Think Before You Resolve: How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Lose weight. Get organized. Learn something exciting. Fall in love. These are just a few of the top new year’s resolutions.

All worthwhile goals. Which makes it even more of a shame that, according to a study by the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their new year’s resolutions.

But if you’re thinking that dismal statistic gives you all the justification you need to pass on the resolution tradition this year, think again. The same study found that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t.

Before you forgo the resolutions altogether—or make that same old pronouncement about how you’re going to stay fit and healthy this year (and this time you really mean it!)—why not put a little intention into the process to up your odds of success?

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Gain Clarity About Your Future With the One Sheet Technique

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My dad was an accomplished guy. For years before he started his own assessment and consulting company, he directed management education at General Electric. In his mission to apply brain dominance theory to learning, he created a body of work that included two books and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI®). He also actively pursued his avocations—landscape painting and singing. In college, he majored in physics and music, and he once performed in an opera at Carnegie Hall.

One day I knocked on the door of my dad’s office and said, “Okay, level with me. How did you get all this done? What’s the real scoop?”

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The Perfect Holiday Gift? Quick Tips for Smarter Stress Management!

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‘Tis the season…and for many of us, that means stress.

Stress gets a bad rap, but stress, per se, isn’t necessarily a problem. It’s simply how the human body-mind reacts to change. That change might be an unpleasant one, like a last-minute request that throws your entire project off course. Or it could be a pleasant one, like finding out that you’ve received a promotion. Your physical reactions to either—increased pulse, more rapid breathing and the release of certain hormones into your blood stream—might be the same.

The point is that all the varieties of stress are not created equal. Don't assume that all stress is negative. In fact, you can befriend stress by using it to your advantage.

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7 Yoga Poses for Better Thinking

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September is National Yoga Month, and what better time than the beginning of fall to stretch, refresh and reconnect with our bodies, minds and spirits.

As you practice your yoga poses this month, why not use it as an opportunity to develop your thinking agility, too?

Grab your yoga mat and your thinking cap, and check out these 7 yoga poses to inspire better thinking.

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Creative Thinking Tips Inspired by Pokémon GO’s Development

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“Do you know how to download this?”

The woman was leaning against her car, iPhone in hand.

“Everyone’s talking about Pokémon GO, but I can’t get it to download,” she said as she frantically scrolled and swiped. “Have you played it?”

I told her no, I hadn’t played it. And assuming she eventually figured out how to download it, it occurs to me that I might just be the earth’s last holdout.

How does a simple game suddenly take off like wildfire? And what lessons can we learn and apply to the creative problems we need to tackle in our own organizations?

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15 Ways to Celebrate World Brain Day

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In celebration of World Brain Day 2016 on July 22, we’ve been thinking about some easy ways to keep your brain in tip-top shape so you can get the most from your brainpower. This year's theme is "Brain Health and the Aging Population," so we're paying special attention to tips for maintaining a sharp and healthy mind.

Here are 15 ideas to get you started:

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Declare Your Thinking Style Independence!

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This holiday weekend made us think about independence.

In particular, it made us think about the fact that we’re not always fighting against someone else for our independence; sometimes we’re our own worst enemies.

We get stuck in a rut or a comfort zone, and it clouds our view. We tell ourselves stories about what we can and can’t accomplish. We move in autopilot, reacting unconsciously to the events and noise around us, only to discover that we’ve been treading water without getting anywhere.

Think you’re not creative? Think you can’t deal with details?

Think again.

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10 Quotes to Open the Lines of Cross-Functional Communications

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More project-focused work, flatter organizations, increasing complexity, the rise of holacracies, evolving management structures…they all add up to more cross-functional teaming in the workplace. But based on the results of a study conducted last year, we may be a little too optimistic when we include the word "functional" in that description.  
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One Thing to Know About Your Brain That Will Change Everything

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From neuroleadership and neuromarketing to brain games and mindfulness training, there’s a lot of talk about the brain, both in its business and personal applications.

For all the noise and clutter in today’s world, though, this “neurobuzz” sometimes feels like it’s only adding to the mental burden.

But here’s the good news: You don’t have to be a neuroscientist to develop effective learning, to be a better leader, to connect with your customers or to reach your full potential.

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How to Fire Up Your Employee Training Program with A Cross-Training Regimen for the Brain

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In fitness it’s a given that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you’ll eventually hit a plateau and your results will start to flatten out.

Enter cross training, which involves switching up your activities or combining several different techniques and strategies into a single workout. It gets you out of your comfort zones, fires up new muscles and pushes you to a new level of performance.

Could that same philosophy be applied to fire up performance in the workplace?

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