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How to Change a Strong Habit Loop

So much of what we do is simply habit and routine that we selected because it was beneficial to us at one time. When it comes time to change a habit, we find out how powerful it has become. A well-used routine seems to have muscles, reinforced into a strong habit loop. How do habits […]
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How Powerful Are Your Habits and Routines?

How much power do you have over your own habits and routines? Most of the choices we make each day feel like well-considered decisions. In reality, ingrained habits drive us to act. Research has shown that the average person has approximately 40,000 thoughts per day, but 95%  are the same ones experienced the day before. […]
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Change a Habit with These Six Steps

Many of us give up too soon when trying to change a habit. It’s not that we’re weak. Changing habits is hard work. You’ll succeed when you are very clear about your goals and strongly believe in their worth. In a recent book, Making Habits, Breaking Habits (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2013), author Jeremy Dean […]
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Zombies at Work: Are You Living on Autopilot?

More than two-thirds of us are living and working on autopilot, according to even the most conservative estimates. You’ve probably noticed a few zombies at work in your office. A pattern of behavior can become so habitual that one barely notices anymore what it prompts one to do. One feels automatically, thinks automatically and acts […]
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Leadership Challenges: Changing the Way People Think

We can change the way we think. In fact, it’s not as hard as most of us assume. Changing a habit is hard, and there are many reasons for that. Mainly, the brain creates routines in order to conserve energy, so once a habit is established, it becomes embedded in our brain’s neural circuits. A […]
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The Power of Small Wins: What Could You Change?

After reading about turn-around companies and product successes in the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, I’m fascinated how leaders can use these ideas to improve themselves and their own companies. Apparently, if you focus on changing one keystone habit, you can cause widespread shifts. It’s identifying which habits to change that’s tricky. […]
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A Habit of Excellence:
Change Keystone Habits for Big Results

As a leader, how can you achieve big changes in your organization? Here’s an example of how focusing on one small habit can bring big results. I’m reading The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, who writes about some amazing examples of “keystone habits.” In 1987, Alcoa faced challenges. One of the largest companies on […]
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Leadership Behaviors: Decisions or Automatic Habits?

How much of what you do and say is based on carefully-thought out decisions? And how much of what you do and say is automatic, based on routines and habits? Take a guess: 80%-20%? 20%-80%? Your boss says one thing, you respond in your habitual way, he counters in his way, and you both end […]
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How the Brain Builds Better Habits

How can we use knowledge about the brain to overcome bad habits and build new ones, especially when it comes to leadership development? Even though we read a lot about the brain and leadership skills these days, most of us carry around mistaken beliefs. One big myth is that we’re born with huge amounts of […]
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