3 Shocking Thinking Mistakes You Make & 3 Giant Pitfalls to Avoid for BETTER DECISIONS

MISFIRE! How did I get this one wrong?  It was by far the biggest decision of my career. A hell of a lot was at stake – If I got it right I’d be a forward-looking genius, willing to risk everything for what I believe. If not, it would be a financial disaster for the…

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How to Check Your Blind Spots for REAL CHANGE

MISMATCH. There’s a BIG mismatch between how you think you’re viewed by others and how they actually see you. In fact, you really have no idea how you come across to others. “What matters about you, to someone else, is whatever has the most meaning for them – not for you,” according to Oliver Burkeman…

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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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How To Cultivate CURIOSITY ~ The Powerful Force Behind 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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How to Say What You Do with Impact: The Human Elevator Pitch

The Perfect Elevator Pitch…6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch…The Key Components of a Powerful Elevator Pitch… You know the advice.  You know it’s in your best interest to have a short “pitch” ready in case you bump into someone with influence in your professional sphere, right? “Jein” as the Germans say (“ja” + “nein”).…

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

After leaving his club in smallville Germany in 1998, Dirk Nowitzki landed with perennial losers The Dallas Mavericks. After a difficult start with his new club in the “big league”, Nowitzki went on to lead the Dallas Mavericks to 13 NBA Playoffs, including the franchise’s first NBA Finals appearance in 2006 and only championship in 2011. The highest scoring foreign-born player of…

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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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