Using Your Brain

Is Your “Smart” Phone Making You 25% Dumber?

According to a recent study, the answer is yes. In fact, it’s doing it to all of us – even when we consciously ignore our phones. Today’s smart phones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that most of us feel uncomfortable without them. More than just a portable tool for talking…

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GBG: The Positive Acronym that Works

OMG! Acronyms – the practice of abbreviating words or short phrases using the initial letters of each word – have been around hundreds or thousands of years, depending on who you believe. As often happens, there are multiple sources on the Internet about the origin and early use of acronyms, and none of them agree. One…

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Solo-Tasking to Win

  Many moons ago I wrote a blog about the dangers of multi-tasking – how it robs us of our creativity, makes us less efficient, and raises our stress levels. At the time, the business world was starting to recognize that the constant digital interruptions from email, cell phones and social media were not simplifying…

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What You Can Learn from Playing With Your Brain

The human brain is a remarkable organ. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I’m a big proponent of playing with it. First of all, it’s a lot of fun. The human brain is inquisitive by nature, and it enjoys finding answers and solving problems. This is especially true with ‘brain teasers,’ questions that are…

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Never Trust an Atom (and Sometimes Your Brain)

  While browsing in a bookstore the other day (yes, I prefer real books to digital readers for business reading), I saw a young person wearing a tee shirt that gave me a good laugh. The front of the shirt had a colorful graphic of an atom, with electrons swirling around the nucleus. The caption…

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Don’t Let Brain Misinformation Lead You Astray

There’s a lot of media coverage, particularly on those morning “news” shows these days about “new” brain research. Unfortunately a lot of it simply isn’t true. Anyone who has read some of my blogs or my, latest book Using Your Brain to Win!  (click to order book) knows that I am a huge fan of using…

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Change Your Perspective to Win

As a leader, your perspective on winning may be very different from that of your employees. If someone offered you a trillion dollars for counting to a trillion by ones, would you accept the challenge? If so, you’d better be genetically wired to live a long time, because it’s going to take a while. Assume…

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Work Less, Get More Done

One of the great ironies of our times is that the more we learn about the importance of uninterrupted focus in human performance, the more distractions and interruptions we face on a daily basis. Voice mail. Email. Telemarketing. Spam. Tweets. Snapchats. Texting. Instant messaging. Popup ads wherever we go on the Internet. Mobile applications that…

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3 Steps to Creating an Engaged Workforce

    What would you rather have – an organization where people show up just to punch the clock every day? Or an organization where people are enthusiastic about and committed to their work and their workplace? Obviously, this is a no-brainer. Everyone wants an engaged workforce. But most organizations either don’t make it a…

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Strategic Agility –The Next Big Thing is Here

In today’s hyper-paced world, few things are more important to business success than the ability to respond quickly to sudden changes in market conditions or customer needs. Whether the disruption comes from the introduction of a new technology, a new competitor that nobody saw coming, or drastic changes in economic policy and trade agreements, the…

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Using Your Brain to Sell

    The human brain is a marvelous instrument. But, it has many built-in tendencies that can get in the way of making smart decisions and helping our organizations win. That’s why in today’s global markets, where everyone has access to the same information and technologies.  Using your brain more effectively is a critical leadership skill….

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How To Build Real Accountability

  Accountability –an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions Accountability is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the business world these days.  Unfortunately, most of what I hear revolves around the lack of accountability rather than how companies are winning by holding each other accountable. At…

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