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The Social Support Networks of Successful Men and Women

October 11, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” Oscar Wilde How much social support do men and women report? How dissatisfied are they with their sources of social support? Differences in Social Support Between Men and Women We took a look at some results from our stress and health risk assessment called […]




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The Genetics of Entrepreneurism

October 4, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”­ Michael Jordan Why do People become Entrepreneurs? It appears that it might […]




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Perceived Unfairness Will Make You Sick

September 27, 2015 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 suffering1. A nifty study by Naomi Eisenberger and […]




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Improve Productivity by Detaching and Relaxing

September 20, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Jim Goodwin Did you ever leave the office but never really leave the office? Well, here are a few things we know about both taking vacations and getting away from work (emotionally, cognitively and physically) based on some recent research: VACATIONS MAY BE […]




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Entrepreneurial Behavior and Personality

September 13, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow […]




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Performance Management Coaching

September 6, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” Jim Rohn Each week the Guide Dog trainers work with the volunteer puppy raisers to focus on one specific skill or behavior that the dog really needs […]




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Performance Enhancement Coaching

August 30, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.” Lee Iacocca Many of you know that my wife and I raise guide dog puppies for the blind through a great organization called Guide Dogs of America.  Our latest puppy is named Enzo and he is about a year old now. […]




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Performance Acceleration Coaching

August 23, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams Each week when we attend our guide dog puppy training with Indy it’s pretty easy to pick out the “winners” from the “losers” (OK, we have been wrong many times before).  The “winners” seem […]




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The Return on Investment of Coaching for Poor Performers

August 16, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” Peter Drucker If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that my wife and I raise guide dog puppies for the blind. Our latest one is a beautiful lab named Enzo.  It’s particularly fun to […]




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What Talent Really Want From Leaders Today

August 9, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“To lead the people, walk behind them.” Lao Tzu Talent today are stressed, highly disengaged, ready to leave organizations when the economy improves and doing less work with more resources A recent national study by Dale Carnegie Training placed the number of “fully engaged” employees at 29%, and “disengaged” employees at 26%. This suggests that […]




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