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12 Easy Ways to Make Life Simple Again

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person.  For me, it means getting rid of some of life’s complexities so you can spend more time with people you love and do more of the things you love.  It means getting rid of the clutter, and eliminating all but the essential, so you are left with only that which gives you value.

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Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The best salespeople and leaders have a high EQ. Daniel Goleman the man who coined the term pulls apart the aspects of emotional intelligence.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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A great article about the "other kind of smarts." 

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What Does It Mean To Follow Your Heart?

What Does It Mean To Follow Your Heart? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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Following your heart will lead you to a path that inspires, excites, and fulfills you.  But, remember, it may also require some pain and suffering. The good news is that your attitude toward that pain and suffering is that it is totally worth it.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 20, 2013 8:03 AM

Wonderful post here by Leadership Giant Dan Forbes.  Many times, having the courage to follow your heart will lead to some suffering and hard times.  

 

Dan Forbes does a wonderful job of explaining the meaning and origins of the word passion and helps us protect our dreams and lead through the neccessary suffering that our pursuit may bring. 

 

From the post:

 

“Passion” has its roots in the Latin word pati, which means “to suffer or endure.” Therefore, at the root of passion is suffering. This is a far cry from the way we casually toss around the word in our day-to-day conversations.


Instead of asking:

“What would bring me enjoyment?”


which is how many people think about following their passion (heart), we should instead ask:


“What work am I willing to suffer for today?”

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, December 21, 2013 7:23 PM

We were all born to make a difference...and each of us matters because our individual gifts and talents make the world exponentially better!  "Do you find significance in what you do? Does your life have consequence and importance? I believe that you were born to make a difference in this world. You do that by focusing on the contribution you can make to those around you."

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The ABCs of creating a positive culture | SmartBlogs

The ABCs of creating a positive culture | SmartBlogs | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
This guest post is by Arte Nathan, a veteran HR professional with more than 30 years of practicing human resources, most of it as chief human resources off (From the archives: The ABCs of creating a positive culture
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These are interesting and challenging times, and everyone’s seeking to do more with less in this difficult economy. You need something to differentiate your business and workplace, and at the end of the day that could and should be the culture that is supported by your staff.

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The Secret to Self-Confidence | Maria Shriver

The Secret to Self-Confidence | Maria Shriver | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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A great reminder that what you have done in the past matters less than who you are at the present moment.

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Silverpop - Innovate or Evaporate: Why Market Leadership Requires Risk Taking

Silverpop - Innovate or Evaporate: Why Market Leadership Requires Risk Taking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Mike Klintworth
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The risk-taking sweet spot for most of us lies somewhere between status quo and death-defying. But if you’re not taking some risks, then you’re not innovating, and your organization will always be mediocre at best.

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Leading a Values Revolution in Your Workplace | Switch and Shift

Leading a Values Revolution in Your Workplace | Switch and Shift | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you’re leading people today, you have the problems of employee dissatisfaction and values misalignment described in my previous three posts in some measure, and it makes you vulnerable.
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It’s important to explore your own values openly and honestly. As a human being, you are probably part of the values revolution already, whether you know it or not.

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How Mental Toughness Can Help You Thrive | Empower the Leader in You

How Mental Toughness Can Help You Thrive | Empower the Leader in You | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Mental toughness is the ability to prevail over out struggles and carve our a tranquil existence in the midst of life’s turbulence.

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If we reframe our adversity to look more like mysteries to be solved by careful analysis, then we can pick away at suppositions and judgments which may, or may not, be accurate. We remain open-minded about how to solve the problem and overcome the obstacle.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:48 AM

Excellent post by leadership giant LaRae Quy.  I am recently going through some tough struggles and looking at them as  mysteries to be investigated for clues and lessons.

 

From the post:

 

Reframe Adversity 

As an FBI agent, I approached my obstacles as unsolved mysteries to be investigated.

 

A mystery requires us to look at a situation from many different angles, or through a larger frame. A mystery calls for us to change sides, back and forth, so we can see it from every aspect. No one solves a mystery by deciding on one conclusion from the outset and then force-feeding the facts so they fit their image of a successful outcome.


If we reframe our adversity to look more like mysteries to be solved by careful analysis, then we can pick away at suppositions and judgments which may, or may not, be accurate. We remain open-minded about how to solve the problem and overcome the obstacle.

Don Cloud's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:11 AM

Adversity is where real leaders are tested and thrive.  After all, who needs a leader or leadership when things are going great?

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Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion (Infographic) - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion (Infographic) - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion! We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining.

Via Edwin Rutsch
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We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we have to receive love. Think again! Research shows that our greatest fulfillment comes in large part from being connected to others and from helping them.

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The Leadership Paradox

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In his book, ‘Good To Great’ Jim Collins identified that the majority of Leaders who take their companies on the journey… (The Leadership Paradox http://t.co/zLefLJ9eGO)...
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The fundamental fact is Leadership is a paradox and to accept this is in great part to begin to understand what it really means and really is in practice.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:01 AM

The paradox of leadership ... "First Who…Then What — Rather than beginning by setting a new vision, or strategy, our paradoxical Leader will instead ensure that firstly they have the, “right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats”: And then they figure out where to drive it"

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Drucker: Treat Employees Like Volunteers

Drucker: Treat Employees Like Volunteers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

*** Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. 


Via Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD, JLAndrianarisoa
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Lousy leaders use pay checks as permission to control. You feel like you own their time because you paid for it. Technically, you’re right. But, who enjoys being controlled?

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 15, 2013 5:52 AM

Yeahh, that's it... read it, think about it and try it... then, you will make a  great steps towards the coaching approach life...:-))) no downside risk, only upside potential...:-))) great, isn't it?

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The Simple 3-Part Formula For Employee Happiness

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The secret to employee satisfaction isn't complicated. The argument for building trust adding flexibility and putting an emphasis on a good cultural...

Via Mike Klintworth
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 To hire competitively in today’s market, companies need to command the right attitudes at the very top to attract the most talented and committed employees at every level of the organization. A great work ethic and a positive attitude can be contagious, and it’s up to companies to support this idea--starting with management.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, December 14, 2013 11:23 AM

Employees first!  It works.  "Navigator Management Partners" is a perfect example: http://www.businessbee.com/resources/news/operations-buzz/4-companies-put-employees-first/

Graeme Reid's curator insight, December 15, 2013 7:23 PM

Trust is so important - one firm I worked with looked at introducing a work from home policy, but only if the employee agreed to have a camera installed so they they could be monitorred - unbelievable!

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V is for Visionary Leadership: Move the Ball Down the Field - General Leadership

V is for Visionary Leadership: Move the Ball Down the Field - General Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
V is for Visionary leadership: apply common sense and empower your people to create an environment of continual improvement…move the ball down the field!
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When you think about visionary leadership think of the word WIN:Welcome new ideas, Inspire those around and Navigate to success! Visionary leadership is simply a must for today’s leaders as you develop a picture of where you plan to take your organization in the future. 

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LeadLearner: 6 Ways Leaders Win over Whiners

LeadLearner: 6 Ways Leaders Win over Whiners | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
RT @JohnWink90: 6 Ways Leaders Win-Over Whiners http://t.co/E7NByVJLYF #satchat #Leadership #cpchat
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Whiners are easy to avoid, but the greatest leaders realize that whiners are the missing link to the organization's success.  They know that avoiding whiners impacts the organization negatively as whiners can eventually make the culture toxic. Since whiners are the missing link in the chain of systemic improvement, winning them over is a necessary action that ultimately strengthens the system as a whole. 

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The 20 Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better

The 20 Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

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Work out first thing. Feel better. Be smarter. Sure, you could work out after work, but then the happy feelings and extra brainpower will be wasted while you're asleep.

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A Celebration Of A Mom's Love, This Father-Daughter Photo Series Will Rip ... - Huffington Post

A Celebration Of A Mom's Love, This Father-Daughter Photo Series Will Rip ... - Huffington Post | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
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A Celebration Of A Mom's Love, This Father-Daughter Photo Series Will Rip ...
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Simply awesome! 

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beyond words ....

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The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback - Forbes

The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback
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I have always tried to help people see that whether the feedback is critical or positive it is a gift.
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Strong employee engagement is closely aligned with the ability to give honest feedback in a helpful way.

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How to Bring Tough Love Into Your Office

How to Bring Tough Love Into Your Office | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Endless praise, no wrong answers, and trophies for everyone is not the recipe for an optimal company culture. To get people to perform at their best, take a firmer approach.

Via Thomas Faltin
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One major rule is to never punish your employees for failure. When employees do fail, you have to teach them how to get up and motivate themselves to try again.

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Real Leaders Don’t Throw Chairs: Q&A with Daniel Pink

Real Leaders Don’t Throw Chairs: Q&A with Daniel Pink | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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 Managers today have far less coercive power than they ever have had. They have far less formal authority, far less capacity to simply dictate. Without that kind of formal coercive authority, they have to rely on other forms of persuasion, which is a form of selling.

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9 Important Truths You Should Always Keep In Mind | Elite Daily

9 Important Truths You Should Always Keep In Mind | Elite Daily | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
As usual, I was browsing Tumblr today, passing the time of mundane work days. I stumbled upon this list and realized it needed to be shared, because quite frankly, these are things that each of us should be doing.
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If you spend a little time being kinder, you’ll notice how much good comes back your way. That kind of stuff doesn’t lie.



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The Heart of Innovation: 50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking

The Heart of Innovation: 50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions (The Heart of Innovation: 50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking http://t.co/8iNLzCDRY6 6.
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Here is my favorite from this list: "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What's Yours? 

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13 Reasons a Leader Knows It’s Time to Step Down

13 Reasons a Leader Knows It’s Time to Step Down | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
RT @LarryPutterman: LATEST POST: 13 Reasons a Leader Knows It’s Time to Step Down http://t.co/vp5BFv7zqZ
#leadership #business #management
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The most important question a leader should ask is: Are you placing the good of the organization first? This is what leadership is all about.


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8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings

8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
How to make the most out of every morning.

Via Roger Francis, Wise Leader™
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What you do each morning is an indicator of how you approach your entire day. It’s the choices that we repeatedly make that determine the life we live, the health we enjoy, and the work we create. You’ve got 25,000 mornings. What will you do with each one?



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The 5 Deadly Temptations of Specialness Great Leaders Avoid

The 5 Deadly Temptations of Specialness Great Leaders Avoid | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Specialness can come in many forms, and it’s always a way of saying; one person matters more than another; or one person deserves more than another.

Via Mike Klintworth
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Specialness can come in many forms, and it’s always a way of saying; one person matters more than another; or one person deserves more than another. Well you might be thinking, isn’t that the case? Well if you are, then you are experiencing a dose of specialness.

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What makes a leader 'highly effective'? - Fortune Management

What makes a leader 'highly effective'? - Fortune Management | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Jim Collins's foreword to the 25th anniversary edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. (Why is a leader 'highly effective'?
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True discipline means channeling our best hours into first-order objectives, and that means being a nonconformist in the best sense.

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