Power Messages that Activates Potential

The statements we make to people during critical times can either support or hinder their potential. That’s why I call these statements “Power Messages.”   The event is crystal clear in my memory. I was fifteen years old and a sophomore in high school. I was being driven home after a church youth activity by … Read morePower Messages that Activates Potential

Activate Natural Motivation By Seeing People’s Uniqueness

As humans, our tendency is to boil concepts down to its most basic elements. In doing so we extract the uniqueness in pursuit of simplicity. We often do this by using generalizations. These generalizations, while having some utility, rob us of seeing the uniqueness of individual difference. Understanding and embracing uniqueness has been forgotten in … Read moreActivate Natural Motivation By Seeing People’s Uniqueness

Healthy Motivation: The Key to Engagement & Performance

A few years ago I was talking to a manager who expressed his frustration with the lack of rewards and incentives he was able to give to his team when they performed well. Being an advocate of healthy motivation in workplace environments, I asked him to tell me more about his team and workplace.   … Read moreHealthy Motivation: The Key to Engagement & Performance

Dark Psychology & Manipulation: Are You Unknowingly Using Them?

Dark Psychology is the art and science of manipulation and mind control. While Psychology is the study of human behavior and is central to our thoughts, actions, and interactions, the term Dark Psychology is the phenomenon by which people use tactics of motivation, persuasion, manipulation and coercion to get what they want.   While working on … Read moreDark Psychology & Manipulation: Are You Unknowingly Using Them?

The 2 Most Important Ways to Connect and Influence

Connect and Influence

Do you want to influence and persuade more effectively? If so you will have to learn how to connect with people in a way that builds trust… and this often requires that you make this trust connection quickly!    Many of our daily interactions are quick and involve little conversation and exchange of words.   A … Read moreThe 2 Most Important Ways to Connect and Influence

The Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach

Character Strengths

Strengths-based leadership has been a popular topic for nearly two decades. I’ve had the opportunity to teach the concept and administer several strengths oriented assessments. While the strengths approach has great merit, there are a couple of problems that exist.   First, we have to make sure we don’t over-rotate toward developing our strengths and ignore … Read moreThe Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach

Power Words: Using Words to Move People

  One of the most powerful environmental influencers is a leader or authority’s language. I call the empowering words a leader uses, Power Words.    A parent, teacher, pastor, supervisor, manager, or leader’s use of words can have a major impact on the people they lead.   Numerous research studies have investigated the impact words have … Read morePower Words: Using Words to Move People

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