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What Can You Learn From a Meerkat

Have you ever tried to eat a live scorpion? I hope not. But if you ever want to try, get a meerkat to train you.  Adult meerkats have to teach their young pups how to dismantle a live venomous scorpion and then eat it. They’re a great model for.

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Why Culture – at Home and Work – Can Not Be Left to Chance

What’s more important?  Getting the order out today, or creating a culture that will enable you to do 5,000 orders next year? The answer of course, is both.  One task is urgent, the order today, it’s easy to understand what to do.  The other issue is important, creating an.

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Why Firstborn Children Love to Tell You What to Do

The data shows firstborns are more likely to become U.S. presidents, CEOs, surgeons and MBAs than later-born siblings. One could argue whether overachievement is a positive outcome or not. Studies indicate while firstborns are more likely to be dutiful type A’s, their younger siblings are better collaborators and more.

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How to Cross the Great Divide

We have never been more divided. Or so it would seem. If we are in fact divided, we are the ones who created the divide. The media and candidates can fuel the divide. But the divide only happens when we, the people, make negative assumptions about each other. If.

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Are You Going to Stop the Buck, or Assign Blame?

The buck stops here. The famous sign on Harry Truman’s desk applies to all of us. At a certain point, we all have a buck stops here moment. Whether stepping up at work to fix a problem you inherited, or even harder, breaking the chain of pain in your.

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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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Why You Should Be the Odd One Out

I was the only white person in the classroom, and I didn’t know how to do the hula, which was embarrassing. Have you ever been the only person of your race or sex in a classroom or meeting?  If so, you know what it’s like to be the odd.

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How I Used Leadership Books to Raise Toddlers

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that you don’t know how to handle? Were you ever in a situation where you felt overwhelmed and unprepared? We’ve all been there. My instinct in these situations is to reach for a book. Nowadays it might also be a YouTube.

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What’s the ROI on Friendship?

Who are your five closest friends?  Did you intentionally choose them?  Or are they circumstantial friends? Whether you realize it or not, your closest friends set the bar for what you consider to be normal.  For example, if you’re a B student and all your friends get C’s, you’ll.

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A Letter for the Special Ones

Intellectually, you know that other people adore their children.  In fact, it’s in your best interest to want people to adore their children.  When people love and care for their children, the world benefits.  Social science backs this up.  People who care about their children make their best effort.

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