Like Songs, Leaders Can Produce Earworms

I woke up today with an earworm. It’s driving me nuts. No doubt you’ve experienced annoying earworms too. You know, that “little fragment, often a bit of the chorus of the song, that just plays and replays like it's stuck on loop in your head,” explains Elizabeth Margulis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas and author of On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. Researchers have found that over 91% of us get a song stuck in our minds—earworms—at least once a week. The term "earworm" originally comes from a … [Read more...]

Lead With Kindness: You’ll Get Better Results

What happens when we put kindness at the center of our leadership? There's plenty of hard evidence that kind leaders get better results. Emma Seppala, Ph.D, a Research Scientist at Stanford University and the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, details several studies in Being a Kind Boss Pays Off: A kind leader may actually be good for "followers" hearts. In fact, a study out of the Karolinska Institute conducted on over 3,000 employees found that a leader’s … [Read more...]

How to Think Like A Queen

I’ve been reflecting on being queenly lately. I’ll ‘fess up. Like most everyone I know, I caught a nasty bug that drove me to bed, giving me a chance to guilty-pleasure-binge on Phillippa Gregory’s novels brought to TV, BBC miniseries-style. Gregory’s historical fiction involves witchy queens who are often brilliantly strategic. Usually, the queens (or queen-wanna-bees) can give porn-stars a run for their money. After all, the queen’s ascension and power depends on her sexual prowess as much as anything else. Once my flu-haze lifted, a … [Read more...]

Leadership Lessons from World’s Youngest Human Cannonball

Elliana Grace Hentoff-Killian is the world's youngest female human cannonball. Just twenty-one years old, she performs with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show "Built to Amaze." She shoots out of a canon at 65 miles an hour, that's a g-force of 7, similar to what astronauts experience reentering earth's atmosphere. Last year on NPR's Talk of the Nation, Elliana described what being part of a circus is like. I fell a little in love with her and listened as other circus performers, past and present, called to weigh in. They explained … [Read more...]

Giving Is Your Greatness

“It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.”— Nigerian saying Choosing "growing greatness" as a tagline for my business was intentional. But greatness can easily get distorted in our minds. Greatness sometimes seems synonymous with celebrity or fame, wealth or power. Greatness can become:  great job, great car, great house, or great bank account. Let me set the record straight. I want to you have all you need. I want you to be well and succeed. I want you to shine and soar. Yet greatness to me is not really about what … [Read more...]

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