It Doesn’t Take a Wizard to Build a Better Boss

It Doesn’t Take a Wizard to Build a Better Boss | Fast Company by Len Schlesinger.   This is one of those articles that I first saw years ago (1996).  It caught my attention then and is still a great article now.  It starts by recognizing that complaining about the boss is pretty universal.  Len writes:…

A Simple Exercise to Help You Get Unstuck

Stuck?  Need help getting unstuck?  Teresa Norton’s “A Simple Exercise to Help You Get Unstuck‘” is a great exercise which she describes in her blog post in the Harvard Business Review.  This is a terrific exercise that does so much more than helping to get you unstuck.   It is a great way to deal…

The Happiness Advantage | Shawn Achor

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor is a book I’ve read twice and bought the CD’s for the audio book and listened to it twice while driving to and from work.  My fascination with Shawn’s works started when I watched his Ted talk and was taken by Shawn and his work.  If you have 12 minutes,…

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…