Proactive Thinking During a Time of Pandemic

December 21, 2020

“Be Proactive” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard that admonition. And you may even recognize that two-word mantra as Habit 1 of Stephen Covey’s classic book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. That habit is about taking responsibility for your own life. It’s about refusing to blame genetics, circumstances, or…

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Even During a Pandemic, It’s Possible to Thrive

December 14, 2020

While the Covid pandemic has brought heartache, disruption and a sense of overwhelm to millions, others seem to be managing unscathed. In fact, some people seem to be thriving. It reminds me of an economic downturn years ago. At a business conference I talked with executives from dozens of companies. Some of them said things…

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Anxiety is Contagious. Don’t Be a Spreader

December 7, 2020

Many people have discovered that, in addition to being a smart way to reduce the spread of Covid-19, social distancing has some negative effects that include feelings of isolation, loneliness, and increased stress. And that increased stress can cause other problems such as changes in sleep patterns and difficulty concentrating. It doesn’t have to be…

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Everybody Matters. No Kidding

December 3, 2020

No doubt about it. Truly successful organizations typically have happy people. Or put another way, to win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace. This is not about free lunches, foosball tables, and singing Kumbaya in the company parking lot. It’s about genuinely connecting with people’s heads, hearts, and hopes. Then, and…

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How to Conquer Workplace Mountaintops

November 23, 2020

The best views come after the hardest climb. That truism is embraced by any self-respecting high adventurer. And in this case, “high adventurer” applies to workplace achievers as well as to people braving the treacherous footholds of Mount Everest. Perhaps more than ever, people in the workplace must learn to expand their comfort zones. Research…

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Is Leadership a Challenge? Crack the Code

November 16, 2020

Let’s face it. The Covid pandemic has brought more disruption to our lives than most of us could ever have imagined. Businesses of every kind have been forced to alter their operating models. Schools at every level are scrambling to serve their students, coping with the tenuous (and ever-changing) balance between safety and effective learning.…

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What ‘Integrity’ Really Means In Today’s Marketplace

November 10, 2020

Integrity, it’s been said, is not something to show off to others. It’s what you should be doing even when nobody’s looking. Integrity is the choice between what’s convenient and what’s right. Along with quality, accountability and trust, “integrity” is one of the most common words you’ll find on corporate values statements. If you listen…

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Get What You Want By Boosting Your AWE Factor

November 5, 2020

We live at a time when brash and loud seem to be the norm. Our commerce and civic life—and especially our politics—seem to be dominated by in-your-face noise. Steve Herz recommends a different approach. Steve is a talent agent who represents more than 250 of today’s top journalists, broadcast executives, and media personalities at CBS,…

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Is Your Path to ‘Success’ Clear Or Confusing?

October 27, 2020

“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.” Teddy Roosevelt said that more than a century ago, long before Twitter feeds and Instagram memes. Today, when some people still get sucked into the vortex of victimization and blame, the path to success—and even the definition of success—seems to be up for debate.…

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