3 Core Behaviors of Brilliant Thinkers

3 Core Behaviors of Brilliant Thinkers

Attitude and Mindset, Innovation
I am often asked how to identify the best innovators. People want to know if there are key personality characteristics that determine who will be able to innovate. I agree that it would be great to have a simple test you could give people to figure out who will come up with the most ideas and be able to bring them to fruition. The science behind innovation, though, tells a much more hopeful story. The best innovators exhibit three core behaviors. The best part about recognizing that innovation is fundamentally about behavior is that behaviors can be changed much more easily than the motivational elements underlying personality characteristics. As a result, anyone can improve his or her ability to innovate by adopting these behaviors.
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To Recharge Go Back To Basics

To Recharge Go Back To Basics

Attitude and Mindset
Everyone falls into ruts now and then. The stress of the day to day wears us down. Sometimes, we just need to take stock and recharge. To get out of the rut, boost your creativity and give yourself a fresh perspective, get back to basics and ask yourself the following questions: Who: Who are doing this for? Think about everyone who benefits from what you do. Why: Why are you doing what you do? Boil this one down to its simplest form. Look for the core reason that you do what you do. How: How do you accomplish what you need to do? Take a good look at what you are doing and see if it is still the best way to accomplish your why. By asking these questions, you remind yourself…
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10 Behaviors of Unsuccessful People

10 Behaviors of Unsuccessful People

Attitude and Mindset
Everyone aspires to be successful, but only a select few really reach that point where they can celebrate big--and even little--successes in their professional careers. How do you avoid the pitfalls and detrimental behaviors most common among unsuccessful people? It's easier than you think to squander opportunities and slip into inaction. To help you avoid making those mistakes, check out these 10 behaviors of unsuccessful people. Read the entire article at Inc. Magazine
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7 Ways Successful People Have Better Mindsets

7 Ways Successful People Have Better Mindsets

Attitude and Mindset
It's interesting to wonder why some people are more successful than others, especially if you yourself are aiming high. What do people like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have that feeds their ongoing excellence and propels them to the highest levels of success? The answers are complex, of course. But that doesn't mean they can't be learned.Each of these successful people shares certain smart mindsets--mindsets that any one of us can emulate, that will do us good no matter what level of success we aspire to. Read the entire article at Inc. Magazine
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How to Fake the Confidence You Need

How to Fake the Confidence You Need

Attitude and Mindset
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and in over your head, the best way to power through is to pretend you’ve got the confidence you need to get something done. These strategies can help you fake it ‘til you make it: Think positively. The more you focus on what’s scary about the challenge, the more intimidated you’ll feel. Try framing your new team, project, or initiative not as a threat but as an opportunity to do something new. Watch and learn. Observe how others lead. Pay attention to how they use humor, silence, and charisma to influence others — then tailor those tactics to your individual style. Use bold body language. Take long strides. Sit up straight. Walk with your chest held high. Don’t slouch. Carrying yourself in a way that conveys power, poise, and…
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The Importance Of Being A Kid

The Importance Of Being A Kid

Attitude and Mindset
The road to success is hard. It's filled with the stress of paying bills, getting the work done, and generally being responsible. The fact is that all of the stress that goes along with the day-to-day life you have to run while trying to achieve success takes its toll. To stay on top of your game and keep the stress from beating you down, give yourself permission to be a kid. What does that mean? It means that periodically you have to put all the worries of adulthood aside and have some fun. Do what you loved doing when you were a kid. Go to an amusement park. Walk around the zoo. Go to a park or a movie. Have some fun. The most important part of this is not…
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9 Things Successful People Do When They Meet Someone

9 Things Successful People Do When They Meet Someone

Attitude and Mindset, Communication
Preparing for meetings is critical, whether you're having them internally or doing a deal with a critical partner. It's no less important to prepare for a first meeting with anyone. You never know in advance the roles you and people you meet will play in each other's lives. Research suggests that you make a first impression in the "blink of an eye." Not only are people judging you, but you are judging them, often without being aware of the process. Such an approach leaves enormous room for accident on the part of both you and the other person. What if the person you're meeting could, in the right circumstances, become a staunch friend, love interest, business partner, mentor, or ally in some cause? Read the entire article in Inc. Magazine
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Three Ways Noncompetitive People Can Still Get Ahead

Three Ways Noncompetitive People Can Still Get Ahead

Attitude and Mindset
Many of us assume that success is all about a tenacious climb to the top. Watch this year's election coverage and you may come away with a renewed certainty that for one person to win, another's got to lose. Of course, some people just don't have the stomach for this kind of competition in their own lives. Even if you like rooting for a sports team or two, or enjoy the odd round of Scrabble, your spirit may flag at the idea of fighting tooth and nail to push your professional interests at every possible moment. Read the entire article in Fast Company
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The Secrets Of People Who Manage To Stick To Habit Changes

The Secrets Of People Who Manage To Stick To Habit Changes

Attitude and Mindset
In the summer of 1977, a year and a half before I was born, my father made a decision. He was a young professor of religion who wanted to brush up on his Hebrew language skills, which he thought would help his research studying ancient texts. He committed to reading Hebrew for 30 minutes daily. The streak is still going, 39 years later. There was one day in the 1980s when he read about 10 minutes and got interrupted and didn’t return, but other than that, the streak is perfect. He read despite the distractions of small children, his various professional obligations, and volunteer commitments. More incredibly, he read his required minutes of Hebrew on the two days he had detached retina surgeries. "I handled them by starting to read just after…
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Six Simple Sunday Habits To Set You Up For A Productive Week

Six Simple Sunday Habits To Set You Up For A Productive Week

Attitude and Mindset, Process
It’s hard not to resent Mondays. The day marks the end of the fun and freedom of the weekend—and that’s especially true during the summer, when ordinary Saturdays and Sundays have a carefree vacation vibe. Even if you love your job, the angst of having to go back to the grind on Monday can leave you disorganized and spinning your wheels all day, explains Richard Citrin, PhD, MBA, an organizational and consulting psychologist and author of The Resilience Advantage. Then you have to spend the rest of the week playing catchup. But while Monday is going to happen whether you like it or not, that lack of productivity doesn’t have to. The key is to adopt a few smart habits on Sunday so you set yourself up for a brighter, more…
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