Why Introverts May Be Better Leaders for Our Times

By Ray Williams December 19, 2019   Our culture, particularly in business and politics, seems to be in love with the charismatic, extravert (also spelled extrovert) leader — the guns blazing, no-holds barred, center-of-attention leader – who is a super...
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How Self-Limiting Beliefs Can Sabotage Our Success and Happiness

By Ray Williams January 10, 2020   Many people are feel like failures because they believe success, happiness or fulfillment has evaded them in life. These beliefs are often strongly held and don’t necessarily result from a rigorous examination of logical facts...
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The Ageism Tsunami

By Ray Williams December 12, 2019 Cruel jokes about the elderly are everywhere. We need to face our ageism tsunami and change our attitudes and policies about growing older. If you watch Saturday Night Liveor other TV comedy shows, there’s been an increasing number...
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The Problem with the Self-Help Movement

By Ray Williams, October 19, 2019   In times of doubt and uncertainty, many people turn to self-help books, groups or gurus in search of encouragement, guidance and self-affirmation. The positive self-statements suggested in these books, such as “I am a...
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How Will We Deal with the Issue of Aging Baby Boomers?

By Ray Williams August 27, 2019   We have both myopic and conflicting views on how to deal with the millions of aging baby boomers. We need to effectively deal with the following issues: Our concept and prejudices about aging. The impact of large numbers of...
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Is Mind Wandering a Good or Bad Thing?

Is mind wandering a good thing or bad thing? Is it the same as being on “autopilot,” without being conscious of what you are doing? There seems to be several differing perspectives on these questions.

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How Neuroscience Can Help Us Make Better Decisions

    We make dozens of decisions every day, some simple, some more complex. Some internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 conscious decisions each day.We make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell... read more

Should You “Trust Your Gut” to Make Decisions?

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? Does it matter if you face a decision that is personal versus a decision you have at work? Does the amount and reliability of information prompt you to make a decision solely on logic and rationality, or does gut feeling... read more

Why Nelson Mandela Was A Great Leader

Nelson Mandela, or “Madiba” as he was affectionately known, has died. Not only have we lost a great man and a great leader for his country, but also a shining example of the kind of leadership we so desperately need today. He has left a huge inspirational vacuum.

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Why Christmas is So Difficult for Some People

    We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, many people are unhappy at Christmas and according to the National Institute of Health,... read more

Why CEOs Fail and What to do About It

The media is full of stories about super successful CEOs, such as Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson or Oprah Winfrey. They are however, the exception, not the norm. A large number of CEOs and senior executives have less than stellar careers, and an alarming number were... read more

Do Good Looks (Beauty) Give You an Advantage?

Does one’s physical attractiveness have a positive or negative impact on life? Does it give you an advantage when it comes to finding a mate, getting good grades in school, getting a job or being more successful in life? Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? What does... read more

Why There is no Formula for Success

Want to be successful in your career and life? Just follow the example of the superstars of business, celebrities, professional athletes and entertainers. Emulate the habits of Tiger Woods (before his personal crisis), Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Lance Armstrong or Sir Richard Branson. Or at the organizational level, just follow the examples of Apple, GE or Google. Thousands of books, movies, seminars, consultants and self-help gurus, exhort people to follow the same steps, habits and secrets of the super successful, and they too will achieve outstanding results.

The problem with this advice is it doesn’t work. When people try to do as suggested, they tend to fail, and become even more demotivated. I’ve coached hundreds of people who came to me with great disappointment or despair, after following the dictums of a recipe for success taken from the lives of the super successful. In some cases they have spent thousands of dollars on seminars, books, personal advisors and media sources.

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Are You Addicted to Busyness? The Damage to Productivity and Well Being

Talk to almost anyone today, and they complain about having “no time,” about being too busy. And we now equate that busyness to productivity and a characteristic of a successful life. The truth of the matter is that busyness does not result in greater productivity and that busyness is contributing to a culture of continuous anxiety and stress.

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