State of Mind Archives - Amie Devero

We’re So Close I Can’t Hear You

December 3, 2020
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Do you truly know your best friend? What about your wife, or your closest colleague? If you are like most people, you probably emphatically nodded yes. We feel like the people with whom we are closest are also the ones we understand the best. But it’s a […]

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2020 Sucks. Be Grateful Anyway.

November 23, 2020
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It’s the holiday season (or by now, maybe it isn’t). It’s a bit awkward, because for many of us, this year does not feel like one for which we should be mirthful, or most critically, thankful. Still, this is the season for thankfulness for all […]

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Burnt Out

September 28, 2020
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The beginning of autumn is NOT when we would normally be thinking about burnout. Start of the fourth quarter usually marks renewal. People return to work from summer vacations, children begin a new school year, Europe reopens after August holidays and the fashion and entertainments industries launch their […]

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It Won’t Turn Out for the Best

August 31, 2020
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We are optimistic about lots of things –our innovation, our economy, the pandemic and even our own, personal futures. Norman Vincent Peale caused a revolution of optimism with his 1952 blockbuster The Power of Positive Thinking –emphatic that thinking optimistically would bring about good outcomes.
No time […]

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The Defense Against Uncertainty

July 20, 2020
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We can’t assume that anything we believe now will still be true in a month.
But we can craft an oasis of reliability within our own control.

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Learn to Love Being Wrong

July 6, 2020
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We spend so much energy trying never to be wrong, but it costs us in learning, growth and relationships. You can get better at dealing with it when you find out you’re wrong. That will give you greater flexibility, more accuracy and more compelling leadership.

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Trust and Safety

June 8, 2020
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Over the last two weeks the world has spoken, emphatically protesting the lack of safety that black people experience with police. While the events that prompted world-wide protests have taken place in the public sphere of life and not within organizations (other than police departments), feeling safe […]

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The Leader’s Empathy Challenge

April 26, 2020
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We often expect others to be just like us. It’s a weirdly human phenomenon that we all think others feel the way we do. So, for example, you may feel that most people have similar opinions to you or draw the same conclusions from social cues as […]

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