Character

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An ethical culture needs demonstration

May 10, 2018
Q. Now that I’m in a position of influence, I’m really trying to promote a more ethical workplace. What are the best ways to make my point about the way we intend to operate?

Wow, was someone really this generous?

May 10, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. confided to his friend, Harry Belafonte, that if he died, he worried that he wouldn’t be around to support his infant son. As soon as Belafonte heard this, he assured King that he could cross that concern off his list.

The 2 very opposite types of pride

April 12, 2018
Jessica Tracy, head of the Emotion and Self Lab at the University of British Columbia, draws a distinction between “authentic” pride and “hubristic” pride.

De-clutter and free your mind

April 3, 2018
To feel more free and fearless, try a purge. Feel free to go out someday and re-acquire the things you really want, but just experience for once how a dramatic purge makes you lighter and emboldens you to simplify in other areas.

How to apologize like a mean man

March 13, 2018

According to Mark Lipton, author of Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Man, here’s how you can (unfortunately) sound just like a toxic business leader when the time inevitably comes to say you’re sorry for something.

Harrison Ford on … waiting tables

March 2, 2018

He always was a hard worker, but it was Harrison Ford’s ability to push beyond good to excellent that propelled him into leadership.

From pessimist to optimist in 3 steps

January 4, 2018

Transforming yourself from a pessimist into an optimist won’t happen overnight. It requires an entirely different outlook on life, along with the discipline to change for good.

Stick to principle to earn trust

January 1, 2018

Milton Hershey learned that a group of locals were planning to attack some of his immigrant employees as they left the plant at the end of their shift. Unwilling to ignore the threat, he decided to take proactive steps to protect his workers.

If you can play mini-golf alone, you truly are a leader, by gosh

December 18, 2017

Somewhere out there are true individuals who are just fine engaging in group or “significant other” activities all by themselves, completely comfortable no matter who’s looking at them quizzically. Become that type of person and you’ve reached a plateau of self-confidence few ever will.

Admit error to gain respect

November 29, 2017

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire’s willingness to admit error shows that fallibility and leadership go hand-in-hand.

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