Archive | May, 2014

Eye Contact

28 May

 

 

 

Several weeks ago I linked to a TED video entitled Your Body language Shapes Who You Are. This is an example of how powerful initial conditions can be if they positively alter our perceptions of ourselves.

Recently the New York Times had an article on the power of eye contact in person-to-person interactions. Yet another study supporting the two preciously cited aspects of effective performance: Initial conditions and changes in self-perception

 

 

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North Platte, Nebraska

25 May

 

Monday is Memorial Day.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video, it will touch your heart.

 North Platte, Nebraska

Who Graduates?

21 May

It is graduation time, thus an article about how the University of Texas has set up a program to significantly increase the graduation rate of students from low socio-economic status. Most students who begin university from the bottom SES quartile do not graduate, although they have the ability to do so.

 

Several blogs ago I linked to a TED video that shows how our body language affects our behavior. This is important because there seems to be a growing literature that relatively small interventions can produce significant changes. This appears to happen when the tactic helps people change their perceptions of themselves.

Next week we will look at yet another link that shows much the same thing.

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Talking With The most Interesting Person I Know

14 May


 

 

Recently the Wall Journal had a great article with a video and radio interview about self-talk. Self Talk, both sub-vocally and out-loud is a research-proven self-management tool, although most of us do it sub-vocally. It is the tool we can use to alter our level of optimism – pessimism.

 

Research shows that optimists:

  • Live longer
  • Are healthier
  • Have better relationships
  • Have higher morale on-the-job
  • Are more personally satisfied (happy) &
  • Report having better lives when asked at age 85

 

“Optimism is the tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation, defined by how we self-talk to frame events:

Bad events are temporary setbacks,

Isolated to particular circumstances and

Can be overcome by effort and abilities”   – Martin Seligman

 

A series of blogs on optimism discuss this topic in-depth, link to an optimism-pessimism self-test and introduce strategies to improve your optimism.

 

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Decision Making For Managers

7 May

 

 

Recently the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on managerial decision-making. Unfortunately the title was so misleading that you may not have read it. Four quite good ideas:

 

  1. Want innovation? Be wary of deadlines
  2. Big unknowns lead to bad choices
  3. Good thinkers look past facts
  4. Leaders should stay positive

 

The last two of the above are about the power of intuition (aka emotion) in decision-making and leadership.

 

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