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Remorseful Burglars Return Stolen Computers to Sexual Assault Center

Remorseful Burglars Return Stolen Computers to Sexual Assault Center | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Hours after pulling off a daring computer heist, burglars returned their stolen loot with an apology note to a center that helps victims of sexual assault.
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Hours after pulling off a daring heist, burglars returned their stolen loot — six desktop computers and a brand new laptop — to a center that helps victims of sexual assault. They also left an apology note.

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Appreciative inquiry: mobilising change with hope, optimism and ...

Appreciative inquiry: mobilising change with hope, optimism and ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote about Positive Organisational Scholarship and introduced a new approach to driving powerful change and creating a positive culture, called Appreciative Inquiry. Click here to read my post on Positive ...

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We are often exposed to a deficiency model in organisations by focusing on questions such as “What are the problems or challenges we are currently facing?” or “What needs to be fixed?“ This mindset focuses our attention on what is wrong, or what needs to be changed and inevitably attempts to turn weaknesses into strengths – a processes that can actually cause issues or problems to become worse or over emphasised!

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Why Humility is Essential for Every New Startup Hire • ex post facto

Why Humility is Essential for Every New Startup Hire • ex post facto | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When interviewing product managers at Google, we ranked candidates on four metrics: technical ability, communication skills, intellect and Googliness.
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Disruptive companies reinvent. They don’t copy and execute someone else’s playbook. To be disruptive, a startup’s team must cast aside preconceived notions and assumptions about doing things the “right way” and start inventing new ways.

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Seth's Blog: "Oh, that's just a hack someone put together..."

Seth's Blog: "Oh, that's just a hack someone put together..." | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Just about all the big decisions, innovations and perfect solutions around you didn't start that way.

Via Amy Melendez
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Inventing isn't the hard part. The ideas that change the world are changing the world because someone cared enough to stick it out, to cajole and lead and evolve. But even though the inventing isn't the hard part, it scares us away.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:53 AM

From the article: They weren't the result of a ten-person committee, carefully considering all options, testing the reasonable ones and putting in place a top-down implementation that went flawlessly.

 

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Five Leadership Lessons from the Circus — Break The Frame

Five Leadership Lessons from the Circus — Break The Frame | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leadership lessons are everywhere! Here are five lessons can leaders learn from a well-run circus and their many talented performers. (Can't run away & join the circus? Well, there are things you can still learn from it.
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Interesting insights on leadership. 

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Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.

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It’s important to understand that for many people, a sense of meaning and happiness in life overlap; many people score jointly high (or jointly low) on the happiness and meaning measures in the study. But for many others, there is a dissonance — they feel that they are low on happiness and high on meaning or that their lives are very high in happiness, but low in meaning.

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B-School Lessons: The Power of Humility - Businessweek

B-School Lessons: The Power of Humility - Businessweek | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
B-School Lessons: The Power of Humility
Businessweek
Why is it we often have to lose someone in order to appreciate that person's contribution to society? A family friend recently passed away.
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In life, we are each just one member of the team. In the sport of crew, every person on the shell must work equally hard in order to win as a team. Coxswains motivate the team, but each person in that shell must work in sync in order for the team to do well. My friend taught me that during our career, we move between coxswain and rower. The most successful rowing teams are filled with people who recognize the value of each person.

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Being Leader-ish: When You’re Not Quite a Leader

Being Leader-ish: When You’re Not Quite a Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
  ish. This is the word we use when something is stuck between being and not being. Between is and is not. For example, we might say, ...
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True character-based leadership emerges through discomfort. Ours, and others. It requires focusing our attention on how we can make others shine. Making mindful judgment calls. Getting things done through others, and winning their hearts and minds in the process. Handling people as unique individuals. Looking beyond our positions to the behaviors and choices that are best for our employees, for the team, for the organization, and its customer.

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Unleashing Your Inner Thought Leader

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I talk with working people, students and job-seekers all day long, so I hear a mind-boggling number of stories. None of them are boring.Sometimes people start to tell boring stories, by mistake. They
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Everyone has a story. Everyone has wisdom to share. Our workmates have incredible stories and learning that cannot be conveyed adequately through the channels that our particle-focused, wave-blind workplaces offer. We need to connect at work on a different level, with our colleagues, our customers, our vendors and our partners, and what better way to get there than to help people find their voices?


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10 Reasons to Forgive the Person You Hate the Most

10 Reasons to Forgive the Person You Hate the Most | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Adjusting your perspective to a place of forgiveness and gratitude allows you to no longer play the victim card.  Most of the time you are not a victim of anything other than your own vibration and level of attraction.  When you continue to blame someone else, you automatically give control of your life to someone else and thus set yourself up to be a lifelong victim.

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Can You Establish Your Leadership Legacy And Still Stay Popular With Your People?

Can You Establish Your Leadership Legacy And Still Stay Popular With Your People? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Sure you can, but how?
The notion of a building a leadership legacy has always been a driving factor for business leaders and owners, who are naturally driven to influence the way in which they will be remembered after they have gone.
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The notion of a building a leadership legacy has always been a driving factor for business leaders and owners, who are naturally driven to influence the way in which they will be remembered after they have gone. Whether you're a leader ready to retire, or a new manager itching to make your mark on your organisation; you are now writing history for your employees, but how will it read?

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Owning Two of a Certain Object Indicates Your Kids Will Do Well in School. Can You Guess What It Is?

Owning Two of a Certain Object Indicates Your Kids Will Do Well in School. Can You Guess What It Is? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In the original Miami Vice television series, Detective Zito is murdered in Season Three. After learning of his death, co-cops Crockett, Tubbs and Switek visit his house, where they discover Zito's collection of snow globes.

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It's easy to see the "Objects tell us about ourselves" bit as a bunch of hooey, as with iPhone and Android users—upon spotting the competing product on an acquaintance's desk, they'll tiresomely begin projecting qualities of the most vociferous proponent of that product onto the user. Ditto Mac and PC users. But it does fascinate me that some objects tell tales we never see coming. Case in point: Stanford economist Eric Hanushek, and his research partner Ludgar Woessman from U. of Munich, put together a study where they found a specific object in certain family's homes that served as a reliable indicator that a child from that family would do well in school.

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Kneale Mann | Leadership: Making Decisions

Kneale Mann | Leadership: Making Decisions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Kneale Mann | Leadership and Culture strategist, writer, speaker, executive coach engaging and empowering leaders, teams, and organizations.
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We look for leadership to be decisive and crisp. It’s about helping people get better, keeping everyone on track, and getting stuff done. But it isn't always smooth in real life. 

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How to Fulfill Leadership's First Responsibility

How to Fulfill Leadership's First Responsibility | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Fear hopes monsters go away. Courage grabs them by the throat. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.” Max De Pree The movie, Apollo 13, made the phrase, “Houston, we have a pr...
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Defining reality is boldly describing what you see. It’s easier to sprinkle fairy dust on reality than you think. You don’t want to point out problems, for example, because they reflect poorly on your leadership. So, you pretend they’re challenges and opportunities. Maybe, if you close your eyes long enough, they’ll go away.

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Don't Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Don't Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Decision-making is not a solo activity.
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Every manager needs to make sure that decisions are made and implemented, whether it's for an entire company or a small team. And while it may seem easier to just make the decisions yourself, in many cases this won't lead to the best outcome — nor will it increase your team's capability to make future decisions. The alternative, however, is not to shy away from decisions, but rather to create an orchestrated process by which the right people are engaged, including yourself.

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Successful Leadership Requires 6 Critical Resources

Successful Leadership Requires 6 Critical Resources | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leadership is a chess match. Every decision you make influences your next five decisions. Unfortunately, many leaders don’t realize the implications of each of their decisions.

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Successful leadership is a by-product of those resources that you are able to access throughout the course of your career.   Resources that are not given to you, but rather earned as a result of hard work, sacrifices, respect from your peers and career coaches, and the failures that taught you lessons along the way.

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Why I Love When Customers Complain

Why I Love When Customers Complain | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Had I rushed my customer, he might not have been able to share with me the important everyday happenings in our industry that he sees from the opposite side of the street. His insider information clues me in to new products available in our market, hard-to-spot changes he sees happening in the industry, and of course his experience in dealing not just with my company but with my competitors.  Thus, my choice to listen was a judicious one.  It gave me competitor intel, highlighted needs I could create products to fill in a changing market.


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Great insights on the power of listening to dissatisfied customers.

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5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead

5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

For a leader – or anyone else who wants to succeed at hiring and retaining the very best talent – listening is a crucial skill. Because when you tune the wrong people and information out, you’re depriving yourself of priceless tools that will enable you to take your career, and life, to new levels of workplace fulfillment, reward and fun.


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To reach our full potential, we must master the art of listening. Really listening. Which means awareness. Which means thinking about what we hear. Which means applying it, if possible, to the leadership challenges at hand.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:10 PM

Listening is an important aspect of mindful, servant-leadership.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:17 PM

Simple and yet, so difficult to do.

donhornsby's curator insight, August 6, 2013 9:53 AM

(From the article): Learning to listen is a blast. It makes us fuller, smarter, more empathetic, more successful people and leaders. Lets all take our earplugs out and tune in to the wondrous wealth of inspiration that surrounds us. Your future and current employees will thank you.

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NoExcusesHR: The Power Position

NoExcusesHR: The Power Position | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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It's funny how we try to minimize the role of power in the workplace. Sometimes we use terms like "associates" or "team members" instead of employees. We try flattening our organizations, or downplaying job titles to help put people at ease. 

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Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a circle of safety for their teams.


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Real leaders are the very few willing to sacrifice themselves for their people. When they do, we will do anything to see that our leader's visions are advanced.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, August 2, 2013 8:54 AM

Great video!

Tom Hood's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:58 AM

Sinek does it again - from the "golden circle" of "why" to the "circle of safety" for making an extraordinary organziation that can execute your why.

 

The circle of safety is about engagement, empowerment, and protection of your team. Do you just protect the senior team in your organziation or do all of your people feel safe and able to make decisions?

 

Another inspirational talk from Simon Sinek. Worth a reaad and watch.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 3, 2013 10:17 PM
Thank you Tom!!!
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Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #9 - Shirzad Chamine On Improving Team Performance

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #9 - Shirzad Chamine On Improving Team Performance | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why do most efforts to improve team or individual performance fall apart within a short period of time? Why is it that our feelings of accomplishment diminish so quickly after we achieve a goal or target?
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A very worthwhile 23 minutes...enjoy. 

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4 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voice Inside You

4 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voice Inside You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Think positive.  Life is good.  Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting pure gold.  Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to always happen, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for the moment.  So keep smiling and keep staying true to your heart.  Someday, the negative voice inside you will have nothing left to say.


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When Working at a Troubled Company Makes Perfect Sense

When Working at a Troubled Company Makes Perfect Sense | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Time is Your Most Valuable Asset. Use it Wisely. Is working at a troubled company advisable?
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Is working at a troubled company advisable? Troubled meaning heading into bankruptcy, having a deserved bad reputation, struggling to survive, or going through a turnaround. The answer: it all depends.

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Staying Positive as a Veteran and How It Can Change Your Life

Staying Positive as a Veteran and How It Can Change Your Life | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You need to make a conscious decision to become a positive person and a positive veteran. Can you make that choice? Learn more from Levi Newman.
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Happiness and contentedness are decisions like anything else in the world. Do you want McDonald’s or filet mignon? Do you want to dwell on that jerk who cut you off on the freeway, or are you giving your best smile to the hottie in the Camaro that just pulled up beside you? True happiness is like trying to find a land navigation point in North Carolina in the dark: it’s not easy, but not impossible either.

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Mandela Day: Give Just 67 Minutes

Mandela Day: Give Just 67 Minutes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
July 18 is known around the globe as Mandela Day -- a celebration of the wonderful Nelson Mandela, his tireless struggle for human dignity and his lifelong commitment to pursue the greater good.
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The premise of Mandela Day is a simple one: each and every one of us has the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of others. It doesn't take much to make every day a Mandela Day: if we were all to give just 67 minutes, one minute for every year of Madiba's fight for human rights and social justice, we can make a huge difference.

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