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A Leader's Mood - The Dimmer Switch of Performance - Leadership ...

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It is a privilege when we have the opportunity to lead a team of people, but with it comes many responsibilities, chief of which, some leadership pundits would contend, is managing moods. ....
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There is a concept in French which is called "Noblesse oblige". It means, roughly, that wealth, power and prestige go hand-in-hand with certain social responsibilities – in other words, with privilege comes duty. It is a privilege when we have the opportunity to lead a team of people, but with it comes many responsibilities, chief of which, some leadership pundits would contend, is managing moods.


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The No. 1 Talent Management Strategy You Probably Still Aren't Using

The No. 1 Talent Management Strategy You Probably Still Aren't Using | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

“I received an email last week from a former colleague thanking me for shaping the vision for a project that finally got launched to much success five years later. Again, I am struck by the …”


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So dollar for dollar, recognition is a better use of time and a stretched budget. Why then, do companies resist?

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 5, 2013 11:35 AM
Recognition has a longer term impact on satisfaction than do pay raises.
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Five Tips for Attracting Top Talent

Five Tips for Attracting Top Talent | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

“ The stagnant job market hasn’t made it easy for companies to find top candidates for open positions. In reality, it is actually more difficult.”


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 Personalized work spaces where people can express their personalities help to create attachment and belonging, and that translates into satisfied employees. You don’t have to forgo a consistent office décor, just consider providing ways for individuality to emerge.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:57 PM
Personalized work spaces where people can express their personalities help to create attachment and belonging, and that translates into satisfied employees. You don’t have to forgo a consistent office décor, just consider providing ways for individuality to emerge.
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Find Your Role Models Close to Home

Find Your Role Models Close to Home | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In talking about leadership with organizations around the world, I’m often asked to name the leaders I regard as role models.
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We all want to matter, and it’s easy to confuse that natural feeling with an excessive need to be important or to surround ourselves with powerful people or to wish for the lives of celebrities we’ve never even

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Are You Destined for Success?

Are You Destined for Success? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Success is mysterious enough that no single ingredient, such as being born with money or going to the best college, can be used to predict who will wind up achieving it.
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A powerful (and purposeful) view of success.

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To Be a Great Leader You Must be a Great Follower

To Be a Great Leader You Must be a Great Follower | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
What makes an extraordinary leader? First of all, leadership is about creating a vision of what a true leader means to you. Combine that vision with a steady plan, courage, ambition, persistence, and the end result is a competent, skilled leader.

Via Anne Leong, Garth Sanginiti
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All great leaders in today’s society had to start somewhere. If you’re trying to become one, just make sure you have what it takes to be a follower first. Learn from the vast experience of your superiors, master their skills, and adapt their styles to your personality. Leadership skills can be learned, and as long as you have a great teacher, chances are you’ll become a great leader yourself someday.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:13 AM

Leadership begins with followership.  And it is in these humble beginnings from which the strongest, more insightful, and more inspirational leaders come.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:58 AM

Another great one from Don!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:57 PM

To be an effective leader you must have vision but also demostrate submissiveness, humility, and a willingness to follow.  True leadership is relational and inspires people to be the best they can be.  As stated in the article, "Leadership and vision are two things that come naturally to some people, not all. Fortunately, it’s a skill that can be developed in time. It’s not about growing your technical expertise but about learning how to inspire and motivate people."

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Three Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Delegation

Three Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Delegation | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
For most entrepreneurs, delegation is downright scary; we worry that we're losing control or being "bossy." Elizabeth Grace Saunders offers a cure.

Via The e.MILE Community
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By delegating, you are decreasing the chance that you’ll burn out and that important activities only you can do won’t get done. Real control comes from managing risk and releasing control in appropriate ways.

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Kenneth Børgesen's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:44 AM

The heroic leader is dead long time ago.  Leadership is already distributed in successful businesses today But it is obviously not that easy for the entrepreneur to let go of something that is one's own "child". However business problems today are too wicked, intertwined and deeply rooted in globality for one person to even begin to understand. So gain control by letting go ...

Donna Karlin's curator insight, February 3, 4:47 PM

Any of these sound familiar?

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10 Things You Should Never Say About Yourself

10 Things You Should Never Say About Yourself | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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"If I eavesdropped on your self-talk, would I hear statements that empower happiness, or statements that refute it?  The next time you decide to unclutter your life and clean up your space, start with your intellectual space by clearing out the old lies and negative self-talk you often recite to yourself."


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David Hain's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:05 AM

Marc and Angel  - tips always worth reading.

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Will Your Company Culture Flunk This Ethics Test?

Will Your Company Culture Flunk This Ethics Test? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
All your effort in building a good corporate culture can backfire if your core values aren't communicated clearly. How to make sure your mission statement can withstand the law of unintended consequences.
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Developing a set of core values that are genuine means having a set of behaviors that are non-negotiable. They are guideposts that inform our daily decision making and actually make it easier to handle challenging situations.

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If Your Glass Is Half Empty, Rejoice: How Pessimism Can Make You More Productive

If Your Glass Is Half Empty, Rejoice: How Pessimism Can Make You More Productive | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Because optimists don't wear seatbelts. ("The Positive Power of Negative Thinking" Never thought about it this way!
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personality types, it might be useful to think of optimism and pessimism as modes of thought, tools that fit certain tasks. For instance, if you want to appear super capable to a group that you're joining, should put on your optimist hat--since people regard confident people as more competent.
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Leadership- Is it in YOU? - FireFighterToolBox

Leadership- Is it in YOU? - FireFighterToolBox | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Be The Leader They Need! Fire service leadership is in high demand with a short supply. There are many schools of thought when it comes to leadership styles. The topic of leadership has been discussed, debated and written about add nausea.
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Leadership is a consensus between you and those who choose to follow you. There is no promotion to the position of a leader. You don’t have to be a company officer to be a leader. All it takes is an attitude of action.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, November 5, 2013 7:27 AM

First and foremost, leadership is a choice.  Second, leadership is taking action to lead.  Repeat.

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A Question That Changes Everything

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You can’t always choose what happens to you. Accidents and tragedy's happen. But you can choose how you respond to those situations. One of the best ways to begin is to ask yourself the right questions.
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Everything has a purpose. Even the bad things can have a positive impact, when we open our hearts and accept them as “part of the plan.

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The Invaluable Leadership Attribute of Compassion

The Invaluable Leadership Attribute of Compassion | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
 
On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped its second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing 70,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands more.  One of those severely injured in the blast was Dr.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Recent research confirms that leaders who exercise compassion produce loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees. In fact, numerous studies have found that workplaces led by compassionate bosses enjoy increased rates of employee satisfaction, greater employee engagement, lower levels of overall stress and fewer reported sick days.

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» Finding Comfort In Difficult Times - Cultivating Contentment & Happiness

» Finding Comfort In Difficult Times - Cultivating Contentment & Happiness | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When did we become too old to need #compassion? Finding Comfort In Difficult Times http://t.co/jHSIUkZnWg via @psychcentral #growthmindset
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Embrace the idea that you can tolerate the anxiety, grief, fear, disappointment, or frustration of the present moment. Appreciate yourself for your courage and willingness to stay with what is, without making matters worse, and know that in doing so you’re developing your inner strength.

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Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions: 10 Tips for Doing it Right

Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions: 10 Tips for Doing it Right | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

“ Whether from bosses, spouses or friends, it’s not easy to hear about our shortcomings. And letting others know how they can do better is almost as uncomfortable. Feedback can stir up all kinds of”


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Many organizations don’t train teams in how to give feedback. As a result, many of us have been on the receiving end of vague, unnecessarily negative feedback, with no clear plan for improvement. But, done the right way, feedback can be transformative and redemptive. Here are a few guidelines:

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 5, 2013 11:57 AM
Operating without feedback is like driving a car with no speedometer, learning to cook without ever tasting your food, or playing basketball without a scoreboard.
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Humility: The Personality Trait That Creates Champions - Business 2 Community

Humility: The Personality Trait That Creates Champions - Business 2 Community | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Business 2 Community Humility: The Personality Trait That Creates Champions Business 2 Community Humility: The Personality Trait That Creates Champions image shutterstock 12869827 300x200 Over 20-years in the game I studied what it took to get...
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Many organizational leaders mistakenly believe they need to have all the answers to be trusted and respected. Many try to cover their inadequacies with a false sense of confidence that crumbles when confronted with an issue they are uncomfortable addressing.



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80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You?

80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Design Executive Officers certainly do. And the authors of the new book Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design believe they're the future of business.
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Company culture is highly subjective in its origin and evolutionary development; no template exists. In fact, copied or commanded culture is inherently dysfunctional. A culture must emerge from and accurately embody a company’s people and processes.

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Viral Leadership Branding -- Inject A Positive Perception - Forbes

Viral Leadership Branding -- Inject A Positive Perception - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Viral Leadership Branding -- Inject A Positive Perception
Forbes
Enlightened organizations do offer internal courses to help new leaders understand the transition from managing to leading.
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Sound advice on the importance of being aware of how others may perceive your personal brand.

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Why The Competition Isn't Your Business Enemy

Why The Competition Isn't Your Business Enemy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In business, people often believe you need an enemy to beat, but there are better places to focus your energy to grow your business.

Via Rami Kantari, David Hain
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If you're looking for an enemy, make it mediocrity, complacency and apathy. Push back when others say, “We tried that before,” or when you’re confronted with someone telling you -- “that will never work.” That’s your enemy, and it can easily be beat with a passion and commitment to your customers.



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David Hain's curator insight, November 1, 2013 6:04 AM

I like the word coopetition - working to grow a market, not just market share.

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Be Humble When You're Changing the World

Be Humble When You're Changing the World | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How do you balance the humility of great leaders against the goals of great entrepreneurs? (RT @Jeremy_Liddle: RT @mysmallbizau: Be Humble When You're Changing the World: How do you balance the humility ...
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If you don't respect the members of your team, you'd probably both be better off if they weren't part of it. Of course that means respecting their contributions and their individuality, but it also means respecting them by leading effectively. You need not only a worthwhile goal, but also a plan to get there--otherwise, your people deserve better.

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How to Eliminate Habits Holding You Back From Success

How to Eliminate Habits Holding You Back From Success | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You might not even realize that your habits are stifling your progress. Here's how to press the reset button and achieve more in less time.

Via Anne Leong
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To know if your habits are working or not, clearly define the results you want. When you fully understand what you want to accomplish, you can reflect on how your actions over the past few hours, days or weeks can get you closer to your goal.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:47 PM

To know if your habits are working or not, clearly define the results you want. When you fully understand what you want to accomplish, you can reflect on how your actions over the past few hours, days or weeks can get you closer to your goal.


Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, December 18, 2013 6:34 AM

E para alterar estes hábitos, em 2014, nada melhor do que umas sessões de coaching! Comigo, claro ;)

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10 Skills We Could All Learn From Professional Chefs

10 Skills We Could All Learn From Professional Chefs | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why everyone should know what it's like to work in a commercial kitchen.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Great advice, regardless of your chosen profession.


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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:45 PM

To work well, a restaurant kitchen has to be a model of cooperation.

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» Compassion: No Return Address Needed - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» Compassion: No Return Address Needed  - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When we act in accordance with our values, we feel more integrity, we feel happier. There is no need to get anything else back in return.

Via Romi Royé
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It’s time to take responsibility for the energy that we are putting out there day to day. When we know what we value and act in accordance with those values we feel a strong sense of integrity. Just like a building with strong integrity, it makes us much harder to push over, we are far more resilient.

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3 Things Your Employees Want More Than Money

3 Things Your Employees Want More Than Money | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You might have your eyes on the ultimate prize--a lucrative exit--but your employees need something else to keep them going.
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If your employees are working towards something important and meaningful, they will be motivated to come to work and more loyal to the team and mission.

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How To Break Any Bad Habit

How To Break Any Bad Habit | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Learning to understand the self is a lot like stirring water in a glass. If we don’t stir, sentiments stay at the bottom of the glass and our water stays polluted. Take a simple goal: Eat better.

Via noellyons.com
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Imagine fear as the black and white image in a coloring book. The more you color, the more the fear disappears. It doesn’t matter where you start or how you do it, all that matters is that you keep coloring. And the more you color, the more that page will come to life.
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