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The Power of Being Positive!

The Power of Being Positive! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Thoughts and beliefs are the basic elements of our life creation, and without knowing it, we can allow our individual beliefs to hold us back. On a daily basis, we make all kinds of assumptions and...
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On a daily basis, we make all kinds of assumptions and attachments to things and people that may not be good for us. Some of this is based on old beliefs. So it makes sense then, that by changing our old, unhelpful beliefs, we can attract new and better experiences and circumstances into our lives.

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Rejected Again: How to Handle Rejection - Let's Grow Leaders

Rejected Again: How to Handle Rejection - Let's Grow Leaders | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The game of life involves more rejections than selections.  If you're always getting chosen, you're not shooting high enough.  You get it.  But, rejection still sucks. I am interviewing for a su

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The game of life involves more rejections than selections.  If you’re always getting chosen, you’re not shooting high enough.  You get it.  But, rejection still sucks.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:16 AM

Excellent post from Let'sGrowLeaders!

 

From the article:

 

 

4 Ways To Handle Rejected:

 

1. Stop The Negative Self-Talk

 

The harshest words won’t come from the person doing the rejecting.  They’ll likely come from you.  Don’t over interpret the “rejection.”

 

~“I’m never going to get promoted”

~“I will never be successful at this company”

~“I don’t have what it takes”

~“I don’t know how to play the game”

~“Maybe I’m not that smart”

~“It’s too late”

~“I’m not cut out for this”

David Hain's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:02 AM

Happens to us all - how we deal with it is the issue, and there are some good tips here.

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How to Say No

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It becomes easier for people to accept your no if you kindly disarm them first. You could for example do that by saying that you are flattered and that you appreciate the kind offer.


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It becomes easier for people to accept your no if you kindly disarm them first. You could for example do that by saying that you are flattered and that you appreciate the kind offer.


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Failure: The Competitive Advantage

Failure: The Competitive Advantage | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In recent months I’ve talked at different times with two leaders, each facing the loss of his job because of a corporate merger or acquisition. Although their situations were the same, their responses could not have been more different.

Via David Hain
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Each time we take a risk and it fails we have another opportunity to begin again.

Each time we face a difficulty we can stand up and try again.

Each time we plan and fail and try again, we are building inner resources.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:37 AM

Yet another great post about dealing with and learning from failure.  There really has to be something in this idea...Fail forward!!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 18, 2013 7:27 PM

Failure is a part of success.

Dick Cheuk's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:34 PM

Yes, failure is part of success only when we learn the lesson and change ourselves. However, too many organisations either punish failure instead of learning from it, or they "learnt" from it but fall short of making changes.

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Crux to Preserving Your Culture As You Grow

Crux to Preserving Your Culture As You Grow | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you want all your employees to have the same experience at your company, don't forget about this crucial relationship.

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As your company grows, realize that even if you do a great job of setting the vision and communicating it from the top, a different obstacle awaits when it comes down to the most important relationship in your business: the one between an employee and his or her direct supervisor.


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100 Years of Change

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Infographic detailing 100 years of change in America.

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Amazing how much things have evolved when you view the picture like this. enjoy!

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David Hain's curator insight, June 18, 2013 2:44 AM

What will the 2113 version look like?

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Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Culture like brand is misunderstood and often discounted as a touchyfeely component of business that belongs to HR. It's not intangible or fluffy it's...

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Culture, like brand, is misunderstood and often discounted as a touchy-feely component of business that belongs to HR. It's not intangible or fluffy, it's not a vibe or the office décor. It's one of the most important drivers that has to be set or adjusted to push long-term, sustainable success. It's not good enough just to have an amazing product and a healthy bank balance. Long-term success is dependent on a culture that is nurtured and alive. Culture is the environment in which your strategy and your brand thrives or dies a slow death. 

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John Michel's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:06 PM

An outstanding article on culture...read it not once, but twice..it is that relevant! 

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The Secret To Effective Delegation

The Secret To Effective Delegation | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
So often what is intended to be communicated by one person is not actually what is perceived by the other.
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While most everyone in business would agree that delegation is critical to managerial success, how often are we dissatisfied with the results of what we’ve delegated?  How often is the “product” that is returned to us not exactly what we’d hoped for?  While this is sometimes the fault of the person of completing the assignment, it’s  often the fault of the person giving the assignment.  And there’s a common root to the problem.

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6 Ways Leaders Leave An Impression On Their Followers - Joseph ...

6 Ways Leaders Leave An Impression On Their Followers - Joseph ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In my absense, Dan Black will be responding to comments until I return. Every interaction a leader has with their followers leaves an impression. This may be good or bad. Great leaders leave more positive impressions than ...
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The steps to create a lasting, positive impressions aren’t always easy. They take dedication. They take sacrifice. They take knowing your team.

But if you’re looking to lead well and leave a great team behind, you must be willing to take the time and effort to leave a positive impression.

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Balance Your Work and Personal Life Like a Pro

Balance Your Work and Personal Life Like a Pro | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The ideal combination of work, family, and social can be difficult to arrive at. Take control of your life with these simple tips.

Via Bobby Dillard
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There are few hard and fast rules in life. People suffer mostly from self-imposed limits and stigmas even though they are apt to blame it on family, spouses, bosses, etc. Certainly major change can bring pain and hardship, but it can also bring growth and freedom.  Design your preferred future and set the plan to achieve it. Then most importantly, make your happiness the priority and take action. You are the only one who can ultimately create satisfaction or dissatisfaction in your life.

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Talent Tips: Positive Leadership: Being and Doing | Corporate ...

Talent Tips: Positive Leadership: Being and Doing | Corporate ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Corporate strategic on-site training, development, and coaching.
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Learning the strategies for getting extraordinary performance starts from the inside out.

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How do you build a culture of innovation?

How do you build a culture of innovation? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

How does a successful company maintain a climate in which new ideas and risk-taking are encouraged? In this video from Yale Insights Tim Brown, CEO of the design consultancy IDEO, describes how he thinks about innovation and why empathy is an important part of the equation.  


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In markets characterized by rapid change and a ceaseless quest for the faster, better way to operate, one of the most prized corporate attributes is innovation. But many of the natural byproducts of corporate success—hierarchy, routinization, the elimination of risk—can stifle innovation.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, June 13, 2013 4:00 AM

Creativity as an important factor to further innovation. Cultivating a mindful organization will further creativity... no surprise!

Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 13, 2013 9:29 AM

This is a great video on innovation and remaining consistent in growing an organisation with a culture that is highly innovative

Christopher Yeh's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:23 PM

"Building blocks" for an innovative culture  includes hard-to-measure characteristics such as values, behavior, and climate. "An innovative climate," the authors write, "cultivates engagement and enthusiasm, challenges people to take risks within a safe environment, fosters learning, and encourages independent thinking."

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Strengthen Your Selflessness

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Can you cultivate compassion? Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison seem to think so—and with good reason.

Their study, published in Psychological Science, hypothesized that compassion can be taught and boost a person’s well-being, as well as their altruistic behavior, or selflessness.

 

To test this theory, researchers randomly assigned 41 participants to undergo one of two trainings: compassion or reappraisal. Both can promote well-being, but compassion training increases empathy and reappraisal training decreases a person’s distress level.

By Stephanie Castillo


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Can you cultivate compassion? Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison seem to think so—and with good reason.

Their study, published in Psychological Science, hypothesized that compassion can be taught and boost a person’s well-being, as well as their altruistic behavior, or selflessness.


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The Number One Job Skill in 2020

The Number One Job Skill in 2020 | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
What's the crucial career strength that employers everywhere are seeking -- even though hardly anyone is talking about it? A great way to find out is by studying this list of fast-growing occupations

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The more time we spend in the efficient but somewhat soulless world of digital connectivity, the more we will cherish a little banter with wait-staff and bartenders who know us by name. We will pay extra to mingle with other people who can keep the timeless art of conversation alive.

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David Ednie's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:04 PM

In 2020 the No. 1 job skill is empathy. Empathy is the foundation of human interaction, understanding and building relationships. And emptahy is the underlying skill that creates customer satifaction, and customer experience. Emapthy is where the action is (going to be).

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5 Productivity Strategies From the Mind of Richard Feynman

5 Productivity Strategies From the Mind of Richard Feynman | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Nobel-prizewinning physicist Richard Feynman was an eccentric within the scientific community. But he sure got a lot done.
In the book, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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If you do what you want to do, everything else will fall into place. If you undertake tasks you want to do first, your enjoyment will increase your productivity and enhance your focus.

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Humility: Bending Your Light

Humility: Bending Your Light | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Choose to make humility a hallmark of your approach to leadership. I promise you that it will pay dividends for generations to come.
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The most effective leaders I’ve ever encountered are those who were not slaves to the spotlight. They are content to willfully surrender any desire for recognition, comfort or control and strive to selflessly serve those placed in their care. So be it as a parent at home, a worker at the office, a lay person in your church, or as a government official serving your community, choose to make humility a hallmark of your approach to leadership. I promise you that it will pay dividends for generations to come.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:02 PM

Researchers confirm that to put humility into practice is to possess an accurate sense of one’s abilities; to have an openness to new ideas; to appreciate the many different ways that people and things contribute to our world; as well as the ability to acknowledge one’s mistakes, imperfections, gaps in knowledge, and limitations. In other words, to be humble is to be free of thinking about ourselves so we can focus on what matters most—serving others.


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If You Do This, Your Coworkers Will Hate You

If You Do This, Your Coworkers Will Hate You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Annoying coworkers top the list when it comes to workplace woes. You know who I’m talking about...there’s the guy one cubicle over who prefers to listen to his music as if he were

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What's the lesson for you? As your company grows, realize that even if you do a great job of setting the vision and communicating it from the top, a different obstacle awaits when it comes down to the most important relationship in your business: the one between an employee and his or her direct supervisor.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 18, 2013 12:59 PM

From the article:

 

You’re the rain cloud.


Positivity and optimism aren’t realistic every day, but consistently exuding negativity will bring your coworkers down. Put a cap on your judgemental and critical nature. Instead, focus on sandwiching your criticism by giving a compliment prior to and after a criticism.

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Want Customers to Love Your Product? Let Them Design It

Want Customers to Love Your Product? Let Them Design It | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Image-editing app PicsArt got to 60 million downloads by letting user input determine what its features should be. (Want Customers to Love Your Product?

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What's the best way to make sure customers will choose your product? Ask them what they want, and then give them exactly that.

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What a Leader Needs Now: 7 'Feminine' Qualities

What a Leader Needs Now: 7 'Feminine' Qualities | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
These traits, typically associated with women, make for great leaders--whether women or men.

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These traits, typically associated with women, make for great leaders--whether women or men.
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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 17, 2013 12:49 PM

Diversity in leadership.

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LEADERSHIP - John Maxwell: How to be a Dealer in Hope

LEADERSHIP - John Maxwell: How to be a Dealer in Hope | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Leaders help people believe the impossible is possible, which makes it highly probable. Bob Eaton, a former chairman and CEO of Daimler-Chrysler Corporation said, “A leader is someone who can take a group of people to a place they don’t think they can go.”

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Karin Sebelin's comment, June 18, 2013 5:44 AM
TY John :-)
Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Are you a dealer...in hope?

Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:48 PM

"Hope brings the victory when no one is winning".

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When Students Say They Want to Change the World -- Listen to Them!

When Students Say They Want to Change the World -- Listen to Them! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
When Students Say They Want to Change the World -- Listen to Them! - The Huffington Post
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This is one of the most inspiring leaders (and movements) I've come across in years...fabulous! 

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Does Your Leadership Have Termites?

Does Your Leadership Have Termites? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
» Does Your Leadership Have Termites? | "…on the shoulder of giants."

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How would you answer this question? 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:20 AM
Protecting Your Leadership

Before your Leadership suffers here’s a few ideas on how to protect it.

Inspect your Leadership frequently.  On a regular basis seek the help of your team to evaluate your Leadership.  It’s OK to ask, “How am I doing?”  That’s not a sign of weakness.  Far from it, it’s a sign of strength.

How open are you to feedback? Does your team feel safe in calling attention to your potential weaknesses? Do you welcome constructive criticism?


- See more at: http://www.leadwithgiants.com/leadership/does-your-leadership-have-termites/#sthash.Z3iCrPA7.Z2sfXTmJ.dpuf

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How to Build Leadership Trust

How to Build Leadership Trust | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

What do employees really want from company leaders? The answer may surprise you — and, more important, may prompt you to change some of your practices.


“I don’t think the people who work for you want you to be an optimist anymore,” says GE CEO Jeff Immelt. “They want you to be realistic. They don’t want hollow promises, they want action: What’s your plan, and how are you going to solve problems?”


The hallmarks of what Immelt calls “positive leadership” are authenticity, transparent communication, a focus on the future, and the ability to solve problems and take action.


Via The Learning Factor
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Recent management studies support the idea that workers respond best not to cheerleading or a continuous stream of happy talk, but to evidence of a strong connection between words and deeds. Employees are much more likely to trust their immediate supervisors than top corporate executives, according to global consulting firm Blessing White. Why? Because employees can match what managers say with what they do. That’s more difficult to do given the layers of management that may separate them from top leaders, which makes it imperative that top leaders spell out specific actions the company will take, explain why, and offer proof that such actions have been taken.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 19, 2013 5:00 PM

Great leadership is built around trust. How truthful CEO communication can build better team alignment and productivity at your company.

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Is risk taking worth the risk? | Blog

Is risk taking worth the risk? | Blog | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Is “playing it too safe” getting you nowhere? Are you stuck in the comfort zone, hoping to have a mistake-free, loss-free and stress-free life? The need for security is...
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Is “playing it too safe” getting you nowhere? Are you stuck in the comfort zone, hoping to have a mistake-free, loss-free and stress-free life? The need for security is one of the things that keeps us from taking risks. We like things we know well and that we can control, but at the end of the day, security is mostly a superstition; it does not exist in nature

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Compassion isn't red or blue

Compassion isn't red or blue | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

When it comes to volunteerism, I never ask people about their politics. In one capacity or another, I’ve connected on causes with Jon Stewart, President Obama and a terrific foundation that is keeping alive the dreams of Bobby Kennedy.

 

Obviously, I don’t see eye-to-eye with these folks on quite a few issues. In fact, I enjoy crushing Jon whenever we mix it up on TV. But if the two of us can combine our very distinct audiences to raise awareness — and money — for something good, well, why wouldn’t Jon and I do that? Helping others in this nation who are struggling isn’t just “the right thing to do.” It’s the patriotic thing to do.

 

We must take politics out of compassion. When you donate blood, nobody asks you whether you’re a liberal or a conservative. Recipients certainly don’t care, do they? They’re just grateful that someone gave so they could get better.


Written by Bill O’Reilly



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A fair and balanced piece about the value of reaching out to help others.

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