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Your Reality Is a Reflection of What You Believe You Deserve

Your Reality Is a Reflection of What You Believe You Deserve | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

We accept the circumstances we think we deserve. Awareness is the first step in releasing the patterns of lack so that we can start living full lives.


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David Hain's curator insight, November 28, 2013 2:47 AM

Love yourself first and the world will love you back.

Anthony M Turner's curator insight, November 28, 2013 8:13 PM

how appropriate to all businesses

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5 keys to great nonverbal communication

5 keys to great nonverbal communication | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
An experiment proves that a few differences in body language can make a huge difference in how well an audience takes in what a presenter says.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:50 AM

Excellent article on non-verbal communication.  Here is a very interesting section:

 

Poor nonverbal communication class: 


• “He just had random facts. I just didn’t really know where he got those from.” 


• “I got distracted easily with doodling on my paper. I listened to the first half, but I don’t remember anything from the second half.” 


• “I agree. I kind of wandered off. I tried focusing on the PowerPoint, but that was bad, too.” 


So, next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth. 

David Hain's curator insight, November 27, 2013 8:10 AM

We're always exhibiting behaviour, worth thinking about how consciously we do it.

John Michel's curator insight, November 29, 2013 11:16 AM

The next time you’re offering a presentation for a client or at a conference, remember you’re saying just as much with your body as you are with your mouth.

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8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The swimmers body illusion and other ways our brains play tricks on us.

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, November 22, 2013 5:10 PM

A great reminder that we need to challenge ourselves often to prevent these common common thinking errors from restricting us. 

John Michel's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:06 PM

Great insights on how our tricky. Brains try and get the best of us. 

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Social Intelligence Competencies Predict Transformational Leadership Style and Effectiveness

Social Intelligence Competencies Predict Transformational Leadership Style and Effectiveness | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

“Most of us know we would rather work with a leader that engages us, values us and treats us with respect. Yet some scholars still question whether or not emotional and social intelligence matters in leadership effectiveness. Over the past 10 years, numerous studies have been published and even more are continuing to emerge showing just this effect. EI and SI do matter a great deal in producing leadership effectiveness.


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Let's switch from amoral business to values-led business - The Guardian

Let's switch from amoral business to values-led business - The Guardian | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Let's switch from amoral business to values-led business The Guardian What tends to prevent us as individuals from falling prey to these temptations are the values that we hold dear, which are developed and nurtured through our relationships,...

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Philip Perry's curator insight, November 22, 2013 3:48 PM

This has to be the way to lead and run a business if you want build a successful, sustainable business.

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On Breakthrough Thinking

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"The human brain is a sophisticated instrument. At its core, however, it’s nothing but the organ of an animal, prone to instinctive responses. This instinctual brain operates according to what I call the “X Framework,” a concept that emerges from studies on animal and human behavior, particularly those linking behavior to brain functioning.

"Like our primate relatives, humans are governed by two neural pathways that you can envision crossing in an X formation. The first takes us from a state of high physiological arousal, often manifest as anger, fear, and anxiety, and governed by the chemical cortisol, down to a place of comfort, typically produced by the calming hormone serotonin. The second moves us from a state of low physiological arousal — what we think of as boredom or apathy — toward excitement, thanks to the naturally occurring stimulant dopamine.

If the brain is experiencing highly physiologically arousing emotions associated with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excitement and seek comfort instead. Studies have shown that primates under stress, for example, will not pursue new territories or mates. Under stress, humans also hang on to the familiar. Once the brain calms, however, it becomes prone to boredom. It will then begin to seek arousal in the form of dopamine, from the excitement pathway. This is when both you and your baboon friend will seek out new territories.

From the perspective of innovation this is critically important to understand, and will help you get the best from yourself, your colleagues, and your boss. 

… Corporations worried about losing their edge often try to force their employees to work “better, faster, stronger” by applying more pressure or using threats and ultimatums. They believe that the stick, not the carrot, will be more effective in breeding innovation.

Studies show, however, that stress is a poor motivator…. Of the brain’s two basic neural pathways, the first — from anxiety to calm — does not inspire outside-the-box thinking. Workers are so insecure and stressed that they creep along in terror until they find safety. The goal, then, is to get workers engaging the second pathway — from complacency to excitement — which is much more likely to trigger innovation. That shift is achieved primarily through positive reinforcement: encouragement, respect, and enhanced responsibility.

...Democratizing where innovation can come from, encouraging grass-roots ideas, and utilizing social recognition are powerful methods for encouraging innovation. But the most inspiring method is, as Gandhi affirmed, to “be the change.” A manager who takes time to feed her own creative side well is the one who knows how to elicit the creativity of others best.

...The secret to success is to determine which neural pathway the target audience favors. Those focused on traveling between stress and calm will be less likely to embrace new ideas; they’re clinging to the familiar. Those riding the boredom-excitement highway will relish a new opportunity.

It’s not hard to figure out who favors which pathway; people habitually tend toward one or the other. Type I personalities, as I call them, don’t veer from the groove between stress and comfort. They’re terrified of making mistakes. By contrast, Type II personalities are those who tend to move between boredom and excitement. They typically fear missing out on new experiences and see mistakes not as debilitating but as exciting. They reframe failure as opportunity, and see challenges as something fun.

This piece is adapted from five essays on innovation in the workplace by Baba Shiv, the Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing, Stanford GSB, and the R. Michael Shanahan Faculty Fellow for 2013-14."


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The mindfulness business

The mindfulness business | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
IN HIS 1905 book, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”, Max Weber credited the Protestant ethic with giving rise to capitalism. Now it sometimes...

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Katherine Prewitt's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:02 AM

We hear a great deal about mindfulness. Here good reminder of where the need has come from - our interconnected, media- saturated lives. 

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The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo they bend but rarely break. How resilient...

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Making Decisions Together (When You Don’t Agree on What’s Important)

Making Decisions Together (When You Don’t Agree on What’s Important) | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Collaborative work has built-in tensions. Here's how to resolve them.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:47 PM

great insights on how to minimize disruption in collective Decision making. 

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Attention regulates emotion

Attention regulates emotion | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Extremes of every kind of attention are a problem. It’s important to find a balance between too narrow a focus, and attention that's too widely dispersed.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:00 PM

I love to toss in a few meditative concepts into this discussion of how your brain helps you lead. Don't worry, I haven't lost my edge, and I'm not becoming a yogi just yet.  I do however undertand the power of attention, and how to get it.  Often times it requires an attitude completely foreign from the leadership merry-go-round we love to ride.

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The Negative to Positive Emotion Transformation

The Negative to Positive Emotion Transformation | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

We are emotional beings, this is what we are. Everything that happens in our life makes us feel some sort of emotion. Whether it’s the satisfaction from eating our morning breakfast, the anger from our daily commute to work, the challenge from working out at the gym, the joy from spending time with loved ones, the calmness from relaxing in a quiet place alone, or the sadness from dealing with some sort of loss, we feel emotion in everything we do and we will continue to do so for the rest of our life. Therefore if we are bound to feel emotions for the remainder of our life, why should we be stuck feeling negative emotions?


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John Michel's curator insight, November 9, 2013 9:38 AM

Over the years that the English language has been developing, we have decided to create almost two times as many words describing negative emotions over positive ones. 

Mark Taylor's curator insight, November 10, 2013 10:05 AM

Love this!

Alex Watson's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:48 AM

Nice post. Its a nice exercise to attempt to reframe situations, especially where emotions can run high.

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7 Ways Business Leaders of Tomorrow Can Be Leaders Today


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'Atmospherics' Affect Your Decisions

'Atmospherics' Affect Your Decisions | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Our choices are influenced by the oddest things. Can we resist?

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Simplifying Future-Work Part 2

Simplifying Future-Work Part 2 | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Part 1 on Simplifying work for the future introduced the observation from The Economist of two divergent views of reducing complexity—defining new models of organizations versus scaling down into core principles and flexible groups — that I think are really one an the same.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 27, 2013 7:46 PM

You can get a full overview of articles related to the Global Drucker Forum 2013 here

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5 Things Smart Managers Know About Building Teams

5 Things Smart Managers Know About Building Teams | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Few managers know how to build truly functional teams. 5 tactics to perfect the skill.

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Business Plans Are a Waste of Time. Here's What to Do Instead

Business Plans Are a Waste of Time. Here's What to Do Instead | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Throw your business plan in the recycling bin. Instead, focus on your team and on getting to market as quickly as you can.

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found


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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:20 AM
Lisa C. Arrendell's insight:

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

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Forbes India Magazine - Is Leadership an Increasingly Difficult Balancing Act?

Forbes India Magazine - Is Leadership an Increasingly Difficult Balancing Act? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The notion that organizations increasingly will have to pursue transient strategic advantage rather than sustained advantage intensifies the challenge for leaders, says Professor Jim Heskett. What do YOU think?

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 22, 2013 8:03 AM

I didn't even know Forbes had a branch in India.  What kind of balancing act do you do everyday as a leader?

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Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement?

Which Leads to More Success, Reward or Encouragement? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

We are a society that puts a huge emphasis on rewards, and a school of psychology is based on it. In behavioral psychology, an American invention, there are two ways to stimulate a response from someone, either reward them or punish them. This two-way mechanism works with lower animals - dog and horse trainers, for example, use food treats to reinforce the behavior they want - so it should work with humans, or so the logic goes. If you want a certain behavior out of prisoners, for example, behaviorists advise giving privileges as a reward for obeying the rules and punishment for disobeying them.


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John Michel's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:18 PM

The duality of encouragement-discouragement has its advantages, although they don't come to mind as easily as earning a reward in terms of money and promotion.

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How happiness at work impacts the bottom line | The Association of Business Psychologists

How happiness at work impacts the bottom line | The Association of Business Psychologists | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

A happy worker is a high performing one and in particular data shows that employees who are happiest at work:

 

Take one tenth the sick-leave of their least happy colleague

Are six times more energized

Intend to stay twice as long in their organizations

Are twice as productive


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Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:54 AM

Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
http://www.universaliss.net/leader/trader/mpfr/belkacem1173

Graeme Reid's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:44 PM

Interesting article.  More and more research indicates the importance of an engaged and happy workforce.

Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, December 4, 2013 4:38 PM

TOUT EST GRATUIT mon ami sinon je je n'y serais pas lol !
http://www.globallshare.com/fr/1200655.html

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You Have Limitless Creative Potential

You Have Limitless Creative Potential | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
You have limitless creative ability, but you must believe it to achieve it.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:44 AM

Positive futures depend on belief in self.

donhornsby's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:50 PM

(From the article): The average adult thinks of three to six alternatives for any given situation. The average child thinks of 60. Why does this change as we mature? People stop believing in their creative abilities.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:27 PM

What is sad is that school dulls the creativity of children. It is all down hill from kindergarten on. We need to instill the wonder of a beginner's mind in our students and let them carry it into adulthood.

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Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them)

Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them) | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Harvard's Ronald Heifetz urges heads-of-state to think less like surgeons, more like psychiatrists. (Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You.

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:19 PM

"leadership then is about mobilizing and engaging the people with the problem rather than trying to anesthetize them so you can go off and solve it on your own"


I totally agree with Heifetz´s insight. And you?

Sharad Lal's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:15 AM

Key insight - only technial leaders know the solutions, rest have to work with their teams ....

Jill Beech's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:51 AM

Great to hear of actual situations where adaptive leadership has resolved a deep rooted issue. Mobilising people to find their own common ground and build bridges far more effective than previous efforts.

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To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story

To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Even in a world of high-tech communications, narratives can be the best way to get a message across. 


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Steve Bax's curator insight, November 12, 2013 8:07 AM

Another good Scoop by Kenneth Mikkelsen. This is based upon the lessons learn't in presenting the case for new market research techniques in P&G.There are some good presentation lessons in here.

Robin Sinclair's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:09 AM

Even interviews require story telling - just make sure they are true!

Mark Cripps's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:45 AM

Leaders must tell stories:

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Why Is Resilience So Hard?

Why Is Resilience So Hard? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Three ways to build your skill.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 9, 2013 9:34 AM

When facing a difficult or challenging situation, it is natural to fall out of balance. The most important first step is to recognize and acknowledge that you are off balance. Once you reach this awareness, you can consciously take action to regain your foothold by engaging in a set of grounding and centering practices, allowing you to channel your energy more adaptively and constructively.

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Expand your mindfulness - Management Today

Read Expand your mindfulness - Management Today

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Suzanne Izzard's comment, November 17, 2013 6:08 PM
Thanks for sharing