Embracing Conflict

The argument culture urges us to approach the world—and the people in it—in an adversarial frame of mind. It rests on the assumption that opposition is the best way to get anything done: The best way to discuss an idea is to set up a debate; the best way to cover news is to find spokespeople who express the most extreme, polarized views and present them as “both sides”; the best way to settle disputes is litigation that pits one party against the other; the best way to begin an essay is to attack someone; and the best way to show you’re really thinking is to criticize…Conflict and opposition are as necessary as cooperation and agreement, but the scale is off balance, with conflict and opposition over-weighted. – Deborah Tannen


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What Can Coaches Do For You?

HBR RESEARCH REPORT: What Can Coaches Do for You? by Diane Coutu and Carol Kauffman. The coaching field is filled with contradictions. Coaches themselves disagree over why they’re hired, what they do, and how to measure success. Here’s what you should know.

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Tatiana Armstrong
Why Human Dynamic Due Diligence

I can help you evaluate your founders and start-up teams. Here’s some of what I can tell you about the psychological make-up of potential founders: Self-awareness ... psychological stability... resilience... integrity... tenacity... emotional intelligence... industriousness... power and control... creativity... emotional reactivity... judgment... ability to learn and be coached... agility... maturity... flexibility... focus... strategic thinking... attention to detail...& potential mental health issues.

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Of Hermit Crabs and Entrepreneurs

As a hermit crab outgrows his shell he lumbers away from his comfortable home and out into the world, in search of a new shell. For a period, he is uncovered in all his squishiness - exposed to predators. Eventually, he will build himself an appropriate new home. Growth occurs in this time between shells.

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Multitasking is a Weakness, Not a Strength

n a 2009 study Stanford researcher Clifford Nass challenged 262 college students to complete experiments that involved switching among tasks, filtering irrelevant information, and using working memory. Nass and his colleagues expected that frequent multitaskers would outperform non multitaskers on at least some of these activities; they found the opposite.

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Tatiana Armstrong
WHO is More Important than WHY

Psychometric assessment affords us the opportunity to learn more in-depth and useful information about why we do what we do; how we get in our own way; and some potential pathways for change. Assessment results assist in investment decisions, hiring decisions, development decisions, and management. They facilitate our recognition of our strengths and our opportunities for development. They also facilitate our understanding of our values, abilities, and skills. Armed with that information we can better support and strategize personal and professional development.

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Tatiana Armstrong
Finney Authenticity Survey

This self-assessment tool was designed to assist you in magnifying your most authentic self, and in discovering the powerful magical gaps where there is work to be done. Coming from a place of authenticity is known to be a benefit in your work (branding, prospecting, maintaining relationships) and non-work life.

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Tatiana Armstrong
You Are Not Alone.

Resistance is elicited when we launch an entrepreneurial venture; when we pursue education; or any act that entails commitment of the heart, the undertaking of any enterprise or endeavor whose aim is to help others, any act of political, moral, or ethical courage. In short, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity.

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Tatiana Armstrong