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The Secret of Habits Part I

June 7, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do” Unknown Did you know? Between 60 and 80 percent of people don’t use their gym memberships Most diets work at first, but backfire in the long run According to a 2007 survey conducted by the British psychologist Richard Wiseman, about 88 percent of New Year’s resolutions end in failure […]




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The Power of Social Support for Success Part I

May 3, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Half the people you know are below average..” Stephen Wright The Influence of Social Support…On Yourself and Others It seems intuitive that being around co-workers, friends and family members who are happy should “rub off” on us. We even call this “emotional contagion.” Research based on the very well known Framingham Heart studies found that […]




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Talent Management Facts #45

April 5, 2015 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. According to a recent survey conducted by Right Management, the top priority for HR managers this year will be […]




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How Competitive Are You?

March 29, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“If any of my competitors were drowning, I’d stick a hose in their mouth.” Ray Kroc No matter where we are in the world, we seem to adore athletes that rise to the occasion and demonstrate their competitive spirit. We also tend to cringe when colleagues are too competitive with us (and others) and seem […]




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New 360 Feedback Research Findings

March 8, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”   Franklin B. Jones As some of my readers know, my wife and I raise guide dog puppies for the blind and now have Enzo who is 4 months old. At nine months of age, all guide dog […]




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Talent Management Facts #44

March 1, 2015 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. According to the CIPD/Halogen Software Employee Outlook survey, 33% of employees in the public sector stated they believed their organization’s […]




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The “Secret” to Career Success for Both Men and Women

February 15, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“You can observe a lot by watching.” Yogi Berra What factors are most important to an individual’s career success and how do they contribute to it? A fairly recent study tried to answer this question in an unusual way — by analyzing the speeches of baseball stars when they are inducted into the National Baseball […]




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Can Our Happiness Set-Point Be Changed?

February 1, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“If you are not happy here and now you never will be.” Taisen Deshimaru Are There Different Ways to Be Happy? “Happiness” really is a messy concept. In fact, not only do psychologist define and measure aspects of well-being differently, there is some new evidence that having the right kind of happiness might actually be […]




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Self-Other Distortions in 360 Feedback: It Takes Two to Know One

January 26, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It’s no secret that leaders have inflated viewsof their skills, knowledge and competence–we’ve known this for a long time as it’s a consistent finding in all 360-degree feedback research1. What is simply amazing is the gap between self-perception and […]




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The Secrets of Becoming a Team Leader

January 23, 2015 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 our company has done for the last 20 years is to identify potential leaders using developmental assessment centers1. The assessment centers are typically several days long and encompass a wide range of group exercises, simulations, 360-degree feedback and […]




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