We can learn a lot about ourselves by looking to the past. History not only provides us with a nostalgic glimpse at how things used to be — like with these classic childhood toys — but its lessons can still teach us things today. So when I spotted this look at how life “way back when” has shaped our moder
“Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” [Susan Sontag] The more attention we pay to something, the longer we retain that information in our brain. How much detail we are able to recall depends on the influence of a select few things. This is important, we want our message to come through and we'd like people to remember it, especially when they're selecting a product, service, or organization. But before we get to that, how long are we able to pay attention to something before our mind starts wondering? Ten minutes is a good guess.
As a leader, great communication is critical not just to provide details about the mission and vision of what you are trying to accomplish, but also to motivate, inspire and manage relationships to move people in a desired direction.
We’ve all been at meetings where a rambles disjointedly, jumping from one thought to another, as others around the table look at each other puzzled and roll their eyes. That’s what can happen when you show up unprepared, and your image takes a hit.
After the response to this recent LifeHacker piece, I thought I would explain the system I use to take notes, research books and keep track of anecdotes, stories and info I come across in my work. This isn’t the perfect system. It might not work for you. All I can say is that since learning it about 7 …
Video Image via CrunchBase By TJ Walker and Mike Bako The announcement of Steve Jobs' death has certainly shined a light on his brilliant career as an innovator at Apple. What it also shines a light on is his amazing skills as a presenter and speaker. What lessons can be learned from Jobs that [...]
Giving feedback to someone is a "moment of trust" - an opportunity to either build or erode trust in the relationship. If you deliver the feedback with competence and care, the level of trust in your relationship can leap forward. Fumble the opportunity and you can expect to lose trust and confidence in your leadership.…
Some people avoid feedback like the plague. They think that if they don’t know their flaws, they don’t have any. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these folks make the same mistakes over and over again. Other people evade constructive feedback by surrounding themselves with yes people. They’d rather receive confirmation of their own ideas than be challenged by opposing views. While that might do wonders for their ego, it does little to advance their cause. The fact is, surrounding yourself with yes people is like talking to yourself.
Like most people, at one time in my life I was terrified of public speaking. I remember one moment particularly clearly. My classmates were waiting for me to read a paper I’d written—an experience, I’m sure, many remember from high school and college.
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