Personal Development & Human Behavior


Become the Real Deal

By Michael, published July 26, 2013, at 1:22 PM in Staff Picks

I’ve recently caught myself using the phrase, “(s)he’s the real deal,” when talking to friends and colleagues about people who have distinct reputations for success or innovation. It’s somewhat aphorismic, but what does this phrase even mean? Off the bat, there’s one word that comes to mind: authenticity.

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Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Jay Baer

By Sally Haldorson, published June 26, 2013, at 8:28 PM in Interviews

If you go out of your way to be useful, to give, to help and to assist, you position yourself as a trusted resource in the lives of many who know you. ~Jay Baer


Reinventing You

By Michael, published May 20, 2013, at 4:39 PM in Staff Picks

“What do people think of you? What do they say when you leave the room? ” Maybe you don’t think you have a brand.

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LeaveSmarter: Marshall Goldsmith

By Michael, published May 8, 2013, at 12:00 PM in News & Opinion

Last week, Marshall Goldsmith was in town for our private LeaveSmarter event, sponsored by BMO Harris and Whyte Hirschboek Dudek. Marshall delivered a moving hour-long talk on effecting positive change through proven methods. As Dr.

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How to Be Interesting

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 5, 2013, at 4:59 PM in Staff Picks

This week, Dylan and I went to go see Jessica Hagy speak at the wonderful Lynden Sculpture Garden. Hagy, an ex-advertising copywriter who now creates doodles and charts with keen observations on people and the situations they find themselves in, presented a summary of her "10 Simple Steps" from her new book How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps). After enjoying her previous book Indexed, which consisted solely of pages of charts and minimal commentary, I was curious what her presentation might consist of.

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Bring Your (Emotional) Self to Work

By Sally Haldorson, published April 2, 2013, at 6:45 PM in News & Opinion

Listen. In every office you hear the threads of love and joy and fear and guilt, the cries for celebration and reassurance, and somehow you know that connecting those threads is what you are supposed to do and business takes care of itself. The words above were written by James A.

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A New KnowledgeBOX offer!

By Sally Haldorson, published March 20, 2013, at 2:35 PM in News & Opinion

If you aren't already aware, 800-CEO-READ powers the business knowledge-building site, KnowledgeBlocks. One of the services KnowledgeBlocks offers is a quarterly book club. For $80, you'll receive 4 quarterly shipments for a total of 9 books per year (see more details and sign up here.

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Thinker in Residence: Bruce Nussbaum on Business & Books

By Sally Haldorson, published March 7, 2013, at 7:02 PM in News & Opinion

In our final Thinker in Residence installment on Bruce Nussbaum, author of Creative Intelligence, we asked Nussbaum to give us an idea of the question that most drives him to do the work he does, and also what books have influenced his work. Read on and enjoy Nussbaum's unique perspective that applies a sharp intellect and, to my mind, a light touch on such topics as creativity, capitalism, invention, and strategy. ∗ What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering?

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Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Bruce Nussbaum

By Sally Haldorson, published March 6, 2013, at 7:25 PM in News & Opinion

Creative Intelligence competencies are designed to help you amplify your creativity. Separately and collectively, they increase your creative capacity. The model here is not the light bulb going off in the mind of a genius but the improved ability that comes with training in sports or yoga.

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Thinker in Residence: Bruce Nussbaum, author of Creative Intelligence

By Sally Haldorson, published March 5, 2013, at 8:08 PM in News & Opinion

Today we are introducing a new author-focused blog series called Thinker in Residence. For this series, we'll be asking some of the brightest and boldest business authors writing today to give us insight into their work. Over the course of a week, we’ll give you, our readers, a review of the book, an interview with the author, and the author's perspective on a current business challenge.


Jack Covert Selects - Top Dog

By Sally Haldorson, published February 15, 2013, at 4:49 PM in Jack Covert Selects

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, Twelve, 352 pages, $27. 99, Hardcover, February 2013, ISBN 9781455515158 No one wants to be a loser, no matter how unimportant the game. Winning is fun, it makes you feel good, and winning validates the effort invested.

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Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

By Sally Haldorson, published January 30, 2013, at 12:51 PM in New Releases

Have you ever driven to or from work only to arrive at your destination not remembering much at all about the drive? If someone asked you to describe the colors of the other houses on your street, could you? We often excuse our lack of attention or memory by saying that we are "on autopilot.