Venting Doesn’t Release Negativity; It Rehearses It

It starts with the speeches. You know the little speech you rehearse in your head, getting ready for the big moment when you finally let them have it. Perhaps you practice it in the shower, or your car. Or perhaps you share your frustration with others. Maybe it’s the.

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When to Negotiate, and When to Play Nice

“You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.” It was the marketing tagline for a popular 1980s negotiating skills program.  Personally, I find this concept absolutely exhausting. Do you really want to game every aspect of daily life? I teach negotiation skills, and coach clients in.

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The Purist Trap: Why Your Enthusiasm May Be Off-Putting

“I’m not sure he really believes in this.”  The project manager was frustrated because he felt like his boss was just giving lip service to his initiative. Have you ever been in a situation where you’re passionate about something, yet you wonder if the people around you are just.

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The Caffeinated Leader: Why We Abuse Our Best Asset

How many times do you need a hit of caffeine or sugar just to get through the day? If you’ve got a day job, you’re probably well acquainted with exhaustion at the office.   Forty-two percent of people are getting by on less than six hours of sleep a.

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Essential Versus Important: The Life Changing Power of Less

Have you ever found yourself saying, “The day got away from me?” You set goals; you have a strategy; you think know what’s most important.  Then, somehow, your day is hijacked by other people’s agendas. It’s like fish nibbling away at a giant carcass on the floor of the.

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What is Noble Purpose?

As human beings we are hardwired to seek meaning and purpose in our lives. Nowhere is this more important than work, where we spend so many of our waking hours. Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, explains, “This is a world where purpose matters more than ever before. I get inspired.

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Don’t Pursue Happiness, Choose Something More Nuanced

Viktor Frankl once said: It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. As humans, we tend to pursue outcomes. Yet often what we really desire is experiences that create more nuanced feelings. For example, a client of mine set a goal to take a trip to Paris.

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A Noble Purpose Workshop Brings Out the Beast, and the Best in People

What would happen if your organization didn’t exist? If you closed your doors tomorrow, would the world miss you? That’s the first question we ask when we run a Noble Purpose workshop.  The answers are surprising.   We hear everything from, “nothing would change” to “the world would fall.

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Share If You Agree: 5 tips for Netiquette

Remember when everyone said email was going to save us so much time?  How’s that working out for you? Progress comes with its price. The printing press spawned junk mail.  Alexander Graham Bell’s fabulous phone begat tele-marketers. Now, thanks to the accessibility of the web, people have gone trigger.

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What’s the Matter with Work?

When I was kid growing up, I saw work in a very particular way. A lot of it stems from visiting my Dad at work, when I was six or seven. My Dad worked in a bank. It wasn’t one of these glass-windowed banks that you see now that.

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