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Open or Closed?

Which are you? Ever thought about it? Before you smugly think you’re open minded, consider this: closed-minded people believe they are open minded. So how do you decide which camp you’re [...]

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Reducing Procrastination

Procrastination is rooted largely in fear (of failure), self-doubt or laziness. We can’t eliminate it, we can only reduce it. The more something threatens our identity, the more we avoid doing [...]

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Speak Less, Say More

When you discuss controversial or troubling issues with others, on whom do you primarily focus – on their concerns and their stories or on yours? Recently, I had a long conversation with an [...]

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Finding Time

Some say life is way too short. Is it? Or do we just like complaining about not having ‘enough time’ to get everything done we want to accomplish? Whatever time you have is all the time you will [...]

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Finding Passion

To find passion in what you do you have to like what you do. That idea isn’t especially earth shattering, but discovering it can be difficult for some. Early on, I didn’t like school. It was [...]

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PROLOGUE: Why I wrote Becoming …

This is a book about the rest of your life. I believe we only live once and that we’re not here to do what’s already been done. With no opportunity for rehearsal or reprise, a notion worthy of [...]

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Purpose

You are here for a purpose. You just have to figure out what it is before you leave. And creating your own unique reason for being could be the greatest thing you will ever accomplish. Joseph [...]

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What’s Your Leadership Compass?

I once asked a group of CEOs whether they (individually) had an explicit moral compass that enabled them to lead their organizations in a principled way. Every hand in the room was spontaneously [...]

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THINKING – An essay (one of 48) from Jim’s new book: “Becoming … what you really want to be”

The ability to think differently and effectively is, arguably, the one skill that determines our happiness, freedom, prosperity and ultimate destiny. While we take thinking for granted, it is an [...]

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Performance, Human Nature and Neurobiology

Most of what managers do to encourage high performance in organizations today likely produces the opposite of what they intend. Brain science provides powerful insights into the common suffering [...]