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Sinclair Advisory Group is a proud partner of www.moderndavinci.net, a professional development site helping its members to grow their businsess and develop world-class leadership.  SAG Member Seth Sinclair is a co-founder of Modern da Vinci and serves as the site's leadership expert.  Read some of the recent posts on leadership and business development from Modern da Vinci below.

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19 Tiny Office Changes to Make Work Drastically More Productive (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
You are only as productive as your environment. So let’s get your main work environment, your office, as productive as possible. Here are 19 tiny changes (with affiliate links to products that I’ve personally used to enhance my productivity) that can do exactly that. Try one, or try them all. The more changes, the more you’ll find you have the clarity, focus, time, and energy to work on what matters.
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3 Simple Steps To Stay On Track When You’re In a Tired, Unmotivated Funk (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
Maybe it was just because it was Monday. Maybe my weekend was too hectic. Maybe it was because my kid woke me up three times: once to complain that he couldn’t sleep, once to tell me his stomach hurt, and another to puke. Whatever it was, I stumbled out of bed feeling like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich marinated in a bag of Nickelodeon gak, trampled by a herd of bison, and left out in the sun to dry. A glance at my calendar told me that I had more meetings than a millipede has legs giving me one and only one time to exercise, one and only one time to write an article, and zero times to take a seven-hour nap (which is the only thing I was contemplating doing). Today was gearing up to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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What Neuroscience Says on Why Self Improvement is So Effing Hard (and What to Do About It) (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
Everything you do, or experience, or think is affected by the expectations you already have. Take your arms, for example. With both arms intact, your brain works swimmingly. It sends signals to your limbs, they move, they provide feedback, and your brain breathes a sigh of relief that the cycle is complete. When you expect your arm to move and it does, your expectations are fulfilled. All is well. But if one arm were missing, this feedback loop doesn’t close. A variety of sensations, including pain, can follow. In a fascinating book Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran explores the world of neuroscience through people who have lost a limb. Patients experienced phantom sensations in an extremity that no longer existed; some as simple as a fleeting tickle, others as irritating as an un-itchable itch and, in the worst of cases, pain. The patient’s brain, having sent a signal to the missing limb, would expect a response. Without receiving one, its neural pathways would get confused, causing severe phantom pain where none should be possible. Ouch. Or take relationships, for example.
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11 Ways Camping Can Help Your Productivity (Mon, 09 Sep 2019)
Camping can be a wonderful experience. Not only is it a great way to spend time, but it can actually make you more productive. There are numerous great benefits to spending time outdoors. Here we look at 11 ways how camping will help your productivity in the office, at home, and in life.
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Sculpting Your Best Self: How Self-Improvement is Best Done Through Sculpting Others (Sat, 07 Sep 2019)
You are a block of stone. Chipped and cracked and carved by life. Molded since birth, you now embody a unique shape, reflecting all that you’ve become. Your parents were the first to sculpt you. Using the only tools they knew how. Tools given to them by generations of parents before them, they whittled you into the shape they wanted, or needed, or were proud of. A sculpture of sorts.
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From Nice Guy to Respected Leader: 5 Tactics Nice Guys Can Use to Gain Respect and Avoid Finishing Last (Mon, 02 Sep 2019)
What he said to me was, “You’re such a nice guy, Mike. The nicest.” What he meant was, “Everyone is trampling all over you. You’re not aggressive enough. You’re never going to get anywhere in life, and you certainly aren’t going to find success in this company.” I’ve heard it a thousand times before. “Mike, you’re such a nice guy.” or “Mike, you’re the nicest. So nice.” Which would be great if it were a compliment. But it’s not. Of course, there’s truth to what they say. I am nice. I do treat others with kindness. I would give you the shirt of my back if you needed it. But their so called compliments are laced with an undercurrent of misgiving concerning my ability to get ahead in life or, at the very least, avoid the wrath of distrustful, self-interested sinners who would rob me of my possessions, my honor, and my virtue. These stabs at my character disguised as flattery are enough to make me wonder if I should be more of an asshole. Nice guys finish last, right
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5 Mindset Hacks That Make Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson So Massively Successful (Tue, 27 Aug 2019)
Sorry, this post isn’t for you. It’s for me. It’s for me internalize the mindset of a big-screen hero, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Someone who, though I’ve never met, I respect and admire. It’s for me to capture the thinking of a giant who has been kicked around, ignored, laughed at, and ridiculed only to bust through to success in endeavor after endeavor. It’s for me to embed an absolute can-do, break -through-walls, leap-over-obstacles kind of attitude into my psyche.  This post isn’t for you. It’s for me. But you can read it anyway :-). In fact, I’d love everyone read these ideas and watch the video at the end. I want everyone to hear Dwayne Johnson’s heartfelt words and catch a glimpse of how this success-genius made his way through failures from poverty to continual and lasting success. Because unlike so many other successful people who share what they’re doing today to be successful, he talks about the mindset he fostered in the past that led him to his present and will help him grow and win big in the future.
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A Massively Productive Day Starts with These 3 Things (the Night Before) (Mon, 26 Aug 2019)
It’s a fact. Waking early is NOT correlated with success. The proof is in the research.  According to the Huffington Post, “nearly 50% of self-made millionaires wake up at least three hours before their workday actually begins.” [1]  Okay, that’s not a lot of research, but read that quote again if you need to. While it suggests rising early contributes to success in a matter-of-fact tone, less than half of self-made millionaires are early birds. Which means the other half aren’t.  This article goes on to list a dozen or so wildly successful business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs who wake up before the crack of dawn, as if this is correlated to their success. It’s not the only one. Self-improvement gurus publish dozens of listicles daily on the benefits of rising before dawn. Success experts scream of the benefits of an early start. We even hear of historical figures like George Washington who “the sun never caught in bed.” All this pressure to set an early alarm, get your ass out of bed, and get moving before the rest of the world... its enough to make you want to try. But when you do, you feel groggy, cold, and it takes you an hour to warm up for the day. Then, when afternoon arrives, sleepiness strikes, and it’s all you can do to keep from nodding off (let alone get anything done). If the point of waking up early is to crush your day, why does getting up early suck so much life and productivity out of you? And, if getting up early is not correlated with success, what truly makes a successful day? I’ve got three answers to those questions, and they all start the night before.
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The Only Two Things You Need to Focus On What Matters (Sat, 24 Aug 2019)
Mass confusion struck in droves, and baby turtles were scattered everywhere. It was 9:30 pm in Topsail North Carolina and we were walking along the beach toward our beach rental home to hustle the kids into bed and watch as many episodes of Handmaids Tale as we could before becoming deliriously tired. Ten minutes earlier, we had wandered passed two lines of people lounging in beach chairs. Some had beers in hand. All were chatting quietly.  On any other night, seeing people drinking and chatting on the beach would have been routine. But tonight, two extremely strange behaviors of this crowd caught my attention: First, everyone was lined up the wrong way; not parallel with the water, but perpendicular to it. Two rows of people, arms width apart, beginning at the base of the dune and extending down into the ocean wash. Odd. Second, there was a strange excitement in the air. The kind of excitement you might feel in the moments leading up to a surprise birthday party; the quiet anticipation of a big event. Come to find out, we were about to witness just such an event. 
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5 Simple Ways to Find Time for Yourself So You Can Worry Less, and Relax More (Thu, 22 Aug 2019)
There are 24 hours per day and 168 hours per week. That sounds like enough time to finish your work and have time for yourself. But, as the end of the workweek draws near, you often find yourself with an unfinished to-do list and having spent very little time on yourself or the activities you enjoy. This is fine on occasion. Nobody is perfect, nor should be. But if this scenario repeats week after a week, you may soon find that your life has become all work and no play. Something which is a chilling thought by itself. To help you strike a proper work-life balance, here are five simple ways that should help you find time for yourself and let you enjoy life more:
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