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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm from…”The Happiness Equation” by Neil Pasricha

...of your entire life. The world will go on.” “When you’re through changing, learning, working to stay involved — only then are you through.” “Be you. Be you and be cool with it. Love your tics and nicks and loves and scratches and fears and passions. Knowing them leads to...

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Building Strengths is Authentic, Increases Happiness, and Leverages Leadership Skills

...his or her organization. Strength building is a vital element in the happiness equation emerging from research in positive psychology. Martin Seligman, the founder of this movement concludes, “Authentic happiness comes from identifying and cultivating your most fundamental strengths and using them every day in work, love, play, and parenting.”...

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Career Check Up and LinkedIn Profile Revisions

...or 4 key areas of expertise, what you love and excel at doing, and successful experiences you’ve had. You can use a version of the template I used to focus on what you do, who you currently or ideally would work with, how your approach for that skill works best,...

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What is “it” that drives you and your team?

...all had very busy jobs with extensive travelling in their global companies. This think tank work was a voluntary labor of love. As the planning session progressed, I was getting fuzzier and fuzzier about what they were trying to achieve. Disagreements about what they’d achieved in the past year and...

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Coaching Matters: Are You a DIY Manager Choking Growth and Development?

Good managers often have strong technical expertise and analytical skills. They love to jump into the details and resolve tough problems. Effective leaders resist the quick-fix, I-can-do-it-better-myself temptation. He or she knows such do-it-yourself projects reinforce the upward delegation cycle (“Hey, boss. Here’s another one for you to solve”). This...

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Video Clip: Leadership Sweet Spots and Powerful Combinations

...from you? The answers to these questions form a “leadership sweet spot” where strong leadership competence, personal passion (what skills we most love to use), and the highest ranked leadership skills for an individual converge. In the first part of a video clip on Powerful Strengths Combinations I give a...

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Recognition Pitfalls and Traps

...of wine. This breaks one of the most basic rules of giving recognition: tailor it to the individual. For example, some people love public recognition. Others consider being centered out and put on stage a form of punishment. Here are other common recognition pitfalls and traps: Random Recognition To keep...

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Re-Fired with Building Strengths

...were also contemplating our next life/career/business moves. For the first few weeks of the cruise, the idea of semi-retirement or slowing down and doing more cruising was appealing. We thoroughly enjoy cruising and loved this extended one. But by the fourth week it became clear that I am still too...

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Surprising Research Results Show We Should Lead Like Scrooge

...mediocre engagement levels. We all want to feel a sense of accomplishment. We love to win. Leaders with high standards who stretch us to higher achievement engage and bring out extra effort — often getting more from us or our team than we thought was possible. Of course, how a...

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Book Review of “Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind”

...deep look at a highly authentic and original trail blazer. Reading his personal journal entries and his prolific and insightful letters as he struggled to discover and follow his bliss provides a rich context and understanding for his huge body of work. Campbell’s love of research, learning, and extensive study...

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When Personal Candor Doesn’t Fit the Culture

...how it will help in my search for new opportunities. Thank you.” Joel What are your experiences dealing with bosses, senior executives, or a culture that shuts down frank conversation and kills candor? How have you dealt with this problem? I’d love to get your thoughts and experiences at Jim.Clemmer@Clemmer.net....

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More of the Story Behind the Moose Story

...this approach? Because of the ‘novel’ approach, was this book easier or more difficult to write than your previous books?” I used this approach because it is more “edutaining.” We all love stories. An entrepreneur who’d just read the book told me last week that he has not read a...

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Moving Out of Pity City

...persons do not like PityCity, but they need a different alternative. Helping others find different alternatives can help others be successful." Larry Beckon Michigan Department of Transportation A central exercise in most of my workshops and retreats is how to move ourselves and others out of Pity City. I’d love...

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Is Moose on the Table Suitable for All Staff?

...If you click on the Moose Store tab (top right) at www.mooseonthetable.com you’ll see our pricing for bulk purchases of Moose on the Table. If you decide to do some group moose hunting, we’d love to hear about your approach (and see any photos you might have taken)!   Jim...

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Feedback and Follow-up: Ways to use The Leader Letter

...Congrats! Keep up the good work.” “This is positively THE BEST newsletter I have ever received to date. I love the Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm. The new blog format is great (forgive me if I just read for now, I’ll comment later!)” I am always delighted to hear...

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Customer-Focused IT

...Service/Quality System for Exceptional Results” workshops for IT departments and professionals. We also see many of our consulting Clients focusing IT more sharply on external through to internal customer needs. I’d love to get your experiences with personally developing your own EI as well as any approaches you’ve found useful...

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Tips, Tools, and Techniques for…Building a High Performance Culture

...How do you know? There should be no middle ground or apathy. People should either passionately love or intensely hate what your organization stands for. Ensure that “cultural fit” is a key part of your hiring process. Candidates with great technical skills or highly relevant experience but who don’t fit...

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Process Mapping Stops “The Blame Game”

...I love to get examples of the power of process mapping, like the one Jeff Johnson provides below. The Improvement Point Jeff is referring to proceeds his comment. “As important as what’s measured is how the information is used. In many organizations, team members and managers resist measuring accuracy rates,...

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Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence

...CIO and CSO magazines. She also interviewed Daniel Goleman and other leading EI researchers and writers. The resulting article (“Soft Skills for CIOs and Aspiring CIOs: Four Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence”) is excellent. You can read it online at http://www.cio.com/article/121200/Soft_Skills_for_CIOs_and_Aspiring_CIOs_Four_Ways_to_Boost_Your_Emotional_Intelligence/1. I’d love to get your experiences with personally...

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Many Roads Lead to Improvement

Improvement Points subscriber, Larry Beckon, sent me a comment about something I sent out recently. Here is the original Improvement Point, followed by Larry’s comment. I love getting feedback from readers, so leave a comment about this or any other post I make. “There are as many ways to change...

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