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The Leaky Faucet of Your Energy

The Leaky Faucet of Your Energy

Your energy may be leaking all day long without your realizing it. Oh, you recognize the big ones: the sudden change that makes you feel as if the rug had been pulled out from under you, the conflict that leaves you a little shaken, the near miss from an irresponsible...

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The Power of Yet

The Power of Yet

The Power of Yet is one of the most powerful tools in my resilience program. An incident a few years ago gave me a suitable name for a process I had been pursuing for years. A doctor told me that a recent blood test revealed that I had a factor in my blood that made...

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Growing Resilient While Going Blind

Growing Resilient While Going Blind

How do you bounce back when there’s no place to bounce back to? That’s the dilemma we are all facing, in various ways, as the COVID-19 pandemic winds – or does not wind – down. The landscape has changed, and we have changed. There we were happily, or at least...

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The Frequency of Love

The Frequency of Love

The frequency of love? Did you know that love can be measured? Yes, it has. It has been measured at 0.1 Hz and it is being broadcast right now by you – or not. Maybe you’re looking for love in the wrong places. First, you need to understand that the heart and the...

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The Pandemic of Loneliness and the Science of Connection

The Pandemic of Loneliness and the Science of Connection

The Covid 19 pandemic has spawned another offshoot: loneliness. It wasn’t that we were not, as a nation, lonely before the virus struck. In 2017, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called loneliness a public health “epidemic.” According to a 2018 report by the...

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Stress on Steroids

Stress on Steroids

Anger seems to be everywhere these days, leaking out of normally friendly and placid people. It can be seen in their impatience: with a driver who slows down, in looking for directions, or with another person whose misunderstood request is judged to be stupid and not...

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Quiet Charisma

Quiet Charisma

Is charisma always highly-charged behavior that draws immediate attention, or is there another way to achieve that special “glow” that draws people, warrants admiration, and results in a tribe of loyal supporters? Quiet people everywhere, who often feel they are...

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Elastic Boundaries in the Midst of Turmoil

Elastic Boundaries in the Midst of Turmoil

Elastic boundaries in the midst of turmoil?  It has occurred to me in the last week that we all need to make our boundaries more elastic in these turbulent times, or perhaps for all times. Covid 19, with all its isolation and fear, has left us brain-fogged and...

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Fake News From Your Brain

Fake News From Your Brain

Our brains are fine and wonderful organs; they accumulate experiences and help us to organize them in a way that makes our lives more efficient. Touch a hot stove when you’re a toddler, and “bingo,” you learn instantly not to do that again. No need for lots of...

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Humility

Humility

Humility is one of the top traits of successful CEOs, according to the CEO Genome Study of 2018. What does humility look like, as practiced by a top leader? I pondered this as I interviewed a new coaching client. A mid-level leader in his organization, he had applied...

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“Brain Buzz” in the 21st Century

“Brain Buzz” in the 21st Century

Do you sometimes feel as if you have invisible gnats buzzing around inside and outside of your head? Are you so overwhelmed by possibilities that you start to work on one task, then set it down and switch your attention to another, and then another? Welcome to the...

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Confidence Leads To Courage

Confidence Leads To Courage

Confidence leads to courage.  I used to believe that. Master a skill, figure out exactly what to say, and you will act. Trouble is, those skills take a long time to find and master. In the meantime, you are frozen in time. An incident at a conference a few years...

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Five Time Expansion Tips for Introverts

Five Time Expansion Tips for Introverts

Introverts often feel harried, trying to rush towards that time when they can kick back and relax, freed from all social – and other – obligations. This is especially true when the introvert works in a busy organization where much of what happens is not under the...

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Is introversion a diversity topic?

Is introversion a diversity topic?

According to figures collected by Myers-Briggs over a ten-year period, introverts are roughly 51% of the population. Interestingly enough, they constitute about 15% of leaders at the lowest levels, such as supervisors, and about 2% at the top (CEOs). Does this...

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Greetings to my Tribe

Greetings to my Tribe

It’s been a long time since I’ve corresponded with you, during which I have been immersed in writing a new book. You see, I spent the last twenty years or so devising ways to help introverts develop skills to become visible and valued in a world that typically...

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Hidden Leaders in your Organization:  Good or Bad?

Hidden Leaders in your Organization: Good or Bad?

While CEOs everywhere are reporting that their biggest headache is finding leaders to implement strategy,  there are quiet, hidden leaders working away in their organizations, influencing those around them, supporting – or sabotaging – change initiatives....

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Teambuilding for Introverts?

Teambuilding for Introverts?

After a talk I gave at a conference, a manager approached me to ask, “How do you do teambuilding with introverts?” Since, in the eyes of many people, “team building for introverts” is an oxymoron, I was curious as to what she had in mind, and suggested we meet later...

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Disconnect or Alignment in the C-Suite?

Disconnect or Alignment in the C-Suite?

When most members of the C-Suite are laser-focused on their unique responsibilities and priorities the possibilities for a disconnect between different functions are numerous, and the CEO, who oversees all of the functions, is often on a different page altogether....

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It Is Possible For Introverts To Be Persuasive

It Is Possible For Introverts To Be Persuasive

Is “Persuasive Introvert” an oxymoron? Or are we doomed to be low-key shadows on the periphery? Actually, the writer who contacted me on LinkedIn asked, “Is it common for introverts to lack talent in persuasion?” The question arose because, after a presentation for a...

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Five Skills of Highly Successful Introvert Leaders

Five Skills of Highly Successful Introvert Leaders

I have long called introverts the “quietly brilliant” and I was not surprised but I was concerned when I found that Ones & Dilchert’s 2009 study showed that only 2% of CEOs were introverts. Does that mean that introverts should never aspire to leadership? Is there...

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