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High Impact Communication part 1 of 3:Saying it with Substance

March 20, 2014 - Lead Positive

***UPDATE:Click here for posts two and three of this series. What you say has high impact when listeners: Remember your message beyond the conversation or presentation Have a change of heart brought about by the message Take action as a result Influence others to join forces with you In Lead Positive, I talk about...

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The See-Say-Do Chain Reaction

March 13, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips, Lead Positive

The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between second- and firsthand experiences. Whether you’re doing something or watching someone else do the same thing, the same neurological regions in your brain are stimulated. Interestingly, research shows that the same pattern of neurons, called mirror neurons, fires in the observer as in...

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Are You A Reactive or Responsive Leader?

Highly effective leaders tend to be highly responsive leaders. In psychological terms, being responsive involves thoughtfully and intentionally adapting your behavior to the current circumstance. It entails first taking the time to calmly digest what is happening. In contrast, being reactive means to go straight into high-alert stress mode. Your brain automatically processes the problem...

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Magnifying what is best:The ABT Leadership Advantage

February 13, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips

Asset-based leadership is a choice, an intentional way for you to navigate through your professional life. If you want to be an asset-based leader, you must first get to know your strengths and capabilities. Most of us know our gaps and our shortcomings a lot better than we know our strengths and capabilities. Most of...

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How Your Mind Sculpts Your Brain

February 6, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips, Lead Positive

Did you know that every time you intentionally shine the spotlight on the positive, valuable, and worthwhile you change your brain for the better? It’s true! Have you ever heard the phrase, “neurons that fire together, wire together?” Well, that is exactly what happens in your brain to strengthen the relationships between what happens in...

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People Follow People, Not Just Great Ideas

January 30, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips, Lead Positive

What makes Pope Francis such an inspirational leader for so many people? I believe Reverend. Robert A. Sirico got it right in his recent opinion piece for The Detroit News:“In a monumental and unanticipated way Pope Francis is changing the tired conversations of the past and inviting us to engage in a process of...

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What is Your Signature Leadership Presence?

January 23, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips, Lead Positive

Who is your harshest critic? I’m guessing it’s you. Like most highly effective people, you probably have high standards, big expectations, a keen eye… and are well practiced in self-criticism. You were probably taught to internalize self-criticism by well-meaning parents, teachers and counselors who tried to improve your performance by pointing out what you were...

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What is Working Here?

January 16, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips

One of the founding principles of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) is tuning into the best of what is happening in the moment. That way, even when you are mired in the depths of a negative situation, you are still primed to find the potential asset — it’s always there! — that you can leverage to move...

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