, well, humility.

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Lou Reed And The Problem With The Innovation Imperative

Lou Reed And The Problem With The Innovation Imperative | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
People usually think it’s best to be the first to hit the market with a disruptive innovation. But more often than not, the advantages don’t pan out.

Via Maya Mathias
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Being a new enterprise is difficult enough. But being new and different makes it almost impossible to succeed. And this is the dark secret of the “innovation imperative.”

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, November 11, 2013 12:34 AM

Sometimes, it's good to be second.

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Top 10 excuses for failing to engage with engagement

Top 10 excuses for failing to engage with engagement | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Over the 25 years or so Great Place to Work® has worked with thousands of organisations across the globe we’ve heard virtually every rationale as to why they’ve not yet engaged with engagement.


 


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Engagement is all about building a culture where people have pride and trust in the organisation and are committed to working together and individually to achieving the organisation’s objectives.

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17 Daily Affirmations for Managers

17 Daily Affirmations for Managers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Apply each daily, at work, and your productivity will increase and your work will improve.

Via Don Cloud, Bobby Dillard
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No matter how much pressure you’re under, or how tough a day you’ve had, always remember to take the time to step back from the grind and look at the good stuff. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:59 AM

17 useful leadership tips.  I particularly like #3.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 22, 2014 1:11 PM

These are great. A person could use each one three times during the year. The key is living up to them. Leadership is about people. When a leader affirms this is it present in their dealings with people?

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Invisible in Plain Sight - General Leadership

Invisible in Plain Sight - General Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Don’t keep such an amazing treasure buried, invisible in plain sight. Resolve today to use your talents, gifts & skills to add unique value to your surroundings.
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Our daily lives overflow with opportunities to learn, grow, develop our strengths, and move forward. Every day provides a new opportunity to allow our very best self to see the light of day. But it is up to each of us to do the work required to reveal our potential to those around us.


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What Happens When CEOs Take a Controversial Stand? - Business 2 Community

What Happens When CEOs Take a Controversial Stand? - Business 2 Community | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
#business What Happens When CEOs Take a Controversial Stand? http://t.co/ALfJPp7dMF

Via Wade Mitzel
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It’s a good idea for any business to have a plan in place if a comment gets misinterpreted or if a company’s stance on an issue causes a commotion.


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Why Great Leaders Make Bad Managers - and That's OK

Why Great Leaders Make Bad Managers - and That's OK | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Facebook brought in Sheryl Sandberg for her management strength. (Image via CrunchBase) Leadership and management are very different skills.
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 A leader is somebody who sees opportunity and puts change in motion. A manager is somebody who follows that leader and sees how to structure things to create value for the company.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:55 PM

Leadership is about risks, vulnerability, and authenticity.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:56 AM

Truth bespoken.

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5 Small Workspace Changes That Will Make You More Productive

5 Small Workspace Changes That Will Make You More Productive | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
For business owners, however, paying attention to the research on various workplace issues can make a big difference in the daily output of each worker, not to mention overall morale.
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Often when we feel tired or blocked, our focus is internal. We assume we simply aren’t getting enough sleep or we ate too much at lunch. While both of those things may be true, there may also be an external reason for our lack of focus. We may be experiencing the effects of a toxic work environment.

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18 Ways To Inspire Everyone Around You

18 Ways To Inspire Everyone Around You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Live by choice, not by chance.  Make changes, not excuses.  Be motivated, not manipulated.  Work to excel, not compete.  Listen to your own inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, November 9, 2013 12:23 PM

A wealth of leadership insights all in one place!  Also, great insights on being a decent human being.

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Encouraging a Risk-Taking Culture with Data Discovery

Encouraging a Risk-Taking Culture with Data Discovery | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Ubiquitous communications are making it possible for companies around the world to compete on a more level playing field, notes Thomas L.

Via Riaz Khan
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As the pace of business continues to accelerate and competition increases, company leaders and their teams need to open their minds to new ideas and approaches and be more willing to take risks.

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Symbolic leadership: What do you stand for ... or where do you sit?

Symbolic leadership: What do you stand for ... or where do you sit? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions" Sandra described the past week of headaches associated with a systems

Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™
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Public actions, traditions, rituals and even stories communicate volumes for leaders who use them well. But it’s easy to abuse this leadership strategy. People quickly see through the clever stunts, artificial contrivances and photo-ops of an inauthentic leader trying to manipulate a situation.

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5 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Spouse All Over Again - Huffington Post

5 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Spouse All Over Again - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
5 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Spouse All Over Again Huffington Post “It's almost never too late to start the process of falling in love all over again,” says James Córdova, Ph.D., chair of Clark University's psychology department and head of...
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While we can’t realistically expect our long-term partner to be the exact same person we married, that may be a positive thing. Ultimately, it’s not so much about going back to what you had before. It’s more about going forward and building something new and better suited to who you’ve each become.

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Respect vs. Likability Factor Of Leadership

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This week, #bealeader welcomes a special co-host Ali Rodriguez as we tackle the subject of  “Respect vs. Likability” on our weekly #bealeader Tweetchat this...

Via Anne Leong
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Effective leadership builds a following based on a vision and values, rather than just a “nice” personality. When the leader puts the vision above “likability,” the difficult decisions may not be liked, but they build trust and respect. In many cases, trust and respect will lead to friendship — and often deeper relationships than just being liked.

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The Importance of Leadership to Quality Service Delivery | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog

The Importance of Leadership to Quality Service Delivery | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
However complete your overall service program is, your efforts will collapse if managers do not reinforce the right behaviors. (Without #leadership, even the best #custserv programs collapse.
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The impact of providing a truly exceptional customer service experience is a shining example of the ripple effect between service and leadership. However complete your overall service program is, your efforts will collapse if managers do not reinforce the right behaviors. All layers of leadership must support service and reinforce the right behaviors.

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Be Yourself: The Secret to Effective Leadership - AMA Playbook

Be Yourself: The Secret to Effective Leadership - AMA Playbook | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The secret to leading your team is to be yourself. Authentic leadership leads to a more engaged staff. (RT @AMAnet: The Secret to Effective Leadership: Be Yourself.
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People choose to work with people who connect personally and are friendly, flexible, and initiators of open communication. There are many people who are excellent at the technical aspect of a leader’s job. But only one person can be YOU!

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Is Your Inner House in Order?

Is Your Inner House in Order? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Steve Mundahl, CEO of Goodwill Industries and author of "The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership," was on a fishing vacation in Northern Minnesota when he started pondering his life and asking himself if all its elements were in balance. "I asked myself, do I have enough fun in my life, and enough creative expression?" he says. Although he was on vacation on that moment he realised that in general the answer was no.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Susan Taylor, Bobby Dillard
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Smart reflections we would all be wise to heed. 

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Shravani Sen's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:58 PM

success is happiness. And happiness can only come when all parts of a person feel in harmony. 

Ivan Berlocher's curator insight, November 10, 2013 4:42 AM

Inner peace begins with making order...

Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:11 PM

Out of touch? Here's couple of minutes test.

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Always Think Positive

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Always think positive. Squash all negative thoughts.

Via the Change Samurai, Pascale Mousset
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You can choose to have depressing, negative thoughts or inspirational, positive thoughts; your attitude determines your mindset, which in turn determines your behaviours and the outcomes in your life.

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The halo effect, and other managerial delusions

The halo effect, and other managerial delusions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Companies cannot achieve superior and lasting business performance simply by following a specific set of steps. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

Via Anne Leong
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Many studies of company performance are undermined by a problem known as the halo effect. First identified by US psychologist Edward Thorndike in 1920, it describes the tendency to make specific inferences on the basis of a general impression.

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5 Ways to Coach Your Employees to The Top of Their Game

5 Ways to Coach Your Employees to The Top of Their Game | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Coaching a sports team and running a company have quite a few things in common. Here are five ways to take a page from the coaching book. (You need to trust your best players to make adjustments as needed.

Via Wade Mitzel
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Finding the "A" players is hard enough, but unleashing them so they can deliver maximum value to the team or the company is yet another hurdle. How do you ensure they don't get bogged down, side-tracked or burnt-out from carrying the team's load? Here are five ways to clear a path that not only leads to their success, but the organizations' as well.




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Business Is Personal. Use That Fact To Help Make You Successful

Business Is Personal. Use That Fact To Help Make You Successful | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You want business to be personal.
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When you keep everyone at arm’s length during a business transaction, or a transaction of any kind for that matter, you make it easier for them to dismiss out of hand your ideas and also make it easier to say no.


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My Hope With Billy Graham

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A Nationwide Outreach November 2013 (Watch Billy Graham's message "My Hope America" at this link: http://t.co/oisEFDxd0b)
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An important message from one ofAmerica's greatest spiritual leaders.

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Accepting Responsibility - Huffington Post

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Accepting Responsibility
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I've always been intrigued by the word "responsibility" and how often it gets confused with blame, which of course implies that someone or something is at fault for a given situation.
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 As the language suggests, it is a "response ability" -- the ability to choose our response in every moment to all that is going on around us. A choosing that allows us to claim ownership of the circumstances of our lives, and thereby, to contribute to making them better.

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Alan Mulally Explains How He Turned Around Ford - Business Insider

Alan Mulally Explains How He Turned Around Ford - Business Insider | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Business Insider Alan Mulally Explains How He Turned Around Ford Business Insider Positive leadership—conveying the idea that there is always a way forward — is so important, because that is what you are here for — to figure out how to move the...
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According to Mulally, a turnaround isn't about the executives at the top or their brilliant strategy. It's about figuring out a way to get every employee to understand the vision of the company, buy in to the plan, and feel supported in their jobs. If people aren't optimistic, they're not going to make the sacrifices and do the work required to turn things around.



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INFOGRAPHIC: Personal Branding in 9 Simple Steps

INFOGRAPHIC: Personal Branding in 9 Simple Steps | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

"Here's a great Personal Branding infographic Enrico Bisetto at Sestyle."


Via Marc Rougier, AlGonzalezinfo
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His 9 basic steps to creating a personal branding strategy:

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Marc Rougier's curator insight, November 4, 2013 4:15 PM
  1. Who are you?
  2. How are you perceived?
  3. What do you want to achieve?
  4. Create your brand!
  5. Create your eco-system!
  6. Create your network!
  7. Create original content!
  8. Get involved & share!
  9. Listen & monitor!
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:15 AM

What a valueable resource!  #1 and #2 are sooo critical in making everthing else work.  Love this.