Zooming (of a different sort) to Work Smarter

The human brain is the defining aspect of our humanity. It separates us from every other life form. The gift of thought unites us. We can begin thinking about our own thinking by the time we are nine years old. Cognitive scientists at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas…

Resilient Leadership

The greatest opportunity for your company to create a sustainable competitive advantage is during a tough economy.  However, leading a company during a slowing economy has plenty of challenges.  What should you change, stop or continue doing? Organizational change is just a concept.  Organizations do not change—individuals change. If enough individuals change, you start to reap…

Leading from the Eye of the Storm

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Unfortunately, this has been a banner season for hurricane trackers. A hurricane’s outer bands can extend a few hundred miles from the center. Hurricane Andrew's (1992) rainbands reached 100 miles out from the eye, while those in Hurricane Gilbert (1988) stretched over 500 miles. The hurricane's eye is a relatively calm, clear area usually 20 -…

Daily Innovation

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Necessity might be the mother of invention, but our brain is the father of innovation. Through structured thinking, we can turbocharge our ability to innovate. Barbara Frederickson’s research has shown us that positive emotions enable us to broaden our perspective and see more options to consider.  Alternatively, our brains respond to negative emotions by limiting…

Know Fear to Lead with No Fear

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Who hasn't experienced a moment of insecurity? You may fear the failure of a new venture. You may even be fearful of what might happen if you succeed! The current pandemic has certainly triggered fear on many levels for most of us. The voice of fear tells you to keep quiet and to stay within your comfort…

5 Ways to Win Over Worry

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One of the biggest enemies of success and peace is worry.  Worry creates fear, drains your energy, prevents you from achieving your potential, while obstructing you from your goals.  Not much happens – good or otherwise - when you are paralyzed with worry. Research studies reveal that we typically worry five times more about things that will never happen…

Teacher and Student

As parents and leaders, we tend to focus on teaching lessons to our teams, whether it is a team of employees at work or a team of children at home. In today’s fast moving and ever-changing world we must also focus on learning new lessons ourselves. I have learned from our children how to: give…

3 Ways Effective Leaders Navigate Change

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Success naturally makes you comfortable. You want to enjoy your success, so you tend to slow down ... just a little, you let your focus slip ... just a little, you play it safe ... just a little. It might be hard to see this in yourself, but it's easy to see it in the…