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Ready to Leave the Recession Behind for a Fresh Start in 2012?

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

We’re walking into 2012 and most Americans still taste recession. Perhaps they are dealing with:

  • Loss of their job
  • Loss of investments
  • Loss of health
  • Working more jobs and making less money
  • Financial strains affecting their relationships

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The Launch of a Dream

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

Many of us dream castles into the air. Many of us build foundations under them. For me, it is a pleasure to finally share my dream with everyone. I’m excited to announce the formal launch of Dr. Gaby’s Take: Make Life Interesting, an Internet television show that airs every week where I talk about and interview fascinating subjects and people.

Episode 1: Leadership and Influence with Randy Gage

Religion (Part 1 of 5) 

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The Danger of Bias

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

Natalia, my daughter, was only six years old when she came running home from school one day, eager to tell me what she had just learned in art class.  I was in my early thirties at the time. I’d had her when I was twenty-two and then graduated from med school as a doctor at twenty-four, with her and my son in tow. So when she told me this story, I was a young mom as well as a young doctor training in psychiatry at the time.

Natalia was so excited, she didn’t have enough breath to tell me everything that had happened to her in the one minute she got to me. It was odd for her to be so thrilled, almost agitated by whatever she had to tell me.

Her excitement suddenly made sense when she told me she had learned about Vincent Van Gogh and his amazing story. She loved his art, but wow, what a story she had to tell about his personal life! Almost immediately after talking about his art, she blurted out: “You know, Mom? He cut off his ear and then he killed himself.”

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Is Your Brilliant Personality Killing Your Business?

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

“Manners Maketh Man” was our school motto. I was so young I couldn’t even read when this was said during our assemblies but I came to understand what it meant early on. We could be the greatest at what we did but the way in which we interacted with one another spoke more about our greatness than our intellectual or physical ability demonstrated during debates, competitions, and daily activities.

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Are Alphas Healthier Than Their Counterparts?

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

Alpha males and females have intrinsic characteristics—aside from being competitive, controlling, and more aggressive, they are also born healthier, more energetic, and more resilient.

Sure, they can get themselves in to more stressful situations by virtue of being more dominant and on the front lines at all times, which in turn make them more vulnerable to personal attacks. Alphas get to have more head-to-head physical, emotional, and intellectual confrontations or plain collisions. Their innate ability to endure frontal assaults may exceed others’ genetic capabilities to sustain stress itself.

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Do you hold your loved ones hostage?

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

There are multiple ways in which people reciprocate their feelings: some exchange love for love and create lasting relationships that help one another experience happiness and growth. Others control their loved ones through guilt, money, or power.

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The Other Blind Side – Is Public Misbehavior Plain Bad Behavior or Mental Illness?

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

Watching Charlie Sheen become his worst enemy over the past few weeks was embarrassing. His overt aggression with his teammates has made it very difficult for the public to show empathy for his situation. Unfortunately, his public behavior has also resulted in the cancellation of a multi-million dollar business, leaving a substantial group of people without a job. Can you afford similar consequences in your organization?

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On New Years and Effective Planning

By: Dr. Gaby Cora

One month into the New Year on the day of the Chinese New Year, most business owners, entrepreneurs, and companies are well immersed into their business plans already. As I prepared for our upcoming chapter meeting with the Women President’s Organization, I intended to follow-up on guiding the group to go deeper into the SWOT analysis with my co-chair, Linda Lane Gonzalez (President of Viva Partnership). This follow-up in addition to a conference call I participated in yesterday with my fellow chapter president elects in the National Speakers’ Association (a call that became focused on using a one-page business plan), spurred me into putting my thoughts together and narrowing down effective business plan processes.

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Leading Under Pressure

What do BP’s disaster and J&J’s recall have in common? Both ended in early executive transitions and change of leadership with massive impact on people, the environment (BP), shattered consumer trust, low morale in the workplace, tarnished corporate integrity, and increased government control. Although most of us may feel self-righteous and point fingers at the perceived culprits, those of us with real life experience in leadership in the business world well know that these damaging decisions can be made by the best of us.

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Do you complete what you start?

Many people start many projects and then complete some while leaving many incomplete. Some use the strategy of shooting in the dark with the hope that some arrows will reach the target. While this strategy may work if you have much energy to spare, a more focused, precise and accurate approach will be bull’s eye through time.

It is fine to stop doing something we don’t believe will work. However, if left unfinished, there is nothing we can look back to evaluate to improve. But what if this pattern happens over and over again? For example, let’s say you start a project. Midway, you realize it’s not what you expected and you stop it altogether. You start a second project and leave it hanging and then a third, fourth and fifth. Why is this technique inefficient and leading nowhere?

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