From Burnout to Happy. You Really Can Make the Leap

June 27, 2022

The lines between work and home are often blurred. But make no mistake, the lines were blurred long before the pandemic. Today, burnout is one of the top discussion items in every kind of workplace. Unfortunately, most of the conversation seems to focus on the problem rather than the solution. Or, better yet, on preventative…

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Fight the Chaos: Create a Culture of Learning and Growth

June 20, 2022

Even the most optimistic observer of our current economic, political, and social landscape would have to admit that “chaos” is an appropriate descriptor. Meanwhile, the Covid pandemic continues to hang around like a rude party crasher who won’t take a hint to hit the road. Legendary business leader Andy Grove offered a hopeful take on…

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In Such a Polarized World, How Can We Work Together?

June 6, 2022

Even in the best of times, collaboration can be hard. Smart people have differing opinions on how to solve problems. They may differ on which problems should take priority. Or they may even disagree on which issues should be regarded as problems. In today’s highly polarized world, collaboration seems harder than ever. In the 2021…

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Invigorate Your Relationships By Learning to ‘Connect’

May 30, 2022

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” Those words of wisdom are from that great philosopher Henry Winkler (who also does some acting). Telling unverified stories about someone else’s motives and intentions can lead to broken marriages, failed corporate mergers, and even wars. A common trip wire is something called the fundamental attribution error. The fundamental…

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No-Arrogance Ways to Build Your Own Confidence

May 25, 2022

Many people struggle with confidence issues. They may lack confidence in their work, in their families, in making friends, in public speaking, or in a myriad of other real-world situations. Fragile confidence—even when camouflaged by a bold façade—affects performance in every facet of life. It jeopardizes emotional, spiritual, and even physical wellbeing. But here’s the…

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Timid About a Career Move? Maybe You Should Jump

May 16, 2022

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. That language is a bit stilted for our time, but the sentiment sounds like one of those rah-rah posters at the local gym, doesn’t it? It’s from William Shakespeare—known more for plays and poetry than for psychology.…

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Missing Your Superpowers? You Can Get Them Back

May 9, 2022

At a time that some are calling the Great Resignation, organizations of every stripe seem to be struggling from the loss of their people. Airlines report shortages of pilots. Hospitals report shortages of nurses, technicians, and other personnel. Retailers say they can’t find enough workers to operate their stores. Technology companies are having trouble keeping…

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Want Happiness in Your Job? Create It Yourself

May 2, 2022

Classical philosopher Aristotle made important contributions to logic, criticism, rhetoric, physics, biology, mathematics, ethics and politics. But the Greek sage also offered some wise counsel on our state of mind when he said, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”  In our time, when blame and victimhood seem so prevalent, the notion of being responsible for your own…

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How to Assess the Opportunity Cost of Saying ‘Yes’

April 25, 2022

None of my three university degrees focused on economics. But there’s one economic principle that I learned early and use every single day. That principle is opportunity cost. In all my various life roles—husband, father, friend, community volunteer, leader, consultant, executive coach, etc.—I’ve made who knows how many thousands (millions?) of decisions on how to…

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