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Wonder In The Workplace: How Curiosity Can Prepare Us For The Future Of Work

I keep a number of quotes in my work office wall for a routine reading throughout my days. One of them is by 92 years’ young Benedictine monk David Steindl Rast. It says, “Today is a wonderful new day, I have never seen it before.” We live in a sea of complex and contradictory messages concerning the nature of our value and standards in this day of age. There are constant tensions we are being asked to manage between the agendas of the individual and the collective, the organization and the constituents, the government and the society, etc. Whether we are…

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Nº 230

Challenge is Different than Stress…

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During a genuine conversation reviewing an organization’s philosophy to talent management last week, one leader asked the difference between “having healthy tension” and “toxic tension” in the environment. That’s a brilliant question I thought may benefit many of us… As human beings, we do require and thrive on some healthy tension. Specifically, our performance can improve in snip bits when challenged with a specific end in mind. In that scenario, stress is our friend. It is an innate protective mechanism that intends to serve us – for our safety and wellbeing. When used at the right time with the right…

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Developing A Sense Of Responsibility: Why Emotional Insight Is Critical For The Future Of Work

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The aim of future organizations is to cultivate an environment, where the majority of its constituents (if not all) can thrive through unleashing of potential and the aim of leadership is to grow independent artists that can effectively participate in the process of recreation. There is one major roadblock to the acclaimed mission – the condition of our human spirits. Majority of us start our adult working lives on a condition of dependency. Similar to an experience in childhood, we have a need to gain new knowledge, to develop skills through application and to grow a sense of intuitive intelligence…

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The Importance Of Foresight: Why Intuition And Imagination Will Be Critical In The Future Of Work

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In his book Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman refers to the parts of our brain, where he suggests there are two competing intelligence at play. He specifies one area affiliated to “system 1” which is known to be an area relying on speed in decision making and on emotion in information perceiving. System 1 is based largely on our instinct and intuition unconsciously stored by past experiences that are often rapidly available to memory. The second area is affiliated to “system 2” which is known to be an area for slow and deliberate decision making and more rational in information…

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Conquering Institutional Fear: Standing Up For Ourselves And Others

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Someone filing their nails in a public place. Someone walking rather quickly behind us on a dark night. Watching an act of violence on TV. We all have events we can picture those trigger physiological reactions in us and make the hair on the back of our neck stand up! Human feelings and thoughts – though they originate in the brain – have a strong connection to our bodies. Philosophers have argued this for years and more recently neuroscience has shown that emotions and thoughts infuse both the mind and the body. While thinking negative thoughts or feeling negative emotions…

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Everyday Abundance: Why We Must Invest In Finding Purpose

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Do you recall that time when you asked yourself why you were here on earth and what you were living for? Or the time you stood in your office wondering why you had taken on your current responsibility? Or the time you had made a choice and stepped into faith to feel like you have lost your way? I do… Throughout my life and career, I have found myself checking in on my purpose time and time again. Take this one time as an example: It was a crisp fall evening I left my executive office admiring the art on…

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Can Business Drive Meaning And Meaningfulness In The Workplace?

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The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) was once again held in Davos, Switzerland. A majority of us have the perception that the WEF is some kind of a billionaires’ club. In some ways, it is, though I discovered during last year’s attendance that it is not exactly true. It is an event many executives of highly prestigious companies gather in, dining and wining separately from the rest of the crowd – some throwing lush parties at their very own venues; yet, there is also a community of leaders, subject matter experts, and activists invited, who have undoubtedly devoted their lives…

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The Transformative Power Of Love In Leadership: How To Cultivate A Culture That Leads From Love

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Earlier I published the first piece in a series regarding the transformative power of love in leadership and why it matters in the 21st-century leadership. As children, most of us experience a deep sense of connection, as if we are a part of something bigger, a broader existence causing us to lead from a place of love, having the peace and comfort of belonging in our hearts. As we grow older, however, with our conscious and all the information is taken in, we find ourselves slowly separate from this sense of belonging and pride. We see a human being behave in a…

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Nº 223

Which Leadership Behaviors Drive Positive Employee Outcomes?

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Leaders are a key element of any workplace: they play a big role in any people process, from selection to talent management and training. In every workforce, employer branding or employee experience survey, leadership comes up as a key category and every kitchen conversation has leader influence as a topic when discussing employee satisfaction, commitment, performance, or even turn over. AND, Leaders can help employees deliver work at the best level possible. To achieve this, however, they need to motivate folks to perform. In what exactly can people leaders make a difference? Research across 87 studies found that [effective] managers…

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The Transformative Power Of Love In Leadership

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  “There exists a form of power and intelligence that represents the highest point of human potential,” says Robert Greene in his book, Mastery. Arguably, it may be the ultimate source of greatest achievements, discoveries, influences in human history. It is the kind of power and intelligence that’s not necessarily taught and can be hardly found in our scholarly curriculums; and one that supports us in our life journeys towards leadership. The problem with this form of power and intelligence is that because it’s rare to experience in time, it requires life-long work to grasp and calls on the courageous heart…

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