Givers & Takers & Great Motivators

One of the things that most impressed me about Adam Grant’s thinking in his book Give and Take was that “givers” develop a devoted following in part because because they are such wonderful motivators. They are not the brash, hyper, rah-rah type of motivators, however, but the quietly persistent type – you know the ones….

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Givers & Takers & Four-Legged Treasures

Giver, Taker,Matcher, Faker,Rich Man, Poor Man,Beggar Man, Thief I came across Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take, only recently, and it left an indelible impression on me. He says there are three groups of people in the world: givers, takers and matchers. Actually, there’s a fourth group, which I’ll get to in a moment. Most…

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Is blogging really that hard?

Well, is it? Is blogging that hard? This is actually a loaded question because there is no easy answer. If you’ve never blogged, for example, it can be a little difficult to get started, either because it’s a little intimidating or because of simple procrastination (my own personal experience). And if you blog regularly, but…

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Complex is easy. Simple is hard.

How you tell your story is more important than what story you tell   Whether you are the CEO of a startup or an executive trying to make a career move, the challenge is the same: You need to persuade people you do not know to get to know, like and trust you. It’s not…

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Intuition or metrics?

You may have noticed the last three posts have focused on one thing: how to make better decisions. Why such a focus? Because the quality of our decisions is directly responsible for the quality of our lives. Yet we frequently make decisions that are not in our best interest. Why? The secret to making better…

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The secret to making better decisions – Part 3

“In manufacturing plants, decisions are made carefully and scientifically. But at the top of organizations, decisions—even those in which millions or billions of dollars are at stake—are often made based on politics or personality or a good PowerPoint presentation.” – Dan Heath It’s time to reach out to the people who know your organization best…

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The Secret to Making Better Decisions – Part 2

Despite the importance of decision-making, and despite all the research into decision-measurement that has taken place over the past three decades, studies continue to show that the majority of business decisions are simply wrong. Which begs the question: Why aren’t business executives getting better at making them?  Before trying to answer this question, it’s worth…

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The secret to making better decisions

Everyone wants to make good decisions. So why don’t we make more of them more of the time? The reason, of course, is that we’re human. But that’s not a very helpful answer, is it? If we want to be better decision-makers, we need to go a little deeper and try to discover the why behind…

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