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3 Good Things

  1)      I spent a blissful morning attending a lecture at the Center for Leadership at Florida International University’s College of Business, which I was invited to attend by the Center’s own Dr. Nathan Hiller, a member of the Academic Advisory Board and a...

The Magic of Mentoring

When coaching high potential leaders I  suggest they also find a mentor and always ask that they think outside the box. The easiest choice is someone in your own organization but sometimes the best learning comes from someone in a completely unrelated role. When...

Successful Goals: How to Override Excuses

In my previous posts here and here, I explained why so many people fail to keep New Year’s Resolutions. In spite of sincere desires to change, after a few weeks, many goal-setters go back to their old habits. Unhealthy habits like overeating, smoking, excessive...

How to Inoculate Yourself Against Goal-Failure

In our most recent newsletter I introduced the idea of competing commitments and how they interfere with accomplishing goals and making the changes we want. Since many of my coaching clients come to me in January with resolutions to work on and it’s important to...

The Golden Rule for Changing a Habit

I’ve been learning a lot about how we use habits and routines throughout the day from New York Times staff writer Charles Duhigg in his book in The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Random House, 2012) Here’s what happens in a...

How Habits Are Formed

Habits emerge because the brain is constantly seeking ways to conserve energy. It looks for a cue that becomes the trigger for a habitual response. We are then rewarded with a blast of the pleasure-inducing neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine plays a major role in the...