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Beware a culture of nice

Cultivating a “nice” culture can be a problem. While the reasons for pursuing a nice culture are genuine – civility, safety and inclusion – they often result in a lack of honest communication, intellectual bravery, and accountability. And these types of organizational dysfunctions can cause your best people to leave, slow down decision-making, and worst …

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How to manage your energy

The key to success at work and in life is not so much about managing time, but rather, managing energy. It isn’t just starting strong, it’s staying strong. To preserve energy and use it wisely – just as with any other valuable resource – you need a good amount of self-regulation and strategy to keep …

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Surefire tips for becoming a better writer

There is nothing more important than great writing in business. Without great writing you have no hope of capturing attention, explaining problems, or persuading others to act, no matter how good your idea, product, or service may be. While many consider good writing to be an art, there is much we can learn from neuroscience …

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How to hire the best players in the marketplace

The competition for talent has gotten fierce, seemingly overnight. We’ve gone from record job losses and unemployment over the last year to nearly full employment, with simply not enough good people to go around. Now that it’s become an “employee’s market” it’s more important than ever to hire carefully. It may be harder these days, …

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Trust

Without trust, nothing in society would work. We go out in public among strangers because we trust we won’t be attacked. We give a loan, not because of a promissory note, but because we trust the person to repay it based on their word (and past behavior.) We travel in planes because we trust pilots …

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Asking

Do you ever have trouble asking for what you want? “The ask” may be one of the most important, yet most unpolished skills of our professional and interpersonal relationships. John Baker is the author of the book “The Asking Formula” and has developed a whole curriculum on how to ask for things persuasively and effectively. Baker maintains …

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Renewal

No matter where you are on the spectrum of faith, it’s Easter Sunday and Passover, times of hope, rebirth and renewal – both seasonally and spiritually. In 2013, columnist David Brooks was going through his own self-imposed, self-isolation that he fully admits was his own fault. He’d given in to the common lies that society …

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Fine

It’s like a reflex. You ask someone “How are you?” and they answer “Fine, and you?” It’s a greeting, really, not meant to be a dialogue or a real question and real answer. It’s a courteous habit. But what if you sense someone really isn’t fine? Now more than ever, being an emotionally supportive spouse, …

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Framing

How we perceive our options – framing – especially in a time of adversity, can make all the difference in staying productive and positive. It’s especially important when trying to find possibilities and opportunities in uncertainty, rather than retreating in panic. Framing – or re-framing – a challenge can make it easier to deal with. …

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Unknown

Fear of the unknown is what most of us are dealing with right now. How long will this continue? How bad will it get? How will we recover? Our minds race. We feel a lack of control. The scarcity mindset constricts our thinking. So how do we get through? A few thoughts: Fear is normal. Accept …

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