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Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling

Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Think of the last time you were completely immersed in a particular activity. You lost track of time; your concentration was at its maximum; it was instantly clear what to do next and how; all the…

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To be fully engaged in what one is doing is essential. Time appears to stand still in those moments. Educating is leading, thus pedagogy/andragogy, which also involve leading, can involve flow.
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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 2017 12:07 PM

Here's a quick, but really good article on the significance of flow states and improved leadership.

 

What's a flow state? As the author Evan Sinar says, it's "total absorption in the task at hand; the task taking precedence over everything else, and actively working on the task itself becomes its own reward."

 

We've all had these types of experiences where we are 'in the zone' and we lose sense of time. Productivity and creativity soars when we are in a flow state.

 

Sinar discusses why flow states for leadership are important, companies who are focusing on this as part of their leadership development, and how to set up flow state experiences.

 

Here's my addition -- for years I've noticed that when a person is immersed in telling a story, it's actually inducing a little mini-flow state. The higher the risk (i.e. a big presentation), the more intense the flow state.

 

The more you develop your storytelling skills,  you are actually at the same time building your flow state muscles. The more you experience flow states, the easier it is to trigger them. 

 

Pretty neat, huh?

 

Story on and get into flow!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Check out her website at www.juststoryit.com

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How to Distinguish Fact From Fiction From Your Employees  

How to Distinguish Fact From Fiction From Your Employees   | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As a leader, it's your job to recognize that not everything you hear and read from others is true. Feel confident about the decisions you make. Here's how.

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As a teacher, I experienced the opposite of what is proposed in this article. Too many school managers want people to agree with them.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 5, 2017 9:52 AM
When your people are doing a great job at providing you important facts or if they’re courageously speaking up about important truths, make a point to reward those people and honor their actions. Don’t just say “Great job getting me all the facts,” but do let them know how their activities empowered you to make a great decision or shaped your leadership responsibility in a way that’s better for the organization at large. Make it relevant and meaningful, and this will reinforce those positive behaviors you appreciate and consistently need from your people. - See more at: https://www.mapconsulting.com/blog/how-to-distinguish-fact-from-fiction-from-your-employees#sthash.fFtAF8nl.dpuf
 
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15 Essential Skills They Don’t Teach You In College

15 Essential Skills They Don’t Teach You In College | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I offered my oldest the very prestigious “Altucher Fellowship”. Never awarded before. Only awarded to her. Always send people to the best resource. Even if it’s a competitor. The benefit to you comes…

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In my research interviews, none fo the teachers thought very highly of their undergrad. Some were pretty harsh in their descriptions.
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Scott Olson's curator insight, April 7, 2017 11:25 AM

What you learn out of school may be as important as what you learn in school. 

http://scottolsonconsulting.com/teaching-education/

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New Research Identifies How Trust Impacts Employee Work Passion

New Research Identifies How Trust Impacts Employee Work Passion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Trust at work is critical, but it can be difficult to pin down and address. Trust expert Daniel McAllister highlighted this challenge when he presented his initial research on the subject in 1995. McAllister opened with a quote from the book Behavior in Organizations. 


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Trust, in the form of relational trust, has been the cornerstone of Anthony Bryk's research in schools. The more trust the more schools and people succeed.
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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, February 17, 2017 5:41 AM

By David Witt. By sharpening your knowledge about the impact trust has on work intentions, you can better design an environment where individuals trust their leaders, stay, endorse, and behave in ways that benefit the organization.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 2017 11:47 AM
Without trust, there cannot be leading.
Paulette Dotson's curator insight, June 9, 2017 11:26 AM
Being trusted is important in all relationships.  It turns out that it also impacts how well we work.

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8 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit

8 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Avoid these critical leadership mistakes (or these bosses) if you want to thrive.
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We overvalue the 80% instead of the 20%. In schools, that is an ethical challenge.
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Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive

Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We place emphasis on the benefits of high self-esteem. But when does high self-esteem turn into subclinical narcissism?
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There are many of these people in positions of power. They are not true leaders. One reason I left teaching was that many of the school managers I worked for fell into this category. They are bullies.
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Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership

Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Of 33,000 workers globally, one in three said they don't trust their employer. What gives?

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When we conflate management and leadership, treating them as the same thing, we make the mistake of missing what leading is. It cannot be defined, but, when we see it, we recognize it.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 7, 2016 10:37 AM
(From the article): One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman "Trust Barometer", a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.

 Among the other notable findings, trust decreases down an organization’s hierarchy: 64% of executives, 51% of managers, and 48% of rank and file staff say they trust their organizations, and employees say they trust peers more than CEOs when it comes to company information. Right now, many workers have their choice of jobs that boast high earnings and a range of career opportunities. To stay competitive in the war for talent, most employers are offering a full complement of benefits and perks as well as beefing up their efforts to engage workers through inclusion initiatives. Indeed, many employees among the Top 100 Great Places To Work reported being satisfied with their jobs, but also having a high level of trust for their companies.

 That’s obviously not the case everywhere, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer. The survey revealed gaps between factors that employees rate as important for building trust and how their leaders rated based on those attributes.
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THE PRINCIPAL CENTER

THE PRINCIPAL CENTER | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We want our feedback to make a difference, but we also want to soften the emotional blow, so we use the instructional leader’s most common feedback tool: the “feedback sandwich.”

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I experienced feedback as promoting a particualr administrator's agenda and ideology. When I asked questions, I was treated as resistant to feedback.
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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 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | 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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These are interesting and common sense ideas. The one about moving closer to work helps with sleeping more and not spending time worrying about work on the drive to and from.

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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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Employee Retention Doesn’t Just Happen: Five Keys to a Clear Strategy

Employee Retention Doesn’t Just Happen: Five Keys to a Clear Strategy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What employee retention strategies do you use to engage and retain employees?

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Trust is foundational to success.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 6, 2013 6:48 AM

Excellent post!  

 

From the article:

 

Hiring the right managers makes all the difference. Steve Miranda, Managing Director for Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), said in an interview that he believed 80 percent of employee turnover resulted from the environment created by a manager as opposed to the company at large.


So it’s critical to work closely to make sure there’s a consistent open line of communication between employees and managers, and that managers are working collaboratively and positively with their employees.

donhornsby's curator insight, August 6, 2013 9:51 AM

(From the article): Though, there are many other employee retention strategies for engaging and retaining employees, these tips should serve as a good start. Be transparent, have a clear employee value proposition, communicate with employees early and often, know what they want and what you want, and what motivates them.

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Studies show that around 80 percent of workers are not passionate about what they do. Here are 3 ways to start changing the status quo.


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We need different people running many organizations.

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Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 12:55 PM
Thinking to feel empathy and really feeling empathy it is a great difference :-)
Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 1:05 PM
We should never speak theoretically about empathy :-) Empathy is a practice!
Maya Mathias's comment, May 14, 2013 5:12 PM
Thanks for all the shares and comments! It was truly a joy to serve and I'm glad it resonates.
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Building collective leadership from the central office | CTQ #CTQCollab

Building collective leadership from the central office | CTQ #CTQCollab | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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This reads like another top-down mechanism. Yet, the author argues that collective leadership is a human enterprise that can be unravelled by mechanistic systems.
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To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal.  The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport you play. When you review your actions in the field you learn what worked, what didn’t, and adjust along the way. Leadership guru Peter Drucker said: “ Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ”


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I think this is an underused tool in many professions. Moreover, we do not journal about what we experience and how we feel about those experiences. We want to shape the world without reshaping ourselves.
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Begoña Pabón's curator insight, April 4, 2017 7:40 AM
Mejorar en tu liderazgo requiere de intensas reflexiones sobre cada una de tus acciones que te permitan ser cada vez mas efectivo 
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 5, 2017 9:20 AM
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action
 
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To transform an organization, give it purpose — or watch it perish

To transform an organization, give it purpose — or watch it perish | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Just as it is for individuals, the power of developing and instilling an inspiring purpose within an organization has transformative impact on its collective energy. 


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Can you imagine if schools focused on a shared vision encompassing the four W's?
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How to Predict Employee Performance and Satisfaction

How to Predict Employee Performance and Satisfaction | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

What qualities do high-performing employees have in common? Many leaders in organizations measure employees’ skills and motivation as predictors of their performance, but there is a third, often-overlooked factor that is essential to predicting both job performance and satisfaction: confidence.

In a series of studies, my colleagues Dongseop Lee of Korea University, Jessica Greenwald of St. Ambrose University, Joseph Raffiee of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and I looked at whether confidence can predict individual performance and attitudes.

First, we had to figure out how to measure confidence. Because we conceptualized confidence as not directly observable, we identified four traits—hope, resilience, efficacy, and optimism—that we hoped would represent measurable indicators of confidence.


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One of the challenges is to acknowledge those employees who are contribute the most to an organization. When we do not, we end up with good people leaving. The chaff is what is left, not the wheat.
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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A cohesive list of the 44th president's favorites

POTUS is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.”


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There is a good mix of contemporary and classics.
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Leadership Cultivates Our Hope 

Leadership Cultivates Our Hope  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Some people believe they have earned the right to be leaders. Some are confident our experience or our education means we deserve to be leaders. Some of us think we have inherited leadership from our ancestors. Some people see themselves as having the personality or the ambition it takes to be a leader. 


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Leading people involves giving them hope. Managing takes it away.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 26, 2016 10:34 AM
(From the article): The leaders I remember are the people who plant seeds in me every day. Even if it takes a long time for those seeds to grow and produce, they planted and cultivated them. Like persistent farmers, leaders cultivate hope that will produce for years to come. Whose leadership cultivates your hope today?
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How To Take Care Of Business? Take Care Of Yourself

How To Take Care Of Business? Take Care Of Yourself | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Burn out in business is a very real thing. One of the main reasons I have been able to avoid it – across a career that has spanned 50 years – is because I have always made my health and wellness a priority. When I’m asked: ‘what’s the key to success in business’ my answer can differ depending on the subject at hand – delegation, people, learning from failure, etc – but when it comes down to it, the key is you. The simple fact is, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of business.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Good advice from Branson on keeping the mojo going so that your organisation thrives!


A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and a healthy mind takes care of business.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 1, 2016 7:17 AM

Good advice from Branson on keeping the mojo going so that your organisation thrives!

donhornsby's curator insight, April 1, 2016 8:06 AM

Good advice from Branson on keeping the mojo going so that your organisation thrives!


A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and a healthy mind takes care of business.

Hervé Odet's curator insight, April 15, 2016 3:12 AM
Bonne lecture et pratique, Hervé Odet, Karuna Coach
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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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Lauran Star's curator insight, September 21, 2014 2:56 PM

While type does matter - I believe a successful leader has a bit of all

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!

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Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
And why do they stay?

Via Lance W. , Sharrock
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A lack of respect is a substantial reason. I left because of it and many others stay despite it. It is not a lack of respect from students and parents. It is from colleagues and administrators.

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10 Lessons on Leadership - with Shareable Poster

10 Lessons on Leadership - with Shareable Poster | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson, Christine Heine, R.Conrath, Ed.D., John Shank
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I hope bosses read 4: "Take care of people" and 10 "Be a good listener."

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Ana Tapia's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:41 PM

Back to the basics...But could be a good reminder!!!

Ann Vega's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:16 AM

This is a great list!

Jenn Alevy's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:36 PM

Always good advice, the best leaders I know follow these lessons.