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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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Without Risk there is No Innovation

Without Risk there is No Innovation | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

The global business strategists, Boston Consulting Group report that risk aversion is the number one barrier to innovation. 

 

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s Corporation was a bit more succinct in his thoughts on taking risks: “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.”


Via Justin Jones
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Risk is fundamental to innovation.  Innovation will not be successful with only an innovation team or department in a business; innovation must be embraced by the entire entity to be effective and sustainable.  For creativity to flourish, managers leading at any level must encourage risk taking, test innovation results and trust in your human capital.

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Living in the Present Is a Disorder

Living in the Present Is a Disorder | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We’re living in the now, we no longer have a sense of future direction, and we have a completely new relationship to time.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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From this interesting article, "Education exacerbates the pressure to perform in the present for some undefined future where the companies you work for don’t really take care of you, anyway." Do you agree?

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Would Lao Tzu Think You’re A Leader?

Would Lao Tzu Think You’re A Leader? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
What might the 6th Century BC Philospher, Lao Tzu, have to say about leadership today? Would he feel that Leaders today are honoring those...

Via Anne Leong
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A reminder of the timeless value of ListenIng. Trust. Honor. Respect And humility.


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Leadership is as Leadership Does—Leadership Lessons Learned from the Recent US-Government Shutdown

Leadership is as Leadership Does—Leadership Lessons Learned from the Recent US-Government Shutdown | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We shouldn’t assume people are effective leaders just because of their title.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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The most fundamental leadership lesson learned from the shutdown is the ancient reminder that the more we, as individuals, become dependent on leadership, the more it weakens our own personal independence. The United States of America was founded on the core value of personal independence—leadership of self. When leaders of organizations and communities take a top-down approach to solving problems and finding solutions, they undermine the power of the individual to come up with creative and innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:15 AM

Leadership is not a title.  I can appreciate this approach to understanding true leadership in the shadow of our recent government shutdown.

David Hain's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:20 AM

So many lessons here...

k12Surfer's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:08 AM

Another great insight and lesson for all

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Making Hard Choices

Making Hard Choices | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When you are in a leadership position there will come a time when you have to make a hard decision.  It maybe that you have to fire someone or you must cancel a project or deny someone a promotion....

Via David Hain, Don Cloud, Bobby Dillard
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If you embrace your role as a leader and all that it entails you will welcome the chance to make those hard calls.  It doesn’t mean you enjoy firing or denying a promotion to someone.  It means that you are willing to do what is needed to keep your team going forward and growing.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 18, 2013 1:48 AM

People respect leaders who are willing to make hard decisions, even when they don't like the decisions.

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:15 AM

Leadership requires making the tough calls ... this is a duty typically reserved for leaders at every level of the organization.  If the leader isn't willilng to make the tough calls, then who will?  The answer is no one--and the results will be predictable ... the downturn of the organization.  It would be only a matter of time.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:56 PM

Hard choices have to be made. What is the basis they are being made upon is a critical question. We overlook the way decisions are made.

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Five Surprising Ways Oxytocin Shapes Your Social Life

Five Surprising Ways Oxytocin Shapes Your Social Life | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
New research is finding that oxytocin doesn’t just bond us to mothers, lovers, and friends—it also seems to play a role in excluding others from that bond.

 

It’s been called the cuddle hormone, the holiday hormone, themoral molecule, and more—but new research suggests that oxytocin needs some new nicknames. Like maybe the conformity hormone, or perhaps the America-Number-One! molecule.


Where does this many-monikered neuropeptide come from? Scientists first found it in mothers, whose bodies flood with oxytocin during childbirth and breastfeeding—which presumably helps Mom somehow decide that it’s better to care for a poopy, colicky infant than to chuck it out the nearest window. And, indeed, one study found a shot of oxytocin more rewarding to rat-mommies than a snort of cocaine. (Don’t worry, Dads: You can also get some of that oxytocin action.)


By Jeremy Adam Smith |


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Here is a round-up of recent discoveries about oxytocin, boiled down to five cuddly and not-so-cuddly ways it might shape your social life.

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Tactical Serendipity

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Tactical Serendipity - The Huffington Post

Via Garth Sanginiti
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Tremendous post from an amazing, front-line leader. 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:12 PM

@angelamaiers, "Since I first became fully involved in social media five years ago, I have witnessed the magical powers of serendipity. Some of the most profound moments in this phase of my life have come when I discovered something great while seeking something else."

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The Three Decisions You Need to Own

The Three Decisions You Need to Own | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Goals, resource allocation, and people aren't decisions to be delegated away.

Via Roger Francis
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CEOs face countless decisions.  The best executives understand which ones they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate.  While the obvious decisions that CEOs need to get right involve strategy and competitive advantage, too many executives delegate away three critical decisions that they need to own:  decisions about goals, resource allocation, and people.

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What Makes You an Entrepreneur? 9 signs you might be an Entrepreneur http://t.co/DoBRkdNOuD #Entrepreneurship

Via Skip Boykin
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Amen! 

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Do pessimists live longer?

Do pessimists live longer? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, research published by the American Psychological Association showed that pessimists— because of their penchant for seeing life through a grim lens—take steps to improve their health, and thus tend to live longer than optimists.
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ARe you an optimist or pessimist? 

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12 Most Inspiring “I” Indicators of Great Leaders

12 Most Inspiring “I” Indicators of Great Leaders | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leaders enlighten their teams and ignite the possibilities. Let's look at the inspiring "I" indicators of great leaders as part of the ABCs of Leadership

Via David Ednie
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Have you heard the expression “the ayes have it?” Well, here are 12 “I’s” to  consider putting into practice. 

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David Ednie's curator insight, October 12, 2013 9:25 AM

All failure is failure to change.

Irrepressible leaders are willing to adapt to changing economic conditions and consumer demands, and they fully embrace the “Adapt or Die” mentality.

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Do You Feel Like Quitting? - #bealeader

Do You Feel Like Quitting? - #bealeader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Oftentimes the road you are taking feels all uphill.  In fact, it feels like a battle you cannot win.  You are exhausted, confused, and want to be left alone.  Does this sound familiar? 


Via donhornsby
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Keen insights on when quitting makes sense. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 10, 2013 8:12 AM

(From the article): Quitting may simply signal that it is time for a major shift; while giving-up means walking away from it all; which also sometimes you have to do.  Isn’t it fun this thing we call Life?  Contrary to popular belief, quitting is an option, and not necessarily a bad one.  Quitting a bad marriage or an abusive relationship is a great option, and the results better for you than the alternative. 

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6 Surprising Truths About Trust

6 Surprising Truths About Trust | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When evaluating trustworthiness, we are highly influenced by surprisingly small factors -- like where we meet someone, what they wear, what their voices sound like, whether their posture mimics ours, if they mention the names of people we know or...

Via Ariana Amorim, AlGonzalezinfo
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The first step to making better decisions about whom to trust is to realize that we are all biased. Biases result from the mental shortcuts that our brains revert to when facing otherwise overwhelming information-processing demands.

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Robin Martin's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:25 PM

Thanks for scooping this one, Al. Hello btw! Great article...trust is indeed a difficult thing to earn for some folks!

Robin Martin's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:26 PM

Sharing this one again to my leadership topic!

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 25, 2013 5:24 AM

You decide who you trust in a few seconds... but why?

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How you think matters: Deep learning

How you think matters: Deep learning | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How we learn has a profound effect on the way we work and the results we produce. Researchers have found that there are three basic approaches to learning: Surface learning, strategic learning and ...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Aki Puustinen
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Deep learners are more effective in analysis, critical thinking, complex problem solving and creativity, because they don’t default to the template. They are able to adapt and create, because they think more deeply, connect and integrate ideas.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:57 AM

which stus do we want?

Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:58 AM

Which students do we want?

Michelle Mentzer's curator insight, January 6, 9:17 AM

This directly affects how we design, develop and teach online courses.  Specifically, how do we design for deep learning?  Deep learning integrates what students already know into what they will be learning and then points this new knowledge forward in ways that they can use to make real world application.

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | A Positive Perspective on Breakdowns

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | A Positive Perspective on Breakdowns | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When breakdowns happen it is NOT a sign that something is wrong, but rather that you have simply bumped up against the limits of your current ways of working or thinking.
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Breakdowns are often an indication that you are on the verge of a significant breakthrough. Embrace them rather than lament them.

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Want To Find Brand Ambassadors? Start With Your Employees

Want To Find Brand Ambassadors? Start With Your Employees | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Employee advocacy is a critical element of brand’s success. In the digital age companies don’t have much social capital, whereas people do.

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Thảo Lee's curator insight, October 19, 2013 10:04 PM

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Bad Spoon's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:20 AM

Comment convaincre des prospects de la valeur d’une marque si les employés qui travaillent pour celle-ci ne sont eux-mêmes pas convaincus ?

 

Au contraire, si ceux-ci sont passionnément attachés à leur marque, ils sauront la défendre et la valoriser, et seront des ambassadeurs de poids

Balamurugan T (2000+ Conn...)'s curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:18 AM

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The 15 Most Desirable Employers In The World

The 15 Most Desirable Employers In The World | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
LinkedIn analyzed billions of data points to identify the most in-demand companies.

Via Alain Platevoet
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Interesting (and not surprising) list of the top 15 talent retention companies.

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Medal of Honor winner: jobless and struggling with horrors of war - Christian Science Monitor

Medal of Honor winner: jobless and struggling with horrors of war - Christian Science Monitor | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Medal of Honor winner: jobless and struggling with horrors of war Christian Science Monitor He called the kiss on the head that Swenson gave to Westbrook “a simple act of compassion and loyalty to a brother-in-arms.” He...
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Capt. William Swenson, an Afghanistan War vet awarded with the Medal of Honor Tuesday, has openly said he struggles with combat stress. President Obama lauded his courage on and off the battlefield.

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You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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The most successful CEOs actually develop and shape options in their minds. They reframe the issue as part of a broader phenomenon, maybe looking at it from the outside in and with a longer time frame. Imagination and the ability to connect diverse insights come into play.

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7 Sure Ways to Grow as a Leader

7 Sure Ways to Grow as a Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Do you want to grow as a leader? Do you want to keep growing? Here are 7 sure ways to grow as a leader: Desire growth - Sounds simple, but we tend to seek what we desire most.

Via Frank Bealer
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Are you growing as a leader? 

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7 Shortcuts You Will Regret Taking in Life

7 Shortcuts You Will Regret Taking in Life | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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The most effective way to handle what must be done is to do it.  Put in the required labor.  Don’t sell yourself short by taking shortcuts like these:

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R is for "Right Things, the Right Way, for the Right Reasons" - General Leadership

R is for "Right Things, the Right Way, for the Right Reasons" - General Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As a leader, you need to be true to yourself, lead with integrity, and always strive to do the right things, the right way, for the right reasons.
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As a leader, you need to be true to yourself, you need to lead with integrity, strive to do the Right things, the Right way, for the Right reasons. One out of three is okay, two out of three is better, but getting all three in check is the winning combination. It won’t always be easy, but you will be glad you did!

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 13, 2013 5:35 PM

Powerful insights helping illustrate what it means to be a leader of character.

 

I would offer that having a solid understanding of the "right reasons" is foundational to leaders being able to do the right thing the right way.  Not always easy to do, especially when complexity intrudes.

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The 5 Traits of Wildly Successful People

The 5 Traits of Wildly Successful People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I have a crazy idea: success isn’t just about hard work. We hear about hard work all the time—it’s what Olympic champions talk about when they get to the top of the podium and it’s what the media

Via Carolyn Williams, Bobby Dillard
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Success—while defined by everyone on their own terms—is something that truly manifests itself once you make that mind-set shift and tell yourself it’s go time. Are you ready to make that shift?

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12 Laws of the Emotions

12 Laws of the Emotions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Explore the psychology of the emotions with these 12 laws.

Via Adela Iepure, ACC, David Hain
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We tend to think of our emotions as having laws unto themselves, but one psychological researcher has suggested that our emotions do follow certain general rules.

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The Source of Organizational Dysfunction, Revealed!

The Source of Organizational Dysfunction, Revealed! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Organizations are much more complex than how they’re designed. Executives should take that complexity into account when measuring performance.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Most companies obsess over performance, particularly financial performance. The root cause of performance shortfalls can often be found in the lack of clarity around purpose and values. Are purpose and values regular factors in your decision making and reward allocation? Or does hitting the earnings-per-share each quarter trump all?

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