Is Trump Trustworthy?: the 5 Criteria for Judging Trust

After watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I found myself thinking, “He sure gives a good talk, but can I trust this guy?”   It’s fascinating how important trust seems to be when it comes to relationships.   In his seminal book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a…

Five Questions We Should Be Asking About Competition

“Competition is the worst possible arrangement as far as relationship is concerned” –educator Alfie Kohn (1986) In one of my recent articles, I discussed the great Alfie Kohn’s controversial thoughts about rewards and recognition. Perhaps even more thought-provoking are Kohn’s ideas about competition, raised in his seminal and fascinating work,…

Why We Prefer Treasure Hunts Over Scavenger Hunts for Team Building

“Why do you use treasure hunts rather than scavenger hunts for team building?” It’s a pretty common question we get here, and an understandable one.  Using scavenger hunts for team building is a relatively common form of outdoor team building, whereas treasure hunts are less often seen.  Many don’t even…

Can People Really Be Motivated?

  There’s an old story that goes like this: “An elderly man has endured the insults of a crowd of ten-year-olds each day as they passed his house on their way home from school. One afternoon, after listening to another round of jeers about how stupid and ugly and bald…

What is Success?

If you’ve ever watched “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (and who hasn’t?), you know that Indiana Jones doesn’t really  have a choice; he must find the Ark of the Covenant (with all its mysterious power) before the bad guys or leave the entire world at dire risk.  For Indy, it’s…

When Things Go Wrong—Really Wrong

As all good trainers know, thorough planning is always recommended. But as we also know, despite the best laid plans, things don’t always work out the way we had expected. And isn’t it funny how this always, always, seems to happen when you’re on the road?!! So there I am…

I’m Off to See the CEO, the Wonderful CEO of Oz

Nothing evokes more nostalgia than a family tradition.  When I was growing up, for example, one of our biggest traditions was to make predictions on New Year’s Eve…what was going to happen in the upcoming year, not only in the nation and the world but also in the family. (I…

Negativity is Bad for Your Brain — Literally!

I’m a big fan of Upworthy, a website for viral content that promotes stories with a progressive bent on political and social issues. Well, last week Upworthy posted a startling article about how negative thoughts towards aging could be bad for our brains. According to the piece, a study from…