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Leadership Move: How to Shift from Criticism to Feedback

If you’re not clear on the difference between criticism and feedback, you could be missing out on your best coaching and developmental opportunities. I’m going to illustrate how this happens by sharing a particularly cringe-worthy error from my past but first let’s define what we’re talking about.

Recognizing the difference between criticism and feedback is the first step toward better leadership.

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The Difference Between Criticism and Feedback

Criticism is easy to identify when you’re on the receiving end. Nobody likes it. It makes us feel bad — like we missed the mark. We blew it. On the other hand, feedback usually makes us feel better, more hopeful. We’re ready to try again. What differentiates the two? Continue reading

Boost Your Blogging ROI — 4 Things You Can Do Right Now

It takes the same amount of time to write a blog post that’s seen by 3 people as one that’s seen by 3,000. So why not boost your readership — and your ROI — by adopting strategies that attract more eyeballs and encourage sharing?

Blogging: Improving Your ROI

Read through these suggestions and pick one or two that appeal to you. They’re presented in no particular order — each has the potential to make a substantial difference in your blogging results.  Continue reading

New Year’s resolutions that stick

swrightboucher-620-kaboompicsMost New Year’s resolutions start out with fiery ambition on January 1 but soon dwindle to a weak flame, easily extinguished by the demands of day-to-day life.

Sound familiar? It should. According to StatisticBrain only 8% of people successfully achieve their resolution. I wonder how many of those abandoned goals cause angst. Especially after having publicly proclaimed a determination to lose weight or stop smoking or get a new job.

Is it lack of willpower—or something else?

Willpower is necessary, that’s for sure. Especially if one is aiming at a significant behavioural change like zapping an addiction to nicotine. New habits take anywhere from 30 days to 6 months before they become ingrained which means there’s a period of time when our mind and body send us signals to tempt us into the old behaviour. Willpower is our ability to withstand the temptation until such time as it loses its hold on us.

But lack of willpower isn’t the main reason so many goals are dropped. There are two other causes that I think are more pervasive. Fortunately they’re easily remedied once you recognize them. Continue reading

3 Ways To Hang On To The Good Times

Ever notice how negative events effortlessly pop up into your consciousness while the positive ones require digging and cobweb clearing? That’s happened to you, right? Good, it’s not just me. Actually, I know I’m not alone in this—apparently our brains are hard-wired to turn scary or uncomfortable moments into permanent memories. It’s part of an age-old survival mechanism that equates discomfort with danger and assigns these memories as high priority.

You can't litter negativity everywhere and then wonder why you've got a trashy life.Here’s the good news. Just because there’s science behind it, doesn’t mean we have to settle for the way things are. We can reverse this natural tendency by Continue reading

The Conversational Job Interview

Business HandshakeJob interviews have to be the toughest way to get to know a person or a company. It’s not a whole lot different than looking for a potential mate at a bar. Everyone’s dressed up and ready to dole out clever words. What are the chances you’re going to see the true picture?

I wrote this article for people on both sides of the interview desk. It should help you have a conversation rather than a stilted, superficial Q and A session.  Continue reading

How To Schedule Instagram Posts Using Hootsuite

Hootsuite-InstagramHas this ever happened to you? You have several photos ready to post on Instagram but you don’t want to spam your followers by uploading all of them at the same time. So you post one or two and make a mental note to share the rest over the next couple of days. You know what happens next, right? Life happens. Your brain moves on to the other thousand things you need to get done and Continue reading

How To Quit Your Cellular Carrier and Stay Connected

"Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road." -Stewart BrandYou might be surprised to know that smartphones do not require a cellular plan or a data plan to make calls or surf the ‘net. The setup I describe in this article isn’t suitable for everyone, but with telecom bills rising at three times the inflation rate, there’s no way I could hold back from sharing my experience.

Each of the suggestions that follow can be implemented on their own to save you a few bucks — or put them all together like I did and pocket 100% of what you’re currently paying your cell carrier in monthly charges. Continue reading