Often times, when leaders announce a major change, resistance from vocal stakeholders soon follows. If you’re lucky, the people with issues will come to you directly – giving you a chance to address grievances. But, more likely, the grumbling will happen out of earshot, although not without manifesting itself in one form or another. If […]

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Did you know that personal and professional development are free? That’s right. All it costs is a little time. My website, spiritofpurpose.com, has dozens of videos, and hundreds of podcasts – all created for the sole purpose of helping you live and lead from a place of purpose and fulfillment. You’ll find a huge variety […]

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One of the latest phrases cascading through the business world is “disruptive change.” It’s used by companies looking to innovate, stand out and lead their industry. But when being “disruptive” evolves from business philosophy to reality, everyone along the chain of command could be subjected to urgent and dramatic change, often. Change is hard. Repeated […]

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In a recent “60 Minutes” interview with Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, he shared his approach to providing outstanding hospitality. He trains his staff to identify the boss at every table so they can make sure that person leaves happy. For Meyer, that’s the secret to creating loyal customers in a crowded industry. I began […]

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When you feel stress or anxiety, do you double down by also feeling guilty about it? According to the Harvard Health Blog, that can contribute to poor, long-term psychological health. Contributor Dr. David R Topor sites a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which concluded that people who accept feeling bad fare […]

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A recent study by researchers at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, INSEAD and Columbia looked at how power dynamics affect one’s ability to persuade. They found that successful persuasion depends on how powerful or powerless the speaker’s audience feels. The researchers measured responses to “high power” communication that focused on competency and skillfulness, and “Low […]

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Is Work Getting You Down? Author and Harvard Business Review contributor Annie McKee says that could be due to one of three “Happiness Traps,” which are destructive mindsets and ways of working that keep you stuck, unhappy and rob you of success. “The Ambition Trap” pushes you to do your best, but it becomes counter […]

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For some companies, corporate wellness is moving beyond smoking cessation and gym discounts. For example, Society for Human Resource Management reports that CISCO Systems takes a more holistic approach to what it means for an employee to be well. They offer financial education, and soon, personal financial counseling will be available to all employees. In […]

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Life Lessons From Seinfeld One of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld was “The Jimmy.” It was about the guy who talked about himself in the third person. Remember that great dialogue where he announced, “Jimmy’s sweet on Elaine?” Research now shows that talking to yourself in the third person can help regulate your emotions. According […]

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Are your job descriptions for new hires filled with unrealistic and overly specific hiring specifications? An article from The Society for Human Resource Management says recruiters call these “Purple Squirrels.” Steven Linder, The Workplace Group’s talent acquisition and development partner, explains that things have evolved since the job market changed due to the recession. Many […]

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When you think of resilience, you might picture that punch drunk boxer coming back for more. But Harvard Business Review contributors Michelle Gielan and Shawn Achor say resilience is not about how you endure. It’s about how you recharge. Research indicates that there is a direct correlation between lack of recovery and increased health and […]

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Soft Skills For The Future The folks at Fast Company talked to job experts to find out what skills will be most important to employers in the future. Here are five that you may or may not see in the job posting. Storytelling – being able to figure out the needs of stakeholders and then […]

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Real Data or Embedded Opinions? In this era of big data, more and more companies conduct business based on information that is gathered and run through algorithms. In a recent Ted Talk, mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil asks the troubling question, “What if the algorithms are wrong?” O’Neil finds fault with the way we […]

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Can’t Sleep?  This May Be Why. There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep. But, if you’re struggling to sleep at night, a University Of Houston College of Optometry study says your smartphone, tablet or flat screen TV might be to blame. For two weeks, study participants wore short wavelength-blocking glasses three hours before […]

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Resistance is data. Don’t make it a problem. Don’t push against it, get angry, or wonder, “What’s wrong with them?” When I say resistance, I’m referencing those moments when you feel others are working in opposition to you. They’re saying, “No,” for no apparent reason, countering your good ideas, being confrontational and unhelpful, fighting against […]

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Think about something you’ve learned. For example, how to manage meetings, make effective presentations, write well, play tennis or golf. How to be a good listener, a great salesperson, teacher, parent or surfer. Whatever you know how to do today, you’ve learned it by degrees. I call it learning in layers. The first layer of […]

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Buddha said, “Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.” This reminds me to look beyond the story of my limited, personal truth about situations and people. Whether in the workplace or in our private lives, we have to look beyond our limited understanding to see truth. For […]

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The ease with which an email can be sent, and the rush to move on to the next task, can be a dangerous combination. The result can be emails that fuel the fire rather than move the process forward. So, if you haven’t read the sender’s entire email and understand the message, pause before you […]

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  Part 1 – Unlearning To Make Room For New Thinking We have been taught to focus on learning whatever is needed to propel ourselves forward, particularly in our careers. Yet, to make room for growth and to keep pace with our changing world, especially if we want inclusion to be the new norm, we […]

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