A Simple Brain Theory Endorsed By Bill Gates Supposedly Helps You Learn Anything

A Simple Brain Theory Endorsed By Bill Gates Supposedly Helps You Learn Anything http://www.businessinsider.com/carol-dwecks-growth-mindset-theory-tweeted-by-bill-gates-2014-8 A small psychological change to how we approach challenges can dramatically change how successful we are at these tasks. (See The Prosperous Leader, Chapter 4). two mindsets: the "fixed mindset" and the "growth mindset." fixed mindset believe their intelligence, basic abilities, and talent are unchangeable. people who have a growth mindset think they can develop their talents and abilities through effort, good teaching, and persistence. These people can conceivably learn anything with proper focus. That's because new n

Using Empathetic Listening to Collaborate

(http://www.fastcompany.com/1727872/using-empathic-listening-collaborate) In The Prosperous Leader (chapter 17) we discuss that typically people seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They're either speaking or preparing to speak. We're filled with our own lightness, our own autobiography. We want to be understood. Our conversations become collective monologues, and we never really understand what's going on inside another human being. When another person speaks, we're usually "listening" at one of four levels. We may be ignoring another person, not really listening at all. We may practice pretending. We ma

It's what you learn AFTER you know it all that really counts! (Harry S Truman)

in·sa·tia·ble inˈsāSHəbəl / adjective (of an appetite or desire) impossible to satisfy Impossible to satisfy, I love that definition. This should be the definition of a leader. It’s definitely included in my definition of a prosperous leader. Someone who is always willing to push harder, go further, and continue the never-ending road to improvement will become the leader they were meant to be. They will create prosperity for themselves and others around them. The article we look at today is from the Harvard Business Review, based on a 1990 speech by John W. Gardner. Bill Taylor (author) presents us with The Best Leaders are Insatiable Learners [link to article], and uses Gardner’s wisdom,

What IS positive psychology?

Image Source Have you ever found yourself wondering: What exactly is Positive Psychology? What topics does it cover? How can positive psychology be applied to real life? This article does a great job explaining some of the basic questions about the field, and you can find real life scenarios and suggested workplace applications of Positive Psychology in The Prosperous Leader. What is Positive Psychology? It is the scientific study of what makes life worth living! We want to enable people to enjoy more meaninful lives by studying what is best in people, relationships, communities and the world, and spreading that information around the globe. Is it positive thinking? No, it’s not. Understandi

You Are Your Own Prosperity

Image Source “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.” Jim Rohn Becoming a prosperous leader is something I believe every person is capable of. Through hard work and the desire to succeed, you realize that you truly are your own destiny. Peter Voogd, in his article on entrepreneur.com, explains it perfectly: “the harsh reality we all must understand is you will always be paid exactly what you are worth, or expect you are worthy of.” As entrepreneurs we must always find ways to become more valuable to the marketplace. In the introduction to my book The Prosperous Lead

3 Ways to Help Deal With Toxic Coworkers

Image Source “Much like a dysfunctional family, the workplace can also be a breeding ground for chaos,” Lisa Evans expertly states in her article “How to Deal With Toxic Coworkers – and Keep Your Sanity in Check”. We all know what having frustrating coworkers can be like: they drain your energy, lower the morale of the office, and can even annoy you to the point of showing that frustration. As a prosperous leader, it’s your job to contain each of these situations and provide relief to suffering employees. Evans suggests you follow these three strategies if you find your employees find themselves with an off kilter coworker: Focus on Yourself. It’s easy to get distracted by what other people

Do You Have the Personality Trait That Predicts Entrepreneurial Success?

Image Source In a past blog post, I had discussed Making the Most of the Mindset You’re Given. Recently, I came across another article about the same topic, but presented in a way that directly links Entrepreneurial Success to having a Proactive Personality, or Growth Mindset. We already know that personality traits are predictive of the level of success in many areas, but this article expands upon that notion to simply state “the more reactive you are, the less success you will find as an entrepreneur”. Because of the belief that individuals with a strong proactive personality have that they can create their own environment, they are more likely to engage in intentional actions to alter the

The Secret to Success That Every Leader Should Know

Image Source A great emphasis is placed on Emotional Intelligence, also known as “EI” or “EQ” in the pages of The Prosperous Leader. Chapter 4 especially, entitled “Emotions and Intelligence: Do They Go Together?”, spends a lot of time discussing the importance of EQ, not only in the workplace, but in life. EQ can be summarized into four basic attributes: self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, and relationship management. These attributes are further described in Chapter 4; basically they contribute to you being able to manage your emotions, your relationships with others, and allow you to possess an awareness of your emotions and others’ emotions. In her article “The Leadership

5 Warning Signs that You Are in Danger of Becoming a Complacent Leader

Image Source With complacency becoming the new normal, leadership is in danger. Odds are, if you’ve found your way to my blog, you are looking to save this very thing: leadership, from extinction. According to Glenn Llopis, a contributor at Forbes, in his article The Dangers of Complacent Leadership, you must possess “mental toughness, stamina, and patience” in order to be a leader today. In my book, The Prosperous Leader, I expand upon these notions to say a prosperous leader should: Be open and honest in all communications, Have a sense of purpose, not only in business, but in ones life, and Possess the staying power and endurance to make their business successful. Llopis continues in his

How To Manage Work Culture During a Pivot

Image Source Pivot is a word that has become incredibly popular in startups and changing businesses. The definition of a pivot (v.) according to the Merriam-Webster diction is “the action of turning around a point; the action of pivoting”. It stands to reason that a business would be a multitude of things during a ‘pivot’ of the company: confused, turned upside down, stressed, fearful of change (and these descriptors are just a start!). Curt Hanke shares some tips on How To Manage Culture During a Pivot: Be Aware. “The senior leaders most often advocating and defining the pivot are often the least aware of the implications of the pivot on their people,” he continues on to suggest “start by c

20 Time Management Tips to Help You Get Through Your Day

Image Source As a CEO, author, father, grandfather, and entrepreneur, I often find myself struggling to complete all the activities I have planned for the day. In Chapter 6: Time Management of The Prosperous Leader I discuss the fact that “time management is not only about being on time. It’s also about working to eliminate time wasters, the things on our to-do list that deceive us into believing that we’re being productive. We need to eliminate them completely in order to be more efficient. The more our day controls us, the more we need to control our day.” I recently discovered an article that helped me take charge of my day and make the most out of my hours: 20 Quick Tips For Better Time

The Importance of Knowing How to "Talk The Walk"

Image Source A common phrase and desired attribute in business is to “walk the talk” — that is, to do what you say you will. However, a turn on that phrase is to “talk the walk,” that is: to be able to explain, in language that is specific to your field of business, the importance of doing the right things. Bill Taylor, in his article “The Best Leaders Talk the Walk”, explains how Gilbert and Emerson urged their colleagues to embrace this idea. “There are countless small opportunities for people to tweak a product, or improve a process, that lead to big wins in the marketplace.” As a reader of this blog, you are probably on your own personal journey to become a prosperous leader. I hope you’

How to Make the Most Out of the Mindset You're Given

Image Source: Brain Pickings It’s hard to imagine that not everyone has the capability to be successful – but an article I stumbled upon from mic.com attempts to explain just that. “Successful people tend to focus on growth, solving problems and self-improvement, while unsuccessful people think of their abilities as fixed assets and avoid challenges,” Tom McKay shares in his article, The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different. McKay continues on to explain that a “person with a growth mindset views challenges as things to overcome and views failure as an opportunity for growth and personal development” while “a person with a fixed mindset tends to view them

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