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 to Manage Your Emotions During the Crisis

By Ray Williams December 19, 2019 The spread of the COVID-19 virus threatens our physical and mental health. Many people have never directly experienced WWII, or a natural disaster, or have not encountered the scene of empty streets and grocery store shelves and...
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What Should Leaders Do During a Crisis?

By Ray Williams March 20, 2019   The recent and on going pandemic crisis has brought into focus the critical need for leaders who know how to lead during a crisis. We’ve witnessed both the good and bad examples locally, nationally and internationally. I think we...
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The Growing Importance of “Soft Skills” in the Workplace

  By Ray Williams March 14, 2020   “Soft skills” can be defined as a collection of positive attributes and competencies that can improve work performance and productivity, enhance relationships, and make an individual more marketable in the workplace. Soft...
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Why We Need Humble Leaders

By Ray Williams March 8, 2020 “Humility is the base and foundation of all virtues, and without it, no other virtue can exist.” –Cervantes  We are hypocritical about the kind of leaders we need and the kind we have traditionally chosen and supported....
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How to Stop Being Reactive

By Ray Williams February 3, 2020 How often have you been in a situation when someone else triggers you into an immediate emotional reaction, leaving you feeling out of control or regretful after? Many people at one time or another can remember such a time. You may...
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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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