Falling Through Two-Way Doors – Empowering Employees to Embrace Risk

We live in a risk-adverse culture. I see this professionally and even at home with one of my young daughters. She’s talented in many areas, but she’s exceptionally hard on herself when she can’t accomplish something right away. In these situations, she becomes discouraged to the point she stops trying. For a child, FAIL is

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Who Do You Spend Time With?

I have spent hours thinking about and challenging this idea in my mind, but it keeps reproving itself to me over and over.  Consider who you spend the most time with, and most likely you are the average of those five friends in all areas of life: Belief System Philosophy 
 Politics
 Hobbies Intelligence Income

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Growing a Company Montessori-Style

I’ve been looking at schools for my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and I was floored by the quality of education available today.  One school, Near North Montessori, really stood out from the rest. It’s fostering a science and culture of learning that is unbelievable.  The days I remember of mindless memorization and hours of sitting bored and

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“We” vs “Me” Teams

Every group of people is really just a tribe. Some are larger or smaller than others. Companies, countries, sports teams. They all function as tribes. When the nuclear disaster struck in Japan, again it struck me how much better their society functioned during a time of crisis than we did during Katrina. CNN wrote a great

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Move Slow at First to Move Fast

I was talking to someone the other day who conducts leadership training. Once a year, she goes out with a team to work on a training event at a large multi-national corporation. She was saying that it is always a struggle to get the company to budget a little time to get the training team members engaged and aligned

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Achieve as a Team

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks! This was a team with non-stars or aging stars.  They had less physical talent than the Miami Heat. They were not expected to win. Yet, they did.  They moved the ball well.  Played great defense.  Looked out for each other. The better overall team beat the team with better individual

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Being Treated Fairly – It’s Nature

Here is a fascinating thing I’ve learned about human nature. People often would rather be treated fairly, but worse, than being treated unevenly but better overall. What you talking about Jason? There is a famous study done of animals showing how perceived fair treatment is ingrained into nature. This experiment was done with monkeys to

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