Difficult Conversation Mistakes — Nine Common Mistakes Identifed by Sarah Green

Difficult conversation mistakes are as common as dirt.  Sarah Green did a great job identifying 9 of the most common mistakes in Difficult Conversations: Nine Common Mistakes – Harvard Business Review.  Sarah based her presentation on Failure to Communicate, a terrific book by Holly Weeks.  This is an excellent slideshow that highlights some of the key points…

The Progress Principle | Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

One of the reasons I really like The Progress Principle — Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work  by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer is that it validates my long-held view of the importance of a making progress — even a little progress — every day.  Many people are familiar with Lao-tzu’s…

Every Leader Tells a Story

Every Leader Tells a Story | Fast Company by Elizabeth Weil is an article from 1998 that stuck with me because it was the first article I had seen that connected leadership and story telling.  The best leaders uses stories to communicate — stories communicate so much about culture and priorities.  The stories and folklore of…

Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals

Grit:  Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals by Angela Duckworth and Christopher Peterson report that grit, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals — was more important in predicting success than IQ and conscientiousness.  In one of my all-time favorite charts, the authors show that grit was a better predictor of success than IQ or…

Motivating Teams: What You Can Learn from Science by Margaret Heffernan

Inc. Magazine’s Motivating Teams: What You Can Learn from Science by Margaret Heffernan reports lessons learned from Uri Alon at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel about motivating teams.  Alon offers this advice: Build competence gradually Don’t help too much Be social Make assignments personal (he asks team members about their talents and passions)…

Best Way to Bounce Back From a Mistake

Best Way to Bounce Back From a Mistake | Inc.com.  This is great short article by Jessica Stillman on how to bounce back from a mistake. Researchers report that self-compassion helped people: see the possibilities for change increase the motivation for change take steps towards making a change compare themselves with those doing better to…