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Friday, November 29, 2013

Positive Leadership: Never Give Up On A Dream


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Positive Leadership: Reaching for the Top


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Positive Leadership: What is Talent?

Talent is a set of personal characteristics that enhance one’s ability to achieve expertise in an accelerated manner.  

These traits allow one to improve at quicker rates than others in their field that are at the same level of expertise/fitness/skill, etc.  This is because talent is one’s ability to adapt to training and develop skills in their specialized field.  

Talent exists when strong genetics and a desire to practice come together to create superior ability for a specific activity.  It can only exist along with a deliberate interest.  Because of this, talent will often only become apparent after a moderate amount of practice as this is when one’s ability to adapt and improve is more clearly visible.  


Monday, November 25, 2013

Positive Leadership: Staying in the Present

Not many people can say their office is a mountain. Then again, not many people can say they're a two-time Olympian alpine skier, either.

Kaylin Richardson can say both of those things, and attributes her success to a simple principle: staying present. "If you're not present people can tell," she says. "You might not realise it but if your mind is somewhere else when you're talking with someone they'll know--you're not connecting with them." 

Of course, living in the moment doesn't just apply to racing down a mountain face at blistering speeds: taking a zen-like approach in business can pay dividends. "In this day and age we're bombarded with stimulus all the time--being present is something that resonates and people respond to that."


Friday, November 22, 2013

Positive Leadership: Motivate Yourself By Visualising Your Goals

Motivation expert Jon Gordon visits TODAY to offer some tips on motivating yourself to organize yourself, stay connected to friends and family, and achieve a healthier life.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Positive Leadership: Excellence

"If you want to achieve Excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than Excellent work. The first 99.9% of getting from here to there is the determination to do it and not to compromise, no matter what set of road blocks those around you erect.” 
Tom Peters


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Positive Leadership: Teaching Young People to be Entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur since childhood, Cameron Herold wants parents and teachers to recognise -- and foster -- entrepreneurial talent in kids.

For 20 years, Cameron Herold has been coaching entrepreneurs on five continents, helping them build their companies. He started BackPocket COO to coach and mentor young, fun companies -- and help them make their dreams happen. Herold was a leading force behind one of the most successful new business ventures of the last decade, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. He was Chief Operating Officer for nearly seven years. Prior to that, he was VP of Corporate Development at Ubarter.com.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Positive Leadership: Let Ideas Flow

Business innovator Nilofer Merchant (Twitter @nilofer) thinks deeply about the frameworks, strategies and cultural values of companies. She has been helping to grow businesses -- from Fortune 500s to web startups -- for 20 years. Today she serves on boards for both public and private companies, and writes books about collaboration. 

In this TED talk, she suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.  

For more, see: http://nilofermerchant.com/

And here is an interesting and challenging (for many reasons) comment on the above talk from Korea!

'Enjoyed the video. Great idea! I am a high school student in Korea, and we have to stay more than 11 hours a day sitting. Much exceeding the sleeping hours, 6 hours maximum. I really do want to adopt your idea to my usual life, because girls here are experiencing the serious effects of sitting all day; we are getting rounder and rounder every day. However, I cannot really think of a way. Any good advise?? :('

Monday, November 18, 2013

Positive Leadership: Dedication


Friday, November 15, 2013

Positive Leadership: Service


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Positive Leadership: 10 Questions for Condoleezza Rice

 Professor Condoleezza Rice was the 66th US Secretary of State.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Positive Leadership: Mentors


Elevate your game.
Believe in your potential and talent.
Challenge limitations.
Protect from danger.
Build character.
Enhance opportunities.
Share their life with candour and transparency.
Solve “with” not “for.”
Exemplify qualities you want to develop.
Connect you with others.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Positive Leadership: Entrepreneurial Advice

Business advice from Sheldon Adelson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Charlie Munger, Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, Jim Pattison, Charles Koch and Sunil Mittal


Monday, November 11, 2013

Positive Leadership: Leadership Development

To become an effective CEO, work for companies committed to leadership development, and take responsibility for your own development on the job. Joseph L. Bower, Professor, Harvard Business School. 


Friday, November 08, 2013

Positive Leadership: Control is for Beginners

Carl Størmer is the founder of Jazzcode.

As Carl shows us in this video, by jamming with two people he’d never practised with before, sometimes you just need to let go. A jazz musician needs to stop controlling and start trusting his band members’ competency and artistry. This trust, the willingness to let go and allow for space, allows band members take risk (that’s what a jazz solo is!) and try something new and different — while being supported by their band-mates. Without that support, you get a chaos of sound. With too much control, you don’t get jazz.

Carl’s wife, Ane, sums up this attitude with her own adage: “Control is for beginners.”

Spontaneity and relinquishing control provide enormous advantages, even if it takes a certain kind of non-practice to feel comfortable with it. Jazz musicians know that. Innovators should learn that as well… because sometimes, control really is for beginners.


Thursday, November 07, 2013

Positive Leadership: The Importance of Enduring Values

On 8 May 2010 Angela Ahrendts, former ceo of Burberry and now retail chief at Apple, returned to her alma mater, Ball State University in Indiana, to give the commencement address. 


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Positive Leadership: Expectations Drive Behaviour

‘Expectations drive behaviour. If we expect to do poorly we will behave in ways that ensure a poor performance. Negotiation is problem solving. The goal is not to get a deal; the goal is to get a good deal.’  Margaret Neale

Margaret Neale is the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. In particular, she studies cognitive and social processes that produce departures from effective negotiating behaviour. Within the context of teams, her work explores aspects of team composition and group process that enhance the ability of teams to share the information necessary for learning and problem solving in both face-to-face and virtual team environments.


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Positive Leadership: The Link Between Emotion and Sales

Robert Senior is CEO Europe, Middle East and Africa, Saatchi & Saatchi.

In this video he talks about how love, emotion, actions and sales are closely aligned.


Monday, November 04, 2013

Positive Leadership: The Greatest Leaders Are Driven by a Purpose Beyond Profit


Friday, November 01, 2013

Positive Leadership: What is Good Leadership?

Jeremy Marchant of Emotional Intelligence discusses in this IOD video why good leadership means more than just glorified management.

Good leadership is actually a relationship of equals where the person leading recognises the most powerful way they can ensure the enterprise they are responsible for thrives is one in which they let go of their ego and essentially empower everyone else in the team to do the best job.