The Part of Your Brain That Can Make Work A Joy…or a Hell
Nov06

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

by Alain Hunkins 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 in, what to keep out, and which information should be treated like a “VIP”.   Excepting smells, there’s no way to get into that brain without getting past the RAS. The RAS has a...

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5 Painful Prices of Living with Constant Urgency
May01

5 Painful Prices of Living with Constant Urgency

by Alain Hunkins 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 nothing is urgent. There are things in life that demand urgency.  A heart attack. A house on fire. A war. Yet, too many people I work are feeling overwhelmed.  They’re not cardiac surgeons, or...

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Why Do We Make Poor Decisions?
Apr10

Why Do We Make Poor Decisions?

This is a wooden box. Some people use them to jump up onto for exercise. I am one of those people. Two weeks ago, I was using a box quite similar to this one, when I caught my left hand on the edge of box as I was jumping the 24 inches on to it. It hurt, but I thought it was just a bruise.  I finished the workout, and noticed that my finger was pretty swollen. Just to be on the safe side, I figured I should have it checked out. I...

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3 Reasons Leaders Should Never Fix Their People
Apr05

3 Reasons Leaders Should Never Fix Their People

Daniel leads a team of twenty research scientist/leaders. In preparing to work with the team at their annual leadership conference, I spoke to Joanne, one of Daniel’s direct reports.  Joanne brought me up to speed with the team, their group dynamics, and the work that they do. One of the things Joanne shared was: One thing you should know that Daniel is a terrific leader.  However, he has a one particular sensitivity you should be...

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Why Leaders Shouldn’t Go the Extra Mile
Feb09

Why Leaders Shouldn’t Go the Extra Mile

Guest post by Alain Hunkins My head was in a fog. I could barely move. All I wanted to do was sleep. This wasn’t my usual week. I was in the throes of a particularly brutish cold. And still- I had stuff to get done. All the momentum on my projects ground to a halt. I didn’t feel like doing anything. In fact, for two days, I couldn’t even think about thinking about anything. Then I remembered: The project team. Ugh. Just the week...

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