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Attitudes and Actions that Bring Out the Best in You and Others
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3 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Growing

3 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Growing | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A few simple tips to keep you from getting stuck in a rut in your marriage. (Don't let your relationship get stuck in a rut of mediocrity.
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Marriage is the most important relationship you can have with another person, and it is so worth the effort. Here are three actions to take to keep your marriage headed in the right direction:

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The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function creative thinking and memory performance. Ready set . . . snooze.

Via Anne Leong, Create Wise Leader
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Naps aren’t for everyone, though. I’ve heard lots of people say naps don’t make them feel better, so I wanted to explore how naps affect your brain and whether they really are good for you or not.

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Managing CEO transitions | McKinsey & Company

Managing CEO transitions | McKinsey & Company | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
A leader’s best chance to lock in new organizational norms is usually during the first few months on the job. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

Via David Hain
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When organizations are provided with a clear and simple road-map, they can move with purpose and focus, leaving room for individual imagination and experience to fill in the details. But when they are deluged with long lists of priorities and complex tactics dressed up in fancy words, people's eyes glaze over and confusion reigns.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:43 PM

A classic 1994 article by McKinsey - still pretty relevant.

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How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement

How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
If you've ever worked for a bad boss, you've probably uttered these famous words .... "I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!

Via Richard Andrews
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If you’ve ever worked for a bad boss, you’ve probably uttered these famous words …. “I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!” Bad bosses destroy morale and employee engagement and, more often than not, they brighten up the whole company when they quit or are finally fired. So what makes someone a bad boss? Check out these 15  signs and symptoms: 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 18, 2013 4:52 PM

Totally agree with John Michel's insight. 

 

I highly recommend feedback that serves, as  a tool that may help.  There are some bad bosses who may be unaware of how they are negatively affecting others. 

 

Some, not all, but some. 

 

 

Richard Lock's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:52 AM

Sadly this is still a more common employee experience than you might expect.

Martina Preece's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:29 AM

a blue print how NOT to be a boss able to encourage and inspire your team!!!!

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The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally)

The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally) | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why years of research are finally making a dent. (Compassion does not mean weak or lack of focus, drive or ambition...
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 The more compassion we can practice (starting right now), the better. And given that we spend so much of our lives at work, there is no better place to start than with the person in the next cubicle.

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Resilience Through Mindful Leadership

Resilience Through Mindful Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In my experience, mindful people make much better leaders than frenetic, aggressive ones. They understand their reactions to stress and crises, and understand their impact on others.

Via Anne Leong
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The best way to become more resilient is to develop oneself into a calm, compassionate and adaptable Mindful Leader.

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When Life Sucks!

When Life Sucks! | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
In college my room mate was one of those perpetually perky people. In a visceral reaction to her unrelenting positivity, I responded with sharp-tongued barbs intended to wilt her enthusiasm.
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It is not always easy to find the positive when life throws us a curveball. But reality changes with every shift of thought and attitude.

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The Right Way to Rally Your Troops

The Right Way to Rally Your Troops | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Lessons from three CEOs facing crises. (Great read on positive #Leadership in trying times.
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Leaders face enormous public and employee scrutiny when their companies are failing. Many have to measure their success in terms of stock price and market share, and when those slip, everyone sees it happening, reads about it in the business pages, watches it on CNBC. How do the best CEOs confront that challenge? When the heat is on, and pressure intense, how do they rally their troops?

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Why You Can't Find A Job You Love - Forbes

Why You Can't Find A Job You Love - Forbes | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Why You Can't Find A Job You Love
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Do you ever wake up in the morning and ask yourself: “Am I in the right job?” “At the right company?” “On the right career path?” “Doing what I am supposed to be doing with my life?
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Do you ever wake up in the morning and ask yourself: “Am I in the right job?” “At the right company?” “On the right career path?” “Doing what I am supposed to be doing with my life?” If so, you are not alone.

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7 Miserable Choices You Make Too Often

7 Miserable Choices You Make Too Often | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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It’s time to cut out the habits that have been holding you back, change the tune, clean the house, and get rid of the dust and dirt.  Stop denying yourself a fair chance at a good life.  Stop being who you were, and become who you truly are.


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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:17 PM

Be honest ... how many of these bad habits are you guilty of?

 

For me ... I'm doing much better at not doing 4 of these, but I still got a lot of work to do on the other 3 -- but these positive changes are the result of hard-fought changes over time (I used to be guilty of all 7).

 

Looking in the mirror, how can you turn some of these same issues around and into opportunities for growth?  It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.

 

Final thought:  As a mentor, it's important to be mindful of these very same factors manifesting in the leaders you are trying to cultivate ... in order to help them find a better and more sustainable path to success and happiness.

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Job Hopping Is the 'New Normal' for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare

Job Hopping Is the 'New Normal' for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce's youngest employees is about half that.
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Workers today know they could be laid off at any time – after all, they saw it happen to their parents – so they plan defensively and essentially consider themselves “free agents.

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4 Essentials of Humble Leadership

4 Essentials of Humble Leadership | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Avoiding narcissism and embracing humility will inspire employee loyalty and improve teamwork.
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Humility is an essential attribute for a great leader. After all, if you can't acknowledge your weaknesses or recognize the role of others in your successes, it will be that much harder to build your business.
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20 Motivational Business Quotes to Read Every Morning

20 Motivational Business Quotes to Read Every Morning | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Like most entrepreneurs, my office is cluttered with motivational books, approaches and quotes. Some of these quotes are taped to my desk, while others are hanging on the wall to review every hour or (Thank you for sharing.
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Do you read motivational quotes as part of your work day? Do you have any particular sayings that have made a difference in your life?

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5 Ways to be a Better Mentor | Market By Numbers

5 Ways to be a Better Mentor | Market By Numbers | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Mentoring is also a more significant part of the economy today than since, perhaps, apprentorship in the craftsman age. Why? The rise of entrepreneurship and the freelance economy is similar to the craftsman age since as ...

Via Don Cloud
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The requirements for high-quality mentoring have changed, but in most environments outside of major tech hubs, the practice of mentoring has not kept pace.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:59 AM

It's not enough to be a good leader ... great leaders are great mentors.  But just as leadership is an art, so too is mentoring.  This article has some very useful insight with regards to how to be a better mentor.

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Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People - Tomas ...

Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People - Tomas ... | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can’t just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. 

Via Richard Andrews
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Although every organization claims to care about innovation, very few are willing to do what it takes to keep their creative people happy, or at least, productive. So what are the keys to engaging and retaining creative employees?

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, September 19, 2013 5:55 PM

Any leaders has had the priviledge of of working with the types described here. Some excellent tips.

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'Four powerful thoughts on how we can face any challenge' - An exceptional skills journey by 14 year old Alya Naseer

'Four powerful thoughts on how we can face any challenge' - An exceptional skills journey by 14 year old Alya Naseer | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
This guest blog is one which I am very keen to publish and truly excited about. Alya Naseer, from Canada, is an incredibly focussed and inspiring individual, who has written a book at the age of 14...

Via David Hain
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Wise words from a young source of inspiration. 

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David Hain's curator insight, September 18, 2013 11:37 AM

Truly remarkable young lady - we will hear more from her.  Excellent piece of work! @TanveerNaseer must be very proud!

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What Happened to Employee Loyalty?

What Happened to Employee Loyalty? | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
I wrote a Q & A column advising a guy who was conflicted about his work obligations versus his commitments at home.This fellow's job put him in situations where on a moment's notice, he'd have to

Via Danielle M. Villegas, Amy Ragsdale
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It isn't difficult to earn the loyalty of our team members. We only need to be loyal, back.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:32 PM

I could relate to this article too well. Having been a consultant or temp for the past five years, and not being able to find permanent work vs. contract work, the same still applies very often. The same expectations are made to do your duties and perform as if you are an employee, yet you don't even get the same benefits or treatment. Some would argue that some consultants make a lot of money, so they can afford to get their own benefits, but I have yet to find that to be true. In two out of three cases of my own, I was actually underpaid by half. But the treatment--even as someone who is technically a non-employee--is the same. We just have even more on the line, at least based on my own experiences. Sometimes we have good experiences, and sometimes we have not so good. Consultants/temps are always on the bottom of the totem pole, as it is. We put in the same work, but given less credit very often. Not always, but usually.  

This is definitely a must-read. It's a dynamic that all companies have to work on getting the right balance.

--techcommgeekmom 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:50 PM

A look at the research tells us that in the early 1980's companies began downsizing. This is a chicken and egg scenario. What loyalty disappeared first: employer or employee?

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Don't Be A Quitter: Perseverance Is One Of The Most Underestimated Skills of Successful People

Don't Be A Quitter: Perseverance Is One Of The Most Underestimated Skills of Successful People | The Second Mile | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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Success is not about avoiding problems - it is about perseverance and overcoming them. If you really want to learn from the most successful people, rather than enviously dreaming about their success, try to find out about the problems they faced on the way and how they overcame them. You’ll learn lots more than by reading about their achievements and how perfect their lives are.

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Career risks: Tips for deciding which are worth taking

Career risks: Tips for deciding which are worth taking | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Career risks: Tips for deciding which are worth taking - Get Career Advice from the experts at CareerBuilder.com (Is that career risk worth the reward? Go with your gut.
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"Nothing ventured, nothing gained." The motto sounds simple enough -- until you try to apply it. From fears of making the wrong move to worries about looking foolish, taking a career risk is not an easy thing to do.

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Unity in Leadership Part 5: Humility Builds Unity

Unity in Leadership Part 5: Humility Builds Unity | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Unity in Leadership Part 5: Humility Builds Unity http://t.co/WI0EurGnk7 via @credera
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 Humility is thinking of oneself less. Putting the needs of others ahead of our own because we have the best interest of others in mind. These are the people you want on your team.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:11 PM

Humility is thinking of oneself less. Putting the needs of others ahead of our own because we have the best interest of others in mind. These are the people you want on your team.

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5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine

5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
5 Steps for Leaders Struggling to Lead Positive Change http://t.co/ppvXONMRWz
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Here are a few tips to help you enlist multiple sources of influence in leading positive change in your own organization -

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The Single Most Important Management Tool to Grow Your Business

The Single Most Important Management Tool to Grow Your Business | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Is your organization ready to succeed? Unlock the single most important tool that you as a manager can utilize to grow or transform your business effectively.
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Successful organizations have an infrastructure of people, processes and structures that are informed and engaged on the same strategy.  This engagement allows them to absorb objectives into their roles and interpret what they can do to bring the most value to the collective result.  When you can get all the pieces in your infrastructure working together efficiently (without wasted time and resources), you will succeed at achieving your NEW direction.

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Marcus Aldrin Andersson's curator insight, September 19, 2013 1:17 PM

Some insightfull thoughts on managing what is and what could be. 

Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, September 27, 2013 11:50 AM
Richard: Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, September 27, 2013 11:51 AM
Daniel: Thanks for sharing your wisdom. As a Change Management Specialist, resistance to change is the number 1 reason businesses fail to thrive or die.
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From Negative Feelings to Positive Action.

From Negative Feelings to Positive Action. | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
Image sourceNegative emotion motivates change. Without negative feelings you get more of the same. Emotions like sadness, fear, anger, and hatred, typically indicate something’s wrong. Negative emo...
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Negative emotion motivates change. Without negative feelings you get more of the same. Emotions like sadness, fear, anger, and hatred, typically indicate something’s wrong.

Negative emotions challenge.

Positive emotions confirm.
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It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionaire

It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionaire | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
The three kinds of purpose behind most great business success stories.
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You don't have to be a billionaire to appreciate that true wealth comes from:

1. Making the world more beautiful. 
2. Making the world more fun. 
3. Making the world more efficient and smart.


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Learning Humility - Patheos

Learning Humility - Patheos | The Second Mile | Scoop.it
We got a mattress. It's the first big ticket purchase we've made in a long time so it's kind of a big deal. The delivery guys were coming between 9 and 12 on Saturday to drop it off. This was good. I don't work Saturday, Haley ...
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An honest look into humility. 

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