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The 5 essential questions

Bill Kelly, my old boss at Treo Solutions, is one of the top minds in the country when it comes to healthcare design, delivery and economics. It’s one of the reasons 3M Healthcare Information Systems decided to acquire Treo a few years ago. Though Bill was (and still is) often the smartest guy in the …

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Do the work

Author Stephen King has written 54 books. He’s sold more than 350 million copies of those books. In his book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” he shares his tips and tricks of the trade. He recommends that aspiring writers should read a lot. They should also write a lot. Turn off the TV. …

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How to look more confident

Confidence is a critical element for success in many aspects of our lives. Studies show that confident people tend to enjoy moresuccessful careers and a higher social status. Confident people are clear and decisive. We trust them. We like them. You’ve probably heard about many of the tricks to use to feel moreconfident: power posing, …

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Things turn out best for these people

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden won 10 NCAA National Championships in a 12 year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row. Wooden was a gentleman, an inspiring leader, and a scholar on the subject of coaching. It’s no surprise that has also become one of the one most quotable sources on motivation and …

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Beating the Sunday night blues

If Sunday nights bum you out, you’re not alone. In a Monster.com job board poll, 76% of respondents reported “really bad” Sunday night blues. Spreadsheets, sales meetings, and presentations aren’t nearly as fun as backyard barbecues, rounds of golf, or taking in a ballgame. There’s a natural sadness that sets in about leaving these fun …

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Creative email subject lines that get results

Most of us in business today receive somewhere between 50 and 100 emails every day. So how can you get yours to stand out? Your subject line. Creative email subject lines entice interest. They prompt opens. They get read. No matter your job, no matter your market, if you’re using email, half the challenge is …

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The power of not yet

Carol Dweck researches the growth mindset — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In her Ted Talk of 2014, she mentions a high school in Chicago that gave students who didn’t pass courses a grade of “Not Yet.” It kept students from thinking the failure was permanent. …

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8 ways to build a culture of trust

Trust creates joy and a better bottom line. That’s the perfect summary for – and reason to care about – Paul Zak’s HBR article “The Neuroscience of Trust.” Employees in high-trust organizations are more productive, collaborate better with their colleagues, and stay with their employers longer than people working at low-trust companies. They also suffer …

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How to unstuff your home, office and brain

Most of us have more stuff than we need. Our stuff fills our homes, our workplaces, and our brains. It takes time and energy to manage all this stuff. Managing stuff can actually make us miserable. It can be exhausting to tend, store and organize a lot of stuff. Andrew Mellen’s book “Unstuff Your Life: Kick …

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Making bolder, better decisions

We all bring biases to the decisions we make which can cloud thinking and lead to unnecessary mistakes. Common pitfalls include being overconfident, overemotional, and generally using information that suits our interests while downplaying information that doesn’t. In “Decisive,” their book on how to make better decisions, Chip and Dan Heath have created a four-step process …

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