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Applying 5 Voices: Rules of Engagement (Part 1)

The Problem With Meetings: Voices Left Behind  When it comes to getting the most out of your teams and the 5 Voices tool, few practices will take you further than learning the “Rules of Engagement” for leading meetings.  In every team, there’s a certain rhyme and reason to the flow of meetings. For example, think about a start-up or quickly …

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Take Back Control of Your Time

A Word About Time How many of us wish we had more time in our day? Most likely, the majority of people reading this post would jump at the chance to add a few more hours of “cushion time” to get everything done. That’s why time management is so crucial, and yet, as hard as we try, we never seem …

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Leadership Insights: Sensors vs. Intuitives

Alas, we come to the final post in our series on Jungian Personality Type for the Sensor vs. Intuitive type preferences. Now that we’ve thoroughly explored what your preference means for the way you process information, let’s take a look at a few descriptors that will help you round out your understanding of S vs. N tendencies. After that, we’ll …

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The Dangers of Unintentional Living

Can you imagine a world where people are unintentional with their lives? A world where you don’t aspire to grow or learn or dream? Can you imagine living in a place where your time is dictated by television schedules and your dreams inspired by ads showing a fake world of fantasy? Yes, I actually can. Unintended Outcomes It sounds ludicrous, …

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3 Ways Self-Preservation Erodes Influence

Self-preservation occurs when you obsess about protecting the things you are afraid of losing. Your job. Your authority. Your salary. Your bonus. Your title. Your carefully curated image. The Source of Fear, Insecurity, and Selfishness Just a few examples of the things we tend to hold onto with a white knuckle grip that often causes us to lose the very …

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5 Voices Series: The Power of Your Voice

Every Voice Has a Weapon System In our first post about the 5 Voices, we covered the tendencies of each voice and what they bring to the table. Today, we’ll be diving deeper into the voices to identify their “weapon systems.” A voice’s “weapon system” describes what it feels like to be on the other side of that voice, while …

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Leadership Landmarks: What Do You Represent?

Landmarks As Symbols Big Ben is a landmark. It’s a powerful symbol of an important city with a storied history.  Whenever we see a landmark, inevitable associations pop into our minds. For example, when we see the Eiffel Tower, our thoughts might wander to French bread, crepes, and the enchanting streets of Paris. The same phenomenon of unconsciously evoked ideas, …

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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 …