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Why Fostering a Culture of Compassion in the Workplace Matters -- K@W

Why Fostering a Culture of Compassion in the Workplace Matters -- K@W | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Wharton’s Sigal Barsade says demonstrating “companionate love” in the workplace is vital to employee morale, teamwork and customer satisfaction.


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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 6, 2014 5:19 AM
For those who are still in doubt!
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Lead at your best - "..unwire and rewire from the inside.." | McKinsey & Company

Lead at your best - "..unwire and rewire from the inside.." | McKinsey & Company | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

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Andrew Man's curator insight, April 5, 2014 3:23 AM

mindsets that shifts your leadership output

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 6, 2014 8:12 PM

These are five simple exercises, but can be very difficult to perform - as with anything you want to improve you need to practise.

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Thich Nhat Hanh: is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance?

Thich Nhat Hanh: is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The Zen master discusses his advice for Google and other tech giants on being a force for good in the world

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:45 AM

I leave it to a master to speak to the need to promote mindfulness that is about making the world a better place with people who mindfully contribute to that. It is not about corporate bottom lines. That might be a by-product

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:41 AM

He finds better words than I would!

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Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work

Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders who are seen as authentic inspire the most loyalty, but what does being ‘authentic’ really mean? Pepi Sappal explores this complex and often misunderstood area of leadership, and looks at how to balance personality with professionalism


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David Hain's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:39 AM

Useful exploration of a critical positive leadership characteristic.

John Michel's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:58 AM

There are many definitions within management and business literature of authentic leadership but, as a rule, authentic leaders tend to be genuine, transparent and trustworthy, display a strong moral code and can be counted on to keep their word.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:37 PM

Authenticity starts with self awareness.  And self awareness is about understanding how you react and how your behaviour can affect others.

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How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To

How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

od Glassdoor recently announced their sixth annual Employees' Choice Awards, which uses employee ratings to determine the top 50 places to work. Here's...


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:20 AM

Key to engagement and enhanced productivity...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 2014 8:31 PM

People do matter and feel they are heard when they go to a place they love to go to. When this happens, they trust people they work with.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 28, 2014 1:34 PM

For the first 15 years of my teaching career, I loved to go to work. It actually was not work. For the last 5-7 years, I had to make sure that the bosses I worked for did not deny me the love of what I did. Healthy relationships are at the heart of work. It is rarely about money and perks.

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Is Everyone a Leader? | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands

Is Everyone a Leader? | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Article about the many definitions of a leader people unconsciously hold in their minds. These definitions then determine who is and who isn't a leader.
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Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains

Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Future-oriented questions empower students more than focusing current skills.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 16, 2014 12:46 AM

the benefits of putting people in expansive frames of mind:-)

Mathy Behar's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:36 PM

Real y pragmático...!

Mosami's curator insight, April 25, 2014 1:34 PM

talk about what you can have not what you can't

 

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The End of Leadership--at Least As We Know It!

The End of Leadership--at Least As We Know It! | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

America is currently facing a crisis of leadership in business and in government. Yet at the same time – participation in leadership seminars and programs has never been higher. The leadership industry, with many of  its roots in America, is now a $50 billion industry. 

 

Kellerman explains that the current state of leadership is no better understood or produced than it was 40 years ago and that followers are becoming more and more disenchanted by those who are leading them.


Though the leadership industry thrives, leadership in practice is declining in performance.


 



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 29, 2014 2:33 PM

Leadership has been changing for some time, but not uniformly. It is not readily evident in education that hierarchy is a thing of the past. What this means is that we are educating children and youth in a model that theorists think is passe. No wonder we have a crisis. Practice and theory are not separate, they are fused.

Deborah Verran's comment, March 29, 2014 6:13 PM
Leadership is not just about having ability it is all about demonstrating that ability in practice i.e. standing up & accepting both responsibility & accountability
Gust MEES's comment, March 29, 2014 6:40 PM
Hi Deborah Verran, I agree by 100%! Have a great day :)
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Can We Identify Emotionally Intelligent Job Candidates?

Can We Identify Emotionally Intelligent Job Candidates? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Some claim the new phone app MEIT (mobile emotional intelligence test), which shows photos of people’s faces and asks you to identify a person’s emotions, can tell how emotionally intelligent you are


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The Future Of Business: 4 Ways Companies Will Change

The Future Of Business: 4 Ways Companies Will Change | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

We've shifted to a business world where collaboration and connection are replacing hierarchy and bureaucracy. The outdated "alpha" notion of aggressive management has given way to the modern era of cooperative "beta" leadership.

 

We're already seeing this take place as some companies take the lead in thinking about how, by giving up top-down control, they can actually get more work done. Here are some examples of what the future has in store for these beta organizations.


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Simple Trick for Better Brainstorming Sessions

Simple Trick for Better Brainstorming Sessions | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Need lots of ideas right now? Here's how to get them.
The ability to generate good ideas is perhaps one of the most valuable assets in business. But what if you're feeling uninspired or blocked?

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, March 21, 2014 8:19 PM

There are lots of things you can do with your staff that are still productive that can help incubate great ideas. Sharing sessions for lessons, technology, a break for some fellowship with a snack, and so on.  Just keep in mind that everything doesn't have to be finished right now; we can return to it and get better ideas. 

John Michel's curator insight, March 21, 2014 10:13 PM

According to HBR.org, a team of researchers led by Sophie Ellwood at the University of Sydney recently found evidence that incubation--taking a break from a problem to focus on something unrelated--can increase creativity.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 24, 2014 7:38 AM

The key to having a great brainstorming session is to make sure that everyone realizes their input is valued.

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Is Hierarchy Helping Or Harming Your Organization?

Is Hierarchy Helping Or Harming Your Organization? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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

Daniel Goleman: The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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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Gurmeet S. Randhir's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:37 AM

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

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

El propulsor de la Inteligencia Emocional

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What is Mindful Leadership? | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands

What is Mindful Leadership? | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A definition of mindful leadership consisting of four mindful muscles.
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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Procrastination

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Procrastination | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A raft of psychological studies have looked into why we put things off and how to stop. Here are the top takeaways.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 2014 2:41 AM

I'm going to start using these tomorrow!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 11, 2014 4:55 PM

Interesting ideas to beat procrastination.

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Reveal Yourself And Others Will Follow - Authentic Leadership - Forbes

Reveal Yourself And Others Will Follow - Authentic Leadership - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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Jennifer Petrigliere: So, traditionally in leadership studies, we tend to focus on styles or actions of leaders, which of course are important.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 3, 2014 7:22 AM

This is an interesting interview and video on authenticity in leadership.

 

(KEY QUOTE)  So, traditionally in leadership studies, we tend to focus on styles or actions of leaders, which of course are important. But I think the way research is going, and what we are really uncovering now, is almost as important is the identity of the leader. Because of course if we think of leadership, the counter is followership, and how do we invoke followership? It is often invoked when people see in the leader a piece of themselves. So it is not just about influence and providing a vision, it is about representation. So does this person represent me as an individual? If I feel that they do, they have shared concerns, I am much more likely to follow them and to, if you like, give them leadership or an authority in the group.

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders - Entrepreneur

4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders - Entrepreneur | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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Positive Energy - Leaders show positive energy and optimism, showering their people with a can-do attitude.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:42 AM

You really have to love your work to display the positive energy a leader needs to motivate and instill that passion in others...

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 2, 2014 1:11 PM

4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders- Entrepreneur

donhornsby's curator insight, April 3, 2014 7:36 AM

Most significant things at work and in life require work, study and most important, practice. Leadership is no different. Understand that no one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one.

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Change Leader, Change Thyself

Change Leader, Change Thyself | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.

 


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Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:26 AM
Organizations don’t change—people do
Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:25 PM

An American Management Association study of Fortune 500 companies found that “…less than 50% of changes in their organizations were successful, and that employee resistance was the main reason for failures.”  This is why it's necessary to focus on the person.

Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:43 PM

Change starts with awareness. This article has excellent insights, along with an easy-to-understand chart from Erica Ariel Fox on leaders' power sources and "sweet spots."

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The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be

The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A new book rounds up simple but profound wisdom on how to stop feeling frantically overscheduled.Why are professional Americans so incredibly busy -- and so overwhelmed by this busyness?

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John Michel's curator insight, March 30, 2014 8:48 AM

Are you as busy as you think you are? 

Sabine Henrichfreise's curator insight, March 31, 2014 11:26 AM

We always attract what we complain about ...

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Don't stop daydreaming – it sets your mind to work

Don't stop daydreaming – it sets your mind to work | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Felicity Callard: Our understanding of what the brain does at rest has been transformed. Yoga may not be the only way to still the mind

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace

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The Science of Older and Wiser

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The definition of wisdom may be hard to pin down precisely, but for those who have it, aging will be a pleasure.

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Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels

Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Anybody who has ever watched interviews with managers or coaches of professional sports teams will have heard plenty of discussion of the need for leaders throughout the team. The same thinking is also increasingly a preoccupation of business people. Indeed, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of [...]

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:23 AM

“Senior executives should create a culture that broadens the opportunity for leaders to develop in new ways,” writes the Deloitte team. “This means putting potential leaders in positions that stretch them beyond their current skill sets, and continuously coaching and supporting leaders so they can build their capabilities as rapidly as possible.”

John Michel's curator insight, March 25, 2014 10:27 PM

According to a recent Deloitte study, “Today’s market environment places a premium on speed, flexibility and the ability to lead in uncertain situations. At the same time, the flattening of organizations has created an explosion in demand for leadership skills at every level.” The question for you is, how well are you doing in recruiting, training and retaining the right leaders?

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Beyond McMindfulness

Beyond McMindfulness | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The rush to secularize and commodify mindfulness into a marketable technique may be leading to an unfortunate denaturing of this ancient practice, which was intended for far more than helping executives become better focused and more productive.

 

Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concentration, perhaps a little more empathy. Needless to say, this is an important development to be welcomed -- but it has a shadow.


by Ron Purser and David Loy


 perhaps a little more empathy


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:03 PM

If you're using only mindfulness for the sake of attaining corporate profits or higher salaries, it shows how little you actually understand mindfulness and how very unmindful you are.

 

It's about being aware of yourself in the grandest scheme of things, beyond money and beyond your own individual self.

 

It's that simple.

 

And yet so many powerful people don't, won't and/or can't get these basic concepts down.

 

Sad.

 

Think about it.

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5 Scientific Principles of Success

5 Scientific Principles of Success | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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.

 

Click on title or picture for complete article.


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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.