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Don’t Be Too Optimistic!

March 3, 2016
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There is a very interesting innate human psychological tendency toward optimism.  In fact, as humans, we tend not only to be optimistic, but overly optimistic, even in the face of countervailing evidence.  That irrational optimism is called the “optimism bias” and it is extremely well-documented in experimental […]

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Where There’s Friction

February 23, 2016
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Anyone who has ever worked with machines knows that friction between moving parts is to be avoided at all costs — unless you trying to start a fire with two pieces of wood. Even then, it’s an ineffective method of lighting things. The same principle applies everywhere we […]

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Diagnosis without Treatment

February 19, 2016
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We spend a lot of time as consultants and coaches observing how things are, whether they work and what is broken. This isn’t just a consultant’s pastime, it is also a favorite past time of most human beings — not to mention,  politicians. We are all […]

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Self-Delusion

February 15, 2016
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There’s a curious phenomenon in social psychology, one well-illustrated by the experience of mentalists — magicians who appear on stage a create the illusion of clairvoyance.  If you have ever seen one of these masters work, they are very convincing.  Their illusion is made all the more […]

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Put on Your Thinking Cap

January 19, 2016
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Most people arrive at their desks and the only thing scheduled in their calendars are meetings; that is, places to put their bodies.  If you are slightly more evolved in the management of your time and productivity, then along with meetings, you also have scheduled actions like writing […]

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Elevating Others Makes Them Better

January 15, 2016
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Are there people in your team or life who are coasting?  I think we all have experienced this principle, that a few folks on a team do most of thew work while a larger percentage do what seems like the bare minimum to get by.  The challenge for […]

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Get in the Habit!

January 13, 2016
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Now that you’re a week into your new year, you have probably discovered the real challenge to sticking with a resolution –it’s takes a lot of energy to keep reminding yourself over and over of the fact of the resolution.  What do I mean by that […]

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Championing Something Else

January 7, 2016
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It would be so much easier to accomplish everything we set out to accomplish if other people were… [fill in the blank]!  I know… “how cynical!” Right?  But surely, we all think that, or things like that on a regular basis. Most human beings are hard-wired to […]

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