The Secrets of Original Thinkers

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How do original thinkers think?  That’s a big question.  Adam Grant has done some fascinating research into the habits of original thinkers and recently shared his results at a TED Talk.  If you’re a creative, or know someone who is, please share this video presentation.  Every creative person in America needs to see it:

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Why Leaders Are Often The Last To Know

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When I consult with churches, ministries, or nonprofits, I’m often surprised – even shocked – how often the leader is the last to know what’s going on in the organization. Theoretically, vision trickles down from the top, but in reality, a great deal comes from the bottom up, and when that happens, a leader who isn’t in touch with the team, becomes the least influential person in the organization.  I recently read a quote from the late Andy Grove, former CEO of computer microchip maker Intel. He mentioned his surprising encounter with another company and the fact that the president of that company was the last to know about an important issue:

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Why You Should Be Using Google Alerts

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If you’re not using Google Alerts, you’re making a big mistake. It’s not about being ego-driven, it’s about knowing what’s being said online about you, issues you deal with, or aspects of who you are. It’s almost like a free, personal PR service.  It’s easy to set up, and this is the place to start. Here’s the secrets to making them work for you:

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Why Older Leaders Fight Change

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Fascinating new research provides more insight into why efforts at changing organizations usually meets with resistance from older leaders and employees. Up to now, most have attributed the resistance to the fact that older employees have invested in past ideas and aren’t interested in new ones. But the Wall Street Journal reports a new finding was discovered in an effort to track the progress of children who grow up too fast. Here’s what they found:

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Want More Online Viewers? Make It Shorter

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I’ve been teaching for a long time that too many churches and religious organizations are making a huge mistake by only posting full length sermons and teachings on either their website or podcasts.  Certainly it’s fine (and a good idea) to archive your live stream, media programming, and other content in full online.  However, when it comes to people actually viewing it, it’s an

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Is It Really Possible to Achieve Inbox Zero?

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Like El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, the dream of catching up on your emails, and achieving an empty inbox sits out there like an unrealized myth. Sure there are plenty of websites that tell you how to reach “Inbox Zero,” but if you’re like me, you still walk away from the computer every night unable to process every email. So the question continues: Is it possible to deal with every email, every day?

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Just How Much Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Impacts Your Performance

Creative People: Are You Paying Attention?

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As usual, our perception about sleep is way off.  While most Americans say they need roughly 7 hours and 30 minutes of sleep to feel their best, we average 6 hours and 55 minutes on the typical weeknight. In fact, 43 percent of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.  The bags under the eyes are bad enough, but it’s also costing our economy about $63 billion each year due to lost productivity. Quality sleep each and every night helps protect mental, physical, and immune health and improve quality of life.  Want to sleep better tonight? We’ve got the tips and tricks that’ll help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and re-energize every day:  

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