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Do You Repeat Mistakes or Learn from Them?

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We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. But how many mistakes can be avoided? The truth is, some people repeat mistakes with alarming regularity. They make a mistake, get up from the fall, and run right back into the wall…again. Do you repeat mistakes or learn from them?

You Can’t Force People to Change

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Did you ever try to change someone, but they were unwilling to do so? While you probably thought it would be easy, it was like pushing a boulder up a hill. You pushed, they resisted. You pushed harder, they resisted more. Frustrating. Right? What’s wrong with them? you wondered.

23 Ways to Spot a Hypocrite

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Do you know anyone who’s as phony as a three-dollar bill? They say one thing yet do another; they make rules but don’t follow them; and they live one way in public yet another in private. They’re so dishonest, they could be called professional liars. In fact, many hypocrites even lie to themselves.

Impossible Is Always Possible

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Impossible Is Always Possible. There are so many things that once seemed impossible but are commonplace today. It took people with faith, hard work , and determination to make these things happen. They didn’t listen to naysayers or give in to the grueling fight.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

Do You Let Envy Get the Better of You?

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If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be? Why would you select that individual over others? Is it because of their personality, relationships, possessions, career achievements, or their overall lifestyle?

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25 Ways to Screw Up Your Kids

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Being a good parent isn’t for the faint of heart. It’ll test your wisdom, challenge your stamina, and defy your patience. But even though you’re not paid to be on your toes 24/7, it’s the most rewarding job in the world. Are you helping or hurting your kids?

There’s No Substitute for Hard Work

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There’s No Substitute for Hard Work. There’s no substitute for hard work. It builds character , contributes to success, provides a living, and promotes happiness. On a fundamental basis, an entry-level job provides valuable lessons.

Freedom and Personal Responsibility Go Hand in Hand

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One of the most memorable experiences in life is obtaining your driver’s license. The anticipation leading up to the event is incredible, and the joy of receiving that license is even better. It’s fantastic to be able to drive, but that pales in comparison to the freedom that a license affords you.

How Credible Are You?

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What do offering parental advice, applying for a job, or running for President have in common?

You Have My Gratitude

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I started this blog several years ago to reawaken the commitment to character , values , and personal responsibility. At the time of this post, FrankSonnenbergOnline has attained over 2.8 million readers.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

When You’re a Perfectionist, Your Work Is Never Done

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Is being called a perfectionist all it’s cracked up to be? If you’re a perfectionist, it means that you strive for perfection in everything you do. It’s never good enough to do your best; the outcome must be perfect — nothing less.

Good Times Don’t Last Forever

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You can’t see around the bend. For that reason, the only way to predict the future is to study the past or extrapolate what we know to be true today. But what if revolutionary changes occur or external events blindside you? The fact is, when times are good, you think they’ll continue forever.

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You Get What You Expect

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You Get What You Expect. People adjust their behavior based on the way they see the world. Here are 11 ways that you get what you expect: If you believe today’s going to be awesome , you’re going to be happier and more productive than if you fear problems lurking around every corner.

16 Types of Toxic People

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A lot has been said about the impact that toxic waste has on the environment. Consider the impact that toxic people have on your life. The fact is, people influence you every day. Do they inspire you or sap your energy? Do they serve as positive role models or negative influences?

Distractions, Disruptions, and Other Time Wasters

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Did you ever ask yourself, where did the day go? Even though you had high hopes of getting stuff done, you didn’t clear your plate…again. Despite the fact that you worked tirelessly throughout the day, time simply got away from you. Sound familiar?

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Change Begins with You

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Change Begins with You. Sometimes we feel the world is so large and complex that it’s impossible for any one of us to make a difference. When something comes up that requires action, we think, “I’m only one person. What can I do anyway?”

Why Do You Trust Some People and Mistrust Others?

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Think about why you trust some people and mistrust others. What is it about their behavior that makes you feel that way? Here are 25 ways to determine if someone should be trusted. Do these thoughts cross your mind: “I can always count on him. He’d never let me down.”.

Who’s Your Hero?

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Everybody has a hero. Who’s yours? I’m not talking about Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, or even Mother Teresa, who is larger than life. I’m talking about folks, like you and me, that you look up to. What makes them so special?

15 Common Myths About Building Trust

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A sound reputation always leads to trust. A reputation is helpful in building trust, but it’s only a start. Most people validate your reputation by comparing it to their actual experience. If your reputation matches their experience, you’re home free. If not, building trust may be an uphill climb.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

If You Had Three Wishes, What Would They Be?

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If you had three wishes, what would they be? Would you benefit yourself or help others? Would you advance your career, health, or financial well-being, or would you further your social, emotional, or spiritual needs? Would you blow through your wishes right away, or would you hold a few in reserve?

3 Smart Ways You Can Gain Confidence in Yourself

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Guest post by LaRae Quy. I learned quickly in the FBI that success would not make me confident; instead, confidence would make me successful. Easier said than done, and I should know because I’d never shot a gun when I showed up at the FBI Academy. Guess what?

Mental Barriers: What’s Holding You Back?

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There are plenty of things that you want in life. While you may think external events are most likely to block your success, the real culprit might be you. So many people thwart their dreams without even realizing they are doing so. What’s holding you back? 13 Mindsets That Might be Holding You Back.

Are You Inflexible and Stuck in Your Ways?

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A category 4 hurricane can pack winds of up 156 miles per hour. Why do palm trees that stretch to the sky often survive hurricane-force winds, while well-built frame houses give way like toothpicks?

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Do You Have a Big Head? You Be the Judge

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Do you have a big head? Could you be labeled an egotist , a show-off, a blowhard, a big talker, an arrogant snob, a know-it-all? If your ego can’t fit through the door, it may be hurting you in ways you’ve never imagined.

You Are the Captain of Your Ship

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You Are the Captain of Your Ship. The future you get depends on the choices you make. Period. No one’s going to force you to go to the gym, invest in your personal growth, or save for retirement.

What’s Your Best Advice?

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If you were giving your best advice to someone who had their whole life in front of them, what would you say? The following represents some of the best advice I can give about life. My Best Advice — Ever. Own your life! If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, don’t blame the mirror.

How Do You React to Mistakes?

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Mistakes have a negative image. So we hide them, play the blame game, or beat ourselves up when they occur.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Is Your Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

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Do your days ever start off crappy? Your kid has a cold, you run into heavy traffic on your way to work, and the milk in your coffee is sour. Really? If it’s not one thing, it’s another. You get cut off by a driver, your computer goes on the fritz, or your favorite shirt gets stained. Sound familiar?

What’s Your Personal Brand Worth?

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It’s a brand-new world. In the past, employees remained with their employers for life. Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that full-time employees will average 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48.

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Is Your Confidence Turning Into Egotism?

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Do you know anyone who has a big ego? They constantly blow their own horn, fight to be the center of attention, and believe they’re always right, even when they’re not. They think they know it all, steer every conversation their way, and believe that the world revolves around them. Right?

Kick the Bad Habit

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Kick the Bad Habit. The first step in modifying a behavior is recognizing the issue and having a willingness to change. Here are 40 habits that may be holding you back. Do you: Take people and things for granted ? Allow yourself to get distracted by trivial things?

The Costs of a Big Ego

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Being successful is great. But having a big ego can be a detriment to that success. Here are 13 costs of a big ego. Weak relationships. People with big egos can be condescending, rude, and disrespectful. Their nastiness can suck the oxygen out of a room. Shallow connections.

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Have You Ever Been Betrayed?

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Did you ever put someone on a pedestal because she said all the right things, only to learn that her actions spoke otherwise? Did you ever associate with someone you thought was bighearted, only to learn that he just cared about himself?

You Are What You Eat … And What You Read

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To My Readers: I’m honored to republish, with permission, an article by Rodger Dean Duncan that first appeared in Forbes January 16, 2019. In it, he interviewed me about my approach to personal development. This is the first of two posts; the second half of the interview will post next week.

Frank Sonnenberg On Matters That Matter

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To My Readers: I’m honored to republish, with permission, an article by Rodger Dean Duncan that first appeared in Forbes January 16, 2019. In it, he interviewed me about my approach to personal development. This is the second half of the interview.

Robert Iger's 20 Leadership Lessons

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R OBERT IGER has worked for the same company for forty-five years: twenty-two of them at ABC, and another twenty-three at Disney, after Disney acquired ABC in 1995—the last fourteen of those years, as the CEO of Disney. He shares it all in The Ride of a Lifetime.

Envy or Humility — It’s Your Choice

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Some time ago, a new boy came to the neighborhood and Louie was not happy. Life was going along just fine for Louie. Everybody loved him and he thoroughly enjoyed greeting neighbors. Then Mac came along—five pounds of white fluff and super power energy. Everyone thought he was adorable… except Lou.