Belief as a Motivational Force

Maybe I’m dating myself, but my wife, Irene, and I enjoy listening to songs sung by Kenny Rogers. One song he wrote is simply called “She Believes in Me”. Part of the chorus says, “And she believes in me, I’ll never know just what she sees in me”…and further along “But she has faith in me, And so I go on trying faithfully.”
If you know the song at all, maybe like me, you find it quite moving. Naturally, it has personal meaning between my wife and I. For me, this emotional song also conjures up recollections of other people at various times in my life who have elevated and led me to new heights…. Read More»

How to Get Paid What You’re Worth

If we subscribe to classical economics, which says that the price paid for any given service is the price at which the quantity supplied equals the quantity demanded, aren’t we paid precisely what we’re worth? And if we still believe we’re trading at a discount to our intrinsic value, is it possible to change the market’s mind?… Read More»

The Must-Have Habitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders

The conversation around must-have, 21st century leadership skills has been in full swing for years. From business to education; classroom to community, the debate on what is a “new skill” or an “always skill” can be both controversial and confusing. Although it’s almost certain we will never all agree to a singular list of skills, strategies, and competencies leaders must embody for success now and in the future, we do know what effectively operating and leading in a fluid, dynamic and every changing 21st Century world requires:
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Klout And Kred Are AntiSocial. Opt Out With Me.

I opted out of Klout years ago. Before I was ever listed, ranked, or nominated by Forbes, Huffington Post Tech, The Shorty Awards – before any of that. Before landing a book contract for A World Gone Social. Before winning my first consulting gig for social media strategy, or giving my first keynote on the topic.

Are you with me? Having no score on Klout hasn’t slowed me down in any way…. Read More»

Victory Over the Forces of Fakery

This can be a turbulent time, transitioning from college to career or from career to career, and it can be easy to lose track of your sense of self. The small compromises you make to get started can lead to bigger compromises. You can go from wearing a tie every day to laughing at the boss’s jokes to going along with decisions that you don’t agree with. Along the way you slowly break down an innate power and that vital connection between the things you believe and the way that you act…. Read More»

5 Ways to Inspire Employees With Creative Insight

In our work at Stride, we get to see all kinds of creative businesses. A few are big companies, but we have a lot of small businesses too, often with just 3-4 employees.

When you talk to people from these firms, you can just feel the passion they have for their work. They have to be this way, because without that creative energy they wouldn’t have succeeded as a business. They come from many different industries, and they all have different personalities and work cultures.

But if there is one thing (beyond passion) they all seem to have in common, it’s this: they’re insanely insightful. … Read More»

5 Ways to Find Your Authentic Self

One of the biggest problems I see when looking for talented, desirable, employable men and women, is the downward spiral of the trending “Brand You.” It can nauseate a person who watches a perfectly packaged, programmed, and plastic brand walk through the door. The saddest part is those individuals really believe I want what they’re “selling.” At the time they may think they’ve duped me, but they are only fooling themselves…. Read More»

BOLD: Are You Bold Enough to Be Different?

“I’m following all the great advice. I’m working my butt off. Yet I’m struggling to find my niche. Why?” Sound familiar? In this economy, there is one way to stand out among hundreds of would-be leaders, consultants and subject matter experts. You must be BOLD enough… to be different. By “different” I don’t mean dye […] Read moreRead More»

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