Are You in Your Own Way?

Sometimes we get stuck in a groove and keep doing the things that prevent us from moving forward. This is OK if you don’t need to move forward, but that’s rarely viable for a leader.

I’ve found that the biggest excuses for getting stuck range from “I have too much on my plate” to “I’m putting out fires every day” to “I’m overwhelmed”.

All are good reasons, and they have one thing in common: you!

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Make Your Own Luck

“Beware the ides of March.”
– William Shakespeare

Are you superstitious? Do the ides of March make you nervous? Are you careful about what you do whenever it’s Friday the 13th? These are examples of superstitions that have been around forever, perceptions that have no grounded or logical basis.

Silly as these superstitions may seem, plenty of people still take seriously images of bad luck, negative omens, and baseless premonitions. But any time you feel that something is bad luck, you set the stage for a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD), is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, a call to action to press even harder for gender parity.

I thought we should join the global celebration, so I picked a cross section of stories that honor the day. The more I scanned, the more interesting it became. I selected a handful of links that were a bit out of the mainstream coverage, so enjoy!

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When Anger Hits, “Smart” is the First Thing to Go

“You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.”
– Buddha

Have you ever watched a conflict unfold from a distance? When you’re not a participant, it can seem completely irrational, even though it is deadly serious to those in the midst of it.

One of my colleagues says that when anger hits, ‘smart’ is the first thing to go. It’s a great observation, because when emotions take over, if you aren’t paying attention your reasoning mind can begin to shut down.

Anger often comes without forethought. You can be in the middle of a conversation with everyone from a co-worker to your teenager, and suddenly the heat of anger comes to the surface. If you let it get to you, you dig in your heels and become inflexible.

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