While on a coach training trip to China, I had an interesting conversation with a group of Chinese students. We were discussing China’s GDP (Gross Domestic Productivity) and how it’s rapid growth had started to slow
While researching for an upcoming executive coaching session I found myself in awe of the passion and positivity of some of our modern day entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and philanthropists. I thought to myself, "Well, I'm not surprised they are passionate and positive after building multi-million dollar companies".
I want to tell you a small anecdote reported by Carlos Castaneda from an Yaqui Native sorcerer named Don Juan. Have you ever read Tales of Power or any of Carlos Castaneda’s great books?
Last March, I underwent double hernia surgery. Believe me, you don't want to get one of these if you don't have to, because, the recovery is a lot longer than you might think. For the majority of 2012, I was immobile and unable to enjoy outdoor activities like running, hiking, and playing golf. My 6'5" frame was starting to tip the scales at 270 pounds. I had to do something. But what?
As a result of recent research, the need for thinking differently about how to motivate people, especially in their work, has become prevalent. The longstanding hypothesis of motivation was that the more incentive you offer someone, the harder they will work. Incentive, in this case, refers to both rewards for positive results and punishment for negative. This is known as the ‘carrot and stick’ system.
In our fast-paced lives, as we begin to approach a new year, we have a tendency to start thinking about "what's next" long before we wrap up what we're currently working on.
Inside each of us are strong prejudices; young versus old, black versus white, fat versus thin, tall versus short, my team versus yours. These prejudices are largely unconscious. We say we don’t have them and yet study after study shows that they prevail in making key choices (such as who to hire, who to date, who to buy from, and who to give preference to in a promotion).
How many signals are you getting regarding things that are really important, yet for a multitude of reasons, you don't see them on your radar screen.