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The Flynn Effect: are we getting smarter?

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The Psychology of Organizational Change

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Most organizational change ignores brain science and psychology research

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The 5 Ways to Spot an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

The 5 Ways to Spot an Emotionally Intelligent Leader | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Research has shown us that more than 90 percent of top leadership performers have a high amount of emotional intelligence, or EI. The higher up the ladder that leaders are, the more people …

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, July 29, 3:04 AM

These are good ways to help to begin to be an emotionally intelligent leader. I like the fifth way:  "Able to check their ego and allow others to shine", but all five are good ways to improve everyday leadership.

 

Judy Knight's curator insight, Today, 9:17 AM

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, Today, 9:39 AM
"Able to check their ego and allow others to shine"
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Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions

Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is practiced in board rooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. But just how much does it improve the quality of your decision-making?


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 7:38 PM

Mindfulness does not improve bottom lines unless it improves the person practicing the practice and make for a better world. Mindfulness is compassionate and is directed towards a better world. Thinking about meditation is a key component; the opposite is premeditation. What does that bring up. For example, in School we calculate what is important in advance and write curricula. That calculation is premeditated and does not require being mindful and attentive to this particular child's needs. Chogyam Trungpa suggested the practice on the mat prepares us for the real practice in life.

Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 30, 8:05 PM

This article very elegantly outlines how important being mindful can be for corporate leaders. It is just as true for civic, political and non-profit leaders.

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5 ways to make better, faster leadership decisions | SmartBlogs

5 ways to make better, faster leadership decisions | SmartBlogs | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
How much time each week do you spend making decisions? Likely, many of the choices you make are almost automatic, requiring little thought: Attend that mee

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 24, 8:50 AM

Interesting POV on decision making!  Personally I believe decision making is an art and a science.  It has elements of both and finding the balance is critical to successful decisions.

Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 25, 1:42 PM

This is article is short and to the point - great tips for making or perhaps delegating good decisions.

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Mindful Leadership on the Rise

Encouraged by a growing body of research, leading corporations and organizations are beginning to accept an alternative to just leading from the top down -- it's leading from the inside out....

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Merely observing stressful situations can trigger a physical stress response - PsyPost

Merely observing stressful situations can trigger a physical stress response - PsyPost | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Stress is contagious. Observing another person in a stressful situation can be enough to make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol. This is the conclusion reached by scientists involved in a large-scale cooperation project between the departments of Tania Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig andRead More

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Donald J Bolger's curator insight, July 22, 10:19 AM

I know this sensation!

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, July 24, 2:13 AM

Very true, not only for stressful situations!

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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Good leaders have always stepped out of their comfort zones, but converging global megatrends are putting more pressure on those at the top to navigate a faster, more complex, more integrated, and more transparent business world.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 21, 3:47 AM

Transparency and complexity make the boss's chair increasingly painful to sit in.


Read also this article from The Economic Times in India:


More than half of Chief Executive Officers would have a senior 'digital' leader role among them by the end of 2015, Gartner's 2014 CEO and Senior Executive Survey report said.


Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 21, 12:38 PM

Yeah... Leadership 2030...:-))) if one  found out Leadership 2014, there would be a great sigh...:-)))

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 22, 3:24 AM

All leaders will see life become more chaotic and overwhelming, and their struggles and management will be more visible than ever. Egocentric leaders will have a difficult time evolving, if they even can, and will be unable to thrive in such discomfort. Organizations need to develop leaders who are motivated by altrocentric leadership. They will be better prepared to succeed in 2030 and beyond.

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How to get motivated, according to science

How to get motivated, according to science | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Research says to stop being so rational. Get those emotions going instead.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 17, 6:09 PM

(From the article)" Surround yourself with people you want to be and it's far less taxing to do what you should be doing.


In his excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg says: "When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real."

The Longevity Project, which studied over 1000 people from youth to death had this to say:

The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change. [The Longevity Project]

And the research on friendship confirms this. From my interview with Carlin Flora, author ofFriendfluence:

Research shows over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits, and even career aspirations of those around you. If you're in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you'll take on that same sense of seriousness.

David Hain's curator insight, July 17, 11:02 PM

Self motivation - now you know..!

Gloria Miele, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 18, 7:58 AM

Get excited!! 

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Acquiring Political Intelligence

Acquiring Political Intelligence | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Executives are smart people, but they can often be remarkably stupid. Too often they assume problems can be solved with superior analytical abilities. This means they spend their time trying to come up with the most rational solution. This might create the best technical solution. However, these technically perfect results often run into stiff opposition and eventually get dropped - so often in favour of an inferior solution. This can be disastrous. It can mean good ideas get shelved, talented managers become frustrated and unmotivated, and organisations get weighed down. Why does this happen? 


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David Hain's curator insight, July 16, 11:46 PM

Practical insights for practising managers who are seeking to strengthen their political intellingence ~ Cass, via @drrichardwaters

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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.



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donhornsby's curator insight, July 14, 2:53 PM

(From the article): Sacrifice ego. On one memorable occasion Phil said in front of a group of middle managers: “I’ve been told I am unapproachable. I don’t know what that means. I would appreciate any specific feedback any of you would be willing to offer me.” The rest of the group looked on in awe as one brave soul, a manager named Terry, raised his hand. “I would be happy to, Phil.” Terry met later with Phil and gave a couple of suggestions – which Phil then shared publicly. Phil sacrificed his ego to show how much he valued candor and openness and that people were safe with him.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 14, 4:44 PM

Don's point is well-made: sacrifice ego. Too often, bosses want to talk and not listen. Sometimes stepping back and listening is important. It allows the other person to share their complete thought rather than only half which might not be enough.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 15, 5:09 PM

Please read co-creating cultures of candor too http://blog.ianberry.biz/2014/07/co-creating-culture-of-candor.html

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4 characteristics of Learning Leaders

4 characteristics of Learning Leaders | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Writing is always a learning experience for me. It forces greater clarity. In addition, the tranquility of the unique Australian bush setting in which I am currently sitting, miles from anywhere, provides a perfect environment for learning. I’ve been working on a chapter for our new forthcoming book (from Amazon in September) called ‘A Practical Guide to Self-Determined Learning: Experiences from the Field’.

 

It’s an edited work where lots of people share their experiences of using heutagogy in a variety of contexts. It should be fun and, hopefully, useful to people wanting to try something a bit different in their ‘classrooms’. I got so excited while writing the chapter that I thought I’d share some of its content with you. In this day and age there is no need to be patient, which suits me, as patience is not a strong point. And I might get some comments back to help me refine the chapter before it goes to air.

 

A number of insightful writers have suggested the skills that people need in order to cope with the 21st century. One of my favourites that appears to summarise all of them is from Jackie Gerstein who has put together a neat pictorial of these skills. See also Tony Wanger’s work, which Jackie acknowledges.

 

The skills she has identified are: effective oral and written communication; collaboration across networks; agility and adaptability; grit; resilience; empathy and global stewardship; vision; self-regulation; hope and optimism; curiosity and imagination; initiative and entrepreneurialism; and critical thinking and problem solving.

 

Some of the implications of self-determined learning are:

 

 


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Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity

Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The benefits of mindfulness, or being fully conscious and aware of one’s actions and surroundings, have been well documented by psychological scientists. Advantages include decreased risk of burnout at work, improved mental health, and smarter decision-making, according to recent studies. Now, researchers are turning their attention to a potential new connection: mindfulness and creativity.

 


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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2:14 AM

Funny how @LeadershipABC so often hits on a topic I'm thinking about! Check out this article from Brain Pickings for more on how to be an explorer of the world!

 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/24/how-to-be-an-explorer-of-the-world-keri-smith/

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 10:54 AM

Great article Bobby! Thanks for sharing! 

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The End of Management

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Corporate bureaucracy is becoming obsolete. Why managers should think like venture capitalists


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Leading in the 21st century

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Wharton School professor Michael Useem scopes out the leadership challenges facing executives today:

 

Because the world is now more complicated and more uncertain, I think that on top of always having a great vision there will be a premium on thinking strategically and on being able to come back from setbacks, and maybe above all, on being very good at reading the increasingly ambiguous and uncertain universe we operate in.


Companies probably focus too much on the bottom line, too much on meeting quarterly analyst expectations, and this has cost us companies paying attention to what the country needs or what the world needs or certainly what the community requires.


 



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Elaine Cox's curator insight, Today, 1:28 AM

I like the way he has identified that companies need to pay more attention to "what the country needs or what the world needs or certainly what the community requires".

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Driving Organisational Change Under Pressure

Driving Organisational Change Under Pressure | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Intense pressure often calls for knee-jerk reactions. While firm responses are needed from leaders, they should resist the temptation to centralise control and stifle frontline ownership.
 


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Mindfulness: it's good to be busy doing nothing - Telegraph

Mindfulness: it's good to be busy doing nothing - Telegraph | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Taking several timeouts each day, says Elizabeth McFarlane, helps to get the creative juices flowing and encourages her to be more aware of the moment (RT @BH_Retreats: Mindfulness: it's good to be busy doing nothing

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 7:44 PM

It took several years for students to sit for five minutes and not talk. It is good to be busy doing nothing. Sometimes the nothing is something very important.

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Leadership Ethics: It Doesn't Depend

Leadership Ethics: It Doesn't Depend | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Imagine recent outcomes at GM, and Toyota before it, if some frontline engineer – or even assembly line worker – used the company Intranet to say "Hey, CEO, there’s a fundamental design problem with (fill in the blank),” …and the CEO stopped production while the glitch was fixed, even if that meant months of stalled production.

 

Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics todaymakes you more money, every day of the year, for generations.


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Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, July 25, 1:49 AM

We need to learn to get the right priorities which may mean losing activity for a while but the long teem benefits will outweigh any kind of loss

Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, July 25, 3:26 AM

If culture beats strategy (Drucker) and Ethics is the basis of good culture - why, why why are there so many companies that refuse to take ethics seriously?

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Mindfulness Training Program May Help Olympic Athletes Reach Peak Performance

Mindfulness Training Program May Help Olympic Athletes Reach Peak Performance | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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Why Can't We Solve The Problem Of Short-Termism?

Why Can't We Solve The Problem Of Short-Termism? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The reason we can’t solve the problem of short-termism is that it’s just a symptom. The real disease is maximizing shareholder value.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 23, 11:09 AM

Somehow it's even ridiculous... First everybody is for to kill short-termism... great... then, basically the same bunch of people are finding out that short-termism is like the phoenix bird it cannot be killed... great... then, basically the same bunch of people are finding out that the basic problem is not short-termism any more... great... I find this ridiculous, don't you?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, July 23, 12:14 PM
It's a transparent learning process taking place online, Miklos. ;-)
Miklos Szilagyi's comment, July 23, 3:11 PM
:-))) it's such a mallable subject, main thing is that they always find fuels for the next turn...:-)))
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Great Leadership Matters In Any Business

No one factor makes a company admirable. But if you were forced to pick the one that makes the most difference, you'd pick leadership. Not any leadership--but one that matters.

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How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World?

How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

While I feel much of this has already been discovered and documented on The Speed of  Trust by Stephen Covey Jr.  I appreciate that there is now a scientific model to back it up.


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donhornsby's curator insight, July 16, 3:16 PM

(From the article): Finally, aside from the fact that it’s simply the right thing to do, here are ten benefits of being trustworthy.

Psychological well-beingMeaningful friendships and business relationshipsFaster, more efficient decision makingGreater personal effectiveness in groupsGreater support for your decisionsCareer promotionsWin/win opportunitiesRole modeling trustworthy behaviorMore time for creativity and relaxationMore money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 16, 6:35 PM

Trust is not an operating system. It is not a commodity. It cannot be manufactured. It is earned in the daily relationships we have with other people. It is situational and contextual. When I consider the ten key elements of servant-leadership, they are the hard work used in entering relationships and building trust in the daily give and take.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 16, 8:58 PM


I really appreciate the following trust benefits listed in the article:


  1. Psychological well-being
  2. Meaningful friendships and business relationships
  3. Faster, more efficient decision making
  4. Greater personal effectiveness in groups
  5. Greater support for your decisions
  6. Career promotions
  7. Win/win opportunities
  8. Role modeling trustworthy behavior
  9. More time for creativity and relaxation
  10. More money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)
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Mindfulness Technique: The Art of Conversation | Mindful

Mindfulness Technique: The Art of Conversation | Mindful | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Mindfulness technique: Five steps to enjoying more empathetic and artful conversation.

 

Conversation in the original Latin had a very broad meaning. It meant something like “living together, having dealings with others,” and it referred to more than just talking. We can learn a lot from connecting to this original bigger sense of the word.

 

When we're having a real conversation we're actively exchanging—giving and receiving—which begins with truly being together.

 

We can’t exchange something with someone when they, or we, are not present. We can talk to them, we can talk at them, but we can’t have a conversation.

 

By Dawa Tarchin Phillips


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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 9, 11:37 PM

"If you're not being heard, don’t blame your audience. Come up with something that engages them more."

 

Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 12, 5:22 PM

Some great advice here when working with young people and encouraging them to have mindful as well as dynamic conversations. 

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Sustainable Leadership - Huffington Post

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Sustainable Leadership Huffington Post Instilling an ethic of sustainable management signals to investors, employees, vendors, and customers that a business is stable and the leadership has a long-term vision drawing on state-of-the-art practices.


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5 Leadership Blind Spots (and How to Overcome Them) - BusinessNewsDaily

5 Leadership Blind Spots (and How to Overcome Them) - BusinessNewsDaily | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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5 Leadership Blind Spots (and How to Overcome Them)
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Even the most effective leaders have flaws. Unfortunately, many leaders don't know what those flaws are or how to fix them.

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Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success

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There’s a major disconnect between what companies look for in their top performers and best leaders, and what students learn in school. Why don’t we better align these skill sets? For instance, among educators there is lots of talk these days about “grit”: the tenacity to focus on working toward a goal despite obstacles and... Read more »

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Tom Hood's curator insight, July 4, 5:54 AM

Having just finished our fifth class of Leadership Academy for our emerging CPA leaders, this article resonated  with me. While the notion of EQ as a critical leadership quality is on point, I think it must be in the context of how leadership is changing in this hyper-connected, rapidly changing world. When we asked our emerging leaders to compare and contrast leadership across the ages, they identified the common traits we all know - vision, communication, passion, and authority. Yet when looking at the current state, they added words like collaborative, transparent, more communication,.

 

These skills include the ability to engage and inspire followers to a shared vision and action. The other critical piece is to 'know themselves' in a way they can be that authentic leader with their own unique style rather than trying to fit some standard leadership model that forces them to change. We do this with Strengths-Finders and Values to help them become self-aware.

 

Thus I see the idea of EQ to include specific group dynamics, collaboration, listening, and making your thinking visible to others. These skills can be taught and developed and we are seeing emerging leaders  able to apply these as they grow into the kind of future leaders we will need.

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 10:51 AM

Absolutely...however, students need to have the "grit'" and tenacity to survive as well as to thrive in this world. Some, if not most, of us Boomers learned this during our lifetimes, most likely the "hard way," so to speak.

 

Just being able to focus in the digital world for younger people (mainly younger children) has to be a challenge in itself! While the digital age is perfect for them to learn as quickly as their brains are moving, somewhere there has to be a delicate "balance" to keep them grounded. 

 

Yes, we do need to align the skill sets needed to survive and become great leaders with what we're teaching young children. I predict an education overhaul in the very near future! 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 5, 9:28 AM

Bring the real life to the classroom to shorten the gab between the classroom and their future lives outside the classroom.