A Communication Parable

Once upon a time, a young, accomplished and enthusiastic worker named SHE got her first job. SHE – being an ambitious, solid and diligent worker – was noticed by those at the top of her organization. Not surprisingly, those at the top quickly promoted SHE to the position of team leader. SHE’s world changed. The … Read more

Everyone Needs a Tap Code

Epictetus, one of Rome’s greatest philosophers 2,000 years ago, told his students, “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus, born a slave and likely crippled due to beatings at the hands of a slave master, knew the wisdom of his words. He had lived them, overcoming challenging … Read more

Harnessing the Power of Failure, Trauma & Adversity

“We’ve all heard the usual examples: Michael Jordan cut from his high school basketball team, Walt Disney fired by a newspaper editor for not being creative enough, the Beatles turned away by a record executive who told them that ‘guitar groups are on their way out.’ In fact, many of their winning mantras essentially describe … 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