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  • Blog Post: Social Intelligence and 95 Articles to Give You an Unfair Advantage

    Social Intelligence is hot. I added a new category at Sources of Insight to put the power of Social Intelligence at your fingertips: Social Intelligence (Note that you can get to Social Intelligence from the menu under “More Topics …”) I wanted a simple category to capture and consolidate the wealth...
  • Blog Post: The Growth Mindset: A Key to Resilience, Motivation, and Achievement

    Your mindset holds the key to realizing your potential. Your mindset is your way of thinking, and your way of thinking can limit or empower you, in any number of ways. In fact, according to Carol S. Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success , mindset is the one big idea that helps explain...
  • Blog Post: The Greatest Personal Development Gifts

    I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best personal development gifts: The Greatest Personal Development Gifts Ever I wanted to put together a profound catalog of the best personal development programs that the world has ever known.   At Microsoft, I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing...
  • Blog Post: NLP Patterns and Practices for High-Performance Teams and Achievers

    “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” – Dennis Waitley One of the ways I set better goals and achieve them...
  • Blog Post: The Gift of Adversity

    “If the road is easy, you're likely going the wrong way.” ― Terry Goodkind If you know struggle, you know adversity.  If you know loss, you know adversity.  If you know setbacks, you know adversity.  If terrible things have happened to you, you know adversity. But do you know what to do...
  • Blog Post: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a Glance

    Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , is one of the greatest books on personal development.  Why? Because it provides a firm foundation for personal effectiveness.   Even better, it provides habits and skills you can build to realize your full potential. Here...
  • Blog Post: E-Shaped People, Not T-Shaped

    Are you I-shaped, T-shaped, or E-shaped? I is depth, T is breadth, and E executes (Of course there’s overlap, but you get the idea.) If you think of yourself as a mini-business, can you “execute” your ideas? (either yourself, with others, or through others, and amplify your impact)  And, by the...
  • Blog Post: Sources of Insight Refresh: Insights and Actions for Work and Life at Your Fingertips

    I’ve done another intensive user experience exercise to improve Sources of Insight . Sources of Insight is a knowledge base of principles , patterns , and practices for helping you get better results in work and life. A friendly way of looking at it is: “Skills to pay the bills and lead a better life...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Special on Getting Results the Agile Way

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Mahatma Gandhi It's back to school time .  To help students get the edge, Getting Results the Agile Way is available for free on the Kindle for a limited time: Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System...
  • Blog Post: Emotional Intelligence Quotes

    Emotional intelligence is how you gain control over your lizard brain.  Here's what Seth Godin says about the lizard brain: "The lizard is a physical part of your brain, the pre-historic lump near the brain stem that is responsible for fear and rage and reproductive drive. Why did the chicken...
  • Blog Post: Impostor Syndrome: Is Your Success Only on the Outside?

    Have you ever felt like a phony?  Like, if “they” found you out, they’d realize that you aren’t as awesome as they thought you were? “Impostor syndrome” is a common issue. Impostor syndrome is where you can’t internalize your success, and no amount of external validation or evidence helps convince...
  • Blog Post: 3 Personal Development Programs that Give You an Edge in Work and Life

    “We must become the change we want to see.” – Mahatma Gandhi I’m a fan of continuous learning and skills development.   The challenge, though, aside from figuring out which training is worth it, is to first and foremost build a foundation that makes all the rest of your training actually worth...
  • Blog Post: Proven Practices for Improving Focus

    It’s time to share some hard-core skills for improving your focus and directing attention: Proven Practices for Improving Focus It’s a hard core set of more than 60 proven practices for improving focus. It also includes 8 things that work against our focus, and 10 strategies that shape our ability to...
  • Blog Post: Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

    One of the smartest books I’ve read lately is Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes , by Maria Konnikova.  I wrote a deep review to include a bunch of my favorite highlights. It’s hard to believe I only scratched the surface in my review, but it’s a very deep book with tons of insight and...
  • Blog Post: Chalene Johnson on Personal Development, Productivity, Motivation, and More

    To do great things, it helps to study people that do great things and show us better ways to do things.  It helps us build our reference library of what’s possible and it helps inspire us to new levels of success. Most importantly, it expands our capabilities . Chalene Johnson is a powerhouse when...
  • Blog Post: 5 of the Best Books I’ve Read Recently on Getting Jobs, Doing Leadership, and Presenting with Skill

    I read a lot.  I read fast.  I go through a lot of books each month.  Books help give me new ideas and ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper.   Books are one of the best ways I get the edge in work and life. Here are the 5 of the best books I’ve read recently, along with...
  • Blog Post: Sources of Insight is New and Improved

    Sources of Insight is ready for action.  It's my blog focused on proven practices for personal effectiveness for work and life.  I started it a while back to help you sharpen your skills and to grow your personal capabilities. The big idea is to help people "stand on the shoulders of giants"...
  • Blog Post: The Gamification of Education

    One of my colleagues, Marc Ashbrook, has written a fantastic guest post on how gaming and gamification are reshaping education: The Gamification of Education Marc specializes in social collaboration, gamification, and productivity so his insights are always great to see.  I’m currently working with...
  • Blog Post: How To Find Your Purpose

    Purpose is power.  One of my favorite definitions of “power” is “the ability to act.”  When you know your purpose, you can channel your time and energy to make things happen in a more significant way.   Purpose brings clarity.  Clarity inspires action. To put it another way,...
  • Blog Post: 30 Day Improvement Sprints: The Key to Making Impact, Changing Habits, and Rapid Learning

    30 Day Improvement Sprints may just be your best friend as you start your new year.   You can use 30 Day Improvement Sprints to learn new skills, build or change habits, and amplify your impact.   They provide a simple way to apply concentrated effort in batch to accelerate your success...
  • Blog Post: Personal Development Books at Your Fingertips

    I’ve done an extensive overhaul of my Personal Development Books List.  Aside from new books on the list, you’ll also notice a new Getting Started section, as well as an A-Z Best Personal Development Books list at the end.  This is a powerful collection of personal development books. You can...
  • Blog Post: Free Book: Getting Results the Agile Way

    Just in time for the holidays … a free book for you today.  You can get your free book, Getting Results the Agile Way , for free on the Kindle: Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life As the sub-title implies, it’s more than a book.  It’s a system you can...
  • Blog Post: Great Books

    I have a Great Books collection on Sources of Insight.   It’s a hand-crafted selection of great books on the following topics: 36 Best Business Books that Influenced Microsoft Leaders Business Books Career Books Communication Skills and Presenting Books Conflict, Negotiation, and Persuasion...
  • Blog Post: Zig Ziglar Quotes

    Zig Ziglar passed away.  In his honor, I've put together a comprehensive set of Zig Ziglar quotes .  It's a pretty extensive collection.  He’s talked about everything from leadership to marketing to personal development to success in work and life.  He did a great job of sharing profound...
  • Blog Post: Thanks for Sharing Getting Results the Agile Way

    Thank you everyone.   It was a great day for Getting Results the Agile Way .    As folks shared the message around the world, Getting Results the Agile Way became a top download on Amazon in a few categories.   At various points in the day, it was #1 in Business Time...
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