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Jan 31 2015

The Danger of Judging Others

In a recent WSJ op-ed piece, Rorke Denver, a Navy Seal Commander, wrote an interesting piece about Chris Kyle, the American Sniper.  Mr. Denver, while not agreeing with his statement, defended Michael Moore’s first amendment right to say what he said.

 

Dec 31 2014

5 Things to Stop Doing in 2015

I thought I’d take a different slant on turning over a new leaf for the New Year.  Most people put “eating better” and ‘exercising” at the top of their list. Professionally, they may put “increase results” or “be a better coach”.

 

Dec 18 2014

Just Breathe

Yes, I’ve noticed that I haven’t updated my blog since Thanksgiving. So I’m going to stop everything right now, sit back, close my eyes and take a deep, full breath. In fact, I think I’ll take a few deep, full breaths….. There-I feel better all ready.

Nov 26 2014

Grat´i`tude

“ The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”  It’s easier said than done.  But this is a great time of year to think about communicating just how grateful you are. For many people, Thanksgiving can be bittersweet. 

Nov 10 2014

Forget Mentors. Find a Sponsor

Notwithstanding that I’ve written more than once about the importance of being mentored, if you really want to get ahead, get a sponsor.  What’s the difference, you might ask?

 

Oct 23 2014

4 Ways to Make Feedback Easy

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been hearing a common refrain from the folks I’ve met: “I never receive any feedback”.  To the rank & file, they find it frustrating as they want to move up and are not sure how orwhat they need to do to achieve their goals.

 

Oct 05 2014

Is it Time to Become Mindful?

There’s a reason that companies like General Mills, Goldman Sachs, and Google have incorporated a mindfulness practice into their workplace.  According to a Towers & Watson study, “almost six out of 10 (57%) of employees who claimed to be experiencing high stress levels also reported that they felt disengaged.”

Sep 23 2014

When They Just Don’t Believe You

Know who the hardest person to manage is?  No, it’s not the underperformer. Nor is it the high maintenance employee.  The absolute hardest person to manage is the person who can’t accurately self-assess. This type of employee never, ever sees himself or herself the way others do. And by others, I mean everyone else.  A recent Harvard Business Review article talks about ways to coach the person that doesn’t want to be coached.  

 

 

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