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The Art and Science of Achieving Universal Appeal

March 31, 2016 If I could select one superpower, I wouldn’t choose to fly, time travel, or read minds, I would select universal appeal, the ability to makes friends and connect with anyone, anywhere. But in an age of diminished attention spans, how does one firmly establish a positive connection? Everything about you...

A Fake Crisis, Leadership and You

March 2, 2016 It always seems to fall in the final hour of the workday. It’s a Thursday afternoon, approaching 5:00 p.m., and I am once again envying my staff for their work schedules. Nearly all have left for the day and I’m beginning to wrap things up with my sights on departing...

6 Common Leadership Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

January 6, 2016 Among the leaders I’ve served during 17 years of public service, a handful outshine the rest. They are the ones who inspired and encouraged me to perform at my best, offering autonomy, opportunities for mastery and an awareness of my value and purpose in the organization. Author Daniel Pink cites...

6 Scientific Ways to Catch Someone's Attention

December 29, 2015 My experience has proved that if I can get 15 seconds, I can extend it to 90 and turn it into 15 minutes that will result in a continued relationship. My life and success has been characterized by such challenges. A string of experiences where the greatest challenge is the...

Leadership Coaching Government Style

December 3, 2015 The Defense Intelligence Agency is growing a new army that is targeting the hearts and minds of its workforce. The foot soldiers are moving DIA’s leaders beyond what they thought was possible to help them maximize their personal and professional achievement. Equipped with thought-provoking creative processes and empowering questions, this...