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More On Happiness

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Two centuries ago, the United States was founded on the ideal that the pursuit of happiness is a human right. The Statue of Liberty with its torch held high perhaps best symbolizes this enduring aspiration for those seeking the American Dream, even now during a global economic crisis. In The How of Happiness, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky explores the relation between intentional activity and happiness. Research shows there are simple and proven ongoing ways to enhance happiness. These include counting one’s blessings, performing kind acts, and seeing negative situations in a positive light. Circumstantial happiness in contrast is dependent on external factors, which often we have no direct control over as recent events sadly show.

 

The idea of intentional happiness is similar to the ‘broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions’ first formulated by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson in 1998. This holds that positive emotions and intentions help broaden awareness. And this helps encourage new exploration, creativity, and social bonds. Positive emotions are seen as expansive and inclusive. Negative emotions are linked directly to narrow survival-oriented behaviours such as flight or fight.

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Soft Skills: Key To Success. Hard To Master

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People don't underperform because they lack technical skills. People underperform because they lack soft skills.

 

"A few years ago, a senior engineering executive at a high-tech Silicon Valley company asked me to teach a two-hour course on assessing "soft skills". His company had mastered the art of judging candidates' technical skills. It conducted day-long interviews focused on programming languages, server skills, and data analysis. Then, in the final 45 minutes, the hiring manager would turn his attention to the soft skills. If felt like an afterthought, perhaps because it was.

 

...His immediate response was a stunned silence; the expanse and impact of a candidate's soft skills had perhaps not occurred to him before. I think he realized quite quickly that 45 minutes tacked on the end of an all-day interview was not enough."

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Telecommuting: Fast on the Rise

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"Aided by technology, telecommuting is becoming more common, and while it has its challenges, studies show that it tends to create happier, better workers….And the phenomenon appears to be growing. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting in 2014 than those offering just about any other new benefit."

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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ... - Forbes

Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ... - Forbes | Winners' Ways | Scoop.it
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The phrase nosce teipsum, know thyself, has been a classic theme throughout history.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2014 3:19 PM

 Self-awareness is the most crucial developmental breakthrough for accelerating personal leadership growth and authenticity.  Learning to pause to build self-awareness is an evolving process critical to leader success. 

donhornsby's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:03 AM

(From the article): 

  It is extremely valuable to know ourselves in order to leverage our potentialities:
 

We need to know our strengths to assert them in the appropriate circumstances;We need to know our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and distressing emotions, to check them and to prevent asserting them inappropriately and in non-value creating ways;When we are not self-aware, people around us have a better sense of our strengths and weaknesses than we do, and we lose credibility;When we are self-aware, we are more in touch with reality; people trust and respect us more.

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Is Hierarchy Helping Or Harming Your Organization?

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Hailed as the anti-hierarchy, holacracy is the new business buzzword. Developed by Ternary Software CEO Brian Robertson in 2007, at its most basic holacracy is a self-governing operating system where everyone within an organization takes responsibility for delivering on the company’s purpose. With roles arranged in circles rather than layers, [...]

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 23, 2014 7:18 PM

Interesting article. Hierarchies are not all bad and they provide people with some structure.

David Hain's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:46 AM

Holacracy is helping Zappos.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:39 PM

At the minimum organization structure is about roles and relationships. Whether flat or heirarchical,  individuals in the structure must understand the purpose of their role and how it interacts with other roles. Beyond having a clear focus and direction for activity, they need autonomy and authority to do what is necessary for the role, the competencies required for the role, and the means to develop new competencies, processes and procedures as organization's circumstances change. 

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Daniel Goleman: The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader

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I recently had the pleasure of catching up again with Daniel Goleman, who is an internationally known psychologist that lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on [...]

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Each of his books is  a 'must read' for all those who want to make a difference in their own areas of  specialisation.

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Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 2014 9:31 AM

El propulsor de la Inteligencia Emocional

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Americans Say Teach "Soft" Skills

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Most Americans believe that today's schools should teach "soft skills." More than three in four adults "strongly agree" that K-12 schools should teach critical thinking and communication to children. And 64% of respondents strongly agree that goal setting should be taught, while 61% strongly agree schools should know how to motivate students. A majority also strongly agree that things like creativity and collaboration are also meaningful teacher targets.

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Les Howard's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:27 AM

Important information about what matters

 

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PowerPoint: For Creative Expression & Game Design

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It’sreported  that several hundered million people use PowerPoint. This includes 6 million teachers. This Microosft product has garnered 95% of the presentation software market. However, a great many users dislike PowerPoint; hence popular expressions like ‘Death by PowerPoint’ and ‘PowerPoint Hell’. However in many cases this is  due to a lack of design skills…

 

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Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great

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Focus on a few core components of leadership and you can take your company to new heights.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, March 19, 2014 1:15 AM

Leadership and directions

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Avoid paralysis by analysis..."Highly effective leaders are decisive when called upon to make tough calls quickly and confidently. Take a moment to assess a difficult situation and then calmly and rationally consider your options. As soon as you have the information you need to make an informed decision, make it. Don't let fear of being wrong prevent you from making what you know is the right call."

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, March 22, 2014 9:29 AM

De lo bueno a lo mejor

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5 Scientific Principles of Success

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Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

 

1. Successful companies tell stories.

We may live in the information age, but human beings are genetically identical to human beings who lived in the Stone Age. Back then, what separated humans from apes was the part of the brain called the neocortex, which in humans is huge compared with other mammals.

An important element of the huge neocortex are what neuroscientists call "mirror neurons"--brain cells that fire both when we do something ourselves or when we observe somebody else doing the same thing. When a storyteller tells a story with emotion, those emotions are echoed in the listener's mirror neurons.

 

According to psychologist Brian Sturm at the University of North Carolina, swapping relatable stories brings people closer together and builds trust, making them part of the same tribe and therefore appropriate as business partners.

 

Though stories connect people emotionally, people quickly forget facts provided outside the context of story. In fact, most people forget 90 percent of the information presented to them within "a relatively short period of time."

 

Therefore, though you will need facts and information to verify and buttress your stories, your success depends upon the stories you tell, because the stories you tell are how your customers and investors decide what it means to do business with you.

 

More: How to Tell a Business Story

2. Successful employees work smarter rather than longer.

Many companies encourage working long hours under the belief that paying fewer people to do more work increases profit. That belief, however, is unfounded.

 

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:37 AM

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research

 

There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: Is there any science to business success?

 

Surprisingly, you can find a great deal of science in the five basic principles:

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:55 AM

(From the article) Having a strong, meaningful story creates a sense of community. Only doing what's important reduces both busywork and overwork. Building teams rather than spotlighting prima donnas reduces conflict, as does encouraging honesty and trust.


Not every successful business embodies all five principles, but if you read some of those thousands of books about business success, I'd wager you'll find that all successful businesses implement at least four of them.

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Stress Reduction for Your Intellectual Well-Being - Huffington Post

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Stress Reduction for Your Intellectual Well-Being
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Another way to improve your intellectual well-being is to reduce stress. What is the best kind of stress relief for you?

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