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Thanksgiving: The Struggling Heart

Thanksgiving: The Struggling Heart | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In America this week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Many will spend the day with family, eating a scrumptious meal in the company of loved ones and celebrating with a grateful heart.
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Happy Thanksgiving to Americans everywhere!

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How to Change the World: The Art of Bootstrapping

How to Change the World: The Art of Bootstrapping | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Someone once told me that the probability of an entrepreneur getting venture capital is the same as getting struck by lightning while standing at the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. This may be too optimistic.

Via Didier Roggeri
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Vijai Mani's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:25 PM

Golden words from Guy Kawasaki on bootstrapping. A must read for anyone thinking of a startup

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Positively thankful: Daily gratitude changes brain, psychologist says

Positively thankful: Daily gratitude changes brain, psychologist says | Positive futures | Scoop.it

People making a daily thankful post on Facebook this month may be doing more than publicly sharing their gratitude.

The routine is rewiring their brains to make them more grateful overall, said Kevin Dohr, a psychologist in Missoula who gives positive psychology workshops in addition to his private practice.

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Pausing at some point during the day and saying or writing down at least one thing that went well or something for which people are grateful is like the brain lifting positive weights.

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The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute

The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Mindfulness: How a meditation practice can help kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism and depression become less anxious, more focused, and more in charge of their own behavior

Via Rhana Kozak, Bobby Dillard
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A remedy for all ages!

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Mónica Valero's curator insight, August 16, 2016 3:35 AM

In the last few years mindfulness has emerged as a way of treating children and adolescents with conditions ranging from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression and stress. And the benefits are proving to be tremendous.


Dr. Amy Saltzman explain us.

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'Momentum for Change' Is Building for Climate Solutions

'Momentum for Change' Is Building for Climate Solutions | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I'm pleased to be co-hosting an awards ceremony this week celebrating global 'momentum for change' at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw. So far, the news out of Warsaw doesn't seem to warrant a celebration.
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead

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The Paradox of Diverse Communities - The Atlantic Cities

The Paradox of Diverse Communities - The Atlantic Cities | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities The Paradox of Diverse Communities The Atlantic Cities That's the key question behind an intriguing new study, “The (In)compatibility of Diversity and Sense of Community,” published in the November edition of the American...
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Keeping It Real - 200th Blog Post | The Leadership Advisor

Keeping It Real - 200th Blog Post | The Leadership Advisor | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Today is a bit of a milestone for me. This is my 200th blog post and I wanted to make it something special. The first thing that came to mind was some marketing campaign or effort to create buzz. You know, all the things one is supposed to do regarding a blogging achievement. I simply couldn’t bring myself to do that. I’ve never been much of a hype machine and probably never will.

I wanted to be authentic for this particular post, which brings me to a place where I want to be vulnerable with you. I mean the kind of vulnerability no one wants to do publicly. I want to personally thank Heather Coleman-Voss and her husband Paul Voss for the encouragement to write this post and the kick in the pants to help make it happen. I love our friendship…thank you!

 

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The power - and pain - of authenticity, from William Powell @LeadrshpAdvisor

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'My Name My Story': Empowering High School Students through Storytelling

'My Name My Story': Empowering High School Students through Storytelling | Positive futures | Scoop.it

by Erika MacLeod

 

"Amit Dodani, a 15-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, talks about 'My Name My Story'--his youth-run leadership program to inspire the next generation of leaders."

 

"I encourage young people like myself to find their passion and run with it! Everyone's talents can be used for the greater good. For an athlete, it may be teaching disabled children how to play their sport. For a musician, it may be holding a charity concert to raise money for cancer. For a scientist, it may be working with corporations on finding new developments in medicine that can cure millions. For a writer, it may be writing inspirational poetry that moves people in healthy directions. For me, it is public speaking. I recently realized my words really can make a difference."

 
Via Jim Lerman
David Hain's insight:

You don't need to be old to be wise! Amit Dodani's story and how he is paying it forward.

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:46 AM

Uplifting article!

Patrice McDonough's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:10 PM

My goal is to help my students to make their story part of their Personal Branding message.  This article will be a good example for them. Thanks for sharing!

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.

Via Anne Leong
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Work on your resilience and mental strength to be fit for the future...

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:47 AM

I think ithe balance of mental strength and self-compassion is key to help you get stronger again when you fall.

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7 elements of thought leadership -- Washington Technology

7 elements of thought leadership -- Washington Technology | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It's not enough to be an expert. A true thought leaders shares knowledge and engages his community. Here are seven elements follow to be a thought leader.
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Thought leadership is a discipline, one that demands many things aside from the knowledge: you must be seen, known and trusted – and then you have a shot at being recognized by your niche as a thought leader.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:30 PM

It is definitely not enough to be an expert. We have too many of those. We need beginner's minds which opens up many possibilities rather than just the one in an expert mind.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, November 19, 2013 2:44 PM

A thought leader is an individual or company that is widely recognized as an authority in a specific niche.

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The future of digital

The future of digital
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Very authoriative deck about the digital marketplace.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:06 PM

A key message is that power is still highly concentrated. Are digital technology and social media the democratizing forces we thought they would be?

Michael Allenberg's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:17 AM

Important to everyone of us!!!

PowerStory's curator insight, December 1, 2013 11:38 AM

A very interesting and informative look into key metrics describing current and future trends related to digital marketing.

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Warmer World Will Keep Millions of People Trapped in Poverty, Says New Report

Regular food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa….degradation and loss of reefs in South East Asia resulting in reduced fish stocks….these are but a few of the likely impacts of a possible global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius in the next few...
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Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters - TanveerNaseer.com

Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters - TanveerNaseer.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of co-hosting the weekly #LeadFromWithin tweetchat with Lolly Daskal. The subject of my chat was “The Role of Empathy in Leadership” and I have to say I was gratified by both the level of participation and depth of contributions/insights which arose during the discussion (click here to download a PDF copy of the chat transcript).

 

Although I’ve written previously about the importance of empathy in leadership, I want to use last week’s talk as an opportunity to delve into this issue more, sharing some of the points I provided during the talk, as well as some of the insights proffered by the various participants. Here are the ten questions I asked participants as we discussed the role empathy plays in leadership.


Via Bill Palladino - MLUI, Don Cloud, Melissa Hartley, Bobby Dillard
David Hain's insight:

Great sense in the transcript from 2 of my SoMe #leadership heroes @tanveerNaseer and @LollyDaskal!

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:56 PM

Are you an empathic leader?  Or do you lead at the edges of your organization's input?

John Michel's curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:46 AM

Let’s be honest, when it comes to the keys for successful leadership, empathy is rarely included in such a list. However, instilling a sense of empathy in how you lead those under your care offers a number of advantages:

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:50 AM

Lovely article - we are born with three basic emotional needs - safety/trust, guidance/protection, and the need to be understood and accepted. Empathy creates loyal followers.

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3 Simple Steps On How To Use Mindfulness, Meditation and the Law Of Attraction to Build the Business of Your Dreams » FinerMinds

3 Simple Steps On How To Use Mindfulness, Meditation and the Law Of Attraction to Build the Business of Your Dreams » FinerMinds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Mindfulness and meditation are the essential keys to conscious creation in any aspect, but most importantly – in this case – your business.

Via Greg Clowminzer
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An interesting organisational take on mindfulness.

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Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, November 26, 2013 11:20 AM

I found this personnally rejuvenating, I use meditation and mindfulness to assist me in stressful situations. What do you use in your daily life to keep your sanity and expand your skills?

Greg Clowminzer's curator insight, January 21, 2014 1:43 PM

Take the Falling Awake 30-Day Meditation Challenge simply "Like" our Face Book Page and get the support you need to start or recommit to a meditation practice.

"Like" us Now! https://www.facebook.com/FallingAwake30DayMeditationChallenge

 

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Shifting to look at ‘what is right’ instead of ‘what is wrong’

Shifting to look at ‘what is right’ instead of ‘what is wrong’ | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Sometimes when we think of counselling or therapy, we think of Sigmund Freud, one of the founders of psychotherapy. One of Freud’s original beliefs is that something is wrong with a person when they come to therapy, and they need to figure out what is wrong and fix it.

This perspective continues to this day, that a counsellor needs to assist in helping a client fix things. However, there is a new approach that asks a different question. That is, what is right? What are your strengths? And how can we build upon those strengths?

This is often called positive psychology. Positive psychology has five beliefs, or pillars, that hold up and point to well-being.

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The 5 pillars of #positive #psychology.

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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 | Positive futures | 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


Via Belinda MJ.B, Bobby Dillard, Dr. Amy Fuller
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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
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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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The White House Champions of Change Program

The White House Champions of Change Program | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The White House Champions of Change program honors everyday Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities

Via Stephanie Sandifer
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Great initiative!

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The next billion consumers will not have lived in a world without social media

The future of business. Still think social media is a fad? The next billion consumers will never have lived in a world without it.
David Hain's insight:

Excellent deck.  My favourite quote: "Last year only 16% of CEOs used social media actively after signing up.  This is a bit like going to a newtworking lunch and standing in the corner!"

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The Power of Trust in Business

The Power of Trust in Business | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sooner or later every executive realizes that 99 percent of the people she depends on for success don’t report to her.
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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:46 AM

Trust is the most impotant thing!

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Getting an Ethics Code of Your Own

Getting an Ethics Code of Your Own | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Many people I’ve known and respected over the years have developed, over time, a personal code of their own.

Perhaps the most famous personal code belongs to Benjamin Franklin.

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You probably have a QR code, but do you have an E code?

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Future State 2030: The Global Megatrends Shaping Governments

Future State 2030: The Global Megatrends Shaping Governments | Positive futures | Scoop.it

KPMG in collaboration with the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, has published the report “Future State 2030: The global megatrends shaping governments”.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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How we need a long term view, yet politicians focus is on the next election...!

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 19, 2013 10:06 AM

Recommendations for strategic actions are clear: governments need to take a long term view on accelerating social and environmental challenges. Their advice boils down in three categories: needs, structures and skills.

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The Scary And Amazing Future Of Work

The Scary And Amazing Future Of Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The nature of work itself is changing for knowledge workers. During this decade, location will cease to be a barrier; many types of work will done as micro-tasks; and we will be collaborating in new ways. Not only will our employers take our offices away, but they will also expect us to be at their beck and call — and live balanced and healthy lives according to corporate standards.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Denis Pennel, ManpowerGroup France, Pierre Wouters
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ManpowerGroup France's curator insight, November 19, 2013 9:41 AM

Sur l''Atelier de l'emploi >  Le futur du travail : l'agilité ou le néant

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, February 23, 2014 5:01 AM

[KEY POINTS ]


The nature of work is changing for knowledge workers. During this decade, location will cease to be a barrier; many types of work will done as micro-tasks; and we will be collaborating in new ways. Not only will our employers take our offices away, but they will also expect us to be available at any time.



Increasingly our workforce is performing tasks that require knowledge and skill. Accounting firms, lawyers and doctors routinely outsource basic tasks. Small projects can be outsourced through websites to freelancers anywhere in the world.


Crowdsourcing is making it possible for work to be done simultaneously by many people — no matter where they are. Rather than locking workers in departmental silos, companies are encouraging employees to communicate with each other on internal social-media sites.


There are video-conferencing technologies in development which use multiple screens to allow people in different locations to collaborate and share electronic information. Technology is already available to allow seminar presenters to appear as holograms right in your home or office..


We can expect Google Glass-type devices to bring the computer display to our body so that we view the screen on our glasses and don’t need to sit at a desk any more. 


And then there will be demands by our employers for us to better manage our lifestyles—so that they can reduce their health bills and get more out of us. 


The future is happening faster than (most of us) realise.

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How to Achieve a Flow State

How to Achieve a Flow State | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Many people recently asked me to talk more about the flow state - a topic I touched on in last week's post.“Flow”, the state where we feel in command of what we do, do it effortlessly, and perform at
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11 ways to beat depression naturally

11 ways to beat depression naturally | Positive futures | Scoop.it
How many antidepressant users actually need them? Discover helpful tips to kick depression on your own, in chemical-free ways.

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The Center for Mindful Eating - Principles

The Center for Mindful Eating - Principles | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Mindful Eating is:

Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food preparation and consumption by respecting your own inner wisdom. Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to you and nourishing to your body by using all your senses to explore, savor and taste.Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without judgment.Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decision to begin eating and to stop eating.


Via Dr. Amy Fuller, Bobby Dillard
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It really works!

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:12 PM

Principles for eating mindfully by Dr. Jan Chozen Bays and the board of The Center for Mindful Eating. 

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:48 AM

A great way to make healthier choices and let go of the guilt and weight obsession.