The Leadership Secret Most Leaders Haven’t Mastered photo: Amplified Group, Creative Commons I admit it: I’m a bit of a leadership junkie. I love reading books about leadership, hearing about the newest theories, and studying the techniques of great leaders. One of my new favorites is called The Profit, where successful businessman Marcus Lemonis partners with failing businesses to both bail them out and help them up. It resembles Shark Tank slightly, because Lemonis invests large amounts of money into these businesses. It’s not just about the money. Recently, I watched an episode about a used car dealership that was about 7 million dollars in debt. “I’m going to be 100% in charge,” is Lemonis’s catch phrase, and it fits. Of course, the owner of the company protests at first. In this case, the owner of the dealership had invested a good portion of his money in big screen TVs for the waiting room and an arcade in one corner. When Lamonis took over the dealership, he really took it over. But that was not the owner’s reaction.
Types of Meditation - An Overview of 22 Techniques | High Existence Welcome to HighExistence :) HighExistence (HE) is a community of conscious individuals centered around pondering, exploring & expanding this wondrous experience called life. Join Take a tour Hide This Site not loading correctly? Click here for the original link » Posted by Shubham Kashyap You must sign in or join to comment! Click here to join the our site-wide 30 Day Meditation Challenge! More Posts Like This Today February 4, 2015 New psychedelic species of lichen discovered Must Read Researchers have tentatively identified tryptamine, psilocybin, and 5-MeO-DMT in the lichen. Our True Common Ground Are we all so separate after all? A 15 Minute Mind-Hack to Massively Enhance Your Brain Power A 15 Minute Mind-Hack to Massively Enhance Your Brain Power and Emotional State. I Spent 3 Minutes Inside a -264 Degree Cryotherapy Machine elease an eight ball's worth of endorphins, improve sleep, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation & smooth wrinkles The truth behind the secret TTIP trade deal Must Read
The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement Has your company cracked the employee engagement piece yet? Very few companies that I’m aware of seem to be happy with their levels of engagement and are constantly looking for new ways to tackle the issue. Our friends and staff survey specialists at Scancapture have looked at employee engagement from a psychology point of view in the graphic above. Do you remember Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs theory was fully expressed in his 1954 book Motivation and Personality. According to Wikipedia, the hierarchy remains a very popular framework in sociology research, management training and secondary and higher psychology instruction. So why not apply it to employee engagement. Maslow’s idea was that people have to satisfy basic human needs like eating, being safe and comfortable in your environment before you can start thinking about personal growth and intellectual development. So how can we apply this in a workplace context? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
5 Powerful Exercises to Increase Your Mental Strength | Amy Morin Building mental strength is about regulating your emotions, managing your thoughts, and behaving in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Mental strength involves more than just willpower; it requires hard work and commitment. Growing stronger requires you to establish healthy habits, while also giving up the unhealthy habits that could hold you back from becoming better. Although it's easier to feel mentally strong when life seems simple -- often, true mental strength becomes most apparent in the midst of adversity. Many exercises exist that can help you develop mental strength. 1. Sometimes, core beliefs are inaccurate and unproductive. Identify and evaluate your core beliefs. 2. Save your mental energy for productive tasks, such as solving problems and setting goals. 3. Identify and replace overly negative thoughts with thoughts that are more productive. 4. Sometimes it makes sense to behave contrary to your emotions. Practice behaving like the person you'd like to become.
Don’t Hold People Accountable—Do This Instead Managers often miss the most important part of performance management conversations by focusing only on results and accountability, says Susan Fowler, author of the new book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … and What Does. In an interview for The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Ignite newsletter Fowler recommends that managers shift their focus from holding people accountable for results to looking at creating the type of environment where people will take on the responsibility for those results themselves. “There is a huge difference between seeing your job as holding people accountable for results versus helping them to be accountable. “People are always motivated,” explains Fowler. Fowler encourages leaders to recognize different Motivational Outlooks—or reasons people are motivated. Suboptimal Motivational Outlooks are generated by external incentives such as money, rewards, status, and power, or negative repercussions if targets aren’t met. Take a Different Approach Like this:
Here's what happiness looks like when you buy it. Don't be that person. "Alan Watts" isn't exactly a household name. Click image to Zoom Recognize this guy? Yeah, neither did I. Watts was a British philosopher. But I hope most households will one day tune in to his way of life. The ideas are a little shocking, but hear them out. You hear that? "Making plans for the future is of use only to people who are capable of living completely in the present." Cheers to that. If you wanna listen to Watts' full six-minute spiel, hit play on the video below.
6 management styles and when best to use them - The Leaders Tool Kit - Leaders in Heels | For Successful Women in Business Think back on your career and the managers you have had. I am sure that you have had good managers and others who were maybe not so great. When I ask people to list what made the good managers “good”, most of the examples they give me are to do with behaviour, or style. One of the interesting things about style is that managers with the most flexibility in style get the best outcomes from their people. According to Hay-McBer there are six key leadership or management styles. The DIRECTIVE (Coercive) style has the primary objective of immediate compliance from employees: The “do it the way I tell you” managerClosely controls employeesMotivates by threats and discipline Effective when: There is a crisisWhen deviations are risky Not effective when: Employees are underdeveloped – little learning happens with this styleEmployees are highly skilled – they become frustrated and resentful at the micromanaging. Clear directions and standards neededThe leader is credible Ineffective when:
Muse Brain Sensing Headband During my senior year of college I was very into meditation. Apart from knowing full well all its virtues (I’d read all the studies), I needed it pretty desperately. There was the looming tempest of graduation and all its requisite preoccupations, and then there was my living situation: a closet-sized two-bedroom apartment I shared with a nocturnal (though otherwise lovely) computer programmer, two passive-aggressive women and their equally passive-aggressive cats. So I bought incense. I bought a sitting cushion. I made a makeshift shrine on my windowsill with plants and a votive candle from a bodega. MORE MINDFULNESS: Cell Phones vs Seneca | In Search of Mindfulness at a Roving Yoga Festival | A Week with the Fruitarians As mentioned, plenty of studies have shown the benefits of meditation. Well, InteraXon Inc. has done that and more with the Muse Brain Sensing Headband ($299), a therapeutic piece of wearable tech that measures its wearer’s brain waves, and the accompanying Calm app.
A Better Way to Address Performance Issues “Will or skill” is an insufficient question when addressing performance issues. This model works okay if it’s truly a “skill” issue because managers know what to do next. They train, coach, or assign a buddy. But the “will issue” answer often begins a slide down a slippery slope of assumptive questions: Why doesn’t she care?How can I motivate him to do more? Once you label someone as disengaged, it’s difficult to see them any differently. The Confidence Competence Model The next time you’re dealing with a performance management problem, try starting with the lens of confidence and competence. High-Competence/High-Confidence: Challenge Me This could be an employee in the perfect sweet spot of positive energy and flow, or may be becoming a bit bored and longing for more. High-Competence/Low-Confidence: Encourage Me The good news is you’ve got skills to work with. Low-Competence/High Confidence: Coach Me This employee needs help seeing his strengths and developmental opportunities more clearly.
Mindfulness exercises - Living Well Mindfulness exercises allow you to be able to identify, tolerate and reduce difficult, painful and even frightening thoughts, feelings and sensations. Mindfulness gives you back some sense of mastery over our thoughts and feelings. Rather than having the sense that you are being pushed around by your feelings and thoughts you learn to be able to have some agency over them. So what is this thing called mindfulness? Below are some definitions: The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment (Kabat-Zinn, 2003).The non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise (Baer, 2003).Keeping one’s complete attention to the experience on a moment to moment basis (Martlett & Kristeller, 1999). Put simply, mindfulness is as simple as becoming aware of your here and now experience, both internally and in the external world around you.
These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World Join us in Miami, Chicago or Denver for our Accelerate Your Business event series kicking off in February. Discover solutions to optimize team performance, improve company productivity, and position your business for continued success. See dates and details » My first college business professor was a fanatical Peter Drucker devotee. He launched our course with a dissection of Drucker’s The Effective Executive and concluded with a thorough reading of The Practice of Management. Through my professor's tireless evangelism, I developed a keen appetite for the timeless wisdom of this prescient thought leader. Related: How the Advice of the Past Can Save Us Now Young entrepreneurs unfamiliar with Drucker would do well to study his insightful commentary on the world of "management." Even after all these years, 10 Peter Drucker quotes still bounce around in my head constantly: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Related: Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right in Your Company 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Click to Enlarge+
Mastering the Mind and Body Through Meditation, Jiu-Jitsu and Ayahuasca with Nicolas Gregoriades| the midwest real podcast Nic Gregoriades is a world-traveling, ayahuasca-drinking, elite Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He’s founder of the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood and co-host of The Journey Podcast. Via Midwest Real “Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived” – Osho What a mind-blasting reminder that is, “life is not a problem.” Overcoming that conditioning isn’t about running off into the woods and becoming a Luddite. As Buddha says, “a meditator loses all of his questions.” Nicolas Gregoriades, aka Nic Gabriel does it. Despite all that, Nic is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve.