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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Rhonda Boyle’s Strengths Activation Podcast Featuring Paul Allen

To watch the Strengths Activation Vlog where Rhonda Boyle and Kyle Draper interview Paul Allen, click HERE.   Kyle Draper:                 Hey Paul. Paul Allen:                    Thanks for having me on the show. Kyle Draper:                 Absolutely. Rhonda Boyle: We are delighted to have you here. Now tell us your top five ’cause we like to know what those are. Paul Allen: I’m actually at a company retreat with 15 people and we all have our name badges...
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My Favorite Artist

Artists, poets, and prophets can help us make sense of the craziness that we experience in the world. My favorite artist is Regina Spektor. When I first encountered her music, before I knew where she was from, I felt a hint of influence from Vladimir Vysotsky, the famous Russian singer. Vysotsky used music and humorous and clever lyrics to make powerful political and social commentary without being arrested and jailed by Soviet leaders. When I...
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Everyone Needs A Coach and Coaches Need Tools

Everyone Needs A Coach and Coaches Need Tools In the 90s, I spent many hours in libraries looking for public domain content to digitize and put online. I found an old book on basketball. The author had interviewed dozens of the most successful coaches and players of all time to discover their favorite plays. He diagrammed them and described how to run these plays. When I stumbled upon this book I thought, I wonder how...
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The Fifth Discipline: A Global Movement

I have been reading “Four Days with Dr. Deming.” His genius ideas helped Japan transform their economy after WWII. Today I opened up “The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization.” I found this incredible quote by Dr. Deming on page 2: “Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. People are born with intrinsic motivation, self-respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy in learning. The forces of destruction begin with toddlers—a...
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The Coach You Need

When you need a helping hand in life or at work you might decide to hire a coach. There are many amazing executive, career, leadership, and life coaches out there. How can you possibly find the right one for you? Which of these following 4 factors is most important to you? 1. Experience (years, hours coaching) 2. Reputation 3. Professional Training and Credentials 4. Your Personal Rapport/Feeling of Connection With the Coach Please rank them...
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