The Duncan Report

Change Agent: Taking Charge of Your Habits

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Even old, ingrained habits can be replaced by new ones: Alcoholics can stop drinking. Couch potatoes can adopt sustainable exercise patterns. Poor workers can become high performers. Here’s an expert’s advice on how to make it happen.

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Find Work You Really Love

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Let’s face it. Most adults spend the vast majority of their non-sleeping time at work. Not with their loved ones. Not with their hobbies. Not at the beach building sand castles. At work. So doesn’t it make sense to find work that is truly satisfying?

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Excuses, Excuses: Avoid the Spin Cycle

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“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” So said Yoda, the Jedi Master from the Star Wars space opera. It’s good advice for anyone of any age. But apparently a lot of politicians and corporate leaders didn’t get the memo. Here’s some solid advice on how to deal with excuses, avoid the spin cycle, and stay out of the blame game.

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Elephant in the Room? Name It and Tame It

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Having “an elephant in the room”–undiscussable subjects or behaviors–can stifle open communication and make effective teamwork virtually impossible. But you don’t have to get caught in the stampede. Here are some simple steps to naming and taming the elephants in your environment.

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Frogs in Boiling Water: A Cautionary Tale

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A popular story is of the frog in a pot of water. As the temperature slowly rises in one-degree increments, the frog fails to perceive the overall change. The metaphor is an apt warning for leaders who fail to understand and manage the ebb and flow of growth in their organizations.

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Taking (Many Literal) Steps to Engagement

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Great leadership (and engagement) often consists of “the little things” that make the biggest difference. Campbell Soup CEO Doug Conant showed the way. His secret sauce? He sent more than 30,000 handwritten notes of appreciation to employees.

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