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Leaders Are Readers

As a student of my own job, I read a lot.  It’s become a rewarding habit.  That wasn’t always the case for me.  So I understand if reading is not a significant part of your life. In August, 2007, the … Continue reading

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Positive. Immediate. Certain.

31 August 2013 At today’s Toastmasters Leadership Institute, hosted by Division H, I spoke on “Leading a Volunteer Organization.” The principles I highlighted apply to any group enterprise whether business, social, civic, volunteer, not-for-profit, or religious, to name a few. One … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences: Why What Happens Matters

The truth is, consequences govern behaviors. Decades of psychological studies show convincingly that what happens after we do something significantly affects whether we repeat a certain behavior. Simply put, consequence shapes behavior, and we tend to repeat behaviors that keep … Continue reading

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Hold That Thought!

“Hold that thought,” said the office administrator with outstretched hand, signalling a friendly “stop.”  I was in the middle of making a routine request for her assistance. Hold that thought, an idiomatic was of saying, often by way of interruption, “Wait a second, I’ve … Continue reading

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Map Reading

Safely through a narrow channel, wind and waves at our back, the bows of our canoes pierced Little Batchewaung Bay in Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. A party of three in two canoes–I and my daughter in one, my son paddling his open … Continue reading

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The More You Plant

The more you plant, the more you grow. This seems like common sense: more seeds in the soil means more yield later.  (Quantity) Or, the greater the variety–one of this, one of that, one of another–the more total plants. (Quality) … Continue reading

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The Price of Gold: 2.9013

2.9013 No, this is not the U.S. postal zip code for Beverly Hills, California, 90210, it’s the price of gold, 2.9013. Memorize that number. 2.9013 is statistically significant and scientifically grounded. 2.9013 is the “Losada Line” named for positive psychologist … Continue reading

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