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The Trap Of Being A Hard Worker

The Trap Of Being A Hard Worker

This post first appeared on Forbes. Even good qualities can be limiting.  Darius (not his real name), a VP in engineering in a Bay Area fintech company, read the first page of his 360 feedback review. “Hard-working. Trustworthy. Reliable. Even-keeled. Loyal....

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Leadership and Being Uncool

Leadership and Being Uncool

This post first appeared on Forbes. “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” This is one of my all-time favorite movie lines, spoken by Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Creem magazine’s editor Lester...

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Phrasing Matters: How To Be A Constructive Critic

Phrasing Matters: How To Be A Constructive Critic

This post first appeared on Forbes.com Are you great at spotting the flaw in the plan? Do you default to criticism rather than appreciation? If so, you could be bringing down the motivation on your team or getting a reputation as a complainer, and it may be time for...

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Get Your Gratitude On – For Its Own Sake

Get Your Gratitude On – For Its Own Sake

All over the country this week bloggers are holding forth on the subject of gratitude. And I’m all for gratitude, not just in November, but daily, maybe even hourly. But too often gratitude is touted not as an end in itself but because it will help you achieve some...

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Can You Afford Coaching?

Can You Afford Coaching?

A friend of mine recently asked, "Do you find that the people who most need coaching can least afford it?" and it got me thinking about money and about the value of coaching. The question of what you can afford it highly subjective and value-laden. Look at any budget...

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Revive Your Flagging Resolution

Revive Your Flagging Resolution

Overheard conversation between two regulars in the elevator of 24 hour Fitness gym on January 3: “Crowded today.” “Yup. It's all those New Year's resolutions.” “Uh-huh, but don't worry, it won't last long.” It seems that built into the whole idea of New Years...

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