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Why Does Our Logo Lean?

We Are Wired for Story Stories are universal. Years ago; stories are what kept us alive, dangers and life lessons were embedded into tales engaging a listener rather than dryly administering data and rules. Stories are a narrative constructed with both data and emotion making it more likely that a lesson or wise advice would…

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Why You Do What You Do

When the developUs team finds valuable content that resonates with leaders and teams, we get excited about sharing it! We just read an excellent article published by TTISI; they’re the folks who created and supply the behavioral and motivational assessment that we use in our leadership training and coaching programs. If you’ve ever been curious…

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When Life Gives You Cold Coffee

On a recent Dunkin’ Donuts coffee run, I was waiting somewhat patiently for my daily cup of coffee (large, decaf, triple milk, no sugar) when a valuable leadership lesson presented itself right there in the drive-through lane. For years, a gentleman by the name of Nick ran this local store; he was exceptional. Nick was…

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A Tale of Two Stories

A few weeks ago, a former colleague and friend of mine shared a post about passion. At its end, he asked people to share what they are passionate about. I love this question and how he framed it. It was asked in the context of recruiting; it is well known that people who are passionate…

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Metastasize: How a Group of Misguided Cells Mentored Me

Most of the time I write about things I learned eons ago. Typically about a premise or a belief that’s an intrinsic part of who I am, rooted in my DNA. But I’m about to share a recent experience that I’m still unpacking. Development I’m one of those uber-passionate people when it comes to many…

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Training – It’s Not Always the Solution

I consider every client I work with a job, so I’ve had lots of jobs over the course of my adult life. In one of my former full-time roles, before formally launching developUs, I was responsible for identifying training opportunities for leaders across the organization. It was a $5.5B organization, so when I called training…

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PODCAST: “Feedback as a Gift?” – Interview with Kelly Irons

“The Paul Cast” is a podcast radio show focused on influencing human behavior to help companies drive results and connect with their various business audiences. Paul recently interviewed Kelly Irons, Founder & Owner of developUs, to discuss the importance of feedback in an episode titled, “Feedback as a Gift?” Visit the official Paul Cast website…

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Thresholds: The Key to Harmony

I’ve got a theory. Not a theory like the theory of relatively, but in some ways, not far off. My theory is this: Every conflict has its roots in a difference of thresholds. Think about it; you’re frustrated because your partner left dishes in the sink. Your partner is upset because the house is “a…

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It’s Not a Cliff; It’s an Elevator

After ten years of consulting while working full time, I was debating on whether I should make a move to launch the business that is now developUs. The part-time gig was growing, and the full-time gig wasn’t satisfying me anymore. I was running through all of the clichés that felt like they applied to my…

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You Are Your First Leadership Development Opportunity

After nearly two decades spent practicing for adulthood, upon your 18th birthday the government deems you an adult. Reflecting upon my 18th, well, the government was crazy. But something magical does happen during those 18 years – you begin to develop leadership skills. Some faster and more obviously than others, but we all do it.…

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