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.”

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.

Leadership in Crises: Remembering 9/11

On the anniversary of a life-, and world-changing disaster, I’ve prepared a list of leadership qualities undoubtedly demonstrated on that fateful day in 2001. Like any earth-shaking crisis, memories of where we were and how we felt are vivid for those alive and witness to the tragedy. However, the specific behaviors of the many heroes […]

Psychology is clear: We’re not.

Perspective. In a word, that’s as close as it gets to a synonym for psychology – at least the type I practice. Many may debate, “It’s too narrow”, or, “It’s too broad.” But that’s their perspective. {Don’t you hate clever, contrived?} Here’s mine. Everything we “know” (i.e., that which we perceive via our senses or […]

Can’t we all just get along?

Nope. No matter how much we want or pray for peace; how much we want the yelling on cable news networks to cease; or how badly we want to end acts of violence taking place in our schools, we must recognize that aggressive behavior is hardwired in our DNA. We can’t “all just get along?” […]

This simple hack* will reduce stress and improve health

This simple life hack will help you, or anyone else, to reduce your stress (emotional) and make you happy (biological).

“Opposites attract” or “Birds of a feather flock together”?

Character counts – in love and work. This article explores the similarity between what people say makes a good person in completely dissimilar environments. The content is evidence-backed, but is written in story-like fashion. It even includes a “brain teaser.”

7 ways to protect your job from technology

The question, “Will a machine take my job?” has gotten a lot of attention lately — and we can only expect to see more. Although some jobs will be taken by machines, the much higher likelihood is that all jobs will increasingly be complemented by technology, not taken by it. This article provides 7 ways to protect your job from technology. In fact, it’s really more about protecting yourself rather than your job.

The surprising characteristic of great leaders.

Humility. That’s right. And this applies to both the attitude and the act. If you really want to lead others, embrace humility as a virtuous attitude. If you really want to lead your team to victory, be humble. Manage your ego, speak of your weaknesses and admit your mistakes. Follow others and point out where […]

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