Use Your Gut to Choose Relationships

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It’s generally considered good business practice to make decisions based on data rather than on our instincts. We believe data holds the key to an objective and therefore superior answer, whereas our instincts introduce a subjective and therefore inferior perspective. However, we believe this only because we have not learned to use our instincts with accuracy. Among other things, they’re useful in choosing our teammates and partners.

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Can Employees Feel What You Are Thinking?

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I think we would all acknowledge that people perform better when they’re feeling positive, so as leaders we naturally want our groups and organizations to be positive environments. However, most leaders are not aware of the factors that influence the positivity of environments. We think we’re controlling environments when we monitor what’s said and done, but experimentation tells us that thoughts themselves become pervasive and set the tone in an environment.

A Revealing Experiment

Consider this exercise that I often conduct ...

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