Monthly Archives: August 2011

Clarity and the 4 Keys to Living Successfully

What does it really take to be successful in our lives, to have the careers and lives we dreamed of? From what I’ve seen, I believe success requires four fundamental things: Clarity Intention Attention Focus That’s the formula. If that sounds too simple, don’t worry; when you start to look at each factor, it gets […]
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Golfing, Marriage and Bad Leadership Behaviors

What do married couples playing golf together have in common with bad leadership teams? You can guess, right? In many golf clubs, couple’s tournaments are very popular. But they can be painful. Golf can bring out the worst in married couples. I’ve even thought that if marriage counselors were smart, they’d start hanging out at […]
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Resilience: How to Manage Your Brain in Crises

As a busy executive, you manage people, yet the most challenging person to manage may be yourself. Stress and business crises happen all the time, and even more so to leaders. How can you manage your brain so that you develop resilience? I read a lot of business books, mostly on the people side of […]
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Success and Your Brain: 4 Keys to Better Thinking

Success in business has a lot to do with your brain, but not in the way you may think. Contrary to popular belief, high achievement has very little to do with IQ, or your financial resources, knowing the right people or even luck. I see this in many professions. Success comes in different shapes and […]
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Attitude Is Everything in Summer of 2011

The Summer of ’11: Some days you hardly know where to begin… the economy’s a rough roller coaster ride and the heat’s unbearable. You’ve gotta have a good sense of humor and plenty of optimism if you want to survive. Attitude is everything. How do you keep cool in spite of it all? I mean […]
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Resilience for Executives, Teams and US Army Soldiers

A key factor in high achievement is resilience, the ability to bounce back from low points. Long-term winners and long-term losers face the same problems, but they respond differently. Many of the smart people I work with and coach have ingrained habits for responding to problems. Some of these reactions to mistakes are so automatic, […]
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The Blame Game: 3 Ways We Respond to Failure

It’s hard learning from mistakes and failures, because most of us want to either sweep them under the rug or shift the blame outside of ourselves. It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves, but when the blame game gets in the way of learning from mistakes, we’re endangering our careers, our results, and our […]
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9 Losing Behaviors that Predict Failure

Since failure is inevitable in careers and business, I think about how to learn from mistakes and recover quickly. Especially in these uncertain times, resilience becomes even more crucial. Not just personal resilience, but also company resilience: those that can bounce back quickly from a loss, can go on to become winners. Those executives and […]
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Business Failures: How Do We Learn from Mistakes?

I recently read an interesting HBR article called Strategies for Learning from Failure, by Amy C. Edmondson (April 2011). The author states that ineffective beliefs about failure inhibits managers from learning from mistakes. “The attitudes and activities required to effectively detect and analyze failures are in short supply in most companies, and the need for […]
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Executive Resilience: How Do You Handle Loss?

How do you react to failure? Ask any smart person working in a managerial position and you’ll get some interesting answers. Of course, it depends on the size of the failure, and how much error is your direct responsibility. But let’s talk about executive resilience and what it takes to sustain a long term successful […]
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