Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism. But doing this is easier said than done, as we all know—and as I, too, have learned during years of trying unsuccessfully to boost my effectiveness.

In my case, I stumbled upon an ancient meditation technique that, to my surprise, improved my mind’s ability to better resist the typical temptations that get in the way of developing productive and healthy habits. Much in the same way that intense, focused physical activity serves to energize and revitalize the body during the rest of the day, meditation is for me—and for the many other people who use it—like a mental aerobic exercise that declutters and detoxifies the mind to enhance its metabolic activity.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help. Respond rather than react. LIstening attentively is a response.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 7, 2016 2:28 AM
Manish has writtern a wonderful article that suggests how one can be a better leader. While the adage, observe more react less is true, the means of doing this would require not reacting immediately, or even postponing decision making for another day. Meditating, relaxing by taking a break, and I guess 'sleepiong over the problem could be a great help.  It has been noticed that knee-jerk reactions to e-mails and other correspondences might cause more harm than good!
rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 7, 2016 2:35 AM
Manish states very clearrly that it is not a good idea to react immediately to e-mails and make immediate decisions. Sometimes it is better to 'sleep over' over the problem! Taking a vacations before making a decision might help too!
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Six Leadership Styles by Daniel Goleman

Six Leadership Styles by Daniel Goleman | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Daniel Goleman, in his article “Leadership That Gets Results”, has identified six different leadership styles, and he believes that good leaders will adopt one of these six styles to meet the needs of different situations.

 

None of the six leadership styles by Daniel Goleman are right or wrong – each may be appropriate depending on the specific context. Whilst one of the more empathetic styles is most likely to be needed to build long-term commitment, there will be occasions when a commanding style may need to be called upon, for example, when a rapid and decisive response is required.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Regardless of what we call it, education is often still locked into command and control and coercive models of management and leadership.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, September 23, 2014 4:12 PM

Daniel Goleman's (Emotional Intelligence) classification of leadership styles

Dian J Harrison, MSW, MPA's curator insight, February 5, 2015 6:51 PM

What is your leadership style!

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, July 17, 2:16 AM

The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership – they are skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between styles as the circumstances dictate.

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Happiness is something incredibly important in daily lives. Challenges are opportunities which invite us to ask questions and explore them. Too often, I experienced that schools were places where the opposite was the case. One administrator wrote a blog where he insisted staff should just trust him because they should. It seemed like trust did not have to be earned. When challenges arise, and they do, working with others to figure them out is a happy place.

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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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The Search for Happiness

The Search for Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Are you happy? Could you be happier? Gretchen Rubin was already "pretty happy" when she asked herself these very questions. In search of the answers, she started her own pursuit of happiness, which eventually became a New York Times bestseller titled, The Happiness Project. She has now written a second book, Happier at Home, based on the idea that the home is the foundation of happiness. Knowledge@Wharton recently spoke with Rubin about why happy people work more hours each week, how to make and keep happiness resolutions, how to ward off the three happiness leeches and how to start your own Happiness Project.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

There is some excellent research on happiness out there.

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Prakash's curator insight, May 11, 2015 9:35 AM

Gretchen Rubin - a different kind of pursuit of happiness 

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Find Your Passion and True Happiness Will Come - Part 1 (with Worksheet)

Find Your Passion and True Happiness Will Come - Part 1 (with Worksheet) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Can you be successful and not be happy? Can you be wealthy, fit, drive the best car, have a great marriage and family, and still not be happy and feel you have not fulfilled your passion?

 

In the daily grind of life, we often lose touch with who we are and what gives us ‘life’.

 

Our life becomes mundane, boring and the ‘same old same old’.  What our heart longs for is passion to make us feel alive, have purpose and feel invigorated.

 

But what is passion?


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The integration of compassion and passion are important to finding the joy and happiness we seek. I taught and thrived in the classroom when the two were inextricably intertwined.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 14, 2014 7:10 PM

Passion is a powerful internal force. Use this worksheet to find your passion.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, May 15, 2014 8:20 PM

It is not always easy to identify your true passions, but the process of trying to re-connect with what really enthuses you is extremely worthwhile.

Coach Adrean's curator insight, May 21, 2014 11:49 PM

Find your passion and you will find success!

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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Jill Miller, SPHR's curator insight, April 10, 2014 11:23 AM

The secret sauce for success? Finding happiness in our work -- even simple things -- makes a difference.

Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

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Higher Perspective: 10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

Higher Perspective: 10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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Most of this has been established through scientific research.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:43 PM
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.
1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough
You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. So if you thought exercise was something you didn’t have time for, maybe you can fit it in after all.
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The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life

The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

 

What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake.

 

Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Love is all that matters. Work is the unhappiest place and the commute to work is the second unhappiest place in many studies. When we are grounded in solid, loving relationships, it makes all the difference in the world.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:24 PM

A study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life.

The Learning Factor's comment, August 12, 2013 5:51 PM
Thanks Ivon. Love and relationships matter most.