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

Via Bobby Dillard
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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
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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.

Via Bobby Dillard
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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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#FutureLeaders ~helping students lead positive change

#FutureLeaders is the first step in providing a generation of young people with a framework of leadership development tools that challenge the status quo in our society.

 

As you may know, our schools and workplace cultures are plagued by bullying, negative bias and disengagement.  

 

Our goal is to and help students leverage the natural talents while learning how to use authority and popularity to help others and lead positive change in their schools, places of work and their families.  


Via AlGonzalezinfo, David Hain, Create Wise Leader
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Superb insights...well worth the watch! 

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AlGonzalezinfo's comment, March 28, 2013 2:04 PM
Muchas gracias tuXcoacing!
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, March 28, 2013 2:05 PM
Su commentario y preguntas son muy provocativas!
David Hain's curator insight, July 16, 2013 7:04 AM

Nice video from Al Gonzalez and the very worthwhile Give Leadership Institute. Catch kids early and kick off great leadership habits!

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Careful! These 25 Quotes Might Inspire You

Careful! These 25 Quotes Might Inspire You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Be careful reading these quotes, they might just inspire you to do things you dreamed of doing, they might help you succeed and might even make you happier."All our dreams can come true - if we (I love these........read them and find one (or 2) that...
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Be careful reading these quotes, they might just inspire you to do things you dreamed of doing, they might help you succeed and might even make you happier.

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Leadership | Creating a Space of Trust — The People Equation - by Jennifer V. Miller

Leadership | Creating a Space of Trust — The People Equation - by Jennifer V. Miller | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Trust is about creating space for people to thrive. As a leader, when you create a culture of trust, you are demonstrating your belief in others.
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Trusting others doesn’t mean that you abdicate your responsibility as a leader. Quite the opposite: When you create a culture of trust, you are demonstrating your belief in others — that, given the proper tools, objectives and leadership guidance, people can and will step up and give their best. This takes courage — it’s not always easy to trust when the stakes are high or grievances inform your thinking.

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What our Brain Tells Us About Our Ability to Empathize

What our Brain Tells Us About Our Ability to Empathize | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You're hard-wired for empathy, whether you like it or not.

More than two decades ago now, scientists made a discovery that fundamentally altered our understanding of empathy. While observing monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells activated both when a monkey performed an action and when that monkey watched another monkey perform the same action.

It’s a scenario we’ve all probably experienced before: If we’ve seen someone stub her toe, or cut her finger, or fall off a bike, and winced because we could feel the pain ourselves. That wincing – that unconscious reaction – is caused by “mirror neurons” firing in our brains. And these same neurons fire whether the action happens to us or to someone we’re watching.


Via Edwin Rutsch
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More than two decades ago now, scientists made a discovery that fundamentally altered our understanding of empathy. While observing monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells activated both when a monkey performed an action and when that monkey watched another monkey perform the same action.

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What Do CEOs Do All Day?

What Do CEOs Do All Day? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Peeking behind the mahogany door, researchers identify how top executives allocate their time, which styles improve business performance, and why family CEOs too often underperform.


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In business, it is often said that time is money. If that’s true, then surely for chief executive officers attention is gold. After all, how CEOs focus their precious attention can reflect strategic priorities and determine the success or failure of firms.

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David James's comment, July 15, 2013 8:39 AM
I thought, or was reliably informed by a great many CEOs, that 50% of their time is spent in meetings and 50% with HR!
donhornsby's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:44 AM

(From the article): A one percent increase in the weekly hours worked by CEOs was associated with a 0.89 percent increase in firm productivity

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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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Cruise Line Class'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.

Cruise Line Class'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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Six Paths to Better Leadership

Six Paths to Better Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We know a lot about effective leadership in education -- and we keep learning the same lessons over and over. Between 1989 and 2000, Mark Goldberg interviewed 43 leaders across a spectrum of positi ("One need not be a principal to be a #leader.
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David Gergen, in 2000, published Eyewitness to Power, summarizing his perspective on leadership after having served in the White House for several presidents from both political parties. Though derived from a wider range of proven examples, the lessons learned have great resonance because they can apply to education. Here they are:

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Six Whopping Lies Told About Entrepreneurs ... Sometimes By Entrepreneurs Themselves

Six Whopping Lies Told About Entrepreneurs ... Sometimes By Entrepreneurs Themselves | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The following post is by Bill Aulet, the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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As more people aspire to become entrepreneurs, it is important to dispel many of the misperceptions about this species. Here are six big ones that even some entrepreneurs believe:

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How to Take On More Responsibility at Work (Without Being a Pushover)

How to Take On More Responsibility at Work (Without Being a Pushover) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons why people ask you to help them out at the office. Maybe they need an extra pair of hands and they think you’re the perfect person for the job.
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There are plenty of reasons why people ask you to help them out at the office. Maybe they need an extra pair of hands and they think you’re the perfect person for the job. Maybe they’re feeling overwhelmed and are trying to be fair in distributing their tasks among the team. Or maybe, they’re trying to get some grunt work off their plates. And you’re the one who's been asking to take on more projects, right?

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The Unexpected Benefits of Compassion for Business

The Unexpected Benefits of Compassion for Business | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Compassionate workplaces - good for employees AND the corporate bottom line.

Via Annette Swann
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Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.

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Annette Swann's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:13 AM

The Study results: Employees devote a great deal of attention to their leaders’ ethical behavior and respond with intense positive emotions to the display of fairness and moral integrity.  An employee will demonstrate high levels of organisational commitment, and are more likely to act in a helpful and friendly way. 

(details of study here: http://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/articles/vianello.galliani.2010.elevation-at-work.pub081.pdf)

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» How Do You Find Happiness? - World of Psychology

» How Do You Find Happiness? - World of Psychology | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Happiness is defined as “a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.”

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One of the common reasons we find it so difficult to find happiness is due to our perception of what it really is. Our ability to be happy depends on how we define it.

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HAPILABS's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:59 AM

"Live Our “Best Life.”For starters we can begin by living what I like to call our “best life.” This consists of being the best version of ourselves we can be. It involves self-acceptance and no longer comparing ourselves to others. Living our best life also includes no longer using things to measure our happiness, but focusing on the feeling. Practicing mindfulness can also help us achieve happiness. In doing this we can fully experience the moment and learn to engage with each moment on its terms, taking things as they come. When we are able to accept things for what they are, we can be happier."