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Author: daveb

Woo-Woo in the Workplace

Imagine your boss calls you and asks you to meditate as part of your job responsibilities. What would you think? What would you say? Most people would laugh out loud at the absurdity of it.  For many, the idea is simply un-imaginable.  ‘Why would you ever waste your time on that?  We have real work to do,’ they might say. The perception is that meditation is

Energy That Spreads

Here’s the disclaimer: I am NOT pushing Prudential Financial Services.  What I am pushing is the idea that small things can impact a much bigger picture.  This illustrates our “Pebble in the Pond” concept, the idea that you are like a pebble that when thrown in a pond radiates energy to those around you. It is either energy that expands or contracts others around you. Notice

Control your Thoughts

How many of you remember Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies?  He could eliminate his friends and foes “with just a single thought.”  Those of us watching the big screen, were astounded with the idea of that kind of power. It is true that the mind is a powerful tool, and while you may not be able to knock down your

What Does It Mean to Be Resistant to Change?

We have clients with a global footprint who operate with team members from all corners of the globe. Most use English as their universal language and for many of the team members, English is their second language. This sometimes presents a challenge where ideas, collaboration or dialogue can get lost in translation. Not this time. On this rare and lucky occasion, valuable

“Best Run” Companies—and other misleading headlines

It happens every January. The “LISTS” emerge. The ‘best and worst’ of everything from the year past. The lists are entertaining at best – and can be dangerous at worst. I say dangerous because many of the lists are myopic and misleading. One list in particular never fails to get my goat: The ‘Best Run’ Companies. When we look deeper into how

What’s Your Ted Talk?

At StrategyClicks, we enjoy learning from the speakers at Ted Talks. Ted Talks can be found at Ted.com and are promoted as “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” These talks are extremely inspirational with every topic imaginable being covered by every celebrity you can imagine. Among my favorites are: Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation, Shawn Achor:

Learning is a Forever Thing

You may have read earlier blog posts that I’ve created about my love of John Wooden, college basketball’s greatest coach.  He was called the “Wizard of Westwood” during his 27 seasons as the coach of UCLA and won 10 national championships in a 12-year period.  Unprecedented success. There are so many factors that go into creating a national champion in any

Take off your Watch

It you want to build your habit, let’s start with self-awareness and understanding the need to embrace repetition.  It’s not about how much time you practice, it’s about the number of reps that you do. First, change your attitude about repetition.  Often, we think that repetition is dull, tedious, and very unappealing.  There are ways to build your mental capacity for repetition,

Build a New Cow Path

We know that habits are created with repetition and receiving some sort of reward as a result of engaging in the activity.  Even bad habits will give us a “hit” to our reward center in our brain.  How many of you continue to engage in “bad habits,”  habits that you know are not healthy, but that continue to make you

What is Social Pain?

Recently I attended a presentation by UCLA psychology professor Matt Lieberman who enlightened his audience with his new findings on social pain. Social pain is pain experienced when we are bullied,  belittled, or rejected by family, friends or even work team members. This pain also has an impact on our performance in the same way that our performance would be