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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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Sure-Fire Strategies for Career Mediocrity

Sure-Fire Strategies for Career Mediocrity | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We all know who they are: the folks who aren’t going anywhere... certainly not out, but probably also not up much either. They play to “not lose” and work to avoid failure. (After all, who wants to

Via Bobby Dillard
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Many great new ideas don’t work…..until they do. And that can involve a lot of refining and “pivoting” of the initial concept until the idea, customer, market and timing align. If not given the space and time, an idea can be killed well before given the chance to be successful.

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7 Deadly Sins Of Startup Storytelling

7 Deadly Sins Of Startup Storytelling | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Find more conflict, don't start from the beginning--some of these might surprise you.

Via Mike Klintworth
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One of the most fundamental maxims of storytelling is “Show, don’t tell”--and for a good reason. Rather than talking at your audience, telling them what to do or feel, share the story so that it unfolds naturally and your audience comes to their own conclusion themselves. People don’t just absorb facts and information. They actively listen to stories and make their own inferences.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, February 15, 2014 11:44 PM

What makes good stories work is the same unpredictable, creative, unintuitive quality that makes humans human.

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Develop the Leaders You've Been Overlooking

Develop the Leaders You've Been Overlooking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The case for training non-managers to lead.
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Dan Biles's curator insight, February 14, 2014 8:24 AM

"Individual contributors are a huge assets for every organization. Yet they typically fail to show up on anyone’s radar screen for development."

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How Positive Thinking Builds Your Skills, Boosts Your Health, and Improves Your Work - James Clear

How Positive Thinking Builds Your Skills, Boosts Your Health, and Improves Your Work - James Clear | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

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Don't Just Be Happy, Inspire Happiness

Don't Just Be Happy, Inspire Happiness | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Your employees look to you for lots of things, not the least of which is your ability to create the conditions that help them thrive. New research reveals six vital elements you should focus on.
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Gallup surveys show that when people have positive interactions and close friends on the job, they will be significantly more engaged in their work (not to mention more productive and effective) than those who do not. Employees want to feel a sense of belonging at work--that people care about them, and that they are doing meaningful work.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:50 PM

This same logic can be applied to families. Consider teens who feel no sense of optimism,  authenticity, belonging and meaning in their families.  

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Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It's the single most important skill a leader needs.

Via Anne Leong
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Strategic leaders take a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning. That means being able to think in multiple time frames, identifying what they are trying to accomplish over time and what has to happen now, in six months, in a year, in three years, to get there. It also means thinking systemically. That is, identifying the impact of their decisions on various segments of the organization—including internal departments, personnel, suppliers and customers.

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'Comfort is a Formidable Enemy' - 7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change

'Comfort is a Formidable Enemy' - 7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Learning isn't done through memorization or new knowledge--it's in your actions every day. Here's how you might be standing in your own way.

Via Anne Leong
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Transformation requires another level--a capacity to act--but obstacles will get in the way. The good news is you can maneuver around them.

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, February 8, 2014 4:39 PM

Any type of change requires pushing comfort zones. 

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The Neuroscience Of Effective Leadership

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Sometimes, our smarts get in the way of decision making. Add a deluge of big data and it’s a wonder everyone isn’t a waffler. So when you’re wading through the pros and cons, it may help to flip a coin.


Via Mark Taylor, David Hain
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An effective leader will keep the book open rather than judge by its cover. That strategy comes through in subtle ways such as asking off-beat questions during job interviews to treating creativity as a team sport and allow themselves to receive ideas from anyone on the staff, no matter what the title.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, January 26, 2014 9:37 AM

This is a fascinating way to examine what your gut is telling you. I recommend all leaders read this article on what science tells us about leadership.

Neill Beurskens's curator insight, February 5, 2014 12:20 PM

...knowing is half the battle...just cause you're in a leadership position - doesn't mean you're a leader.

 

Our brains are wired in ways that can make effective leadership challenging.  Its important to recognize these tendencies and consciously avoid the 'tricks' of our brain! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 9, 2014 6:22 PM

Some tips on how to  let your brain work smarter.

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Calculate Your Life's Psychological Footprint

Calculate Your Life's Psychological Footprint | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Your life's footprint leaves a lasting impression on your relationships.

Via Bobby Dillard
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From your closest relationships to your more distant connections, you are constantly affecting the people in your world. Your life footprint reflects the impact you have on the world. Although you may think of yourself as only a small player on the world stage, you may be surprised to learn that your impact can potentially spread to the farthest reaches of the planet.

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:24 AM
Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.
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16 Motivational Life Lessons from Bruce Lee

16 Motivational Life Lessons from Bruce Lee | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee
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Lessons we can all benefit from remembering from legend Bruce Lee. 

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ISAF Creates Positive Change for Afghan Security - YouTube

℠2014 - The Commander of U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan looks back on 13 years of war and recounts the most significant developments.
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Wise words from our Senior Commander in Afghanistan on progress being made by the Coalition and Afghan Forces. 

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8 Things Your Brain Does Wrong Every Day - Huffington Post

8 Things Your Brain Does Wrong Every Day - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
8 Things Your Brain Does Wrong Every Day Huffington Post To become the highly-evolved, rational creatures we are today, our brains evolved with certain handy shortcuts (known in psychology as cognitive biases) to help us identify threats and make...

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As human beings, we generally like to conceive of ourselves as rational creatures. We think logically, make decisions based on the best interests of ourselves and others, and do the things we need to do in order to not just survive, but also thrive in the world. But we're often unaware of the myriad little -- and big -- ways that our thinking is irrational and biased. 

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

“ Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.”


Via Christine Heine, Daniela Bolkart, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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Engagement and satisfaction are largely based on autonomy and independence. I care when it's "mine." I care when I'm in charge and feel empowered to do what's right.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 14, 2014 7:38 PM

These and probably many more are on a long list of what it means to work in a purposeful way where one is respected.

Ali Anani's curator insight, February 18, 2014 12:19 AM

Little, but impacting

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4 Ways to Know if You Need to Break-Through - KSMLifeCoaching

4 Ways to Know if You Need to Break-Through - KSMLifeCoaching | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Do you need a break-through? Here are 4 ways to know that you need to break-through and questions to answer. Break-through today to excellent results in life! (Have you put limits on your potential without even knowing it?

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A world of options and opportunities lie waiting for you on the other side of the door in your mind. What will you do today to begin your break-through?

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 11, 2014 6:42 PM

Some thoughts if you feel like breaking out!

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25 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On

25 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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TheSoulfulEMU's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:08 PM

"Truth be told, the most important decision you will ever make is what you do with the time that is given to you."

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Don't expect perfection, expect excellence

Don't expect perfection, expect excellence | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Leaders who expect excellence uphold it in themselves and inspire it in others. Perfectionist leaders drive others, sure, but also drive them crazy.

Via Mike Klintworth
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The leaders who expect excellence work reasonable hours because they trust their employees to get the work done in a way best for them while still serving the organization. There is no need to control how the work gets done.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:20 PM

The odds of achieving excellence are much greater.  Plus employees will feel more satisfaction and successful in having a realistic measure...excellence!

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Beats Music CEO On Why Delegating Is The Secret To Success

Beats Music CEO On Why Delegating Is The Secret To Success | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How do you manage tackling a new market? Trust your team and let talented people do what they do.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Wise words, "You have to have really clear roles that are aligned with your mission and are aligned with how you become successful, and then you just push, and push, and push, and let talented people do what they do."

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:02 AM

""The thing that I've really found is, the less that I actually do, the more productive my team is," he says."
This delegation philosophy has worked brilliantly for me and my team till now:-)

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Learn, Unlearn And Relearn: How To Stay Current And Get Ahead

Learn, Unlearn And Relearn: How To Stay Current And Get Ahead | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

To succeed today you must be in a constant state of adaptation – continually unlearning old ‘rules’ and relearning new ones.


As futurist and philosopher Alvin Toffler once wrote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”




Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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Unlearning is about moving away from something—letting go—rather than acquiring. It’s like stripping old paint. It lays the foundation for the new layer of fresh learning to be acquired and to stick. But like the painter who needs to prepare a surface, stripping the paint is 70% of the work while repainting is only 30%.

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LEARN to be that Somebody - General Leadership

LEARN to be that Somebody - General Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be a pope to set an example worth emulating. You just have to be willing to LEARN and serve a purpose greater than yourself.
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I suggest the same secrets to success the Jesuits employed for the past five centuries to challenge old assumptions and unlock new horizons, can also elevate our performance, enhance our effectiveness, and encourage us to spend more time looking outside ourselves so we can become more effective at serving those around us. 

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WHY POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT WORKS BETTER THAN CRITICISM

WHY POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT WORKS BETTER THAN CRITICISM | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

By focusing on positive interactions with your employees and encouraging an upbeat emotional state as often as possible, you’ll be more likely to have a happy, productive and efficient team.


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Positive emotions generally work in an opposite way to negative emotions. So, while emotions like fear, anxiety, stress and anger narrow our focus, inhibit our concentration and decrease our cognitive abilities, positive emotions can do the opposite. When we’re feeling upbeat and happy, we’re more likely to have an inclusive focus than a self-centered outlook, and to perform better on cognitively demanding tasks.

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Hiring Motivated and Engaged Employees - Forbes

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Hiring Motivated and Engaged Employees
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Leaders are trustworthy. Leaders are consistent in their word and go out of their way to maintain trust with subordinates.
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Every great company has one thing in common: engaged employees. Engaged employees learn, grow, display strong leadership skills, provide heightened return on investment and significantly decrease your firm’s turnover rate. Formulating a team that approaches work with vigor and passion, however, is easier discussed than executed.

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Maximum Leadership: The If Factor

Maximum Leadership: The If Factor | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Once there was a young woman who complained to her father about her life and how hard things were for her. Adversity was overwhelming her, and she wanted to give up.
As he listened, her father filled three pots with water and brought them to a boil.
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If we are courageous, difficult times can create an opportunity for self-examination and self-discovery. Unfortunately, many people choose to hide. They build walls, close their eyes, run away, medicate themselves and find other ways of escaping reality. If that is your response to adversity, you will never understand the situation or  yourself. 

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