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6 Ways to Be Happier By Boosting Your Positive Intelligence

6 Ways to Be Happier By Boosting Your Positive Intelligence | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As an FBI agent, my career revolved around producing positive intelligence. Since I worked counterespionage, Positive Intelligence was the gold standard because it generated new knowledge that moved a case forward in our investigation.
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People who are proactive in their thinking rate high in positive intelligence because they see the potential in the words they see and hear, whereas people who are low in positive intelligence react with degrees of helplessness when confronted with challenges or negative words.


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Embrace Your Standard Deviation

Embrace Your Standard Deviation | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When I was growing up I was told you had to be great at everything if you wanted to be successful. I couldn’t disagree more. Jack of all trades and master of none won’t help you climb the
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excellent advice for any leader...at any stage of their development 

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The 3 Deadly Sins Of Bad Bosses

The 3 Deadly Sins Of Bad Bosses | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
“As we look ahead into the next century,” Bill Gates says, “leaders will be those who empower others.” And research seems to prove him right.

Via george_reed, Ivon Prefontaine
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Withholding well-deserved praise is damaging to people's morale and their sense of worth. Everyone needs a pat in the back once in a while.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 28, 2013 10:41 PM

I worked for people like that.

Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:43 PM

 “As we look ahead into the next century,” Bill Gates says, “leaders will be those who empower others.” And research seems to prove him right.


I say that great Leaders as always been those who empowered others! 

With no fear of loosing their power, giving force and motivating others! 

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Controlling the Good Idea Fairy - The Engineer Leader

Controlling the Good Idea Fairy - The Engineer Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The good idea fairy is insidious.  Sure, he comes on meaning well and espouses great outcomes and high returns.  But he shows up in the eleventh hour just when the moment of execution is about to arrive, just when the moment of truth is upon you. ...

Via Garth Sanginiti
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As a leader, your job is to make good decisions, use resources wisely, and take care of your people by, among other things, not wasting their time.  Running down your “good ideas”, which aren’t founded on good logic, doesn’t play into the equation.  Work for someone who’s prone to visits from the good idea fairy?  Then respectively question the rationale.  Doing so controls the good idea fairy and strengthens your leadership.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, September 28, 2013 10:10 PM

Some great leadership suggestions on how to manage the infamous "good idea fairy."  Well intentioned, the good idea fairy can wreak havoc on projects, timelines, and create unnecessary frustration for employees. 

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7 Ways to Pump Up Employee Engagement In Your Office

7 Ways to Pump Up Employee Engagement In Your Office | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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So, how do you tell if your employees are performing well or not?

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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, September 29, 2013 12:58 AM

Engaging your employees works and it can be fun. The rewards are an added bonus.

Bethany Spilde's curator insight, October 2, 2013 11:29 AM

Blending Social Buzz Media with iRiseAbove.org, this is what we have found we are offering our clients. Love it!  #beyondmarketing

Joanne Brooks's curator insight, October 15, 2013 6:47 AM

So how pumped are your team?

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The elusive neuroscience of creativity

The elusive neuroscience of creativity | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
RT @TheSchoolOfLife: Dr Ben Martynoga on the science behind the moment of creative insight http://t.co/mrFEAcqBDR

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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Creativity remains a slippery concept. It is extremely hard to define and very difficult to measure objectively.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, September 27, 2013 8:24 AM

The Rumble in the Jungle was an epic battle and it's burned into my childhood memory. I've always loved Ali's independence. So having this story as the hook for learning about our own creative minds helps to draw me in. Though I think I'm still waiting for the dew-drenched Zaire moment myself.

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How to Become a Great Leader

How to Become a Great Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

“Leadership is a hot topic and will always be one. We seem to linger in a perpetual leadership vacuum. Today's Presidents and CEOs, generals and coaches, don't stand in comparison with the great”


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Wise words to heed. 

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John Ludike's curator insight, September 24, 2013 7:10 PM
Always a perpetual shortage, words that resonate.
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Happy or Sad, Good or Bad, Love It or Hate It, It's All in How You View It - Forbes

Happy or Sad, Good or Bad, Love It or Hate It, It's All in How You View It - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Happy or Sad, Good or Bad, Love It or Hate It, It's All in How You View It
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Happy or Sad, Good or Bad, Love It or Hate It, It's All in How You View It. comments, called-out. Comment Now. Follow Comments Following Comments Unfollow Comments.
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If we want to find happiness in the workplace we have to give each other the benefit of the doubt. We have to give coworkers and managers and clients and vendors the benefit of the doubt. We have to try and see the world through a positive interpretation of what is going wrong that day.

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Be Careful With Those Words

Be Careful With Those Words | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Our words are like a bell that has been rung. Once the words are spoken, they cannot be unspoken. Once the bell has rung, the ringing resonates in our soul long after the bell is again still.


Via AlGonzalezinfo
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 Our words are more powerful than anything. We can choose words that develop or destroy a person. When we build up one another, we reward ourselves with stronger relationships. The next time you need to correct another’s actions, remember to be careful with those words.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:27 AM

Absolutely!

irislearning's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:54 AM

are you words true? kind? helpful? necessary? ... choose wisely and speak with care

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:08 PM

So very true and yet so many people and particularly in business, owners and managers, use words without thinking about their long term effect on the receiver

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6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again - Forbes

6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
6 Ways To Make Your Leadership And Workplace Fun Again
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People desire a “leadership refresh” in their organizations.

Via Jose Luis Anzizar, David Hain
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Employees want an awakened, dynamic spirit to come alive at work.  They are tired of excuses and just want people to be real about how they feel and honest about what needs to be accomplished.   

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David Hain's curator insight, September 24, 2013 12:56 AM

Hope it works!

Chery Gegelman's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:53 AM

"Employees are tired of excuses and just want people to be real about how they feel and honest about what needs to be accomplished.   Employees are fed up with the office politics and corporate rat-race and  are ready to start having fun again.   They want a workplace that is challenging, encourages trial and error and makes them feel that they matter."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:21 PM

Build community would be a place I would begin.

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Your Team Can Smell a Rat

Your Team Can Smell a Rat | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

"Let’s call him Frank.He seemed so sincere, so talented, so driven. When I met him on a business trip—my former CEO and I—I liked him right away. ...Seemed like a great fit."


The CEO and I didn’t listen to our subject matter experts. We thought we knew better.


Frank was a disaster. He one of the most self-absorbed and devious people I’ve ever worked with. Because of the benevolent nature of our organization I was working for at the time, it took us years to untangle the mess we had gotten into, and by then he’d done serious damage to our team’s reputation—not to mention motivation and productivity.


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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A great lesson in hoy leaders would listen to their team before making  key hires.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:49 AM

One of the author's more recent book is, All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results,  It features solid research and good examples of the impact of culture on success, so he knows from this single example of "the rat" to company wide culture change on what makes a difference.  


From one reviewer:   In a healthy culture....those who share it are nourished by mutual respect and trust. It is no coincidence that most of the companies that are annually ranked [as] most admired and best to work for are also annually ranked among those that are most profitable and have the greatest cap value in their respective industries.    ~  D

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What Stops Leaders from Showing Compassion - Roger Schwarz ...

What Stops Leaders from Showing Compassion - Roger Schwarz ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
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Remember that compassion doesn’t mean taking responsibility for solving other people’s problems or pitying them. Compassion does rely on three things: noticing others’ suffering, connecting with them cognitively and emotionally, and responding to them. By being compassionate you help others, you help your organization, and you help yourself.

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9 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happy

9 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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As adults we somehow grow into the belief that we need everything to be a certain way in order to find and appreciate moments of happiness. But the truth is, to be happy we need much less than we think we need. In fact, I believe one of the best feelings comes when you realize that you can be perfectly OK and happy without the things you once thought you needed. And that’s precisely what this short article is about – the things you do NOT need to be happy
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8 Deep-Rooted Reasons We Love Lists

8 Deep-Rooted Reasons We Love Lists | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Since inbound marketers are constantly trying to create content that attracts consumers to their brand, they should consider the power of lists. A list is one of the most effective ways to attract readers because people simply love lists.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Interesting insights on the appeal of list making. 

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25 Revealing Questions That Build Better Work Relationships

25 Revealing Questions That Build Better Work Relationships | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You spend more waking hours with your colleagues than with anyone else. Here's an easy way to strengthen those relationships.

Via Sandra Brevett, Ivon Prefontaine
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Starting a morning meeting with one revealing question costs literally nothing, but can return dividends by way of building better relationships at work.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:20 PM

I think these are great questions we should all ask ourselves. The suggestion to put your phone down and ask is a great one.

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Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem - and could it also be part of the solution?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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A worthwhile watch 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:17 AM

 a really good talk about what flexible working really means!

bancoideas's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:46 PM

Algunas #ideas interesante sobre el #trabajo en nuestros tiempos

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:32 PM

Are the office spaces that we have created fit for purpose? How can you create trust and be able to innovate in the creation of work spaces?

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Can We Teach Leaders Humility?

Can We Teach Leaders Humility? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less" -C. S. Lewis I'm alarmed by the humility deficit in many leaders.  Why do we reinforce, recognize and promote the br

Via Anne Egros
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Humility isn’t timidity or weakness.  It is confidence, wisdom and grace combine with an acknowledgement that we are all imperfect.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, September 28, 2013 11:48 AM

“Humility isn’t timidity or weakness.  It is confidence, wisdom and grace combine with an acknowledgement that we are all imperfect.”

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 28, 2013 1:22 PM

The modeling part is critical. The tie into servant-leadership is important.

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6 Principles that Prove Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders

6 Principles that Prove Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We believe that Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders and we can prove it. Read our 6 principles and you'll understand why...

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ChTheseus these 6 Principles that Prove Good Storytellers Make Good Leaders:

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:24 PM

We are all storytellers and should take advantage of learning to tell a good story.

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 29, 2013 4:27 PM

Thanks for scooping!  Very useful insights!

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What Kind of Leader Are You?

What Kind of Leader Are You? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Your employees might have you pegged, but how well do you know yourself?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Which style most speaks to you? 

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Nadia Edwards-Dashti's curator insight, October 2, 2013 5:20 AM

Great infographic we should all take something from!

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:35 PM

¿Te conoces bien como líder?

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 9, 2014 8:54 AM

Go ahead take the test and se where you land... you might surprise yourself...

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How to Give (and Receive) Positive Criticism

How to Give (and Receive) Positive Criticism | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Criticism hurts for most, but given right, it can inspire both the critic and the critiqued. Here are five tips to make your critique a positive experience.
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Whether you are reviewing an employee, family member or friend, here are five tips for giving criticism in a way it will be appreciated and well received.

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How I Hire: Fit Talent In When You Find It

How I Hire: Fit Talent In When You Find It | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If I cast my mind back to when I worked as a Store Manager for an optical chain, that was probably when I did the most recruiting. Retail is a tough business whatever the product but finding good

Via Bobby Dillard
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How do you start a conversation with someone that has impressed you? Simple, just start with hello.

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The 5-Minute Mental Exercise For Being A Smarter Leader And More Productive Employee

The 5-Minute Mental Exercise For Being A Smarter Leader And More Productive Employee | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Former Buddhist monk and current leadership coach and bestselling author Christine Comaford reveals how anyone can learn to stop reactingand start... (Indeed!

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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You’ve probably had this feeling at some point: One minute you’re thinking logically and rationally, then when you’re asked to perform a task, some mystery switch flips on, leaving you in a state of suspension. Suddenly, you're stuck, unable to take the first step toward achieving that goal.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:29 PM

I can personally attest to the "Mystery Switch" getting thrown when I'm under stress. Sometimes just from drinking too much coffee.

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Stop Looking for the Best Employees

Stop Looking for the Best Employees | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The complexity of organizations has increased. SWOT provides a way to organize information into internal Strengths & Weaknesses and external Opportunities & Threats.

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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Forget searching for that elusive, perfect, impossible-to-locate top performer. You need to go back before the recruitment, before the hire, to the culture, policies, and practices within your four walls.

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Removing Your Organization's Fear of Failure

Removing Your Organization's Fear of Failure | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Three tips for managing the emotions that discourage risk-taking. Notice that we didn't use the word "innovation" above. That's because we're tired of reading over-generalizations about it.


Via Riaz Khan
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Three simple insights to help you overcome your fear of failure. 

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10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers)

10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Without great followers, no leader would achieve greatness. See here if you have what it takes to be both.

Via Merdrignac Soizic, David Hain
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Standing alone, a leader achieves nothing but mediocrity. Below are 10 traits shared by great leaders and great followers alike. Together, they work in concert.

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