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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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4 Things That Keep Employees Loyal (Hint: It's Not Money or Perks)

4 Things That Keep Employees Loyal (Hint: It's Not Money or Perks) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Hey, if Google and Amazon can't keep employees from leaving, then money and perks aren't the answers. Here's what is.
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In a recent survey of companies with the highest amount of employee turnover, guess which trailblazing exemplars of world-class employee-centricity came in second and fourth, respectively? None other than Google and Amazon. All of which just goes to show, as the Beatles once said, money can't buy you love.

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | Greater Good

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | Greater Good | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.
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A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.

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The Art Of Winning By Not Competing

The Art Of Winning By Not Competing | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

When one of the world's biggest cement companies teams with IBM a $100 billion company without a finance department emerges. What does this mean for the future of business.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Several hundred years ago his tendency to “do it all” may have seemed unexceptional. People once had to act as hunter, farmer, medicine man and builder to survive. But those days have long given way to specialization within communities.

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5 Ways Leaders Keep Hope Alive In Difficult Times

5 Ways Leaders Keep Hope Alive In Difficult Times | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As the workplace changes, the economy continues to struggle and employees remain paralyzed by the fear of uncertainty, leaders are trying hard to make a positive impact in people’s lives. People are challenged to remain motivated.

Via The People Development Network
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Employees want to believe again in their leaders but are continually faced with the greed and distrust that surrounds them.   The need for Leaders who can deliver hope is at an all-time high.

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David Hain's comment, August 20, 2013 5:48 AM
Excellent article!
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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, ...

Via Jone Johnson Lewis, Create Wise Leader
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The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain. Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain.


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7 Ways to Generate Great Ideas

7 Ways to Generate Great Ideas | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a deep thinker to come up with new ideas. Here are 7 ways to break your conventional thinking and make that light bulb appear.
What makes the difference between a good idea and a great idea?

Via Ron McIntyre, Create Wise Leader
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The big challenge of generating great ideas is freeing yourself from the conventional, mundane thoughts that occupy most of your brain time. Here are seven tips to help you open your mind and stimulate your great idea generator.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, August 19, 2013 6:51 PM

Simple yet can be effective.  Can you incorporate into your DNA?

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Writing a Better Story in Afghanistan (video)

Writing a Better Story in Afghanistan (video) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Posted with permission from Brigadier General John E. Michel, USAF - Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan; Commander, 438 Air Expeditionary Wing
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A short but powerful piece on the rapidly emerging Afghan Air Force.

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20 Creative Things Job Seekers Have Done To Get Noticed

20 Creative Things Job Seekers Have Done To Get Noticed | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
These are some of the most memorable and creative things job seekers have done to get noticed. CareerBuilder found out which ones worked, and which ones didn't.
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The job market may be improving, but the competition is as fierce as ever. Knowing that there are often hundreds of job seekers vying for the same coveted position, check out what candidates will do to stand out from the crowd.

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Why Business Leaders Need To Build Greater Self-Awareness ...

Why Business Leaders Need To Build Greater Self-Awareness ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It's demonstrated positive benefits for success and wellbeing. And much research confirms that self-examination is critical for leaders' positive development. For example, Scott Keller, a director at McKinsey & Company, ...
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The higher up you go in companies, the more you're dealing with psychological and relational issues. Successful CEO leadership requires astuteness about others: their emotional and strategic personal drivers; their self-interest, overt and covert. These relationship competencies rest on a foundation of self-knowledge, self-awareness. And you can't know the truth about another without knowing it about yourself.

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Humility as a Leadership Trait

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Want to demonstrate that you have what it takes to be an effective leader and have people follow your direction? Be humble! That lesson echoed with me as I read a David Brooks column in the New York Times in...

Via Maria Rachelle
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A sense of humility is essential to leadership because it authenticates a person's humanity. We humans are frail creatures; we have our faults. Recognizing what we do well, as well as what we do not do so well, is vital to self-awareness and paramount to humility.

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Maria Rachelle's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:07 PM

From the article: "A sense of humility is essential to leadership because it authenticates a person's humanity. We humans are frail creatures; we have our faults. Recognizing what we do well, as well as what we do not do so well, is vital to self-awareness and paramount to humility." Read more to find  ways to demonstrate humility in the workplace....

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Doing Well By Doing Right

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UPS is proud to be one of the nation’s largest employers of military reservists and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Learn more at ups.com
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Thank you UPS for making hiring veterans a strategic imparitive.

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Why Break Ups Really Hurt

Why Break Ups Really Hurt | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When we're devastated by a break up, we should ask "what are we really losing?" (Why Break Ups Really Hurt http://t.co/r8r9nz7rZJ)
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Good insights about why breaking up is so hard. 

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In Business, Risk-Taking Doesn't Always Start at the Top - Fox Business

In Business, Risk-Taking Doesn't Always Start at the Top - Fox Business | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In Business, Risk-Taking Doesn't Always Start at the Top
Fox Business
Instead, risk in those companies could be tied to junior executive compensation and the demand for talent in the labor force.
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Fortune 500 companies may have a useful lesson for small business owners. New research has found employees — not executives — are the ones most responsible for risky decisions at companies.




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The Positive Runs Out

The Positive Runs Out | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
This afternoon, I recorded a webinar on employee motivation techniques. During the webinar, I discussed a model of human behavior that helps to explain why people do what they do. The main learning...
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How stood are you at providing those in your sphere of influence positive reinforcement? 

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Top 10 Tell-Tale Signs Of A Bad Boss

Top 10 Tell-Tale Signs Of A Bad Boss | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Let's face it; we have all seen and experienced bad bosses. There are the ones that bully, the ones that only care about themselves and their own career, the cowards that hide behind others or the

Via Bobby Dillard
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Bad bosses cause so much unnecessary stress in the work place and are a major cause of reduced productivity and performance.

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5 Ways to Build a Positive Brain | Dr Jason Jones

5 Ways to Build a Positive Brain | Dr Jason Jones | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
5 Ways to Build a Positive Brain - http://t.co/t3uGmcvnNY #brainscience #HR #leadership
John Michel's insight:

A considerable amount of research has accumulated over the past decade on the topics of optimism and positivity. It is now very clear that a person’s level of optimism not only impacts his/her personal life, but there is solid evidence that a person’s level of optimism can actually predict his/her performance on the job.

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Taming The Last 10 Percent: Lessons For Finishing Meaningful Work

Taming The Last 10 Percent: Lessons For Finishing Meaningful Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Struggling to complete that big work project painting or manuscript These inspiring tips from creative masters Shakespeare and less likely sources...

Via Bobby Dillard
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Great insights into how to find the strength and courage to navigate the final 1journey go journey. 

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Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Be Happier, Backed by Science

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Be Happier, Backed by Science | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it.

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Great insights on the power of positivity. 

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How To Use Your Brain to Feel Less Vulnerable

How To Use Your Brain to Feel Less Vulnerable | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Before I entered the FBI Academy as a new agent, I had never shot a gun. My firearms instructor told me that all I needed to do was relax, breathe, and focus.
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Smart advice on eliminating negative thought patterns.

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Why Treating Life Like An Experiment Helps You Make Faster Decisions

Why Treating Life Like An Experiment Helps You Make Faster Decisions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Startups become successful when they embrace being engines of experimentation.
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More proof (smart) practice makes perfect.

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Mother Teresa's Humility List - Inspired Living | The Silver Pen

Mother Teresa's Humility List - Inspired Living | The Silver Pen | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Hollye Jacobs, RN and breast cancer survivor shares Mother Teresa's humility list. It is a list that is beautiful, inspiring and motivating!
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A list worth emulating! 

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What to Do When You Fail: 4 Simple Steps

What to Do When You Fail: 4 Simple Steps | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games.
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Who ever said failure has to be fatal? Not so fast...

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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9C Adjust your thermostat then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Ok, it's official...I'm going to start sleeping more :-) 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 17, 2013 12:49 AM

 

A really good compilation of practical tips on how to be happy!

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, August 28, 2013 7:38 PM

Is happiness a choice?  Partially...

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, August 29, 2013 5:33 AM

A few helpful hints that can make a h... of a difference. Its a matter of habit. Conscious and consistent behavior change should results in the development of a set of healthy habits that are well worth the initial effort.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?

Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. 

 

Homa Tavangar Author, "Growing Up Global," GlobalEd advisor


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Empathy is what enables you to stand up for something, not just stand by.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:46 PM

Empathy is a 21st Century skill that must be developed at home and in the class room.  "Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively."

Audrey's comment, August 26, 2013 6:13 PM
I would agree with Garth, which is why homeschooling is so important.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 26, 2013 8:53 PM
Thanks, Audrey. And I echo your homeschooling comment...I am a strong supporter of homeschooling families!
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Do You Make These 6 Common Mistakes and Get Stuck in Fear?

Do You Make These 6 Common Mistakes and Get Stuck in Fear? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It is so easy to get stuck in fear. I have been there many times in my life. The fear has held me back from trying new things and improving my life in both small and bigger ways. It has
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Don't let fear gateau your joy or hold you back from living the life you desire and deserve...lean into your fears and discover you already possess everything you need to succeed.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:19 AM

Do You Make These 6 Common Mistakes and Get Stuck in Fear?