The Neuroscience of Engagement and Performance
  The field of Neuroscience has taken great strides over the past 10 years in understanding how the brain and
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Leadership Character Drives Employee Engagement and Effort
I recently completed a research study investigating the impact of leadership character. I’m always curious about what leads to people
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Power Messages that Activate Potential
The statements we make to people during critical times can either support or hinder their potential. That’s why I call
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From Influencer to Activator
  It has been quite popular to talk about leadership as influence. While I certainly agree that a leader influences
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Activate Natural Motivation By Seeing People’s Uniqueness
As humans, our tendency is to boil concepts down to their most basic elements. In doing so, we extract the
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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
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How to Master the Skill of Persuasion
Imagine if you had a superpower that allowed you to change people’s minds, help people to see your way, trust
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How to Avoid Being Manipulated
I was told to wait one more time. I was frustrated. The negotiation started 30 minutes prior and was a
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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
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The 2 Most Important Ways to Connect and Influence
Do you want to influence and persuade more effectively? If so, you will have to learn how to connect with people
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Character Strengths
The Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach
Strengths-based leadership has been a popular topic for nearly two decades. I’ve had the opportunity to teach the concept and
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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
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Hire Better and Hire Right with a Focus on Character
According to a recent study by Leadership IQ, 46% of hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19%
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How Character Can Be Built?
A few months ago I had a conversation with a man who stated, “Character can’t be taught. You either have
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Leadership vs. Management
Leadership is not management.   Many use the the words manager and leader synonymously, but a leader is not necessarily
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How You Can Increase Your Motivation Quality
But, there is one thing my boys love, and that’s camping.   A couple of times a year I get
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Be a Gainer, Not a Loser
Many people are thinking about losing weight this time of year. It’s by far the most popular new year’s resolutions.
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Motivate Employees Like Prisoners
Motivating employees can be tough. Especially employees who are not in a job role they want. You think that is
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The Top 5 Books on Motivation
  I am often asked about what books I’d recommend on the topic of motivation and persuasion. So I thought
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The 5 Most Common Presentation Mistakes
Let’s be honest. We all hate sitting through boring presentations and speeches. You know, the ones where the speaker doesn’t
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5 Motivation Killers Leaders Must Avoid
When the opportunity presents itself, I like to ask people what motivates them and what hinders their motivation. I’ve asked
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