Cultivate the EYE of the BEHOLDER

By Achim Nowak

If perception is reality, why not mess a little with your perception? Especially in a world that is so frequently grim.
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The Skillful Art of Saying NO

Written by Achim Nowak

The pressure to say YES to things we don’t wish to do is tremendous. At work, in every facet of life. How do we say NO more often and with greater skill?
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A Case for Friendships at Work

Written by Achim Nowak

“You’re not at work to make friends.” They used to dole out this workplace advice, back in the days. Hogwash. Make friends, PLEASE!
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How to Be a Little Less Conflict-Avoidant

Written by Achim Nowak

Most of us shrink from conflict. Let’s not call a conflict “conflict,” please! And let’s apply these 5 tips to be less conflict-avoidant.
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How To HELP When You Don’t Have To.

Written by Achim Nowak

Research shows we are wired to help. The instinct is primal. Are you primal enough?
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What do your employees REALLY need from you?

Written by Achim Nowak

Covid has changed the way many of us conduct business. The basic needs of your staff and employees, however, have stayed the same.
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The Case for Curiosity

Written by Achim Nowak

How do we stay curious in the face of routine, repetition, predictability? Don’t focus on the routine. Focus on the variables.
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The Power of Everyday Transitions

Written by Achim Nowak

When your work day feels like a ride on a runaway train, STOP. Put in some transitions.
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4 Everyday Trust Builders

Written by Achim Nowak

There is no bypass for building trust. No “fake it til you make it.” Just simple and consistent everyday behavior.
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Cultivate the EYE of the BEHOLDER

Written by Achim Nowak

If perception is reality, why not mess a little with your perception? Especially in a world that is so frequently grim.
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The One SUREFIRE Way To Build INFLUENCE

Written by Achim Nowak

When you find yourself busy defending that 1 idea, that 1 path forward, that 1 best practice – STOP. Offer options.
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How To Be DIRECT Without Pissing People Off

Written by Achim Nowak

Your boss wants you to be direct and honest with her. Beware. You may have very different notions of what “direct” sounds and feels like.
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When 2 Are Better Than 1

Written by Achim Nowak

Is having Co-CEOs a radical proposition? Think again. Data shows that when Co-CEOs are in charge, shareholder returns outperform the competition by 30%.
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Why I Believe in the Power of Masterminds

Written by Achim Nowak

I believe in coaching. I believe in the power of training and development. And I know that NOTHING accelerates personal growth faster than an impeccably curated Mastermind.
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The Benefits of Revealing the TRUTH

Written by Achim Nowak

When you’re asked an uncomfortable question, are you more likely to reveal or hide? Consider the compelling research by Harvard’s Leslie K. John.
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The Power of a PROBING Question

Written by Achim Nowak

Probing questions advance a conversation. There is no personal success without them. Probe often. Probe well.
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Do You KNOW What You Don’t KNOW?

Written by Achim Nowak

Professional growth is impossible if we don’t know what we don’t know. Be aware of what you don’t know. And understand that you don’t need to know everything.
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Work Is Love Made Visible

Written by Achim Nowak

When circumstances overwhelm, remember the poet Khalil Gibran. “Work is love made visible.” That is a choice. At work. Every day.
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Do You HEAR With Your THIRD EAR?

Written by Achim Nowak

Do you hear nuance? Do you hear what is not being said? A meditation on the levels of listening.
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The Line Between Thinking and Over-Thinking

Written by Achim Nowak

Consciousness, Thought, Constructing a Message, Speaking. It all happens at lightning speed. Manage the speed well.
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Do You Appreciate UP?

Written by Achim Nowak

Are you one of those folks who doles out appreciation to anyone but folks in power? Because you don’t want to be a “suck-up?” Think again.
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Without influence, our impact in the world is ALWAYS diminished.

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