Behavior

What are you really selling?

Like it or not, we are all in the business of sales and selling. If you’re a leader, you’re selling your vision, your purpose and your ideas. If you’re a business person, you’re selling products or services. Parents are trying to sell things like bedtime and broccoli. And, if you’re in a relationship, or you’re…

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How to move from story telling to story doing

It’s hard to argue against the power story telling wields as a tool of influence and persuasion. However, a more powerful tool is Story Doing. Indeed, story telling is one of the oldest and most revered of our communication tools, one that allows us to take mundane facts and pedestrian ideas and render them memorable, personal…

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You’re boring and it’s costing you

I imagine about now you’re thinking, “Wow, thanks for the positive affirmation Mr. Motivational Speaker.” But hear me out, because I’m pretty sure it’s not your personality, it’s simply who you are at work. In fact, what I’m really talking about is the need to stand out. For some reason, otherwise interesting and personable people tend…

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Big wins first

Are small wins just as important as big wins? Depends who you ask. Naval Adm. William H. McRaven famously suggested that one of the keys to feeling more motivated and driving personal success, was to start the day by making your bed. A better strategy, in my opinion, is to start the day with Big Wins First.…

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Need to vs Want to

One of the things that has human beings turning to motivational literature in their multitudes is the difference between “Need to” and “Want to”. Typically, want to doesn’t require a lot of motivation – it’s intrinsically linked to whatever that activity might be. Few of us need to “motivate” ourselves to enjoy a good meal or a…

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The Right vs The Risky

Working with organizations all around the world, I often enjoy asking people provocative questions to have them reflect on what they believe versus what is a default position. It’s a way of teasing out what they really feel about the concept of risk. A question I often ask is, “In a situation, with an either/or outcome,…

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