The Purposeful Manager

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 →

An EM Legend Departs: Thanks Dr. Utley!

Teaching is a hopeful endeavor.  A good teacher impacts the life of a student far beyond the sometimes short time they share together.  A great teacher leaves an impression which impacts those around their students and even several degrees beyond.... Continue Reading →

Expertise in Action: What Does Elite Performance Look Like?

Posts in this series: Intro   Part 1: Comfort Zone   Part 2: Feedback   Part 3: Elite Performance Who is the best in the world at your job? Have you ever even thought about that? What makes them better than everyone else? Is it their skills, abilities, knowledge, effort, or all of the above? Today we are going […]

Passing Thoughts: Retirement Dissatisfaction?

Over the last 5 years or so, I have known a handful of co-workers in the final few years of their career.  I know they were eagerly anticipating retirement.  Once they announced retirement dates, they would occasionally (and sometimes, a... Continue Reading →

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