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To Beat the Chaos, Take a Thinking Day

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One of the most under-discussed elements of effective leadership is how fast a leader must learn to stay at peak performance. Most successful leaders never stop learning. In fact, they are voracious

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One of the most under-discussed elements of effective leadership is how fast a leader must learn to stay at peak performance. Most successful leaders never stop learning. In fact, they are voracious learners who are always trying to find ways to improve and enhance their own performance and that of those around them.

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Lessons Learned -- Why the Failure of Systems Thinking Should Inform the Future of Design Thinking

Lessons Learned -- Why the Failure of Systems Thinking Should Inform the Future of Design Thinking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

You never learn by doing something right cause you already know how to do it. You only learn from making mistakes and correcting them.


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The drive to nail "design thinking" down has the same normative flavor that has restricted the spread of systems thinking. The urge to create a framework that specifies what and how a design thinker proceeds seems not just futile but dangerous to the survival of a movement aimed at expanding the kinds of thinking that managers, policy makers and citizens engage in.

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The end of strategic planning? | Enablers Network

The end of strategic planning? | Enablers Network | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

In times of acceleration, when radical technology transformation meets globalization, does the traditional strategic planning still mean a thing? How can long term planning (such as the defunct ten years long term plans from Stalin)still be of help in times when agility, velocity, permanently updated knowledge, experimentation, risk taking become the new virtues?

The preparation of our organizations to strive in an environment where disruptions can happen anytime, has to happen at three levels: Strategy, organization and leardership. The British professor, David Snowden, creator of the Cynefin model, explains that the context, with which leaders have to deal, has changed quite considerably:


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At the beginning of the 1980’, the US futurologist, Alvin Toffler, divided the history of humanity in three large “waves”. The first wave (8000 B.C. – 1750 AD) was characterized by a first revolution: the move from nomadism to sedentarism, through agriculture. The second wave was to be the one of industrialization and lasted, approximately until the mid-1950’s. And that is when the third wave (the title of one of Tofflers’ most famous books) slowly appeared. It would be the one of knowledge.

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The 10 Things High Engagement Does For You

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Yes highly engaged employees have happier more fulfilling lives. So what They do better work too.
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People want to feel like every day they’re making meaningful progress toward some meaningful course. Leaders have to be mindful of always addressing a challenge in a way that creates that meaning and purpose.

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Positive Leaders Manage their mind | Mindful Le...

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A high performance leader has to be positive to achieve their desired results, but how do you get into – and stay in – that state?
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“How you manage your own emotions is determined by how you focus. The mind's eye is like a flashlight. This flashlight can always search for something positive or something negative. The secret is being able to control that flashlight – to look for the opportunity and the positive. When you do that, you're playing to win. You're able to focus on the right things and maintain that positive self.

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Learning Is Only The Beginning. It’s What You Do That Counts! | John Maxwell Team Blog

Learning Is Only The Beginning. It’s What You Do That Counts! | John Maxwell Team Blog | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
On January 23rd of this year I was on one of our group mentorship calls and this particular call happened to be hosted by John Maxwell. I had recently been

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“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” – BENJAMIN DISRAELI

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2013 10:06 AM

Nice story from Barry Smith.

Lois Zachary's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:32 AM

Some good suggestions for moving learning forward!

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Not Qualified For Obamacare's Subsidies? Just Lie -- Govt. To Use 'Honor System' Without Verifying Your Eligibility

Not Qualified For Obamacare's Subsidies? Just Lie -- Govt. To Use 'Honor System' Without Verifying Your Eligibility | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you thought the delay in the employer mandate was bad news for Obamacare, just wait.
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an interesting approach to promoting "change we can believe in."

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Be a Change Agent | Lifescript.com

Be a Change Agent | Lifescript.com | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Author and personal development guru Jim Rohn once said, “You cannot change your destination...

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Since it’s your thinking that drives your behavior, all change begins with your thoughts. After all, what you do is a direct result of what you think. If you accept the analogy that your life is like a business, enacting change requires that you run your life differently by putting your mind under new management. This is the key to creating change in your life and giving you a real opportunity to reach your goals. 

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7 Vital lessons for new Managers - Leadership blog by Mark Wager Leadership Coach

7 Vital lessons for new Managers - Leadership blog by Mark Wager Leadership Coach | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The most viewed Leadership Blog in New Zealand (When a Manager asks for help, it should be considered a sign of strength rather than weakness

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A common failing with most businesses is that the majority of Managers that are hired are usually subject-matter experts with little to none people management experience. They are usually bright, hard working people who initially struggle in the role because they are exposed to the leadership elements of the Manager’s role that they wouldn’t have had experience or training to carry out.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:41 AM

It takes strength to recognise that you need help and courage to ask - and when I have found these in myself I have never been let down by others...

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4 Strategies to Turn Your Brain From Distraction to Action

4 Strategies to Turn Your Brain From Distraction to Action | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Excellent advice to help you  improve your focus and enhance your effectiveness. 

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Tom Hood's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:15 AM

Return on Attention! This caught my attention - Studies show that we are interrupted every three minutes during work and it takes us 23 minutes on average to get back to the original task. The real kicker is that more than half of the distractions were completely self-inflicted.

 

Some simple, easy to implement tips to help stay focused on the work that matters most. Easy to say, harder to do everyday, but I am going to try...

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, July 15, 2013 7:29 AM

Interesting ideas....

Natalia Wentworth's curator insight, July 24, 2013 5:39 PM

This is so unbelievably important, especially if you have employees! Even as a dedicated entrepreneur, though, I find myself struggling with distraction. I know it's even worse for people who don't have as much motivation to perform.

 

Plugins that shut off access to certain sites are helpful, but I often find I get the most done when I block my internet access completely (though that's not an option for every type of task).

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Have a Performance Conversation with Unmotivate...

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Performance conversations are most effective when they occur on a regular basis. Here are some tips to have a conversation with unmotivated employees.

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Performance conversations are most effective when they occur on a regular basis—not as part of an annual review or when things have already gotten out of control. They are a great opportunity to keep expectations and goals clear in everyone’s mind.

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Ultimate Motivation No Excuses

Motivation is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. It gives us the power and intent to go after our dreams and make them become reality. Motivati...

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Worth the watch.

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EQRocks's curator insight, March 23, 2013 11:37 PM

Excellent video to get your heart pumping and your confidence up to achieve your dreams!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 9, 2013 9:51 PM

Awesome video on motiviation!  Enjoy!

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How To Easily Get Unstuck From Your Rut And Make Positive Change

How To Easily Get Unstuck From Your Rut And Make Positive Change | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If I had a penny for all the times I've promised myself to make positive change but never followed through, I'd be a wealthy woman. Over the years, I've wanted to start running daily, learn French,...
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When it comes to change we get stuck in a rut because we’ve trained our brains in a certain way. Our daily habits have become deeply ingrained in our brain circuitry. If you repeat small behaviors frequently enough, your brain begins to carve out new neural pathways. Those neural pathways allow behaviors to become automatic.

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RESPONSIBILITY

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All children need to be taught about responsibility.  This is  a skill that does not comes naturally.  It starts from the time when they are little babies.  We teach them that there are consequences for their actions.  If they behave badly they get...
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All children need to be taught about responsibility.  This is  a skill that does not comes naturally.  It starts from the time when they are little babies.  We teach them that there are consequences for their actions.  If they behave badly they get punished.  If they show positive behavior they get rewarded.  In the end they are responsible for what they do.

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How Do You Measure Love (Or Employee Engagement)? - Forbes

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How Do You Measure Love (Or Employee Engagement)?
Forbes
And how in the world can we measure the amount of love someone feels?
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Engagement refers to one’s emotional commitment to their organization and the organization’s goals. It leads to discretionary effort.  A sales person who feels engaged will work just as hard on Friday afternoon as she does on Monday morning. A customer service professional who feels engaged will go the extra mile to resolve problems and complaints. An assembly line worker who feels engaged will work a little faster and is less likely to have an accident.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:30 AM

What's your measure?

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10 Reasons to Play More!

10 Reasons to Play More! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

By Sara Furay

 

"We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~ George Barnard Shaw

 

I have decided to prioritize play.

 

It’s just too good, too important, too fun, not to make play a priority. I’m not going to wait for all my other to-do items to get finished first. I’m going to put play right there at the top with a big box next to it, ready to be checked!

Play is the good stuff and the good stuff really should become the priority. Life just feels better, is better when there is more good stuff.

Here are 10 reasons why you should join me in prioritizing play:

 

1. Play builds confidence for risk taking. 

Think about it: when you are playing, you reach a little farther than you normally do. You push yourself, you climb a little higher, you leap off things, you go a little faster. You put aside your fears and you go for the things you may not normally go for. You do this because you are having fun!

 


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Play is the good stuff and the good stuff really should become the priority. Life just feels better, is better when there is more good stuff.

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Six ways of influencing behaviour change

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Much human behaviour is habitual. However, when external conditions change – for example as we seek to address emerging sustainability issues around all sorts of sectors (in transport, energy, biod...

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However, current research reminds us that campaigns that concentrate on firing off messages and information about what target audiences should do – actually has surprisingly little effect on behavior. 

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:00 AM

Some interesting insights by Dr Will Allen on Robert Cialdini's book, Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion. As any great leader will tell you it's not about power ... it really is about influence!

 

I'm still a big fan of four styles of influencing ~ telling, selling, participating and empowering! How about you?

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MOC the Week: 4 Reflective Questions Every Leader Should Ask

MOC the Week: 4 Reflective Questions Every Leader Should Ask | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

If you stop to consider how people grow and develop, you will find ways to ensure your team reaches its potential...as a very natural part of what you all do.
First, it helps if you are aware of what makes people tick! So become curious about how how the mind works, how your team think as individuals, to create a group of people that are highly motivated to learn and grow.


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Over the past few years, coaching has been widely recognised as the most effective way to raise this awareness and encourage ownership, helping the individual or team to consciously walk through the way we learn by shining a light on what has been learned from a project or task, and what will be done differently as a result.
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R.I.P. Work-Life Balance

R.I.P. Work-Life Balance | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Women have spent years chasing the elusive concept of a perfect work-life balance -- and never finding it. Smart companies are changing the conversation to energy management and fulfillment, and both women and men are benefitting.
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 A 2012 study conducted by the Society for Human ResourceManagement found that the amount of employees who consider work-life balance very important to their overall job satisfaction continues to increase. We’re so dedicated to the attainment of this concept that there was a national firestorm when Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote in the The Atlantic that working mothers, the poster children for the idea of work-life balance, can’t have it all.

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Leadership is About Questions

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Answers make me comfortable. I enjoy solving the mystery, working out the solution, completing the puzzle. I like to figure out the story before the storyteller finishes it. Getting an answer, espe...

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The leaders who inspire me appreciate and ask questions, and listen to how I respond. They do not usually ask me for some specific bit of information, although I am pretty good with dates and names. They tend to ask “Why?” very often, along with “How could we do that?” about new ideas.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:50 AM

And,of course, listening deeply to the answers!

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Get Fired

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Be Different, Swing for the Fences, and Ask For Forgiveness.Do you work at a large enterprise – a place with more than 500 employees? Then your best hope of helping the company — and your (Make a difference, challenge the status quo....
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Any business worth working for wants its employees to drive the business forward. Here are three ideas that could be game changers:

Be Different. Start small, and replace your boring black, office chair with a green bouncy ball. Invite people to lunch to brainstorm about a big idea you have and start influencing the culture.

Swing for the Fences. If you are told to identify prospects for your company's new product – don’t stop there – make the sale. Even if that role falls to someone else on the team, it demonstrates that you are not kidding around...and that you can sell.

Ask For Forgiveness. Are you working on a project that is awaiting “approval”? What if you just go do it – and ask for forgiveness later? Could one person at Kodak have changed the company's fate? Stay nimble in your mindset, and imagine that your actions will make or break the company's chances of staying afloat.

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How Thieves Use Social Media To Rob You

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Thinking of tweeting about an upcoming holiday? Don’t. Thinking of sharing a photo of your latest grand purchase? Don’t. Thinking of checking in at the airport before your vacation? Don’t.

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Tech-savvy burglars use publicly-obtainable information e.g. Foursquare check-ins, location-based Facebook updates, and metadata from shared images to locate potential victims. To illustrate the risk of over-sharing on social media, Distinctive Doors designed this infograph explaining how they do it, and what you can do to protect yourself. Hopefully, it’ll prompt you restrict the visibility of your updates and engage in more cautious sharing.

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Javier M - AxiomaWL's curator insight, August 1, 2013 9:34 PM

Take note of this info !.

peterlakeman's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:04 AM

Met de vakantie voor de deur wel even de moeite om te bekijken.

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:36 AM

An infographic with some important information we can share with students

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Public Speaking and Leadership: How to Inspire an Audience

Public Speaking and Leadership: How to Inspire an Audience | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Public speaking is a key leadership skill. Here's how to develop performance abilities that will sell your vision and inspire listeners.

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One of the greatest of leadership skills is the ability to recognize and be dissatisfied when one's level of performance falls short of an ideal. Anyone who works with leaders understands this. It's a principal reason, in fact, that these leaders have achieved success.


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Dee Hock in his own words

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The source of all our problems today comes from the gap between how we think and how nature works. ~Gregory Bateson 


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An interesting perspective.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 9, 2013 1:44 PM

Very interesting!

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Viktor Frankl on love, success & the meaning of life.

Viktor Frankl on love, success & the meaning of life. | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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After surviving the holocaust, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl, wrote Man’s Search for Meaning, a detailed, psychotherapeutic account of his tragedy in the concentration camps, in which he examines how finding meaning can transform even the most absurd form of suffering.

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