Lisa McLeod

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MCLEOD: Why fear is a terrible motivator

Whether it's improving life customers, or making the world a better place for everyone, when people have a larger purpose than just trying to keep their jobs, they're more focused, and more effective. They're also more likely to act in a bold and courageous manner.

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MCLEOD: Four reasons the world isn't is bad as you think

Humankind still has plenty of work to do. But when you look at the arc of human history, we're definitely moving in the right direction. We invent, we create and we become kinder to each other, every single day.

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MCLEOD: Five ways to get over yourself

Sometimes you have to push the reset on your brain. Your life will thank you.

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MCLEOD: Why I want to invent a time machine for empathy

There is no such time machine. But you can create a similar experience in the here and now. Ask about someone's back story, and use the knowledge to be more empathetic.

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MCLEOD: 10 great questions you should ask your client, friend or spouse

We’re all looking for the magic bullet, the secret words to make our spouse melt, our co-worker cooperate and our customer giggle with glee as they sign on the dotted line.

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MCLEOD: One big idea from improv that will make you more successful (and stylish)

Next time you face a challenging area in your own life, try applying the "Yes, And" model.

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McLEOD: Why most presentations are terrible, and how not to be awful

I used to have a preacher who was so bad that the only way I could get through his sermons was to rewrite them in my head.. My family was less than thrilled when I insisted on giving them my revised version of the sermon over lunch every Sunday, but

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MCLEOD: Why we put happiness on hold

Plan for the future all you want, but don't put your happiness on hold until it gets here. Start being happy today, you won't regret it.

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MCLEOD: What are the 10 best days of your life?

Here's the thing about those 10 best days, they're even more fun if you stay fully present while you're experiencing them.

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MCLEOD: The big mistake we make about internal motivation

One of the big mistakes that people (including me) make in business and life is to assume that we understand other people’s internal motivation.

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MCLEOD: Two secrets to better perceptions

Instead of a critique, it's a helpful to offer suggestion. I'm hardly perfect, but after hundreds of times doing it wrong, I've learned that how much the positioning and the order matter.

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MCLEOD: 3 mistaken beliefs about conflict and how to overcome them

Nobody likes conflict, but avoiding conflict usually winds up being even more painful than addressing it.

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McLEOD: Four patterns of excuse-making and how to avoid them

We've all heard (and given) our share of excuses.. "My computer crashed, I got stuck in traffic, no one told me I was supposed to do it, the dog ate my homework.". It's frustrating to encounter in others, but we're often guilty ourselves, "I was sooo busy. My travel

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MCLEOD: Do you ever wish you could get other people to change?

Next time you find yourself wishing for a magic change potion. Flip it. Instead of asking, "How can I get the other person to change," swallow a little bit of the potion yourself, and ask, "How can I change my response?"

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MCLEOD: Why people are afraid to be enthusiastic

Remember this: nothing bad happens when you get excited about something.