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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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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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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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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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Leadership Development Shams: Can We Really Develop Leaders?

July 13, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain A fairly recent State of the Industry Report by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) estimates that companies in the US spend nearly $130 billion on employee learning and development. That figure includes direct costs such as salaries for learning professionals, […]


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