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Are You Avoiding a Difficult Conversation?

Are You Avoiding a Difficult Conversation?

A number of years ago a mentor of mine said something really important to me.  He told me that there is often one thing that stands between me and the kind of relationships I really want to have. When I asked what that was, he said, “It’s usually a ten-minute, sweaty-palmed conversation that...

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How to Make Better Decisions

How to Make Better Decisions

Decision-making is one of the most important things leaders do. We expect leaders to be decisive. We expect them to make good decisions. Unfortunately, most of the writing on decision-making and a whole lot of practice is oversimplistic, with “bias for action” replacing good sense. There are...

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Are You Taking Shortcuts?

Are You Taking Shortcuts?

These days, we’re under a lot of pressure to move quickly. Things are changing rapidly, so it’s tempting to jump on the fast track. Or try for a quick fix. Facebook’s motto from a few years ago captured it well: “Move fast and break things.” In today’s culture, people expect quick results. We live...

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The Problem with Lack of Focus — and How to Fix It

The Problem with Lack of Focus — and How to Fix It

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe These days it feels like the world is dead-set against our having focus. We’re bombarded with digital distractions. There are near-constant requests for our attention, many driven by...

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Practical Guide to Writing Better Business Documents

Practical Guide to Writing Better Business Documents

Business writing can be successful if the employee establishes a personal connection with the reader. However, whether it’s a report for management or an email to a customer, writing better business documents gets the job done swiftly and efficiently. You don’t have to sound stuffy; go for a tone...

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How to Stop Catastrophizing – Managing Our Minds

How to Stop Catastrophizing – Managing Our Minds

The sky has finally fallen. Always knew it would.– Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh Things have been tough lately. Pandemic. Inflation. War. Many are suffering mightily. Maybe you’ve been suffering too. But are you complicit in your own suffering? Are you making things, as tough as they may be...

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What Are You Avoiding?

What Are You Avoiding?

Avoidance. We all do it, whether it’s keeping away from someone or not doing something. What are you avoiding? Sometimes we change the subject when it drifts into awkward territory. Other times we talk around hard topics. Or we put off that tough task. Avoidance is a coping mechanism. Sometimes...

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