4 Sure-Fire Ways To GET Valuable Feedback (Part 2)

GIVE & TAKE. You know how to give valuable feedback. As established in part 1, valuable feedback is the the sustenance we all need to grow and develop (protein, etc.).* But do you know how to ensure the feedback you GET from others is valuable? How do you know if the feedback giver is being totally…

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How To GIVE Valuable Feedback While Motivating Others To Improve (Part 1)

5 KEY INGREDIENTS. “Do it better.” How would you feel if you got this feedback from your boss? How would it affect your motivation? Giving valuable feedback isn’t easy. For feedback to be of value to the receiver it’s got to be clear and concrete. Above all, it should provide guidance and be delivered with…

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3 Concrete Ways To Cultivate CURIOSITY ~ The Driving Force Behind True Innovation

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. From Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the evidence that curiosity was the driving force behind many great creations is indisputable. Mr. Disney even called it the key to his company’s success. In Curious: The Desire To Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, Ian Leslie puts things…

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Strategic Approach To Setting Boundaries & Managing Your Workload (part 1)

“Take a strategic approach to setting boundaries and managing your workload.” Within a week of posting this sentence, it had 300 views on LinkedIn – double what most posts get in 2 weeks. It got me thinking: “Have I lost touch with this topic as I’ve become better at saying ‘no’ and managing my own…

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3 Simple Guidelines to Say What You Do with Maximum Impact

JA ODER NEIN? “The Perfect Elevator Pitch. 6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch. The Key Components of a Powerful Elevator Pitch…” You know it’s in your best interest to have a short speech ready in case you bump into an influential person in your professional sphere, right? “Jein”, as the Germans love to say.Yes,…

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How to Rise to the Decision-Making Challenge Like a Champion

THE BUCK STOPS HERE. After taking the decision to leave his DJK Würzburg club in smallville Germany, Dirk Nowitzki was chosen in the 1998 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately traded to the perennial losers Dallas Mavericks. After a difficult start with his new club in the much bigger league, Nowitzki went on to lead the Dallas…

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How To Unlock Your Hidden Dragon Right Now

“Do I have permission to be creative?” This would be an irrelevant question to any artist or entrepreneur. After all, there’s no need to get permission for something that comes naturally. But not everyone is Walt Disney or Steve Jobs. Where does that leave the rest of us? Do we need permission? Most of us…

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How to Make Change Catch Fire Like a Pyromaniac

An ‘e’ ticket? How did you feel the first time you left home with one of these in your pocket? Partly naked, I’m sure. “Never leave home without your ID, money or ticket.” I realize there’s a whole generation or two who might laugh at this 20th century Golden Rule. However, the e-ticket was revolutionary…

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How To Lead A Difficult Conversation In A Way That Builds Trust

“I’ve noticed that you’ve been late on a few deadlines recently.  Your motivation also seems to be quite low in our weekly meetings. My concern is that this is affecting your performance.  Do you have any thoughts on where my observations might be coming from?” Giving positive feedback or announcing a promotion are examples of…

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6 Powerful Behaviors To Facilitate Positive Change

Change comes about as a result of accepting what is, rather than a striving to be different (Beisser 1970). This was the key idea I presented in the Pulse article, “3 Powerful Steps to Embrace the Change Paradox“. For any team leader or manager wishing to facilitate positive change in an individual, team, group or organization,…

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7 Leadership Behaviors for Rock-Solid Commitment

If you like movies and you’re in a position of leadership, this movie is for you. Monsieur Gustav H. builds rock-solid commitment in everyone he touches at The Grand Budapest Hotel – one of the best films of 2014! Here are 7 timeless lessons (with behavior and result) that we can learn from this fictive, but…

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How to Motivate People the Easy Way

“The key to getting your employees to give high performance is to understand what motivates them.” – Chris Roebuck 3 SIMPLE FACTS. Is this Mr. Roebuck’s opinion or is it the truth? Well, let’s look at 3 simple facts on motivation and decide for ourselves… There’s a strong and clear link between motivation and performance…

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