Category Archives: Change

The Part of Your Brain That Can Make Work A Joy…or a Hell

There’s a small part of your brain called the RAS:  Reticular Activating System. The RAS  is the gateway for nearly all sensory input entering the brain.  The RAS works like a bouncer outside a nightclub.  It decides what information to let … Continue reading

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The Painful Price to Pay for Constant Urgency

When you’re asked, “How’s your week going?”, is your gut response to say: Crazy Busy? If so, you’re not alone. Crazy Busy – constant urgency – has become the new normal. Only there’s one problem.  If everything is urgent, then … Continue reading

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How Can You Find New Ways to Add Value?

On a business trip to New York City this week, I stopped in at the newly opened Whole Foods Market at Bryant Park. In case you don’t know, Bryant Park sits smack dab in the middle of midtown Manhattan.  It’s … Continue reading

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Can This Chess Skill Improve Your Leadership?

Chess is not the easiest game to play. Chess also isn’t the easiest game to teach someone else how to play. I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to teach the fundamentals of chess to my nine year old daughter, … Continue reading

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Do You Conform More Than You Should?

The strangest thing happened to me last week. I was at BDL, also known as Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford CT.  BDL is my home airport, and I’ve flown in and out of it hundreds of times.  On the … Continue reading

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6 Threats Keeping You From Innovating

Innovation:  Creating value by doing something better by doing it a new or different way. That “something better” could be many things: A new product A refined process An improved way to collaborate Innovation doesn’t have to mean a radical change … Continue reading

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Three Big Business Benefits to Being Curious

Do you have to manage more information than ever before? Is change hitting you faster than ever before? Welcome to the two-headed monster of today’s work world. We’re living in an age of complexity—one that shows no signs of going … Continue reading

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7 Hard Truths Why Saying NO Is So Tough

How’s your day going? Busy. Really busy.  Crazy busy. Shouldn’t this interchange be officially banned? After all, isn’t ‘busy’ what’s expected?  Isn’t busy–and its variants (full, jam-packed, maxed-out, loaded-up) the new normal? You’re busy. Wow. Join the club. According to … Continue reading

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How Do You Help Those You Lead Take Risks?

Organizations, by their very nature, are designed to create processes and systems. There’s a good reason for this:  there’s a need for the various parts to work together to create outputs.   On one hand, this makes sense: without results, we … Continue reading

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Why You Should Care That The Cleveland Cavaliers Fired Their Coach, Even If You Don’t Care About Basketball

The professional basketball league (NBA) is about halfway through their 82 game regular season.  The #1 ranked team in the Eastern Conference is the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Last season’s Eastern Conference Champions, the Cavs currently have a record of 30 wins and … Continue reading

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