Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Authors Posts by Achim Nowak

Achim Nowak

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Achim Nowak is an author, speaker, C-Suite coach, international authority on personal presence. His book "The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World" (New Page Books) has just been published. His previous books have become prized resources for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the globe. Achim and his work have been featured on 60 Minutes, Fox News, NPR, in The New York Times and The Miami Herald.
Underwhelm Yourself

Underwhelm Yourself

I attended a holiday party the other day. Delightful event. Chatted with a vivacious person named Melissa who I had not met before. There...

When We Are Happy For Others

I am happy for you. Powerful words, right? And my two favorite variations: I am so pleased for you (a bit more cautious). I am thrilled for you (yes, over...

How To HYPER-CONTEXTUALIZE

There’s context, and there’s CONTEXT. Granular HYPER-CONTEXT. Context creates expectation AND anticipation in any conversation. It invites complex inquiry. It inhibits a conversational shut-down. It hopefully normalizes...
My Other Favorite F-Words

My Other Favorite F-Words

End of year. Facebook is concocting “Favorite Moments of 2016” videos for its users. Fun. Frivolous. 2 F-words I love. The easy ones. I recently read...
Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude

This is a different kind of Energy Boost. I think of it as the Thanksgiving Special. It’s a milestone week for me, and I want...
Beyond Shock

Beyond Shock

Shock. And shock. More shock. A US president-elect who by most everyone’s moral compass engages in objectionable business practices, routinely resorts to offensive rhetoric, flaunts...
Smile Mechanics

Smile Mechanics

There is a field of smile studies. Yes, there really is. This got my attention. Most of us believe that smiling is a good thing,...
Claim Your Slivers of Space

Claim Your Slivers of Space

A sliver of space. I love that phrase and cannot take credit for it. It is a gift from my colleague Alli Polin. Do you...
Why You Wanna Greet Well

Why You Wanna Greet Well

Hi. How are you? A standard greeting. We utter it daily, many times over. A great social invitation, right? Well, it ought to be....
Lead with Your Energy Touch

Lead with Your Energy Touch

I spent four days in Chicago last month, hosting a leadership program. I enjoyed my group immensely. The energy was good. That’s my language of...
How To Apologize Well

How To Apologize Well

It’s a bruising paradigm. We expect a leader to have answers. The level of your leadership pay is commensurate with the expectation that you execute...
The Zen of Getting in Sync

The Zen of Getting in Sync

Cool when science catches up with what we already know. That occurs to me as I flip through the latest article by Sue Shellenbarger, my...
Practice the Relaxation Paradox

Practice the Relaxation Paradox

I want to yell at the dental assistant. Mariana is taking an x-ray. My mouth is stretched open wide, a metal contraption wedged into...
The Nuances of Deep Involvement

The Nuances of Deep Involvement

Perfect Labor Day gift. I spent a few days last week on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with the Leadership Team of a global...
Guiding Words

Guiding Words Anyone?

Clarity. Alignment. Intensity. Neat words, right? Microsoft realized it was time to step it up. Re-energize how it does business. So a few years back...

How Do You Manage Your 5/5/5?

Hustle and hubbub at the DMEXCO tradeshow in Cologne. As I enter a large tent a little off to the side, the noise subsides....
When We Hit PLAY

When We Hit PLAY

Banter in my Facebook tribe last Friday (yes, I’m on Facebook). A quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of the revered book Magical Child,...
Get Some Brain Rest

Get Some Brain Rest

You know you’re smart. On any given day you can figure it out. But today, just for today, your brain is going on strike....
Why NOT Be High Touch?

Why NOT Be High Touch?

I wait in a TSA line at LaGuardia Airport, inching my way toward the front, when I notice a man and a woman. They...

3 Trigger-Point Questions

Two political conventions rolled over us in the US. Public discourse in the aftermath got more heated than it had already been. Even if...

How the HAPPY WARRIOR Wins

It may sound like an academic question. It isn’t. Which of your personal assets make your colleagues, clients, team want to follow you? Is it...
Principle

Try the 90/10 Principle

90 minutes of focused activity, followed by a 10-minute interval of conscious rejuvenation, maximize productivity. Yes, that’s the 90/10 principle. Who came up with that, you...
Summer Slow-Down Lessons

Summer Slow-Down Lessons

My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo. You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat...
Underdog Wisdom

Underdog Wisdom

It happened last week while I was in Europe. Soccer fever fired up my heart. The European Championships in full bloom. My 91-year-old mom and me,...
The Art of Conscious Impulse Surrender

The Art of Conscious Impulse Surrender

Yes, I’m biased. I’m a former theatre guy. I think of this as I stumble on an article about improvisation in, of all places, the...
Avoid Your Own BREXIT Leadership Crimes

Avoid Your Own BREXIT Leadership Crimes

I was in Europe last Friday when Brexit results were announced. I’m not here to pass judgment on whether the Brits got it right or...
How Mirroring Expands Impact

How Mirroring Expands Impact

Successful people know how to mirror. They mirror consciously. They mirror well. The power of mirroring has been keenly on my mind in the aftermath...

Stay Calm on the Court

Madison Keys. If you’re a tennis geek like me you know who she is. 21. Rising US tennis star, in spite of a spate of...

In the Pause

Sometimes inclement weather does the trick. I jot down these words on a rain-drenched Saturday morning in South Florida. No desire to run about. No...

Pulse Principles

First time I had a 9-5 job, on the heels of a showbiz career that came with a more mercurial schedule, I was stumped....

The First Moment Playbook

First Moments. They set the stage for everything that ensues. They disproportionately influence the outcome of a conversation.  When it comes to meeting someone, we think...

Want Influence? Ask Great Questions

Personal Influence. Most folks like the notion of having some. My professional practice is predicated on the benefits of getting it. The right position in...

The AND Proposition

AND. Simple little word, isn’t it? We don’t like it in sentence construction. It signals run-on-sentence hell. We like it everywhere else. In the canon...

Charge the Trust Battery

Trust is ephemeral. Hard to describe, harder to quantify. It is also not easy to talk about. And yet, every relationship – professional and personal...

How To Get Your Energy Unstuck

The psychological establishment vilified him. Wilhelm Reich, the psychiatry-enfant-terrible of the mid-20th century, based his framework for understanding human behavior on the notion of blocked...

Do Your Hear With Your Third Ear?

I have always loved the notion of a Third Eye. According to chakra symbology, the Third Eye sits right in the center of our forehead....

Do You Appreciate UP?

Chances are, you know about “managing UP.” The art of managing the mercurial, distracted, at times temperamental and often unpredictable boss. If you have...

How To Be A Chief Energy Officer

Aetna has a Chief Mindfulness Officer. Corporate Consultants are rebranding themselves as Chief Inspiration Officers. Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working:...

Be an Attention-Grabber

Attention, says Chris Hayes, the moderator of MSNBC’s “All In” program, is the scarcest commodity of the 21st century. True. In her book “Reclaiming Conversation,”...

Beyond Transactional

New York City veteran newscaster Joe Scarborough calls out Hillary Clinton on twitter after her victory speech, the night of her primary wins in...

How To Get Unstuck

It is so simple. It is always available to us. And we forget. When a business conversation suddenly gets stuck. When we start playing verbal ping...

How To STOP Being a Bad-Meeting-Victim

80 % of business meetings are entirely unnecessary. The quality of conversation that occurs does not warrant the time allotted for the event. Magic...

When We Hit the Mental Wall

You know you’re smart. You know on any given day you’re able to figure it out. But today, just for today, your brain is...

The Power of STOP/CONTINUE/START

I am at Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco, hanging out with wisdom seekers from around the world. 3000 of them. That’s a wealth of...

How to Get out of SAME OLD SAME OLD

The pressure is brutal. To know, to have answers, to offer fresh ideas. Chances are, you have been hired for your job because you will...

The Gifts of Speed Control

I have learned to take a pause. George, the CFO of a multi-billion dollar business, says this to me last week. George is strategy-smart, results-driven,...

Invoke the Unexpected Turn

Boil it down, and every conversation unfolds in one of two ways: It becomes predictable, or it takes an unexpected turn. A social dinner the...

Cue Word: Shoe Swap

Empathy. A great word. Like passion, like integrity, like synergy – a word in danger of becoming an easily uttered cliché. What does empathy-in-action actually look...

Choose Simple, Go Deep

I read this suggestion the other day. It made my skin crawl. Write down 10 things you would like to do differently in 2016, the...

Reap the Rewards of Everyday Transitions

It’s that time of year. Major transitions. We switch from work mode into holiday mode. We transition from one year to the next. A time to...

In Praise Of Sacred Time

It's that time of year. Beyond the hustle and bustle, we settle into moments of sacred time. Related: Gratitude and Thanksgiving Sacred time. We stop and remember...

Ways of Un-rushing

You know how it goes. Rush rush rush rush. And then rush some more. Especially during the month of December. End of year reports. Gift...

Why You Want To Self-Reveal

How much do I tell, how much do I withhold? When does self-revelation serve a conversation, when is it self-indulgent? It’s a game of context and social...

Savor the In-Between

Let’s do a Thanksgiving Podcast, Jeffrey Shaw, the impassioned originator of the Creative Warriors Podcast, says to me. Let’s talk about how we can fully...

Where Roger Goes for Inspiration

I love tennis. The speed, the technical precision, the nail-biting thrill of a close match. And I admire Roger Federer. Ranked #3 in the world at...

HOW TO

Six Steps to Giving Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

Six Steps to Giving Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

No one looks for jobs in the paper anymore. Why use a resume designed for that era? A resume up-to-date in terms of career history...

Which ‘Business Bulls**t’ phrases annoy you the most?

"We can't boil the ocean by drinking Kool-aid and then circle back when we try to run it up the flagpole." Absolute nonsense right?...
7 Success Tips On Pinterest For Business

7 Success Tips On Pinterest For Business

  Did you know that 93% of Pinterest users shop online, and purchase products? Pinterest is the second fastest growing social network behind SnapChat, and it...
Startup Advice From Successful Entrepreneurs

Startup Advice From Successful Entrepreneurs

The path of becoming a thriving and successful entrepreneur is more than likely a process of trial an error, and here are some tips...
How To Make A Website

How To Make A Website: Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

80% of consumers will stop engaging with a brand online, and the content on their website if they are not getting a seamless experience,...