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Category: Leading Self

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Secret Partner

The Secret Business Partner

Significant others are, in effect, Secret Business Partners. They can act as sounding boards. They can ask questions others may be too afraid to ask–ones that often begin with “Why?” They can also use their knowledge of their partner’s strengths, failings, and personal history to add context and make judgments. Significant others can even have the last word on key business decisions–particularly when it would mean more work or responsibilities (and time away from home) for the executive.

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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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Emotional IQ and EQ Infographic

Emotional IQ Infographic

Your emotional IQ is determined by the level of your emotional intelligence. It’s a major factor in your personal and professional perceptions and interactions. Find out just how important it really is!

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Leadership

Leadership Lesson from an Off-Road Champion Driver

If you are the one driving the organization, limit the hairpin turns in strategy, vision, or mission. Your helmet may be screwed into the car, but your coworkers’ helmets aren’t. Don’t give them whiplash.

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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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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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Ladder of Inference

Ladder of Inference

Organizational psychologist Chris Argyris, a Harvard professor, uses what he calls the “Ladder of Inference” to explain how we take actions based upon beliefs–and how our beliefs, in turn, lead us to select observational data.

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When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver

When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver

When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, […]

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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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Over functioning and Under functioning

Over-Functioning and Under-Functioning

A business partnership is a system. Sometimes that system resembles a couple or family system. And like any couple or family, there may be one over-functioning and one under-functioning person in the partnership. Often the over-functioning one does a great job of compensating for the other’s dysfunction, but that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to […]

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Narcissism of small differences

Narcissism Of Small Differences

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” In Snow White, the queen has it all seemingly–privilege, power, wealth, and beauty. She’s just not quite as fair as Snow White. That shouldn’t be a problem, right? Just shrug it off. Take your second place trophy for fairest in the land and […]

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Invisible Leaders

Invisible Leaders

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”–Jonathan Swift As leaders, we can feel too visible–both when things go wrong (and people seek someone to blame) and when things go well (and people want to give us too much credit). More often, though, we don’t feel visible enough. We feel like we’re […]

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Becoming a Leader

Becoming a Leader: Risky Business

Becoming a Leader:  Challenge #13–Learn to Evaluate Risk Risk is part of business, relationships, life, change, you name it. Typically, when you operate inside of your comfort zone, you don’t experience risk nor do you develop the ability to evaluate risk when it is presented. Innovation suffers. Change ceases. The status quo is all-consuming. Insanity: […]

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