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Bold Leadership from Young Leaders | Switch and Shift

Bold Leadership from Young Leaders | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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More prof from my good friend and fellow transformation teammates Angela Maiers that our schools are packed with  Leaders willing to make the world a better, brighter place to lI've, work, and play. Bravo Angela, 

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The 5 Biggest Reasons why New Hires Fail | Moving People to Action

The 5 Biggest Reasons why New Hires Fail | Moving People to Action | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Emotional Intelligence (23%): The ability to understand and manage one's own emotions, and accurately assess others' emotions. Motivation (17%): Sufficient drive to achieve one's full potential and excel on the job.

Via Mike Klintworth, Bobby Dillard
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Coachability, emotional intelligence, motivation and temperament are more predictive of a new hires’ success or failure than technical skills are. 

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The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

The Four Questions Great Leaders AskThe wisest leaders ask the best questions“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” —Voltaire

 

Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?


Via Annette Swann, ThinDifference, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Wise Leader™
John Michel's insight:

Great leaders humbly share their biggest challenges with their teams and ask them to help solve them.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:13 AM

I used this to come up with questions that I could ask myself and others as an educational leader. 

Don Cloud's curator insight, January 25, 1:13 PM

Answers constrain thinking, while questions have the power to open up the promise of what might be possible.

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Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism

Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
According to science it's good to be the nice guy. (Positive leadership achieves more than what we think http://t.co/8xPW08hFgO)
John Michel's insight:

Simply listening to your employees helps them to offload their negative feelings and release tension. Carrying around anxiety or frustration can hinder an employee’s performance, so try to tap into how they’re feeling on a regular basis.

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BOLD in Business and Leadership | Switch and Shift

BOLD in Business and Leadership | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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We need businesses to be bold in standing up for humanity. We need bold businesses setting the example of good citizenry. We need leaders who chose the unfamiliar path of optimism, joy, and exploration of what’s possible rather than what’s to be expected.

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Honesty without Compassion is Cruelty

Honesty without Compassion is Cruelty | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
While in a meeting a few months ago, I saw the words "honesty without compassion is cruelty" posted above the other person's desk.
John Michel's insight:

I'm worried that these honest snapshots of the truth could lead us to a far crueler world. In a civilized world, honesty and compassion need to go hand in hand. You must use honesty to help other people, not to hurt them. And you must be extremely cautious not to accidentally harm others.


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The Human Capital That Wins the War: Engaged Workers

The Human Capital That Wins the War: Engaged Workers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
My last LinkedIn Influencers piece dealt with 'non-engaged' and 'dis-engaged workers,' a group who together account for more than 80% of all employees in the global workforce today, this according to
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Hope is so powerful, you only need a super minority of it to change our world. Apparently, you only need a minority of it to lead it too

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Angie Mc's curator insight, January 20, 6:15 PM

Absolutely fantastic article on hope, engagement, and getting stuff done! One of the reasons families are floundering is because much work falls on the shoulders of a few.  The key is to increase engagement within the family and find the very best people outside of the family and rely on their support.

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The Value of Feeling Valued

The Value of Feeling Valued | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Feeling valued is a basic human need. Throwing more money at people isn’t going to make them feel more appreciated.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
John Michel's insight:

Be on the look out for opportunities to provide positive feedback to your peers, teammates, boss and customers. Don’t be stingy. 

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, January 19, 9:59 AM

How to keep employees motivated :-)

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 20, 11:44 AM

my advice - give frequent positive 360 degree feedbacks---focus on strengths and positives in public- and as the article says do it with authenticity. specificity and without stinginess:-)

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7 Reasons Most People are Afraid of Love | Psychology Today

7 Reasons Most People are Afraid of Love | Psychology Today | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
What keeps us from finding and keeping the love we say we want? By Lisa Firestone, Ph.D....
John Michel's insight:

Whether we know it or not, most of us are afraid of really being in love. While our fears may manifest themselves in different ways or show themselves at different stages of a relationship, we all harbor defenses that we believe on some level will protect us from getting hurt. These defenses may offer us a false illusion of safety or security, but they keep us from attaining the closeness we most desire.

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12 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work - Forbes

12 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

12 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at WorkForbes“They say the only one who really likes change is a wet baby,” adds career coach Phyllis Mufson. Why?“We're creatures of habit and changes at work move us out of our comfort zone,” she says.


Via David Hain
John Michel's insight:

Many of us desperately crave change at work, and yet we’re uncomfortable and terrified when it occurs. But change is inevitable (and necessary for businesses to survive and thrive), so you’ll need to learn how to overcome those fears.

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How To Increase Expectancy To Increase Productivity - Management

How To Increase Expectancy To Increase Productivity - Management | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
  In the early 1960s, a certain company established unusually high productivity improvements. With the work load increasing as the work force reduced, this company's "productivity ranked among... (How Positive Expectancy Increases Productivity.
John Michel's insight:

Great demands increase the risk of resistance from subordinates and of the embarrassment of failing to reach ambitious goals. Managers who set unusually high demands may be challenged by others. They must therefore be sure of their facts and clear about directions. The struggle to upgrade performance may expose their uncertainties, weaknesses, and inadequate knowledge. More modest expectations reduce all these risks.

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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Is your parenting crippling your child's growth? Here are 7 ways your behaviors may be holding your child back from growing into a leader.

Via Anne Leong
John Michel's insight:

Today’s generation of young people has not developed some of the life skills kids did 30 years ago because adults swoop in and take care of problems for them. When we rescue too quickly and over-indulge our children with “assistance,” we remove the need for them to navigate hardships and solve problems on their own.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, January 17, 6:06 AM

If parents remove risk from children’s lives, we will likely experience high arrogance and low self-esteem in our growing leaders.

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The Six Disciplines Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed

The Six Disciplines Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
(By Robert Sofia) "Another important discipline involves proper planning. Creating a business plan in the beginning will raise your likelihood of future success because it…

Via David Ednie
John Michel's insight:

You have the ability to build a successful business. Thousands of people have done it who have no more ability than you do. To succeed, they simply learned the necessary behaviors to make their dreams a reality, and consistently took action to reach their goals. You can do the same. 

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David Ednie's curator insight, January 16, 3:07 PM

6. Mental Toughness: If you’re not resilient, you won’t be able to bounce back from the setbacks that you will face. Every entrepreneur inevitably faces setbacks and failures. Some will be small, and some will be so big that they will seem overwhelming. You must cultivate mental toughness and the determination to press on despite obstacles if you’re going to survive in the business world. - See more at: http://risenetworks.org/2013/09/30/the-six-disciplines-entrepreneurs-need-to-succeed/#sthash.ecKrR5q6.dpuf

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Why Leaders Need A Beginner's Mind | Empower the Leader in You

Why Leaders Need A Beginner's Mind | Empower the Leader in You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
It takes courage and mental toughness for leaders to continually move in the direction of their biggest goals and ambitions, and not get sidetracked by success.
John Michel's insight:

When leaders get into a comfort zone, they strive to stay right there—where they have found success. But it is the average leader who stops at success, because success and peak performance are often two different things. Whole lives are spent reinforcing mediocre performance.


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BOLD: Are You Bold Enough to Be Different? | Switch and Shift

BOLD: Are You Bold Enough to Be Different? | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In this economy, there is one way to stand out among hundreds of would-be leaders, consultants and subject matter experts. You must be BOLD enough… to be different.
John Michel's insight:

Most everyone is reserved, even introverted. It takes someone really bold to let their passions be known. And when that happens, the display of sincere, mission-driven passion quickly becomes contagious.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, January 25, 1:29 PM

WOW!

Don Cloud's comment, January 25, 1:30 PM
Thanks, John Michel, for finding and sharing this!
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5 Ways to Root Out Passive Aggression at Work

5 Ways to Root Out Passive Aggression at Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Those covert attacks in the office can be maddening--and deeply destructive. Here's how to put a stop to them.
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Simple strategies for negating passive aggressive behavior in your surroundings 

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 27, 1:34 AM

Good tips to avoid stress overload and misunderstandings. 

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7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times - Forbes

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times
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leadership-composure Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace.
John Michel's insight:

The composure of a leader is reflected in their attitude, body language and overall presence.   In today’s evolving business environment, it is clear that leadership is not only about elevating the performance, aptitude and development of people – but more so about the ability to make people feel safe and secure.  

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, January 25, 10:05 AM

This article gives excellent suggestions to follow...just remember that each day we are in the driver's seat and have a choice to be our best version of who we are or not.  Our teams rely on us to be in control, focused, and composed regardless of the situation. 

 

We can either react and let situations lead us or we can respond on brand and be in control of our actions and behaviors. 

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14 Things Positive People Don’t Do

14 Things Positive People Don’t Do | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Positive people don’t have a magical power that you don’t possess. Instead of letting stress control them, positive people take control of their life by managing stress and striving to improve every day. Check out these things that positive people don’t do, so you too can be happy and successful.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, January 25, 10:13 AM

I thoroughly loved reading this article!  Thank you John for sharing with us.

 

I think that being positive does not mean that you have to be happy all of the time, and not genuine.  I do believe that people who have a consistent positive outlook respond differently to bad situations.

 

This article brought up derailers such as assuming, resenting, etc.  Positive people tend to recalibrate quickly, focus on solutions, and step up!

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8 Ways To Cultivate More Love in Life

8 Ways To Cultivate More Love in Life | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As we grow more connected to the outside world, we also paradoxically distance ourselves from the “real” people right in front of us.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Here are 8 ways to cultivate more love in life that will help you “ground” yourself and interact more completely with your life, instead of just reporting on it on social media.

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Three reasons to make your staff happy

Three reasons to make your staff happy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

It should be an employer’s job to make their staff happy. What, you may ask, as well as paying them, providing perks and other benefits and keeping the organisation on track? This is now one of my responsibilities too?

 

This isn’t as crazy as it seems. There’s a strong business case for making happiness at work a key priority for leaders at all levels.


Via Roger Francis
John Michel's insight:

There are workplaces out there that run their people down, make them stressed and ill, destroy their sense of worth, are havens for bullies, and allow all kinds of harassment. Though it is rarely intentional, these workplaces still make their people unhappy, and mentally and physically ill.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 20, 10:58 AM

All the right reasons... glad to have started 'Status days with Sandeep':-) As the article says there are good reasons to make your team members feel happy, but you dont need a reason...its also the right thing to do:-) 

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Why Being Able To Compartmentalize Is A Key Ingredient For Risk-Taking - Forbes

Why Being Able To Compartmentalize Is A Key Ingredient For Risk-Taking - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why Being Able To Compartmentalize Is A Key Ingredient For Risk-Taking Forbes Yes, notes Yip, whose research study, “The Emotionally Intelligent Decision-Maker: Emotion Understanding Ability Reduces the Effect of Incidental Anxiety on Risk-taking,”...
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 Compartmentalizing enables a person to identify what is stressing them out and to allow other, unrelated factors in their life to stand on their own merits.

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Martin Luther King: An Emotionally Intelligent Leader - Huffington Post

Martin Luther King: An Emotionally Intelligent Leader - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Washington PostMartin Luther King: An Emotionally Intelligent LeaderHuffington PostAs psychologists and educators affiliated with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, we analyzed his "I Have A Dream" speech to see just how Dr.


Via David Hain
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"I have a dream," Dr. King told the nation in 1963. Thanks in part to his masterful emotional intelligence, we listened. Decades later, we still hear it and heed.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 18, 10:48 AM
He would have been 85 this weekend.
buket's curator insight, January 19, 12:32 AM

Dr. King laid out emotional regulation strategies for his followers, saying, "Let us not wallow in the valley of self-despair" nor "degenerate into physical violence." Instead, he said, "...[let us] conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline" and meet "physical force with soul force." 

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10 Places Unhappy People Search for Happiness

10 Places Unhappy People Search for Happiness | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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 If you believe you cannot accomplish something, you’ll prove yourself right almost every time. But if you believe you can and give your best performance to whatever it is you are doing, you will soon discover for yourself you are already a champion—simply for having given your best possible performance in that moment.

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Sheridan Morris's curator insight, January 18, 8:55 PM

Do you recognise any of these?  Are they working? Is it time to change the way you look for happiness in your life?

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Making People Behave More Ethically, An MBA's View - Forbes

Making People Behave More Ethically, An MBA's View - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Making People Behave More Ethically, An MBA's View
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While leadership plays a critical role in the development of the desired ethical culture, there are practical steps that can be taken as well.
John Michel's insight:

There may be no single incentive that would encourage businessmen and women to avoid making unethical choices, but there are certainly influences that can create a corporate culture that promotes and rewards ethical behavior.



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Here's How To Kill Employee Turnover Before It Kills You

Here's How To Kill Employee Turnover Before It Kills You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
You're only as good as your people. Your people will treat you as good as you treat them.

Via Jenny Ebermann
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We all hate to be bossed around--so much that it hampers our productivity. This is a signal as to how crucial autonomy is to people feeling positive about their working lives.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 16, 2:04 PM

Progress really is the most important factor for a positive inner work life... it's as simple as that!