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Executive Presence-Book Spotlight: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Executive Presence-Book Spotlight:  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Power of Habit

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by Terri Williams

We recognize the anniversary of Charles Duhigg’s 2012, New York Times Bestseller, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.” The book has reached the best seller list for the NY Times, NPR, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Amazon, and USA Today. Charles Duhigg is an investigative journalist for The New York Times. His previous works include Golden Opportunities, The Reckoning and Toxic Waters.

 

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE PERSPECTIVES
Today, in the parlance of Executive Presence, gravitas refers to the actions and behavior that ultimately determine a person’s C-Suite potential. From an Executive Presence perspective, integrating the works of New York Times reporter, Charles Duhigg exploration of the science behind habit creation and reformation, speaks directly to how behavior is influenced by habit, and will help to identify patterns that shape our lives and learn how to change them.

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Key Lessons include:communications

  1. Altering “keystone habits” can jump-start good new behaviors or change bad old ones.
  2. Debate continues about how much responsibility people have for their adverse actions and how much blame they can place on their habits.
  3. Giant retailers, such as Target, sell to consumers by analyzing their shopping habits.
  4. Habits are actions people first decide to do deliberately and keep doing subconsciously.
  5. Martin Luther King Jr., Paul O’Neill of Alcoa, football coach Tony Dungy, and Howard Schultz of Starbucks shaped change by destroying old habits and creating new ones.
  6. People can change their bad habits if they learn how habits operate.
  7. Starbucks teaches employees willpower by training them to remain calm in the face of “inflection points” – situations that are likely to weaken their self-discipline.
  8. The “habit loop” has three stages: a “cue” propels a person into a “routine” to reach the goal of a “reward.”
  9. Understanding how your habits fit these habit loop stages can help you change them.
 
Source:  Charles Duhigg. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Contact us for more information on how to put your GRAVITAS in action by enhancing your Professional and Executive Presence skills. 

panache-logoTerri L. Williams is an executive presence expert specializing in communications, gravitas, and appearance. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in human resource management and corporate protocol. Terri is also a veteran of the United States Army, with service in domestic and international assignments. As the President and Founder of Panache Career Strategies, LLC, Terri L. Williams leads Executive Presence training programs and seminars that can help you to improve your skills. A leader in facilitating the “gold standard” in a wide range of services focused on solutions for individual, group, customized programs, seminars and keynote speeches. Working with leaders and executives Panache Career Strategies, LLC will support their executive presence goals in communications and gravitas.

 

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13 Top Ted Talks to Compliment Your Executive Presence

13 Top Ted Talks to Compliment Your Executive Presence

In observing TED’s 31st year, if you’re looking to learn something new about management and be inspired at the same time, take a look at these 13 most popular TED talks on business and management.

  1. mellodyMellody Hobson – Color blind or color brave?  The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.
  2. Brene Brown –brene-ted The power of vulnerability.  Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
  3. Simon Sinek – simonHow Great Leaders Inspire Action.  Simon Sinek, author of the book Start With Why, explains how his own struggle to understand personal motivation led him to the fundamental realization that it all begins with “Why?”. The best managers and leaders help people get in touch with their personal “why” and connect it to the “why” of the company or organization. “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
  4. Amy Cuddy – amyYour Body Language Shapes Who You Are.  Harvard Business School researcher and professor Amy Cuddy demonstrates how our body language not only speaks to others, but to ourselves. Through her work on “power posing” Cuddy reveals that the way we sit or stand can positively or negatively influence our chances our self-confidence, persuasiveness, and chances of success by literally changing our body chemistry and emotions. “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”
  5. daniel pinkDan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation.  Former Al Gore speechwriter and career analyst Dan Pink brings a fresh take to the puzzle of motivation with humor and entertaining stories that reveal new ways of approaching the managerial task. “If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. … But that’s not happening here. You’ve got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and accelerate creativity, and it does just the opposite. It dulls thinking and blocks creativity.”
  6. richard st johnRichard St. John – 8 Secrets of Success.  Richard St. John, an ordinary guy, set out on a decade-long mission to understand the secrets of success by interviewing and researching the most successful people in the world. In this short 3 minute talk St. John boils everything he learned down to 8 simple words. “The interesting thing is: if you do it for love, the money comes anyway.”
  7. italy TalgumItay Talgum – Lead Like the Great Conductors.  On the assumption that leadership and management is analogous to directing an orchestra, Israeli conductor Itay Talgam looks to the styles of six of the greatest conductors of the 20th century for lessons on how to get the most out of any collaboration. Learn how listening and reacting well are learnable skills as important to creating a great company as a beautiful symphony. “[A conductor’s] happiness does not come from only his own story and his joy of the music. The joy is about enabling other people’s stories to be heard at the same time.”
  8. susan cainSusan Cain – The Power of Introverts.  Former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts, demonstrates the often unappreciated gifts that introverted people bring to the workplace and the world at large. Exposing our culture’s extrovert bias, Cain explains how some of the greatest leaders in the world have been introverts and how the unique talents and abilities of introverts can be maximized in the workplace. As Cain notes, “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
  9. Tom WujecTom Wujec – Build A Tower Build A Team.  As a manager, your job is to build the best possible team and get the most out of them. In this talk, Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec explores what we can learn about team building and productivity from the “marshmallow problem”– a simple team-building exercise to see who can build the tallest tower using dry spaghetti, tape and a marshmallow. What makes for the most successful teams may surprise you. “Design truly is a contact sport. It demands that we bring all of our senses to the task, and that we apply the very best of our thinking, our feeling and our doing to the challenge that we have at hand.
  10. shawn achorShawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work.  Shawn Achor, popular Harvard lecturer and CEO of Good Think Inc., challenges the age old assumption that we work to be happy, flipping the equation around to argue that happiness actually makes one more productive. In this absolutely hilarious and inspiring talk, Achor explains how organizations can increase the happiness and meaning of their employees and thereby raise success rates and profitability. “[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”
  11. tony robbinsTony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do.  Well known life coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins explains why he’s not interested in motivating people at all, but rather helping them understand why they do what they do and the “invisible forces” behind their actions. Arguing that our emotions are the real seat of our actions, Robbins helps us get in touch with the real sources of our motivation in his no-BS tell-it-like-it-is way. “Explore your web — the needs, the beliefs, the emotions that are controlling you … so there’s more of you to give … and so you can appreciate what’s driving other people. It’s the only way our world’s going to change.”
  12. jason fried-1Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work.  Jason Fried, author of bestselling business book Rework and co-founder of 37-signals, argues that the main barriers to productivity are “M&Ms,” or, Managers and Meetings. According to Fried, one of the most successful startup entrepreneurs, the office is one of the worst places to try and get work done and offers three alternatives the status quo to increase your team’s productivity. “[Facebook and Twitter] aren’t the real problems in the office. The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings.”
  13. brene brownBrene Brown – Listening to shame.  Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

panache-logoTerri L. Williams is an executive presence expert specializing in communications, gravitas, and appearance. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in human resource management and corporate protocol. Terri is also a veteran of the United States Army, with service in domestic and international assignments. As the President and Founder of Panache Career Strategies, LLC, Terri L. Williams leads Executive Presence training programs and seminars that can help you to improve your skills. A leader in facilitating the “gold standard” in a wide range of services focused on solutions for individual, group, customized programs, seminars and keynote speeches. Working with leaders and executives Panache Career Strategies, LLC will support their executive presence goals in communications and gravitas.

©Copyright 2015 Panache Career Strategies, LLC

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