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12:52 pm

Why Students and Young Adults NEED Mental Training To Thrive in Today's World

We are not setting up our future leaders to see and experience properly.

We train our children and young adults to become proficient at a lot of things, hopefully some of them are engaging to them. We give them training to become better athletes. We put them in tutoring to do better on their college entrance exam. Each one of their classes tries to get them to a certain standard of knowledge to pass tests. When they get into the workplace, we teach them how to do specific tasks and handle a narrow set of projects.

Technical, tactical ability in these areas is NOT really where it's at, however. Read More


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8:57 am

Why Mental Connection Training for your Employees Pays Off in Sustained Success

For 300 years, our society has looked to develop people that could do tasks proficiently. For the most part, that era is OVER.

Because of automation and the freer movement between various jobs and careers, organizational success depends much more upon employees being able to think, reason, create and communicate effectively. Learning agility is a new buzzword to capture this concept.

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7:21 pm

I had an 'in the shower' moment while taking a walk

I went for a walk this morning.

I committed myself to being open to whatever experience came to me.

The first 10 minutes or so were filled with searching for things or holding onto issues that had been on my mind for a while.

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11:20 am

How Coaching Youth Sports is Like Coaching your Team in Business?

I’ve coached youth basketball for a number of years and have compared coaching youth with coaching teams in business. There are number of similarities and differences between the two audiences, such as:

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3:02 pm

Do you really want to boil like a frog? Six traits to have to recognize and avoid danger.

Have you heard that if a frog gets placed directly into a pot of boiling water, it jumps out quickly, but when the frog is put in warm water and the pot is gradually warmed up to boiling, the frog stays and dies?

We place ourselves in this type of situation frequently in our jobs, although we don't actually boil to death. What I'm talking about is that we commit ourselves to strategies and processes and don't recognize that those strategies and processes we've depended on may actually killing us. Many times, we might see some changes that could hurt us, but choose to muscle through those signs and soldier on.Read More


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2:33 pm

How to make your mind more than Useless

In an earlier post, I wrote about fear and how it has a significant impact on our decision-making and success. Fear has continued to be a theme in our family this summer with my two sons. Read More


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10:15 am

How to get your team/organization Untangled

I am an advanced amateur photographer, taking mostly nature photos. I enjoy bringing to life the small things within a scene or landscape that people don't notice, but are integral to enjoyment of a scene. I was looking through a number of my photos and came across this group of tangled roots that had washed ashore at the Northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula. This photo speaks to me on a couple of levels. The first is how my leg muscles used to get after playing basketball - adhesions and misalignments that caused my knee to flare up badly.Read More


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4:04 pm

The Correlation of Learning How to Learn and Business Success

I recently read a LinkedIn article about how Google considers GPA to be irrelevant when looking at whether their employees are successful (they did notice a correlation within the first two years of employment, but that goes away). Here's a quote from Google's SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, about the issue:Read More


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3:26 pm

What is the Best Way for a Leader to Shake Things Up?

I just read an interested blog post from @leadershipfreak that discussed how comfort leads to resistance and shaking things up is vital to creating vibrancy.  He nicely starts his argument with four statements: 

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