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Slow Down to Hear Yourself Think

In our fast paced world sometimes it’s hard to hear yourself think.  When our brains are in overdrive, constantly being bombarded by information, technology, advertisements, and interruptions, it’s a wonder we get anything done, let alone have room for ideas, original thought, or breakthrough moments. Try  to recall the last time you had quiet, where your mind could wander, without something pressing to do.  You need to slow down to hear yourself think. We Need Downtime Often we are list…

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3 Steps to More Mindful Living – What you’re missing may be right in front of you!

Do you ever find yourself doing something, or being somewhere, but not really being there?  You’re watching a soccer game, or are part of a conversation, and suddenly you realize you have no idea that your child just scored, or that you were just asked a question? Have you found yourself driving somewhere, not really noticing anything along the way, and wondered how is possible you’ve arrived safely? A friend, who is a martial arts black belt, recently shared this…

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The Performance Review Conundrum

Do your performance reviews really improve performance? How often do you find yourself over focused on performance review issues like what to evaluate, how to be objective and make good judgments, the timing, annual or employment date, the frequency, wage increases tied to reviews, or not, pay steps, percentage increases, wage freezes, unions, supervisors, 360’s, remote employees? It’s exhausting! We do all of this, and yet no one’s happy, you don’t accomplish the results you really want, and then it’s time to do…

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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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