Emotions - The Avalon Institute
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Leveraging Emotions to Overcome Self Imposed Limitations

I believe we are all motivated by different things but in general, most people are usually motivated by emotions like fear or desire. For example, if your company is going through hard times and you feel layoffs are on the horizon, you may start looking for other job opportunities out of fear. You may also…

Excellence - The Avalon Institute
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Excellence: Hacks Will Get You Halfway There!

Everywhere we turn these days we are inundated with suggestions for being more efficient and productive. Want to do something better and achieve excellence? HBR has a hack for that. Want to change a behavior? Fast Company and Inc. both have 3-step solutions they’re happy to share with you. I’ll even offer my own hacks…

Employee Metrics - The Avalon Institute
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Changing Language and Shifting Perspectives on the “Big Four”​ of Employee Metrics

It’s no secret that every company wants to improve their employee metrics, retention, engagement, productivity, and sustainability. And it’s no secret that today’s organizations are struggling to figure out the best way to tackle those goals. Retention trends have shifted so much that jobs are being called “tours of duty” and the career ladder has been replaced with…

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Leadership Development Firm “The Avalon Institute” Launching in 2017

The Avalon Institute is led by USAF Brigadier General John E. Michel (Ret.) and Washington, DC-based Entrepreneur Perry Smith. The Institute’s mission is to provide organizations with a proprietary mix of proven strategies and assessments that address critical leadership development issues — especially disengagement among Millennials. THE AVALON INSTITUTE – WE DELIVER LEADERS! DECEMBER 13,…

Leadership Safeguards Against Pride - The Avalon Institute
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3 No-Fail Self-Leadership Safeguards Against Pride

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Aretino Long ago there lived an island king overflowing with pride who, one sleepless night, got it into his head that he would like to touch the moon. “Why not?” he asked himself, “After all, I am the King. What I want, I…

Choose Your Words Wisely - The Avalon Institute
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Magnify Success: Choose Your Words Wisely

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’ Many of you will remember this popular rhyme from elementary school. In fact, you may have even recited it a number of times as kids as it’s a common childhood…

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