The Purposeful Manager

Quick Question – The Teaching Leader

I mentioned in a recent post that my New Year's Resolution as an aspiring leader is an increased focus on the topic of service leadership. I have a long held a private theory that the heart of a teacher is... Continue Reading →

Life Lessons in One Minute

Wow! I want to say thanks to the medical community for all of the interest and comments on the previous post (Exploring Application of EPF to Healthcare).  I think there is a lot more to say about how Expertise research... Continue Reading →

Exploring Application of EPF to Healthcare

I was fortunate (and humbled) to recently be nominated for a leadership award.  See details or vote for me (Eric Sholes - the very last one listed) here -> Multiplier of the Year Award.  By far the best part of... Continue Reading →

An Unconventional Exam

In a previous post (This is Your Brain on Power) late last week, I took a look at fascinating research which explores the power paradox, a phenomenon where some leaders exhibit decreased empathy and interpersonal efficacy as they gain increased power.... Continue Reading →

This is Your Brain on Power

A friend shared an interesting article with me a few weeks ago. The article appears in the current issue of the Atlantic and presents research from the fields of neurology and psychology that shows that we 'lose mental capacities' as we... Continue Reading →

What Mastery (Doesn’t) Look Like: Golf Edition

Next week we are going to start a series analyzing the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. One of the primary goals of this blog is to enable a practical and actionable understanding of the patterns that govern people and teams. In... Continue Reading →

Does Mastery Have a Sound?

In a previous post (Leaders Read: ‘Mindset’ and Why it Matters), I mentioned the book Mindset, by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck.  We are going to study the book Mindset on this blog with a particular focus on harnessing these patterns... Continue Reading →

Leaders Read: ‘Mindset’ and Why it Matters

You may have heard the phrase 'doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.'  The origin of the quote is a bit murky - it is alternatively attributed to an ancient... Continue Reading →

Siblings and Mentors

I wanted to take a little break from the expertise development posts and write briefly about behavior modeling. Over the past few weeks I have noticed that my six month old spends a great deal of time staring at her... Continue Reading →

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