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Humans are very stupid – but we're smart enough to know it

Humans are very stupid – but we're smart enough to know it | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Henry Porter: Neuroscience shows we're hard-wired for stupidity. Happily, we can change habits, and must do so if we are to survive
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13 of Psychology’s Newest and Coolest Ideas

13 of Psychology’s Newest and Coolest Ideas | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
From psychology’s vast array of cool ideas here are 13 of the newest and coolest
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The Worst Leadership Tragedy

The Worst Leadership Tragedy | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The worst leadership tragedy is pissing away your potential. Stop insulting your Maker, degrading yourself, and disrespecting the people around you by wasting inborn aptitudes and abilities. Neglec...

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John Michel's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:20 AM

The worst leadership tragedy is *pissing away your potential.

Stop insulting your Maker, degrading yourself, and disrespecting the people around you by wasting inborn aptitudes and abilities.

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Yoga might help boost mental health

Yoga might help boost mental health | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
As you stretch into warrior pose and inhale and exhale, you're not just stretching those hamstrings and lungs; you're also doing good for your brain with a practice that can stave off or relieve problems such as stress , depression and anxiety .
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Listening 2.0: Making a splash with employees | SmartBlogs

Listening 2.0: Making a splash with employees | SmartBlogs | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve opened a few recent workshops using electronic polling applications. (If you’re not familiar with the technology, it might be worth a look.) I asked a
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Karl Wabst's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:40 PM

An important aspect of engagement in change is making participants' part of the process. This means not only listening but showing people - employees, customers, shareholders, etc. - that their opinions were heard and effected action or outcome.

 

“If employees feel like they are throwing pennies down a bottomless well and they never hear a splash, they are going to stop throwing the pennies. We have got to show them that we are listening.” — “Lead for Loyalty” by Frederick F. Reichheld.

 

Speaking up can make people feel vulnerable. Reward their behavior to reinforce transformational initiatives. Psychological safety can be described as “a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.”

 

So, you ask, what is "interpersonal risk taking"? One expert defines it as a "sense of confidence that others will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up.”

 

More Info

Trust Versus Psychological Safety: http://www.nancydixonblog.com/2009/03/trust-versus-psychological-safety.html

 

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Adaptable Leadership Traits May be Hard-Wired - PsychCentral.com

Adaptable Leadership Traits May be Hard-Wired - PsychCentral.com | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Adaptable Leadership Traits May be Hard-Wired PsychCentral.com Emerging research, published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, reports that leaders who were found to be more adaptable and complex in psychological studies appear to have...

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DON'T CLING TO MOTIVATION! - The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up

DON'T CLING TO MOTIVATION! - The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, April 12, 2013 6:24 AM

We often think we have to be motivated now and have to produce an overwhelming result at the very moment ... we search for inspiration and ideas and they don't come along. We are frustrated then!

Trying to “get motivated” can often make matters worse. The real problem isn’t that you don’t feel like taking action. Rather, it’s the underlying assumption that you need to feel like taking action before you can act. Which explains the hidden pitfall of most “motivational” advice: it’s not about how to get things done, but about how to get in the mood for getting things done.

These words demonstrate how it only works:

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in 
my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing. ~ Warren Buffet

Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.
~ William J. Cameron

Learn to find distraction and diversity in your life and the ideas come from alone.

But without enthusiasm you will never succeed.  

Without enthusiasm the best ideas are damned to die. Believe in your ideas and get excited to carry them out!

If you steadily look for ideas, you may have a motivation problem and not a creativity problem.

I like these words here:

Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic 
or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die. ~ Shoma Morita, MD

Life is not about bringing the best ideas to paper, but bringing the own ideas to paper. #self-confidence

Read the article: http://goo.gl/kDovr

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Richard Murphy: A Powerful Example of Servant Leadership

Richard Murphy: A Powerful Example of Servant Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Last month, New York City and our nation lost such a leader, Richard Murphy, whose legacy should serve as an example of true servant leadership for all social entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.
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What Are the Differences Between Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight? - Lifehack

What Are the Differences Between Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight? - Lifehack | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Knowledge, Wisdom and Insight may sound like synonyms, but they are not. They have some very real differences in the essence of their meanings and their applications in our life.
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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:41 AM

Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight may sound like synonyms, but they are not. Though they all refer to the mind and an accumulation of thoughts and experiences, they have some very real differences in the essence of their meanings and their applications in our life.

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7 Things Confident Leaders Don't Do

7 Things Confident Leaders Don't Do | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
In a world full of wannabe entrepreneurs and leaders, don't try to be what you're not.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 10, 2013 7:30 PM

If you've been around long enough, you begin to realize that success is just as much about what you don't do as what you do. Any CEO, entrepreneur, or venture capitalist will tell you that lack of focus is one of their most insidious enemies.

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Leadership Comes From The Heart

Leadership Comes From The Heart | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Heartfelt leaders will inspire everyone else to endure this year and the next, and will cause them to be courageous as they take risks and do things newly.
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Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes

Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

"Embracing change requires you yourself to experience the changes you’re asking your organization to undergo."

 

Our client is now desperately hoping his division’s leaders will embrace change, maybe even a Blue Ocean Strategy. They’ve reached a dangerous tipping point that could risk the future of their business.

 

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To ignite change, you need to do it yourself first.
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:52 PM

Any Blue Ocean change practitioners out there who wish to comment on their client experience of "do it yourself first?"  ~  Deb

John Michel's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:04 AM

In 2009, Steve McKee published “When Growth Stalls” in which he notes that 41.2% of nearly 5,700 companies he studied stalled in the previous decade. The number of reasons why are staggering, namely: a failure to focus, no competitive point of difference, and weak brand images and identities, to name just a few.

Given this reality, we can turn to science to explain why businesses stagnate. Growing research from the neurosciences and cognitive sciences reveal that change really is difficult for humans. Resistance comes from three forces:

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Exclusive interview: Richard Li-Hua on The Integration of Western Management with Eastern Philosophies | Innovation Management

Exclusive interview: Richard Li-Hua on The Integration of Western Management with Eastern Philosophies | Innovation Management | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The discussion around integrating Western Management with Eastern Philosophies has gained considerable traction, and for good reason - both Europe and China have undergone significant transformations during the past 30 years and collaboration has...
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THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY - How to tell if you're creative

THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY - How to tell if you're creative | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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Nat Sones's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:11 AM

There are mindsets and mindsets. Everyone's capable of creativity - but some animals are more equal than other animals, as it were. Here, a look at the types and mindsets of creativity and how to use them best. 

Nat Sones's comment, April 15, 2013 11:12 AM
I think everyone's creative. There. Said it. Now, some are better than others, more disposed to it - just like some are better organisers. It all depends on the kind of organisation you want to foster and the kind of culture you need to initiate to surround and nurture it. As for those qualities? I hope I have all seven...
Mark A. Taylor's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:30 PM

There are seven elements of a creative personality, so if you’re thinking about quitting your job as a lawyer or stock analyst to go on tour with your band or finally write that novel, you might want to consider the list in this article.

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Everything You Know About Leadership Is Wrong - Businessweek

Everything You Know About Leadership Is Wrong - Businessweek | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Everything You Know About Leadership Is Wrong
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As a corporate human resources person (in a past life), I was invited to leadership workshops and training events fairly often. It must also be said that I was eager to go.

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Your 5 Brains: Harness Their Wisdom

Your 5 Brains: Harness Their Wisdom | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Behind the Neuroscience of WE is a model for seeing our brains not as one brain, but as five brains -- each hard-wired to help us sort out and sort through our interactions with others.
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Britain's biggest business leaders on why corporate Britain's reputation is in tatters

Britain's biggest business leaders on why corporate Britain's reputation is in tatters | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The bosses of firms including John Lewis, Diageo, Zopa, BSI and E.On explain why trust in business is at such a low ebb

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:26 PM

Interesting input from the UK regarding reputation.

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Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative - The Creative Mind

Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative - The Creative Mind | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Although our personality may be more fixed than fluid, we can more often use traits associated with creative people and enhance our own creativity.

Via Douglas Eby, Marta Ockuly
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The perils of charismatic leadership - FT.com

The perils of charismatic leadership - FT.com | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The hubris and persuasion of a charismatic chief executive does not necessarily translate into corporate success, recently published research concludes. To the contrary, they have often led companies onto the rocks.
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John Michel's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:17 AM

The hubris and persuasion of a charismatic chief executive does not necessarily translate into corporate success, recently published research concludes. To the contrary, they have often led companies onto the rocks.

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Hardest Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn (and 9 Ways to Master It)

Hardest Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn (and 9 Ways to Master It) | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Here's a lesson you won't learn on the fly. It takes practice and a real control of your ego. Check it out.
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If You're Confident About Competence, Admit Your Flaws

If You're Confident About Competence, Admit Your Flaws | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Admitting your weaknesses actually bolsters others' faith in you.
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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:43 AM

The notion that admitting flaws enhances impression management efficacy is not mere conjecture. Psychological research on ingratiation conducted by Edward E. Jones (and colleagues) at Duke University proved that self-presentations referencing negative attributes, shortcomings, or flaws, was far more effective at creating favorable first impressions than those that were limited to listing personal strengths and achievements.

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How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes

How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The best managers don't believe everybody's bad..but they don't believe everybody's great, either.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:31 AM

Sometimes managing others well is a little like Goldilocks and The Three Bears: it’s all about finding that place that’s not too hot/hard/big, and not too cold/soft/small – but just right.

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Is it Time for Mutiny?

Is it Time for Mutiny? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A close study of the real thing -- seafarers' insurrections during the Age of Discovery -- might help you decide.
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5 Ways to Train Yourself to Be a Great Leader | Entrepreneur Magazine

5 Ways to Train Yourself to Be a Great Leader | Entrepreneur Magazine | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
There aren't many natural born leaders.
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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, April 13, 2013 8:19 PM

Just be and savor the moment, the breath, the heartbeat. It is all you have.

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:37 AM

I love mindful meditation!

Janet M. DeSantis's curator insight, February 7, 2014 5:31 PM

Lastly, if you're not convinced by now, here are some scientific reasons as to why it's healthy to be ""Present to the present!"