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.
The placebo effect is underappreciated for it’s influence on human behavior. The key to emotions management lies in our motivations and beliefs.
One personality type can fool you and hurt you at work. Learn how to identify it and work with it.
I once listened to a coaching client describe (vent), in great detail, the multitude of deficiencies of one of their direct reports. This wasn’t the first time this topic had come up in our conversations, so I knew it was more than a “sore spot” for the frustrated leader. Bad news was more than simmering. […]
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 […]
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 […]
You know the saying, “Performance is one half inspiration and one half perspiration.” What happens when your “inspiration” is cut in half? Suddenly a perfectly good, or even great effort is sacked by a 50% collapse in personal commitment. Let’s take a look at 3 surprising motivation killers at work: