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My daughter just turned seven.  She loves life. Whether it's splashing in a fountain, painting her latest masterpiece, or reading for hours alone in her room, she throws herself 100% into what she is doing.
 
She overflows with joy.
 
Most of us were like this as kids. Full of energy. Curious. Enthusiastic. Happy.
 
But somewhere along the way we lose our excitement for life. Whether by neglect or because of outside pressure, we start playing it safe.  We give up on our dreams.

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Office politics is no fun.

Getting drawn into workplace drama saps our energy and enthusiasm and can permanently damage our careers. Yet, politics is a reality of life. We may not like it, but it's true.

So the question is, how do we deal with it?

I (along with other thought leaders) was recently interviewed by Robin Madell of U.S. News & World Report about how to avoid becoming a casuality of workplace politics (among other things). There's some really terrific tips in the article that will help you avoid making the most common missteps on the job.

Read the article here: 3 Biggest Workplace Mistakes

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I was recently interviewed by CNN about how leaders can use visualization to improve their performance.

It's something I use with clients all the time.

The CNN piece should be published soon. In the meantime, I've posted below my original Huffington Post article that inspired the interview.

This one's for #throwbackthursday.

Enjoy!

Frank

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Dawn climbingIs stress getting the best of you?

I asked my good friend and fellow rock climber Dawn Baker MD to share some ideas about how to perform well when the pressure is on.

Dawn is a board certified anesthesiologist, so she knows first-hand what it takes to function at the highest level in stressful situations.

In this post, Dawn uses her love of climbing to illustrate some powerful principles of stress management and self-care.  Whether you are a seasoned leader or just starting out, you will benefit immensely from Dr. Baker's insights. I know I have.