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Before Competence

I finally got around to reading Before Happiness by Shawn Achor over the holidays. It’s an insightful book that describes how we must learn to see the world through a more positive lens which allows us to summon the motivation, emotion, and intelligence necessary to achieve happiness and success. The reading prompted me to begin…

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Top 3 Gifts Employees Want Most this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

I wrote this last December… but, the suggestions hold up well a year later. Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!   ‘Tis the season… when leaders everywhere scramble to find the perfect holiday gift for their staffs. This year, will it be: The latest business title? A gift card for designer coffee? An outing…

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Forgetting Frivolous Feedback

Can I just rant for a moment? Have you ever noticed how asking for feedback sometimes invites frivolous, nonsensical, and insignificant information? Do some people believe that ‘I don’t have anything to offer’ is not an acceptable response? Why do they feel compelled to fill the dead air with something/anything? I’ve encountered a couple of…

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A Challenge to the Training Function: Is Learning a Two-Way Street?

Despite high levels of engagement, facilitative delivery styles, and even attempts at user-generated content, most training is still a fairly one-way communication vehicle; the trainer shares information, guides some discussion, and builds the group’s knowledge… all of which is important. But learning professionals are exposed to a lot of valuable data and input in the…

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Beauty, Perceptions, and Feedback

Dove is really ‘cleaning up’ in the media these days. Following up on its controversial ‘real beauty’ campaign of recent years, the company has launched another powerful, media-savvy initiative. The Real Beauty Sketches project is based upon the work of Gil Zamora, a forensic artist tasked with blindly sketching comparative images of women based upon…

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Are You Just Auditing? 3 Sure-Fire Signs

During a recent early morning yoga class, the instructor admonished the group with five words that have haunted me ever since: “Don’t just audit your practice.” I was guilty as charged… but not just at yoga. How frequently do we audit other dimensions of life – relationships, even work? In an educational setting, auditing a…

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