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3 Ways To Get More Out Of Every Single Hour

3 Ways To Get More Out Of Every Single Hour | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Struggling to fit all of your to-dos in the day? You can't get more hours, so here's how to use the ones you've got more wisely.

Via Bobby Dillard
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From ringing phones to co-workers stopping by your desk for a chat, distractions are plentiful in most office environments. (Handling the “drive-bys” can be a real challenge.) While these distractions have become an accepted part of work life, they can wreak havoc on our levels of productivity. When we’re in stop-and-start mode all day, we find ourselves repeating tasks, losing our place, and spinning our wheels. In fact, it can take 20 minutes or longer to re-focus after an interruption.

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Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great

Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Focus on a few core components of leadership and you can take your company to new heights.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they're coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. Take heart: You can become a truly great leader. All it takes is:

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Ali Anani's curator insight, March 19, 2014 1:15 AM

Leadership and directions

Dan Biles's curator insight, March 20, 2014 8:34 AM

Avoid paralysis by analysis..."Highly effective leaders are decisive when called upon to make tough calls quickly and confidently. Take a moment to assess a difficult situation and then calmly and rationally consider your options. As soon as you have the information you need to make an informed decision, make it. Don't let fear of being wrong prevent you from making what you know is the right call."

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 2014 9:29 AM

De lo bueno a lo mejor

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The Science of ‘Paying It Forward’

The Science of ‘Paying It Forward’ | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How generosity among strangers becomes socially contagious.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Research suggests that the next time you stop to help a stranger, you may be helping not only this one particular individual but potentially many others downstream. And who knows? In the end, maybe what goes around will come around.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 15, 2014 10:30 PM

Pay-it-forward; don't thank, but share this with others

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[New Post] Seven Principles for Setting Goals that Work

[New Post] Seven Principles for Setting Goals that Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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No matter what types of goals you are setting or for what time frame, here are seven core principles for setting goals that will help you make a bigger difference and get you to a place you actually want to be.

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The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader

The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Self-aggrandizement and even plain old greed has become standard fare in the executive cafeteria. And yet CEOs wonder why their employees and the public exhibit such a high degree of mistrust toward business and business leaders.

Via Richard Andrews
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Real leadership – the kind that inspires people to pull together and collectively achieve something great – can only be exercised when an executive is trusted. And trust arises when someone is seen acting selflessly.

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Dan Biles's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:55 AM

"Real leadership – the kind that inspires people to pull together and collectively achieve something great – can only be exercised when an executive is trusted. And trust arises when someone is seen acting selflessly."

Claire Beattie's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:09 PM

#leadership and trust - so important in all workplaces. 

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Leadership Lessons From 'Animal House' - Forbes

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Leadership Lessons From 'Animal House'
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We help our clients evolve from managers in control of everything to leaders that inspire their people.
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When someone raises their hand, give them permission, give them protection, encourage them. When those people come to you to ask for something – a little help, a resource, or a budget – give it to them. Whatever their plan is to get it done – let them.

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Becoming a Better Judge of People

Becoming a Better Judge of People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Ten questions to help you understand the "why" and "how" behind a person. (10 questions to ask people to discern their character quality. Ask these about yourself to measure your own.
John Michel's insight:

In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?

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Don Cloud's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:25 AM

Arguably one of the most critical decisions leaders will make time and again is about people ... who to hire, who to fire, who to push forward, who to demote, who to hedge your bets on, and who you will fill the organization with.

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10 Things You Must Give Up to Be Successful

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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It’s okay if you don’t know how much more you can handle.  It’s fine if you don’t know exactly what to do next.  Eventually you’ll let go of how things ‘should be’ and start to see all the great possibilities in front of you.  This is your life – grab the wheel with both hands and keep steering yourself in the right direction.

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Dan Biles's curator insight, February 25, 2014 8:40 AM

It’s okay if you don’t know how much more you can handle.  It’s fine if you don’t know exactly what to do next.  Eventually you’ll let go of how things ‘should be’ and start to see all the great possibilities in front of you.  This is your life – grab the wheel with both hands and keep steering yourself in the right direction.

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5 Ways A Legacy-Driven Mindset Will Define Your Leadership

5 Ways A Legacy-Driven Mindset Will Define Your Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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5 Ways A Legacy-Driven Mindset Will Define Your Leadership
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It surprises me how many leaders don't spend enough time thinking about their legacy – what they will leave behind for the organization and the people they serve.

Via Mike Klintworth
John Michel's insight:

 Your leadership is not shaped and your legacy is not defined at the end of the road but rather by the moments shared, the decisions made, the actions taken, and even the mistakes overcome throughout the many phases of your career.   Leadership done rightly is a reinvention process – a continuous discovery that informs your mindset, new skill sets and aptitudes.  

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Things Every Courageous Leader Knows

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Things Every Courageous Leader Knows
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Are you a courageous leader? Do you boldly share new ideas and drive plans to completion? Do you give your team the confidence it needs to accomplish your goals?

Via Mike Klintworth
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Leadership is all about change. When something changes, the leader is in charge of deciding how to respond. There will be many people who oppose change, especially those who are comfortable with the status quo. But a courageous leader knows that the team behind him must always be evolving and improving, and a great leader serves as the top facilitator of necessary change.

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Amy Ragsdale's curator insight, February 26, 2014 9:37 AM

"Leadership is all about change. When something changes, the leader is in charge of deciding how to respond. There will be many people who oppose change, especially those who are comfortable with the status quo. "

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Leadership is About Building Potential

Leadership is About Building Potential | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
There are people who think that the most valuable skill a leader can have is thinking strategically. Leaders need to set goals, then plan the steps it will take to achieve those goals. Other people think that, more than anything else, leaders need to be able to communicate. A strong leader has a unique vision, …

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How does your leadership build potential?

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Vickie Barnachea's curator insight, February 19, 2014 5:22 AM

I think a good leader must be able to develop and mentor others to be able to learn to lead and step into their shoes when they step down from their position of leadership. It is like planting nurture D young plant to grow into a strong tree in the future. My take on this as a leader or you can say a woman leader.

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7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Exceptional leaders are not always perfect, and sometimes downright quirky. But they display a set of behaviors that make them admired and loved. Here is a look at seven rare ones.

Via David Ednie, Bobby Dillard
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Understanding how critical it is to sometimes disconnect and reflect, extraordinary leaders will disappear for a while. They will do something else, change their routine, and learn something absolutely new outside of their professional interests. They are masters of creating white space in which creativity thrives.

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Denis Fortier's curator insight, February 23, 2014 2:04 PM

Listening is tough but hearing is even tougher.

Madhav Sharma's curator insight, February 24, 2014 8:49 PM

How many have you come across, I have come across one in Jet Airways, who always asked this question Why ? and How ? made us think and  helped us to win. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, March 15, 2014 9:15 PM

http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins

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10 Lessons from an Economist on Love - TIME

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10 Lessons from an Economist on Love
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Now, you might think that love is an area best reserved for the philosophers, psychologists and biologists. William Nicolson begs to differ.
John Michel's insight:

Because people like to stay flexible with their money (i.e. to keep it liquid), they are compensated with better returns when they tie it up for longer periods of time. The same goes for relationships: be prepared to give up some of your freedoms and you will be richly rewarded.



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9 Things Successful People Say Every Day

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Via Andeel Ali, Bobby Dillard
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Your words are among your greatest tools. They're a window into your vision, your values and your abilities. So, whether you're running a giant organization or just trying to herd a group toward a certain outcome, there are messages you need to communicate constantly in order to lead effectively.

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How To Make Work Matter

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It’s the great challenge of leadership: how to inspire employees to bring their best selves to work and deliver consistent, stellar performance. It is accepted wisdom that happy (ok, I will even take content) employees are better performers. While there is much truth to this, it can lead to some common leadership [...]

Via Sandeep Gautam
John Michel's insight:

Happiness is a loaded word in our culture, and in our workplace cultures. It’s important to keep in mind that we all have our own personal definition of happiness. But I firmly believe that a fulfilling career is a direct result of doing work that matters – that engages us mind, heart, and soul. Leaders can’t force employees into the zone, but they can certainly facilitate and nurture the process and make this more of a reality by making decisions that keep this in mind. And for employees – it’s a satisfying challenge if you decide to make it matter.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:10 AM

I'm hovering towards being a helicopter boss; hope my frequent visits are more towards getting to know what is bothering people and is not seen as a micro-management tactic.

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7 Things You Should Stop Expecting from Others

7 Things You Should Stop Expecting from Others | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 15, 2014 9:43 AM


My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.
—Michael J. Fox


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30 Must-Do’s While You’re Young Enough to Read This

30 Must-Do’s While You’re Young Enough to Read This | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Don’t stress about the closed doors behind you.  New doors are opening every moment and you will see them if you keep moving forward.  Sometimes you have to accept the fact that things will never go back to how they used to be, and that this ending is really a new beginning.

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Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes

Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster Forbes For business leaders, encouraging mindfulness is more than just being tuned in; it's a strategy to improve personal and company-wide performance and productivity, both of which support...
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For business leaders, encouraging mindfulness is more than just being tuned in; it’s a strategy to improve personal and company-wide performance and productivity, both of which support overall organizational resilience.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:45 PM

Slowing down, being present, being aware are central. What we need to be cautious of is that mindfulness becomes a technique rather than a way of life which improves quality in the workplace and world.

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How To Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive - In Photos: How To Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive

How To Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive - In Photos: How To Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Negative feedback at work is painful. It might make you angry or frightened--but if you're able to turn it into a positive thing, the negative feedback can actually be your key to success.
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Honest, frank feedback can be one of the biggest accelerators of growth and performance...how well are you at giving and receiving? 

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The John Maxwell Company

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A Leader’s Need for Humility http://t.co/1kXD1A6l5C
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 Fame is man-given. Be thankful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” Humility is the antidote to the pride that can come from recognition and fame.

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7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently

7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

What makes a real difference in reaching your potential is an ability to be a smart learner. See what smart learners do differently and what they can teach us.


Via David Hain
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We learn best when we are relaxed and have a real friend and mentor around.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 22, 2014 6:14 PM

They do all those things and probably many more.

donhornsby's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:58 PM

(From the article): People often divide their time between learning and non-learning. Learning is usually much more focused, dedicated time. Even our education systems are built around that concept — first we learn for several years, and then we work. Smart learners do it differently. They use every occasion to learn something new — about the food they eat, the way things work, different cultures, different roles in the same organization, history, and the people around them. The world is a great source of knowledge and skills, available 24/7, so they ask tons of questions and connect the dots.

Don Cloud's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:36 AM

Learning is a journey, not a destination.

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7 Signs You're Not as Ethical as You Think

7 Signs You're Not as Ethical as You Think | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Most people judge their own ethics more leniently than everyone else's. Do you do the same? Here's how to find out.
Do you believe you have strong ethics? You probably do. Just about everyone answers "yes" to that question.

Via The People Development Network
John Michel's insight:

The thing that's most important about your own ethics is that you judge it the way you would judge someone else's which is by their behavior, particularly when it's not easy to do the right thing.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 23, 2014 10:05 AM

Always good to reflect back a bit...

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Three Decisions that Defined George Washington's Leadership Legacy

Three Decisions that Defined George Washington's Leadership Legacy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why picking the color of his drapes during the worst year of the revolution might not have been a bad idea.
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Regardless of how pure Washington’s motives may or may not have been, it’s easy to imagine a bright future for a world populated by leaders who treated every decision as an opportunity to reveal the high quality of their character.


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15 Things You Must Give Up to Be Happy Again

15 Things You Must Give Up to Be Happy Again | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Life is a tapestry of people weaving in and out of your life, people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Everyone has something to offer and share with you. Imagine treating every person you encounter, no matter how fleeting, as an intriguing story waiting to be told. But the story can only be told if someone asks to hear it. Will you ask?
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donhornsby's curator insight, February 18, 2014 3:09 PM

The article contains a great list to review today...or any other day. Including:

 

Excessive pride. – Get out of your own way.  Stop judging everyone and everything.  Pride is one of the greatest enemies to your happiness and growth.  Open your mind before you open your mouth.  Don’t hate what you don’t know.  The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work when it’s closed.  Or as C.S. Lewis so profoundly put it, “A proud person is always looking down on things and other people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something beautiful that is above you.”
Jayne Albiston's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:00 PM

Wow! Absolutely one of the best lists I have ever read to inspire me and hopefully you to make the most of every day, to keep striving for our goals, to stay strong, to be grateful and to never ever give up.

The last paragraph is such a strong quote:

Remember, you are the customer of a bank called Time.  Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds.  Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever remainder you have failed to invest to good purpose.  It carries over no balance.  It allows no overdraft.  Each day it opens a new account for you with the same deposit of 86,400 seconds.  Each night it burns the remains of the day.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. 

 

So let's invest in today and make the most of now - every moment counts!

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14 Ways to Engage Your Employees

14 Ways to Engage Your Employees | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Just as leadership style can be redefined and perfected, so can -- and should -- a company's culture. As president of a franchisee system, I know it's important to constantly innovate and improve to keep all team members on board, and here are the tips I'm applying to make 2014 a banner year.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 16, 2014 6:14 PM


Business owners everywhere face multiple challenges, not the least of which is increasing the engagement levels of employees, in order to facilitate greater productivity and ultimately profitability.


One way in which business owners can increase the engagement of their employees, is to look closely at how successful franchise groups help their franchisees to remain engaged with the franchisor's offering, and ensure that their staff are also engaged with the relevant brand.


This excellent article written by the leader of a franchise group, stresses that in any change process it is important to remember and value your employees in all of the changes you make, and it outlines 14 ways his group is approaching the employee engagement challenge in the coming 12 months.