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Welcome to Our Blog

Creating a Thriving Culture

Our Radio Program, Thriving in Business and Life features colleagues, Will Wilkinson and Christopher Harding, as they share insights and valuable techniques from their new book. (Program begins immediately after a short ad from one of our sponsors.)

 

Our ongoing written blog, below, provides a forum for our latest thoughts and for your comments and ideas. Please join us in creating an ongoing conversation about the approaches you've experienced that help create a thriving culture at work, in your community, or at home.

It might seem obvious that diverse groups are more intelligent than homogeneous groups and numerous studies support this notion. So why do we so regularly turn to our same "go-to" people over and over again?

Simple answer, it's more comfortable and because we believe do...

We know how dangerous a virus can be. They infect our bodies, our computers, and our communication. Worst of all, viruses are invisible and often nearly impossible to detect before they wreak havoc.

That’s the bad news. The good news? You can develop B-ray vision (the s...

What’s the secret to communicating effectively when you’ve got something to sell?

In survival mode, it’s about persuasion, using whatever language and tactics that can best convince your “prospect” to buy. This is a competition model based on scarcity. The ruling assump...

Is visualization just a fad or can it actually enhance performance?

Brain scientists have been studying this phenomenon for decades. Do you know how to take advantage of what they’ve learned?

Here are just some of the conclusions published in the National Institute of He...

Why do you do what you do? What drives you? Are you living out your dream or someone else’s?

We once had a client we were grooming for his big moment in Nashville. He was an aspiring country singer with a voice that immediately captured the hearts of anyone who heard hi...

What if the stories you make up in your mind create self-fulfilling prophecies?

Sound too fantastic to believe? Well, it’s not a stretch for scientists who study the brain’s self-filtering mechanism known as the Reticular Activating System or RAS.

As we explain in our bo...

How is an effective leader like a skilled movie director?

Often, we think of the director as the one who yells, “Action!” . . . that word on a movie set (when everything is ready to go) that launches the actors and crew into creating and capturing the scene.

But it...

“I simply can’t trust them,” he said with genuine disappointment in his voice.

When delving into the situation more, what this supply chain manager revealed was that the regular supplier of a vital part for his company’s most important product was unreliable. Sometimes...

Do some people tend to let you down?

If you’re like most of us, the answer is, “Yes!” So, how do you know if someone is truly committed? How can you tell if they will actually do what they said they will do?

Whether it be in our relationships with friends, family, or tho...

“You do realize that the popular concept of empowerment is a myth, right?”

That’s not what a person usually says to their manager, but the frustrated shift supervisor said it anyway. And her manager was stumped. How should he respond? And what exactly did she mean?

So ho...