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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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Toms Sets Out To Sell A Lifestyle, Not Just Shoes

Toms Sets Out To Sell A Lifestyle, Not Just Shoes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Founder Blake Mycoskie has set out to save the world with his oneforone tagline. His critics say that giving alone doesnt solve a thing.

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A fantastic read about an inspiring change leader whose just getting warmed up...

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The Suprisingly Underrated Virtue That Opens Doors To Infinite Possibilities

The Suprisingly Underrated Virtue That Opens Doors To Infinite Possibilities | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~Anais Nin Everybody wants more of it. Self-confidence is after all the key to doing more, being more and living the life of your dreams … right?

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.inspiredgiftgiving.com/the-suprisingly-underrated-virtue-that-opens-doors-to-infinite-possibilities?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 


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As important as self-confidence is, what if I were to tell you that there is actually a surprisingly overlooked and often undervalued virtue that may well be more valuable? In fact, it might just be the key to opening many more opportunities than confidence!

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Hiring Wisdom: You Have It Wrong If You Think Employees Are Just Assets

Hiring Wisdom: You Have It Wrong If You Think Employees Are Just Assets | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you think your employees are “your biggest assets,” you’ve got it wrong.
Employees cannot be sold, traded, or put in the plus column on your balance sheet.
What your employees are, are your biggest investors.

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If you think your employees are “your biggest assets,” you’ve got it wrong.

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The Color Of Startups: Infographics For Startups from Pinterest

The Color Of Startups: Infographics For Startups from Pinterest | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Trendsonline is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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An awesome summary of the startup journey. 

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Nils Vesk's comment, June 28, 2013 3:19 AM
A diagram for a successful journey.
MARIE-ODILE COUDERT ANTONELLI's curator insight, June 29, 2013 6:41 AM

The start up marathon

Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, July 1, 2013 8:13 PM

Powerful Impact!

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How to Drive Employee Engagement in a Flat Organization | Making Perfect

How to Drive Employee Engagement in a Flat Organization | Making Perfect | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Career opportunities do drive employee engagement, but only because promotions traditionally lead to more Ownership over one’s work and greater input into the company’s Purpose.  As the saying goes, do not miss the forest through the trees.  A company that provides employees with real control over the way they do their work, and a purpose worth working towards, even when it cannot regularly promote its people, will still have an engaged workforce. 


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David Hain's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:15 PM

Engagement with a different twist.  Nice blog on Teri Lindeberg's (@TeriLindeberg) excellent site.

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DON'T AIM AT SUCCESS ...

DON'T AIM AT SUCCESS ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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A better definition of success? Dedication to your work. Surrender to another person through love. Surrender to a cause that is greater than yourself.

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How Positive Emotions Improve Our Health | Greater Good

How Positive Emotions Improve Our Health | Greater Good | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Now a new study goes one step further, not only showing that positive emotions improve health but identifying precisely how they have this effect: by making people feel more socially connected. shironosov ...

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We all know that physical health depends on a good diet and exercise. But recent research suggests that it also comes from a regular dose of positive emotionsNow a new study goes one step further, not only showing that positive emotions improve health but identifying precisely how they have this effect: by making people feel more socially connected.

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Turn Over a New Leaf by Decluttering Your Life

Turn Over a New Leaf by Decluttering Your Life | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

There is too much stuff, too many things going on in our life/head/apartment. This isn't the life we were supposed to live. Not in such chaos, not with so many useless belongings. We've become selffish and materialistic, a nation, focused more on things than relationships and love.


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 Everything that makes you feel overburdened can be undone by cleaning up every aspect of your life. It’s another way of making it simpler and embracing clarity and peace.

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The Most Successful People in Business are the Most Humble

The Most Successful People in Business are the Most Humble | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Here's a fact that may surprise you. The most successful people in business are the most humble.



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Garth Sanginiti's comment, June 22, 2013 10:11 PM
Article supports position that he who humbles himself will be exalted, but he who exalts himself will be humbled.
Francis X Carmody's comment, June 22, 2013 10:21 PM
Exactly correct Garth.
ⓡⓔLⓔnⓣLⓔⓢⓢ LIT KING™'s comment, June 24, 2013 9:27 PM
Being humble is a subjective measure, depending on the industry you're in. Some industries prefer that you are bold (about your stuff), while others require the reserved man or woman. We all know about the arrogant entrepreneurs like Donald and Leona, who both clearly recognized peak successes. Meanwhile, only in the past decade have we all (more or less) gained access to resources and information/shared in books, videos, etc, teaching us people skills and practices. Learning them is one thing. Adopting them and using them unconsciously is another. Thank you for the affirmation today, how humble "wins."
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Common Core promotes mediocrity - Murfreesboro Post

GUEST EDITORIAL: Common Core promotes mediocrity - Murfreesboro Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
GUEST EDITORIAL: Common Core promotes mediocrity
Murfreesboro Post
Educating our children strengthens our communities, creates and supports jobs, and boosts our economic competitiveness in the global market and at home.
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Educating our children strengthens our communities, creates and supports jobs, and boosts our economic competitiveness in the global market and at home. As long as parents, teachers, administrators and other state and local actors are offered the ability to hold their educational systems accountable, our schools will be robust and our children will thrive.

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How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

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Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.

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Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.

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12 "Thirty Second" Ways to Connect With Your Spouse | Psychology ...

12 "Thirty Second" Ways to Connect With Your Spouse | Psychology ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When there simply isn't enough time to show your love, here are 12 quickies. By Dr. Jamie Long, Psy.D....

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A happy and successful marriage requires a lot of time and effort. In this day and age, who has that kind of time? In a crunch to show your genuine love, here's 12 quickie suggestions for how to connect with your spouse.

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Chaos Theory and Quantum Physics in HR (Yes, You Read That Right)

Chaos Theory and Quantum Physics in HR (Yes, You Read That Right) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I bet most people who read the headline think this relates to the chaos that HR teams face on a regular basis. Add up the number of people in an organization and multiply that by each …

Via Romi Royé
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You can’t manage chaos. The very best you can do is shepherd people in the right direction, let them use their knowledge, their energy and their ingenuity to “self-organize” the chaos.

It’s that pesky “buy-in” thing that everyone talks about, but never really seems to happen.

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Leadership, not process, is the keystone of innovation

Leadership, not process, is the keystone of innovation | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The pursuit of innovation is more about leadership than anything else. Leadership, not process, is the keystone of innovation.
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The “how” of innovation is what gets the most attention. But the real hard part, is just “getting started”. That is what leadership is about. No map? No problem. Let’s make one. It is no secret that the most innovative companies in the world don’t really have “a process” to talk about. What they do have, is a distinct culture.

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What Happens When You Get Stuck Wondering What If - Self Stairway

What Happens When You Get Stuck Wondering What If - Self Stairway | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Wondering what if is the scariest thing in the world. This article will remind you how to get yourself to take action when you want to, ignoring failure.

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Guess what happens when you don’t take action? You default into the same place as rejection or failure would’ve gotten you. You’re at the same place you were.


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A Strong Enough WHY Will Produce The HOW

A Strong Enough WHY Will Produce The HOW | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When your WHY is strong enough it will produce the HOW. Finding your strength in who you are not in what you do. Believe in yourself - It matters!

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More affirmatîon of how possessing a clear understanding of Why Can propes you in extraordinary directions. 

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Johann Gauthier's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:23 PM

Great post Barry ! I am very impressed by your personal journey and you clearly are a living proof of how a why can have a profound impact on individuals let alone collectives. I feel blessed for being a witness to your greatness. As you once said to me: I'll make a promise with you Johann.  Keep on writing like you do I'll be sure to come back and engage again and again with you. I'm here to stay my friend. Take care ! Johann

David Hain's curator insight, June 25, 2013 1:34 AM

What Johann said!

Johann Gauthier's comment, June 25, 2013 11:59 AM
Thank youi David ! Totally agree with you John !
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Are You a Thermometer or Thermostat Leader?

Are You a Thermometer or Thermostat Leader? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When it comes to leadership, are you a thermostat or a thermometer? Mark, my friend and colleague, posed that odd question to me this week. He went on to explain the difference between the two. A t...

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Thermostat leaders build trust and confidence with their followers, whereas thermometer leaders erode trust. When times get wild and crazy, people want to see their leaders react with calm, focused, and determined leadership. They want them to set the tone for how the team should react during tough times and navigate the rough seas ahead. That’s a tough challenge for leaders because they are team members themselves and are subject to the same, and often times more and different, stressors of those experienced by the team.

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Mario Plantin's curator insight, June 24, 2013 9:43 PM

Voilà une nuance importante : Patron thermomètre ou patron thermostat?

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5 Zingers on Positive Leadership by Kim Cameron

5 Zingers on Positive Leadership by Kim Cameron | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A five point review of Kim Cameron's, Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance. Kim Cameron, the father of 7 children and co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizational S...
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 If you want to have an impact on employee engagement, learning the practices of positive leadership will ensure you make great strides in increasing employee engagement in your organization.

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15 Secrets of the Most Successful Self-Learners

15 Secrets of the Most Successful Self-Learners | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

For many curious folks, their impassioned yearning to soak up as much of the world’s wonders as possible completely transcends the boundaries of a traditional classroom. Armed with an insatiable lust for knowledge, they set out to acquire it on their own terms, although a few pointers obviously can’t hurt before departure and landing!

 

Not every possible technique will necessarily stick with all self-motivated learners, of course, but the only way to find out is to test them. Try some of the following and experiment with what works in a more independent educational setting.

 

 


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Great insights on how to invest in yourself.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 23, 2013 4:50 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=autodidact

 

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 24, 2013 9:34 AM

A personal emotional intelligence growth curve

Annette Swann's curator insight, June 24, 2013 8:12 PM

Be a great leader? = Be a great learner.

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Seven Ways To Inspire Employees To Love Their Jobs

Seven Ways To Inspire Employees To Love Their Jobs | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The 7 leadership qualities that increase employee engagement and satisfaction.
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According to a new study by Deloitte Consulting and Forbes Insights, 66 percent of employees who plan to quit blame “ineffective communication.” If you listen carefully to Susan’s frustration, it all comes down to communication—or the lack of it.

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12 Simple Ways to Make Better Business Decisions

12 Simple Ways to Make Better Business Decisions | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Learning to make good decisions in business doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it is difficult to consider the vastness of both big and small decisions made about our companies. So to aid you in improving your leadership skills and bottom-line here are twelve recommendations from entrepreneurs on how to improve your decision making skills in business.


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Sieg Holle's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:04 AM

good check list 

Tia Ribary's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:24 AM

This article is good for the business owner interested in becoming a better, more productive leader. Decision making can be challenging, and as #6 in the article points out, especially if you do not have a clear set of goals. Being clear on your goals, and looking to them as the basis for your decision making, is sure to make everything easier...and more efficient!

 

Give this a quick read, and more importantly, some serious thought. What two points could you incorporate to make your business more successful?

dreamz infra's comment, June 6, 2013 5:11 AM
Very good
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Everything You Think About Business Leadership Is Changing

Everything You Think About Business Leadership Is Changing | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Quick. Picture a business leader.The one that traditionally comes to mind is that of a Jack-Welchian type “taking the hill,” “gaining share,” “beating the competition, (Leadership is dramatically changing from domination to communication,...
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Thus, the prototypical leader of the future will shift from the steely-eyed command-and-control type to one who is more open to feedback….one who specializes in communication, collaboration and co-ordination.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 22, 2013 3:53 AM

Absolutely!  Get with the programme...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 11:55 AM

We need to collaborate in the workplace and that means frontline people will take on a more important role which they should have all along. They are closest to the customer, students, patients, etc.

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Leadership Follies - Doing is Not Developing

Leadership Follies - Doing is Not Developing | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Do you wonder why the folks that report to you rely on you to solve their problems?  Probably because you always do this for them. You solve their problems. You teach them to come to you. This is g...

Via Anne Egros, David Hain
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Once people start implementing their own solutions and coming to you less to solve their problems, start giving them more responsibility or authority.  This doesn’t mean that you should abdicate your role or stop overseeing things.  Instead, it is recognizing their growth and rewarding them.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, June 21, 2013 12:24 PM

“It is better to try and fail than not to try at all.” ~ Henry Ford

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:14 PM

Good leadership leads to people solving their problems and needing less leadership.

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How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy

How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Sue Gerhardt, author of 'Why Love Matters', illustrates the important connection between nurturing infants and the development of empathy.

 

Why do you think empathy is important for children to develop?

Empathy is one of our highest human skills and holds families and societies together.  Feeling connected to other people is probably the deepest satisfaction we will ever know. How terrible for children who are being brought up without that capacity – and how risky for the future of the planet. I talk about some of these bigger issues in my book The Selfish Society: How We Forgot to Love Each Other and Made Money Instead (Simon and Schuster 2010).


At what point do you think children who have been nurtured at a young age are able to behave with a spirit of empathy?


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During infancy is when all sorts of emotional programmes are being set up – especially the brain systems that manage how we deal with stress, how we soothe ourselves, how much support we expect from the people close to us.  The brain is growing incredibly fast and is more open to influence during this time than ever again.

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3 Tips to Being More Creative and Having More Success - Business 2 Community

3 Tips to Being More Creative and Having More Success - Business 2 Community | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

According to Patricia Aburdene, author of “Megatrends 2010,” creativity and innovation will be the hallmarks of success through 2020 and beyond.  The businesses that are going to thrive are the ones that can continually provide creative solutions to their clients’ problems.


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Insights about how to tap into your creativity.

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