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Christine Porath: Why being nice to your coworkers is good for business | TED Talk

Christine Porath: Why being nice to your coworkers is good for business | TED Talk | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being nice to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success -- and your company's bottom line.
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Be nice. It's good for you. It's good for your colleagues. And it's good for business!

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Eight Reasons Why Awe Makes Your Life Better

Eight Reasons Why Awe Makes Your Life Better | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Starting 15 years ago, scientists have been studying the complex and mysterious emotion called awe—one you might have felt if you’ve stood in front of the Taj Mahal, hiked among towering redwoods, or had your mind blown at a concert, play, or ballet.

Inducing goosebumps and dropped jaws, awe experiences are remarkable in their own right. Moreover, a growing body of research suggests that experiencing awe may lead to a wide range of benefits, from happiness and health to perhaps more unexpected benefits such as generosity, humility, and critical thinking.

In our busy lives, seeking awe may be low on our list of priorities. But we might be underestimating its power. “One simple prescription can have transformative effects: Look for more daily experiences of awe,” writes the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner.

The latest research suggests that taking the time to experience awe—whether through engaging with nature, enjoying great art or music, or even bingeing on breathtaking YouTube videos—may be a pathway to improving your life and relationships.
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We all need a bit of awe in our lives - science explores the benefits.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, September 27, 12:46 PM

What a high AWE is! 

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10 reasons Finland's school system is better 

10 reasons Finland's school system is better  | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Many people are familiar with the stereotype of the hard-working, rote memorization, myopic tunnel vision of Eastern Asian study and work ethics. Many of these countries, like China, Singapore, and Japan amongst others routinely rank in the number one spots in both math and science.

Some pundits point towards this model of exhaustive brain draining as something Americans should aspire to become. Work more! Study harder! Live less. The facts and figures don’t lie – these countries are outperforming us, but there might be a better and healthier way to go about this.

Finland is the answer – a country rich in intellectual and educational reform has initiated over the years a number of novel and simple changes that have completely revolutionized their educational system. They outrank the United States and are gaining on Eastern Asian countries.

Are they cramming in dimly-lit rooms on robotic schedules?  Nope. Stressing over standardized tests enacted by the government? No way. Finland is leading the way because of common-sense practices and a holistic teaching environment that strives for equity over excellence. Here are 10 reasons why Finland’s education system is dominating America and the world stage

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This article on the future of education is written from an American perspective - but it could just as easily be the UK that is the laggard when compared to Finland.

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Hiring managers say AI will change how we work within five years

Hiring managers say AI will change how we work within five years | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As new technologies emerge in what some have dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, innovative companies have already begun to adapt, prompting reevaluations of workforce development strategies. Artificial intelligence, in particular, brings new possibilities -- like increased productivity and innovation. It also has sweeping implications for employee skill sets.
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Useful snapshot of the predicted impact of various technologies on the world of work, not least on the skill sets that will be sought after in the future.

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The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know | Greater Good Magazine

The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know | Greater Good Magazine | Positive futures | Scoop.it
On the face of it, maybe not. University professors, some of the most learned individuals in the world, are not generally known for their intellectual humility. And plenty of successful scientists, CEOs, doctors, artists, and political leaders master their trades without appearing to develop much intellectual humility.

Then again, as Nobel Prize–winning astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar noted, believing that you “must be right”—in other words, lacking intellectual humility—can actually stymie discovery, learning, and progress.

Given this puzzle, my colleagues and I set out to test whether intellectual humility was empirically associated with learning outcomes.
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The empirical benefits of intellectual humility!

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, July 31, 12:57 PM

One thing that is consistent in resilient people and organizations is the ability to know when you don't know and having the courage to admit to it. Curiosity didn't kill the cat; it gave it nine lives. 

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A Stanford researcher says we shouldn’t start working full time until age 40

A Stanford researcher says we shouldn’t start working full time until age 40 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For people smack in the mad mid-life rush of managing full-time careers, dependent children, and aging parents, nothing feels so short in supply as time.

But there is time to get it all done, says psychologist Laura Carstensen, the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. The only problem is that we’ve arranged life all wrong.

A woman who is 40 years old today can expect to live another 45 years, on average, while 5% will live to see their 100th birthday. The average 40-year-old man will live another 42. For many people, most of those years will be healthy enough to continue work that doesn’t involve intense physical labor. So why are we still packing all of our career and family obligations into a few frantic decades?
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An interesting suggestion about reframing our working lives to suit our increasing longevity. radical to get started, but maybe sensible over time?

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Thriving, resilience and surviving – Benefit Mindset –

“Everyone talks about resilience these days. It is not always a good thing. The resilience of the current systemic structures that are driving unsustainable behaviour patterns is taking us deeper into the mess we are in.” — Daniel Christian Wahl
We live in a rapidly changing world — a world where uncertainty or unexpected events are becoming more frequent. What worked yesterday isn’t necessarily going to be enough to see us into the future. Neither is trying to remain robust — attempting to stop all unexpected events up front.
Rather, all of this uncertainty is challenging us to become more aware of how we can use unexpected events to our advantage.
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Perhaps today's (and tomorrow's most salient capability - managing uncertainty wisely and skilfully!

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Me & We – Benefit Mindset –

What is the self?
Is the world made up of 7.5 billion separate selves doing their thing or is there something more going on?
Because, for example, we know the self is not confined by the boundaries of our skin, but likely extends far beyond it. We also know we live in a profoundly interconnected world. As John Mir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe”.
Therefore, are we separate and individual — or are we a collective that is interconnected and interdependent?
In this article, we explore the idea that the self is both separate and interconnected. Both a me and a we at the same time.
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Ash Buchanan on why helping others is in everyone's self-interest - and it's contagious!

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You Can Master the 3 Ways to Influence People

You Can Master the 3 Ways to Influence People | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Early in your career, or in individual contributor roles, influence is about working effectively with people over whom you have no authority. It requires the ability to present logical and compelling arguments and engaging in give-and-take. In senior-level or executive roles, influence is focused more on steering long-range objectives, inspiration, and motivation.

We’ve found that influencing tactics fall into 3 categories: logical, emotional, or cooperative. We call this influencing with head, heart, and hands.
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No leader ever survived long without being able to influence without authority. This simple taxonomy is a useful guide for practice, self-assessment and feedback.

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How to Survive Your Midlife Blues 

How to Survive Your Midlife Blues  | Positive futures | Scoop.it

I’m in my 50s—a bit past midlife, but not exactly into old age. My kids have grown, I have a good career, my marriage is solid, and I’m still reasonably healthy. So, life satisfaction should be mine for the plucking.


But it’s not. I’m no happier than most people I know, and in many cases less so. Why am I in a slump when everything seems to be going, well, right?

That question is at the heart of Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Happiness Curve. In his book, Rauch argues that a dip in happiness in midlife is a normal part of human development, and may even be a necessary precursor to later life satisfaction. He also suggests that if we can find ways to hang in there during this turbulent transition, our happiness will not just rebound, but will likely exceed our expectations.

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Don't let that middle-age down define your future - it's normal and temporary, and there is much that can be done to combat it!

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6 Easy Steps To Make You More Resilient

6 Easy Steps To Make You More Resilient | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Change frightens us because it is a voyage into the unknown. Ironically, since the unknown forces us to adapt to new circumstances, it is also the place where we can develop new talents and strengths. If we are resilient, we can embark on a journey that moves us beyond self-limiting beliefs, boredom, and lack of confidence.

Change is the great dream of every heart because it moves us closer to our full potential. To refuse the challenge that comes with change can be a great act of self-neglect.

If you have mental toughness, you will do anything to break the cycle of behavior that disempowers you. To push beyond your limits takes a resilient mind. It requires you to move into your discomfort zone and cross a threshold that awakens a variety of emotions such as confusion, fear, excitement, sadness—and yes, dreams.

There should always be a healthy tension between the life we have settled for and the potential that still calls us.

Here are 6 easy steps to make you more resilient:
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FBI veteran LaRae Quy on how to develop the resilience we all need.

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What I Regret Most in My Life Are Failures of Kindness

What I Regret Most in My Life Are Failures of Kindness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For many college campuses, another school year has ended. With these endings also comes a celebration of beginnings as graduation and commencement speeches close one life stage to inaugurate another. While most of us are not graduating this year, many of these speeches impart timeless lessons that apply to many stages of life. As such, I thought I might share some wisdom from former commencement speeches.
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Commencement speeches - timeless advice for successful humans. And the best bits are always about humanity...

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The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know

The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know | Positive futures | Scoop.it
my colleagues and I set out to test whether intellectual humility was empirically associated with learning outcomes.

We started by measuring high school students’ intellectual humility. We had students rate themselves on statements like “I am willing to admit it when I don’t know something” and “I acknowledge when someone knows more than me about a subject.” We wanted to know: Would this self-reported intellectual humility relate to students’ motivation to learn, their learning strategies, and even their grades? What’s more, would teachers observe any differences between students with differing levels of intellectual humility?

We found that the more intellectually humble students were more motivated to learn and more likely to use effective metacognitive strategies, like quizzing themselves to check their own understanding.
We found that the more intellectually humble students were more motivated to learn and more likely to use effective metacognitive strategies, like quizzing themselves to check their own understanding. They also ended the year with higher grades in math. We also found that the teachers, who hadn’t seen students’ intellectual humility questionnaires, rated the more intellectually humble students as more engaged in learning.
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Does anyone, like me, struggle to ask for directions - "I can work it out". We don't know what we don't know, so admitting that is pretty critical to learning effectively, says science.

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Reading this alone? Recent surveys reveal the curious truth about loneliness

Reading this alone? Recent surveys reveal the curious truth about loneliness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It’s not surprising that many older people feel lonely. Friends may have died, they may have lost life partners, and their family – if they have one – may live some distance away.

But, according to the survey, it’s actually young people who say they are suffering the most. Forty percent of 16-24 year olds say they feel lonely, compared with only 27% of those aged 75 or older.

The results echo those of other surveys carried out earlier in the year.
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Older people are the lonely ones- right? Wrong  - apparently young people say they are the loneliest group. Interesting survey results.

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Self-Deception: Realizing I Am the Problem

Self-Deception: Realizing I Am the Problem | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Arbinger Institute’s powerful book, Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. Since its original publication in 2000, this book has become an international word-of-mouth phenomenon, selling more copies every year. The central insight—that the key to leadership lies not in what we do but in how we see—has proven to have powerful implications not only for organizational leadership but in readers’ personal lives as well.

The excerpt, taken from the third edition, is a conversation between Tom, the protagonist, and his new boss, Bud.

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The most effective (also hardest) road to consistent, authentic leadership starts with a good, deep look in the mirror. This vignette provides a useful example.

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Urgency Bias Is Wrecking Your Ability To Lead

Urgency Bias Is Wrecking Your Ability To Lead | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research conducted by Meng Zhu, Yang Yang, and Christopher K. Hsee found there is an inherent flaw in the human condition; we choose urgent and unimportant tasks over those tasks that are deemed more important, that require more time and effort to complete.

The researchers write, “We people may choose to perform urgent tasks with short completion windows, instead of important tasks with larger outcomes, because important tasks are more difficult and further away from goal completion, urgent tasks involve more immediate and certain payoffs or people want to finish the urgent tasks first and then work on important tasks later.”
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Urgency bias - and how it can screw you up!

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Turning Job Interview Obstacles Into Opportunities

Turning Job Interview Obstacles Into Opportunities | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I’ve seen every background imaginable: astronaut, prime minister, Navy SEAL. And every hobby under the sun: world-class sushi chef, axe-throwing champion, ice carver. 

Among the most memorable résumés, though, was one that listed an 18-month “community service project” that involved working on a “Friends of the Highway” project. As it turned out, the “assignment” was actually 18 months of prison time. The person didn’t get the job—but not for the reason you might suspect. It had nothing to do with the fact he’d served time, but rather because he’d so blatantly lied about it.

When you face a potential sticking point in your career history, remember your “ACT”: be authentic, make a connection and give others a taste of who you really are. This applies to writing your résumé, answering questions in job interviews and networking with others inside and outside the company.
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Useful quick tips on getting that job, regardless of the bits of your past that you are less proud of!

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Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future | McKinsey & Company

Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future | McKinsey & Company | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Until recently, city leaders thought of smart technologies primarily as tools for becoming more efficient behind the scenes. Now technology is being injected more directly into the lives of residents. Smartphones have become the keys to the city, putting instant information about transit, traffic, health services, safety alerts, and community news into millions of hands.

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Do you live in a 'smart city'? Get the McKinsey lowdown on what that could mean here.

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How the psychology of the England football team could change your life 

How the psychology of the England football team could change your life  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The era of hard-talking, tyrannical managers is over – both on and off the pitch. “Football, which I love and work in, is really bad at talking,” says Caulfield. “It does instructing and telling off but it doesn’t do talking and listening and empathy that well. It sounds a bit fluffy but that’s the world in which we now live, and the world in which these players have grown up.” Southgate, he says, realised early in his coaching career that instilling fear wasn’t going to work. “We all need a telling-off now and then – and he’s good at that, by the way – but you’ll get far more from putting your faith in people than you will anything else. People had this lazy opinion that he’s too ‘nice’ and they see kindness as weakness, but it’s the most unbelievable strength if you use it in the right way.”
David Hain's insight:

I know they lost last night in the semi-final, but this article still resonates, and the contents (reframing, learning from failure, etc) will help them go further in future. Positive psychology really works, and tomorrow's leaders need to get on board with it - because the England football team is in effect an analog for every team that wants to deliver collective success and well being!

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, July 12, 11:02 AM

A great example of a coach/leader utilizing Relationship - Centered Leadership: Presence (EQ), Resiliency, Trustworthiness, Moral Courage, Purpose, Authenticity

Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, July 17, 3:53 AM
How the psychology of the England football team could change your life
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A Million Minds: Building Unshakeable Foundations for Transformational Change

The world needs a new generation of bright-eyed, open hearted leaders with the confidence and skills to inspire change at speed and scale. Million Minds is a new platform being built by progressive educators and activists in businesses and community to find and share the best resources imaginable to help those future leaders grow.
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Nice article on a really exciting new initiative to build a coalition of transformational change agents!

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Design for Your Strengths

Design for Your Strengths | Positive futures | Scoop.it
My biggest failure, just like my biggest weakness, has now become a source of success. As I share my story, I connect on a human level with people around the world. People everywhere relate to the narrative of fighting a system and forging a new path — not for the sake of bucking the status quo, but because everyone needs to find his or her own distinctive path to success. It is not easy to know your strengths, and it is even more difficult to put them to use and build on them. It may require you to look outside standard approaches to getting things done. But if you can step back, accept your weaknesses, recognize your specific strengths, solve the right problems, and design your own way of winning, you too might find your life has changed. This way of going through life is not for everyone, perhaps. But neither is the struggle many of us put ourselves through — the struggle against our own innate capabilities.
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Persuasive tale of how to turn strengths to your advantage.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Soft Skills | Duke Today

5 Ways to Improve Your Soft Skills | Duke Today | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Interpersonal skills – such as managing time and positively interacting with others – are important for overall success
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Since the soft stuff is the hard stuff, any tips on how to develop your human interaction skills are worth spending 3 minutes on!

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5 Ways to Improve Your Soft Skills | Duke Today
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Show your map

Show your map | Positive futures | Scoop.it
‘What do you do?’ is a conversational gambit that many people dread hearing. How to respond? What if you consider yourself hyphenate, a multifaceted individual who, for pleasure or for income, does many things? What if you find it difficult to communicate this in a digestible way? What if your personal sense of identity and self-worth is founded upon the avoidance of neat labels and the impulse to categorise? Do you filter and select, presenting just part of who you are? Often this is the most convenient path to take.
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Thoughtful piece on identity and how we project it for different audiences by @richardmartinwriter. Well worth also reading his book, co-authored with Kenneth Mikkelsen @LeadershipABC, The Neogeneralist, for a wealth of material on how we express who we are.

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Tool to understand the important role of emotion in everyday life

Tool to understand the important role of emotion in everyday life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The main way a dysfunctional amount of emotion works
against people is that it causes them to react tothe events of
their lives instead of respond to them in the best possible
way.  It makes them less response-ABLE.  It makes it harder
to access and act on helpful advice and information they've
received.  People are less likely to consider consequences
before acting.  They are less likely to learn from their own or
others experiences.  They are more likely to violate their own
morals and values.  It's harder to function at levels people are
capable of, or might want to.  In all these ways, a dysfunctional
amount of emotion makes it harder to make the best possible
behavioral or lifestyle choice.
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Useful tool from Ray Mathis on how to diagnose and manage emotions, rather than being managed by them.

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Why Aren’t More Men Working? - The New York Times

Why Aren’t More Men Working? - The New York Times | Positive futures | Scoop.it

With unemployment at 3.8 percent, its lowest level in many years, the labor market seems healthy.

But that number hides a perplexing anomaly: The percentage of men who are neither working nor looking for work has risen substantially over the past several decades.

The issue, in economist’s jargon, is labor force participation. When the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys households, every adult is put into one of three categories. Those who have a job are employed. Those who are not working but are searching for a job are unemployed. Those who are neither working nor looking for work are counted as out of the labor force.

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Bad news for unskilled workers in latest US labour statistics!

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