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Lisa Earle McLeod

Stories by Lisa Earle

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MCLEOD: Why mentoring relationships matter

It may seem like you don't have time for developing relationships and mentoring. But what's the long-term cost of not doing it?

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MCLEOD: Why the 'cheap' airline is beating the big boys

When was the last time you got enthusiastic service from an airline employee?. Compare and contrast these two stories to see how senior leadership affects employee commitment:. Last year, I lost my wallet on a late night Delta airlines flight. I stumbled off the plane in a bleary-eyed stupor

MCLEOD: 3 things successful happy people do differently

There are distinct differences between the way successful happy people approach life versus those who continually struggle.

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MCLEOD: Are your metaphors ruining your relationships?

Your metaphors create the narrative of your life. Choose imagery that will help you show up with passion for the people who matter to you.

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MCLEOD: How to become the most persuasive person in the room

Acknowledging and appreciating uncertainty doesn't make you less powerful. It makes you more powerful.

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MCLEOD: Who are you letting into your head?

Your mood, productivity, opinions and ambition are affected by the people you let into your life, and your head.

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MCLEOD: Why working at home isn't the problem (or the solution)

I've both loved and loathed working from home. Working from home is neither the problem, nor the solution. Creating great work and creating a great family require the same things: time, space and working together.

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MCLEOD: What is the poison person costing you?

If you're a boss, don't underestimate how much one person's negativity can affect your entire team. No one is skilled enough to merit ruining the morale of a whole group.

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MCLEOD: 7 books that changed my life

It wasn't until my early 20s that I turned to reading as a form of personal development. Prior to that, non-fiction was something that teachers assigned, grindingly boring tomes that you read only because you had to, and you forgot right after the test. Then I read "The Road Less Traveled" and everything changed. For the first time I realized that books aren't always about other people, sometimes they're about me.

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MCLEOD: Why we lose sight of our purpose

Your life has a purpose, and it's bigger than just your tasks. It's about the love, joy and success you bring to others. Remind yourself of that the next time you're having a hard day.

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MCLEOD: Why adults whine

Whining is like cheap wine, sweet on your lips, but if you indulge too often, you'll never get anything done.

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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: 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: 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.

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MCLEOD: How shared purpose can keep arguments from becoming personal

Next time you find yourself on the other side of a "He just doesn't get it" debate, try reframing the conversation in the context of a larger purpose. You'll be amazed at how quickly people respond when they understand that you both want the same things.

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MCLEOD: 'But we've already spent the money'

When it comes to money, it's not about what you've spent; it's about what you want to do from this point going forward.

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MCLEOD: Storytelling shapes your self-perception

Every family and every organization has a narrative. It's up to you to craft your own.

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MCLEOD: Are smart people miserable?

Pleasure and purpose are what you need -- not smarts -- to be truly happy.

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MCLEOD: The meaning of life in two words

If you're trying to find meaning n your life, it's a good idea to turn off the TV and work at it.

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MCLEOD: Why peers matter

Whether it's water skiiing or other pursuits, it never hurts to measure yourself against your peers.

MCLEOD: Oh, What a Difference She Made

At some point in your life you have a wake-up moment. It's that instance in time when you quit going through the motions and actually think about your life and what it all really means.

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MCLEOD: Why the customer isn't always right

Re-thinking how you handle your consumers.

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MCLEOD: The one thing exceptional leaders and parents do differently

We're weird about paying for advice.

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McLEOD: Seven ways to have a great life starting tomorrow

Long-term goals are important, but don't make the mistake of putting your happiness on hold until you achieve them. Here are seven simple ways you can have a great life starting tomorrow morning:

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MCLEOD: It's always personal: Why even men cry during work

She was absolutely blindsided, sucker-punched. She hunched over the telephone, turned her back on her colleagues and gazed unseeingly at the high rise across the street as Sumner Redstone. Then the almost 70-year-old chairman of Viacom Inc. let loose with his tirade.

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MCLEOD: Why people become extremists during arguments

It starts out calm. You're having an intelligent debate with a colleague. Then they say something that pushes your buttons and before you know it, the words are flying and logic is out the window.

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McLEOD: People don't like their job due to lack of connection

There are two basic human needs: connection and meaning.

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MCLEOD: The third element you need to succeed in life

It's that weird thing that no one can seem to put their finger on.

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MCLEOD: Three things Congress can do - but probably won't

An open letter to Congress:

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MCLEOD: Give yourself the priceless gift of human connection this year

Have you ever noticed that when you give to others you feel better about yourself?

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McLEOD: 7 tips for a miserable holiday with your family

For every person who’s looking forward to spending the holidays with family, there’s another one, or five, who are dreading it. For some people, time with extended family is practically purgatory.

MCLEOD: The right thoughts can change your whole life

Can a single thought change your life?

McLEOD: Why I finally lifted my ban on sports analogies

If you’re in business, you’ve no doubt had someone — probably your boss or a motivational speaker — attempt to inspire you with a sports analogy.

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McLEOD: Why telling people how to behave never works

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell people what to do, and then have them actually do it?

McLEOD: Minding the gap keeps you from falling into the abyss

“Mind the gap.” It’s a phrase commonly used to warn train passengers of the gap between the station platform and the train door. But it’s also a metaphor that applies to many areas of our lives.

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McLEOD: Can cool clothes make you more successful?

Do clothes make the man? Or in this case, the woman? We can talk all day about how brains and work ethic are more important than looks and fashion. But humans are visual creatures by nature. Like it or not, we make instant assessments of people based on what they're wearing.

McLEOD: Five mind-sets of super successful people

What's the difference between good and great?

McLEOD: Want to get motivated? Succumb to peer pressure

Can a friend help you get promoted? Or lose weight? Or be a better parent?

MCLEOD: Have a 'fierce' conversation or get ready to fail

Can a single conversation ruin your business? Or end your marriage?

MCLEOD: Have a 'fierce' conversation or get ready to fail

Can a single conversation ruin your business? Or end your marriage?

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McLEOD: There are good friends and then there are great friends

What makes someone a great friend? Is it being supportive and accepting you just the way you are? Or is it someone who has the guts to kick you in the tail and demand that you do better? I had an abysmal book signing several years ago that gave me a different perspective on what it really means to be a friend.

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