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Neuroticism: The Ugly Duckling of Personality

February 8, 2017 by Henry henry@hccglobal.net

Let’s face it, not everyone out there is logical, rational, emotionally stable and predictable. And if you’re not one of those, you know it. You’re the “feisty”, “emotional”, “unstable” or heavens forbid, the “emotionally volatile” one. So, What Is Neuroticism? Neuroticism, is one of the big five personality traits, together with Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness […]


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The Number One Reason Employees Get Sick….Perceived Unfairness at Work

March 6, 2016 by Ken Nowack

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. Anonymous Recent studies confirm that emotional hurt and rejection, whether part of social interactions or the perception of inequitable and unjust workplace conditions can actually trigger the same neurophysiologic pathways associated with physical pain and suffering (Eisenberger, Lieberman, & Williams, 2003). In a nifty study […]


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Can You Change Your Reputation in the New Year?

February 28, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” Joseph Hall Think of the last time you met someone new in either a work or non-work context. Any idea what impression you might have made on them? Making sense of others […]


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The Urban Myth of Deliberate Practice (It Only Makes You What You Can Be)

February 21, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“If practice makes perfect, and no one’s perfect, then why practice?” Billy Corgan Practice makes perfect according to an old saying. Or at least if you do it enough you will become an expert. Or does it? Experts vs. Being an Expert There is, in fact, a big difference between “experts” and those “who are […]


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Being Happy in the New Year (It’s Complicated!)

February 14, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?” Steven Wright We all know that negative moods are associated with poor physical health and psychological well-being1. What about positive emotions and health? In a study of 2,873 healthy British adults conducted by Dr. Andrew Steptoe, those who reported more positive emotions during […]


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The Healthy Neurotic

February 7, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent” Jerome Lawrence Happiness and optimism have long been considered a positive asset in dealing with illness or life challenge. Happy individuals tend to have more […]


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Ouch that Hurt! The Neurobiology of Feedback

February 7, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”   Franklin P. Jones We can all recall a time that a partner, family member, friend, or colleague gave us some well-intended feedback that seemed to really hurt. Most of the time, the intention of feedback is to convey […]


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Leadership Lessons Raising a Guide Dog: Saying Goodbye

January 31, 2016 by Ken Nowack

What’s my destiny, Momma? You’re gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump 1994 I feel like the proud parent sending their child off to college…..or leaving an organization for a new and hopefully better adventure…..For many, the experience […]


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Talent Development Facts #48

January 24, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1.  Who you marry doesn’t affect just your happiness at home – your spouse can also play a major role in […]


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The Neurobiology of Leadership: Why Women Lead Differently than Men (ICF Webinar)

January 17, 2016 by Ken Nowack

A Webinar Sponsored by ICF-MD January 28, 2016 • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EST 1.5 CCEUs in Core Competencies Current research suggests that women lead differently than men (not necessarily any better or any worse). A secondary stress response unique to women might play a role in explaining these differences. This breakfast meeting will explore […]


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