Lisa McLeod

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MCLEOD: Intentions are more fun than resolutions

If you’ve already abandoned your resolution, or you’re wavering, try reframing it into an intention. You’ll feel better about it, and you can go back to it all year long.

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MCLEOD: Five friends nobody needs and how to manage them

Life is too short to have — or to be — a bad friend. If you see yourself in any of these, it’s not too late to change. And if these remind you of someone you know, you might want to consider an intervention.

MCLEOD: Three ways to leverage the power of the pause

When you pause, you breathe, which makes you physically stronger, and you clear your mind, which enables you to think more strategically.

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MCLEOD: Are your greatest strengths holding you back?

We’ve all known people who touted the merits of their best (perceived) traits without realizing that they carried them to such extremes that people found them off putting.

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MCLEOD: Nobody feels confident the first time they try a backflip

The 60 percent principle is my new mantra. If I want it, and I’m close to 60 percent confident that I can do it, I’m going for it.

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MCLEOD: Sacrificing love of learning on the altar of memorization

There’s a great scene in the 1980s movie “When Peggy Sue Got Married.” Kathleen Turner’s time travels go back to high school. Already having lived much of her adult life, she confidently tells her math teacher, “Mr. Snelgrove, I happen to know that in the future I will not have the slightest use for algebra.”

MCLEOD: Why compromise is a flawed model

We’ve been told that when two sides disagree, we’re supposed to compromise, but that never really works.

MCLEOD: Why millenials consider an iPhone a basic human right

Kit Yarrow, author of “Gen Buy: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail,” says, “What you learn as a kid kind of becomes your values as an adult, so this generation really knows luxury and quality, and that’s what they want.”

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MCLEOD: How to create a culture of purpose

People want to make money. They also want to make a difference. Creating a culture of passion and purpose is how you do both.

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MCLEOD: Redundant paperwork ruins everything

Paperwork is bad enough, but when people ask you to fill out their forms with the same information you provided on a previous visit, they’re trying to make their life easier, not yours.

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MCLEOD: Three reasons you might need a Red Team

What if you had a team of people whose sole job was to find fault with your thinking? It’s called a Red Team. Used by the CIA, IBM, the Army, news organizations and other businesses, a Red team is a group designed to penetrate your defenses

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MCLEOD: How to navigate the blurry years

The lines between work and home may be blurred, but make no mistake, the skills and mindset required in each venue remain distinctly different.

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MCLEOD: Why bosses and teachers have so much power over families

The boss affects every member of the employee’s family. The same is true of teachers. Your spouse’s boss and your kids’ teachers can be a source of joy, or misery, for an entire family.

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MCLEOD: Why we're usually wrong about other people

You’re not the person you were 25 or even two years ago, neither is anyone else. Don’t let assumptions about who a person once was inform the way you interact with them today.

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MCLEOD: Why moving the needle matters

You don’t accomplish big things overnight; you move the needle every day. Sometimes you get the big score and sometime you don’t. Whichever way it turns out moving the needle is always worth the effort.