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The Negativity Epidemic

From peopledevelopmentmagazine.com

Unfortunately, negativity can become an insidious habit within organisations. If such behaviour falls short of misconduct or appears to have an effect
Susan Taylor:

Negativity is becoming an epidemic in organizations, preventing them from achieving excellence and exceeding goals. 

 

If you want to tackle negativity in your firm or life, here are some tips from The e.Mile:

 

  • Pay attention to negativity with a view of moving towards positivity
  • Try not to take complaints personally
  • Reacting to negativity with negativity perpetuates negativity
  • Teach people to communicate in empowering ways
  • Challenge the negative views of your complainers
  • Reward positive behavior
  • Celebrate success regularly
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 13, 2014 12:53 PM
Once embedded, negativity is hard to extricate. I found the best thing for me was to leave. Being in a healthy place is important to positivity.

Are You An Active Listener?

From www.mindtools.com

Many of us don't listen as well as we could. Learn how to use "active listening" to make a conscious effort to hear and understand what people are saying.
Susan Taylor:

To truly listen is one of the most important life skils you can develop.  Listening helps you to obtain information, understand, learn, and derive meaning; over and above all of that, it has a major impact on the quality of your relationships.

 

Unfortunately, research suggests that we are not good listeners. 

 

The way to become a better listener?  Practice "active listening."

 

Active listening involves making a conscious effort to hear not only the words that are being said, but more importantly, try to understand the meaning behind those words.

 

In this blog and video, Mind Tools helps us to pay attention, defer judgement and indicate to another that we truly want to hear what they have to say.

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The Silent Leader

From www.psychologytoday.com

When silence is golden
Susan Taylor:

As Mark Twain stated: "The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."

 

A leader who uses silence as a tool or effective strategy can benefit both herself and her employees. There is great power in silence.

 

Here are a few situations when silence can work to a leader's advantage:

 

  1. When you want to learn more about an employee or colleague
  2. When an employee or colleague is distressed
  3. To give your audience an opportunity to process what you've said
  4. When negotiations are going nowhere
  5. When you are angry
  6. When someone is yelling at you

 

 

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How Leaders Can Foster Emotional Intelligence

From economictimes.indiatimes.com

Economic Times
5 ways to foster emotional intelligence
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Exposing corporate teams to the significance of emotional intelligence is key to building a strongly bonded team.
Susan Taylor:

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is foundational to any high-performing group.  In this blog, Rica Bhattacharyya shares with us five ways a leader can foster EI in his teams.

 

  1. Lead by example.  Whatever the leader asks of his team he must also ask of himself.
  2. Organize training programs that teach the importance and relevance of EI in the corporate world.
  3. Stress the consequences of negative emotions like greed and jealousy.
  4. Measure the outcomes.  Simply practicing EI is not enough.
  5. Teach through bonding.  The leader must have regular interaction with his employees.

 

 

 

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Inspiration; Not Expectation

From www.mindful.org

Janice Marturano on how mindfulness can inspire us at work and in the office.
Susan Taylor:

To lead with excellence is to inspire.  Yet in an all too busy world, we often live an autopilot existence.  It is because of this that "we begin to trade inspiration for expectation", says Janice Marturano

 

If even one person is touched by another who inspires them, "there is no need to worry about maintaining or even articulating expectations."  In fact, inspiring another person can be like rocket fuel in helping them to reach their full potential.

 

So how does one become an inspirational leader?  Mindfulness is key.  "Inspiration requires leadership presence, the ability to clearly see what is here and now rather than what is expected", seeing potential for limitless creativity, letting go, and suspending judgment.

 

Just three questions will get you on your way:

 

  1. What might I discover by being fully present without expectations?
  2. Can I let go of any expectations and simply hold an intention to be present?
  3. Would that openness inspire others to stretch and think outside the box?
Jenise Harmon's curator insight, April 5, 2014 7:41 AM

Mindfulness is a key component in a happy life.

Zero In - A Path to More Aware Leadership

From hbr.org

J Ruth Kelly:


Excuse me while I see who this text is from... Oh, wait. Have you noticed how it's become more and more difficult to zero in on specifics and stay there? Essential leadership skills consist of what Daniel Goleman refers to as a "triad of awareness."


These three golden disciplines are:


  • focusing on yourself
  • focusing on others
  • focusing on the wider world


Cram-jammed full of clarification of what the triad of awareness consists of and how it reveals character, this Harvard Business Review blog post is worth your undivided attention in spite of the length. Of particular illuminating significance, you'll find this nugget explains quite a lot in our current culture:


"Alarmingly, research suggests that as people rise through the ranks and gain power, their ability to perceive and maintain personal connections tends to suffer a sort of psychic attrition. In studying encounters between people of varying status, Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at Berkeley, has found that higher-ranking individuals consistently focus their gaze less on lower-ranking people and are more likely to interrupt or to monopolize the conversation."


This read also uncovers how focus and creativity go hand-in-hand. Goleman's put out yet another revealing, empowering exploration of emotional intelligence.

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What Does it Take to be an Amazing Leader?

From www.linkedin.com

In my work as a startup founder over the last few years, I've been fortunate enough to find myself surrounded by some incredible young leaders, be mentored by a few wise executives, and spend time

Susan Taylor:

We are living in a world of profound complexity and unprecedented change.  A world where things seem to turn on a dime.  So what does it really take to be an amazing leader today?  Shane Snow shares with us some of the patterns he has observed from the best leaders in his life.

 

  • Great leaders change their minds and do so often; they have the courage to admit when they are wrong.
  • Great leaders absorb shock; they are "the first to face danger, the first to battle; and shield the group from harm".
  • Great leaders overcommunicate; they confide in their followers, trusting them with all the information.
  • Great leaders think before answering; they do not feel the pressure to have instant answers to everything.
  • Great leaders search for the right path; not the easy path.
  • Great leaders have sacred time for themselves; they know that self-improvement and balance is imperative.
  • Great leaders are in it for others; they are motivated by the desire to help others.

 

If you are trying to become a better leader in your work and life, Shane Snow sums it up beautifully:  "Strive to be the kind of leader you would follow yourself." 

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Is Your Inner House in Order?

From www.inc.com

Like most good ideas, this one came far away from work.

 

Steve Mundahl, CEO of Goodwill Industries and author of "The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership," was on a fishing vacation in Northern Minnesota when he started pondering his life and asking himself if all its elements were in balance. "I asked myself, do I have enough fun in my life, and enough creative expression?" he says. Although he was on vacation on that moment he realised that in general the answer was no.

 

It was a gap he needed to fill because without making room for all the different parts of himself to flourish--physical and spiritual health, leisure, creativity, and family as well as money and career--he knew he couldn't be the complete human being he needed to be to lead effectively.

 

Susan Taylor:

Do you have enough fun in your life? Consider these "six rooms" of your inner house and take the test:

 

(1) Are you making enough money to bring satisfaction to your life?

(2) Do you save some space to relax, create and play?

(3) Are you doing something that is good for the world?

(4) Is your work fun and meaningful?

(5) Do you have balanced relationships?

(6) Do you pay attention to your physical and emotional needs?

 

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 in each of these "six rooms".  Then add up the points:

 

25 or More: Your life is in good balance

20 - 25:  Some rebalancing is needed

19 or Less: Drastic action may be required

Ivan Berlocher's curator insight, November 10, 2013 4:42 AM

Inner peace begins with making order...

John Michel's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:27 AM

Smart reflections we would all be wise to heed. 

Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:11 PM

Out of touch? Here's couple of minutes test.