[caption id="attachment_4505" align="alignleft" width="300"] Is This How You Imagine Conflict?[/caption] Life is full of conflict. Conflicting goals, conflicting values, conflicting emotions.  How do you handle conflict in your life?  Do you meet it head on and press for your point of view?  Do you avoid it and...

We often encounter clients who resist trying out new behaviors because they are concerned about not appearing "authentic".  The word authentic has been used so much in leadership circles without being accurately defined, so here's an approach that we suggest. Authenticity starts with defining "who" you...

When is the last time you worked on your strategic plan?  Most people have to think about this.  If you've done one in the last year, you are among the few that actively devote time to this activity, and at some level, you know that...

When you see a report card from school with 1 A+, 2 As, 2 Bs and a C, what are you drawn to comment on?  For most of us, the answer is "Why did you get a C?" We may comment on the A+ in passing, but it is often glossed over as an area we don't need to worry about, rather than one in which that student might really build some outstanding strengths. What about a performance review or a survey on your presentation or reviews of a paper you wrote?  What sticks with you?  Research shows that the negative or critical information is where we tend to focus our attention and is what sticks in our minds. This focus on "problems" or weaknesses is called negativity bias, and it's a