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Category: Overcome Obstacles

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ADHD At Work For Leaders

ADHD At Work For Leaders

When I learned I had ADHD at age 40, I was grateful to have a label for my way of being. I read all I could on the subject. In the process, I discovered compensatory strategies for leading myself and others.

One of the most effective strategies I employed was to change how people reported to me.

I explained to employees that if they wanted to keep my attention, they should provide me with the headline, key sound bites, and the outcome before launching into the story. That way I would stay attuned during their reports, ask better questions, and leave with a better understanding.

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The Well of Grief

The Well of Grief

Those who will not slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief turning downward through its black water to the place we cannot breathe will never know the source from which we drink, the secret water, cold and clear, nor find in the darkness glimmering the small round coins thrown by those who […]

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Gandhi Wisdom

Gandhi Wisdom

Gandhi wisdom: Gandhi showed his wisdom in how he handled people that were difficult. This story is a great lesson for all who deal with difficult people.

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Leadership Vision Test: How does your vision work?

Leadership Vision Test: How does your vision work?

Your eye translates signals via rods and cones to the optic nerve. In general, there are far more rods on the periphery of your retina and a much higher concentration of cones in the central fovea. Rods help us detect motion and see in the dark. Cones allow us to see color and have high-resolution […]

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Jobs at risk for automation

47% of US Jobs at Risk for Automation

  Jobs at risk for automation An Oxford University study conducted by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne suggests that 47 percent of US jobs are at high risk due to computerization; they could be replaced in the next decade or two. This study was based on a detailed study of 702 occupations, and […]

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We shall not cease from exploration

We Shall Not Cease From Exploration – T.S. Elliot

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The […]

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Shit Sandwich

Stop Serving Shit Sandwiches

Are you still serving SHIT sandwiches during performance reviews? Or are you providing positive and negative feedback when it is most useful and meaningful? When it happens.

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Happiness

Happiness Self vs. Memory Self

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate and founder of behavioral economics, says that we have two selves: our experiencing self and our memory self. Our experiencing self likes to be happy in the moment—with people we like, in a comfortable environment, and engaging in fun activities. Our memory self is more interested in goal attainment than comfort and familiarity; it seeks out experiences that make for good, memorable stories.

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Type II Fun

Type II Fun

As a teenager, I found myself with 16 others on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine in a 30-foot pulling boat with 12-foot swells and no tiller or rudder. The seas were getting rougher and the sky was crackling with lightning and thunder. We were scared, wet, and tired. We were unprotected from […]

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Multiple approaches

Suit-able Leadership

  Suit-able Leadership Your wife says your wardrobe is handicapping you professionally. You respond by finding a wardrobe consultant. He eyes your wide-lapel suit and room-for-two pleated pants and says, “Listen, Italian would be perfect!” What does that mean? It means he loves Italian. But do you–or could you? If you prefer to wear socks […]

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Is there a team member you work around?

Is there a team member you work around?

Is there a team member you work around? If so, take a minute to list your reasons. Did he betray your trust? What is it that you don’t like about her? Cite specific incidences that caused you to write this person off. Now take a minute to consider the consequences of working around this team […]

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say it 7 times

Say It 7 Times

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat–or in film’s case ‘run on’–manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”           - Andy Warhol Say it 7 times to make it so. There is a reason this became an adage. It works. It works so well that […]

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Blind Spots & Johari Window

Blind Spots & Johari Window

Blind Spots One of my early Electrical Engineering professors (this was in the early 1980′s) always talked about the knowns, unknowns, known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns (blind spots).  This can also be written as follows: I know I don’t know I know that I don’t know I don’t know that I don’t know Keeping […]

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Don't Yuck My Yum

Don’t Yuck My Yum

If you can live by “Don’t Yuck My Yum” you are likely removing one of your biggest obstacles.

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lifeline

The Golden String: Lifeline Exercise

According to myth, Ariadne provided Theseus with a sword and a golden string. He attached the string to the labyrinth’s door, slayed the Minotaur with the sword, and used the string to retrace his steps. The focus of today’s post is on how you can head into the labyrinth of your past, find what you’re […]

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