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Is Eye Contact Important?

Practical Practice Management

The other day I was conducting interviews for a new staff member and had an interesting experience with one of the candidates.  While asking some key questions the candidate would answer appropriately, but would shift her eyes away from mine.

At first I thought she was nervous, but this continued for several questions when asking about her past job experience.  My first thought was “what is she concerned about?” I did a good background check and she came out with flying colors and both of her previous employers would re-hire her.

I quickly thought I would change the questions I was asking from previous work experience to “What do you like to do in your spare time?”  Bingo! Immediately she connected with me telling me of her children and what they liked to do and the hobbies they had as a family.  She lit up and began to relax and…

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8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

Our Better Health

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is importance at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.” – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Most times when we hear something, anything, being discussed about mental health, the context is usually negative. For example, we’ll often watch news anchors explain that some violent act was committed by someone known to have “mental health issues.” Less frequently discussed are the positive aspects of mental health – something that we’d like to focus on today. We believe this to be important, as research shows a steady increase in the proliferation of mental health problems.

More specifically, we discuss how mentally healthy people think.

The rationale for this article is to provide a…

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Connecting the Dots Between Physical and Emotional Health

Our Better Health

There’s a link between your emotional health and your physical well-being, so take time to nurture both.

To be completely healthy, you should take care not only of your physical health, but your emotional health, too. If one is neglected, the other will suffer.

What’s the Connection Between Emotional and Physical Health?

There’s a physical connection between what the mind is thinking and those parts of the brain that control bodily functions. According to Charles Goodstein, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine in New York City, the brain is intimately connected to our endocrine system, which secretes hormones that can have a powerful influence on your emotional health. “Thoughts and feelings as they are generated within the mind [can influence] the outpouring of hormones from the endocrine system, which in effect control much of what goes on within the body,” says Dr…

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Why You’ll Never Lead a Thing

Lead Today

If you?re reading this then I have news for you…. you will never lead a thing. Never!

Leadership requires an emotional connection between a leader and a follower. ?Things? have no emotions and therefore they cannot be led. Only people can be led. In fact they must be led because as emotional beings we humans refuse to be managed. We fight back against being managed even if only subconsciously.

If you struggle with constant ?problems? with your people it?s very likely that you are trying to manage them instead of leading them.

Many people in leadership positions say that the difference between leading and managing is mere semantics. They believe that they are one in the same. Authentic Leaders know better.

Authentic Leaders know that there is a huge difference between the mindset of a leader and the mindset of a manager. A manager?s mindset is about control. It is…

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Why You Need a Mentor

Lead Today

I am darn near perfect. The only thing that keeps me from just outright declaring my perfection is that I am also very humble. If other people could see my perfection the world would indeed be a better place!

I remain perfect pretty much right up to the time someone who cares about me talks some sense into me… then I see a little different me.

You don’t see yourself the way others see you. You may not think you’re perfect but because you’re human you likely hold yourself to a somewhat different standard than you hold others. It is much easier to state your principles than it is to live them.

The person that talks some sense into me is called a mentor. (or my wife but that’s a different post) They are a truth teller. They see my world from the outside, without the fog of ego, defensiveness…

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Why You’ll Never Lead a Thing

Lead Today

If you?re reading this then I have news for you…. you will never lead a thing. Never!

Leadership requires an emotional connection between a leader and a follower. ?Things? have no emotions and therefore they cannot be led. Only people can be led. In fact they must be led because as emotional beings we humans refuse to be managed. We fight back against being managed even if only subconsciously.

If you struggle with constant ?problems? with your people it?s very likely that you are trying to manage them instead of leading them.

Many people in leadership positions say that the difference between leading and managing is mere semantics. They believe that they are one in the same. Authentic Leaders know better.

Authentic Leaders know that there is a huge difference between the mindset of a leader and the mindset of a manager. A manager?s mindset is about control. It is…

View original post 194 more words

Don’t Confuse Excellence With Perfection

Lead Today

I?m a perfectionist who consistently does things in an imperfect manner. I?m a person who hates settling for good enough yet I frequently accept something that is as good as I can get.

I make those compromises in the interest of getting things done.

There are many people who would criticize me for making those compromises. But I believe a job, project or assignment completed, even if a little less than perfect, is better than one never completed.

One of the five great weaknesses of ineffective leaders is hesitancy. They may be brilliant, they may have great ideas and they may have passion. They are also in need of the perfect circumstance or the perfect timing in which to pursue their passion or idea. Sometimes if they are not certain of a perfect outcome they hesitate to the point of never actually getting started at all.

For these leaders the…

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