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.

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?” […]

A good mood is better than being happy

Whether you’re at work designing plastic wrap that never wrinkles or at home washing dishes after the family reunion, your mood matters. I’m not talking about the obvious pleasure of a “good mood.” Your mood is WAY more powerful, more than you think.* You probably know this. “I’m not in the mood right now.” Sound […]

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).

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 […]

Why Personality Inventories Don’t Tell the Whole Story

The vast majority of personality inventories rely on “self report” for their input. Quite simply, individuals assess themselves on what I’ll call the “first level.” Since I refer to a “first level,” there obviously must be at least one more level. There is, and it’s a level of assessment that individuals can NOT provide by […]

Why you’re not getting promoted

Most can identify with the feeling of discontent when others seem to be getting promoted for less apparent reason than your promotion would justify. It’s natural – we want to win and a big piece of winning in organizations is getting promoted. It probably comes as no consolation to learn that there are many factors […]

My Favorite Attitude

Attitudes are simply personal orientations toward a particular person or thing. But some are bigger than others. One in particular has reigned as my favorite attitude much longer than most “favorites” (i.e., food, song, place, etc.). Optimism. Why Optimism? For one, it’s a very strong predictor. Optimism is a near pre-requisite for achievement. And the […]

3 Reasons Why Character Matters More Than Expertise

What makes anybody unique? To help answer this question, let’s conduct a little test. Think of someone you’ve known at work (or non-work) who stands out as exceptional from the rest. Got someone specific in mind? Now then, what was/is it about this person that truly made/makes them remarkable? I can just about guarantee that the […]

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