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The Color of the Dress Actually Matters!

From Kim Kardashian's Twitter

From Kim Kardashian’s Twitter

In case you have been on a deserted island for the past week or decided to go on a non-internet diet, you should know that the internet has been going nuts over a very important social topic. It is the most searched, posted, discussed, trending topic since Thursday. People have divided themselves into two very opinionated sides of the debate. The topic? What color is that dress?!!dress 2

The picture in question (seen to the right) shows either a white dress with gold stripes or a blue dress with black stripes. It is the same picture but people see it completely differently. Below is a picture from Wired.com that shows the original picture in the middle and how some people perceive it on the left and right.…

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Life Lesson from a Competitive Athlete

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I found this through social media this morning and love the lesson it teaches:

Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

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3 Steps for Performing Under Pressure

Pressure 4How do some people have the ability to stay calm and deliver results in stressful situations? Why do some people “freeze” under pressure? The other day when I was driving to work I heard an interview with hall of fame baseball manager Tony LaRussa. He was asked whether or not some baseball players are born with the ability to perform under pressure.

“Absolutely not. Performing under pressure is a skill that can be learned by anybody.”

The interviewer was a little surprised at the answer and asked him what he meant. LaRussa went on to explain that his organization used a 3-step method to actually teach players how to achieve great results in pressure situations. The steps are: Preparation, Repetition, and Process.

Pressure 1#1 – Preparation.…

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The 8 Amazing Habits of Abraham Lincoln

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One of my favorite figures in all of world history is Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Much has been written about him lately: his childhood, his presidency, his assassination (his days as a Vampire hunter). I love just about everything about him. From his upbringing as a farmer in Indiana and Illinois, to his pursuit of education and becoming a lawyer, to his time serving as the President. I don’t think another man serving in that office before or since has had to lead the country through such an enormous constitutional, military and moral crisis. In my humble opinion, he was maybe the greatest type of leader.

Lincoln had a number of habits that I believe set him apart and prepared him for the incredible burdens he bore while in office.…

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10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People

10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People

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Article by Jeff Haden of Inc.com

Some people instantly make us feel important. Some people instantly make us feel special. Some people light up a room just by walking in.

We can’t always define it, but some people have it: They’re naturally charismatic.

Unfortunately, natural charisma quickly loses its impact. Familiarity breeds, well, familiarity.

But some people are remarkably charismatic: They build and maintain great relationships, consistently influence (in a good way) the people around them, consistently make people feel better about themselves–they’re the kind of people everyone wants to be around…and wants to be.

Fortunately we can, because being remarkably charismatic isn’t about our level of success or our presentation skills or how we dress or the image we project–it’s about what we do.…

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How To Innovate Like A Shark

A great blog post from author Simon Sinek who’s website can be found HERE

In 1975 a young director with no big films credits under his belt, set out to make a horror film. Steven Spielberg wanted his film filled with violent and gory shark attacks. He wanted us to watch as this massive animal, built to kill, would attack his unsuspecting prey. But there was a problem. The mechanical sharks that were supposed play a staring role in the film rarely worked as expected. As much as the young director wanted graphic shark attacks, he couldn’t have them.

Jaws-jaws-468738_1024_782Frustrated, the team found another solution. They left most of the violence to our imaginations. Viewers would see a fin, then someone would disappear under the water, and then the water would turn red.

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Questions That Leaders Ask Themselves

Questions That Leaders Ask Themselves

Great insights into leadership from Tim Milburn. Questions we could all ask ourselves every morning.

Enjoy!

Kris

Lifelong leaders make choices everyday. Here are twelve of them.

Will you make a plan and follow it or make a plan and forget it?

Will you simplify the complicated or complicate the simple?

Will you make your own opportunities or wait for someone else to make opportunities for you?

Will you create your own definition of success or allow someone else to define success for you?

Will you attempt to control what’s controllable or attempt to control what’s uncontrollable?

Will you be part of the solution or part of the problem?

Will you make a better decision or make a worse decision?

Will you choose a positive attitude or a negative attitude?…

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