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JEDI MIND TRICK: Fake It Til You Feel It

What are you doing with your body at this very moment? Are you sitting or standing? If your standing, is your weight equally distributed between your feet or are you placing the majority of your weight on a single foot? What about your arms – crossed, by your side, on your neck, or in your lap? You’ve already heard/seen the …

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TRAVEL ETIQUETTE 101: No Ugly Crying At Strangers On Planes

My job involves some travel to facilitate the leadership development series we’re creating. I’m hardly a road warrior at this point in my career, but traveling for work has meant I’ve seen some questionable behavior on planes and in airports.  I’m not talking about your baby crying. I’m talking about the kinds of things where you instinctively think “didn’t your mama teach you not …

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What Does Georgia Football Have To Do With Employee Development?

I’m a shameless Georgia Bulldog fan. I bleed red and black. I watch all the games, I follow the players on instagram and twitter, I have UGA slippers. I have a picture of the arch framed in my house — you get the picture.The reason I’m gushing about Georgia football on my blog this morning has everything to do with employee …

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The Leadership Skill Your Managers Are Missing: Compensation Fluency

For those of you at companies with matching fiscal and calendar years, the start of Q4 means performance review season and the accompanying compensation conversations and decisions we all dread. Embedded in most of the conversations going on in around compensation is fear and anxiety that someone is going to end of on the short end of the stick. For direct reports …

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NERD ALERT: What New Research Says About Using Intelligence To Predict Whether Employees Will Help and Harm Your Company

If you’re a manager of people, chances are good that you’ve hired, promoted, and fired people based on employee behaviors that were not necessarily listed on that person’s job description. Which means that you’ve made a workforce decision based on non-task performance. Admittedly, this post has a heavier emphasis on research than most of my others, but that’s because new research came …

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Team Building Exercises That Don’t Suck

This isn’t about your company/team picnic. Get someone to fire up the barbie. Some one bring a kickball. Pack a first aide kit. Have a grand ole’ time.  I’m talking specifically about the types of events/activities that are forced on teams that are in need of a tune up. You know the kind I’m talking about… And if you’re anything like me, …

Fancy Show Chickens

Yesterday morning was a  Whole Foods for breakfast kind of morning. On our way out, we came upon a lady  promoting her livestock feed outside the store with her pet chickens. I learned  about different chicken breeds. Honestly, I hadn’t even considered that there were multiple breeds of chicken.  Best of all – I got to hang with Capt. Jack Sparrow. …