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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)

Wake Up – Life is Good

From time to time we all have very scary nightmares both during our sleep as well as in our daily lives. We need to be reminded that the nightmare is not the total reality of our lives. Here is how. … Continue reading

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Go Ahead. Be a Devil’s Advocate

The phrase Devil’s Advocate (DA) originally came from the Latin Advocatus Diaboli. This was a role prescribed by the Roman Catholic Church to an official who argued against the appointment of individuals to sainthood. He was typically looking for character … Continue reading

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A Perspective on Feelings at Work

We all carry wounds from the past. A deep disappointment at not being promoted or the death of family member may leave us raw and at times reactive at work. How can we protect ourselves and others from any spillover from … Continue reading

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Are You Emotionaly Prepared for a Winning Strategy?

Do you want to be emotionally prepared for a winning strategy? Then indulge me for a moment and finish this sentence Imagine a world where…. Where does that exercise lead you? As you engage is such a mental exercise with … Continue reading

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When We Build it They May Not Come – Three Strategy Questions

Your organization had a brilliant strategy. It was all about the service or product YOU could produce for the customer. But the strategy fell flat on its face. Contrast that with another Company. The organization took time to do an … Continue reading

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A Mentor for Tough Times

Every time I hear of a person or organization that bounced back from hard times I am more convinced that history is not destiny and that one cannot tough it out alone. ·     The failed business that reinvented itself and now … Continue reading

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Emperor – Get Some Clothes

We are all great at some of the things that we do and mostly we know it. But are we aware of the dark side of our strengths? For instance ·     You are lightning fast at seeing the core of any … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Avoid the Overconfidence Trap

  We all want our leaders to be confident. However, we don’t want this self-assuredness to bleed into arrogance. Of course, not all confidence is bad. Decisiveness can be a positive behavioral trait in leaders. The ability to execute with … Continue reading

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Leading from the Soul

Our natural inclination as humans is to live from the perspective of our ego: our thoughts and behaviors revolve around what we are getting or not getting from life or other people. We seek satisfaction; however, we never fully realize … Continue reading

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Unforgettable You

“Unforgettable. That’s what you are. Unforgettable” Nat King Cole How do you stand out in a crowd of other talented, personable, and intelligent leaders? In what positive way are you unforgettable? That’s what personal branding is all about. I have … Continue reading

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