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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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Robert Gates: A man still at war - Washington Post

Robert Gates: A man still at war - Washington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Robert Gates: A man still at war
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He has ensconced himself in history books, in positive affirmations of his duties, underneath a cathedral ceiling of cedar.
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Robert Gates says he’s at peace. He wears his duty, though, like a millstone around his neck.

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Secret to Low Turnover? A Little Bit of Love - Inc.com

Secret to Low Turnover? A Little Bit of Love - Inc.com | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Secret to Low Turnover? A Little Bit of Love Inc.com "Workers can show such love by buying a cup of coffee for a colleague who's been up late with a new baby or offering to cover for a co-worker during a doctor's appointment," writes...
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New research out of the Wharton School and George Mason University shows that workplaces with "compassionate love" lead to less absenteeism and higher job satisfaction among employees.

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Profit From the Positive: 5 Strategies for Success at Work - Huffington Post

Profit From the Positive: 5 Strategies for Success at Work - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Profit From the Positive: 5 Strategies for Success at Work
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What type of leader are you, and how well do you develop others?
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Here are five such strategies to help you boost your productivity and transform your business:
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5 Skills You Need to Be a Leader at Work

5 Skills You Need to Be a Leader at Work | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you've got your eye on a management role — especially one on the top of the totem pole — you have your work cut out for you. After all, there's more to being a boss than, wel... (Nice leadership Infographic...
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If you want to be a truly inspirational and effective leader, there are big picture skills you need to learn — that is, figuring out how to manage your team in a way that impacts the success of the whole company in the long run.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, January 9, 2:05 PM

For family managers too.

TheSoulfulEMU's curator insight, January 11, 12:35 PM

"For all you current, developing, and hopeful leaders out there."

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Leading in the Age of Creativity

Leading in the Age of Creativity | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Learn to lead in ways that help rather than tell people to grow and align personal motivations with what your company needs. (#Leaders Curate #Talent > Gathering the right people together at the right time is curation.

Via Robin Martin, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

In Many ways entrepreneurial leadership boils down to arranging circumstances for the people they are caretaking--or curating--so that they may flourish.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 7, 10:39 PM

Whitehead stated the focus of learning, and creating is an aspect of learning, was duty which requires structure.

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3 Ways to Prevent Resistance to your Leadership - Leading Effectively

3 Ways to Prevent Resistance to your Leadership - Leading Effectively | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Every single day, we move earth (with all that construction happening), and we move people (all acts of persuasion are in effect moving people). Effective leadership is what makes it all happen. Leaders give us a direction, ...
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Leaders give us a direction, a path to follow, a hope to pull us forward, and goals to meet. Leadership is at the very core of humanity.

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The Difference Between Vision and a Hallucination | Switch and Shift

The Difference Between Vision and a Hallucination | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I remember a conversation I once had with a leader of a health system. This leader, a religious sister, was talking about the vision she had for the future of health care for her system when she made a comment I will never forget.
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"Leaders help people go beyond what is currently tangible and visible to what is invisible but believe it is possible."

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How Does Your Leadership Affect Others? | workplace MOJO

How Does Your Leadership Affect Others? | workplace MOJO | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Excellent post on asking yourself the right questions. Via @MattMonge
http://t.co/PSkO8pw7HA
#leadership
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We must ask ourselves how our leadership is affecting those we lead. Are we encouraging them to become increasingly human? Are we helping them grow into themselves? Are we truly serving them?


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How to Create the Kind of Team Unity That Drives Results

How to Create the Kind of Team Unity That Drives Results | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Unity is an attribute of hIghly effective teams. Unfortunately, many leaders think they have it when they don’t. Here are 5 steps toward creating it.

Via Matthew Fritz
John Michel's insight:

Generally speaking, if people trust their leader and believe they have been heard, they have no problem aligning themselves with him or her. But it is up to you, as the leader, to create this alignment. It doesn’t just happen.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, January 5, 11:22 AM

Guilty as charged...but it would seem there's a light at the end of the tunnel.  "Togetherness" takes work--and Leadership.  Without the proper environment, it's unobtainable despite best intentions.  How are you creating an environment that promotes unity, rather than dischord with your Team?

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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should too--here's how.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
John Michel's insight:

What do you do with the first hour of your workday to increase productivity and reduce stress?

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, January 4, 9:53 AM

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buket's curator insight, January 4, 1:32 PM

"If you do the worst thing on your plate first thing in the morning, the rest of the day is a cake walk." ( Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog) I keep a daily to-do list and outline the tasks of the day. If I think on paper, I can motivate myself better. Then, I keep reviewing my list :) Time management is another important  factor for me. I try to keep my list manageable, so it doesn't have to be very long. If I have enough time, a 45- minute morning walk  can make a great difference at the beginning of my day.

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Humility–America's Greatest Virtue? | The Heavy Laden Bookshelf

Humility–America's Greatest Virtue? | The Heavy Laden Bookshelf | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
There is a big difference between having humility and being humbled. We are more likely to see or experience the latter than to acquire the former. Part of the problem of humility is that when one realizes even hints of it in ...
John Michel's insight:

 If humility is America’s greatest virtue, it has increased value because of its scarcity.

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The 8 Strengths of Humility

The 8 Strengths of Humility | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I asked G.J. Hart, when he was CEO of Texas Roadhouse, if he could spot emerging leaders. He didn’t rule out talent, education, or leadership presence, but he replied, “I can usually tell if they h...

Via Mike Klintworth
John Michel's insight:

Arrogant leaders might succeed but they’ll never be successful. Can you think of any leadership skill that isn’t more beautiful with humility?

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Don Cloud's curator insight, January 2, 2:58 PM

Powerful leadership begins with humility.

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Making Serendipity Tactical: Is Randomness Part of Your Leadership Strategy? | Switch and Shift

Making Serendipity Tactical: Is Randomness Part of Your Leadership Strategy? | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Have you ever met a person, come across an idea, or found a resource that was precisely what you needed at exactly that moment in time? These "happy accidents" bring us surprise and joy.
John Michel's insight:

Tactical serendipity is fully embracing the choice to be random, ready to accept the unexpected gifts from the random collisions you will encounter.


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Don Cloud's curator insight, January 2, 2:55 PM

Leaders create their own "serendipity," embracing the chaos and randomness that make up the real world and turning the unexpected (both good and bad) into opportunities and growth.

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Caring as a business tool: humanising companies with empathy

Caring as a business tool: humanising companies with empathy | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Edwin Rutsch
John Michel's insight:

Care creates empathy, shapes ecosystems and reinvents value in a way that nothing else can. This is because it allows us to shape brands and businesses with our hearts and not just our heads, for the benefit of others as well as ourselves.

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The John Maxwell Company

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Via Amy Melendez
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Part of a leader’s job is to value not only the person, but also their potential – and to do what is necessary to help the person achieve it. That means being honest, but doing it in a way that builds people, not that tears them down.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, January 10, 11:07 AM

This is right on! We need to take the time to carefully consider our motives and be honest in a caring way. Not just as a leader but as a person in general.

 

I know from my experience that when people who care are honest with me, even if they could have done it better, I always benefit from the feedback.

 

On the flip side, when someone cares enough to be honest with us, we should take the time to consider their feedback and honor it.

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Congress Is Now Mostly A Millionaires’ Club | TIME.com

Congress Is Now Mostly A Millionaires’ Club | TIME.com | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
For the first time, more than half of congressional lawmakers are worth at least $1 million (Do you understand the problem now? Us vs Them, Liberty VS Tyranny, Real change VS Status quo..
John Michel's insight:

A very interesting factoid about those elected to represent the interest of the average American.

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3 Ways Risk Taking Makes You A Better Person

3 Ways Risk Taking Makes You A Better Person | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Risk Taking isn't just about taking on new opportunities. It's about making you grow as a person.
John Michel's insight:

Having a better life means not only holding our breath and taking a plunge by saying yes to opportunities that scare us, but it also means living on the edge and taking risks by facing our deepest darkest fears head on. 


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Servant leadership: A path to high performance - Washington Post

Servant leadership: A path to high performance - Washington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

“Servant leadership: A path to high performanceWashington PostMy research clearly demonstrates that employee satisfaction drives customer satisfaction and loyalty. Humble wins.”


Via Fred Zimny, William Rowell, Matthew Fritz
John Michel's insight:

Many people think that you cannot be people-centric and maintain high standards, because employees will take advantage. That’s another leadership myth.

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William Rowell's curator insight, January 7, 1:19 PM
Servant leadership is hard work because it takes discipline, humility and behavior...daily. "The behavior of leaders, coupled with attitudes and beliefs, either enables or inhibits high performance. Good intentions and words are not enough." Servant leaders understand that daily behaviors counts and set that example.
Ingenium Consultants's curator insight, January 8, 9:36 AM

Humble Confidence

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Handwritten notes: Lifelines of love - Christian Science Monitor

Handwritten notes: Lifelines of love - Christian Science Monitor | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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Handwritten notes: Lifelines of love
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I grew up seeing handwritten notes as expressions of love.
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Never underestimate the power of even a few hastily scribbled words to brighten your day and lighten your load #GenJohnMichel

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Your Innovation Problem Is Really a Leadership Problem

Your Innovation Problem Is Really a Leadership Problem | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Executives must match rhetoric with personal involvement and investment.
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It’s time for leadership to step up. Match innovation rhetoric with personal involvement and investment. Move beyond narrow solutions to more systemic approaches.

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The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

The meaningful life is a road worth traveling | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness.

Via Emre Erdogan, Sandeep Gautam, Wise Leader™
John Michel's insight:

If happiness is about getting what you want, then meaningfulness is about expressing and defining yourself. A life of meaning is more deeply tied to a valued sense of self and one's purpose in the larger context of life and community.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 6, 2:37 PM

Happiness and meaningfulness distinguished and distilled!

Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 7, 12:52 PM

la ciencia confirma hoy lo que los sabios antiguos, en el Yi-Ging chino,  proclamaban como principio basico de una vida humana: Ying y Yan, luz y sombras, vida con sentido y sinsentidos que nos va poniendo en el camino la misma realidad vital. Ambos son esenciales para vivir en realidad, no en ensueños falsos.

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Why Your Employees Want to Leave | Switch and Shift

Why Your Employees Want to Leave | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
John Michel's insight:

Employees are exhausted by the cut-throat, grab what you can, self-centered leadership and management actions that have dominated 20th century business and have too often characterized the path to which results were achieved.

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Questions That Make A Difference

Questions That Make A Difference | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As one year comes to close and another begins, we are drawn to making new plans, setting new goals, and assessing whether we have made a difference.
John Michel's insight:

Do not allow your reasoning to get in the way of your living. Approach all that you do with the right questions and then make the time to live with what matters most to you.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, January 2, 2:58 PM

Perfect questions to begin the New Year!

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I Wish For You an Epic Fail. ~ Michelle Marchildon

I Wish For You an Epic Fail. ~ Michelle Marchildon | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Nobody wants to hit bottom, however, if this happens to you I highly recommend it. A new year is a perfect time for an epic fail because it teaches you to be fearless.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Whatever this New Year brings to you, do not be afraid to fail.

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8 Reasons It’s Okay to be Quiet: Alli Page

8 Reasons It’s Okay to be Quiet: Alli Page | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Jim Manske
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In a fast-paced world, the quiet ones are often forgotten. But more often than not, they are the writers, artists, musicians, and creative thinkers who find their greatest inspiration from one thing and one thing only: solitude

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