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Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows

Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A new study shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.
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Compassion, like physical and academic skills, appears to be something that is not fixed, but rather can be enhanced with training and practice. "The fact that alterations in brain function were observed after just a total of seven hours of training is remarkable," explains UW-Madison psychology and psychiatry professor Richard J. Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds.

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10 Little Positive Habits that Can Change Your Life | The Unbounded Spirit

10 Little Positive Habits that Can Change Your Life | The Unbounded Spirit | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
10 little positive habits that can change your life... http://t.co/Z4N9nKxiMH
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Quite often we get so caught up in day-to-day activities that we get distracted from thinking about and developing little positive habits that could make the difference between having an okay day and a upbeat, positive day.

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Taking Risk is the Key to Building Trust

Taking Risk is the Key to Building Trust | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Trust important to a successful business, but companies that avoid taking risks actually make building trust impossible.
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The key to building trust is the one thing that businesses try to avoid–RISK. But risk is a necessary component of trust and trust is a necessary component of relationships. The most successful businesses have a true relationship with their customers.

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Problem Solving Versus Empathy

Problem Solving Versus Empathy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

A classical relationship problem is the dichotomy between solving a problem and providing empathy. If you really want to understand this, spend two minutes and watch the awesome "It's Not About The Nail" video below...

 

If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or VC take a moment and think. Do you ever focus on “empathy” rather than “problem solving.” If you want to see an example of this in action, watch Jerry Colonna’s brilliant interview with Jason Calacanis. There’s a lot of incredible things on display in this interview, including plenty of empathy.


Via Edwin Rutsch
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 If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or VC take a moment and think. Do you ever focus on “empathy” rather than “problem solving.” If you want to see an example of this in action, watch Jerry Colonna’s brilliant interview with Jason Calacanis. There’s a lot of incredible things on display in this interview, including plenty of empathy.

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Empaticus's curator insight, July 4, 2013 3:13 AM

A lesson worth remembering for all you guys out there. It´s not about the nail. Hahahaha Funny and full of wisdom...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 14, 2015 6:57 PM

The title reminded me of David Bohm, Richard Rohr, and Parker Palmer. Quite often, we treat paradox like problems and try to solve them rather than holding the tension paradox offers. Empathy calls for dialogue rather than assumptions.

 

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A Harvard Economist's Surprisingly Simple Productivity Secret

A Harvard Economist's Surprisingly Simple Productivity Secret | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
ASPEN, Colo. -- It's one of the most common complaints in the professional world: too little time.Workers who log 60-plus hour weeks gripe that they don't have enough room in their schedule to even

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Mullainathan. The ultimate barrier to success is a shortage of mental "bandwidth," or the ability to focus on a task in the moment.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, July 2, 2013 2:21 PM

frequent distractions, esp in high pressure situations are very counterproductive (esp to creativity)

Federico Fortuna's curator insight, August 10, 2013 8:49 AM

Una piccola storia per utilizzare meglio le nostre risorse ...e il nostro tempo...

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It’s About Making Sense, NOT decisions

It’s About Making Sense, NOT decisions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Cumbersome decision-making processes, cognitive biases that favor existing mindsets, and a false sense of the permanence of decisions can all work against leaders’ ability to sense and adapt to rapidly changing realities.


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To stand a better chance of anticipating their own futures, organizations need to supplement their current decision-making infrastructures with more lightweight approaches to making sense of the world

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:09 AM

(From the article): When I was in government I would sometimes hear the question: “Are you suggesting that I revisit the decision we made a year ago?” It was a scary question; it implied that all the work we had done to staff the issue was somehow in vain and, even worse, that the official should risk appearing indecisive or lacking in conviction. Now I believe that that type of questioning is not only necessary, but perhaps the most important responsibility of a corporate team. The future belongs to those who revisit their decisions early and often.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, July 3, 2013 2:22 PM

Boy - that's well on the money!

Kevin Sutton's curator insight, July 4, 2013 10:51 AM

Make snes instead of decisions!

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4 Culture Elements to Increase the Number of Women Executives

4 Culture Elements to Increase the Number of Women Executives | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Maybe what the women’s movement really brought us is simply the opportunity to choose our own definition of success? What can business learn from the fact that so many women are choosing differently?


Via David Hain
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If we truly desire a more diverse representation of leaders in the C-Suite, maybe we should re-examine the business culture, rather than expecting women and others to re-define how they view success. What is lacking in the environment that if present might allow more women to find their version of success in the C-suite

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David Hain's curator insight, July 2, 2013 9:18 AM

Part two.

Jana Axline's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:36 PM

I'm sure this would attract more women, but I think men are interested in these perks as well.

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How to Take Responsibility for What Happens to You - Huffington Post

How to Take Responsibility for What Happens to You - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How to Take Responsibility for What Happens to You Huffington Post While Hunter didn't ask Thomas to take the blame for what happened on 9/11, she did ask him to take responsibility for why he couldn't seem to make a successful transition in his...
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When something bad happens to us (e.g., car wreck, robbery, fight with our spouse), we're often tempted to blame someone else for our misfortune. It's only human nature, after all, something that social psychologists have a name for: the self-serving bias. While blaming others for our failures or misfortunes might protect our self-esteem, Cheryl Hunter argues that this same tendency to blame others and not accept responsibility for what happens to us can leave us in a place of stagnation.

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Leader-Imposed Stress | Small Wars Journal

Leader-Imposed Stress | Small Wars Journal | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Stress exists in all organizations, military or civilian, and leaders can influence the level of stress in Soldiers and organizations in either a positive or a negative manner. More importantly, leaders themselves are significant ...
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Stress exists in all organizations, military or civilian, and leaders can influence the level of stress in Soldiers and organizations in either a positive or a negative manner. More importantly, leaders themselves are significant stressors of organizations and they can either improve or degrade their organization by the amount and type of stress they intentionally or unintentionally impose

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Positive Psychology, Change and the Bottom Line, Part IV: Implications for Organizations

Positive Psychology, Change and the Bottom Line, Part IV:  Implications for Organizations | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

In our previous posts on Positive Psychology, we've talked about what

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Emotions of any kind are a big part of change.  They're often disregarded in favor of a focus on the technical aspects of change - the training, the processes, the expectations - but it's important to remember that building positive emotions will provide the momentum to move the change forward, while negative emotions (or a lack of emotional engagement) will have the opposite effect.  The only way to effect change within an organization is to leverage the ABCs of positive psychology:  Affect (emotions), behavior and cognition.

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On Leadership, Humility and Authentic Spiritual Leadership

On Leadership, Humility and Authentic Spiritual Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
  Corruption, greed, and addiction to power and control over others ooze from the pseudo-leadership of so many contemporary leaders. Adding insult to injury is that most of these people actually th...

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Humility will teach us to appreciate others, to be more accountable, to keep a just perspective on efforts and results. It teaches us never to judge others without first judging ourselves. Humility reminds us not to belittle others, or criticize them, or to fail to give others our undivided attention. It insists we should not be pre-occupied with ourselves, to play favorites with others, to make distinctions based on status, or to embarrass people around us.

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Don Dea's curator insight, June 20, 2013 2:24 AM

Leadership is not a way to power over others but a call to nurture the gifts of others. It means letting go of the desire to be always right, or to always have the answers. Successful leaders who admit their mistakes clearly earn more respect from their followers than do those who unsuccessfully try to hide them.

Some mistakes cause pain to others, but a good leader can acknowledge wrongdoing and genuinely apologize.

sally lee's curator insight, October 6, 2015 12:58 AM

How we can be the change

 

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» You are a genius I know this much is true.

» You are a genius I know this much is true. | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
RT @CurtRees: » You are a genius http://t.co/Gc5CSYl6VW Encouraging well-intended risk-taking in our schools. Effort should be praised more…
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How would our world be different if more children believed in their unique genius?
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Why Impatience Is SO Bad For You - HSP Health Blog

Why Impatience Is SO Bad For You - HSP Health Blog | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Impatience is a constant in our lives. Speed is pervasive in our market economies. It gives us a lot but also takes a lot. Are we making a good bargain?

Via Douglas Eby, Bobby Dillard
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Impatience is so bad for you.

It is one of the most seductive emotional states.

It is a great way to make life more difficult and relationships challenging.

Impatience is like playing a child’s game of bumper cars with real life and adult consequences.

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9 Habits of Super Positive People

9 Habits of Super Positive People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living (RT @msuzdak: 9 Habits of Super Positive People RT @2morrowknigh #leadership #happiness http://t.co/w8sDIMhP2N)...
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Life is full of positive experiences.  Notice them.  Notice the sun warming your skin, the small child learning to walk, and the smiling faces around you.  Smell the rain, and feel the wind.  Live your life to the fullest potential by reveling in the beauty of these experiences, and letting them inspire you to be the most positive version of YOU.

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Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same - CNN (blog)

Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same - CNN (blog) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same CNN (blog) (CNN) – With signs of patriotism abounding for the Fourth of July, a new survey indicates seven in 10 Americans think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed by the...
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With signs of patriotism abounding for the Fourth of July, a new survey indicates seven in 10 Americans think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out, 237 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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EDITORIAL: With our freedom comes responsibility - nwitimes.com

EDITORIAL: With our freedom comes responsibility - nwitimes.com | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
EDITORIAL: With our freedom comes responsibility
nwitimes.com
On Independence Day, we urge Americans to take time not only to celebrate, but also to recognize the responsibilities of citizenship. There's no free ride here.
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On Independence Day, we urge Americans to take time not only to celebrate, but also to recognize the responsibilities of citizenship. There's no free ride here.

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Think Your Organization Is Compassionate?

Think Your Organization Is Compassionate? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
See how it compares with the results from our Compassionate Organizations Quiz.

 

Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?


The answers to these questions aren’t just important for feel-good reasons. Recent research suggests that more compassionate workplaces reap substantive benefits when it comes to employee wellness, creative problem solving, productivity, and the bottom line.

 

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Emily Nauman 

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Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?

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Chris Ringer's curator insight, July 6, 2013 4:52 PM

I wonder how they define "compassion." People confronting one another, lending a hand when times are tough, and leaders caring about their team members are only specific manifestations of compassion.

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Change, Neuroscience, Learning, Emotional Intelligence: NexusEQ Sparks

Change, Neuroscience, Learning, Emotional Intelligence: NexusEQ Sparks | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A few highlights from NexusEQ: 260 change makers. 80 presenters. 50 cases. 32 countries. 3 days overflowing with sparks for positive change. What did we learn about neuroscience, learning, change, and harnessing the power of emotions?

Via David Hain, Bobby Dillard
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One key change that’s needed:  Focus on passion, purpose, and play.  Put less attention on “achieving” and more on fun.  Give kids, and adults, the opportunity to deeply engage in what matters to them – not because “it’s on the test” (which has 0 correlation with real-world performance), but because it’s meaningful and exciting.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 2, 2013 4:35 PM

A mine full of gold nuggets in this one article, abridged from a recent and ground breaking EQ conference.

 

Must read - thanks @eqjosh!!

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Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset: How Your Beliefs Change Your Behavior

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset: How Your Beliefs Change Your Behavior | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Learn about the difference between the fixed mindset vs growth mindset and how they can impact your behavior, your health, and your life.

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Your mind is a powerful thing. The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself can either prevent change from happening or allow new skills to blossom.

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9 Key Elements Missing From Your Social Strategy

9 Key Elements Missing From Your Social Strategy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We asked nine successful entrepreneurs to share the most critical elements they see others neglect to include in their plans -- and how to fix them.

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The devil's in the details when it comes to developing a consistent social media strategy for your business. Little mistakes and simple omissions can handicap your efforts — and leave you looking like a online novice.

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Leonardo Muniz's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:19 AM


Great information. Retargetting really has helped me out.

DebarghyaSir's comment, July 4, 2013 5:48 AM
Interesting title, I must say
Christos Margetis's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:30 PM

Indeed good content but there is alwaysbeyond that:)

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Return on Morale

Return on Morale | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that today’s workplace is not one that inspires or provokes enthusiasm in the majority of employees across majority of organizations.

Gallup’s newest report State of the Workplace shows that 70% of Americans are unhappy and uninspired at work. The economic impact is in the billions of dollars. And yet too many senior decision makers are willingly looking the other way when it comes to addressing morale issues.


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Gallup’s newest report State of the Workplace shows that 70% of Americans are unhappy and uninspired at work. The economic impact is in the billions of dollars. And yet too many senior decision makers are willingly looking the other way when it comes to addressing morale issues.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 1, 2013 6:11 AM

Check out a new short form e-publishing format with a great read!

Johann Gauthier's curator insight, July 1, 2013 9:56 PM

Now I don't typically market others like this but I am doing so with Ted Coiné.  Why?  Well Ted does it as a business heretic.  He got me fired up by following him on a regular basis.  He truly engages others and gets you fired up.  Read for yourself, simply follow him on Twitter or on Switch and Shift...

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How Brands And Personal Responsibility Are Trumping Politics

How Brands And Personal Responsibility Are Trumping Politics | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We don’t need a survey to tell us that Americans have largely lost faith in the political system. But according to a study from global communications group Havas Worldwide, that political apathy extends across the globe.
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We don’t need a survey to tell us that Americans have largely lost faith in the political system. But according to a study from global communications group Havas Worldwide, that political apathy extends across the globe. Increasingly, people are filling the hole where their faith in government used to be (or maybe never was) with social media, a respect for good citizenship, and socially-minded businesses.

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An Attitude of Leadership: Hero or Zero?

An Attitude of Leadership: Hero or Zero? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A positive attitude is a frame of mind – our perspective, as leaders, has much to do with how we engage and deal with challenges. Like it or not, you are in the superhero business.  As a leader, wh...
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Like it or not, you are in the superhero business.  As a leader, whatever industry you are in, you need to always remember that the energy you bring to everything you do will be noticed and amplified. Your personal attitude is a huge part of what you project to your team and organization. If you aren’t demonstrating a positive, supportive and encouraging attitude, how can you expect others to?

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The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications

The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Harvard psychologist Christopher Germer, in his book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, suggests that there are five ways to bring self-compassion into your life: via physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual methods. He and other experts have proposed a variety of ways to foster self-compassion. Here are a few:

 

Comfort your body. Eat something healthy. Lie down and rest your body. Massage your own neck, feet, or hands. Take a walk. Anything you can do to improve how you feel physically gives you a dose of self-compassion.

 

Write a letter to yourself. Describe a situation that caused you to feel pain (a breakup with a lover, a job loss, a poorly received presentation). Write a letter to yourself describing the situation without blaming anyone. Acknowledge your feelings.

 

Give yourself encouragement. If something bad or painful happens to you, think of what you would say to a good friend if the same thing happened to him or her. Direct these compassionate responses toward yourself.

 

Practice mindfulness. This is the nonjudgmental observation of your own thoughts, feelings, and actions, without trying to suppress or deny them. When you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, accept the bad with the good with a compassionate attitude.


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Forgiving and nurturing yourself can set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. Self-compassion yields a number of benefits, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, which reduces their anxiety and related depression.

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Seven Disciplines that Make Leadership Development Stick

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Seven Disciplines that Make Leadership Development Stick | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

In Leadership Sustainability, authors Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood have defined seven leadership practices that instill sustainability.


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Leaders don't always finish well or finish what they start. Leadership sustainability isn't easy. Given the fact that we all know leaders that haven't finished well, it's surprising how many of us have no plan in place to consciously and specifically improve our leadership abilities. Most of the time we wing it.

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