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How Empathetic Storytelling Drives Success

How Empathetic Storytelling Drives Success

In 2004, a Carnegie Mellon University study looked at the impact of empathetic storytelling. They studied participants who received two different kinds of donation requests from the well-known nonprofit Save the Children, an organization that aims to promote all...

How to Sell Your Boss on Empathy

How to Sell Your Boss on Empathy

“Behind every bad idea is an executive who asked for it.” After holding 53 jobs in my life and my months of research to write “Mean People Suck”, I penned this quote. Besides my love for my family, it’s one of the few things I know to be true in life. I’ve been there....

Why Org Charts Create Most of The Problems In Corporate Culture

Why Org Charts Create Most of The Problems In Corporate Culture

No matter what level of work experience you have, we can agree on one thing: office politics SUCK.  Perhaps you saw someone's passive-aggressive note in the kitchen, asking for people to clean up after themselves. Or maybe it was a coworker taking credit for a project...

Your Company Probably Sucks and Your Customers Know It

Your Company Probably Sucks and Your Customers Know It

Does your company put the needs of employees ahead of self-preservation? Is employee engagement or customer satisfaction measured and rewarded? Do you pay your vendors in 90+ days? Have you defined a purpose for your organization that is greater than selling stuff? If...

14 Books That Inspired Mean People Suck

14 Books That Inspired Mean People Suck

With the launch of Mean People Suck coming up here on October 25 (get your copy now on pre-sale and get my last two books free!!!), I thought I would share 14 of the books that inspired Mean People Suck the most. But first, what is Mean People Suck all about? The fact...

Most Managers Suck – The Illusion Point And How It Got Me Fired

Most Managers Suck – The Illusion Point And How It Got Me Fired

Think back to a time when you realized that the project your boss asked you to do was flawed. Maybe it included trying a new software application, or implementing a new process, or chasing the latest buzzword in your industry. You know it won't work. However, because...

5 Simple Steps To Thriving Over Mean People Who Suck

5 Simple Steps To Thriving Over Mean People Who Suck

"Want the secret to getting what you want in life?" It's a question posed by every online life coach, fad diet, and late-night infomercial. However, the solution I have for getting what you want in life is not a product or a diet. It may be as simple as kindness and...

Mean People Suck But That Shouldn’t Stop You From Loving Your Life

Mean People Suck But That Shouldn’t Stop You From Loving Your Life

A recent public opinion survey indicates that since 1990, the number of Americans who report being "not too happy" increased by 50%. Even more so, Americans report a 6% decline in overall life satisfaction between 2007 and 2018. Another indication that people are...

How Champion Leaders Foster Innovation

How Champion Leaders Foster Innovation

Innovation may be a bit of a buzzword these days. However, in an era with continually changing technology, research indicates it is a top priority for senior executives. Many leaders may not feel confident in their ability to foster innovation. In researching my...

What You Can Learn from Ticked Off Customers

What You Can Learn from Ticked Off Customers

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates In today's world, there are multiple ways for customers to voice their displeasure with your company. They can complain to management, share their displeasure on social media, write a...

Three Powerful Stories about How Empathy Can Benefit Businesses

Three Powerful Stories about How Empathy Can Benefit Businesses

A quick search on empathy and business may indicate that it’s somewhat of a buzzword in marketing circles. Skeptics may even go as far as to say, “Empathy is for losers! Winners focus on getting the job done.” However, in my experience, the business world often...

Make Others The Hero Of Your Story

Make Others The Hero Of Your Story

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Pre-orders begin today, Thursday, September 19. Get your copy here!) "Sunday Scaries" is no longer just a term defined in Urban Dictionary. The anticipated dread of what Monday will bring is such a common scenario in our society that companies are...

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