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An Unconventional Management Lesson From the NBA

Here’s an unconventional lesson from the NBA. Flashback to February 2018: it's four months before the Cleveland Cavaliers would face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals for a second straight year, but right now the Cavs are struggling. For the good of the organization, Head Coach Tyronn Lue is facing a difficult management decision: he’s desperate for more wins - little is more important right now - but a critical team member needs to sit down due to injury. Now Lue is no stranger to difficult decisions, especially public ones. He's in his third season as the Cavalier’s head coach - has 22 seasons’ experience as an assistant coach in the NBA including 4 as a Head Coach with the Hawks and the...

How to Handle a Narcissistic Manager

People with narcissistic tendencies often get into management positions. Maybe it’s because they are drawn to positions of power – maybe they’re just good at convincing others that they are the right person for the job. Whatever the reason, if you’re stuck with working for a narcissistic manager, it can be emotionally draining and eat away at your self-esteem. Being able to recognize the signs and implement some strategies for survival can save your sanity. What is a Narcissistic Manager? The literal definition of narcissism is "excessive interest in or admiration of oneself" but when it comes to management habits, it may be more recognizable as extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration. Sound familiar? While most...

7 Ways to Stop Feeling Stuck in a Rut

Ever feel like you’re living the same old thing day after day? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, more than half of Americans claim they are stuck in a rut, and over three-quarters of people are frustrated with their progress in life. Are we all suffering from too much wishful thinking or just anguishing in daily routine? Here’s the science: having a structured day helps to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, but it also means that you don't produce much adrenaline or endorphins, leaving you feeling listless and dull. Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings says: "While routine is comforting, it can also be a major cause of demotivation. There are so many quick and easy, big and small ways we can...

5 Tips to Pick a New Years Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

"New year, new me!" It’s more than just a familiar phrase. I’m not sure why we’re convinced there's something magic about a change of the calendar; but we are. We purchase gym memberships, start diets, and attempt new habits like jogging or stopping smoking. So why is it that when March rolls around, nothing has changed? Here are some tips on how to set realistic resolutions that can have excellent, long-lasting benefits. 1. Small Goals Make Big Changes Massive goals like losing large amounts of weight, amassing a huge savings account, or quitting cigarettes cold turkey are not only often times unrealistic, they're also easy to ditch. Think about it, if your goal is to work out every single day of the week for the...

Want More Purpose in Your Life?

Us too. Surprised to learn that we don’t always have life mapped out? Don’t be. We take pride in not always knowing our exact path moving forward – partly because we know that reconnecting with our purpose will help us uncover it, and partly because we’re at our best when we’re drawn towards something, not distracted by it. We spend a considerable amount of time at PointAbove emphasizing adventure and discovery – a process that begins with asking ourselves a lot of questions, telling our stories, and listening for clues. And we love it! As I’m typing this I’m feeling a little guilty admitting just how much we enjoy exploring and sharing those times in life that make us feel fulfilled, excited, and inspired –...

10 Essential Health and Wellness Tips for the Busy Entrepreneur

For the most part, entrepreneurs are driven, ambitious people who are willing to go above and beyond to make their dreams come true. While there are obvious benefits to being committed and dedicated to your work, there's a downside too. If you're so obsessed with "winning" at work that you forget to pay attention to other aspects of your life, your mental and physical wellbeing can begin to suffer. Are you a healthy entrepreneur? As difficult as it can be to find a moment to eat a home-cooked meal or spend some time with the family when you have a business to run, health and wellness are two must-have ingredients in any successful companies. The good news is that making healthy living a habit not...

Your Professional Career Coach Wants You to Ask Yourself These Questions

Whichever stage you are at in your career, there are questions you should be asking in your current job and for any job you might consider in the future. There are many examples of students who start college as one major, but wind up switching at some point and receiving a degree in a different major. In fact, statistics show that nearly a third of college students change their major within three years. If this is the case, then it shouldn’t be a surprise if the same happens when these students graduate from college and join the workforce. That is, they get jobs in their field of study only to discover it isn’t really what they want to do. If there is one thing most…

Dolomites Part 1

We’re in the South Tyrol region of Italy – two hours north of Venice progressing towards the Austrian border – and the little Fiat rental is beginning to voice some struggle. Corkscrew inclines, as if spliced from a James Bond movie, have me shifting in my seat and grasping for secure handholds. They’ll be no sleeping on the remainder of this car ride. The Adriatic coast feels far away, distanced first by a wide highway and shallow sea plain, and now slipping further below the horizon with each narrow switchback along the ridgeline. This is the terrain we’re here for – dramatic rock pinnacles, towers and table mountains overwhelming our windshield view. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 due to their global uniqueness,...

The Procrastinators Advantage

Fallingwater
Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . By 1935, architect Frank Lloyd Wright appeared to be finished. It’s not that Wright hadn’t enjoyed an accomplished career. He’d designed and built some 500 offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and homes; pioneered what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture and originated the Usonian city planning concept; wrote dozens of books (including his own autobiography) and delivered lectures in Europe and the United States. But now in his late 60’s, many critics considered him a relic. “Modern Architecture” was all the rage – embracing new construction technologies of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete. Wright wanted nothing of it and within the industry, his younger...

The Happy Introvert: Leveraging Our Strengths

The Happy Introvert
Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . By most any measure, we seem to make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles these days. Movie plots, television leads, sports stars, political beliefs, pharmaceutical commercials… even our social media feeds tell us that to be great is to be bold, to have value is to have audacity, and to be happy is to be outgoing. I’m totally onboard with the belief that our personality traits play a fundamental role in driving our actions, but as an introvert, I found myself wondering what I might be missing. The results were shocking. Here is my favorite: “Think of extravert and introvert brains as Microsoft Word. You...
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