Posts filed as “Effectiveness”

The 8 Sources of True Confidence

Whether you think you can, or you can’t — you’re right. – Henry Ford Confidence. That elusive je ne sais quoi quality. It’s like art, you know it when you see it. You know it when you feel it. The thing is, confidence isn’t summoned on demand from the heavens. Confidence isn’t brought on by…

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Have a goal? You can double your odds of success.

A colleague called me yesterday and said, “I want to talk about commitment.” We had just finished brainstorming an idea over a few days and we both agreed we had something good, quite good, excellent actually. She wanted to have that conversation about accountability, about follow through. Which got me thinking about how to improve…

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How’s the Boss?

Research compiled and beautifully presented by Susan Wegener and the good people of Best Masters Degrees. Enjoy!…

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The Busier You Are, The More You Need a Break

Recently over here at Skillsoft we did a survey in collaboration with Scott Eblin, leadership expert and author of the new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. In this short study we asked many questions about how we, all busy professionals, spend our days – when we wake up, how long our commute is, how many…

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Is Luck a Choice?

Rabbit’s feet, four leaf clovers, and rain during sunshine are all signs of fortune and good luck. The good luck ritual of “knocking on wood” comes from pre-christian rituals in which it was considered important to invoke the powerful and benign influence of the tree gods. Cats throughout history have been both powerful and good (ancient…

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You are Successful. But Distracted. Possibly Bored. What Happened?

You are successful. You worked hard for years with laser focus developing unique and sought-after expertise that no one else could quite replicate at your company. It paid off. You are highly valued. People ask your opinion. They invite you to join projects. They buy you drinks. But lately you are distracted, almost bored. It’s not…

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Five Traits of Leaders Working at Scale

It’s not a glorious job. And would likely be completely forgettable, if not for the frantic brushing down the ice. It’s distracting until you figure out that they are actually making the stone go faster by polishing the ice in front of the sliding stone. Sometimes I wonder if they accidentally bump into the other stones…

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Your Decisions Become Your Possessions

If I make a decision it is a possession, I take pride in it, I tend to defend it and not listen to those who question it. A decision is something you polish. – Paul Gleason, wildland firefighter In 1994, 14 heroic firefighters perished in the South Canyon fire in Colorado. Although they had been…

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Hacking the Super You

Over the years, my friend Erich and I have probably logged thousands of miles cycling together. In all conditions – cold, wet, early, or in the fading warm July sunlight – we have ridden these Maine roads together. And when you train with someone for long enough you recognize their strengths (he climbs like a…

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Escaping the ignorance spiral

Honesty about performance, complete transparency about whether or not you’re doing it well. I think it’s a human right.” – Jeff Immelt Our son is in a phase in which he believes he is right about everything. He will correct or contradict just about anything I say, including the color of the sky. It’s cute…

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