Of course you want an “edge.” Life is competitive. In business, you want the extra sale. In nonprofits, you want to raise the additional dollars. In sports, you want to win. Our small college swim team was always looking for an edge. We would train twice a day for much of the year to get better. At the end of the year for the big meets, we would shave our bodies … [Read more...] about Be Careful When Looking for an “Edge”
Your parents and teachers may have told you “just do the right thing” when you were younger. But it turns out that the real world is complicated and messy. Just planning to be “good” is not good enough. Authors in a recent Harvard Business Review article* say that we all need to develop our “Moral Humility” – the recognition that we all have the capacity to do the “wrong … [Read more...] about Develop Your Ethical Vigilance
The continued low employment rate means that even some of your talented team members who are not looking to leave, could get recruited away. This is the topic of a recent article* in The Wall Street Journal with some suggestions on how to make sure you have given them reasons to stay. Here are some of the author’s ideas: *Improve Their Space. So many organizations have … [Read more...] about Retaining Your Best Talent
One of our team members had set up a fun lunch activity just before Halloween – decorating pumpkins! My feeling: “I’m just no good at this.” With this reaction, I was exhibiting my Fixed Mindset about my skills and abilities when it comes to Art. I would have to say that I have probably had that mindset since about first grade! In her excellent book, Mindset, which I … [Read more...] about Roar into the ‘20s with a Growth Mindset!
As is my annual tradition, I will start the new year out with a reminder of my advice from an article I wrote in The Washington Post a few years back: "Set Goals, Not Resolutions." You can check out the article at this link. And also see my full article on The Power of Goals at this link. Have a SuperFantastic 2020! … [Read more...] about Set Goals, Not Resolutions, for 2020!