Mark C. Crowley

Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century

What people feel in their hearts has profound influence over their motivation & workplace performance.
“In contrast to longstanding management thinking, the heart is the driving force of human achievement, and employee engagement is a decision of the heart.”
– Mark C. Crowley
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Right Before You Act, Ask Your Heart

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Current Affairs, Leadership, Wisdom From Other Authors | 0 comments

Book Cover Image for Thinking Fast And SlowDaniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is a genius in our midst.

At seventy-eight-years-old, Kahneman has spent the majority of his life studying how the human mind makes decisions, especially their most important ones.

Leveraging a life’s work of research, in his new book, Thinking Fast And Slow, Kahneman concludes that, all too often, we make incredibly irrational choices – generally because we’re not sufficiently aware of how our minds work.

Kahneman tells us that we have two ways of thinking, what he’s named  “System 1” and “System 2.”

“System 1” is effectively our auto-pilot.  Acting  fast, and with no sense of voluntary control, our intuitive mind continuously generates impressions, intentions and feelings.   When subsequently endorsed by “System 2,” which is most of the time, these impulses turn into our voluntary actions.

“System 2” is our rational mind.  Deliberate, detailed and more specific in it’s processing of complex information, “System 2” slows things down to make more conscious and reasoned decisions.

There are a few things you need to know about “System 2” that might surprise you.  First, it tends to be extremely lazy relying too often on the instinctive direction it receives from its sibling, “System 1.”   And what might appear to be “System 2’s” greatest strength – it’s ability to sharply focus – actually renders it blind at times to important information.

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Thoughtfulness Is Long Remembered

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Heart Leadership In Practice, Leadership, Life Lessons | 0 comments

Writer's Market GuideOn the day I finished writing my book, Lead From The Heart, I excitedly told some friends that my two-year project was complete.  The first few people I informed were wildly jubilant and reinforced my own belief that I could now enjoy a few victory laps while I waited for the book to be published.

But a person in the know – someone who’d already had the experience of writing a book – had a more sobering and surprising response.   “Now the hard part awaits you,” he said.   “Getting an agent is a real challenge.”

I thought he was just trying to scare me when he said this.  “How could it be harder to find a literary agent than to write an entire book?” I wondered.

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