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3 Surprising Insights About Negative Emotions

By Stephen Shandera | January 19, 2017

Josh Davis, in his book Two Awesome Hours discusses how paying attention to our emotions can help us be more productive and effective. He points out that many of the tasks we perform have an emotional component or elicit emotions—mild or strong, positive or negative. Since emotions greatly affect how we perform, understanding them a…

Make Yourself Uncomfortable

By Leslie Scharfe | January 18, 2017

“What is one thing you could do, at practice today, that will make you uncomfortable to help us get better?” That is the question that my dad asked each one of his players at the beginning of a volleyball practice. Each girl pondered for a few moments, then answered this somewhat difficult question. For some of…

The Mindset of Engagement

By Leslie Scharfe | January 18, 2017

Last night I went to the mall for the first time in several months and was reminded why I stay away from that place.  My husband and I were on the hunt for some professional clothing items for an upcoming press event. Each retail store we stepped into provided similar experiences. Retail Store #1: The first…

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What Does Your Life Speak?

By Leslie Scharfe | January 18, 2017

What is my life going to speak? When I think about this question I begin to wonder what my life/ lifestyle communicates to people. What do I talk about on a consistent basis? When I communicate with people what do they walk away with? Is my life’s mission communicated through the way that I live?…

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Does Your Work Bring Meaning to Your Life? Or is it Just a Job?

By scharfek | January 18, 2017

What happens when we get so focused on everything and lose sight of everyone. We rank people by their numbers, Reward one kind of behavior, Mistake authority for leadership, We get lost in the who, what, when, how. And forget the why. But when people align what they do with why they do it, they…

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4 Keys to Train Your Brain For Well-Being

By Stephen Shandera | January 18, 2017

Well-being—that subjective quality of how each of us experiences our life, has long been of interest to philosophers.  With advances in neuroscience over the past decade or two, it has also become a hot topic for scientists.  And the good news from research findings:  Well-being is a skill that can be cultivated! At the outset,…

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Dealing with Negative Realities

By Leslie Scharfe | January 18, 2017

Negative realities. It’s a part of life.  Whether we realize it or not.  Last week I was helping my dad clean out his office and we stumbled upon some old media guides from my days as a collegiate athlete. To put it simply my four years of college volleyball were less than stellar. My career…

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Show Up On Purpose

By Leslie Scharfe | January 18, 2017

In the game of volleyball the serve is the only thing that you can control. The athlete chooses how they will serve the ball…..short, deep, top spin, float……and they get to choose the zone that they serve the ball to. This is also true of our leadership. We get to choose how we serve, where…

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Practice Makes Perfect

By Leslie Scharfe | November 10, 2016

I had the unique opportunity to play and coach college volleyball. As an athlete I would spend hours upon hours practicing for game day. In fact, the other day I attempted to count the number of hours I spent practicing. I started playing volleyball in sixth grade and finished playing when I was 26 years…

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Leslie reaches 1000 Coaching Hours

By Crystal Hopper | October 31, 2016

Can you imagine doing anything for 1000 hours? I’m sure we’ve all driven, walked, talked, and done countless other activities for well over one thousand hours.  But have you ever documented that much time? Only a select group of caring individuals can prove they have spent 1000 hours in coaching sessions with other human beings. And Leslie…

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The Science of Well-Being

By Stephen Shandera | October 27, 2016

Well-being is the subjective quality of how each of us experiences our life. This idea has long been of interest to philosophers. With advances in neuroscience it has also become a hot topic for scientists. And the good news from research findings: Well-being is a skill that can be cultivated! At the outset, let’s go a…

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How to start your day over

By Jerry Dunning | October 20, 2016

For several years in my life I had a weird habit.  During my morning routine, if something negative happened, I would think to myself, “It’s going to be one of THOSE days!”  When a second negative thing happened, I knew my day was doomed. Funny thing is I was usually right as I would spend the day looking…