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From Ambitious Student to Sensational Leader

Stop Adding; Start Multiplying!

“I want to improve my time management, but I just don’t have time to do so!” It’s a lament I hear quite frequently, ironic as it may be. Honestly, I empathize with the complaint. When you’re overwhelmed, improving your time management sounds nice, but it feels beyond reach. You know you want it,...

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Asking Powerful Questions

When you meet someone new, making a positive impression is crucial, especially if you want to interact with them again. Think about it. Who doesn’t want to keep interacting with someone who is thoughtful and engaged, polite and conscientious? Everyone wants to interact with nice and thoughtful...

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Criticism

Criticism hurts. No matter who you are or what you do, having your effort, ideas, or core-being attacked is far from pleasant. It makes you want to fight back or curl into a ball—or maybe both. As unpleasant as it may be, however, criticism is part of life. Avoiding it is futile. Aristotle put...

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Secondary Leadership: The People Behind the Washingtons, Lincolns, Mannings, and Bradys

There are some highly-successful leaders we’d all recognize. From Washington to Lincoln, Manning to Brady, we rightfully praise them for their remarkable leadership. But, for every great leader, there’s often a rarely-noticed secondary leader right behind them. These secondary leaders aren’t...

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Reverse Problem-Solving: Working Backwards to Create an Action Plan

What’s the easiest way to solve a maze? If you’ve spent any time completing mazes, you probably know the answer: backwards. What, then, is the easiest way to solve a problem? Just like the maze, working backwards simplifies and accelerates the problem-solving process. This is a process I...

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Moving Beyond Small Talk: 3 Actionable Tools for Every Conversation

Ugh, I hate small talk! It’s one of the most frequent complaints I hear from my introverted friends. They’re not the only ones who hate it either. As an extrovert, small talk drives me up a wall. No one really loves small talk, yet it remains pervasive in our culture. Why? At a very basic...

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Are You Wrong?

“How does it feel to be wrong?” Kathryn Shulz asks her audience this exact question during her 2011 TED Talk On Being Wrong. Surveying the audience, she gets a few responses, including “dreadful,” “thumbs down,” and “embarrassing.” You and I would probably respond similarly. “These are great...

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Strategic Unavailability

We’ve all been there. Working really hard and completely on task, when, suddenly, our phone buzzes. Who can resist peeking at the text? Maybe it’s Sarah, asking for some help with the math homework, or James, who needs you to proofread his essay. When there are nearly 8 billion people in the...

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Ditch Resolutions, Develop Habits!

New Year’s is an exciting time. Amidst a break from school, everyone stays up late and enjoys brilliant fireworks. New Year’s is also the turning of a page. It’s a chance to start anew. And so, as the New Year begins, we make resolutions. ‘I’m going to lose weight,’ we say. ‘I’m going to read...

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My Digital Detox

American culture is all about right now. Think about digital entertainment. 10 to 15 years ago, you might drive to a Hollywood Video or Blockbuster, just to rent a movie. Then we got Redbox, which offered a similar service but was conveniently located in places we already visited. Now even...

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