When In The Course of Human Development It Becomes Necessary

Yesterday I spoke at the Utah Worksite Wellness Conference about how to increase human well-being. The conference title was “Motivating the Demotivated”. That title sparked my rant about how kids are born with natural curiosity and talent. The more time they spend in school the more disengaged they become, according to Gallup’s annual poll. Why? Because schools, curriculum and testing are designed primarily for efficiency and standardization. They are not designed to identify the innate...
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Soar.com Logo Design

Some of you know that my partners and I are launching a new company that aims to help a billion or more people soar with their strengths. Soar.com will be a platform for human development, where you can take the CliftonStrengths assessment, find the ideal coach for you or your team, and learn to live a strengths-based life. We are excited to launch soar.com in the next few weeks. We need your help to choose...
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Cold Showers Can Benefit Your Health

I hated what I read in the Harvard Business Review last Friday: Cold showers have health benefits. I’ve always ignored people who advocate taking cold showers. But how does one ignore this new study from the Netherlands? It involved thousands of volunteers. Conclusion: “This is the first high-level evidence showing that cold showers can benefit your health. People who took them for at least 30 seconds for one month called in sick 29% less than...
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Whose Fault Is It When An Employee “Fails?”

Whose fault is it when an employee “fails?” Was it the employee’s fault? The hiring manager? The current manager who doesn’t understand how to set up the employee for success? Is it the leader of the company whose vision doesn’t inspire, whose systems don’t work? Some of the greatest thinkers of all time place most of the blame on leaders, managers and systems. Edward Deming believed that in manufacturing companies only 6% of errors were...
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People Like Me Need People Like You

“People Like Me Need People Like You” Someday I’ll write a book about Ancestry.com. I’ll highlight the people who built Ancestry from the ground up–unsung heroes like Richard Stauffer and John Ivie and Jim Ericson. I’ll also highlight those who helped Ancestry survive our financial crisis in 2000/2001. Michael Herring, one of the greatest CFOs I know made our survival possible. It was tough work; but he pulled it off. By late 2001 we were cash flow positive...
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