“Do one thing every day that scares you,” recommended Eleanor Roosevelt. While this quote has encouraged at least one woman to dive with sharks and swing from a trapeze, it also presents us with the opportunity to do the more mundane things in life without worrying about failure. Continue reading

For most of my childhood and adolescence I wanted to be a writer. While my top choices were (1) eccentric novelist living in Paris, (2) prolific Rolling Stone reporter, or (3) jet-set Condé Nast travel writer, I would have settled for being a newspaper journalist. My parents were willing to pay for college tuition, but only for someone pursuing a “real job.”
In other words, not an aspiring writer.
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As someone who falls near the line between introvert and extrovert, my natural tendency to proactively engage with others varies. Yesterday, the sun was shining in Rochester and the temperature soared into the 60’s. It certainly did not feel like March. Maybe it was the weather; maybe it was just me,
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Instead of pooling our potential and leveraging the strengths of others, we sometimes compete for supremacy—perhaps not overall domination, but at least some agreement of where each has the ultimate say. Successful leaders recognize and yield to the power of others. And from that, they become more powerful.

Instead of relying on contingent rewards as a motivation strategy, offer employees some flexibility to accomplish tasks in their own way. This provides an opportunity to make the  job more fun. Drawing motivation from within—rather than focusing on an external prize—drives employees toward personal fulfillment and better business results.