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Four Ways to Make it Easy for Luck to Find You

#1 Be open and flexible, seize serendipity: Deliberately add variety to your life, be approachable, stay open to chance opportunities. Unlucky people restrict their thinking and often fixate on narrowly defined outcomes, frequently over looking …

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On the Downside of “Following (Mindlessly) Your Passion”

Successful people frequently advise others to do as they have and “follow your passion.” It sounds like great advice… BUT cartoonist Scott Adams of Dilbert…

Three Reasons to Beware the Advice of Successful People

Why? 1. Truth be told, many highly successful people are so busy doing WHAT they do best that they do not truly know or understand…

The Problem with Problem Solving

The problem with problem solving is that it is focused to taking action to make something go away, e.g. the problem. While this is all…

The Farther Reaches of Human Nature

Abraham Maslow is famous for his hierarchy of human needs known as Maslow’s pyramid. While these needs exist in every role we have in life…

Do You Believe it is Possible to Overcome the Past?

“Do you  believe it is possible to overcome the past?” is a question Ohio asks prisoners coming up for parole. An attempt to use software…

Embracing Temporary Failure

Acquiring new skills often requires a learning curve, a time when it is very normal to make “mistakes” as the new behavior is internalized and…

The “I Need” Syndrome

To every boss, it sometimes seems like there is a line outside their door of people wanting resources: “I need this. I need that.” What…

Titles Don’t Make a Leader, Six Principles of Leadership That Do

– “Trustworthiness, Transparency and Openness” Leadership is about communication, communication, communication. Often, the biggest problem with communication is the illusion it just occurred. We assume…

On the Importance of Being a Good Bad Loser

Some call Alex Ferguson the greatest coach in history. Never heard of him? That is because you are not a soccer fan; over 26 seasons,…

The Joy of Satisficing

Satisficing is a combination of the words satisfy and suffice. Satisficing is a decision-making tool that refers to being content with finding a satisfactory solution.…

The Little Big Difference

What are the “little” differences that make a BIG difference? Differences of attitude, of approach? John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin, tells …