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Impact: Answering Your Tough Business Questions

Impact: Answering Your Tough Business Questions

For the last couple of years, our team has met at the end of the year and attempted to put together a strategic plan. However, by about March, it seems to stall out. How can we become more effective in our strategic planning process?
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Power Changes Your Brain

Power Changes Your Brain

As I sat across the company president in a beautiful conference room the light reflected off of the marble boardroom table. I was there to tell him that things were not well in his company. I had been hired to “take the pulse” of the employees by conducting focus groups. It turns out the fissures in the employee base were deeper than any of us had guessed. He peered at me as he sipped a cup of coffee and picked apart a blueberry muffin. Read More
Don’t Believe Everything You Think:  How Thought Patterns Affect Aging

Don’t Believe Everything You Think: How Thought Patterns Affect Aging

This past week, Cristina and I spoke at OUHSC College of Pharmacy Summer Symposium on Leadership, a program close to our hearts that we help design and deliver as faculty. There, one of our favorite professional colleagues, Dr. R. Murali Krishna, shared his work on resilience, mindfulness, and the interconnected mind-body-spirit dynamics. His excellent discussion on the physiological effects of anger and chronic stress linked us to....... Read More
Shh...a Nod to Quiet Discipline: The Big Impact of Consistent, Dedicated Work

Shh...a Nod to Quiet Discipline: The Big Impact of Consistent, Dedicated Work

The change management literature and business press are infatuated with terms such as Radical, Transformational, Revolutionary, Break-through and Seismic. We love the story of seemingly miraculous business turnarounds. One might think that most organizations and leaders are simply sleepwalking through the daily grind until that seismic event occurs spurring everyone to action and unimaginable business success. Read More
How Your Personality Changes When Stress and Fatigue Kick In

How Your Personality Changes When Stress and Fatigue Kick In

A couple of weeks ago I was in a high pressure situation that did not go as well as I had planned and ended up being a big disappointment to our entire team. When I realized what was happening I felt exhausted, deflated, disappointed and just wanted to go back to my hotel room and be alone. For those of you that know me well, on a good day I am just the opposite of all of these descriptors – optimistic, extroverted and energetic (or so I tell myself). Read More

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