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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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1:10 pm

3 Key Traits the Executive Leader for Tomorrow MUST have

This topic has been covered many times and I find a lot of the advice, quite honestly, pretty pithy. I also think it misses the point on what is really needed to be an executive leader in today's business world. Below are some of my thoughts. I'd like you to tear them apart if you wish. However, give them a thought first and use them to challenge your current assumptions before you comment.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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1:19 pm

How Inattentional blindness affects your strategic and tactical decision making

The National Geographic Channel is presenting a series of episodes called Brain Games in which they discuss various aspects of how the brain works and how it doesn't work the way you think it does or expect it to do. My sons and I are watching it and enjoying it immensely.Read More


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9:37 am

Basketball, Seth Godin and Employee Management

In a previous blog, I mentioned that I coach my son in 5th grade traveling basketball. This last weekend was the final tournament of the season – the State Tournament. I put us in a bracket that would challenge us and allow us to see what we could be. To make a long story short, the boys were marvelous!Read More


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6:27 pm

5 steps to walk with Fear, not letting it freeze you and your career

I coach my youngest son, a fifth grader, in traveling basketball. The team is enjoying themselves, are learning and growing nicely. A couple of weeks ago, we won our first tournament and had the chance this last weekend to win another, although I'm more focused on developing the capabilities of each of my players.Read More


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