Distracted from the task at hand? Embrace it.

This article appeared first on Forbes.com      Do you get easily distracted from the task at hand? I do. My mind wanders. Writing this piece is, for me, a distraction from my client work. I didn’t plan it, it just seemed to get itself started. And hopefully reading it is a welcome distraction for […]

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How To Stop Your New Leaders From Micromanaging

Article first published on Forbes.com Everyone — or almost everyone — wants to get promoted. A promotion is validation; it’s more respect, more money and more control over more of the work. But in my experience as a department head in global ad agencies and an executive coach to newly minted leaders in PR and other industries, leadership abilities have […]

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To get progress do you accentuate the positive or eliminate the negative?

“Anthony. What is it you want to achieve here?” I had a fascinating conversation with a psychiatrist recently. While she was not focused on the creative professions, it seemed that many of her clients had similar issues to mine, and were stymied in their attempts to move forward. We found that we came at essentially […]

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Gamification = Zombies + TimeSheets + Omar

“I knew zombies would be chasing me” Danielle Simon told me – “but then a helicopter crashed and it was up to me to run for medical supplies!” The app Zombies Run! applies many of the techniques of Gamification to motivate behavior. Turns out having a zombie on your heels is very motivating: that day Danielle […]

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The importance of listening

~ ACTIONABLE EXPERT ADVICE ~First Published in Cynopsis Classified Advantage One of the most important skills you should use in your job search is listening carefully, both literally and metaphorically. You have to listen to your friends when they tell you about opportunities. You have to listen to your bosses and clients to learn about […]

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Could you be stifling innovation instead of encouraging it?

Change is a pre-requisite for survival – whether as an individual or as part of an  organization.   How are you going to get the people in your team to think and act innovatively so that you can change and improve the services or products you offer to keep up with demand and with the competition.  […]

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Crisis, Misdemeanors and Special-NESS

Things that made me go hmm this week. I heard from a self-proclaimed e-business guru that “if you haven’t p-ssed somebody off today you aren’t doing your job”! I heard from a just-graduated art student that if an artist wants to get attention it is all about “committing misdemeanors.” “Misdemeanors” she kept on saying. And […]

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Exec Producer recommends Workshop

Click the image to read the original – here is what the letter says: March 12, 2009 Dear Michael, Many thanks once again for the recent team building seminar you and April Jaffe led at our offices here at Schofield Films. Even after all these weeks, many of the mental exercises from that evening still […]

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Recession Depression? Try Hypnosis!

Rachmaninov was in such a funk after his first symphony was savaged by the critics (he was 24 yrs old – and no, that is not him in our picture) that he couldn’t compose for two years. Then, according to Linda Mack of Andrews University, friends connected him with a psychologist called Dr Nikolai Dahl […]

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