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Shock and Awe

Shock and Awe

The Idea:  A study by Stanford researchers found that being awed, radically shakes your perspective and expands your ability to use time effectively.  The research suggests that being awed makes you smarter, happier and more capable. It expands your mind... read more
Are Millennials Allergic to You?

Are Millennials Allergic to You?

The Idea:  Advertising campaigns can make or break a brand, but if there is one thing that is sure to frustrate millennials it is an inauthentic advertising campaign. Millennials often call marketing campaigns “patronizing”, “condescending” and “tone-deaf.” Do... read more
Why Do Smart Leaders Fail?

Why Do Smart Leaders Fail?

The Idea:  Smart leaders who end up failing often times are guilty of four sins. They get off track with their decisiveness, fail to create systems hindering execution, struggle with financial accountability and/or fail to attract and retain talent... read more
Who is Your Young Guru?

Who is Your Young Guru?

The Idea:  Who do you go to for fresh thinking and leadership inspiration? All organizations can learn about the creative process from the hyper-competitive entertainment industry. They are not afraid of bringing in outsiders. Are you willing to be shifted?... read more
Get the Boss to Buy In

Get the Boss to Buy In

From: hbr.org Date: January 2015 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2015/01/get-the-boss-to-buy-in utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet[blockquote]The Idea: No doubt, there is risk in selling upward in an organization.  But there is more risk in not selling your vision.  Issue selling is an ongoing process that requires setting the table, diligence, and... read more
Do You Have an Excessive Need to Be Yourself?

Do You Have an Excessive Need to Be Yourself?

From: hbr.org Date: July 2009 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2009/07/do-you-have-an-excessive-need/[blockquote]The Idea: Marshall Goldsmith is one of the top executive coaches in the world, and his book “What Got You Here, Won’t Get you There” is a classic.  This brief article conveys one simple truth; less... read more
Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

From: hbr.org Date: October 2014 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2014/10/why-your-brain-loves-good-storytelling/[blockquote]The Idea: Why do we all love a good story and how do we incorporate into our organizations?  The answer is that stories (or narratives) causes the brain to make oxytocin creating emotional connections.  Why do sales... read more
What Makes a Leader?  (Emotional Intelligence)

What Makes a Leader? (Emotional Intelligence)

From: hbr.org Date: January 2004 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2004/01/what-makes-a-leader/ar/1[blockquote]The Idea: Daniel Goldman is the father of Emotional Intelligence and a thought leader on interpersonal performance.  In this article he explains that leaders who can manage their emotions, delay gratification and personally connect with others are better... read more
How to Make Your Presentations Better without Opening Up Your Mouth

How to Make Your Presentations Better without Opening Up Your Mouth

From: inc.com Date: November 2014 Direct Link: http://www.inc.com/aj-agrawal/how-to-use-your-body-language-to-be-an-exceptional-presenter.html[blockquote]The Idea: Your words matter, but your body language matters even more.  Are your nonverbal cues demonstrating that you are open, interested and willing to have fun?  Are you expressing yourself with your hands, eyes and your smile?... read more
The Innovator’s DNA

The Innovator’s DNA

From: hbr.org Date: December 2009 Direct Link: https://hbr.org/2009/12/the-innovators-dna?cm_sp=Topics-_-Links-_-Read%20These%20First[blockquote]The Idea: Innovative entrepreneurs have something called creative intelligence, which enables discovery yet differs from other types of intelligence. It is not about being right brained vs left brained.  Innovators engage both sides of the brain as they... read more
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