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Do you W.A.I.T. in meetings? This guy does!

Do you WAIT in meetings? You should.

I keep coming back to a tweet I read month ago.  It said we should “W.A.I.T.” and ask ourselves, “why am I talking?” Some of us may interpret this as another way to say “think before you speak” or “engage your brain before you engage your mouth” but I think it’s taking it one step […]

Creative Thinking vs. Critical Thinking: Which is More Important?

Creative Thinking vs. Critical Thinking: Which is More Important?

In the process of brainstorming a solution to a problem, it is undeniable that both critical thinking and creativity are necessary and complementary.  In many ways, creative thinking can be considered divergent thinking.  It is the process by which we generate new ideas, imagine possibilities, and find relationships among seemingly unrelated concepts.  Therefore, Critical Thinking […]

Critically Thinking About Your Personal Brand Online

Critically Thinking About Your Personal Brand Online

If someone asked, “who are you?” what would you say?  A mother, an entrepreneur, a conservative, a reality TV show fan, a soccer player, a dreamer?  Each of those individual characteristics that you use to define yourself should be part of your personal brand.  Here’s a more difficult question- “Is your brand at work different than your […]

The Art of Bookend Meetings

The Art of Bookend Meetings

Last month I was introduced to the term “tailgate meeting.” This meeting doesn’t require beer nor do you have to convene in the parking lot. Instead a tailgate meeting is the post meeting reflection. As catchy as the tailgate meeting sounds, I like the visual of bookends better. A meeting cannot stand-alone. There are those […]

Don't Be Pavlov's Dog

Don’t Be Pavlov’s Dog

Why do we do what we do?  Truthfully, in many cases we can’t explain why we do what we do.  Our behaviors are often learned, conditioned, and unconscious.  We would like to believe we are more sophisticated than Pavlov’s dogs, but if we really examine our behaviors we might find a total lack of critical […]