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...

The Power of Habits

Much of the Executive Coaching work I do relates to working with people who are examining ongoing patterns and habits and making conscious choices about which to keep and which to eliminate. “Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steadily...

High Achievers

“Many high performers would rather do the wrong things well than do the right thing poorly.”
~ Thomas J. DeLong and Sara DeLong, “The Paradox of Excellence,” Harvard Business Review, June 2011

Leaders are high achievers who continually grow as professionals. But in many organizations, there are high achievers who are floundering. They’re smart, ambitious professionals who aren’t as productive or satisfied as they could be. Many ascend to leadership positions and reach a plateau in their professional growth. I encounter high-achievers frequently in the work I do coaching. It’s one of the driving reasons people come in for private coaching.