Leading Difficult People, Part 4: The Argumentative Person

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

Argumentative people find energy and excitement in conflict. They are always willing to argue and fight, and they look for people who’ll step into the ring. Sometimes it’s actually good to have people like this around. They can help us refine our logic and strengthen our resolve. Organizational studies have found that when CEOs are looking to nominate their own …

Leading Difficult People, Part 3: The Narcissist

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

We’ve all seen them, heard them or even worked for them: people who think they are truly above others. They are great. They are superior. The things they do are very special or the absolute best. They recoil when they are told they are wrong. And they turn aggressive in the face of a real or perceived afront. I’m talking …

Leading Difficult People, Part 2: The Stubborn Ones

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

We’ve all experienced stubborn people at some point in our careers. Once they have made a decision, their position becomes like a piece of granite. You won’t have much luck trying to move them by brute force. But what you can do is hand them a hammer and chisel and convince them that they have the capacity to use those …

These Are the 4 Changes I’m Making in 2021. What Are Yours?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Self-Care

Over the past month, several people have asked me, “What are you working on this year, Gustavo?” These people know me well. They understand that I am a lifelong learner who is always trying to change or improve something. There’s a well-known piece of wisdom that three things matter in real estate: location, location, location. Similarly, three things are important …

4 Lessons from 2020 to Carry with Us into 2021

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Self-Care

For the past two weeks, I have been flooded with questions, comments and exclamations about the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. I am with all of you who are celebrating this new beginning! BUT, in the immortal words of Henry Ford, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” In other …

Want to Make a New Year’s Resolution That Sticks?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Self-Care

I’ve always been fascinated by friends and colleagues who approach me toward the end of a year and ask me how to make — and, more importantly, keep — a New Year’s resolution. Our culture seems to love new beginnings and self-improvement. I’m a big fan of looking at where we are now, where we want to be in the future …

Tony Hsieh and the Double-Edged Sword

Gustavo Grodnitzky Self-Care

Wealth is a double-edged sword. I am in no way opposed to the accumulation of wealth. But, just like a double-edged sword, it must be wielded with care and respect. On November 27, 2020, the world lost an icon way too soon. Tony Hsieh died of complications from smoke inhalation in a house fire. Hsieh had many successes. The one …

What Is Your Self-Talk Telling You?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Self-Care

A friend and colleague called me last week. She sounded in distress. I pushed my work aside to listen. She was gravely concerned about COVID-19, her family and her work (as so many today are). And then she asked another question — one I had heard before: “Is it normal to hear voices in your head?” Please keep in mind, …