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Food for Thought | The simple reason to ban laptops in meetings

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

A professor walks into a lecture hall and glances around at a packed house of students typing away on screens. As the clock indicates it’s time to get started, she clears her throat and asks everyone to put their laptops away before class. The students all freeze, looking at each other with incredulity. This must be some sort of joke,...

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Food for Thought | How this CEO prioritizes employee joy

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

Last December, I met up with a group of awesome people in Laguna Beach, CA. We ran along the beach together. Shared personal stories that made us laugh and cry. Ate some good food. Even spent time volunteering for local organizations. No, this was not a vacation with my oldest friends — it was the Aha! semi-annual company meeting. And...

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Leaders Toolbox | The ‘Oh’ in Onboarding –Is it an “Oh, fantastic!” or is it an “Oh Noooo…?”

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

What kind of ‘Oh’ is in your Onboarding? Is it an “Oh, fantastic!” or is it an “Oh Noooo…?” True Story: It’s Day 1 of Michelle’s new job. She’s arrived 15 minutes early to make the best possible first-day impression. Two hours later, Michelle is still sitting in reception, waiting for someone to collect her and show her the ropes....

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Leaders Toolbox | Eight questions to ask someone other than “What do you do?”

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On June 20, 2018

We’ve all been in the awkward situation of meeting someone new and having to build rapport quickly — at networking events, industry conferences, charity events, dinner parties, and other social-professional situations. If you’re like many people — especially most Americans — you break the awkward silence with a pretty standard question: “So, what do you do?” But that question might...

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Food for Thought | A legendary coach shared his best piece of advice. You can follow it in minutes

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 22, 2018

Don Yaeger has received his fair share of inspirational advice. As someone who has spent his career studying high performers, first as a sports journalist and then as the author of numerous celebrity biographies, he has had firsthand insight into the lives of some of the world’s greatest professionals and what makes them so successful. But of all the tips...

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Food for Thought | Time to grow up …. we all need PIPs

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 22, 2018

After fiddling around with my work-frame concept last weekend I’ve thought a bit more about my own performance improvement…. by which I mean how I get better at what I do. I want to get better not because I don’t think I’m good enough (although I did for many years) but because I’m alive, growing and developing in so many...

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Leaders Toolbox | Turning Stress into an Asset

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 22, 2018

You constantly hear how bad stress is for you: it’s damaging your health, jeopardizing your relationships, and hurting your performance. While these risks are real, recent research is showing that work strain, when managed correctly, can actually have a positive impact on productivity and performance. So how can you take the stress you thought was killing you and make it...

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