Grit, Initiative, Creative Problem Solving

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To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion

  From the Harvard Business Review, Christopher Germer describes the importance of self-compassion to help you recover from failure.  I once interviewed a woman who had gotten fired from her previous job.  She told me that after that she couldn't get out of bed for a month.  Aside from not making a good impression in a job [...]

By |2017-03-09T21:41:07-05:00March 10th, 2017|Grit|Comments Off on To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion

Fitting In Or Standing Out: Which One Gets You Ahead Faster? 

  From Fast Company, Lydia Dishman discusses the question about whether it is better to fit in or stick out if you want to get ahead.  I'm reminded of Jeffrey Pfeffer's observation of that quote "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down" was not good career advice.  Lydia shares new research that seems to modify [...]

By |2017-02-18T14:38:17-05:00February 8th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Fitting In Or Standing Out: Which One Gets You Ahead Faster? 

Why Good Storytellers Are Happier in Life and in Love 

    From the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Berstein shares research that shows that men who are good storytellers are more appealing.  She also offers recommendations for couples to continue to tell stories to continue to bond including setting aside story time, telling stories of "firsts", and telling stories of the past, present, and future.  But [...]

By |2016-12-06T15:32:53-05:00February 1st, 2017|Storytelling|Comments Off on Why Good Storytellers Are Happier in Life and in Love 

The Four Truths of the Storyteller

  From HBR.org, Peter Gruber, in a terrific article, outlines the four truths of a story teller. Peter says the four truths are: Truth to the Teller -- what a storyteller says must be consistent in their heart and mind Truth to the Audience -- the storyteller has to understand and recognize and what the [...]

By |2016-12-06T09:20:47-05:00January 25th, 2017|Storytelling|Comments Off on The Four Truths of the Storyteller

The Resilience Habit I Taught Thousands Of Army Drill Sergeants

  From FastCompany, Paula Davis-Laack discusses how she taught resilience to Army drill sargeants.  She based her training on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman who identified three pillars of resilience: personalization, permanence and pervasiveness.  Paula writes: Your resilience grows when you focus on developing specific skills in the following three categories: thinking differently, connecting [...]

By |2017-06-25T16:08:53-04:00January 18th, 2017|Grit|Comments Off on The Resilience Habit I Taught Thousands Of Army Drill Sergeants

Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling

From Harvard Business Review, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the power of storytelling and what happens when a story is used to manipulate.  Jonathan writes: Humanity’s strange, ardent love affair with story has always fascinated me. To explore our enthrallment and explain the science behind it, I wrote a book – The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. The book [...]

By |2018-07-08T10:46:14-04:00January 11th, 2017|Storytelling|Comments Off on Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling

TED Talk Masters Teach You How To Tell A Story That Actually Means Something

From Fast Company, Chris Anderson discusses the importance of having one overall message - a "through-line"-- for a presentation. Chris writes: WHAT'S YOUR "THROUGH-LINE"? The number-one reason for this tragedy is that the speaker never had a proper plan for the talk as a whole. The talk may have been planned bullet point by bullet point, [...]

By |2016-12-05T14:06:27-05:00December 7th, 2016|Storytelling|Comments Off on TED Talk Masters Teach You How To Tell A Story That Actually Means Something

The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

  From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza discusses the importance of expressing gratitude in the workplace.  Not only does gratitude have benefits in the workplace but being grateful also improves your own happiness (see New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy).  You should express gratitude for your own sake and because it strengthens teams [...]

By |2016-12-05T21:57:07-05:00November 25th, 2016|Influence|Comments Off on The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

Talent counts, but grit counts twice: best-selling author gives diversity lecture

  From the Review, Elie Halfacre shares her observations from a lecture by Angela Duckworth.  Ellie writes: Over the course of her career, she has advised the White House and Fortune 500 companies on what makes a person “gritty.” Gritty people strive for completion in their endeavors, and they show resilience in the face of adversity. Effort [...]

By |2016-11-07T21:25:20-05:00November 9th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on Talent counts, but grit counts twice: best-selling author gives diversity lecture

Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

  From Harvard Business Review, William Treseder offers a five step program for turning harsh feedback into a positive result.  William writes: Step 1: Embrace emotions. It’s only natural to get upset when someone gives you negative feedback. I’ll be the first person to tell you that. So let yourself be upset. Don’t try to stifle that [...]

By |2016-10-14T06:16:04-04:00October 19th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

How to be a Highly Successful Online College Student

Having initiative and grit are key factors in being successful in any area but particularly in being a successful online college student.  Trisha Baxter, an elementary school math teacher with an open eye for what is happening in the higher education system and especially for the amazing trends in online education, has developed the following infographic with [...]

By |2016-09-25T10:24:32-04:00September 25th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on How to be a Highly Successful Online College Student