Making and Breaking Habits

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. ~ Agatha Christie

When I was a Marine Officer, one of the leadership principles that I learned and came to believe in was: Know Yourself and Seek Self Improvement. Leadership research confirms that effective leaders are not just looking for ways to continuously improve their organizations, but also themselves.

When it comes to personal improvement, many people believe it takes 21 days to master a new habit. Wishful thinking!

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Brain Fitness for Leaders

It turns out that a lot of what we previously thought about the brain isn’t true.

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Good Boss, Bad Boss: 20 Bad Habits Leaders Should Stop Doing Now

We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don't spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don't need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop. ~ Peter Drucker, Management Expert

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Never Dig a One-Person Foxhole

When I was going through Marine officer training, one of the things we had to do was learn how to dig foxholes. For those of you not familiar with military traditions, a foxhole is a pit that combat troops dig to give them shelter from enemy attacks. My training course occurred in northern Virginia, during the summer, when it was not only hot, but humid. So digging anything was not fun. Being young and lazy at the time, I proceeded to dig a foxhole that was barely big enough to hide me from the enemy.

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Pens and Faith

Does buying pens and other office supplies have anything to do with faith? I didn’t think so until last night. In these challenging economic times when dollars are scarce, it’s easy to give in to the fear that surrounds us. That fear often masks itself as “caution” and tempts us to hoard rather than spend. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big proponent of saving, but not hoarding. Saving is motivated by wisdom, hoarding by fear. Saving means putting a little away today to have something to spend tomorrow.

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