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Video – Teamwork – Birds or People? Find Out
by On April 16, 2010

This is not a trick, purely talent and team work, but lots of patience and practice, and the result… stunning!! This video demonstrates visually how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

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Video – Motivational Highlights from Hollywood
by On April 9, 2010

Enjoy this montage of highlights from some of the greatest motivational moments in movies and finish your week strong.

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Video – The Surprising Science of Motivation
by On April 2, 2010

We featured this TED Talk from Daniel Pink last September, but wanted to show it again. 

Our staff is currently reading Dan’s new book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” and are absolutely loving it!!!  If you don’t get a chance to read it, at least watch this video – we are sure you will learn some interesting facts about human motivation in the workplace.

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers do not – Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan has studied the science of human motivation, specifically the dynamics of external and internal motivators.

There is a mismatch to what science has proven and what business does. Rewards can narrow the focus of people’s thinking and restricts their creative possibilities.

In today’s global market place, left brain activities, such as accounting, computer programming can be easily outsourced and automated. Therefore, there is a premium for workers that think with their right brains – out of the box conceptual abilities.

At a study conducted at MIT found that when tasks where mechanical, bonuses worked as expected; the higher the pay, the better the performance. However, when the task called for even rudimentary cognitive skill, a larger reward lead to a poorer performance.

Science also gives a solution for how to motivate people and it is rooted in intrinsic motivation and revolves around 3 key building blocks:

* Autonomy – The urge to direct our own lives
* Mastery – The desire to get better and better at something that matters
* Purpose – To be of service to something larger than ourselves

Management concepts work wonderful if you want compliance. But if you want engagement, self-direction is the way to “manage” people.

Examples of companies that have used these concepts are discussed, including google and the wikipedia model.

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Video – Donald Trump on Robert Kiyosaki on the Keys To Success
by On March 26, 2010

Two of the world’s toughest financial survivors share their stories and insights on adversity, respect, debt, keys to success, and more.

Although they’ve followed distinctly different paths to wealth, Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump share a common passion for raising financial literacy around the world.

Trump is the consummate deal-maker. Kiyosaki is the consummate educator. Each of these two financial titans has learned in his own way how to turn the lessons of success and failure into a better understanding of money and how it really works.

As friends and collaborators in life and business they’ve taken on a shared mission to teach others how to survive and thrive in tough times.

Video – Brian Tracy on How To Overcome Fear or Failure
by On March 19, 2010

Fear of failure is the greatest obstacle to success. Failure doesn’t hold you back; it is the anticipation of failure that can sabotage your efforts to achieve your goals. Are you letting the fear of failure scare you into being overly cautious?

If you are….stop! Take the time to identify, define and analyze what you are afraid of.

Once you have identified your greatest fear, write out the answers to these questions:

1. How does this fear hold me back?
2. How does this fear help me?
3. What would be your payoff for eliminating this fear?

Stop avoiding what is making you fearful and confront them. If you do the thing you fear, the courage comes afterwards.

When you overcome your fears you can set big goals, achieve them and become unstoppable!

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Video – Jack Canfield on Personal Power
by On March 12, 2010

Getting over failure and finding success means taking 100% responsibility for your life. You have to drop your excuses and victim stories. You must take 100% responsibility for everything you experience in your life….good and bad.

Setbacks can sidetrack us with blame and excuses and we give away the power of personal responsibility. How can you change this? When something doesn’t work out, ask yourself, “How did I create that situation?”

You can’t control other people’s actions, but you can influence them. You can also control the way you react to other people’s actions.

When you become upset, ask, “What was my part?” Once you have the answer, ask yourself, “What will I do differently next time?”

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Video – How Fast Are You Going to Get Up?
by On March 5, 2010

Not sure if you saw much of the olympics, let alone the commercials, but this one from Nike offers a great message. When you are striving for a goal and you get knocked down, how fast are you going to get up?

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From Lance Armstrong on his bike, to a six-year-old in China learning martial arts, movement is the universal language that connects us all. It’s a language of beauty, drama, tragedy and triumph. And the road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at. Everybody gets knocked down, how quick are you going to get up?”

Video – The Opportunity of Adversity
by On February 26, 2010

The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta.

At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

After school, Mullins did some modeling — including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen — and then turned to acting, appearing as the Leopard Queen in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. In 2008 she was the official Ambassador for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

She’s a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about prosthetics, and recently mentioned to an interviewer that she’s been looking closely at MIT’s in-development powered robotic ankle, “which I fully plan on having.”

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Video – Brian Tracy on Doing What You Love
by On February 19, 2010

Why do people continue to work after they have achieved their financial goals? Because it makes them happy! When you do what you love, your brain releases endorphins that make you feel good and gives you a natural high.

Happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. When you are moving towards a goal, your brain motivates you by producing more endorphins. So if you are loving what you do, it makes striving for achievement motivating and it is a forgone conclusion you will become successful…..and have fun doing it!

I hope you are doing what you love.

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Video – Tony Robbins on Motivation in a Slump
by On February 12, 2010

What do you focus on when turbulence hits your life? Where do your emotions take you? Tony Robbins talks with Matt Lauer on NBC’s the “TODAY” show about emotional fitness in today’s economic times. Learn what it takes to thrive, not just survive.