Blind Spots

HOOOOONNNKKK!!  goes the sound of the SUV in your blind spot… how did it fit there!? When driving we know we have blind spots, some we can crane our necks to see around and some we need special mirrors or rear-view cameras to help with. We’ve all experienced a blind spot while driving, but what about in our lives? The trouble with blind spots in our lives is that we can’t see them. We don’t know they exist and therefore don’t recognize the havoc they create.

Blind spots are particularly dangerous in areas of our lives where we lead; children, schools, work, church, community, etc. They are the habits/behaviors that have an impact on our performance without us knowing it. These tricky, impossible to see behaviors are the ones that cause us to have difficulties in relationships, fall short on our goals and hinder us from reaching our highest potential. 

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The Priority

We hear a lot about “priorities” in the corporate world, but to use this word in the plural form is to debase it of its intent. Priority is a singular noun by definition; we do not have “priorities”. The Latin root of priority is prior, meaning former or to come before. Thus the priority on your list of things to do is the one that comes first, hopefully because it’s the most important and urgent thing you need to take care of.

This means only one thing can come first… To be in second place is to come before third, but it is not to be first. There is only one priority just as there is only one first. To say we have priorities is a misuse of the word. Instead, what we have is a list of decisions, actions, projects, etc. that need to be ranked by importance; something that has a profound effect on success, survival or well-being.

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Overcome Your Brain’s Decision-Making Limitations

4 factors that limit our ability to make good decisions and how to beat them

Which vehicle should I buy? Should I marry this person? Do I take this job or keep the one I have? Do I fire Susan or put her on an improvement plan? People have proven time and time again how difficult it is to make a good decision. Below I’ve shared some insights from the book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.

In the book, authors Chip and Dan Heath explain the research behind decision making and why we’re notoriously bad at it. For example, 83% of corporate mergers provide no return on investment. Seems like a pretty clear sign that we should avoid them right? Nonetheless, there are hundreds of mergers going on right now. What is it about the human mind that keeps us so blind to the facts? Chip and Dan dub them “the four villains of decision making.” They are…

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Even in the Face of Adversity, Pursue Greatness

This is not about ego, it’s about living a full life, helping others succeed and contributing something positive to the world. Intentionality, kindness and serving others: three characteristics of every one of “the greats” that have ever lived. Each of these characteristics is a key ingredient to living greatly, but not for the sake of being called “a great.” Rather, it is the fulfillment of living out those characteristics that makes us feel as if we were living greatly. Let’s explore how each one fosters greatness. 

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How to Handle Bad News Better

What neuroscience research says about stress and gratitude

Pause for a moment and imagine that you’re sitting in your boss’ office. He’s behind his desk and you’re in one of those smaller, more uncomfortable “guest” chairs. Your boss is staring at his computer screen and mumbling something about your employee file. After an awkward length of time, he finally breaks his gaze from the screen and turns to face you. You can see it in his face, this isn’t going to be good news… but how bad is it? That’s when the Human Resources rep walks in. 

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