Appreciative Inquiry: You’re Great, We’re All Great.

The psychologists point to the love songs young people sing to themselves today. Instead of “we” and “us” the lyrics are studded with “I” and “me”, as in “I’m bringing sexy back” and “It’s blazin’, you watch me in amazement.” This raises a red flag: a self-centered attitude and narcissism blunts effective emotional intelligence and can get in the way of great performance.

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Santa Barbara 4th Annual Women’s Festival

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, I would like to invite you to the 4th Annual Women’s Festival, “Bringing All Our World’s Together,” on March 4th and 5th, 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA.

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What Leaders Should Do When Times Are Tough

What leaders frequently forget in their zeal to be prudent and careful is that “the wisdom of crowds” applies within their own organization. Instead of narrowing the circle they rely on, they should be widening it. James Surowiecki in his book, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, explains that a diverse collection of independently-deciding individuals is likely to make certain types of decisions and predictions better than individuals or even experts!

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