Why We Don’t Fight

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Reading time: 1 min.Fighting what we don’t want (at home, work, or in the world-at-large) only pushes people to fight back. Our energy gets drained and our effectiveness is muted. It’s so easy to fall into this trap. But let’s not. Let’s instead redirect the energy we would have spent fighting to building what we do want. People […]

What He Said

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Reading time: 1 min.If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. -Marcus Aurelius   Indeed.   In your corner, Mike Today’s photo credit: mkooiman Marcus Aurelius via photopin (license)

Is Your Company a Club or a Prison?

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Reading time: 2 min.(Spoiler: neither is good.) We can limit the health and growth of our companies by treating them like a club or like a prison. In a club, things are fun and free but very little is structured, communication is strictly informal, and behavior norms match those of the leader–quirks and all. Growth stops because we […]

The Value of Value

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Reading time: 1 min.Hire this person who has the experience or wait to find someone who fits our culture? Discount out of fear that this client will leave or hold out for clients who appreciate and pay for our value? If we make decisions for expediency and against our values, we give away the value of our values. […]

To Have a Productive Meeting

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Reading time: 1 min.One way to have a productive meeting is to create a compelling focus by posing a question for the attendees to answer. Then we can facilitate the exploration, learning, and discussion toward answering that question in the meeting. If the meeting is about setting​ a strategy or policy, we might ask something like, “What’s the […]

Your Most Important Work

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Reading time: 1 min.The signs pointing the way to happiness (and success) at work and in life are right here, in plain sight. So why do we all seem to struggle? Though we all have seen these signs time and again (e.g. “do what you love,” “go for win-win,” or “set a compelling purpose”), we can only understand […]

Choose to Encourage

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Reading time: 1 min.Encouragement works far better than criticism or, said euphemistically, “feedback.” Criticism causes resistance. Encouragement opens. It is the wiser, more capable part of us reminding them of their wiser, more capable part of themselves. Try it and watch them shine.   In your corner, Mike