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Many years ago, during my tour of duty in the corporate ranks, I worked for a company that was headed toward real financial trouble if we didn’t make some changes. We were experiencing an “innovate or die” moment for the business. Faced with that dire reality, we reworked nearly every part of the business over the course of a couple years. It was a grueling and exhilarating process. Ultimately, our efforts […]

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but I got nudged towards pursuing self-awareness when I was fairly young. My first exploration involved reading self-help books and taking personality assessments.  These provided some interesting insights and helped me start to understand my natural styles and preferences. But, as with most things in my life, I wanted to push farther. So, at some point in my mid-twenties, I decided to email […]

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One of my favorite sources for thought-provoking content is Big Think. Over the past couple weeks, their newsletter highlighted the most popular videos on their site in 2016.  Among them was a really interesting 5-minute video of  Amy Herman describing visual intelligence (you can view it here). In the video, she highlights that visual intelligence involves noticing not only the details that you can see, but also the “pertinent negative.” […]

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A big, diverse network of relationships is the most important resource you can have to support your personal and professional growth. A powerful network is rich in social capital. That capital takes many forms: Ideas Support Expertise Introductions Referrals Cooperation Social capital is how some find the inside fast track for their career. Even the president of the New York Stock Exchange says he owes every job he’s ever had […]

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Fear. We don’t like to talk about fear, particularly in the workplace. We are afraid to talk about what makes us afraid. Just thinking about it makes us uncomfortable. But, there’s more fear lurking at work than any of us want to admit.  And it’s incredibly costly. Fear comes in a lot of flavors. Sometimes, fear can save your life (i.e. escaping a threat to your personal safety). It’s the […]

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