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4 Important Things About Mindfulness You Didn't Realize

4 Important Things About Mindfulness You Didn't Realize | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
It's not all like one big mental trip man. There are good and productive reasons for attaining mindfulness.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:55 PM

Mindfulness is incredibly important in a hectic world. It is a survival skill or a set of skills.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:44 AM

We can't directly control our mind's waves of negative feelings.  And blocking or ignoring them does not eliminate them; it amplifies them.  Emotional Agility is the key.

 

What is Emotional Agility?  When you're mindful about a pattern of thought without engaging or repressing that thought, you are acting with emotional agility. 

 

The actual practice of emotional agility comes in four steps:

 

(1) Recognize your pattens, noticing when you're getting hooked by emotions.

(2) Label things for what they are: A thought as a thought; an emotion as an emotion.

(3) Accept the things that are happening in your mind.

(4) Act on something that is constant -- your values.

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9 Ways to Become an Optimist

9 Ways to Become an Optimist | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Some people are more optimistic by nature, but optimism is not a fixed attribute. It’s a choice we have control over. Every morning, we either choose to wake up grumpy or wake up with a positive outlook. Research has shown that, in the long run, optimistic people handle stress better, get sick less often, live longer, and are happier and more successful than their pessimistic counterparts.


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:57 PM


I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
—Rabindranath Tagore


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The Science Behind Why Great Stories Spread

The Science Behind Why Great Stories Spread | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
In the second of a two-part series Jonathan Gottschall discusses the unique power stories have to change minds and the key to their effectiveness.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:50 PM

And so the discussion continues. Jonathan Gottschall writes his second blog post in his series about why/how storytelling works so well for businesses (and in general).


He does a good job in laying that foundation.


I have two thoughts for readers as they check out this post:


1. Gottschalk talks about story structure. Of course you have to know story structures to craft a good story. But structure alone won't make you successful IMHO. There's a whole lot more going on in telling a compelling story and structure is only one piece. Ask any creative writer! There are many different formulas. Most biz folks in the US are completely unaware that different groups/cultures have different story structures than what we see broadcasted on the Internet. Which in a global marketplace has huge significance! I'm not anti-story structure -- I just want us to understand its role better.


2. Stories and manipulation. Yes we are being influenced by stories -- and have always been. Yes we are being manipulated all the time. Yes, at some level we know this. No, access to information via the Internet and social media does not innoculate against this. Which is one reason why consumers are getting much more savvy about purchasing from companies who are socially and environmentally conscious.


Gottschalk focuses mostly on ads in this post. Ads are only one type of business storytelling however. He asks questions at the end, "Is storytelling really locked into a master formula?" No. 


Another question he asks is, "Hasn't the digital revolution paved the way for a new kind of storytelling?" and "Is it time for story 2.0?" LOL -- both remain to be seen and I look forward to the next post!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

John Michel's curator insight, October 22, 2013 5:36 AM

 When we enter into a story, we enter into an altered mental state--a state of high suggestibility.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:55 PM

Many songs in particular Country or blues ballards tell a story often of love lost like "Me and Bobby Magee "..."

And so the discussion continues. Jonathan Gottschall writes his second blog post in his series about why/how storytelling works so well for businesses (and in general).

 

He does a good job in laying that foundation.

 

I have two thoughts for readers as they check out this post:

 

1. Gottschalk talks about story structure. Of course you have to know story structures to craft a good story. But structure alone won't make you successful IMHO. There's a whole lot more going on in telling a compelling story and structure is only one piece. Ask any creative writer! There are many different formulas. Most biz folks in the US are completely unaware that different groups/cultures have different story structures than what we see broadcasted on the Internet. Which in a global marketplace has huge significance! I'm not anti-story structure -- I just want us to understand its role better.

 

2. Stories and manipulation. Yes we are being influenced by stories -- and have always been. Yes we are being manipulated all the time. Yes, at some level we know this. No, access to information via the Internet and social media does not innoculate against this. Which is one reason why consumers are getting much more savvy about purchasing from companies who are socially and environmentally conscious.

 

Gottschalk focuses mostly on ads in this post. Ads are only one type of business storytelling however. He asks questions at the end, "Is storytelling really locked into a master formula?" No. 

 

Another question he asks is, "Hasn't the digital revolution paved the way for a new kind of storytelling?" and "Is it time for story 2.0?" LOL -- both remain to be seen and I look forward to the next post!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling"

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Mentor or Martyr? Beware the Rescuer Trap

Mentor or Martyr? Beware the Rescuer Trap | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:05 PM

Well, true... I especially like the  "serial rescuer"...:-))) LOL...

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How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose

How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want a deeper sense of purpose? Ask these four questions to discover your path to more meaningful work.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 20, 2013 11:52 AM

Regardless of your neurological wiring, when you're living with purpose you should be feeling one of these two ways--excitement or satisfaction--most of the time. Your moments of exhilaration, curiosity, and contentment should far outnumber your moments of boredom, frustration, or despair.

David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:19 PM

Four great questions here - but the health warning is that they are easy to state, difficult to answer and even harder to put into practice.

Starts with asking them though...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:22 PM

Life does have a way of showing us what holds meaning for us.

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10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself

10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think.
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John Michel's curator insight, October 19, 2013 6:23 PM

Psychologists have long sought insights into how we perceive the world and what motivates our behavior, and they've made enormous strides in lifting that veil of mystery. Aside from providing fodder for stimulating cocktail-party conversations, some of the most famous psychological experiments of the past century reveal universal and often surprising truths about human nature. Here are 10 classic psychological studies that may change the way you understand yourself.


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The Role of Attention for Creativity

The Role of Attention for Creativity | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The relationship between attention and innovation is complex. As we know, managing your attention well falls within the EI domains of self-awareness and self-regulation.But to better understand how
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Why Anxiety-Driven Leadership Doesn't Work - BusinessNewsDaily

Why Anxiety-Driven Leadership Doesn't Work - BusinessNewsDaily | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
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Why Anxiety-Driven Leadership Doesn't Work
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The challenges facing today's leaders have changed — but the model of leadership in the United States has not kept pace.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 18, 2013 6:55 PM

If there's one quality involved in leadership that's most important, it's self-awareness. We're so action-oriented, we forget that actions are driven by perception. We can have an open mindset or a closed mindset. We can be driven by negative or positive emotions. If we could increase the amount of awareness in our leaders by 1 percent, the return on investment would be astronomical.

David Hain's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:02 AM

Sometimes we coerce ourselves into action when we need to be doing the opposite...

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The Problem with Principles

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In an uncertain, complex world, our only guiding principle should be that principles must be tested against reality.
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David Hain's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:08 AM

In the light of recent political battles, which priciples are worth standing on?

k12Surfer's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:04 AM

Great article

 

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Is Your Leadership Showing?

Is Your Leadership Showing? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
You're the CEO of your company. But do you look and act like a leader? Here are five ways to get started.
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Leading Teams: Tools and Techniques for Successful Team Leadership from the Sports World

Leading Teams: Tools and Techniques for Successful Team Leadership from the Sports World | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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Linus J Fernandes's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:58 AM
"credibility is the outcome of countless actions. It is the result of the combination of what team leaders do (i.e. their behaviours) and how they do it (their attitudes); in other words, how they work and interact with several key actors, not only the team members (players and staff, in our case)."
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 17, 2013 6:05 AM

Fantastic scoop Roger!  I love the visual AND the material!!

 

Here is one of my favorite sections form the article:

 

“We propose an original model that places particular emphasis on the team leader’s ability to create his/her personal credibility with multiple stakeholders at different levels.”

 

Credibility for team performance


In our research, we find that this credibility derives from several attributes. Every coach has a personal notion of what it means to be credible and how to act, in concrete terms, to be seen as credible. Yet despite these subjective interpretations of the concept of credibility, certain components emerged time and time again.

 

Credibility derives from several perceptions that followers develop toward the team leader. The most frequently cited perceptions are:

 

~Technical competency, which is normally seen as essential, but not sufficient, to be considered credible;
 

~Energy, often associated with the outcome of both enthusiasm and passion;

~ Fairness, which can be seen as a combination of sincerity, spontaneity, and good ethics;


~Consistency of actions and underlying principles across time and situations.

donhornsby's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:56 AM

(From the article): Successful leadership models in sports can be used in business contexts. The greater the similarity between the specific sports and business teams the more expedient this transposition will be. Managers should think carefully about which particular sport would best serve as their model.

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Communicating change: “Me” before “we,” then “us” | SmartBlogs

Communicating change: “Me” before “we,” then “us” | SmartBlogs | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
I can’t believe I’m going to do this. I’m about to share my secret weapon for change communications. When I tell you my methods you’ll say, “Right, I knew
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You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential

You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

"One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts." —Albert Einstein


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David Hain's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:56 AM

Well argued and practical article cahllenging conventional wisdom that we're stuck with what we have...

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25 Visionaries Who Created Empires From Virtually Nothing

25 Visionaries Who Created Empires From Virtually Nothing | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Some of the greatest fortunes and empires in history were created by people who started with nothing. Today, the author celebrates 25 of these iconic figures – businessmen, technology entrepreneurs, even celebrities and athletes – by recalling the tales of their rise to glory.

 

Don’t feel bad if your favorites aren’t on the list, this is just a glimpse of the many visionaries we’ve seen throughout history and there are countless others who also deserve attention. While each of them took a slightly different path to financial greatness, virtually all of them started from very humble beginnings.


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John Michel's curator insight, October 23, 2013 8:44 AM

25 greats we all can learn from. 

invisibleinc's curator insight, October 23, 2013 1:38 PM

Something from nothing is not impossible when you have drive, creativity and ingenuity.

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How great leaders communicate and connect

How great leaders communicate and connect | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the biggest reasons leaders fail is their inability to communicate effectively. Communication goes beyond just sharing information. When a leader can communicate effectively, there is a conn...

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:23 AM

I really don't care for other people who seek a "captive audience" just to to hear themselves speak. Ego is a big  turnoff. A connection really has to be felt and shown via actions. Humility is welcomed.

John Michel's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:26 AM

Great leaders are personal. They build from the group level up. They take the time and effort to build important relationships with people. Relationships are at the core level of great communication because people are looking for a leader they can trust and share their challenges in an open way.

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:38 PM

Great leaders must be great communicators in order to create the conditions by which the people in the organization may bond to the organization's greater purpose, to each other, and with the leader ... while the leader likewise bonds with them.

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What Is Your Cognitive Mode?

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Author and neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn talks to WSJ editor Gary Rosen about the practical implications of new brain research. Are you a Mover, Stimulator, Perceiver or Adaptor? Photo: Getty Images

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:54 PM

Another day, another neuroscience framework.  This 7-minute explores how the top and bottom of our brains work together - some interesting implications for how you build your teams.

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5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today

5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Your intelligence isn't fixed it's fluid. Here's a handful of ways to improve your brain flow.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:17 AM

being smart is a choice!!

David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:14 PM

If so, I choose to get smarter!

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, October 22, 2013 5:59 AM

Don't set limits for yourself. Be smarter today!

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The Six Attributes of Courage

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Quotes and exercises to help you be your best and bravest self (RT @DrMelanieG: The Six Attributes of Courage | Psychology Today http://t.co/5fa2biO6vy #courage #inspire #ceos #leadership)...

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The Motivational Value Of Clear Career Paths

The Motivational Value Of Clear Career Paths | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A work environment with the opportunity for upward mobility - as opposed to one that is relatively stagnant - can make the difference between a work force that is engaged versus one that is adrift.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:30 PM

Absolutely on the mark but few have a clear understanding of what is required to implement and sustain. It takes a lot of effort and planning to be effective but more importantly it requires passion and compassion.

Anand Srinivasan PMP®, ITIL® V3's curator insight, October 27, 2013 12:25 PM

Absolutely. There should be  clear management involvement and investment established to sustain this model.

Well said on "Americans want to succeed, not merely survive."

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How companies kill creativity - Fortune Management

How companies kill creativity - Fortune Management | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
About half of “creatives” in a new survey say innovation where they work is stagnant or declining. The main culprit: Lack of time.
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Why are humans so generous? The brain science of giving

Why are humans so generous? The brain science of giving | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Contrary to conventional wisdom that humans are essentially selfish, scientists are finding that the brain is built for generosity.

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7 Simple Tips for Making Performance Management Really, Really Simple

7 Simple Tips for Making Performance Management Really, Really Simple | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Gotcha with the headline, didn’t I? Wouldn’t it be just wonderful if I really could help you make performance management simple? Actually I can, but not with words, with tips and tricks, …

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Secundaria Técnica 1's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:44 PM

consejos para una buena gestión

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A much-maligned engine of innovation - FT.com

A much-maligned engine of innovation - FT.com | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs Private Sector Myths, by Mariana Mazzucato, Anthem Press,


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Anne Egros's curator insight, October 17, 2013 11:06 AM

 Yes, innovation depends on bold entrepreneurship. But the entity that takes the boldest risks and achieves the biggest breakthroughs is not the private sector; it is the much-maligned state.

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Emotional Agility

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John Michel's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:19 PM
 In our complex, fast-changing knowledge economy, this ability to manage one’s thoughts and feelings is essential to business success. Effective leaders don’t buy into or try to suppress their inner experiences. Instead they approach them in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way—developing emotional agility.

giloop's curator insight, October 16, 2013 3:30 PM

Très bon article, je suis un adepte du act on your values

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» A Simple Practice for Savoring Your Life - World of Psychology

» A Simple Practice for Savoring Your Life - World of Psychology | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
When you think of activities that make you happy, breathing probably doesn’t spring to mind.

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