Herd Mentality

October 23rd, 2018

As a boy, I used to read the ‘World Book Encyclopedia,’ and especially looked forward to the annual ‘Yearbook’ arriving each January. I know that sounds nerdy; however, I loved learning about people, places and events – and it made me really good at trivia. The joy of living today is you’re a click…

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Basic Etiquette

October 15th, 2018

This past weekend my wife and two of her friends hosted a bridal shower for the daughter of another friend. Only about half of those who received an electronic invitation took the time to respond. Keep in mind all they had to do was click ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ It could be this is a…

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Either Or

September 24th, 2018

During the bike and rowing portions of my workouts, I continue to listen to podcasts. Some are for business (Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell and Freakonomics). Some for learning (Hidden Brain, Stuff You Missed in History Class, TED WorkLife). Some are just for downright fun (30 for 30, the latest Panoply serial, You Must Remember…

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Ponder This

September 20th, 2018

As a coach, I provide a lot of feedback to clients, including observations when ‘shadowing’ them during ‘in-the-moment’ interactions with others. I also interview supervisors, peers and direct reports and give clients written quotes without attribution, so they read others’ perceptions as offered. Before reviewing the feedback report together, I say it’s important to…

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Pivotal View

September 12th, 2018

Recently I listened to a short podcast by Daniel Pink, author of ‘Drive” and other behavioral science tomes, during which he spoke about solving your own problems. Referencing the book “Decisive” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, he said shifting the challenge to another person leads to better results. So instead of pondering, ‘What…

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