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

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

Happiness Training

Success image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. “Habits are like financial capital—forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come. “Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.” —Shawn Achor If you could achieve: 37% greater sales 3x … Read more