Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



Gordon Gee Might Still Have His Job if He Consumed More Sugar

Sam Obitz / June 13th, 2013 / No Comments »

We all think that we have complete control over both our decision making and over what comes out of our mouths. Consequently, we are all mistaken, as our brains are affected by a lot more than just our conscious control

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Good Parenting Involves Great Leadership – Part 2

Sam Obitz / May 23rd, 2013 / No Comments »

In my previous entry on parenting I focused on the importance of modeling and teaching children patience and self-control. In this one, I will focus on the necessity for parents to challenge their children and allow them to fail. This

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Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Sam Obitz / May 2nd, 2013 / No Comments »

This is a common problem, where people are so focused on certain details, that they are unable to see the “bigger picture.” A simple example of this would be a parent who criticizes their child’s penmanship, while their child is

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Some of the Reasons Why Scouts, Coaches and GM’s Fail on Draft Day

Sam Obitz / April 11th, 2013 / No Comments »

I was happy to see the NFL roll out its new Player Assessment Test this year, which examines prospects’ psychological makeup. Previous mental assessments used by the NFL, like the Wonderlic test, were of limited use and for the most

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Wisdom and Innovation Often Come from Unexpected Places

Sam Obitz / March 28th, 2013 / No Comments »

One of my favorite things to do is observe people at networking events and large parties. I find it fascinating that almost without exception the people at these events gravitate towards people just like them. If you are a lawyer,

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Being Referred to as ‘Talented’ is Demeaning (part 4)

Sam Obitz / March 7th, 2013 / No Comments »

The popular, but flawed assumption throughout western society that you need to have ‘talent’ to reach the pinnacle of your field is an injustice that only serves to stifle progress in all fields. As author Stephen King accurately stated “Talent

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Anger and Performance

Sam Obitz / February 21st, 2013 / No Comments »

Do you perform better or worse when you are angry? For many people, what they do for a living will color their answer to this question. Very few surgeons are likely to say that anger helps them perform their operations

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Time to Review a Couple of Pertinent Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / February 5th, 2013 / No Comments »

It’s been a while since we have done any reviews, so here are two for you to read or re-read: Among the recent headlines in the news has been the story in the current issue of Sports Illustrated on the supplement

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Good Parenting Involves Great Leadership – Part 1

Sam Obitz / January 17th, 2013 / No Comments »

Several of my clients have asked me to write a few blog entries focused on parenting. First, I do not claim to be the best parent around. I make mistakes all the time, but I am consistently trying to learn

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How To Get Results – Updated for 2013

Sam Obitz / December 27th, 2012 / No Comments »

I originally wrote an entry with the same title here that focused on my disdain for New Year’s resolutions and preference for New Year’s goals instead. It’s an unfortunate fact that most people who make New Year’s resolutions, are unwilling

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