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Category: Peak Performance

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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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Thinking Fast

Thinking Fast, While Executing Slowly

Thinking Fast as an Entrepreneur Entrepreneurial leaders are open-minded, energetic, and always questioning. They ask: How can we do it better? Where should we go from here? What is preventing us from taking action, and how can it be overcome? Couldn’t we do this and that? These questions lead to millions of ideas, and entrepreneurial […]

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Removing Weaknesses

Removing Weaknesses & Building Strengths

In the U.S., we tend to focus heavily on one or the other: deficits or strengths. A child art prodigy may spend her days in the learning center to become an average speller. A standout soccer player may spend so much time playing that sport and traveling to games that he loses his passion for the game and sports in general. We are a culture of excess, and sometimes that excess can take the joy out of a strength or make a weakness feel overwhelming.

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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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Pecking Order

What Is Your Pecking Order?

Pecking Order The term “pecking order” was introduced by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe in 1921 under the German terms Hackordnung or Hackliste, and brought into English in 1927. Schjelderup-Ebbe studied chickens and how they express dominance via pecking. He found that chickens typically have a pecking order that runs 15 deep. This pecking order allows for a more effective use of energy and […]

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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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Progress Leadership

Progress Leadership Requires Tension

Progress leadership examines the ways leaders use and diffuse tension to get coworkers to progress from their current position to their goals. David Emerald uses a rubber band as a metaphor to explain the tension created between one’s expected goal and the current position. The gap created is the metaphorical tension from the feeling of the unmet […]

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Play is Important

Play Is Important

As an Executive Coach, I work with leaders who are already very successful. They come to me because they want to further succeed and sometimes because they feel overwhelmed. They feel like they’re working too much. Even when they’re not working, they feel like they should be–which takes some of the fun and happiness out […]

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cognitive reflection test

Cognitive Reflection Test

Cognitive Reflection Test Explained The Cognitive Reflection Test was developed by Shane Frederick, Professor of Marketing at Yale School of Management. Dr. Fredrick makes a strong case for the predictive capacity of this three-question test as it relates to decision making. In particular he suggests that it can be a predictor for those who are […]

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Rubric of Performance

Rubric of Performance

Educational Rubrics Educational institutions have long struggled with performance evaluation of employees. They have succeeded, however, with developing some useful rubrics to evaluate the performance of students. Rubrics provide a vertical set of performance criteria against horizontal measures of effectiveness. They tend to work best when the evaluation is complex and somewhat subjective–when students may […]

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The sun never sets on the English Empire, nor does it set on yours.

The sun never sets on the English Empire, nor does it set on yours.

50% of leaders believe that they had to ignore life balance to achieve success. In the 19th and early 20th century, the sun never set on the British Empire.  Today, the same could be said for many companies. Clients of mine wake up for a call with their boss who is based in China, while […]

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Pushing Past Your Limits

Pushing Past Your Limits

You have your limits. You believe you know what they are, and you likely adhere to them. But what if you are limiting yourself with either your belief system or your biological system? What if you’ve misjudged your limits? Have you tried pushing past your limits recently? Pushing Past Your Limits Julie Moss was a […]

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Repressed Leaders

Repressed Leaders

Do you ever become disproportionately mad at another person? You may chalk that up to the channeling of a full day of frustrating events, but it may also be because you’re repressing or suppressing a part of yourself.

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Busyness Syndrome

CDC Alert: Busyness Syndrome at Critical Levels!

The CDC today reported a national outbreak of Busyness Syndrome across the United States. Leaders in all walks of life are asked to stay home, stay attuned to familiar needs, play with the kids, and walk the dog. The underlying cause of the disease is said to be lack of vulnerability. If left unchecked, Busyness […]

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this too shall pass

This too shall pass

He was brilliant and rich beyond measure, but also moody. He suffered from massive highs and dismal lows. The suffering was so great that King Solomon requested his most trusted minister, Benaiah ben Yehoyada, find a magical ring that would temper his moods–something to make a sad man happy and a happy man sad. Solomon considered […]

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