Seven Tips for Back to School

Your past is SO last year. Whatever happens in the next year/next phase of your life need not follow any old pattern, for you always have the opportunity to reboot. Here are seven tips inspired by the annual return to school

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Positive Leadership Addictions

If you want to know more about what makes employees happy just take a look at yourself for the answers. What makes you happy about your job? Don’t you find that when you are happy and enjoy the work you do, you actually do better work, your energy level is high, and you have a greater sense of accomplishment? Here are some GOOD addictions to have if you serve as a leader to others. (read more)

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Summer Reading – because you asked

In the wake of my July newsletter, I had a short flurry of emails from people asking, “did I miss your summer reading list, Jim?” Uhm… no. Truth is, I stopped doing a list this year. But since people are asking, I offer a couple titles and a reminder. Click above to read more!

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Happy Math — Impact a Million!

My friend Craig James of Cat-Strat.com (a man who lives in abundant happiness) shared his vision of personal impact with me, and I called it Happy Math. I am reprinting a portion of one of his blog posts to offer proof that you are AMAZING in your impact on the world. (read more)

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Why didn't we listen to Henry Ford?

In the early days of the modern age, we had a leader who believed in the power of the human spirit. When he created the assembly line, we embraced that as a tool that ultimately extinguished the human spirit in the workplace. Why didn’t we listen to what else he had to say? (read more)

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Are You a Maximizer? Part 1

Take the Maximizer Assessment and then consider how you behave when faced with making a CHOICE — do you insist on always the Absolute Best, or are you okay with Good Enough for most decisions? How you respond can predict the degree of stress you feel around exercising your freedom to choose!

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Tiny Stories of Gratitude for the Holidays

A client of mine sent this story as part of his holiday message, and I loved it so much I asked for his permission to share it with all of you. My guest columnist, Rob, is an executive who lives in Chicagoland. He shares six tiny stories of miracles and gratitude.

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TIPS FOR AN UNHAPPY WORKFORCE

Happiness – the anti-leadership edition: Most employees are already Unhappy, so it doesn’t take much effort to nudge them into Insecurity, as well. Here’s a quick reminder of how easy it is to keep your ungrateful subordinates in their place: under your control.

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Be Kind, Not Nice

I recently received a bit of wisdom from a colleague of mine, and it was very important in a conversation I had today with a client, so I”m passing on to you. First, an important distinction between being NICE and being KIND Nice is about what the other person is thinking and feeling–it’s their perception of the situation. Kind is …

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