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Thirty Methods: Overcoming Three Big Mistakes. Mistake #2: Attempt to Build/Rebuild Relationships Without Changing Conduct or Attitude

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey “In our attempts to influence others, we commonly make three mistakes, all related either to ignoring or short-cutting these three categories of influence.” Examples are 1. Who…

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Taking the High Road

Both Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln are said to have kept journals. They used them as tools, recording their thoughts and aspirations, goals, progress, and…

Make It a Game

We often know what we should do. But sometimes we are challenged to get ourselves to do as well as we know. Simple solution: Make…

In Praise of Humble Beginnings

Scottie Pippen, a seven-time NBA All Star and six-time World Champion with the Chicago Bulls, was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in August…

Self-Stability: “The Key Thing”

Sheila Lirio Marcelo is the founder and chief executive of Care.com. Early in her career she had the foresight and personal courage to challenge herself…

Thirty Methods: Overcoming Three Big Mistakes. Mistake #1: Advise Before Understand

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey “In our attempts to influence others, we commonly make three mistakes, all related either to ignoring or…

Opportunity vs. Impossibility Mindset

Around the turn of the 20th century, a shoe manufacturer sent a couple of business development types to investigate an undeveloped area of Africa for…

Beware “Competitive Arousal”

For a staid business publication, the phrase sounds much too…exotic? But there it was, competitive arousal, in the first paragraph of a May 2008 Harvard…

Can Conflict Be a Good Thing?

Or put another way, can excessive politeness stifle problem solving? Can gentle civility, carried too far, keep ideas from being properly challenged? Sufficiently tested? Can…

Shinrin-yoku

Visiting nature for therapeutic benefit has become popular in Japan. The concept is known as Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. A study of 280 healthy Japanese,…

30 Methods of Influence: #30 Let Natural Consequences Teach Responsible Behavior

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 30. Let natural consequences teach responsible behavior. One of the kindest things we can do is to…

Many Hands Make Light Work

In 1981, Herman Ostry and his wife Donna bought a farm a half mile outside of Bruno, Nebraska, a small community 60 miles west of…

Celebrating Everyday Heroes

You see them every day. You may not realize it, or stop to think about it, or pause to appreciate them, but you do see…

“Pleased But Not Satisfied”

“Pleased But Not Satisfied” is a self-published book by David L. Sokol, chairman of MidAmerican Energy, a major subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Sokol recently was…

Present Moment: Friend or Foe?

What kind of relationship do you wish to have with the present moment? The moment you are in right now, the moment you are living?…

30 Methods of Influence: #29 Train Them in the Law of the Harvest

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 29. Train them in the law of the harvest. We teach the “agricultural principles” of preparing the…

“The Secret Door To Success,” Florence Scovel Shinn

Sometimes that which we most urgently desire, we drive away and that which we most desperately fear, we attract. All of us have seen the…

Three Kinds of People

One of the mental exercises that people seem to love is to break down the world into different kinds of people. In any organization, there…

A Light Bulb or a Gun?

Every Sunday, The New York Times business section runs a piece called “Corner Office,” interviewing a CEO, generally of small- and medium-sized companies. The CEOs…

30 Methods of Influence: #28 Involve People in Meaningful Projects

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 28. Involve people in meaningful projects. Meaningful projects have a healing influence on people. However, what is…

100%/0%

100 percent/zero percent is shorthand for the concept that you should give your all without expectation. Give 100% and expect 0% in return. In high…