Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Secret to Unleashing Creative Insights

Have you ever wondered why some companies always seem to come up with radical new products and ideas and others just follow with copy-cat versions? There’s got to be something they do that we can learn. There must be certain principles that are universal to the creative process. Here’s a couple of brain teasers: What’s […]
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Leadership Challenges: The Frustration of Creativity

Leadership is full of challenges. You’ve got to find new solutions and innovative ideas, using the full force of your creativity to influence people, services and customers. Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find an answer. But when we […]
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The Power of Small Wins: What Could You Change?

After reading about turn-around companies and product successes in the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, I’m fascinated how leaders can use these ideas to improve themselves and their own companies. Apparently, if you focus on changing one keystone habit, you can cause widespread shifts. It’s identifying which habits to change that’s tricky. […]
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A Habit of Excellence:
Change Keystone Habits for Big Results

As a leader, how can you achieve big changes in your organization? Here’s an example of how focusing on one small habit can bring big results. I’m reading The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, who writes about some amazing examples of “keystone habits.” In 1987, Alcoa faced challenges. One of the largest companies on […]
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Leadership Habits: Create Better Communications

I don’t think we’re aware of how much habits dominate our lives. I’m not talking about brushing teeth, driving, and routine chores. After reading Charles Duhigg‘s book The Power of Habit last week, I’ve taken off a few blinders as to how habits control our communications. Nearly half of what we say to our coworkers […]
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Leadership Behaviors: Decisions or Automatic Habits?

How much of what you do and say is based on carefully-thought out decisions? And how much of what you do and say is automatic, based on routines and habits? Take a guess: 80%-20%? 20%-80%? Your boss says one thing, you respond in your habitual way, he counters in his way, and you both end […]
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Emotional Hijacks at Work: Beware the Tiger

Most of the books I read about the brain and emotional intelligence talk about an emotional or amygdala hijacking, which is what you see when the boss loses it and goes on a rant. It’s not pretty, and almost always makes the hijacker look pretty stupid. The amygdala is the brain’s radar for threat. It […]
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How the Brain Builds Better Habits

How can we use knowledge about the brain to overcome bad habits and build new ones, especially when it comes to leadership development? Even though we read a lot about the brain and leadership skills these days, most of us carry around mistaken beliefs. One big myth is that we’re born with huge amounts of […]
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