Come clean: It's National Honesty Day!    April   begins with a day that celebrates falsehoods –   April Fool’s Day  . End it with a day that celebrates and acknowledges the importance of honesty – Honesty Day.   Celebrated annually on April 30, the day was created in the early 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg, the former press secretary to the state of Maryland in the United States and author of  The Book of Lies..   Honesty does not need to be a lonely word, or celebrated only once a year. Truthfulness can increase trust and also strengthen relationships and make them more productive.   WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL HONESTY DAY    A. Honesty builds trust   Honesty goes a long way. People get ahead by making the right choices and showing that they are trustworthy. This builds trust, which is essential for teamwork.   B. The worst truth is better than the best lie   Sometimes when you lie, it can start a snowball effect, and you're ultimately found out. Trust in the notion that the truth always finds a way to surface, so just own up.   C. We can’t read each other’s minds   Being honest doesn’t just mean telling factual truth, but also being truthful about the way you’re feeling. When we don't tell the truth, we leave a lot to supposition, which many times only complicates communication.    SUGGESTIONS FOR CELEBRATING NATIONAL HONESTY DAY    1. Answer questions truthfully all day long     Go on, try your best to keep truthful. It shouldn’t be that difficult if you’re a good soul.   2. Open up to someone truthfully   Been holding something back, aching to tell someone something important? Go for it today. Some times being truthful can be uncomfortable, but ti's always the best policy.   3. Be more transparent   If you’re a leader in the workplace, it’s a good time to be transparent by communicating less over email and become more personally engaged with your employees via face-to-face and/or video interaction and with greater frequency. This will not only build trust, but more importantly set-forth a precedent that will establish a new type of loyalty and attitude that will ripple throughout the organization.   SOME INTERESTING FACTS    NATIONAL HONESTY DAY -  SURVEY RESULTS       

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Seems that lying has plague humans. For example, just in our country, there have been lies even from some of our most cherished historical figures.  Here are just a couple of M. Hirsh Goldberg's findings about historical lies:  * Our most revered figures are suspect. Benjamin Franklin, author of Poor Richard's Almanac who preached that ''a penny saved is a penny earned,'' lived lavishly while in Europe and admitted to a dirty little secret: Frugality, he said in 1782, was ''a virtue I never could acquire in myself.''  * J. Edgar Hoover repeatedly fudged the truth to build up the FBI and himself by making the bureau and himself appear to be instrumental in the capture of highly visible criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and the kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby, both of whom were caught without the FBI.  We perceive and are concerned with the increase in deceit and deception in society today. Cheating on income taxes is now the biggest crime in America, dwarfing drug trafficking. The Federal treasury now loses upward of $88 billion a year from under-reporting of income and other tax evasions. Politicians, and even the media lie on a regular basis.  The political landscape is getting shadier. The public seems to be losing faith in its elected representatives. A Parents magazine survey found that after the last national election only 10 percent of those surveyed believed the presidential hopefuls had been honest.   The savings-and-loan scandal, the insider-trading practices on Wall Street, consumer scams (fraudulent telephone selling schemes now cost the public $1 billion a year) -- all plague our nation and cost government and the private sector dearly.  If you buy a used car or truck, you now stand a one-in-five chance of being the victim of odometer rollback. And your health-insurance premiums are being forced up because fraud now costs the health-care industry an estimated $10 billion a year. False or inflated claims are said to be escalating, and the fraud is not so much by patients as by the health-care providers themselves.  I'm sure you can think of many other examples. A National Honesty Day may not stem such a tide, but it can help renew and refresh our sense of values and ethics.    Remember. . .    Today, and always, b  e truthful. Embrace truth and honesty.

Come clean: It's National Honesty Day!

April begins with a day that celebrates falsehoods – April Fool’s Day. End it with a day that celebrates and acknowledges the importance of honesty – Honesty Day.

Celebrated annually on April 30, the day was created in the early 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg, the former press secretary to the state of Maryland in the United States and author of The Book of Lies..

Honesty does not need to be a lonely word, or celebrated only once a year. Truthfulness can increase trust and strengthen relationships and make them more productive.


Get Better at Stress!

Get Better at Stress!

Numerous surveys and studies confirm that occupational pressures and fears are far and away the leading source of stress for American adults and that these have steadily increased over the past few decades.

Since stress is so prevalent, I want to pass on to you a wealth of information I recently discover about dealing with stress

When I realized that this month is celebrate diversity month I decided to write a blog about it. The problem I encountered, though, is that the word diversity has many meanings, depending on context and experience. It also has negative connotations because some look at it as if you are for diversity, you must be anti-white male.

It should not be that complicated! Here is the thing, humans are ALL different and diverse. So, instead of getting caught into the whole controversy about diversity as mandated, encouraged, trained, etc., I decided to candidly share what it means to me.

Why leaders need brain awareness

Why leaders need brain awareness

This past week was International brain awareness week. Many leaders coast through life on automatic pilot and never stop to become aware on how they can optimize the power of their brains tp be better leaders.  

It turns out that the brains of effective leaders exhibit similar electrical patterns. Subjects rated "inspirational" by their employees generate high levels of coherence in the right frontal part of the brain. That's the region which is responsible for interpersonal communication and social relationships. It's the region where language and interpersonal capabilities such as empathy, co-operation and strategizing happens.

4 Common Barriers to Effective Conversations and how to break them

4 Common Barriers to Effective Conversations and how to break them

We all know the frustration of hitting a barrier, a roadblock while traveling. It prevents progress. It usually means a stop in traffic that can extend for miles. In conversations, it's not uncommon for barriers to arise when opinions and worldviews clash. We are human, and because of it, we have an innate need to protect and affirm our beliefs and opinions. Many times this can result in defensive behaviors and uneasy situations. Learn how to overcome your communication barriers.

Expect Success to Get Success

Expect Success to Get Success

In case you didn't know it, March is the "International Expect Success Month." Accomplished leaders anticipate success, and that helps them obtain it. Research shows that high expectations lead them to work harder and commit to conquering the challenges ahead.  

      International Women's Day Theme is #PressforProgress     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     March is Women's History Month. In addition, on March 8, numerous countries around the world – from Algeria to Vietnam, from the USA to Australia – will observe International Women’s Day. Although great strides have been made, and 2017 saw the #metoo movement bring abuse issues to the forefront, and the need for more equality more urgently felt, recent studies project that we are far from reaching equality.   2018 sees the world press for progress   In 2018, the International Women’s Day campaign theme is “  Press  for Progress  ,” encouraging everyone to pursue gender parity, which sadly the   World Economic Forum's (WEF) 2017 Global Gender Gap Report   states is more than   200 years away  . The 2018 Press for Progress campaign theme will continue from International Women’s Day throughout the year and serves as a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.   Gender parity and business go hand-in-hand for progressive companies    According to the  International Women's Day official website ,  the emphasis on International Women’s Day is reflected by major global corporations who understand the importance of gender parity in hiring job candidates, customer base and serving their communities. Global professional services firm, EY, devotes considerable energy and attention to its   Women. Fast Forward   initiative that places women at the very centre of the firm’s decision making and activity.  Vodafone, as a further example, launched its   ReConnect programme   in 2017 to bring talented women from 26 countries into the workplace after a career break. The company also announced it would   increase the number of women in management roles  , and place a new “gender gap” focus in emerging markets customer base to bring transformative benefits of mobile networks and services to 50 million women in some of the world's poorest communities in India and Africa.  Connecting communities is highly plausible with social networking sites, which allow people to chat all around the world. The Facebook report showing that International Women’s Day was most talked about in 2017, shows that the significance of they day is not waning, but is entrenched as a key annual event, providing a platform for collective action and shared ownership in driving gender parity, which continues to expand its reach.   What about you and your business?    Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, once explained: "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."  Each and every year, International Women's Day remains an important moment to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater gender parity. How will you press for progress?  Do you care about human rights?  Are you going to open spaces for all voices to be heard, including women's voices?  Are you going to take a moment to celebrate the women in your life who have inspired and/or support you?  Are you going to highlight today the women in your organization that are making important contributions and big and small ways?  Will you @PressforProgress of all women around you this year?   Remember. . .   Only through connection and collaboration will our world become more just and inclusive. It starts with you, where you are. In your home, in your business, in your social circles, in your town.  Let's do it!  Lets #PressforProgress!

On March 8, numerous countries around the world – from Algeria to Vietnam, from the USA to Australia – will observe International Women’s Day. Although great strides have been made, and 2017 saw the #metoo movement bring abuse issues to the forefront, and the need for more equality more urgently felt, recent studies project that we are far from reaching equality.

How Leaders Can Build Relationships at Work

How Leaders Can Build Relationships at Work

Why do leaders need to build relationships?

Leaders who try to go it alone seldom accomplish much. Only until they build productive relationships with the people they lead can they begin to tap into the true potential of the group. But what does it take to build those relationships at work? On this blog post Dr. Ada is summarizing the most relevant findings from recently published research. It includes specific ideas on how to build relationships. 

6 Effective ways to lead with your heart

 6 Effective ways to lead with your heart

Great leaders know. . . that head and heart need to work together.  Leaders are in an ideal position to bring compassion, purpose, and values back into the workplace. To use the power of the heart for inspiration and connection.   

By putting people first, and by encouraging and motivating employees, there will be unlimited wells of creativity, initiative, and productivity.  You will be amazed and the psychological and financial rewards your company and the people who work within it will achieve. In this blog post Dr. Ada shares how you can lead with the heart.

To change or not to change. . . that's NOT the question

To change or not to change. . . that's NOT the question

But what needs changing, and how to change — that is.

There are not too many people that like change. As humans, we typically hate change. We would rather stay the same than dive into the unknown. What you don't know feels scary. Even if not desirable, you feel safe in doing what is familiar.  You tend to be  more comfortable in environments and relationships that you are used to than in those that require a shift. This is true even if what is familiar is unhealthy or unfulfilling. Learn how to become more honest with yourself about change.

Winning mindset

 Winning mindset

What is it that sets apart the very successful people from the failures?  Is it a set of personality traits? Is it a particular group of habits? An increased appetite for power? A high intelligence score? I'm sure each of these factors can play a part in success. Yet, as many research show,  the fundamental difference between the wildly successful and the merely mediocre is not any inborn characteristic or individual learned behavior but how the person thinks about skills and learning in general.