April 2014

I spent four days in Chicago last week, hosting a leadership program.

I enjoyed my group immensely. The energy was good.

That’s my language of choice, of course. I’m a personal-energy-guy. I love “good energy.”

As we said our good-byes, however, quite a few of the folks in our group also commented that “the energy was good.” That moved me. It wasn’t just me. The energy WAS good. And it was felt.
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There is a field of smile studies. Yes, there really is.

This got my attention.

Most of us believe that smiling is a good thing, right?  Well, here’s what happens in a genuine smile.

Think of it as a one-two punch. Or shall I say one-two muscle tug. A pleasing sensation arouses the brain.

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I am suspicious of the word “self-management.” 

Folks consider it a desirable leadership skill.

Still suspicious.

Do we mean “act nice?” Do we mean “not upset people?” Do we mean “act professional” – one of the most loaded clichés in the corporate lexicon?

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At a recent National Sales Meeting for a global pharma company in San Antonio/Texas, two Sales Directors rehearsed their main-stage moment.

They projected a video clip of Jimmy Fallon, newly minted host of The Tonight Show, reading a few of his bitingly funny Thank-You notes.

They proceeded to enact their equally boisterous pharma-specific twist on these notes.
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