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How to Derail Decisions & Sabotage Success

It’s too late to turn back now. We’re different. That won’t work here. Recognize these? Statements like these represent what Jack Quarles calls “expensive sentences”—the title of his latest book. In Expensive Sentences: Debunking the Common Myths that Derail Decisions and Sabotage Success [affiliate], Quarles helps leaders recognize and address such faulty assumptions. Expensive sentences can [...]

2018-09-04T16:02:06-04:00February 5th, 2017|Executing Successfully|

Leadership Book List

Time and again, I’m asked to recommend books on leadership and related topics—especially after (1) someone gets a peek at my library and topic designated bookcases spread throughout my office and home, or (2) I’ve given a speech or presentation. As a result, I’m compiling a series of reading list handouts. In today’s post, I [...]

2018-09-04T18:13:10-04:00February 29th, 2016|Leader Development, Leadership|

True or False: Notice the Story

We humans are storytelling machines. For everything we see, hear and encounter, our brains instantly suggest assumptions to support a quick response. When do stories offer an advantage? On the way to the airport for a recent trip, I saw two men about a half-mile apart. The first was mid-twenties, in shorts and an olive [...]

2018-08-22T09:29:28-04:00November 30th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership|

Ready to Risk: Choosing is Powerful

Most of us can name a past project that consumed our full attention and resources. What happened when that project ended? If your answer involves immediately jumping to the next, equally demanding endeavor, this post is for you. This past spring, any action unrelated to completing my doctorate fell by the wayside of my dissertation [...]

2018-08-20T11:10:30-04:00July 29th, 2015|Leader Development, Purpose|

Healthy heuristics? Leadership and the influence of habit

In the absence of reflective challenge, leaders may abdicate critical thinking and decision processes to faulty heuristics. Exploration of the science underlying thinking abounds, including Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow [affiliate] and Ariely's Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions [affiliate]. Another heuristic-reliant activity involves the concept of habit. In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We [...]

2018-09-04T18:40:12-04:00January 26th, 2013|Leadership, Personal Change|

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