Character/Values


02Jun 2008

Good News! Research Verifies "Work is Good for You"

Although I am a psychologist who has published research myself, and reviews and uses research findings in my everyday work, those of you who have known me for a while also know I have a bit of a skeptical (and sometimes cynical) view of claims made by researchers (and even more so, claims reported in the mainstream media). Part of

05May 2008

Groundbreaking Research Released This Week – Improving Your Intellectual Abilities

Earlier this week (Monday, April 27), the National Academy of Sciences released some pretty amazing research that was picked up by the New York Times and other major media. For the first time ever, scientists have identified a cognitive training process that actually increases a person’s intelligence (aside from teaching the test items on an intelligence test!) The training process,

30Apr 2008

A Personal Story: "Dr. Nature" Saves a Duck's Life

This post has nothing to do with anything of educational value. It is just an interesting personal experience I wanted to share. Last night I went for a run (the term “run” is used loosely). It was a beautiful Spring evening, about 70 degrees, calm and the sun was setting. I turned out of my driveway and jogged up the

13Apr 2008

Two Wonderful Experiences of Teamwork — Basketball & Music Theatre

This week I had the privilege of experiencing two tremendous demonstrations of teamwork — one in basketball, and the other in a music theatre production. As I reported last week, I am a University of Kansas (KU) basketball fan. And my family and I enjoyed the experience of watching the game together this past Monday night. “Enjoyed” may not be

06Apr 2008

Basketball, Happiness, and Life Satisfaction

Many of you may not know that I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas — where the University of Kansas is located. As a result, I grew up going to KU football and basketball games with my dad. And I continue to be a devoted Jayhawk (their mascot) fan. So if you happen to follow college basketball, you know

30Mar 2008

Optimism, Hope, Perseverance and Success

This week I have been reflecting on the role of optimism and hope in life and business. (These thoughts aren’t real “deep” or well-developed, but rather some initial musings.) In the past 10+ years there has been a significant movement within psychology that focuses on the positive side of life (aptly named, positive psychology; see the work by Martin Seligman

23Mar 2008

An Attitude of Learning – A character quality of successful individuals

When I meet with business owners and managers, I often ask them what characteristics they look for in younger managers they are interviewing for positions. Frequently, one quality mentioned is the desire and willingness to learn. Recently, I have had some amazing discussions with gentlemen (I use the word with its specific meaning in mind) who are older than I

16Mar 2008

The Simplicity of Healthy Relationships

I don’t mean to sound snub or condescending but, in a lot of ways, having healthy relationships is not that big of deal. Having positive relationships doesn’t have to be as difficult as people want to make it. I often tell my friends (and sometimes, my clients) that the work I do is not rocket science. Helping families and business

24Feb 2008

Wow! Learning new stuff is great. Remembering it is even better!

Ok, so last week I went to Chicago for two days of training in a new way of increasing your working memory. Wow. I don’t get too excited about new stuff that comes on the market — anything, cars, weight loss programs, financial products, and especially in the realm of psychology and self-help. Given that I am now 50, I

17Feb 2008

Trying to Apply Leadership Principles — Being Prepared, Adjusting to Circumstances & Learning

I write about the principles of leadership that I either observe in successful business owners and managers, or what I read in books and articles on leadership. So it makes sense that I should try to apply these principles, as well. Here I am, waiting in an airport, delayed due to weather in Chicago (where I am hoping to go).

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