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Noticing – A critical skill when it comes to priming yourself for a life-changing “aha” moment

Noticing is a key skill in priming yourself for a life-changing "aha" moment.ning yourself for a life-changing "aha" moment.




A Complimentary Summertime Checklist – Prime yourself for a pivotal “aha” moment to make this the best summer ever!

A Summertime Checklist -- A pivotal "aha" moment could make this your best summer ever

 Summer is here. Hooray! Click on the filename to download the quiz: A Summertime Checklist

What’s Your Advice for the High School Graduating Class of 2013?

It’s great to be back! (I’ve been lost for the last month in blogger no-man’s-land. My WordPress log-in was broken. It’s a looooong story, but the good news is that things seem to be working nicely at the moment.)

iStock_000004407014XSmallFor a bit of fun, I’ve put together a quick (90-second) survey with just one question:

As you think back to the “aha” moments you’ve had since graduating from high school, what is your top tip for the class of 2013?

I’d love to know what you think! Here’s the link if you have a chance to weigh in before the end of May. (Please feel free to share the link. The more the merrier!)

Chronic Micromanagement — Advice for making a fresh start drawn from the research of Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of “aha” moment self-help book

While certain situations warrant close supervision, micromanagement can squelch productivity, motivation, and employee development. Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and “aha” moment self-help book author, offers advice for overcoming the micromanagement urge.


CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094,

Buffalo, NY – April 30, 2013 – While certain situations warrant close supervision, micromanagement can squelch productivity, motivation, and employee development. The situation can lead to a vicious cycle: The more a leader micromanages, the less likely an employee is to take proactive action. Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and self-help book author, offers advice– drawn from her “aha” moment research– for overcoming the micromanagement urge.

“When leaders know that micromanagement isn’t the answer but find themselves unable to choose otherwise, an “aha” moment can deliver a new perspective and a willingness to let go,” says Hartney, author of the self-help book titled The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

The_AHA_Handbook“My research has shown that we can proactively prime ourselves for pivotal moments of clarity,” Hartney continues and offers leaders advice for doing so in order to overcome their micromanagement tendencies:

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. The book counters conventional wisdom, which holds that momentous, life-altering “aha” moments are rare events outside a person’s control and is based on Hartney’s analysis of 99 published, first-hand accounts of life-changing insights. The book is published by Clarenell Press, LLC and is available in bookstores nationwide. Learn more at


 MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094,