Don’t be an Idea Killer

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There’s no faster way to demotivate your staff than by being an Idea Killer.
Instead, focus on cultivating creativity.


An Idea Killer is a boss who actively shoots down proposals, or passively lets them languish. It may also be be a manager who doesn’t know what it takes to build a culture of effective brainstorming, networking and innovation.

If you’re a leader, and don’t ever want to be known as an Idea Killer, continue reading this Poynter article about 10 ways to cultivate creativity.


The Big Problem With Not Taking Risks In Your Career

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The problem with not taking risks in your career is that nothing changes.  And when nothing changes, that is when you feel the most trapped, stuck and alone.


It’s EASY to stay where you are.  There is a lot a LOT of pressure to be stable in your career, and under that pressure is a lot of legitimate fear.  Stretching your comfort zone and doing something different, though, is the first step towards playing bigger in your career and making your career happy.

Now, you know the next step, right? Yes! It’s time to do something for your career that *may* make you feel just a little bit uncomfortable.  Here are some ideas to get you started…

Continue reading at Forbes.com.


5 Reasons Leaders Fail

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Leaders fail when they become narrow while thinking they are being broad and inclusive – when they are overly focused and listen only to their own intentions.


The very traits that make a strong leader, if taken to their extreme, can set a leader up for failure. What may be viewed a leadership positive, if allowed to run unchecked, can turn into a leadership negative. The result is a very thin line between successful leadership and failed leadership.

Consider what happens when:

  1. Confidence becomes ego.
  2. Teams become groupthink.
  3. Vision becomes obsession.
  4. Delegation becomes chaotic.
  5. Determination becomes inflexibility.

Continue reading at Inc.com.


How to Be 100% Honest With Yourself

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Key Traction-Point:

When honesty meets our willingness to change,
there is no telling the ways we can grow and improve.


If we aren’t honest with ourselves then we can’t expect to learn and grow as individuals, because we aren’t willing to recognize reality for what it is. When we only choose to see what we want to see – and ignore what we don’t want to see – it  may provide short-term happiness or relief, but in the long-run it’s unhealthy and destructive.

Being honest with ourselves can sometimes be painful, but it’s a necessary component to long-term happiness and success in our lives. Learn how to become 100% honest with yourself by continue reading at TheEmotionMachine.com.


What Holds Most People Back From Success

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Key Traction-Point:

If you want to be a knight, act like a knight.


What’s the number one thing that holds most people back from success? It’s not intelligence or hard work.

It’s your attitude.

Sound like the drivel your parents told you when you were 16 that inspired eye-rolling? That’s what I thought, too. But then I kept seeing the same thing over and over from experts and research…

Continue reading at Barking up the Wrong Tree blog.