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The Biggest Mistake in Job Interviews

If the interviewer is not more nervous than the interviewee, then something is wrong.

How to Kill a Team’s Spirit

If you’re a coach, teacher or boss, here’s a sentence that may predict whether your team wins or loses: “In 85 percent of companies, employees’ morale significantly drops off after their first six months on the job, according to a survey from Harvard Management Update.” Those words come from an article called “Eight Surefire Ways […]

Failing Your Way to the Top

Movie titan James Cameron said, “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” He was only half right. There’s more to success than setting high goals. There’s also making mistakes as you pursue those goals. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not improving. You’re not […]

Win More: How Can You Change the World?

What can one person do? What impact can you make? You’d be surprised. Shocked, actually. Here’s a video from simple truths.com that shows what one person did in response to a challenge. If you look at the world, you can find somewhere, something, someone where you can make all the difference. When you take constructive […]

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned This Summer

For years I’ve had it wrong. For years I’ve been telling anyone within hearing range — seminars, my teams, this blog, etc. — that there are four levels of goal-setting. First comes thinking of a goal. Second is writing down the goal. Third is carrying the goal around with you. Fourth is checking the goal […]

Stop Asking Stupid Questions

You’ve probably heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. You’ve heard wrong. There definitely are stupid questions, and if you keep asking them, you will keep getting stupid answers. Here’s an example: “Why does this always happen to me?” Exactly how do you expect your mind to answer when you ask a […]

How Conflict Can Save a Team

If you’re a member of any team — and you are — there’s something that can make your team stronger. Conflict. What? Conflict can make a team stronger? Yes, and it’s right there in the book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. One of the functions outlined by Lencioni is fear of […]

Today’s Quote

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” Benjamin Disraeli In the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” author Dale Carnegie begins by advising the reader never to “criticize, complain or condemn.” You can’t provide motivation while tearing someone down.

Einstein’s Brain and You

Here’s a fascinating look at the brain of Albert Einstein. Written expertly by Amy Nutt of the Star-Ledger in New Jersey, it details research almost from the moment of Einstein’s death. With all due respect to the scientists and to the news reporter, Einstein himself said, “I am no genius. I merely stay with problems […]

Today’s Pep Talk: Formula for a Meaningful Life

A friend posted this on Facebook, and it really struck me as a way to coach — and to live. “Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for […]