I don't know if you've ever had a chance to see Marcus on stage...but the guy is damn good at what he does. I work for him, and am rather close to "the man behind the curtain," and am even quite aware of many of the "quotable Marcusisms" that I've heard again and again - yet I'm still a fan boy when I see him in his element in front of a live audience. He really is that good - no smoke being blown here.
Engaging into the lens of a camera is something quite…
Has anyone seen the new commercial for CHEERIOS cereal (yes, cereal!)--- their new tag line definitely has a "strengths theme". "Love your heart so you can do what you love!" Ok, the message is about lowering cholesterol, but the guy in the ad is talking about his LOVE of building bird houses and how he wants to "do this for the rest of my life" --- once we find the things we love doing, we want to be around a long time to do them! Nice work, Cheerios!!!
A former colleague of mine rang the other day for some advice. She’s heard me sing the strengths tune for a few years and was looking for some clarity. The (BIG) company she works for uses StrengthsFinder as a teambuilding tool and to help with personal and professional development. Awesome. Er, well, sorta awesome. Here’s the gist of the convo:
MF: I had my performance review on Thursday. Sigh.… Continue
You might want to read this standing up. A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology informs us that sitting down for too much of the day can be hazardous to your health. In fact, the more you sit, the more you shorten your life span. The study's authors found that women who sat down for six hours a day or more (and who did not get regular exercise) increased their mortality by 94%, while… Continue
How can I live my strongest life while unemployed? I went to college, earned a BS in education, then returned to get a law degree. I graduated with honors and I have been unemployed for over a year and a half. It's my fault—I quit my job and moved to another state, all in the name of love. When that fell through, I was off to find employment and return to my life, but then this recession hit. I can't get a job, and I'm embarrassed and…Continue
Added by TMBC on July 27, 2010 at 6:00am —
(This post: further thoughts related to last week’s post “Why are we obsessed with weaknesses?”)
Many of you are likely familiar with the adage: what you focus on expands. Focus your attention on a
moment, an event, an emotion, or an aspect of a person’s personality, and the subject of your attention will become more detailed, more energized, and in the end more important. The detail will begin to dominate your thinking,…
You know an issue in the news has reached the media saturation point when it gets the dreaded "gate" suffix attached to it. The latest would-be scandal to attain that dubious status is the "Antennagate" debacle that has arisen in the wake of Apple releasing the coveted iPhone 4. For the last week or so, it's been hard to escape references to this alleged design flaw in Apple's latest must-have gizmo. As you've probably heard, the iPhone 4, despite all its highly marketable features, suffers… Continue
All my working life I have defaulted to office work, which I am good at. Unfortunately, I do not like it. But in any case, I will be retiring in a couple of years and would like to do what I would enjoy. I know what I do not want or like but haven't quite caught on to what my strengths are. I catch glimpses of what I think I would like and then dismiss them. Can't quite get the whole picture in my mind to work towards.
I don't mean to brag. But I'm leaving to go camping in Yosemite and the Sequoias tomorrow. For a week. That's right. And entire week. And if I can stumble upon 1/10th of the magic this guy seems to be experiencing...I'm going to come back a happier and more engaged guy.
I think taking the time for a true refresher is important, EVEN if you really love your job. EVEN if you love what you are doing every…
“During the 1950s, the Nebraska School Study Council supported a statewide research project to identify the relative value of different methods of teaching rapid reading. About 6000 tenth-graders participated…While analyzing the data, researchers were puzzled by the observation that the students who read the fastest at the study’s outset made the greatest gains during the study—from approximately 300 to 2900 words per minute. The students who read slower at the outset also… Continue
Q: I feel like I've been searching and yearning to do something bigger my whole life. I have a lot of ideas, but never seem to follow through on them. I am too busy most of the time and am a poor planner, so I know I bring stress on myself. I have big ideas: I want to write a book, want to be a professional speaker, want to be super-organized and have a super-clean house. So why do I…Continue
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin
I’ve always found this statement inspiring, because I love the challenge it presents. It can be tempting, when faced with adversity, to stick your head in the sand and just hope the situation resolves…
A friend of mine, Angus, works part time in a small independently owned retail shop. He works there to help pay the bills while he's finishing his degree but also because he loves the product and the people he works with. Angus knows I'm a coach, so when he ran into a challenge at work he connected with me:
A: Trace, I need your advice. T: What's going on? A: My boss called me in to have a chat about my…
The highlight of this last week was without a doubt our big Strengths Essentials launch at SHRM.
During the event TMBC had a table set up there in the SHRM book store, and I quickly learned that a book store...in a HR event...has a TONs of "self help" books. And well, since I'm a designer working for an author who happens to rub elbows in that space, I decided to walk around and check out all of the different covers.
Now as most who know me would attest, I'm never short on… Continue