Fake it till you BELIEVE it

?????????????????One of the most simple but effective things that I’ve ever done to empower myself was to live by the idea of “faking it till you BELIEVE it”. Just as how cats purr to improve healing rates, how do we as people do to give ourselves the much needed boost of endorphins? Exercise or perhaps that age old chocolate remedy?

With the spotlight firmly on you as a leader, and with decisions resting on your shoulders, it’s often easy to feel like a balloon with the air let out. That leaves hardly anything for the “nice to haves”, and unfortunately, more often than not, setting yourself up for success falls under that neglected category.

That’s where Amy Cuddy’s much discussed TED talk comes in.

In her talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy eloquently and very simply talks about how body language affects how others see us, but more importantly,  it also changes how we see ourselves.

Specifically, the concept of “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Continue reading

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The productivity challenge and the continuing focus on innovation

You’ve heard it all by now, and you’re probably sick of hearing it too, that adage of how talent pools need to develop that beautiful and intangible skill of innovation.

Not only is it now absolutely essential for employees to innovate, but they need to dance that fine line with maintaining productivity as well.

In fact, it is now common that the word “productivity” and “innovation” are said in the same exalted breath.

And when you throw in the concept of social business and collaboration, well, now that’s just ambitious!

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