Your Constraints Are There to Help You (part 1/2)

March 20, 2018

They said it was impossible. On February 22, 1980, the United States Hockey Team, comprised mostly of college players, did just that. They defeated the defending “invincible” champions, the favorites to win the Olympic gold medal, the Soviet Union squad, by 4-3 at Lake Placid. Coached by former player Herb Brooks; the story was captured in the 2004 movie starring […]


3 Steps to Protect Your Precious Energy from Negative People

March 12, 2018

Whenever I teach brainiacs my tools for higher performance (which is what I do for a living), I get asked this same question. “How do I deal with negative people in my life so they don’t bring me down?” To be a high performer you must protect your precious energy for the valuable life force […]


Introvert Ways That Win People Over

March 3, 2018

Winning people over seems more challenging for introverts who are often drained by TMC (too much conversation.) But today, competition for attention is out of control for everyone. When you see someone looking at their watch, you know they’re reading texts, not checking the time (aka not listening to you.) Even so, there are introvert […]


How to Grow Your Brain and Impress People

February 26, 2018

Meeting Street Schools could put the Mixonian out of business. (Yikes!) They’re teaching young scholars how to grow their own brains and other leadership essentials (including the “confidence” pose) starting in Pre-K!! I toured their Meeting Street Academy, as well the Spartanburg campus when I taught there a few weeks ago. They’re teaching these children – […]


Be So Ridiculous They Can’t Ignore You….A Communication Strategy

February 12, 2018

When attention is scattered (aka always), you need creativity and persistence to get the message out. Sometimes you need ridiculous as a communication strategy. Sometimes trying to get your team buy in on something feels like…there’s something in the air that keeps them from actually hearing what you’re say but they pretend to listen because […]