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

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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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Will New Research Finally Unleash The Power Of Humility? - Forbes

Will New Research Finally Unleash The Power Of Humility? - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Will New Research Finally Unleash The Power Of Humility?
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The CEOs of companies that transitioned to “greatness” were leaders who combined competitive drive with humility.
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Humility is a virtue whose ironic power is increasingly being opened for scientific inquiry. People interested in understanding groups, organizations, and effective leadership may want to start taking note now of research that will be emerging. My bet is that humility will prove to be a key ingredient in the secret sauce of effective leadership.

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How To Sell Ideas Like Gladwell

How To Sell Ideas Like Gladwell | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Whether you like him or not, Malcolm Gladwell does an amazing job of communicating ideas. Here are three tips we can learn about selling our own ideas.Whether you agree with his conclusions or not,

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Whether you’re selling a product, an idea, or just yourself, we can all benefit from being better storysellers.

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David Ednie's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:33 AM

Always create a curiosity gap.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Cubicle

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Cubicle | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Most offices now are open plan. And many people don't like them. But they could be better than they are.

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Cubicles don't have to be arrayed in rows, and rooms don't have to be cavernous. You could and should encourage people to enliven their workspaces with as much color and personality as possible. And then ask yourself: Do people really dislike the space--or do they hate their jobs?

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Is Stress Contagious?

Is Stress Contagious? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When the person next to you yawns, chances are you're going to break off a tonsil-rattling exhale, too. And when your stressed-out colleague is demanding a meeting right now, the alarmed face quickly incites yours to mimic it.

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Researchers have long known about the infectious nature of stress. Pass-along strain runs rampant in relationships and work settings. Studies have shown that there is "crossover" stress from one spouse to the other, between coworkers, and "spill over" from the work domain to home. The stress contagion effect, as it's known, spreads anxiety like a virus. Our mirror neurons help suck us into the emotional eruptions of others.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:50 PM

"As a social animal, we are built to relate to others, so much so that we physically reflect back their expressions and movements. The urge to echo is triggered by what are known as mirror neurons, brain cells that mimic the actions or emotions of others. While they help the species learn, understand, and bond, they can also be your undoing when the channeled behavior is the emotional contagion of stress."

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'You're Fired,' in Terms Only a Boss Could Love - New York Times

'You're Fired,' in Terms Only a Boss Could Love - New York Times | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Through booms and busts, profits and losses, the vacuous jargon and happy euphemisms of the business world endure. In fact, they flourish.
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Through booms and busts, profits and losses, the vacuous jargon and happy euphemisms of the business world endure. In fact, they flourish. At a time when the nation’s economy is plodding and job growth is sluggish, corporations are coming up with new ways to sugarcoat words no employee wants to hear: You’re fired.

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Redefining Love at Work: How to Foster a Sense of Connection

Redefining Love at Work: How to Foster a Sense of Connection | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why love can make your company more creative and productive, plus four tips to help you lead a more connected workplace.Get the latest blog articles on...

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Love is any positive emotion that we share with another person in real time. it not only changes the way your brain works, helping us become more creative, productive, and resilient.

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6 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Always Do

6 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Always Do | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Much debate surrounds the notion that an entrepreneur is born with innate entrepreneurial abilities. Many believe that specific genes are present in all successful entrepreneurs.

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Humility is a virtue and one that when present in the entrepreneur creates a work environment that is based on accountability and mutual respect

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Leadership Transforms People

Leadership Transforms People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leadership is about transformation. If your leadership does not transform people, you are not meeting your potential. The first person your leadership transforms is you. Leading is not something th...

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Being a leader is more than knowing yourself. You take the risk to share your truest self with the people around you. You, in your unique way, bring out the best in the people you know.

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How leaders create a culture of purpose from @tshnall

How leaders create a culture of purpose from @tshnall | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Recent study from the annual Deloitte Core Beliefs and Culture Survey indicate several common grounds for both employees and leaders. Fundamentally employers have a key role to play in unleashing potential and talent and creating a working environment where employees can freely be themselves and go beyond the call of duty. This post from my friend @tshnall points to a key industry trend in employees being considered as brand ambassadors. This in turn becomes the key success ingredient to attract customers and build brand loyalty. Kudos Tal!


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To be an exceptional organization, companies and leaders must focus on the intangible elements of culture-building. Employees rank intangible elementssuch as regular and candid conversations (50%), employee recognition (49%), and access to management/leadership development (47%) highest.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:19 AM

Win:win if you can do it...

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The Birth of an Optimist

The Birth of an Optimist | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Optimists are more successful than pessimists. Helpless pessimists can't lead. They know things won’t change and loving saying, “It doesn’t matter.” Real leaders change things. The first change is ...
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Optimists are more successful than pessimists. Helpless pessimists can’t lead. They know things won’t change and loving saying, “It doesn’t matter.”

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8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.

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Extraordinary bosses set a general direction and then commit themselves to obtaining the resources that their employees need to get the job done. They push decision making downward, allowing teams form their own rules and intervening only in emergencies.

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How To Give Feedback That Actually Inspires Improvement

How To Give Feedback That Actually Inspires Improvement | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
No writing: Get better or you're fired on a Postit is not the answer. (Constructive criticism helps!
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Simply giving feedback isn't enough: If the commentary is vague, then there won't be a path for improvement. Without specificity, the feedback will be for naught.

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How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work

How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft and fluffy term that's easy to dismiss.

Via Robin Martin, Change My Bad Habits, Wise Leader™
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Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

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Dan Mularski's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:32 AM

Happiness is both the precursor to success and the result of it, but be sure to define what success is for you.

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Top 23 Tips on How to Build Business Relationships

Top 23 Tips on How to Build Business Relationships | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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In today’s world, every business is a “relationship” business.  If you are going to have a business, it is very important that you work on building quality business relationships.

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God Is.'s curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:10 AM

Great for building personal relationships as well...

Anthony M Turner's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:40 PM

well worth the read - great tips on building relationships for any business

Christiane Soto's curator insight, November 1, 2013 1:46 PM

In today's world, every business is a relationship business...learn how to build a better one.  

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The Four Things Managers Must Give Their Teams

The Four Things Managers Must Give Their Teams | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As a manager, you are only as good as your team. I previously wrote about evaluating potential hires. Initially, you have to do whatever you can to get the right people in place. But once you have

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The job of any manager is to create an environment where everyone can do their best. Your team members’ success or failure is your responsibility.

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Be a Better Leader in 5 Minutes

Be a Better Leader in 5 Minutes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Knife or Screwdriver Picture yourself sitting down at a dining room table to change the batteries in a child’s toy. You flip the toy upside down and di...

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As a leader, do you have a good set of tools in your leadership toolbox? if you fall into the leadership traps of using fear or doing everything yourself, it’s time to get new tools!

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3 Lists Everyone (Especially Leaders) Should Keep

3 Lists Everyone (Especially Leaders) Should Keep | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As a leader, make sure that you’re doing the things that only you can do and then develop others by delegating important tasks that they can do.  Remember, the role of a leader is not to develop more followers, it’s to develop more leaders.

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What we focus on today, determines how successful we will be in the future.  As you look to the new year, what items should be on your start, stop and keep doing lists?

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:07 AM
What we focus on today, determines how successful we will be in the future.  As you look to the new year, what items should be on your start, stop and keep doing lists?
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Making Compassion Work

Making Compassion Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Compassion is for the weak. Old school management expects results at all costs. No excuses. “I know it’s tough. That’s why they call it work. Just get it done. Now get out of my office!” Old school...
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Compassion isn’t an excuse to not get it done. Compassion is creating a “culture of with” that enables extraordinary results.

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Dealing with Your Doubts

Dealing with Your Doubts | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Image source Doubt, contrary to popular opinion is useful. Leaders with doubts are wiser than those with none. Doubt asks, “What could go wrong?” Self-doubt says, “I could be wrong.” Only fools hav...

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Don’t feel bad if you have doubts. Confidence without doubt destroys leaders and organizations.

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Maria Bruederlin's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:58 AM

When in doubt...ask questions, search for answers, listen to your instinct, ask for feedback from your peers, take a step back to analyze your options. "Doubt, contrary to popular opinion" can be useful and can create other possibilities with even better results.  

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The "Instant Referendum" That's Undermining Your Leadership

The "Instant Referendum" That's Undermining Your Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows more than a thing or two about running huge, complicated organizations and digital media.

The water cooler hasn't vanished; it's simply become virtual, transported into the cloud. What's fundamentally different, of course, is the new speed and scalability of sentiment.  


....In instant referenda environments, being likable and/or highly competent counts for a lot. Leaders and managers want to be seen as either nice or credible enough to get the benefit of the doubt for a difficult decision or a controversial choice. Being more accessible or responsive can help. Similarly, so might "information inoculation" strategies and tactics where — like with a good vaccine — people get exposed to just enough of the decision or conflict to prevent uncontrollable outbreaks of negative sentiment.




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Managing — or at least influencing — information cascades will become one of the core communications competencies of top-level executives.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:02 AM

Being social media savvy iand sentiment savvy s becoming more iimportant for leadership.   - D

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The 15 Most Important Minutes Of The Work Week

The 15 Most Important Minutes Of The Work Week | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Feedback is a powerful management tool. But it's often misused. Here 15Five CEO David Hassell discusses why every employee should spend 15 minutes per...

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There's no simpler way or more clear statement a company can make than simply giving their employees a voice--asking them for feedback on a regular basis and engaging in an open and authentic dialogue about their successes, challenges, ideas, and morale."

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10 Ways To Optimize Your Brain Power

10 Ways To Optimize Your Brain Power | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Just like your muscles will grow weak without exercise, your brain will lose power without stimulation. If you’d like to optimize your brain power for more productive days, here’s 10 ways to do it.1.


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If you’d like to optimize your brain power for more productive days, here’s 10 ways to do it.

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How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose

How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want a deeper sense of purpose? Ask these four questions to discover your path to more meaningful work.

Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™
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Regardless of your neurological wiring, when you're living with purpose you should be feeling one of these two ways--excitement or satisfaction--most of the time. Your moments of exhilaration, curiosity, and contentment should far outnumber your moments of boredom, frustration, or despair.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:19 PM

Four great questions here - but the health warning is that they are easy to state, difficult to answer and even harder to put into practice.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:22 PM

Life does have a way of showing us what holds meaning for us.

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Toxic Leadership, Respect, and Moral Courage | the Leader Maker

Toxic Leadership, Respect, and Moral Courage | the Leader Maker | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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lack of moral courage is a great danger in leaders and there is no psychological test we can administer to discover if such a quality is deficient.


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