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What's Your Dominant Motivational Focus: Promotion Vs. Prevention?

Posted April 9, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

How we perform in each of the facets of our life may have much to do about our differing motivations in the various aspects of our lives: professionally, as a parent, and as a life partner.

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. is associate director for the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School.   In a recent post on HBR, Heidi writes about the difference between Promotion Focus vs. Prevention Focus.

In the separate spheres of your life, what is your d...

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Hold or Fold? - Should you hang in with discomfort or quit instead?

Posted June 10, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

Is it better to persevere or to give in?  Research suggests that it depends.  Yes you should persevere to achieve those things that are possible, when they are largely within your control and the goal can be accomplished owing to your emerging  skills and competencies. 

Ken Nowack of Envisia Learning, one of my favorite bloggers, provides insight and recommendations drawing on research in this area.

To engage your curiosity I've provided some article excerpts below.  ...

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Shaking Off a Shy Reputation To Get Ahead

Posted January 30, 2014

NOTE FROM JIM

In a recent WSJ article, writer Sue Shellenbarger shares lessons for introverts eager to be recognized for their strengths, abilities, and contributions.

To incent your curiosity, see the excerpts below.  Better still, read the full article to gain maximum benefit:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049704579320683598535824?mod=dist_smartbrief

EXCERPTS AND TIPS

Wall Street Journal - Sue Shellenbarger

- Ask 20 colleagues and frie...

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Clumsy Feedback Is a Poorly Wrapped Gift - HBR

Posted April 17, 2014

NOTE FROM JIM

In a recent blog post on HBR, organizational psychologist Roger Schwartz  provides exceptional advice on embracing negative  feedback in ways that ultimately  enhance   one’s own performance.

He writes, “When you accept a person’s gift [of feedback] – no matter how poorly wrapped – by responding with curiosity and compassion, you are giving a gift in return. You are creating the trust needed to talk about things that really matter and that will lead to better results....

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