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…

Quit Getting Comfortable

Comfort certainly has its advantages—our comfy chair in the living room, a comfortable routine at work, a comfortable relationship. With all the advantages of comfort, here are some things you should know about the comfort zone before you explore the edge. The comfort zone is where most of life is played. It is certainly where…

11 Reflections from Maya Angelou

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When the great American poet, the late Maya Angelou, reflected on her life and learnings she said, “I’ve learned that… No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:…

Multiply Your Power of One

Multiply Your Power of One

In Orchestrating Attitude, I discuss that all changes, whether it’s a change you initiate at work or a worldwide initiative to end poverty, start with one – one person, one thought, one word, one action.  Contrary to the lyrics from a classic rock song, one is not the loneliest number.  It’s the most important number!  …

Invisibility

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Although Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility is a very cool accoutrement, invisibility is really the last thing that most humans want. Humans have a fundamental need to be seen and heard. Simply acknowledging people, their input or efforts is validating.  We don’t require 1,000 likes from social media “friends”, but we do need human-to-human affirmation…

Parent as Leader – Leader as Parent

The more we lead, the more we work with leaders, and the more we parent, the more we see compelling parallels between leadership and parenting. Leaders are parents, and parents are leaders. They are in different settings with parallel roles. Here is an excerpt from a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. titled, "Children Learn What They Live." As you…

C2K

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Most of us are so technologically connected that we couldn’t disconnect even if we tried. Many of us fear having to stare down that dark tunnel of technology withdrawal. What we are talking about, however, is connecting versus being connected. We live in a high-tech world, but building positive relationships is still a high-touch job.…

Compelling Purpose

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“Your purpose is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”   - Frederick Buechner  There is only one of you. No one is exactly like you and no one was created for the purpose you are to fulfill each day on Earth. Your purpose may or may not be what you do for a living, but…

Journey or Destination?

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We work on a project for months hoping to get recognized after it is completed. What if recognizing our own growth during the project work was the real payoff? We jump on a plane to get somewhere (we are excited to get back to doing that). What if one of the best parts is the plane…