Monthly Archives: April 2013

Leadership Decisions:
How to Avoid Faulty Thinking

I’m curious about business decision processes and I’ve been thinking about how even smart leaders can make the wrong choices. For one thing, I’ve been reading Chip and Dan Heath’s new book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Random House Digital, Inc., 2013). The Heath brothers are professors who have several […]
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How to Make Great Leadership Decisions

As a leader, your career depends on making the right decisions: From what you say, to what you do, to how you delegate and spend resources. The normal state of your mind is that you have intuitive feelings and opinions about almost everything that comes your way. ~ Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize laureate in economics […]
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Change a Habit with If/Then Scenarios

If you’re trying to improve your health, or general wellbeing, a lot depends on breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones. I’ve written about the importance of habits here and here. One key to forming a new habit is to create a strong link between a specific situation and a new action. Once […]
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Change a Habit with These Six Steps

Many of us give up too soon when trying to change a habit. It’s not that we’re weak. Changing habits is hard work. You’ll succeed when you are very clear about your goals and strongly believe in their worth. In a recent book, Making Habits, Breaking Habits (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2013), author Jeremy Dean […]
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Making and Breaking Habits:
How Easy Is It?

Many people believe it takes 21 days to master a new habit. Wishful thinking! Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. ~ Agatha Christie Self-help books and motivational gurus have promoted the 21-day myth for at least 50 years, with little research to validate the claim. In a 2009 European study, participants […]
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Brain Fitness: A Competitive Advantage for Leaders

As a leader, there are many ways you can flex your brain. I’ve mentioned a few in my previous posts here and here. To develop cognitive fitness, you don’t even have to invest in a gym or special equipment—just the right mindset. I suggest you challenge and expand your worldview by reading different genres of […]
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5 More Ways Leaders Can Develop Brain Fitness

I’m intrigued about the brain and what neuroscientists are discovering. It’s especially important that leaders to look at ways they can develop their brain fitness on-the-job, to keep ahead of the curve. Brain fitness is a key competitive advantage for anyone who aspires to higher levels of responsibilities at work. The higher your responsibilities, the […]
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6 On-the-Job Brain Workouts for Leaders

I don’t think anyone would disagree: leaders who excel in their positions have brains that are highly efficient at handling complexities and stress. Beyond being born with high intelligence, however, great leaders recognize the need for continually strengthening their brains. In a November 2007 Harvard Business Review article, professors Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts describe […]
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