Category: Peak Performance

5 Strategies to Increase Focus in the Digital Era

Amy Blankson

Did you know that the average attention span of a human has officially dropped below that of a goldfish? Yes, the frequently mocked unintelligent goldfish has an attention span of a brief nine-seconds, while ours now averages at an even briefer,

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Why You Feel Successful But Still Aren’t Happy

Neil Pasricha

Most of our successes fall into one of three categories, and we can rarely have all of them at once. “How can I succeed?” It’s a question many of us ask ourselves and have trouble answering. Because what is success,

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How to Stay Informed With the News Without Getting Depressed

Michelle Gielan

It was painful to watch, and I had a front row seat. From my post as an anchor at CBS News, I reported on people’s pain as they lost their jobs, homes and savings. The rapid-fire coverage of these problems could

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If Your Talk Doesn’t Do These Three Things, Don’t Give It

Neil Pasricha

Whether you’re giving a toast at a wedding or a big keynote address at a trade show, you know you need to get your act together. What you may not know is how. After all, there’s separate advice out there for giving impromptu speeches like

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Is Happiness the Key to Success?

Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor has dedicated his life to studying the relationship between happiness and success. A New York Times best-selling author and speaker whose TED talk has been viewed nearly 14 million times, he has helped thousands of individuals and organizations around the world find

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5 Essential Lessons My Clients Taught Me in 2016

Dr. Tasha Eurich

In addition to providing a welcome opportunity to eat and drink with wild abandon, the holidays are a great time to reflect on our year. Personally, 2016 required me to get out of my comfort zone. I temporarily scaled back

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5 Tips for Developing a New Speaking Program in 2017

No matter how much we all might try to avoid it or embrace it – it’s that time of year again when we can’t help but contemplate what we want to do differently in the new year.  Will 2017 be

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Do you have street smarts in business?

Dr. Tony Alessandra

“When you hear the term street smarts, it likely conjures notions of someone immune to being fooled or hustled. But what about street smarts in business? Could the same practical intelligence qualified as street smarts make someone a better manager

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It’s No Joke! Humor Positively Impacts Performance

Dr. Tony Alessandra

It seems like every day, a new workplace study finds that suppressing employee individuality is counterproductive. Organizations that encourage their employees’ humor and eccentricities do better than their competitors. Is this because people are more relaxed and comfortable working somewhere

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3 Enemies of Focus in the Workplace and How to Defeat Them

Dr. Tasha Eurich

Between the distractions all around and our own shriveled attention spans, it is remarkable we get anything done. Aristotle once said, “The end of labor is to gain leisure.” Yet most busy leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals have – at best — ambivalent feelings

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Why Working More Is Making You Less Productive

Shawn Achor

Your downtime is more precious than you think. You could be much more efficient, productive and happy if you changed the way you view the hours in your day. Many of the business leaders and Harvard students I work with

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How Being Mindful Can Up Your Brainpower

Dr. Tony Alessandra

The topic of mindfulness has become an increasingly popular subject among self-improvement enthusiasts and life coaching gurus.  Instead of discussing this concept in the abstract, Dr. Tony writes about the nuts’n’bolts of mindfulness.  What is it?  How do I use

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Seeking Feedback: 3 Unicorn Hacks to Learn the Truth About Yourself

Dr. Tasha Eurich

It was a beautiful spring afternoon on the East Coast. I had just finished a keynote for a client, and to say that I was in a hurry would be a slight understatement. With an alarmingly small window of time

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Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

Shawn Achor

As constant travelers and parents of a 2-year-old, we sometimes fantasize about how much work we can do when one of us gets on a plane, undistracted by phones, friends, and Finding Nemo. We race to get all our ground work done:

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Optimists Are Better at Finding New Jobs

Michelle Gielan

Given that I’m a happiness researcher, you might think I’d strive to help people eliminate unhappiness in their careers. But unhappiness actually serves a crucial function, signaling the need for change, prompting us to switch companies or fields, or even just motivating

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Platinum Rule® Strategies for Achieving Elephant Sized Goals

Dr. Tony Alessandra

Goals are an endless occurrence. Get this done, get that done, be here, go there. But it’s the elephant sized goals that are the most intimidating. They’re big — sometimes REALLY big. However in truth, the size of the task

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Positivity in the Workplace: Q&A with Happiness Expert Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor

This article was originally published on Wrike, by Brianna Hansen, May 9, 2016.  How do you define happiness? How do you think it relates to the productivity of your team? Are your employees and coworkers happy? These answers affect more

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“Use It or Lose It” – Why We Should Train Our Brains

Dr. Tony Alessandra

Today, people are living AND working longer. Our ability to quickly learn and nimbly process new information beyond middle-age is no longer an advantage– it’s a necessity. But what can be done to encourage mental acuity as we age? Can

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Can Using Your Feet Improve Brainpower?

Dr. Tony Alessandra

Is it really possible to improve one’s brainpower? Science is telling us yes. As “life hacks” continue to permeate business culture, people’s experiences and subsequent research are uncovering a treasure trove of these self-improvement tips. One of the best ways

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What’s YOUR least effective type of communication?

Sally Hogshead

Think for a minute… What’s your LEAST favorite type of communication? For example, do you dislike networking events? Or speaking in front of a crowd? Or explaining the same exact process, over and over? We all have certain types of

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