ABT Tools & Tips

Your Greatest Weapon Against Stress

One of the main culprits wreaking havoc on our wellbeing and productivity is stress. Stress paralyzes by shifting us in to deficit-based thinking mode and holding us back from seeing and acting on the opportunities in front of us. For millennia, negative information has weighed more heavily on the brain to ensure survival. In neuroscience,...

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Give Yourself An A!

I’ve already written about how to give constructive feedback that motivates others, but did you know that the first step to fine-tuning your coaching skills is turning your attention inward? In the face of challenging goals, it is tempting to worry about how much more needs to be done. Let’s face it: More always needs...

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We Do What We Are

You have probably heard that famous quote from Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Well, I am going to take that thought and reverse it: “We do what we repeatedly are.” It is difficult, nearly impossible, to see yourself as you are. As a leader, you must be rigorously introspective, and at the same...

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Get Them Excited! 4 Best Practices for Enrolling Others

April 17, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips

You will often hear me saying, “People follow people, not just great ideas.” If you need to get others on board with your vision, you must tap into your ability to connect, influence, and inspire your audience. In order to inspire, leaders must be self-confident and optimistic. They must “lead positive.”When you “lead positive,” you...

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Dealing with Frustrating People the ABT Way

April 10, 2014 - ABT Tools & Tips

We don’t always get to choose the people we work with. And even when we do, those chosen few can turn out to be much more difficult than we expected. But looking to the positive side of the ledger, situations where you have to deal with frustrating people are ripe for practicing your Asset-Based Thinking...

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The See-Say-Do Chain Reaction

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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