How to Transform Natural Talent into Unique Strength

“People have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies” (StrengthsFinder 2.0). “What’s right with people?” – this the question Gallup scientists set out to answer back in 1998. Here’s what they discovered in the process: Take a moment for honest reflection and ask…

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How to Move from Imitation to Greatness

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton Say what you will about Mr. Colton’s oft-used quote, but he was definitely on to something. When Bob Dylan was starting out on the Greenwich Village coffee house circuit in the early 60’s, some critics dismissed him as a pale imitation of Woody Guthrie. As…

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The 3 Must-Have C’s for Peak Performance

Has this ever happened to you: You’re doing something completely non-work related and an inspiring idea goes off in your head – an idea that can help you in your work? Before I tell you about my recent light bulb moment, there’s something you should know about me.  Reading for pleasure could well be my…

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Zen and the Art of Persuasion ~ 5 Common Sense Strategies to Boost Your Powers of Persuasion

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH “Hmmm…interesting. Let me think about that.” “Ummm…I’m not sure about that.” “No, I don’t think I can go along with that.” As great as your idea might be, people are not always ready to accept it. As illustrated in the above colors, there are different degrees of resistance. Therefore, if you’d like…

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How to Prevent Top Team from Toxic Silo Trap

How can a business contribute to its own demise? A team that begins as a highly motivated creative unit can quickly become an impenetrable tower, i.e. a silo. After all, no matter how productive it is, an insulated team can’t effectively collaborate with other ones. As organizations are made up of teams, effective collaboration is essential…

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Good End, Bad Means: 3 Powerful Lessons Via Hollywood

Ray Donovan is a fixer. When one of Hollywood’s rich and stupid makes a mess, he cleans it up. We’re not talking about dirty dishes. Ray’s in a bind. His ex-con father owes big money to the Armenian mob. And Mrs. Minassian and her boys are losing patience fast. Incidentally, Ray hates his father. However,…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 3): Practice SMART Communication

FUN FACTOR. “…as psychological researchers discover more about how the human brain works, we’re gaining insights into exactly how to crank up the enjoyment factor…” – Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company. “THE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN WAY TO HAVE THE BEST VACATION EVER (IN 9 SIMPLE STEPS)” shows you how Planning (step 1) and Doing New Things (step 3) can…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 2): Engage Workforce

FRESH START. Do you want to save everyone time, energy and other valuable resources the next time you implement a change in your team or organization? If so, change the message from “Get on board or get out of the way!” to “How can we together make this Change Initiative successful?”. As covered in part…

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How to Implement Change the Human Way (part 1): Create Vision to Engage

COLD HARD FACT. Do you recognize this picture? Change Initiative fails* External experts brought in to determine “what happened and what happens next”. Colossal waste of resources for everyone (time, energy, money). If you’d like to change this vicious circle in your team, group or organization, your #1 goal should be to build partnerships that…

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOTS FOR REAL CHANGE

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.  “What matters about you, to someone else, is whatever has the most meaning for them – not for you,” according to The Guardian’s Oliver Burkeman. First and…

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4 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Valuable Feedback from Others

Fact A:  Feedback is a gift; hands down, the best way to grow and develop yourself. Fact B:  People hesitate from giving open and honest feedback. Conclusion:  If you really want to grow, you need to make sure the feedback you get is real.  If not, it has no real value. Valuable feedback is the…

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How to Motivate Others through the Feedback You Give Them: 5 Key Ingredients

“Do it better!” How would you feel if your boss gave you this feedback after a big presentation that you’d slaved over?  How would it affect your motivation? Probably not great.  And most likely confused about how exactly you should do it better. Giving valuable feedback isn’t easy.  However, for feedback to be of real…

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