Author: Will Marre

Which of These Three Would You Trust the Least?

I am very interested in how to improve human judgment. All leadership success, and yes, life success depends on it. Harvard-based researchers have spent years proving that virtually all of us are irrationally biased.  We all have opinions that are not based on facts or direct experience but rather emotional thinking shortcuts. You see, thinking […]

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5 Ways to Find Your Personal Leadership Brand

What if your life had a purpose… a particular purpose? There are almost 7.5 billion individuals alive right now. As far as I know, there are no duplicates. So, what if you were unique because you could make a difference that no one else can? What if you could make your difference every day, if you […]

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Why Yoga May be Essential For Career Happiness

Low stress does not make you happy. Happiness comes from saying yes to activities, relationships and experiences that bring you joy.  What would you do if you’ve learned that you were doing something every day that was making you unproductive, unhealthy, unhappy and sabotaging your relationships. More importantly, if you could easily stop this one […]

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10 Reasons Why Nobody Stopped Harvey Weinstein

Bias is a talent killer. It makes people small. It also emboldens powerful people to exploit anyone who is not in their favored group. After doing some deeper research, bias also seemed to answer the question, how might Harvey Weinstein have gotten away with being a sexual predator for decades? It’s all about bias and […]

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How to Liberate Your Leadership Talent

We have cracked the code on healthy, fulfilling work. Sociologist Jeanne Nakamura’s research on the conditions that create “vital engagement” are crystal clear. Work that energizes our minds and inspires our hearts is work that engages our talent to benefit other human beings.  If you like this, subscribe here for more stories that Inspire The Future. […]

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The Four Things That Will Make You Matter

For years I wondered why some ordinary people consistently had extraordinary opportunity and why many extraordinary people languished in a kind of invisible frustration. I was recently doing a private review of clients and projects I’ve been involved with over the past three decades. I was trying to identify what people consistently thought and did […]

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How to Stand up For Yourself in a Gender Bias World

Right now, I am very busy teaching companies how to create gender synergy.  This requires a change of culture as well as a change of behavior of both men and women who want to work together more effectively. The process of combining the strengths of blue brains and pink brains into a purple brain culture […]

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Why Everything Bad Will Change for the Better

I recently spoke at the Women in Technology Summit in Silicon Valley. My speech was entitled, “Why Women Need to Lead,” which focuses the data and evidence that women make superior leaders in volatile, disruptive environments where continuous innovation is essential to success. I’m also promoting a new movement, A Million SMART Women aimed at empowering a worldwide community […]

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How Work Mania Will Destroy Your Career

TED talks are supposed to make you smarter. But sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they make you stupid. A popular TED talk entitled, “Why you won’t have a great career,” by economist Larry Smith is absolutely some of the worst career advice ever given in public. I can sum up his advice as…pursue your work with all […]

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How to Inspire Yourself When You’re the Victim of Bias

Victimhood has a bad name. People who feel like victims are told they are weak. Psychologists even have a name for it… learned helplessness. But in my experience being victimized is often a reality.  It’s not true that you are responsible for all your own troubles. There are many people who have judged you and […]

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6 Steps to Get a Promotion or Raise

Equal Pay Day raises awareness of the gender pay gap and symbolizes how far into the year (3 months) a woman must work to earn what her male counterparts earned for doing THE SAME JOB in the previous year. If you’re a woman you’re almost sure to be underpaid. The vast amount of pay equity […]

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5 Proven Strategies to Supercharge Your Career

We live in an age of moral dyslexia. Over the last 40 years, we’ve systematically created an economy that both favors people who don’t need any more favors and disadvantages people who have no advantages.   The truth is one of the most disadvantaged groups in America are single mothers. And it’s not just because […]

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Four Behaviors For Creating Opportunity

Do you consider yourself lucky? Did you know that some people are actually far luckier than others? Do you believe you could become luckier? Researcher Richard Wiseman, The Luck Factor, used social experiments to identify why some people have consistently more positive opportunities than others. These are the people we consider lucky. Wiseman discovered that the […]

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The Three Things We Must Teach Our Daughters

In today’s society, women are suffering. Our young women are suffering.  My granddaughters are suffering. Not because they are incompetent or weak, but because society tells them day-in and day-out that they are NOT good enough. These conflicting messages become apparent as early as pre-teen years because our daughters look around and become very aware […]

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The Future Architects of Healthcare Will Be Women

The first principle of classical ethics is that no human being should willfully cause other human beings to suffer. The second principle is if you have the ability to prevent or alleviate human suffering you should. Obviously, those principles are violated constantly. When philosopher Adam Smith wrote about the benefits of capitalism, he did not promote the […]

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How to Control Your Boss

Working for a bad boss is a nightmare. It is so bad that 35% of women working in technology companies say they would pay to have their boss fired! It’s true that about one-third of people in management positions are grossly incompetent at management and leadership. That’s according to worldwide research from Zenger-Folkman and Google. […]

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The One Phrase You Need to Use to be Happy

“Let me tell you what I see is happening and why it isn’t working for me.”  That’s it. That’s the phrase.  And this is why you need to use it… Most of us choose language that is either direct or indirect. Direct Language Brain research reveals that direct language often generates a defensive response in […]

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Why You’re Not Aware of How Your Bias Holds You Back

“How often have you had an exceptional leader over the course of your career?” The most common answer to that question is 10% of the time. Some people say 5%. No one has ever said over 20%. This means if you have had 10 bosses only one was exceptionally competent. This response is completely consistent […]

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Why You’re Not Aware of How Your Bias Holds You Back

“How often have you had an exceptional leader over the course of your career?” The most common answer to that question is 10% of the time. Some people say 5%. No one has ever said over 20%. This means if you have had 10 bosses only one was exceptionally competent. This response is completely consistent […]

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What’s Your Big Decision That Will Make 2017 Great?

Living your best life most likely requires you doing something extraordinary. Few of us maximize what’s possible by just doing what we’re already doing. The big breakthroughs; the big improvements come from making big decisions. What is the big decision your life has been asking you to make? The clue to answer this question is to […]

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Six Reasons Why You Need a Purpose to Lead

I think we should face the fact that most of our efforts at leadership development have failed. Although billions of dollars have been invested over the last 50 years and tens of thousands of books written to promote better leadership, there is virtually no evidence that leaders are any better today than they were five […]

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7 Discriminations That Will Turn You Into a Compliant Robot

Every day I battle to defeat the psychology of discrimination. Invisible discrimination creates work cultures in which very smart and capable people are systematically disempowered and slowly turned into compliant robots.  I use the term invisible discrimination because bias is too benign. Discrimination results from using superficial factors such as gender, race, age, weight, social status, or […]

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Why is Donald Trump So Popular?

I know many of you might be gagging at the title of this article. After all, what could that nasty narcissist tell us about popularity and leadership? As it turns out, quite a bit. I always find election time an interesting laboratory of leadership behavior… or misbehavior. This past election cycle is particularly interesting because […]

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What Tech Executives Don’t Understand About Talent

In a recent interview, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said what most tech executives say about the growing talent shortage.  She said we need more STEM education.  She advocated channeling more students in to science, technology engineering and math courses. That’s of course the conventional wisdom . . . but it’s wrong.  Well, not so much […]

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Think Like a Goddess; Work Like a Genius

Cultures emerge to ensure the dominant class stays in power.  Culture is permeated by unexamined beliefs, norms and expectations that favor those who make the rules. That’s why leaders are so powerful. They actually create the culture that will determine your opportunities, achievements, and in time, your health and happiness. There are not many corporate […]

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Think Like a Goddess Rules

Maintaining your psychological balance is difficult. Human thinking is loaded with land mines. Our thoughts about our significant relationships and life experiences constantly churn in the daily whirlpool of trivial events, superficial relationships, personal moods and the sharp edges of minor frustrations.  It’s not easy to keep your balance if you’re roller skating through life […]

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Why Diversity Programs Suck

I use the word ‘Suck’ in the title for two reasons. First, there’s overwhelming evidence corporate diversity programs don’t work to achieve either the social or business goals of diversity. Second, diversity and inclusion programs suck the attention and energy away from what will solve the problem. Lately I’ve been talking to many corporate diversity and inclusion leaders. […]

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Win the Battle for Your Mind

Many years ago I volunteered to counsel criminals. I visited a maximum security prison Thursdays and Sundays to work with about 60 men who had committed serious crimes. Some had committed terrible crimes.  One thing I discovered is that all these men suffered from a similar psychological malady…  low impulse control. If you want to […]

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Are Tech Companies Deaf?

Imagine you’re sitting in the audience where the Nobel prizes are being awarded. This year, the prize for physics is being awarded to an obscure French genius who has discovered the algorithm that runs the universe. Just suppose it has been described as the greatest scientific discovery in all history. Now imagine the physicist, who is […]

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How to Take Control When You Have No Control

More than ever, success in the workplace depends on your ability to influence others. Others you do not control. Others who have different priorities. Others who may have no interest in your success. Welcome to the wonderful, intensely frustrating world of matrix management. In this world significant work must be done among teams of teams […]

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Ready to March on Your CEO’s Office?

The future of our world will not improve unless the future for women improves. It’s that simple. I am simmering with anger. The good kind. The kind that motivates action. The kind that insists on disruptive, radical progress. My new level of anger is due mostly to my private conversations and public interview with the […]

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Why Bravery Is Your Greatest Power

I just interviewed Oscar winning activist Patricia Arquette on stage at the Women in Technology Summit in Silicon Valley. If you don’t know, Patricia is the powerful and appropriately radical voice for equal pay and equal opportunity for women. She won an Oscar for her role as a mother in the movie Boyhood. I will tell you more about […]

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Everything You’ve Been Taught About Leadership is Obsolete

I just completed another SMART Power Academy for 25 inspiring women leaders. In the few days since it ended one of our graduates who works for large tech company applied for, interviewed, and got a significant promotion in a career area that exactly aligns with her passion. Another participant quit her good job with an […]

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Please Don’t Give Your Money to Your Children

Dad was swindled out of his sizable net worth before he passed. It was truly heartbreaking for him but a blessing to me. Study after study shows that inheriting a sizable fortune has a terrible effect on the vast majority of the unearned rich.  It seems that what makes us strong is self-reliance. What makes […]

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15 Cringeworthy Minutes With Mom That Could Save Your Career

It’s natural to want to be liked. People who say they don’t care what other people think are generally lying. And that’s good because people who really don’t care are sociopaths.  But people who care about the feelings of others have a difficult time managing performance.  We tend to put the warmth of our relationships […]

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Beauties and the Beasts – Why I Advocate for Women

A lot of people ask me why am I such an advocate for women in leadership. My answer is “science.”  For over 30 years I have worked with inspiring mentors and partners like Stephen Covey attempting to convert the world’s leadership class to becoming conscious capitalists. It didn’t work. Oh, I know that efforts such as […]

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One More Thing Men Have Stolen from Women

As I continue to crusade for women’s voices to be heard in some of our largest businesses I nearly always come across the common complaint that women feel unheard and undervalued. This isn’t a new problem.  You find it in the earliest writings by women beginning around 1000 BC.  The first novel written by a […]

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Do This to Feel Fulfilled Every Day

When I train leaders at the SMART Power Academy we get into some very deep stuff. One of the major sources of leadership power is confidence. Many leaders mistake arrogance for confidence. This is not good. Once an arrogant leader makes a mistake he or she loses support. You can only get away with arrogance […]

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Does Your Work Make You a Better Person?

Over many decades I’ve helped, directly or indirectly, thousands of people discover their purpose in life.  One night long ago I was awakened by a voice that said, “Your purpose is to help others find theirs.”  That’s pretty clear and it’s made for a very interesting career. I have worked with, and spoken with many, many […]

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If You Could Change the World What Would You Do?

You are changing the world. One way or the other what you do matters. That’s what I remind every member of every audience I speak to, every person I coach and frankly every person who will listen. We are all connected… this is not some cosmic, New Age drivel but rather the evidence of brain […]

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Why are so Many Women Leaving Their Jobs?

It’s a man’s world. That’s not just a song, it’s a reality. And it makes it tough on women who excel in most workplaces. That’s why record numbers of younger women abandon the workplace between ages 30 to 40. It’s true. Research from the McKinsey Global Instituteconfirms that 30% of female employees who have worked for […]

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Are You Becoming Obsolete?

Almost everything you have ever been taught about business leadership has changed. The ridiculous belief that the primary purpose of business is to make money has become a catastrophic mindset. Ironically, it’s not only catastrophic for the planet but also for business success. That’s because profit-centric leadership actually kills creativity, innovation and employee effort. Think […]

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Why Being Bright, Bold, and Real Will Set You Free

Yesterday I met with Melissa, a female CEO of a large California health plan. Business is good. It turns out people really do want health insurance if it’s well-designed, fairly priced and enables you to get high quality medical care when you need it. Melissa is a force of nature. I have known her for […]

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Why We Select Lousy Leaders

About this time in most political campaigns a majority of voters begin to look at who is running and say, “Is this the best we can do?”  Seriously, out of 335 million citizens, are the people up on stage really the most qualified candidates to lead the most powerful nation in the world? Are you […]

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3 New Skills You’ll Need in the Future to Thrive

As most of you know I am not a fan of the current state of high-level leaders of our major businesses or government. I recently saw the movie The Big Short. It’s award-winning author Michael Lewis’ journalistic account of how Wall Street bankers wrecked the world economy in 2008. Their hard power, one-dimensional thinking caused average everyday people […]

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My Deepest Source of Job Satisfaction

This morning I’m teaching a large class of corporate employees my course entitled Supercharge Your Career and Work Like a Genius.  It’s a spiritual experience for me to teach the class. By that I mean that I am fortunate enough to help people identify their personal bull’s-eye that’s at the intersection of their design and their […]

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My Big Idea to Change the World in 2016

Secular economists and so-called business experts have commandeered the purpose of business like blood-thirsty pirates taking over a merchant ship. The ship is our moral minds. We have been taken prisoner. Since the 1970’s when the popular economist Milton Friedman insisted that the only purpose of business was to make money, greed and shortcuts have […]

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The One Simple Thing You Can Do to Love Your Work

Quit your job and embrace your calling. I don’t mean you have to stop your current employment. Rather, quit looking at your work as a job. Here’s why. Human beings have a distinct need that separates us from other life forms.  It is the need for meaning.  There are two primary ways we can fill […]

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Become Your Own Boss AND Keep Your Job

For the past two years I’ve been teaching a course called Supercharge Your Career to corporate employees around the world. Its fundamental message is to become your own boss. You shouldn’t be surprised. This is what corporations want you to do. They are not very good at creating a great place to work. We need to do […]

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We Need Women To Lead Like Women – Not Men

If you are a working woman I am talking to you. I believe that we need a new generation of women leaders who are skilled in working with male leaders to create a world of sustainable abundance. I am convinced that it’s not enough to put a few more women in senior positions. We need […]

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3 Reasons Why Thanksgiving is Your Best Holiday

  I am grateful to be grateful.  I wasn’t always this way. In fact I went through major periods of my life when the repeating song on my inner soundtrack was “Why me?” My life logic was self-defeating…guaranteed to make me unhappy.   Life logic is a simple concept. It is how we consistently explain to ourselves […]

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The Three Secrets of Universal Wisdom That Will Change Your Life

Some clients tell me they consider me an expert in helping people discover their purpose in life. Of course, that’s very affirming. so I like it. And I really hope it’s true. After all, I’ve been helping people find their life’s mission since 1983, when I started working with Stephen Covey. That’s over three decades […]

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Do You Have the Mindset for Super Productivity?

One of the greatest leaps in productivity I ever achieved was directly caused by my first business going bankrupt.  Well, technically my sandal company, Beachcomber Bills, didn’t go through bankruptcy. The financial splatter from the business failure was so complete the judge said we were too broke to go through bankruptcy. My failure to pull […]

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Are Women the Solution to Business’ Biggest Problem?

“Forty percent of today’s businesses will not exist in a meaningful way in 10 years.” That’s what John Chambers, Cisco’s recently retired CEO, announced at a recent conference here in San Diego. He may be right. More and more large businesses are failing to thrive. Not only do leaders have an outdated skill set, they also […]

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The Science of Success: In Five Steps

The factors that define success have been studied and researched to a very fine point over the last 50 years. Success is not a mystery; it’s a 5-step habit: 1. The first step, Self-Vision, is the most critical because it’s how you define success. It answers your ‘WHAT’ question. What do you really want? This is nothing less […]

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Who Is The Best American Woman Leader?

  In the recent Republican debate candidates were asked what woman they want to see on our $10 bill. This turned out to be a real stumper. After a bit of hemming and hawing Jeb Bush sheepishly blurted out Margaret Thatcher. Although he admitted that he knew that the late prime minister was not an […]

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The Science of Success Begins With “Knowing”

  This past week I led a strategy retreat for an amazing financial institution that provides capital and counseling to small business owners. Their mission is to help entrepreneurs build their businesses, increase employment and help their communities thrive. They operate aggressively throughout California and Arizona and are looking to spread their wings nationally. Their […]

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Why It’s Time to Show Women the Money!

  The biggest problem I have coaching CEOs and senior executives is getting them to see the world as it is rather than how they want it to be.  This is virtually always true. It is the curse of power. When people are used to getting their own way it is easy to be seduced […]

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Live Your Life so That You Love Your Life

This past Sunday morning a three time world surfing champion, Mick Fanning, was nearly eaten by a great white shark during the finals of a major surf contest in South Africa. It was watched live via the web by hundreds of thousands of avid surfers including me and now by millions on YouTube. The attack was […]

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Yes, There is A Positive Purpose For Anger

“There she goes again.” How often have I heard that? Plenty often. I most often hear it in the workplace. But it is just as frequent in many homes. It’s a statement that confirms a stereotype of women who are generally touchy, emotional and passive-aggressive because…they are women. Blame it on hormones or any story you […]

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How Men and Women Can Co-Create Unexpected Value

Tonight I’m giving a speech to a group of senior executives on the strategic advantage of men and women working together. This is new territory, and new thinking for most male leaders. The current drive to elevate more women into leadership is largely driven by the pressure to be politically correct.  It is, after all, […]

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5 Brain-Based Tips for Negotiating with a Bully

I am constantly training women how to win in the workplace. I also work with many soft power male leaders who need to influence hard power leaders. And when I work on culture change projects I often work with low-power leaders (director-level–where all the work gets done) who need to influence high power (C-level) leaders. […]

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Elon Musk, Tesla, and Investing in Love

Elon Musk is a true, Thomas Edison type genius. After years of skepticism critics are acknowledging that he is re-shaping the automobile (Tesla), the space rocket (Space X), and solar energy (Solar City) industries all at the same time. I just started reading his new biography and it is a fascinating story of a highly […]

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How to Coach Yourself to Greatness

I love to go surfing with my friend Jim. He is a great coach in the water. He always encourages me to ride the biggest and best waves even when the waves are a little scary big. He will frequently encourage me to paddle over to where he’s sitting and when his mystic vision spots […]

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Now Women CAN Win

Fund Athena… that’s the name of a new venture aimed at getting tens of millions of investment dollars in the hands of women business leaders with great ideas. It’s about time. For the most part women-lead businesses have been starved for capital. Only 2.7% of venture capital is invested in women-led or owned businesses. Yet, […]

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How to Create a Women-Friendly Workplace

Last night I served on a panel discussion in front of hundreds of women working for a well-known global tech company. I gave them three specific habits designed to evolve their culture to a higher state. (More on that in a minute.) The challenge topic was “How can women better support each other in the […]

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Why You Are Blind to Opportunities

I just got a whole lot smarter by understanding more about what makes me dumb. I just got back from a three-hour workshop presented by Mahzarin Banaji, who is an award-winning Harvard professor specializing in how our brain biases secretly control our thinking. Her book is called Blind Spot, Hidden Biases of Good People. We […]

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7 Effective Things You Probably Don’t Get From Your Manager

We want to be empowered. Google’s internal research reveals that personal work empowerment is the second highest value that Google employees have. We want to be able to do our work when we want, where we want, and with whom we want. Psychologist Edward Deci confirmed that autonomy is one of the core motivators the […]

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Why Your Loyalty Might Be Killing You

Loyalty is the most overvalued value. The plea for loyalty is almost always invoked when loyalty is not deserved. When people demand your loyalty what they’re usually trying to do is escape accountability. I am not saying loyalty has no value but rather being loyal to people and organizations who do not keep their promises, […]

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How to Make Your Idea Change the World

Just last week I was sitting in a meeting at the Gap building overlooking San Francisco Bay. I was in the spirited conversation with Eric Severson the senior co-leader of human resources for Gap globally. Since they have over 130,000 employees it is a very big job. What we were talking about is how he […]

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How To Stand Up To The Strong And Wrong

Male leaders are very often both strong and wrong. And they get away with it. Research from the University of Pennsylvania confirms that men love making decisions. Male brains are wired for action. Male thinking is linear and simplistic. Men are motivated to act with confidence. It establishes dominance and that’s a big drive because […]

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How to Turn Anger into an Opportunity

All of us are emotional… thank heaven. Emotional energy motivates us to do great things. Emotion is the horsepower of sacrifice, dedication, innovation and love. Your emotions are nothing to be afraid of… not as long as they are harnessed and directed towards your deeper values that form the guardrails of your actions. But what […]

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Can You Hold Yourself to a Higher Standard Than Self-Interest?

Business is bad. I am not referring to financial performance but rather moral performance. Capitalism is amoral. It has no intrinsic moral agenda. You can start an enterprise that makes boatloads of money selling cigarettes or selling treatments for the lung cancer it causes.  Actually both these business models are currently thriving. And as far […]

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How To Make Positive Emotions Last

What if you put your sincere thanks into this Thanksgiving?  It’s not as easy as it sounds. By now we should all know that gratitude is a major driver of personal happiness and feelings of well-being. But the way our brains are designed tends to minimize the benefits of thankfulness. That’s because we constantly turn […]

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The One Thing We All Need to be Happy and Successful

Last Friday we concluded the very first Leadership SPA (Smart Power Academy). We had 33 women leaders that range from VP’s of multibillion-dollar companies to founders of growing businesses. We had senior managers and directors and engineers and lawyers. We had women who are at the top of their careers as well as those who […]

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7 Things I Learned in Tibet

Debbie and I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Yes, we saw Mount Everest (from a small plane… no more mountain climbing for me). But the most enriching part of the trip was spending every day with a guide who happened to be either a devout Buddhist or Hindu. This allowed […]

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Are You Shrinking from Change?

I am traveling and trekking this week in the Kingdom of Happiness, Bhutan. It’s the Switzerland of Asia without the watches or the banks. Bhutan is a tiny mountain kingdom fairyland at the edge of the Himalayas jammed up against Nepal and Tibet. It’s a country of only 700,000 people with a 34-year old king […]

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Are You Driven by Goals at the Expense of Compassion?

Increasingly I find it easy to swing on an emotional pendulum from ‘angry-frustration’ to ‘inspiring-hope’ and back again. Something I get angry about are the corporate working conditions that inflame our stress and dampen our performance are much worse now than they were when I started my work 30 years ago (1984). I am angry […]

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Women – How to Increase Your Leadership Power

Right now I’m working with a remarkable woman leader. She is the head of Human Resources of North America for a major global company. To sum it up, she is smart, fearless and savvy. But it’s not just what she is but what she does that makes her powerful. If I were to identify the […]

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The Six Practices That Drive Bold Moves

The term “bold moves” has become synonymous with radical strategic surgery to create new ways of making money, new innovative products, attracting masses of new customers, and boosting brand energy.  Bold moves are exciting and seemingly risky.  When they work, we deeply admire them.  Zappos’ crazy commitment to delivering happiness was a bold move.  So is TOMS […]

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Give Your Family the Gift of Your Failures

Believe in yourself! Believe in your ability to overcome failure, defeat challenges, and stamp out the urge to give up. According to child psychology research from Emory University, the greatest single gift you can offer a child or teenager is the belief that they can overcome life’s inevitable body slams and rise again. It’s called […]

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Your Moment of Truth – Why Do You Run?

I’m racing against the speeding train of the future. I am trying to get to the track-switch before the speeding train of humanity arrives at the switch point. It’s vital. If the train doesn’t switch direction the track it’s on will take it right off a cliff.   Fortunately I am not running alone. Millions […]

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Be the Smartest Voice in the Room: Ask These Two Questions

I have been doing a lot of training of men and women leaders on the science of using the strength of both genders to create new solutions to nasty business problems.   I use something I call Trans-Logical Thinking. It requires a ruthless determination to transcend the low-level trade-offs of hard logic. Hard logic is either/or […]

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10 Actions For Business Success and Happiness

A few years ago I wrote a book titled Save the World and Still be Home for Dinner. The title came from a running conversation I was having with a woman executive client who was trying to start a new purpose-driven business while she raised her two young daughters, helped her aging mother and stayed engaged as […]

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My Path to Profound Confidence

Last week I wrote about the importance of confidence as a high-octane fuel for leadership. In fact, it’s a make or break attribute if you’re interested in becoming a senior leader of any organization. That fact is it’s also a problem. There are people who are so confident they are made leaders of powerful organizations or have […]

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Top 10 Tips for Building Your Confidence

Confidence is the engine of success. The advantages of confidence are eye-popping. Social research confirms that your personal confidence is a more accurate predictor of your success then competence. The reason is simple. Confident people learn what they need to learn and do what they need to do to overcome failures and setbacks that are […]

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Why it’s Hard to Not Act Like an Idiot

Nearly every company I do consulting for these days have something in common… and it’s not good. It’s called Project Failure. Virtually everywhere I go important strategic projects are failing to be delivered on budget or on time. This is not a trivial problem. Failing to achieve vital goals puts companies’ at risk and demoralizes […]

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Free Yourself – Don’t Be Invisible

In a few hours I’m leaving for Tucson to talk to 200 business owners about going beyond branding. The Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked me to come to see if I can convince the critical mass of hotel owners, restaurants, stores and attractions to adopt Tucson’s brand identity captured by the tagline phrase “Free Yourself.” […]

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How to Know Who You Should Work For

Last week I received many responses to my blog, “Why You’re Stuck in a Job that’s Killing You.”Virtually all of them confirmed that my description of investor-owned companies systematically overworking their employees in order to make short-term profits was right on the money! What this sparked in me was the vivid difference between people who work […]

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Why You’re Stuck in a Job that’s Killing You

Would you believe me if I told you that our economy is literally destroying financial capital that could be used to invest in innovations that would create millions of high paying, worthwhile jobs? Would you believe me if I told you that today’s CEOs are financially rewarded for incinerating the profits their employees have worked […]

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How to Avoid the One Thing You’ll Most Regret

You better have an agenda for your life or someone might steal it from you. I am getting very busy lately coaching women leaders. What I’m finding is a new level of restlessness. A kind of “I’m not to take this anymore” energy that used to be invisible.  I think that now that the economy […]

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