10 results for tag: growth


Reading Habits of Highly Effective People [Infographic]

Oscar Wilde is right: "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." I read about 1-2  books per week. Like a miner searches for gold, I read because it’s my daily sustenance for learning. In fact, I am addicted to learning. One of my dreams is to have a Beauty-in-the-Beast like personal library in my house. The truth is leaders are consummate learners. The following #infographic shares reading habits of some of the most successful people. Leaders are readers. According to an HBR article, “Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that in it you have to take off your shoes ...

Coaching Tip: Instead of Feedback, Try Feedforward

I cringe every I time hear the question, "Would you like some feedback?" Let's face it. Feedback is a dirty word. Though we see numerous articles on how feedback is the sine qua non for effective leadership, the word is loaded with negative connotations. Here's the problem. The fundamental issue with feedback is that it focuses on the past - things that already occurred. In other words, feedback becomes limited and static instead of expansive and dynamic. Instead, the focus should be on the future. Marshall Goldsmith, the world's number 1 ranked executive coach, offers a brilliant alternative. RELATED: MARSHALL GOLDSMITH'S SIX QUESTI...

What a World-Renowned Psychologist Taught Me About Success

Read the following statements and choose whether you mostly agree with it or disagree with it: Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can't change very much. You can learn new things, but you can't really change how intelligent you are. No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit. You can always substantially change how intelligent you are. If you agree with questions 1 and 2, you might have a propensity towards a fixed mindset. On the other hand, if you agree with questions 3 and 4, you might have a growth mindset. Carol Dweck, widely known as world's leading psychologist, ...

Mediocrity could have you running circles. (Here’s why.)

I'm on a blogging sabbatical writing my next book. This is a guest post by Garrhet Sampson. Garrhet is a missionary, teacher, leadership coach, network director, and blogger. In 2014, he received a Masters Certificate in Missional Leadership through The Resurgence Training Center at Mars Hill in Seattle and is currently working on his preaching and teaching degree through Moody Bible Institute. Garrhet blogs at www.garrhetsampson.com/ He can be reached at Twitter and Facebook. "You’re going to have to do it again..." It was 5:30 in the morning and our dorm room had been chosen to do extra training at the basketball court. My roommates and ...

What if Everything Rises and Falls on Followership?

Dr. Jeff Suderman is an organizational development consultant and futurist. He helps organizations achieve their goals by enhancing or organizational health, focusing strategy and helping organizations be FutureReady. He is a father, husband, professor, speaker, leader and an active follower. Please check out his blog. A well-worn leadership adage states that “Everything rises and falls on leadership”. I was once an ardent supporter of this belief. As an emerging leader, it made me feel important and it validated much of my work and academic career. After all, leaders make things happen! As time passed, I came to an important realization – ...

When Constructive Feedback Isn’t So “Constructive” (and How to Do it Better)

In David Rock's groundbreaking book "Your Brain at Work," the reader travels inside our brains in which we learn how to use our brain to become more productive at work. In several chapters, Rock shares powerful techniques on how to effectively change other people's behavior. The primary way we facilitate change is giving others feedback. Yet, surprisingly, giving feedback is rarely the right way to create real change.  Rock makes a wise observation: People miss the basic reality of feedback: feedback creates a strong threat for people in most situations.  One of the ways feedback has been mandated and institutionalized is in the form ...

6 Things Influential People Do Better Than Anyone Else (Video)

This video infographic from the writers of Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive provides insight into what motivates us to be persuasion and influential. The studies come from Robert Cialdini's classic "Influence: The Pscyhology of Persuasion. The Six Principles of Influence (aka the Six Weapons of Influence) described in the video are reciprocity, scarcity, authority, consistency, liking and consensus. Cialdini identified the six principles through experimental studies, and by immersing himself in the world of what he called "compliance professionals" – salespeople, fund raisers, recruiters, advertisers, marketers, and so on. ...

The 18-Minutes Ritual that Will Maximize Productivity

Have you ever wondered what happened to your productivity when you started the day with good intentions and then only to reach mid-afternoon and lose momentum? Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done reveals helpful insights on how to jump-start our productivity. A key distraction we face at work is technology. Though we have benefited from the advances of technology, we also have seen how inventions like smartphones, emails and phone calls often disrupt the "flow" we experience at work, thus lowering our productivity. Bregman says the secret to managing distractions is by ...

10 Ways to be a Life-long Learner

Imagine you asked twenty people in your circle of influence (professional, personal, social, and religious domains) to describe your number one strength. Well, last year that’s exactly what I did, looking to discover my singular strength that was not merely subjected to mere self-opinion, but grounded in certainty and objectivity. The response was overwhelming. 90% considered my number one strength as self-development (= continuous learning). Quite honestly, the results were affirming and liberating. My relentless drive for growth felt more like a gift from God - how He wired me to be this way. (more…)

10 Tips to Maximize Your Conference Experience

You might as well call me a conference junkie. In the past five years, I've attended countless conferences. Every year, I commit to attending at least several conferences mainly because it helps me to learning, grow, and connect. I understand this is not a small investment so I want to ensure that this will pay off dividends.   As an aspiring author and speaker, I also am learning what it takes to be a global leader and speaker.  After attending many conferences, I realized conferences are what you make of them. Here are my top ten tips on conferences and how to make them more valuable and engaging experiences.   (more…)