We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

By MARTIN E. P. SELIGMAN and JOHN TIERNEYMAY We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language,...

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What is Intuitive Intelligence?

How many times do we see a business leader make a decision without a lot of data, seemingly without deliberation, and make the right call? Not very often, in the “western” world. But every so often we encounter that rare leader who makes impossible decisions and, time...

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The cost of leadership

By: Annet Baingana “ He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” - Jim Elliott, Missionary martyred in Ecuador. I once heard the story of a woman who sat in an audience watching an expert pianist play. Afterwards, she went up and told the...

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Be Creator of Leadership

How do you define leadership? What are the measures of leadership success? Where do you begin? You are a coach. You coach leaders. Sometimes you coach those who would like to be leaders. “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their...

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7 Signs You’re an Effective, Influential Leader

By Shana Lebowitz Successful bosses share these traits that command respect and inspire employee productivity. It's not always easy to gauge how you're doing as a boss. Your reports aren't always likely to tell you how you're undermining their performance -- or even...

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Driving Passion To Fulfill Your Purpose

John Baldoni How do you measure passion? This question was posed to me by a senior executive whom many would describe as passionate. He is energetic and enthusiastic as well as concerned and caring. He demonstrates passion in his work and in his life. Before we can...

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Living in the gap of goal achievement

MARA VIZZUTTI Working as an executive coach, I am privileged to partner with gallant, courageous individuals committed to their own growth and becoming the best leaders they can be! In the beginning stages of coalescing a coaching partnership, the focus of our...

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9 Practices for Achieving Emotional Maturity

SHERRIE CAMPBELL - CONTRIBUTOR Psychologist, Author, Speaker SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 Mental health is synonymous with maturity, and maturity is born of responsibility. You cannot be mentally or emotionally healthy if you are irresponsible. People with maturity understand a...

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Hiring a Career Coach: Is It Worth It?

By Julia VanDeren Have you ever considered hiring a career coach? The use of a coach has attracted considerable attention over the last decade, with various articles highlighting the thought process behind hiring one and why not hiring one “could be limiting your...

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Establishing a “Growth Mind-Set”

By Jeff Ursino, Trustee Pajaro Valley Unified School District I recently got the chance to sit in on a rally being held at Rio Del Mar School. What stood out to me besides the excited students is a concept that I was introduced to a few years ago, but is now in full...

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How to Cultivate a Culture of Feedback in Your Workplace

A dramatic shift in the job market has led many companies to use feedback to improve employee retention rates. Unlike in the past, employees feel less tied by loyalty to a company and freer to take on new opportunities. Millennials in particular have been slapped with...

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The Power of Positive Energy at Work

"A team of academics at the University of Michigan set out to prove that point by conducting a study that shows how a leader’s positive energy has a direct impact on productivity, absenteeism and commitment." by Anna Spiewak In today’s workaholic society—when we spend...

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Don’t Let Your Company Culture Just Happen

"Very few companies intentionally work on their culture—in fact, many companies just let culture happen." by Alexander OsterwalderYves PigneurKavi Guppta JULY 07, 2016 Right now 7 out of 10 people in your organization are not actively engaged at work. Disengaged...

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To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Life

by Jamie Varon You don’t need more motivation. You don’t need to be inspired to action. You don’t need to read any more lists and posts about how you’re not doing enough. We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the...

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The Gift of Presence, the Perils of Advice

BY PARKER J. PALMER, COLUMNIST When my mother went into a nursing home not long before she died, my wife and I were told that, for a modest increase in the monthly fee, the staff would provide a few extra services to improve her quality of life. We gladly paid,...

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Power of choice a life constant

As an attorney, college instructor and life coach, I have found that choice is what separates us from others. It defines our moods, behaviors and outcomes. This is apparent amongst all individuals, including children, college students and adults. Each person finds...

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Not all super workers make super supervisors

By Leanne Hoagland-Smith Many companies want loyal employees. To develop that loyalty, some of these firms have adopted a "promote from within" practice. Employees work themselves up the corporate ladder to that coveted corner office. Yet, there is an inherent fallacy...

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The rise of toxic Leaders in Organizations

We are witnessing the rise of toxic leaders and workplaces. We tend to choose or follow a very different kind of leader. We hire and promote the psychopaths, the narcissists, the bullies and the autocrats dedicated to self-interest. Their long-term impact can damage...

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Vision and Values: Two Trains Running

Many of us straddle two paths: the path to heart, or spirituality, and the path to make a living, or as my parents asserted, “Using your head for something other than dreaming.” For many years, I held these two paths separate hoping at some point I could bring them...

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Pull-ups and Hard Work: From Avoidance to Embracing

As an executive coach, I often spend time with my clients supporting them to be more effective by focusing on and enhancing their strengths. This always made sense to me. It's more efficient to build upon your strengths than to commit to the heavy lifting of...

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Fulfillment equals productivity for millennials at work

The world of work does not get a free pass from millennials who seek meaning and importance in everything they do. For them (the generation born in the two decades before, or immediately after, 2000), the workplace must ideally reflect socially worthwhile goals...

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Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

by Rich Fernandez It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a manager, help the members of your team handle their feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement? Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now...

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Self-awareness is key in the growth process

By SAMUEL MPAMUGO Personal growth is amongst the least exciting aspects of entrepreneurship for two reasons. First, it’s hard work – which may not yield returns in the short term. Second, it requires that you know yourself by digging deep into your core; something...

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People Development With a Social Conscience

The need to have meaning in one's life is a common human aspiration that binds us together. Some who are fortunate enough to be gainfully employed find that meaning in their jobs. But increasingly, a good job that pays the bills and provides challenge and a chance for...

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12 Intentional Actions to Choose Happiness Today

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” —Abraham Lincoln Happy people realize happiness is a choice. They are not held hostage by their circumstances and they do not seek happiness in people or possessions. They understand that when we stop...

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

The many ways being grateful benefits us. “You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.”—Elizabeth Gilbert Gratitude is perhaps the most important key to finding...

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Why you should give yourself a year-end review

REFLECTING ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND FAILURES IS A USEFUL TOOL FOR PERSONAL GROWTH. HERE ARE SIX STEPS TO HELP YOU SET GOALS FOR 2016. BY STEPHANIE VOZZA A growing number of companies, including GE, Accenture, and Deloitte, have done away with the annual review,...

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Michelin’s strategy for employee retention

by James Kosur Recognizing that workers often quit or become unproductive when they feel stuck or bored in their roles, Michelin encourages employees to move around frequently within the company. The result is an incredibly high 97% retention rate. Founded in 1889,...

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The Costs of a Bad Boss

William Spindloe Director Asia Pacific 40% of workers think they work for bad bosses, according to a FSU study. Why? Failure to keep promises, blaming employees for leadership mistakes, lack of credit, disparaging remarks, silent treatment, poor or no decision...

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Are You Tending To The Four Areas Of Personal Growth?

by Shannon Skinner This morning, I review my life's purpose and mission statement, as I do first thing most mornings, and I ask myself: have I grown enough as a human being? Reviewing and refining my mission statement, goals, dreams and a gratitude list on a daily...

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Want to be happy? Be grateful.

Be happy. The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going,...

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Cracking the confidence code

In the pursuit of leadership positions within the retail industry, one of the greatest barriers for women is our reticence to raise our hands, ask for what we want and be noticed. This lack of confidence makes women seem less comfortable with risk-taking and...

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