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Steve Graves

The Purest Driver of All Great Performance

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Last month, I was attending the Praxis Imagination Summit (and of course by attending, I mean that I was sitting at my desk watching a screen). During the course of the Summit, my friend Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes made this statement: “I’m realizing that for years my energy was really built on […]

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Collective Wisdom

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We are enamored with experts and their expertise. Expert analysis from expert analysts. Expert testimony from expert witnesses. Expert advice from expert consultants. Given the choice, we nearly always seek the opinion of the expert. We want the expert, the guru, the genius, to weigh in, to point us in […]

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When Is It Time to Shut It Down?

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I’ve always been fascinated by how highly successful people choose to exit their field or end their career. Some “go out on top,” reaching a major milestone in their field, choosing to step away with their legacy secured. Others seem to choose their exit based not on a particular achievement […]

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The Value of the Long View of Life

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At the end of every season my son’s basketball coach used to deliver a simple message: “Do not let high school basketball be the best thing or worst thing that has ever happened to you in your life. If it is, then we’ve failed as coaches.” In other words—enjoy every […]

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More Is Caught Than Taught

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“Hey buddy, you got a busy day?” “Hey ma’am, how’s your day going?” Same words. Same tone. Over and over. On any other day, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the all-too familiar greeting at one of my routine breakfast spots. But on this particular day, it caught […]

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Canceling the Noise in Your Work

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My Wall Street investment banker friend found himself growing weary of his work, and his meteoric success put him in a position to do something about it. Even though he was only in his thirties, he told me he wanted to quit work and retire. In my role as his […]

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The Two Voices Every Leader Chases

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“I promise, Dad, it’s highway 62!” Before my kids went to college, we would sometimes do day trips from our home in Northwest Arkansas. This particular day we were headed to Dogwood Canyon, which is a couple of hours north in Missouri. The kids were old enough that they had […]

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Life Is All About Your Relationships

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Which is more valuable: IQ (Intelligence Quotient) or EQ (Emotional Quotient)? IQ is the intellectual ability to sort ideas, manage knowledge, and direct thoughts. EQ is the ability to manage relationships with other people. So which of the two is more important in getting hired and succeeding in your job? […]

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