Running on my high school cross country team taught me these 2 lessons about performance and leadership

Sports metaphors are overplayed, but sometimes sports do teach life lessons. This is one of those lessons that I learned from running cross country in high school. It’s written in a lighthearted voice that probably appeals most to folks looking for a bit of entertainment with some scholarly content on the side. I hope you enjoy it even if you don’t learn anything.

10 common challenges with performance appraisals and how to fix them

This article includes 10 of the most common challenges with performance appraisals and how to address them. They will be familiar to you. But when viewed outside of your own sandbox they can be amusing in a “rubber necking” sort of way. Additionally, they can reassure you that you’re not stuck in some talent management “do loop.”

9 signs you might be using the wrong personality test

This article presents an informal quiz that reveals some of the things that I have heard in connection with choosing a personality inventory.

Psychological burnout is a lonely experience with lots of company. Here are 7 ways to help others out while avoiding it yourself

Psychological burnout is a crisis affecting more people at work than ever. This article explains why burnout is so difficult to treat and provides tips for how to manage stress when no one seems to be willing or able to help.

How to tell if someone should NOT be your coach

Executive coaching has grown faster than good coaches can keep up, but that hasn’t stopped bad coaches from getting in on the game. This article offers key ways to tell if someone is truly qualified to be your coach.

The top 5 reasons succession planning goes wrong and how to fix them

Good succession planning needs to overcome many very powerful psychological biases. Here are 5 problems with traditional succession planning and how to fix them.

I spent a week in silent mindfulness meditation only to learn nothing – now I’m going back for more

I write these blogs with one or both of two objectives in mind: to provide evidence-backed information and to make it interesting. This article includes both but is more geared toward the entertainment agenda. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Don’t think you can control your emotions? You’re probably right – and it’s affecting your “batting average”

The placebo effect is underappreciated for it’s influence on human behavior. The key to emotions management lies in our motivations and beliefs.

People with no personality are more common than you think

People use the phrase, “no personality” somewhat casually. A deeper look into exactly what no personality looks like tells us something about ourselves.

What your Personality Test Report says about You

People are frequently amazed at the accuracy of their personality test report. These reports can be powerfully enlightening as they describe an individual’s tendencies and character traits from what appears to be an objective point of view. When given the opportunity to review their report, I haven’t had one person defer. Everyone wants to know […]

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