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“Follow me!” Are you ready to say this?

“Sure, I know where we’re going, follow me.” As you set off for the restaurant with friends in tow, you are filled with confidence. But after a couple of wrong turns things aren’t looking familiar and it occurs to you that you really don’t know where you are going. Embarrassing?  Yes. But in the grand scheme of things you will likely only suffer some good-natured ribbing. But what if the…

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How to Avoid Those Pesky Resolutions

How to Avoid Those Pesky Resolutions Every year I advise against New Year’s resolutions. They usually don’t work and just cause stress. You know the cycle: make a resolution, diligently strive to achieve the resolution, start to stress because you’re not achieving the resolution, forget about the resolution and return to what you did before. That entire cycle only takes about 60 days. Instead of putting yourself through that, try…

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Why Stretch Goals Aren’t Effective

I recently saw two separate and contradictory articles about goals. The first suggested that goal setting was an artifact of management by objective and was no longer necessary in today’s business world. The other encouraged leaders to set “stretch goals” for their teams; goals for which the leader is willing to accept failure, knowing the goal is a little beyond the team’s abilities. Though the two articles seem to argue…

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“Failure is NOT an option.” Um. Well, actually…

This week we welcome guest blogger Rob Cannon. Rob is Captain of Engine 7 for the NoDa Charlotte Fire Department. “Failure is not an option!” In the movie Apollo 13 these are the words NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz uses to rally his team of rocket scientists as they worked to save the crew of Apollo 13 (see the awesome Apollo 13 clip here-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhoXFVQsIxw). But the hard truth of…

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Why Set Goals?

By Perry J. Martini, Ph.D. Most of us have fond memories of the fairy tales we read (or that were read to us) as children. They were entertaining, often times humorous, but without our knowing taught us important lessons for later life. One of the most universally read fairy tales is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. At a certain point in the story Alice comes upon the Cheshire…