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four secondsThe things you and your team want most—peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, to do well at work—are surprisingly straightforward to achieve. But habits and behaviors often trip up our best efforts. Let Peter Bregman help you learn quick, counter-intuitive actions that save time, boost energy, and increase productivity to get the results you want. To thrive in our fast-paced world, four seconds can help leaders and organizations make intentional choices that lead to better outcomes.

In our conversation, we cover:

  • How to increase your ability to resist distractions and focus on what really matters
  • Why listening—not arguing—is the best strategy for changing someone’s mind
  • Why setting goals can actually harm performance
  • How to stop “performing” and start experiencing the moment (which will immediately improve your performance”

Peter Bregman began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions, and then moved into the consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. His new book is Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want. His previous book was the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top 10 business book. Featured on PBS, ABC and CNN, Peter is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR), Psychology Today, and CNN.

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oopsToday, more than 80 percent of large and mid-size employers offer wellness programs, and more than two-thirds offer financial incentives to take various wellness steps.

However, a large percentage of employers don’t believe their wellness programs are working. In its 2012 national survey, Kaiser/HRET found only 52 percent of employers believed their wellness program was effective in reducing their company’s health care costs. And according to another study, only 44 percent of employers had actually evaluated the effectiveness of their program.

Elizabeth Bierbower, President of the Employer Group Segment at Humana, joins us to discuss what you can learn from the mistakes other employers make with their wellness programs.

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As a leader, how can you create a great place to work that not only attracts great people but also promotes smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance? As you probably already know, there’s a popular annual survey about great places to work that boils everything down to trust. But is there more to it […]

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Is it possible to be at your best even when you are under-qualified or doing something for the first time? And after decades of experience, can you keep your skills from becoming obsolete and irrelevant, and recapture the curiosity and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset, you can. For […]

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WHE18: Redefining Chronic Disease Care | with Scott Wallace from Dartmouth

December 23, 2014

Chronic medical conditions drive more than 75% of health care spending. However, people with a chronic condition typically get care through a health system designed for acute care — fragmented, episodic care triggered by an adverse health event. This episode discusses how employers can better engage the sicker portion of their employees and family members […]

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102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

December 15, 2014

Storytelling is an effective leadership tool for change management, engagement, and bringing the business strategy to life. We discussed this tool back in episode 52, “How to Use Stories to Engage People.” Today we’ll dig deeper, with the help of someone whose been teaching the art and science of storytelling to leaders from across the […]

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101: Built to Lead: Becoming a Top 10% Manager | with David Long

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Did you know that of every 100 employees hired, only 6 or 7 will ever be promoted to their first management position? If you’re a manager now, you’re one of the 7% who made it! That’s the good news. Now, here’s the bad news. Statistically speaking, you won’t be promoted again. According to author and […]

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November 25, 2014

All hospitals are not the same! Many hospitals have much worse rates of infections and medical errors that have a serious effect on employers and their employees, both in terms of financial cost as well as human lives. You probably know about this unfortunate fact of life in health care, but do your employees? How […]

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