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The characteristics and development of wise leaders.
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Why Your Organization Suffers From Leadership Dysfunction - Forbes

Why Your Organization Suffers From Leadership Dysfunction - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why organizations tolerate dysfunctional leaders? The answer is dysfunction is so prevalent it’s often not even recognized as problematic.

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A Convincing Argument For The Hands-Off Boss

A Convincing Argument For The Hands-Off Boss | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Nothing tells you more about an organization than the way it makes decisions. Do leaders trust team members? Do the people closest to the action get to make the call? Do team members have real responsibility and real control?

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John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:06 AM

Nothing tells you more about an organization than the way it makes decisions. Do leaders trust team members? Do the people closest to the action get to make the call? Do team members have real responsibility and real control? All of these questions can be answered by one other one: who gets to make the decisions? And nothing affects an organization more than the decisions the people in it make.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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How Mindfulness Can Improve Self-Knowledge

How Mindfulness Can Improve Self-Knowledge | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Mindfulness - paying attention to one's current experience in a non-judgmental way - might help us to learn more about our own personalities, according to a new article published in the March 2013
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9 Vital Tools for Leaders Facing Long Odds

Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, once remarked that when brilliant managers try their luck in dismal industries, “it’s usually the reputation of the industry that remains intact.
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» Supressing the Brain’s Thought ‘Filter’ Can Allow for More Creativity - Psych Central News

» Supressing the Brain’s Thought ‘Filter’ Can Allow for More Creativity - Psych Central News | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The prefrontal cortex is a region of the brain that acts like a filter, keeping any irrelevant thoughts, memories and perceptions from interfering with the
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Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!)

Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!) | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Creative thinking is an important part of producing things that people love. Here's the science behind creative thought and ingenuity.
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John Michel's curator insight, March 17, 2013 7:23 PM

Have you ever wished you were more creative?

If you do creative work, have you ever suffered from a creative block and been stuck wondering what exactly is wrong, and how you can get yourself out of it?

Of course you have, I mean, who hasn’t!

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The Emotional Life Of The Brain - Forbes

The Emotional Life Of The Brain - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Pioneering neuroscientist Richard Davidson says our personalities and emotional responses are rooted in the brain. He explains how we can change the brain to transform our lives.

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Servant Leadership: A Virtuous Cycle of Service | Robert K. Greenleaf

Servant Leadership: A Virtuous Cycle of Service | Robert K. Greenleaf | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Words matter. The right word makes a world of difference in what’s communicated and understood. Mark Twain observed, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lighting and a lightning bug.”


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John Michel's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:01 PM

A classic quotation from Greenleaf is: “The servant-leader isservant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Greenleaf held a high and noble view of service and envisioned servant-leaders helping their followers navigate Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:29 AM

Excellence is found in the practice, not just the act-for without the practice, the act is unlikely.

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Are You Boring Someone? Watch for These 7 Signs

Are You Boring Someone? Watch for These 7 Signs | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Like most people, I have several pet subjects – that may or may not be interesting to other people. Don’t get me started on happiness, or habits, or children’s literature, or

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INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: 4 inspiring kids imagine the future of learning

INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: 4 inspiring kids imagine the future of learning | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
We ask four incredible youths: What do you think is the future of education. Adora Svitak, Kid President, Thomas Suarez, and Ying Ying Shang.

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An inspiration to us all.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:29 PM

Do you love Kid President as much as we do? Do you want to know what he and other young changemakers believe the future of learning is? Check out thoughts from these young movers and shakers, as well as stories and perspectives from other young changmakers via Ashoka's Youth Venture and Empathy Initiatives.

Open Road Teens's curator insight, January 26, 8:16 PM

These kids would love Open Road! Not just based in pedagogical theory but the actual experiences and opinions of young people...


“One of the most powerful shifts in the future of education will come from not only the tools at our disposal, but from an underutilized resource: the students whose voices have for too long been silent. We’re pushing for seats at the decision-making tables, empowering ourselves by shaping our own learning, and taking on activist roles both online and off. To me, this signals one of the most hopeful signs of the future of education — the shift from a top-down, learning-everything-from-the-authority-figure approach to an approach characterized by peer-to-peer learning, empowerment  and grassroots change.”

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Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A lack of trust is at the heart of the workplace issues in places like Yahoo and Best Buy.
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What Are The Habits Of Mind?

What Are The Habits Of Mind? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

What Are Habits of Mind?

 

Habits of Mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.  When we draw upon these mental resources, the results are more powerful, of higher quality, and of greater significance than if we fail to employ those habits.


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These 'Habits of Mind' are just as relevant to leaders as they are to students.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 18, 2013 4:58 AM

We all are permanent students, so this article is not only relevant for a classroom.

Jay Roth's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:03 AM

Connect this to Standards for Mathematical Practice

Jay Roth's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:03 AM

Connect this to Standards for Mathematical Practice

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Train Your Brain to Overcome Fear

Train Your Brain to Overcome Fear | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Three tips to help you get over your fears and take bigger risks.

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:21 AM

I've got a few scars from risks that didn't work out as I originally hoped.  But I'd rather be a risk taker than play is safe all the time.  How about you? #energizedleader

John Michel's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:25 PM

Entrepreneurs have to take big risks in order to succeed, but even well-known leaders are often terrified to leap. In one famous example, fear of failure almost kept Kevin Rose from starting Digg, the enormously successful social news site that made him a multi-millionaire.Over time, he learned to trust his gut by taking the initiative to learn sides of the business that were unfamiliar or scary at first.
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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

Gauthier de Pierpont's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:35 AM

Peur mode d'emploi pour entrepreneur (de vie, de projet, de business...)

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
On Tuesday I'll be guest-hosting CNBC's Squawk Box.

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Empathy: A Gateway to Objectivity in Leadership

Empathy: A Gateway to Objectivity in Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Most leaders have learned along the way that empathy is a critical leadership skill but few have an understanding of why. Empathy is a form of attention that goes beyond the intellect and involves directly sensing what it is like to be in someone else's shoes. How do we do this?

 

We sense what other people are experiencing or feeling by sensations that arise in our own bodies. All of us are like walking antennas, receiving and registering the felt experience of those around us. Some of us are better at this than others.

 

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Founder, Princeton Leadership Development (PLD)

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The New Rules of Leadership - Forbes

The New Rules of Leadership - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the crocuses are poking up their hopeful heads. Yet, these remain bleak times for too many job seekers, even leaders and managers with impressive resumes.
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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:56 AM

Leadership by walking around may sound Paleolithic, but there’s no substitute for getting out into your organization and seeing how things actually work, talking to people, making sure you understand what everyone is doing. You’d be surprised how many leaders, even in this day and age, hide out in the executive suite. Not smart. Get out there and learn what’s happening.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life

7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, March 17, 2013 7:50 PM

Simple lessons that should inspire all of us to live boldly and honestly. Enjoy...and have a blessed week. 

///////////John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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The Zen master's to-do list: Do nothing and accomplish everything

The Zen master's to-do list: Do nothing and accomplish everything | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
If you’re a workaholic like me, you wake up rearing to dig into your to-do list every day (this includes weekends). Secretly you know that you can’t possib
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Practicing Mindful Leadership

Practicing Mindful Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is being taught and practiced in a growing number of organizations worldwide in the effort to improve personal and professional effectiveness and overall organizational productivity.
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Why Neuroscience SHOULD Change the Way We Manage People

Why Neuroscience SHOULD Change the Way We Manage People | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Most organizations and their leaders take pride in updating their systems with the latest technology and equipment. They devote significant resources to ensure their employees are using state of th...

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Kudos's curator insight, March 16, 2013 5:42 PM

Really intersting artcile applying science to what we all inituitively know. Whay is it then that so many businesses and leaders / managers operate in a contrary way. Food for thought.

John Michel's curator insight, March 16, 2013 8:58 PM

The mysteries of the brain are unfolding.  Only a generation ago, we believed that our brains were static and fixed, prone to inevitable atrophy.  Now we are beginning to understand that the brain can rewire itself in remarkable ways. And we are the catalysts!

The not-so-good news is that what often remains – as stagnant and immobile as our brains are not – are the ways we still cling to old ideas about organizational systems that do not maximize human performance.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Go Toward Your Fear, Do Less, And Five More Surprising Leadership Lessons For Women - Forbes

Go Toward Your Fear, Do Less, And Five More Surprising Leadership Lessons For Women - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Top advertising executive Lori Senecal offers seven essential leadership lessons for women.
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When a leadership opportunity knocks, are you ready? | SmartBlogs

When a leadership opportunity knocks, are you ready? | SmartBlogs | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Are you ready to take your leadership game to a higher level? If your answer is, “Yes! I’m in!” congratulations. Taking ownership of your desire for imp
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John Michel's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:18 PM

Are you ready to take your leadership game to a higher level?

If your answer is, “Yes! I’m in!” congratulations. Taking ownership of your desire for improved leadership skills is an important first step. Next up: you must convince others that you’ve got what it takes play on a bigger field. Be it through a promotion or bidding for a high-visibility project, it’s not enough to feel prepared on the inside – you need to visibly demonstrate your readiness to lead at a more sophisticated level.