Articles tagged with: Basic Management

Do Your Critical Thinking Skills Set You Apart or Hold You Back?

Presented by Michelle Braden, CEO Posted in Webinars

Do Your Critical Thinking Skills Set You Apart or Hold You Back?

 

Critical Thinking is a crucial skill for leaders to possess if they are to be successful. This webinar will empower you with the information you need to evaluate your current critical thinking proficiencies, determine areas for improvement, and enhance your thinking skills. We will explore 3 areas: reasoning, self-knowledge and insight. We will also examine critical thinking strategies of successful leaders. You will learn thinking strategies that will boost your abilities in the cognitive domains that are crucial to being an outstanding leader.

 

The Power of Habit: Part II

on Wednesday, 10 June 2015. Posted in Webinars, All Posts

The Power of Habit: Part II

DATE: June 10, 2015
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
COST: Free

In part one of this webinar we learned how habits start, why habits are hard to break and steps to create productive habits. In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg interviewed a major in the Army who told him, “Once you see everything as a bunch of habits, it's like someone gave you the key to success." We are now going to dig into why some of us are more successful at creating productive habits than others and how to remove the barriers that keep us forming new habits.  We discuss:

  • Key steps in identifying the real barriers of creating desired habits
  • The role of will and belief
  • How to create the right triggers, routines and rewards to sustain a desired habit

The Power of Habit: Part I

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in Webinars, All Posts

The Power of Habit: Part I

DATE: March 11, 2015

TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
COST: Free

Think of something that took you a really long time to learn – for me it was skiing.  It was so difficult to stay up on those two pieces wood. I had to devote a lot of mental energy, not to mention the physical energy, trying to remember all the things that I needed to do.  It took a lot of practice on that “bunny hill” before I dared to conquer the mountain.  But with persistence and practice, it became easier and easier. Soon I no longer had to think about what I needed to do – it just happened “naturally."  We constantly read about successful people who seem to be able to do things so easily – it seems so natural for them.  In reality these successful people have developed good, productive habits.     

"Skiing, exercising, speaking, training, sales techniques, the way we handle finances, and every other habit-forming activity all follow the same behavioral and neurological patterns," says Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit.  His book explores the science behind why we do what we do and the power of habits in our lives.

In part one of this webinar we will discuss:

  • How every habit starts
  • Why habits are nearly impossible to break
  • Steps to create new productive habits

How to Communicate so That People Will Listen and Act

Posted in Webinars, All Posts

We would probably agree that there is not a lack of communication in our culture today. So much information that at times we just tune-out, skim over, ignore or delete out of exhaustion and frustration. As daunting as the 24/7 influx of information can be the real struggle has become how to make communication effective and affective. How do we convey important information so that people will grasp the message and more importantly – act on it.

In this webinar we will:

  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective communication
  • Define A-ffective communication
  • Identify appropriate mediums for different types messages
  • Create a template that will enable effective and affective communication

We will learn how to recognize when difficult conversations need to happen- why we avoid them and how/when we have them successfully.

Mental Tattoo: Set a Date for Success

Written by Barbara Higgins Posted in Blog, All Posts

I love the mystery of how the brain solves puzzles. One day a problem can be so complex that you can’t see your way through…then suddenly after a good night’s sleep, a new idea appears and a whole new view presents a solution. What was insurmountable yesterday, falls neatly into place today. Personally, I love how this gives me hope that (and an excuse for) a good night’s sleep.

So, when I heard the idea of a mental tattoo, I loved it! The concept came from a website that I stumbled on called Paid to Exist, by Jonathan Mead. To give yourself a mental tattoo, you set a date for when you will accomplish something. Just write it down on your calendar. It’s a mark, a commitment on your calendar to complete something. By making this simple action, you tell your brain to start thinking about the steps to accomplish that commitment. By setting a mark, your brain actually continues to work in the background, to solve the challenge of how to get it done. How cool is that?

So many of my “to do” list items are really looking for a date to happen. They never get written down, never find a home in a busy schedule. I wonder if this might work for me. I plan to try two types of mental tattoos. First, one of those annoying things that I keep meaning to do and never get done. Ugh. But maybe that will move it off the list. Second, I want to put a big life-size challenge on my list. Something aspirational that I want to accomplish in a year. What comfort there might be in knowing that I could look at a calendar a year from now and have accomplished something I thought was insurmountable. Could it work? Well if I don’t give it a try, it’s probably not getting done. So, what have I got to lose?

When I was in college, our basketball coach had us lay on the floor and visualize the ball going in the basket. He cited a study that proved this type of visual exercise measurably improved shooting percentages. At the time, I just chuckled... and my dismal shooting percentage did not improve.

More and more, I think life is about believing you can… and you will. So, today I’m writing something on my calendar for a year from now…with a smile on my face. A mental tattoo-- give it a try.

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