Striving For Failure

Dealing with failure is about as glorious as Black Friday shopping. It’s a huge hassel. There’s disappointment, rage, the price is high and you come home feeling beat down. Dramatic enough? Definitely.  How we deal with failure affects everything we strive to accomplish. As children, failure didn’t phase most of us. If something didn’t work out, “oh well,” moving on […]

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Surviving Your Performance Review

No one likes performance reviews. Traditional reviews are neither pleasant to give nor get. They make everyone feel anxious and usually end in disappointment for all involved. Done badly, performance reviews can lead to performance deteriorating rather than improving.

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Poor Listening Can Become Expensive

Companies lose money everyday from simply not listening. A hundred here, a thousand there—time is crucial, and there’s just not enough hours in a day to solve the world’s problems. But, creating poor listening skills can lead to assumptions and ineffective decisions. On a more intimate level, it can cause hurt, resentment and lack of team connection. It’s time to […]

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Passion Versus Smarts

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, in some roundabout way—follow your passion, do what you love and you’re sure to succeed in whatever you undertake. It sounds cliché and to many unbelievable, but at the same time, I’m sure you’ve seen that saying proven true in many circumstances, as well. Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey… the list goes on […]

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Squelch The Thrill Of Bad Behavior

“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.”   –Bill Cosby It’s safe to say that employees don’t always learn their tendencies from surrounding co-workers. Just like a child will parrot adult behaviors, your staff will imitate actions of the foreman. But, that’s […]

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