Your New Technical Skills

One of the struggles a developer faces when moving up the ladder is how to keep their technical skills. If they are used to being a high-performing, individual contributor, and a technical go-to resource, this is especially challenging. Why? Because the job is different, now. It’s no longer about how awesome your developer skills are. …

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Personal Development Insights from the Greatest Book on Personal Development Ever

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.” ― Socrates At work, and in life, you need every edge you can get. Personal development is a process of realizing and maximizing your potential. It’s a way to become all that you’re capable of. One of the most powerful books on personal development is…

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Social Intelligence and 95 Articles to Give You an Unfair Advantage

Social Intelligence is hot. I added a new category at Sources of Insight to put the power of Social Intelligence at your fingertips: Social Intelligence (Note that you can get to Social Intelligence from the menu under “More Topics …”) I wanted a simple category to capture and consolidate the wealth of insights around interpersonal…

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The Growth Mindset: A Key to Resilience, Motivation, and Achievement

Your mindset holds the key to realizing your potential. Your mindset is your way of thinking, and your way of thinking can limit or empower you, in any number of ways. In fact, according to Carol S. Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, mindset is the one big idea that helps explain…

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The Greatest Personal Development Gifts

I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best personal development gifts: The Greatest Personal Development Gifts Ever I wanted to put together a profound catalog of the best personal development programs that the world has ever known.   At Microsoft, I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing mentors over the years, and they have always…

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NLP Patterns and Practices for High-Performance Teams and Achievers

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” – Dennis Waitley One of the ways I set better goals and achieve them at Microsoft…

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The Gift of Adversity

“If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.” ― Terry Goodkind If you know struggle, you know adversity.  If you know loss, you know adversity.  If you know setbacks, you know adversity.  If terrible things have happened to you, you know adversity. But do you know what to do with adversity? You…

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a Glance

Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is one of the greatest books on personal development.  Why? Because it provides a firm foundation for personal effectiveness.   Even better, it provides habits and skills you can build to realize your full potential. Here are the 7 habits of highly effective people, according to…

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E-Shaped People, Not T-Shaped

Are you I-shaped, T-shaped, or E-shaped? I is depth, T is breadth, and E executes (Of course there’s overlap, but you get the idea.) If you think of yourself as a mini-business, can you “execute” your ideas? (either yourself, with others, or through others, and amplify your impact)  And, by the way, just how important…

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Sources of Insight Refresh: Insights and Actions for Work and Life at Your Fingertips

I’ve done another intensive user experience exercise to improve Sources of Insight. Sources of Insight is a knowledge base of principles, patterns, and practices for helping you get better results in work and life. A friendly way of looking at it is: “Skills to pay the bills and lead a better life.” I started the…

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