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Compassion Makes All the Difference

In a TV interview on CBS This Morning, Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO, said that he has come to understand that compassion is not just a better way to build a team, it’s a better way to build a business.  In his commencement address to the Wharton School graduating class (on May 13, 2018) he talked about his vow, that if he were to manage people, he would aspire to manage them compassionately. Weiner said, “if you really want to lift…

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Leadership’s Secret Ingredient; Connecting

What kind of leader or manager inspires you? Brings out your best? Makes you feel engaged, empowered, and valued? Think about your very best manager, someone you respect and admire. If you need to dig deeper, how about a special teacher or coach? A volunteer, a church figure or community leader? And the question I ask you is: What is it that makes them memorable? Did you think of their knowledge and skills first? Or their education and degree? How about their…

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Questions Improve your Thinking

On average, you think 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day, most of which are subconscious. In fact, about 90% of our conscious thinking is habitual and automatic, like a program running in the background of our minds. Our brains are wired to maximize efficiency, but is this efficiency helping or hurting our ability to make good decisions? Think about this. Do you respond without thinking? How often do you jump to a conclusion? How do you handle an unexpected interruption?…

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Compassion, Can you Teach it?

I’ve been asked “can you teach compassion?” and the answer is YES, but…. depending on how you think. For some, compassion comes from deep inside. knowing that people are valuable. Period. This is understanding from an intrinsic point of view. On the other hand, you may know that it’s important to be compassionate, and like our friend Sheldon Cooper, from The Big Bang Theory, when someone needs comfort, you’re supposed to offer a hot beverage. This is compassion from an…

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Unlocking the Hidden Potential in Your Team

Studies have shown that typically employees withhold more than 40% of their potential, and as many as 70% of employees are not actively engaged in their work.  That’s a lot of untapped potential. Interestingly, these numbers have remained steady for several decades. As a leader, you need to learn to tap into this well of your employee’s “reserve” to maximize the potential and performance of your team. It’s like tapping into a maple tree in the spring to collect gallons…

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Cognitive Learning: The Missing Link to Better Leadership

Leadership articles abound At every turn there is another headline: “Daily Opportunities to Live Leadership”, “3 Things Every Leader Must Know”, “10 Action Verbs to Describe Great Leaders”, “Leadership vs. Management”, and the list goes on.  You would think that with all of this insight and knowledge we would have more great leaders. However, we know that learning about something and putting it into daily practice are two different things. But why?  Why is it so difficult to turn this knowledge into…

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3 Simple Steps to Train Your Brain

Most of the stress and frustration we experience in life is caused by our own thinking. We believe there is a certain way our lives and everything in it (including ourselves and other people) are supposed to be.  This list of expectations is actively at work in our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. It is the measuring stick by which we judge and measure ourselves, our lives and others. Our internal list is a thinking pattern which…

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