Last week I read Divergent, the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth. The book is a dystopian novel set in the so-called Divergent Universe. The novel explores the main character’s emotional struggles as she defines her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions.… Continue Reading On Being Divergent

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When I walk down the street or a long corridor in a public building, I still am surprised sometimes when others start smiling at me. For just a moment, I find myself wondering what’s causing the friendly look on the face of these strangers. Then I remember that dating back to when I was just… Continue Reading The Irresistible Smile

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These 11 simple rules, first presented by Dave Packard at Hewlett-Packard’s second annual management conference in 1958 are timeless. 1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense… Continue Reading 11 Simple Rules

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When was the last time you had a really great conversation? If you spent much of your time talking about yourself, odds are the conversation could have gone better. According to Jean de La Bruyere, a great conversation focuses much more on bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of… Continue Reading Great Conversations, Anyone?

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Transparent leaders build credibility, resulting in greater collaboration across all levels of the organization. This “what you see is what you get” approach to leadership often leads to more efficient decision-making by increasing the trust that develops between leaders and their teams. Many organizations pay lip service to transparency while, at the same time, refusing… Continue Reading What You See is What You Get

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