Paola Miquel Garcia

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20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

<b>“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu</b><p>For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen …

Communication Boosters: Relationship Improvement Exercises

What do successful people have? Relationships that support their success. How did they get those relationships? They exercised effective communication.<p>Here are two communication exercises that can significantly improve the quality of your relationships.<p><b>Exercise One:</b> Structured Dialog<p><b>What is</b> …

3 Lessons You Can Learn From Failure

Gratitude gladiator, here’s the deal: Life will leave you heartbroken. It’s guaranteed. And just to make this a real downer—this heartbreak will …

When Life Feels Crazy: Questions for Cracking Up and Breaking Through

<b>“Every really new idea looks crazy at first.” ~Abraham H. Maslow</b><p>Once, when I was in a painting workshop, I hit a wall of resistance, totally stumped …

Iyanla Vanzant: 4 Ways To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

By Iyanla Vanzant<p><b>Q: How do I stop comparing myself with others?</b><p>1. Get clear about you.<p>A sense of self lets you see others' successes and become better, not bitter. List words that describe you: smart, strong, kind; mother, friend, visionary. Value yourself and you won't want to be like anyone …

Overcome the Complexity Within You

Although it doesn’t show up explicitly in any personality test, some people seem to be more prone to creating complexity than others. Instead of cutting to the heart of an issue, they tangle it further; rather than narrowing down projects, they allow the scope to keep expanding; and instead of …

How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills and Make Better Business Decisions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you make decisions every day that affect the success of your products, the loyalty of your employees, and the overall health of your business. To make the best decisions possible, you need to think critically and …

Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps | Inc.com

Most concede the power of core values in business. Jim Collins made a great case in <i>Built to Last</i>. But it's difficult to accurately create or accept core values for your company if your own personal core values are unclear.<p>Many claim to understand their own values, but I maintain you don't really …

4 Strategies to Survive Emotional Vampires

As an energy psychiatrist, I know that to come out ahead with drainers, you must be methodical. Emotional vampires can't savage your peace of mind or prick you to death with corrosive remarks if you're onto them. This survival guide from my <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <i>Emotional Freedom</i> covers …

Overcoming Feedback Phobia: Take the First Step

<b>Situation 1: Asking for it</b><p>You’re sitting at your desk when an e-mail pops up from your boss that cryptically states, “Please come to my office; we need to talk.” What’s the first thing you think?<p>For most people it’s, “Oh no – what did I do now!” or “Good gosh, what went wrong!” Of course it <i>is</i> …

How Strategic Agility Can Lead to Denial

Some time in the last year, I spend 40 minutes and 55 slides telling a roomful of senior executives about a trend that was “on approach.” Trend X emerged sometimes in the 1960s and was now moving towards them with something like the force of a Tsunami. Trend X was in the process of disrupting the …

Great Entrepreneurs Pick Great Markets

It’s hard to underestimate the power of an attractive or unattractive market in driving outcomes for companies, including start-ups. As Andy Rachleff, one of the founders of the venture capital firm Benchmark has said “When a great team meets a lousy market, markets win.”<p>For entrepreneurs, then, …

The Three Pillars of a Teaming Culture

Building the right culture in an era of fast-paced teaming, when people work on a shifting mix of projects with a shifting mix of partners, might sound challenging – if not impossible. But, in my experience, in the most innovative companies, teaming <i>is</i> the culture.<p>Teaming is about identifying …

Four Keys to Thinking About the Future

A publishing company has discovered that one of its well-known authors has plagiarized. The publisher has pulled the title. But does the publisher’s responsibility end there? Does one disclose the transgression to the public? Or to the author’s university employer? Or insist that the author do so …