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The Best Leaders….Follow

January 10, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” Casey Stengel One of the things we have done for the last 20 years is to identify potential future leaders for organizations using developmental assessment centers1. The assessment centers are typically several days long and encompass a wide range of […]




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Make a Habit Not to Make a Habit in the New Year

January 3, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“Do or do not… there is no try.” Yoda Are you going to make a New Years resolution in 2016? If you are like most people you will–and probably will relapse back to your old habits within 90 days. Old habits are indeed very tough to break and relapse seems greatest when we are under […]




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The Advantages of (Engaged) Workaholics

December 27, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“People are saying that I’m an alcoholic, and that’s not true, because I only drink when I work, and I’m a workaholic.” Ron White Is there such a thing as healthy Type A workaholics? Let me share with you some current findings that we haven’t yet published about Type A personalities, with a focus on […]




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The No Clue Gene—Why We Inaccurately See Ourselves

December 6, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Nearly 80% of people believe they are in the top 50% in emotional intelligence.” Peter Salovey Most of you that read my Blog regularly know that we raise guide dog puppies for the blind for a great organization called Guide Dogs of America.  We are now raising our sixth puppy named Enzo who is a beautiful black […]




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Giving Thanks….You are What You Believe

November 27, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” W.C. Fields I’d like to thank all my family and friends and repeat a Blog from a few years ago that hopefully will be inspiring during this upcoming holiday season…… You are What You Believe…. by Denise and Ken Nowack Believe that most “breaks” […]




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Thanks for Giving….Gratitude

November 22, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Gratitude is fertilizer for well-being.”                     Kenneth Nowack If you want to change the world, have a lasting impact on your community, create a meaningful and psychological healthy workplace, develop a safe community, loving family or meaningful partnership–it all starts with you. Several research studies have focused on the power of gratitude giving as a necessary […]




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Measuring Leadership Competence–The Coin Toss

November 15, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.” Peter Drucker There is no debating that leaders make a difference on the retention, productivity and health of talent today. Our own research, using a proprietary management practices index used in employee engagement surveys in diverse industries, indicates that interpersonally […]




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I Bet You Thought This Blog Was About You

November 8, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.” Unknown Do you know anyone that fits the description below? Narcissistic: Demonstrates impairments in personality functioning (either in excessive reference to others for self-esteem or goal setting based on gaining approval from others) and impairments in interpersonal functioning (impaired empathy or relationships largely superficial) […]




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You Are as Healthy as the Group You Hang Out With

November 1, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“True friends stab you in the front.” Oscar Wilde Do people’s happy moods and emotions rub off on us? Indeed they do and psychologists call this “emotional contagion.” The Six Degrees of Health Separation Research based on the very well known Franingham Heart studies found that while happiness may spread through a person’s social network of friends, […]




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The Power of Feedback

October 25, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Mark Twain Feedback seems to be pretty important at work–particularly from one’s boss. Which of these do you think leads to the most disengagement in talent? 1. Little or no feedback 2. Negative feedback 3. Positive feedback Positive or Negative Feedback? New research […]




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