Personal Development

The Five Qualities of a Successful“QuaranTeam”

Working with teams has always had its challenges, but working in a virtual environment has a new set of issues we may not have even considered.  Taking a page from Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, here are some tips for dealing with your virtual team. Trust – As with any team, the…

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Dealing with Toxic People

We all have those people in our lives that thrive off drama.  They appear to live for the next big crisis and if one doesn’t appear, they will create one.  Being around individuals like this can cause us a great deal of stress.  Just a few days of exposure to stress can affect the part…

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Using Emotional Intelligence During Times of Turmoil

I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday. As most people are doing these days, we got to discussing the Corona Virus issue.  She said, “I was in the grocery store yesterday to pick up a couple of things, and all of a sudden, I was grabbing things I didn’t even need.”  She went…

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Lean In

On any given day, something can happen to us that causes us to feel frustrated, unhappy, angry.  It could be a difficult conversation that we had with a co-worker or boss, overhearing unkind remarks that were made about us or even sitting through a meeting and listening to someone dominate the conversation to make themselves…

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For a Higher Purpose

This week, I had the immense pleasure of accompanying my son, and his 7th grade class on a trip to Washington D.C. Studying about our Founding Fathers has reminded me of a true example of grace under fire. It is convenient for us to view their accomplishments from the comfort of knowing how great the…

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The Power of Self-Assessment

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the gift of self-assessment.  Self-assessment is the ability to examine yourself and developing a straight forward and honest understanding of what makes you tick, in other words, to know who you really are.   Through self-assessment, you are able to peel back the layers and become more aware…

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The Brain Game: Arrest & Redirect

Do you encounter those times when you know you should do something, but something inside keeps you from moving forward? Do we make excuses on why we can’t act upon the desire? The reason is, we think too much! When a thought enters our brain, we either think about it, or we act upon it. Contrary to public…

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Can Negativity Rewire Your Brain?

Ever get stuck in that mode where a bad day seems to repeat itself everyday and you feel like you’re staring in the movie Groundhog Day?  Well, believe it or not, that “bad day” is often controlled by how you perceive things and your self-talk.  We all have bad days.  Days where from the very…

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Limitations to the Rational Model Approach

In our previous discussion of mental models we talked about two types. In this post I want to digress and discuss some problems and limitations that come from applying the Rational Model approach. Many people, especially those with technical backgrounds, will equate systems thinking with a rational approach. In their seminal management book, In Search…

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Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle

Tis the season to be …..stressed? We are entering that time of year where schedules are busier, expectations are higher and deadlines are looming. Suddenly, we notice that our patience is running thin, energy is low, our digestive system is off and sleep has become that long lost friend. Our stress is at an all…

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A Time to Be Thankful

As Thanksgiving comes to a close, many of us in the United States stop to think about the many things we are thankful for: family, health, life, friends. It’s this time when we slow down, just slightly, to enjoy and reflect. But why only this week? Why not everyday? Recently scientists have begun to chart…

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