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20 Things to Stop Assuming

Assumptions. The silent underminers of influence. They take us to a dangerous precipice of misattribution and blinded action. On the surface, they seem solid and reliable. After all, the very definition indicates a certain level of certainty about a conclusion, whether based on past experience or ignorance of additional facts and perspectives. Assumptions Undermine Influence But it’s that foundation that …

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The Effect of Culture and Environment on Preference and Creativity

The “Oughts and Shoulds” of Culture Today’s fifth, and second-to-last, post in the ongoing “S” vs. “N” series will focus on the impact of cultural expectations on Sensors and Intuitives. We’ll also take a quick detour towards the end to explore how physical environment and art affect Sensors and Intuitives differently. For those of you who have studied business or …

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The Humblebrag vs. True Humility

“I just did something very selfless. But more importantly, it was genuine & I know it means a lot to the person in the longrun #soworthit” If you’re like most people, you might be scratching your head after reading the above statement. Unfortunately, as self-congratulatory as it sounds, that’s a real quote from a twitter post.  Fortunately, thanks to hilarious …

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Intro to The 5 Voices of Leadership

The Problem With Personality Tests Have you ever taken a personality test, only to forget what it means a week later?  You might recall whether you thought your results were good or bad, but ask you what your letters were or which color you scored, and you stumble through a response that could generously be called a jumble of alphabet …

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Leadership Secrets: Leveraging Your Rest

Sometimes the best investment you can make at work is to step away from it for a while. To get out of the daily grind and make time for rest, peace, and recharging with family, friends, and reflection. In fact, we would all love even just an hour of this time every day. When we take some time off during …

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4 Ways to Get Your Team on the Same Page

Anyone out there trying to get a group of people moving in the same direction?  It’s hard, isn’t it? When it comes down to it, there are only a few seasons in the life of a company where an entire team is aligned and moving in the same direction. Few leaders are able to do this consistently, while most leaders …

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Leadership Foundations: Pride vs. Humility

Each of our leadership styles are framed on a foundation shaped by personal experience, nurture, and learning. We have all picked up good and bad habits from those who have led us and we inevitably learn certain leadership skills in school, through informal reading, blogs, news, etc. Have you ever thought, however, that there may be different foundations of leadership?  …

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How do You Process Information? Sequential vs. Pattern Processing

Sequential vs. Pattern Processing Welcome back for Part 4 of our Sensor vs. Intuitive series in Jungian personality preferences! Last time we took a closer look at the varying relationships sensors and intuitives have with the past, present, and future. In the course of uncovering why sensors tend to fear the future and intuitives often scorn the present, we also …

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The Cost of a Hardened Heart

An Important Conversation  These days, there’s a lot of conversation in the workplace around the idea of hard skills vs. soft skills. Various camps adamantly defend the virtues of technical excellence or emotional intelligence, but the truth is, both are incredibly important. In this article, however, we’re going to dive into a topic that, while impactful for the working world, …

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An Outdated Philosophy: “Us vs. Them”

Have you ever heard someone, maybe even yourself, say this: “If they’re not for us, they’re against us?” Many leaders love to adopt the philosophy of “us vs. them” to help define and solidify a sense of camaraderie and organizational identity. It also serves to reinforce – or coerce – loyalty and competition among employees by characterizing the tendency to …