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4:18 pm

Leaders Must Look at Themselves to Build Employee Motivation

I just read an interesting article on Harvard Business Review from leadership coach Monique Valcour about employee motivation and how we as leaders play a much more decisive role with it than we'd like to acknowledge.

Monique talks about the vicious circle that occurs when we leaders decide a person is no longer motivated in their job to the extent we believe they should. That leads to our withdrawal, which leads to even less motivation, and so on.Read More


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9:58 am

Emulate the Key Traits of Your Favorite Boss or Coach

I just got done reading a marvelous blog post from a friend of mine, Danita Bye. This outgoing Finn regularly inspires me with her concepts on sales development and leadership.

The post mentioned above talks about a boss/coach/mentor she had when she went to college and how this person's commitment to service has impacted her for 35 years.

I ask of many people this question. "Who is your favorite boss, coach, teacher and mentor? What did they do with you that makes them your favorite?"Read More


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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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1:00 pm

Why Human Development Appears to be so Bass Ackwards

Bass Ackwards is a term used in our family to not swear. Put the B on Ackwards and you have the true meaning. 

We've become a society that is so set on constructing resources and processes to react to specific issues that come up with people and groups that we are missing the better path to prevent those issues from coming up and taking ourselves in new directions of possibility. Just look at the US healthcare system that is set up, mostly because of money, to deal with people when they are sick rather than setting up structures and processes to enhance their well-being and keeping them there.

How can we structure and work on human development in a more forward-thinking manner and how do we go about our lives in a more foundational and positive way?

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8:00 am

Why Trees Grow on all Sides and how that Translates to Business

I was taking a walk recently recovering from back surgery and I was taken aback while looking at some spruce trees in the park.

Why do spruce trees, and shade trees in general, grow needles and leaves on all sides even though it would be able to do more of its job if it concentrated its needles and leaves to the south side so it can get more sun?

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2:57 pm

What's Love got to do with Work?

The workplace has always seemed to be a place where regular human needs and interactions have been suppressed for fear of what might happen - risk mitigation.

Love is paramount on the list of feelings and actions that is shied away from. However, I would contend it is the most important aspect for making one’s job and customer interactions as fruitful and successful as possible.Read More


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3:33 pm

How do we connect with Millennials to give them a better chance at Success?

In our last Afila Group meeting, we talked about management of Millennials. This topic has been brought up many times in the group and a has been difficult topic. Our members have had varying levels of success with millennial hires.

The word on the street is that they're lazy, don't care about work, can't communicate, etc. Is this really different than previous generations? Does this mean they won't/can't be successful?

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1:42 pm

Could Kobe Bryant's Last Season be Considered 'Successful'?

Kobe Bryant completed his 20th season in the NBA last night in spectacular fashion. His 60 points, including 17 in a row in the 4th quarter, were the most scored by a player in his final game.

Has Kobe's final season been a 'success'? Given what I consider the best definition of success in sportsKobe Bryant and in leadership, the answer is definitely YES. Read More


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11:40 am

Why do we Adults need to Close Life Chapters

My youngest son finished his youth traveling basketball experience yesterday with a loss. He will be moving to the high school ranks next year and it's possible he won't be playing with the boys he's been playing with for upwards of 5 years.

However, my son didn't exhibit any semblance of remorseful feelings and was surprised that I was sad.

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