See Through Adversity: Perseverance, Productivity, and Perspective Help You Hit Life’s Curveballs

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In his book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, Mark Cuban tells a story of when he was building his software company. Everything seemed to be going along fantastically, until someone threw a curveball into his life. His secretary emptied the business' bank account, stripping Cuban and his business partner of $83,000. This didn't even happen to me…

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Sherwin-Williams Could Make Themselves Look Awesome

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A paint company has a big bucket way out behind left field and they put a sign in front that says, "Angels Home Run in the Can $1,000,000" – to immediately reiterate, that company will donate one million dollars to charity if one of the Angel baseball players hits a home run into the bucket. That paint company is called…

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Design Thinking: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid [Infographic]

Last week, I posted an infographic on outlining what Design Thinking is and is not. Now we'll get into the key points that people should keep in mind while going through the process. Sources Design Thinking Comes of Age - Jon Kolko, Harvard Business Review Design Thinking, Explained - Rebecca Linke, MIT Sloan School of Management Design Thinking is Bullshit…

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How Not to Reply to Social Media Backlash

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A small startup out of Silicon Valley called Bodega came under fire yesterday for appropriating the name and concept. The responses cited Bodega being misguided and coming off as all-around sleezy (my word). I saw the FastCompany article spotlighting them and their possibly hazardous mistakes that led to the social media backlash. This post is not on their poor rollout…

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Design Thinking: What It Is & What It Is Not [Infographic]

Design Thinking is a fantastic way to solve problems you're facing at your company or organization in all types of projects. Here are the key elements: Be sure to check out pitfalls to avoid in Design Thinking! Let me know if you have any questions about Design Thinking in the comments below or sending me an email.   References Teaching: Leading…

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My Top 6 Books to Improve Productivity

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[In a hurry? Scroll to the bold header "The List"] productivity /noun/ the state of yielding results; a measure of output per unit of input Why productivity? We each think of something a bit different when we think about how productive we are or could be. When I think about productivity, I consider the constraints of time and resources that…

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Transformational Leadership: A Relationship for Better or Worse

There are many ways to measure leadership. One such, from Colquitt, LePine, and Wesson [1], breaks it down into three dimensions: Intellectual stimulation Individualized consideration Inspirational motivation Personally, I challenge myself in both professional and personal circles when it comes to intellectual stimulation, which dilutes that dimension when it comes from an external source. Similarly, I pride myself on seeking…

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Leadership Behavior: 4 Ways to Reduce the Halo Effect

Last week's eclipse (and all its brilliant radiance) nudged my memory to an often overlooked and more prevalent phenomena. The halo effect, emitting its own type of radiance, is when you perceive one trait as being positive and therefore associate other related traits as also being positive. It can also work in reverse, associating a negative trait in a similar…

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Challenge Yourself for 30 Days: Learn & Share

I recently watched Matt Cutts' TED talk entitled "Try something new for 30 days". I've included it below so you can watch it (It's 3:27 long): [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNP03fDSj1U&t=1s[/embed] There are four months with 30 days. Perfect time for a 30-day challenge every couple months. Or if you find you're coming up on a 31-day month and want to participate, step up…

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The Einstellung Effect is Limiting Your Life

Einste-what? The Einstellung (EIN-shtell-loong) effect is the tendency to stick with a previous solution rather than choose a superior present option. It's a German word with numerous meanings in English, some of which include approach, alignment, abatement, and setting. The idea is that you stop thinking of alternatives because of a previously established mindset (or "alignment"). One particular translation stands…

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