Lisa McLeod

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McLEOD: Three ways to keep the quest for the best from shortchange happiness

It’s stunning how much of our happiness is within our own control. You only get this day once, how are you going to experience it?

McLEOD: Will you be blindsided by the future?

The future is always going to have an element of uncertainty to it. But if you pay attention to the early indicators, you can avoid being blindsided.

McLEOD: What does your inner talk track reveal?

We subconsciously pick up on the mental messages that we get from others. And what’s more, the unconscious messages that we get from other people have a dramatic impact on the way we respond to them, whether we — or they — realize it or not.

McLEOD: The real reason Monster’s CEO lost his job

Monster and Ianuzzi should serve as a cautionary tale. When a leader overemphasizes money, you eventually wind up making less of it.

McLEOD: The Table of Brotherhood actually happened at a burger joint

Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”

McLEOD: Complaints that deserve your attention

Complaints are a valid source of feedback, but they aren’t all worth listening to. Discern which ones have merit before you react.

McLEOD: How volunteering for your boss changes your trajectory

Most people do what their boss asks, but only a select few figure out what their boss really needs.

McLEOD: Why being frantic leads to being burned out

How many times have you worked like a fiend on something and then found yourself so burned out you couldn’t bear to even look at it again?

McLEOD: Beauty matters at work, but not in the way you think

When things look chaotic, people are more likely to act chaotic. Our minds, and our actions respond to our surroundings. When you’re surrounded by beauty, you’re happier and more confident.

McLEOD: The ‘my job is harder’ fight isn’t one you want to win

If you want to be miserable, keep trying to win the “I have it harder than you do” award. If you want to be happy, express gratitude for the person on the other side.

McLEOD: How to leverage intuition into decision-making

It’s challenging to break through the clutter and harness your inner wisdom. But the truth is, you already have most of the answers you need.

McLEOD: It’s important to manage your face

A friend of mine owns a bakery and café. Her cupcakes are scrumptious, her Caprese sandwich melts in your mouth. Clients drive miles for one of her macaroons. Her baked goods are legendary; the problem is her facial expressions.

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MCLEOD: The biggest difference between success and mediocrity

If you’re a teacher, parent or leader, you want your people to be successful. The question you need to ask yourself is, do they know that?

MCLEOD: Why employees just don’t care, and what the boss can do about it

Lack of Noble Purpose erodes morale at work, and it eats into our lives at home, where people drag themselves through the door at night without an ounce of enthusiasm left for loved ones or fun.

MCLEOD: The secret behind great innovation

If you want to create a great company, invent the next big thing, or produce an amazing work of art, keep your ego out of it. Start with noble purpose, find a problem you want to solve, or people you want to help, and pour your talents into something bigger than yourself.