If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau, author and poet Diana Nyad, the first swimmer to cross from Cuba to … Read more

Trust Your Gut

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” —Oprah Winfrey Yes, you heard us right! It’s a scientifically proven, practical and very smart strategy to heed the old saying, “Trust your gut!” Your survival could depend on it, and your performance can as well. Here’s how “trusting your gut” works. It all starts with … Read more

Perfectionism’s Dark Side part 2: From Perfection to Excellence

Martha Stewart, Steve Jobs and some other famous people have reputations as perfectionists. But are those reputations justified? Are those famous figures truly perfectionists, or are they, perhaps, those seeking excellence in disguise? And even if our famous figures’ reputations are deserved, and true perfectionism is what plagues or plagued them, what are the costs … Read more

Perfectionism’s Dark Side: A Big Barrier to Success

  “Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. Healthy striving is self-focused: ‘How can I improve?’ Perfectionism is other-focused: ‘What will they think?’” … Read more

The Bricks & Mortar of Teamwork

“The truth won’t set us free until we develop the skills and the habit and the talent and the moral courage to use it.” —Margaret Heffernan, “Dare to Disagree” TED Talk at www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_dare_to_disagree?language=en Image courtesy of Stoonn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. After decades of research pointing to the fact that people skills matter to business success, here … Read more

Leadership & the Art of Possibility

“Probably a lot of you know the story of the two salesmen who went down to Africa in the 1900s. They were sent down to find if there was any opportunity for selling shoes, and they wrote telegrams back to Manchester. And one of them wrote, ‘Situation hopeless. Stop. They don’t wear shoes.’ And the … Read more

Building the Most Successful Team of All Time

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” —Daniel Goleman, author and psychologist “Negative emotions like loneliness, … Read more

Boost Happiness by Forming New Habits of Mind

“Focusing on the good isn’t just about overcoming our inner grump to see the glass half full. It’s about opening our minds to the ideas and opportunities that will help us be more productive, effective and successful at work and in life.” —Shawn Achor, positive psychology expert What’s the secret to becoming a happier person? … Read more

Small Wins, Big Results

“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts.” —John Wooden Despite the fact that we live in a culture that admires “big”—big breakthroughs, big ideas, big money, big muscles, big everything—wise coaches, whether from the world … Read more