Posts filed as “Culture”

Your Words Can Change Your Brain

Our words matter. We can lose more weight, save more money, smile more, and make a greater impact on the world around us simply by changing the words we use. The language we use counts. The words, phrases, and verb tenses we use affect the way we see the world and the decisions we make…

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Do You Know When to Disobey?

What if your boss asks you to do something you think is wrong? What if there are practices your company engages in that are just ridiculous, or redundant? Or worse, what if there is an institutionalized process in your company that you think is flat-out unethical? Maybe you work in a look-the-other-way culture, or a…

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Only You Can Own Your Own Engagement

“Seek small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens. And when it happens, it lasts.” – John Wooden I recently spent a half-day working with executives from a global technology company. Our goal was to develop ways to heighten the engagement and drive of their team members. The executives in…

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The Small Rituals of Great Teams

In our house if the coffee isn’t ready by the time my wife leaves to teach, her mojo is off for the whole morning. I’m sure lack of caffeine is part of the problem, but it’s only half of the story. Another meaningful part of the process is the brewing of the coffee, the pouring…

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Nobody Else Knows What They Are Doing Either

“I don’t belong here. I have no idea what I’m doing. They’re going to figure out I’m a fraud.” Have you ever believed you are not deserving or worried people will reveal you as a fraud? Have you ever thought someone else could do your job better, or thought you got that bonus or promotion…

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Your “Smartphone” May Be Dumbing Down Your Conversations

“People who had conversations in the absence of mobile devices reported higher levels of empathetic concern.” – Shalini Misra American adults are consuming over 11 hours of digital media daily. Keep in mind we are only awake 16 to 17 hours a day. It’s been steadily increasing over the years for American kids too. Today,…

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Four Actions That Will Truly Motivate You

What drives you at work? Is it the quarterly bonus? Is it simple praise and recognition from your colleagues and boss? Maybe it’s a sense that your colleagues have your back, that you’ll get the support and resources you need in your work. Wait, maybe it’s a clear sense of direction and goals, that your…

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We See the Company Through the Lens of Who We Work For

Whatever industry you are in, you have competition. The only thing that differentiates you from anyone else in the long term is the people inside the company. I recently started a new business building beautiful eLearning courses specifically so thought-leaders, authors and speakers could scale their minds. I thought it was unique, one-of-a-kind. I thought…

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Who is Doing What? The Secret of Great Teams.

The crew of the USS Vincennes was particularly edgy that morning. Early in the morning hours, one of the Vincennes helicopters had been deployed to investigate some boats trafficking in their area of the Persian Gulf. The helicopter pilot reported receiving small arms fire from the boats. Captain Rogers retaliated by firing upon the small…

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Does Your Company Have a Mental Dress Code?

Bafflegab noun, North American, informal Meaning: incomprehensible or pretentious language, especially bureaucratic jargon. “the smooth chairman had elevated bafflegab to an art form” If we took a time machine back to the 1990s and visited American corporate culture, in addition to wide ties and blocky cell phones, we would also see the Apple Newton in…

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