Tag Archives: Managing yourself

Can You Admit What You’re Feeling?

Hurricane Sandy was barreling towards the coast and the news reports were grim. This would be the worst storm to hit the Northeast region since, well, maybe ever. A confluence of factors—it was slow-moving, widespread, clashing with a winter storm from the west and cold air from the north, and hitting land at high tide […]

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Take Your Life Back

The waiter was halfway through taking my family’s order when his manager called him away. “Where did the waiter go?” Sophia, our seven-year-old, asked. Daniel, our five-year old, looked at me and then answered, “I think he had to take a conference call.” * * * Even before hearing Daniel’s analysis of the waiter’s momentary […]

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The Reverse Psychology of Temptation

“Oh this is delicious, Peter. The ice cream is homemade, the perfect consistency, And this lemon cookie on top, mmmmm. Are you sure you don’t want some?” Tom* smiled devilishly as he reached across the table to hand me a spoon. Tom is my client, the CEO of a $900 million company. I was in […]

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Who Are You Really Mad At?

A man and two children, a boy about nine and a girl about seven, were walking ahead of me in silence. The boy looked up and said something to his father. Whatever he said set off his father who started yelling at the boy. I could see the boy’s pain as his father’s words hit […]

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The Best Strategy for Reducing Stress

Imagine you’re sailing in the Bahamas, sipping a cold drink and listening to the water lapping the sides of the boat. Relaxing, right? Not for my friend Rob.* Rob is not usually stressed-out. For many people, Rob’s daily work would be hair-pulling stressful — he’s a real estate developer who routinely deals with a multitude […]

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Defend Your Sweet Spot

Spending time on projects that he considered unimportant was driving Carlos* insane. Carlos is an excellent leader. He’s turned around every business that he’s led and the people who work for him are loyal and, under his guidance, have quickly become powerful leaders themselves. He’s exceptionally good at what he does, which is why wasting […]

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