One Simple Tool that Helped Me Find My Top 3 Strengths

[Tweet "Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"] Benjamin Franklin is right. His insights into these very words has resonated profoundly with me in the last twenty five years of my life. In fact, for most of the my life, I truly felt that I was bereft of talent. I believed I represented quintessential mediocrity, if not an inferior superiority. Tough decisions, changing environments, and, insurmountable pressure debilitated my emotional and mental health in my early adolescence .  However, the year of 2001 has been a turning ...

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10 Inspiring Quotes that Will Maximize Your Potential

This week I’m sharing on Twitter some of my favorite quotes on potential. But I’m not always able to include them all. Here are the thoughts of some people, both famous and unknown, on our potential and how we use it: An unused life is an early death. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. –Soren Kierkegaard If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passio...

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Fruit of Authentic Christianity

Have you ever wondered why the success rate of proselytizing in developed countries are dismally low? I continually find myself astonished that the greatest obstacle does not come from the sheer denial of the Christian worldview or its fundamental tenets, but rather the uncharacteristic, inappropriate, and maligning thoughts, words, and behaviors of those who profess to be "Christians." It is when the Christian fails to "walk the talk," non-believers seriously question the veracity of our faith. In this age of postmodernism, the Christian is bombarded with false ...

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Innovative Mentoring Strategies to Engage Gen Y

Throughout my university career, I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of serving as a human resources consultant for my undergraduate society and various student-runned clubs. In retrospect, not only have these invaluable experiences enabled me to widen my perspective, cultivate a client-focused mindset, but also it allowed me to further hone the core competencies indispensable for an effective HR professional. I'd like to share my thoughts on a fascinating article I read in the May issue of Harvard Business Review on strategies for engaging top performers and ...

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

What drives employees to do their best work? Numerous companies operate under the prevailing belief that the key to motivating workers is giving them tangible rewards, including cash bonuses. In Daniel’s Pink groundbreaking book, Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us, he proposes persuasively that these companies have it all wrong. Popular thinking is that reward practices that are built around external, carrot and-stick motivators, aimed to boost productivity. But in fact this idea is outmoded because the studies from behavioral science consistently suggest ...

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HBR Article Highlights: Are You a High Potential?

Abstract: Nearly all companies identify their high-potential managers. Processes for developing lists of high potentials vary, but the rising stars who make the grade are remarkably similar in their core characteristics and behaviors. In a sense, they share a basic anatomy. The constitution of a high potential includes four intangible factors: a drive to excel, a catalytic learning capability, an enterprising spirit, and dynamic sensors that detect opportunities and obstacles. The best exemplars of the high-potential profile exhibit all four in spades. Getting onto ...

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