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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)

See You At The Top – Qualifiers for an Executive Position

Today I asked a senior executive whether one of his direct reports “had the right stuff” to become an executive. He answered, “While he is great at what he does right now, I don’t see him as one of our … Continue reading

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Finding the Master Key in a Cross-Cultural Conversation

We are always wanting to make more effective cross-cultural connections. But what cultural key do we reach for when we begin our conversations? Are we left to hit and miss? Is there a tried and true strategy we can use? … Continue reading

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Managing Compassion Fatigue

  Compassion can have a short shelf life. That fact alone can make it very lonely and confusing for anyone in need. All of us have felt a pang of pain when folks seem to disappear on us during our … Continue reading

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The End of Self-Improvement

Let’s take a break from self-improvement. And then find ways to get off the hamster wheel of self- judgment that often comes with the sense that we are somehow inadequate followed by the drive to improve the self. Why do … Continue reading

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Our Hurried Lives

   “I’m late. I’m late. For a very important date! No time to say Hello! Goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!” The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland The whole world seems to be telling us to “hurry up”. … Continue reading

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Graciousness

Think of a person who embodies graciousness. What personal characteristics come to mind? How do you experience that person? On the other hand, think of the polar opposite of graciousness. A person with such a disposition typically is self-centered, brusque, … Continue reading

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Simplify Like Picasso

Can you share complex ideas and issues using clear, concise and simple language? As far as your “grand”  strategy is concerned, can you boil it down to one succinct statement? If so, you are a top-notch communicator — your audience will understand … Continue reading

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Anything is Possible if You Have Enough Nerve

So goes the saying by JK Rowling. Some time ago, A colleague told me he wanted to write a book A friend expressed an interest in living in a foreign country An executive decided to explore a bold new business strategy … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Cultural Conformity

A friend of mine moved to the South from New York because of a job opportunity. He told me, “People keep asking me, where do you go to church?”  To this community, fitting in with the culture involved one being part of a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Failure

How do we rebound from life’s failures? For years I have rehearsed some of my many failures. Some I carry with remorse. Others I have endured with a pain it the pit of my stomach and the thought “Damn, how could … Continue reading

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