Criticism is Part of Leadership: Are Your Shoulders Broad Enough to Take It?

We look to those who have reached the pinnacle of their professions—be it LeBron James, Reese Witherspoon or Barack Obama—and daydream about how great it would be to reach that level of super-stardom. But, with all the respect and recognition that is attached to these celebri-leaders, also comes the more negative side—the barrage of criticism […]

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Be a “Go Get ‘Em” Leader in a World Full of “Couldn’t Care Less”

You know what the world desperately needs? People who are willing to step up and take accountability. To seek out responsibility. And to take initiative. Our organizations are filled with people flying under the radar. Hiding out in their cubicles. Slouching in the back of the conference room. It’s a cop-out to play the blame […]

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Swagger, Don’t Schlep, By Association

Stop slumming around! It sounds harsh, but I’ve told you before that you become the company that you keep, right? Think about it. It kinda feels good to be the “best,” “the big dog,” “the cool kid” in a group or circle. You feel better about yourself. Even if you’ve had a disappointing day or […]

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Who is the Captain of Your Destiny?

I urge you to look at your watch. What time is it? It’s not the specific time that’s important here, really. Consider this: It’s 9:43 a.m. (or _:__). At this moment, I would venture to guess that no one else on this planet is thinking specifically about how they can advance you or drive your […]

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Success As a State of Mind: The Happiness Advantage

It’s the American way. We work hard. We achieve success. We’re happy, right? Psychologist Shawn Achor laughs in the face of this notion. We’ve got it backwards. If we’re happy in the moment, we’re more driven and can then achieve success — not the other way around. Look at anyone you know or may have […]

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