How To Develop Empathy In Others

As the car slowed down to a stop in the late night traffic, I could tell many thoughts were swirling around in my friend’s head. What went from her venting about a usual problem evolved into a full blown discussion around empathy. And it ended with her having a whole...

Should Leaders Also Be Friends?

When was the last time you were friends with someone you were also in charge with? Unless you were really lucky, you probably had a couple of really awkward moments where you felt like you had to choose between being a good manager or a good friend. The fallouts of...

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Why I’m Obsessed With Performance Psychology

One of the reasons I got into coaching was because of my teenage obsession with performance psychology. While most people think sports when they hear that, my medium was the board game of Go. When I was still playing competitively, I came across a book that kicked off...

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The Hidden Power of Language

"The limits of my language means the limits of my world." - Ludwig Witgenstein As you grew up from a snot nosed kid to being a busy adult, you picked up a repertoire of words befitting of where you came come . You may have noticed how you start to speak like your...

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Three Nuances to Managing Genius

Years ago, when I would be desperately competing against geniuses, I questioned why I didn’t have enough talent. I would be pouring hard work, sweat and tears into improving and then someone effortlessly passes by me in a blink of an eye. Life hardly seemed fair. You...

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The Kind Of Compassion You’re Missing

Fascinating how people wonder why they are unhappy but don't see how little compassion they have for themselves. They scold themselves for making mistakes and constantly evaluate themselves against those around them. Make this habitual and even the most successful...

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3 Ways To Boost Your Grit

A guilty pleasure of mine is watching anime. I got pickier over the years but one caught my interest because of how real it was. In Sakurasou no Pet Na Kanojo, the main character struggles to find something he wants to do with his life. As he progresses through high...

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What To Do When Your Beliefs Are Tested

“Second is to exhaust all their arguments, to see how they change.” The above is a line from “The Way of the General”, a series of essays written by a legend of a military strategist, Zhuge Liang. This line is one of his ways he used to perceive the character of...

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How To Take Advantage of Transition

How do you see transition? Is it a pain to deal with? Or does it get you excited? People can argue that it depends on the situation and for some, anything would be better than where they are now. Yet for all they talk about in regards to change, they don’t think about...

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How You Can Really Enjoy The Process

Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the process. These aren’t new concepts but they have become buzzwords especially recently. During a time where experiences are being rated more highly for happiness than material gains, this is only natural. But while it can be easy to tell...

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How To Approach Your Inner Demons

Fear has a funny power over us, doesn't it? While I was doing my coaching training, I had the good fortune of being paired up with a corporate director during one of the more intense parts of the weekend. Given how vulnerable we were each supposed to be, I got to hear...

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Why Leaders Should Be Gamers

“Isn’t that Heroes of the Storm?” “Yes. Do you play?” That simple exchange at the end of an intensive Friday afternoon working session via a shared screen started a gaming friendship between myself and two higher ups on my team. As the lines between my work life and...

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Why You Should Hack Your Environment

“F**K!” The first time you curse in front of your parents is a memorable scene. The room freezes and you feel a cold glare drilling into your head. The next words are of course the following: Where did you learn that? Chances are: you learned from your friends...

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