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Attitude is a major motivator

21 Aug

 In a recent meeting with a group of people, we moved through a series of self-perception exercises designed to identify their core motivators. Out of about 15 possible motivators, everyone chose either one or both of: attitude and relationships.

Your attitude is learned and is under your cognitive control – so what are you waiting for get to work on making it and you better.

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Self-Help For Skeptics

7 Aug

 

 

 

 

 

There is a substantial body of knowledge showing that by using personal and private cognitive tools it is possible to improve your mood and performance.  The WSJ had a charming article on this entitled Self-Help For Skeptics.

If you are interested in a more in-depth review (27 pages, $2.99) of such techniques go to: Beyond IQ: Practical Steps To Find the Best You.

 

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The Benefits Of Poetry For Professionals

17 Jul

At a meeting where I was making a presentation I suddenly decided to recite a brief, but emotionally powerful, poem.  I was amazed by the positive feedback this engendered.  In the 6th and 7th grades I had a teacher who read us the classics and poetry and each week assigned a poem to memorize and recite in class.  She gave me a love of literature and of poetry.  Recently I had a similar experience in an MBA class.  Cleaning out my office I found a hardcopy of the following article: The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals.

For the poem goto: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174752

By the way the article is an excellent example of “how not to write an article.”  Too much junk to search through to find the kernel.

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Stress and Work: Some Good Reads

19 Jun

 

As you probably know there are a series of blogs on stress beginning with an explanation of the Yerkes-Dodson Law.  These blogs will give you a good understanding of the nature of stress, which for many Americans is our drug of choice.  The link on the second stress blog is to an article on how to use stress to improve your performance, a good read.

 

 A recent article in the WSJ entitled Five Ways To Lower Your Stress is also a good read.

 

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Turn Bad Stress Into Good

15 May

Recently the WSJ had an interesting article on bad to good stress.  Here are the 9 Qs:

 

  1. I have control over how and when I work.
  2. I receive support and encouragement from my boss and co-workers.
  3. My work lends purpose and meaning to my life.
  4. Stress can help me learn and grow.
  5. I often perform better under stress.
  6. My job makes me feel hopeful about the future.
  7. Stress can be healthy and energizing.
  8. My boss doesn’t try to micromanage me or my work.
  9. I am treated fairly and without prejudice at work.

For how to score and more go to on.wsj.com/16aye9t

 

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Deadlines

1 May



 

The Sunday New York Times continues its streak of excellent self-development articles with Need Motivation? Declare a DeadlineThe article also introduces a book, Predictably Irrational:  The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely.  He seems to be making himself an expert on irrational behavior with five books on the topic  The first couple reviews on amazon are worth your time.

 

 

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10,000 Hours

10 Apr

 

Some time ago I wrote a blog entitled The 10,000 Hour Rule

with a link to Malcolm Gladwell’s  book Outliers.

Recently a colleague sent me a brief article in a blog that speaks eloquently to the 10,000 hours needed to attain proficiency/competence in an endeavor.  Remember there are 2,080 hours in a work year – so get busy!

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