Are You Coachable?

To be coachable, a player needs to be open to the idea that he has room to improve. That attitude is in direct opposition to what got that player to the big leagues in the first place: huge confidence and unswerving belief that s/he’s the best of the best. Continue reading “Are You Coachable?”…

Getting It Done Versus Getting It Right

If you read my blog posts regularly, it will not surprise you to learn that I am strongly task-oriented. Tips for goal setting, tips for getting organized, tips to keep you on track – it’s obvious that I care about getting things done. But there are differences of opinion, even among strongly task-oriented people. Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner, authors of Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, calls the two types of task-oriented people “Get it Done” versus “Get it Right.” And even though we both focus on tasks, we can drive each other crazy. Continue reading “Getting It Done Versus Getting It Right”…

We Can't All Be Special

Famous people make up stories to reflect the way they feel about themselves. Stories that, if they aren’t exactly accurate, are the version of the story that should be true. Continue reading “We Can't All Be Special”…

Ambition and the Modern Careerist

Somewhere along the way, ambition went out of style, or at least showing it did. Recently, articles about Olympic snowboarder Shaun White reported that he is wildly unpopular among his fellow snowboarders despite the fact that he almost singlehandedly brought the sport to the world stage. Other snowboarders found his ambition to win unseemly. Continue reading “Ambition and the Modern Careerist”…

Doing Your Best Work

The point is that your style is hard wired. Just like your eye color or height, it’s part of who you are. No amount of training or “fixing” will change you; when the next new task or problem comes around, you’ll revert back to your innate style. Your conative style is not related to your IQ, your education, or your job. It’s just who you are. Continue reading “Doing Your Best Work”…

71 Percent of Workers Disengaged at Work

71 Percent of Workers Disengaged at Work Are you one of them? What would it take to get you really engaged on the job? Continue reading “71 Percent of Workers Disengaged at Work”…