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How to Use the Pygmalion Effect for More Success

How to Use the Pygmalion Effect for More Success

At a recent coaching session for senior managers, I was asked whether I heard of the Pygmalion effect and how it can be used to improve team performance. I have no idea what the Pygmalion effect is except that I remember watching My Fair Lady, a musical based on...

Change Your Thoughts and You Change Your World

Change Your Thoughts and You Change Your World

The idea that when you change your thoughts, you change your world, has been an area of interest to scientists, psychologists, philosophers and religious figures for years. Traditionally, while most philosophers and religious figures believe that your thoughts shape...

8 Things About Stress You Should Know

8 Things About Stress You Should Know

Lunching with friends can be a challenge. Especially when I hear about a classmate or a former colleague that has just passed away. When I asked what happened, I am often told that the cause was a heart attack brought on by stress. Nowadays, most of us live a...

Functional Fixedness: Break Free and Be More Creative

Functional Fixedness: Break Free and Be More Creative

Last week, a friend asked me whether I heard of the term "functional fixedness". I recalled vaguely, many years back, a teacher telling me that functional fixedness could inhibit a person from arriving at the right conclusions. So, what is functional fixedness? I did...

How to Get Your Staff to Pay Attention

How to Get Your Staff to Pay Attention

How many times have you told your children, your staff and your colleagues to "pay attention" and they don't? As a manager, consultant, or trainer, you need their attention so that you can pass them new information or instructions so that they can do their work....