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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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How Your Mind Sculpts Your Brain

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

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 - Lead Positive, ABT Tools & Tips

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 - Lead Positive, ABT Tools & Tips

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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The 5-to-1 Principle For Giving Feedback

December 7, 2013 - ABT Tools & Tips, Lead Positive

A few years ago, I attended a conference on Leader As Coach, facilitated by Mark Rittenberg, Founding Director and CEO of Corporate Scenes, an international communication consulting firm based in Berkeley, CA. Mark has done extensive research on what people want the most at work and here’s what he shared with us. At work, what...

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