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'The Battle for Believability (part 1 of 4)' from Spot Fires Blog at Leadership Nature with Tom Davidson

'The Battle for Believability (part 1 of 4)' from Spot Fires Blog at Leadership Nature with Tom Davidson | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership Nature with Tom Davidson offers Leadership Development for Natural Resource Professionals: Because Great Managers Don’t Grow on Trees.
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Here's a blog with a twist on leadership for the natural resources crowd.  I fall into this category on certain days.  They offer a good collection of topics spun up for natural resource professionals.

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David Hain's comment, November 8, 2013 7:06 AM
Very helpful for a current client, thanks!
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Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters - TanveerNaseer.com

Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters - TanveerNaseer.com | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of co-hosting the weekly #LeadFromWithin tweetchat with Lolly Daskal.
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Are you an empathic leader?  Or do you lead at the edges of your organization's input?

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David Hain's curator insight, November 16, 2013 1:04 AM

Great sense in the transcript from 2 of my SoMe #leadership heroes @tanveerNaseer and @LollyDaskal!

John Michel's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:46 AM

Let’s be honest, when it comes to the keys for successful leadership, empathy is rarely included in such a list. However, instilling a sense of empathy in how you lead those under your care offers a number of advantages:

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 19, 2013 9:50 PM

Lovely article - we are born with three basic emotional needs - safety/trust, guidance/protection, and the need to be understood and accepted. Empathy creates loyal followers.

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Breakthrough: How the brain decodes the visual world | Machines Like Us

Breakthrough: How the brain decodes the visual world | Machines Like Us | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
University of Queensland (UQ) scientists have made a fundamental breakthrough into how the brain decodes the visual world.
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More geeky brain science.  This article from Australia showing how the brain interacts with our eyes when seeing the world.

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What Ender’s Game Gets Right About Communicating With Aliens

What Ender’s Game Gets Right About Communicating With Aliens | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
It's often assumed that communicating with alien intelligence will be a simple matter of conveying basic concepts in math and science. We will know they're smart and they'll know we're smart. But how we'll actually go about doing this is ...
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This isn't my normal post for Whole Brain Leadership. It jumped out at me however because it challenges the way we think. The article is about the upcoming sci-fi thriller Enders Game, and it's plot regarding communicating with aliens. The assumptions we've made, and the we here being scientists, physicists, and mathematicians much smarter than me, is that we'd use math as our crossover to unlock alien languages. This article looks at new input from anthropologists and linguists suggesting this may not even be possible. For me it's a fascinating read that challenges my own preconceived notions of communication. I hope you enjoy it.

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What Leaders Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld

What Leaders Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Achievers at the highest level have several things in common. Today, I want to talk about one of those traits, one that, when practiced as a leader, has a multiplier effect. Let me start with some ...
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This article speaks to the concept of mastery.  In order to master something, and find success with it, you have to create a system of practice.  That practice must be a daily ritual that is part of your fabric.  Doing so creates the neural pathways in your brain that increasingly make the task easier.  The author uses Jerry Seinfeld as one example of mastery at work.

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8 Leadership Lessons From Fortune’s Most Powerful Women | CEO.com

8 Leadership Lessons From Fortune’s Most Powerful Women | CEO.com | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership Intelligence: Eight simple and effective ideas for CEOs of any gender, nationality or expertise ... http://t.co/g3h7vqpD4P
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These are great lessons for all of us.  I especially resonate with #1 "Pick your battles."

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The Language Of Leadership

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Painters have a brush, sculptors have a chisel, surgeons have a scalpel, and conductors have a baton—and leaders have language. In a way, it is language that makes our reality exist.
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Language is critical to leadership.  Many times I see organizations struggle with "communications" when it's really a matter of their leadership not paying attention to their own language.  Lolly Daskal does a nice job of encapsulating the language of leadership.

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A Critical Quality You Want in Your Employees? It’s Inquisitiveness

A Critical Quality You Want in Your Employees? It’s Inquisitiveness | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
“I want to buy a flip phone; I do not want one of those new phones. I do not text because it gives you carpel tunnel syndrome.
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How inquisitive are your employees, and how elastic to change?  I've been teaching about change and innovation for a decade, and this is the first I've heard the term "elasticity".  It makes complete sense.  I appreciate Ron Thomas' brevity in getting the point across.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Cubicle

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Cubicle | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Most offices now are open plan. And many people don't like them. But they could be better than they are.
Around 70 percent of U.S. offices are now "open plan." And most people hate them. Many people claim that they are too noisy and too distracting.
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A collegue and I went to a meeting in Lansing recently.  It was in an office building with literally acres of sterile cubicles.  It was a cross between the closing scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Office Space.  Scary as all hell.  The actual meeting was in a small, airless, windowless room at one end of the cubes.  Stunning sterility in every way.  How can people be expected to be productive in such environments?

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Mind-Reading Technology Speeds Ahead: Scientific American

Mind-Reading Technology Speeds Ahead: Scientific American | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
By scanning blogs of brain activity, scientists may be able to decode people's thoughts, dreams and intentions
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Imagine how this might change your standard job interview!

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The Neuroscience Behind How Sleep Cleans Your Brain

The Neuroscience Behind How Sleep Cleans Your Brain | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
You clean your closet sometimes. What about your brain?
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The concept that sleep "removes molecular detritus" from our brains is almost sensual when you say it out loud.  My wife would tell you, if it's a matter of sleeping-in,  I'm likely to have little detritus left.

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3 Ways Your Emotional Brain Can Help You Communicate with Your Partner - PsychCentral.com (blog)

3 Ways Your Emotional Brain Can Help You Communicate with Your Partner - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
3 Ways Your Emotional Brain Can Help You Communicate with Your Partner PsychCentral.com (blog) 3 Ways Your Emotional Brain Can Help You Communicate with Your Partner Jean Houston, a teacher and philosopher, talks about how living conditions over...
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This is an article you'll want to discuss with your partner. Just be ready for some interesting insights into how your (male or female) brain works.  The article is scripted for couples, but may shed some light on work relationships and leadership as well. It's especially interesting for anyone whose had issues leading others of the opposite sex.

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Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Fast Company | Business + Innovation | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
What an ancient Indian folk tale teaches us about truth and creativity.
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I've told this one.  Five men and an elephant.  I think my version was a bit more colorful though.  Storyteller's prerogitive. 

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4 Leadership Traits to Drive Social Innovation : Center for Social Innovation (CSI)

4 Leadership Traits to Drive Social Innovation : Center for Social Innovation (CSI) | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Great short read on 4 Leadership Traits to Drive Social Innovation via @SocInnovators | #socinn | http://t.co/ICWRXNkTxy
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A brilliant approach to social innovation leadership from Standford.

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The Leadership Brain For Dummies Cheat Sheet - For Dummies

The Leadership Brain For Dummies Cheat Sheet - For Dummies | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
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Well here's the oxymoron of the week.  The Leadership Brain for Dummies.  A few excerpts from the book to get your Monday headed in the right direction.

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One of science’s most important experiments turns 65 this week. Here’s why you should care.

One of science’s most important experiments turns 65 this week. Here’s why you should care. | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Sixty five years ago this week, the world became wiser about how to figure out what works, and what doesn’t.
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I'm always interested in taking that moment to better understand decision-making.

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Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders | Video on TED.com

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. (Lectie de Leadership pentru femei.
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And the debate rages on!  Sheryl Sandberg suggests, among other reasons, that women themselves may hold some responsibility for not stepping up to the table of leadership. (I'm just paraphrasing here, don't shoot the messenger please.)  This TEDtalk is a worthy use of your time before you start your leadership day.

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How to Declutter Your Brain - meQuilibrium

How to Declutter Your Brain - meQuilibrium | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
How to Declutter Your Brain. http://t.co/uPuWlblMjV (Takeaway: Clinging to old ideas puts you in a mental straitjacket.)
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I find these are things that I do in my office daily, though I haven't found a way to articulate them.  I like the simple approach and the concept of brain clutter.

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The Unlikely Network at the Core of Your Brain's Internet - Wired Science

The Unlikely Network at the Core of Your Brain's Internet - Wired Science | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it

But a growing body of evidence suggests that a network of highly interlinked brain regions exists that could prove essential in facilitating higher-order tasks. This collection of highly connected hubs has been dubbed the “rich club” network because it resembles groups of well-connected individuals, such as Ivy League alumni organizations, that help others meet and exchange information.

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Ah, brain research.  That's what it's all about right!?  This story from wired tells us about a newly discovered "network" at the core of our brain.  It's called the "Rich Club."  If you have to ask, you can't afford to join.

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Turning Ideas Into Innovations

Turning Ideas Into Innovations | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Chris Trimble, co-author of Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization, describes three models for executing innovation initiatives.
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I was lucky enough to work with Chris Trimble and his co-author Vijay Govindarajan on creating the training tools and workshops for Leading Innovation.  I received a signed copy of the new book in my mailbox last week and have just started to read it.  Their research and insight have always been impeccable, and the results our clients saw from the efforts were impressive.  If your company is interested in innovation and getting results, you must check Chris and VJ out.

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Chasing your potential? Try pursuing progress.

Chasing your potential? Try pursuing progress. | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
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Potential has a shelf life. - Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye
The problem
I’m sure you heard it as a kid when you brought home a “C” on a math test.
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Gotta love Seth G.  He always finds a way to put things in simple language so by the end of the article you're feeling all "damn, what have I been waiting for?"

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Walking Meetings: So Much More Productive Than You Think

Walking Meetings: So Much More Productive Than You Think | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether you're in San Francisco or New York or a small town, get out of the office and use your city's sidewalks as a meeting space. You'd be surprised how productive it is.
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I've made an effort to set a new stage for my meetings these days. Even formal meetings have been moved to area coffee houses and restaurants.  If you live in a great community, and let's hope we all do, there's no excuse not to get out in it.  This article from Inc. suggests there are real business benefits to getting yourself and your employees out of the conference room.

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The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity: Are You a “Can Do” Leader? - Triple Pundit

The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity: Are You a “Can Do” Leader? - Triple Pundit | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
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The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity: Are You a “Can Do” Leader?
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Education is a central driver for leadership to move from “can't” to “can” and from problem to opportunity.
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Showing a bit of my own aspirations here, but a useful subject.

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The Science of Sin

The Science of Sin | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
Everything good in life is illegal, immoral or fattening--or so the saying goes. A few centuries ago religious authorities sought to codify that sentiment into a handy list, which we know today as the seven deadly sins.
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Scientific American, and its sibling publication, Scientific American Mind are two of my favorite sources of awe-inspiring research.  In this new edition they have a bit of fun with the seven deadly sins.

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Leadership is as Leadership Does—Leadership Lessons Learned from the Recent US-Government Shutdown

Leadership is as Leadership Does—Leadership Lessons Learned from the Recent US-Government Shutdown | Whole Brain Leadership | Scoop.it
We shouldn’t assume people are effective leaders just because of their title.
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Leadership is not a title.  I can appreciate this approach to understanding true leadership in the shadow of our recent government shutdown.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 18, 2013 7:20 AM

So many lessons here...

John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:13 AM

The most fundamental leadership lesson learned from the shutdown is the ancient reminder that the more we, as individuals, become dependent on leadership, the more it weakens our own personal independence. The United States of America was founded on the core value of personal independence—leadership of self. When leaders of organizations and communities take a top-down approach to solving problems and finding solutions, they undermine the power of the individual to come up with creative and innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.

k12Surfer's curator insight, October 23, 2013 8:08 AM

Another great insight and lesson for all