Browsing category Identity & Values

Four Self-Image Messages That Fuel Performance


Self-image drives behavior. As Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.” Leaders who promote a positive self-image in others maximize potential. Period. The leaders I’ve followed in my life—managers, coaches, mentors, parents—have each communicated to me “messages” about who I am. Keep in mind, communicating a message isn’t

The Three Forms of Selfishness


In his book Give and Take, Adam Grant provides abundant research to support his thesis that givers are more successful than takers. He qualifies that these givers are “strategic givers.” While people who are selfish don’t get far, he also points out that people who are selfless get run over. People who are otherish, on

My Week of Idleness


  Sometimes say softly to yourself: “Now…now. What is happening to me now? This is now.” To live now would be idleness. And because of our fear we have come to think of all idleness as selfish, not as creative and radiant. -Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write I have a confession to make: