How Attached Do You Get To Your Own Inventions?
Jan24

How Attached Do You Get To Your Own Inventions?

Guest post by Alain Hunkins Mark has a dilemma on his hands. He’s just published a new eBook, and wants to use it on his landing page to build his email subscriber base. As a friend and colleague, Mark asked me to go to the website and download the eBook, and give him some feedback. The book content is great:  clear, concise, and relevant. The design of the book looks top-notch too. The download process needs some work.  It takes...

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The Surprising Skill Successful Coaches Share
Jan17

The Surprising Skill Successful Coaches Share

Guest post from Alain Hunkins On Saturday, I got to be a guinea pig in an experiment on leadership, coaching, and motivation. I didn’t plan for this.  It just worked out that way. The laboratory? My local CrossFit gym. The experiment? A group workout, where were matched up to work in teams of two.  Saturday’s workout was a 5000 meter row on the rowing machine. It was set up so that each team member would row 500 meters, then we’d hop...

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Need An Excuse Not To Change Your Culture?
Oct17

Need An Excuse Not To Change Your Culture?

Um, hold on a second, just let me close the door to my office. The conversation was about to get a bit more interesting. I was on the phone with the Jan, the head of Human Resources of a privately held consumer products company.  The company had notched 102 straight years of profit- until this last year.  It was their first losing year ever. I was working with them to assess their current state, with a special focus on the company...

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Why Do Leaders Lack Empathy?
Oct09

Why Do Leaders Lack Empathy?

Last Wednesday was a sunny, crisp, beautiful Fall New England morning. That’s when it all went terribly wrong. It was already 8:10 am, and I was hurrying to get Miranda, my nine-year old daughter to school on time. Her school’s about a mile from home, and thus far this school year, we’ve been riding our bicycles to get there and back most days. Wednesday, Miranda would have none of it.  She was upset, and cried out, I don’t want to...

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PTSD: ‘After multiple combat deployments I had no idea what I felt.’
Oct04

PTSD: ‘After multiple combat deployments I had no idea what I felt.’

— Caught by surprise the Green Beret sitting across from me grasped that all his elite training hadn’t prepared him to confront his interior landscape. “I’m master of the outer terrain, now I discover an unfamiliar interior terrain?” His stunned expression said it all. Habitual suppression compromises our ability to be effective in relationships or in society. Excessive pressure and stress will eventually trigger an implosion....

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5 Important Reasons To Avoid Irony and Sarcasm
Oct01

5 Important Reasons To Avoid Irony and Sarcasm

Morons should kill themselves. When you read that, what’s your reaction? What do you think? How do you feel? What judgments do you make? That first sentence was tweeted, as was this one: Cyclist almost killed my dog this morning. He fell off and yelled at me. I hope he broke his f—ing arm. But wait, there’s more. This tweet was in reference to an allegedly neglectful mother: Tie her tubes. Now. All three tweets were...

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