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Avoiding Career Limiting Moves at This Year’s Holiday Party

Jennifer Luney and I had just a little too much fun on the last segment of the Lunch and Learn TV show today. We skipped over over-imbibing at the holiday party and started right off with holiday party rule #1: No casual sex with your co-workers.

For more shocking leadership development, watch the segment on Justin.TV


Watch live video from vividepiphany on Justin.tv

Or watch the segment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6aoQlMMsoU

Be Your Best You Today,

Celebrate You 2011

Every year I plan a party a little after the New Year.  January is kind of a dull month after the holidays anyway, so one more party to kick off the new year right seems right.

I bring this up because, if you’re not local, it become difficult to come to my Celebrate You Party.  And so, I invite you to host one of your own.  Even better, host one at your company.

Ever Have that Gut Feeling?

This is for your leadership development.  Trust your gut!  Really interesting video about the hidden brain in your…wait for it… intestines.

Leadership Development Happens Daily

This article came to me via my friend Sharon Armstrong from Stampin’ Up.   It’s a good reminder that by taking intentional steps daily, we grow over time.  So many people sleepwalk through their day.   The reason vary.  Some are too busy with lives that are unsustainably full of stuff to do.  Others are in jobs that are boring.  Others are in so much pain they shut down.  I argue that’s no way to live , let alone work.  And, increasingly, it may mean the difference between being in demand and being irrelevant.   Which is why I leave you with “Be Your Best You Today”.

Announcing: “The Lunch & Learn Show” Featuring Carolann Jacobs and Jennifer Luney

Guys,

I am excited to announce the launch of “The Lunch and Learn Show,” a new internet TV show about being a better leader and creating business relationships that enrich our lives.  We’ll  be on Thursdays at noon central time, and of course you can always download the replay.  Here’s where we will be:

http://lunchandlearnshow.com

Jennifer and I want you to be a part of our community.  Please listen in, chat with us, let us know what’s on your mind and how we can help you see more success!

Creating a Reality That Doesn’t Exist

As humans, we make sense of our world through story.  In other words, we create a reality for ourselves that doesn’t exist, in reality.

I attended a workshop last weekend with Human Change Technology Expert, S. Lane Pierce, and he cited Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi the author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience who theorizes that we are bombarded with two million bits of input each second, and we process about 126 of them.  We do that through a process of deleting, distorting and generalizing.

Is Humiliation a Leadership Tool?

When I first got my Saint Bernard, Ponca, the biggest behavioral challenge we had was that she beat the other two dogs up.  Bloodfang and Knight, the existing members of Team Dog, didn’t understand her boundaries and rules because their rules were different.  One rule on Team Dog was that water is an infinite, shared resource because Alpha Dog kept them fully supplied.

You Couldn’t Pay Me Enough to Do This Job

Update:  Col. McCraw from DPS did respond to my email.  The short version is that the mental and physical demands tend to weed out a portion of the new hires, and they are studying other reasons why trainees leave in the first year.

I was watching a news story the other night about Texas DPS.  Seems that 21% of their trainees are leaving DPS, and one of the reasons cited was that the pay isn’t competitive.

How Powerpoint Dumbs Down Your Organization

Powerpoint doesn’t kill brain cells…. people kill brain cells.  Much like a gun and its ability to harm, Powerpoint provides a very effective method for making people stupid.

Here’s why – it provides the means and mechanism for dumping (some might call it vomiting) lists of facts (bullet points) all over the audience.  This is not an effective way of disseminating information or learning.   First and foremost, it’s boring.  Boredom shuts down the brain.   And, real learning requires involvement in the experience.  Which means that it requires an experience.

Can’t Stand Working With That Jerk

As a managewhich, one of the more frustrating challenges is dealing with people who do not play nicely together in the sandbox.   Most of managewhich’s deal with it in one of three very ineffective ways:

  • Ignore it, and hope it goes away.
  • Do their best to separate them, so that there is minimal disruption to the team and the work product, and then we have to all ignore the hostility elephant in the room.
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