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The Stanford Marshmallow Test

Avoiding Decision Fatigue

I have a confession to make. It isn’t a tabloid-ready exposé or delicious scandal that will have water coolers everywhere buzzing for weeks. It is a simple confession about a weakness I have. I don’t know if it will make me appear weak or less human, but it is real and I deal with it… Read More

Follow Your Passion

The Myth of Following Your Passion

The age old axiom of “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life” rings in my ears daily. A majority of self-help pundits claim that the true path to happiness lies in following your passion. However, according to economist Neil Howe, only 5% of people pick the right profession… Read More

Connecting the Dots

The Secret to Creativity

People often ask me where I come up with the topics for my articles and my standard response is “I don’t know, do you have any suggestions?”  My question is usually met with a faraway look that says “I have no idea, why are you asking me?”  I have, however, given some thought to the… Read More

Dictator Leadership Styles

Leadership Styles: The Dictator

Throughout history, dictators have been given a bad rap. To get something done on a large scale, quickly and efficiently, a dictatorial leadership style is the way to go. When dictators make decisions, they are straightforward, efficient and effective. Quite often they bring order to chaos and promise something for everyone. An examination of several… Read More

Employee Engagement

3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report says that 70% of U.S. workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work.  This disengagement costs businesses roughly $500 billion dollars annually in lost productivity.  For those workers, work is not something they enjoy; rather it is a means to survival.  Like a bad relationship… Read More