Thought Leadership Blog

  • What Causes Fear of Failure?

    I’ve been discussing leaders’ challenges and a big one is fear of failure, even though many refuse to admit to anyone they might feel it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012), offers some background on causes. Several factors contribute to […]

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  • How Leaders Recognize the Signs: Fear of Failure

    Fear of failure has several telltale—and observable—signs. You’re likely to set your ambitions too low or too high, explains entrepreneurship expert Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012). Goals set too low reflect a lack of self-confidence and a fear of achieving […]

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  • The Great Leadership Challenge: Fear of Failure

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    Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy Click To Tweet Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. […]

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  • Self-Awareness: Write Your Beliefs

    I’ve been writing about self-awareness, inner monologue, and how we can improve our connections to others through better self-knowledge . This next exercise builds on the previous exercise where you simply write down your inner monologue. It is a little harder because it requires you to pay attention to your beliefs and write them down. During […]

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  • Self-Talk: What We Can Learn About Ourselves

    It’s not always easy to uncover our blind spots and gain real self-awareness. One way is to write down your self-talk, recording the exact words you use. Do this several times over the course of a week, and you’ll uncover a lot about how you think and perceive your world. The exercise is even more […]

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  • An Exercise to Build Self-Awareness

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    I’ve written previously about the power of self-talk and how this can empower and drive us forward, or cripple us in the grip of self-doubt. Our inner monologue runs nonstop, whether we pay attention to it or not. It is a valuable source of self-awareness and a key to knowing our blind spots. Some call […]

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  • 3 Things You Can Do Today to Be a Better Team Member

    What can you do today to immediately become a better team member? I’ve been writing about how companies can save money, boost performance, and reduce turnover by allowing teams time and space to interact socially. By carefully recording peoples’ interactions with a Sociometer Device, we’ve learned that team performance depends on human interactions much more […]

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  • Measuring Teams Using a Sociometer Device

    “A what?” I hear you say? Yes, you read that right – a Sociometer Device! It seems that scientists are using new technology to measure the degree of social interaction in organizations. And it’s reinforcing the concepts I share in my book Cultivate that relationships, and social sensitivity outweighs all other factors in determining team effectiveness. […]

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  • 3 Ways to Be a Better Team Member

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    How can you be a better team member and help your work group be effective? It may seem unlikely that there could be anything new to learn about what makes teams effective, but there is. More than ever before, work today gets done in teams, and your ability to contribute as a member is vital […]

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  • How to ensure your new hire feels at home on day 1

    I was reading an article by Kim Harris at TSheets about the importance of effective on boarding of new hire employees. It got me thinking, why is it that something as important as welcoming a new employee can leave such a bad impression? Unfortunately, far too often in the client organizations my team and I […]

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