Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs teaches us that a sense of belonging is critical.  Given that basic human need, it’s not surprising that those who feel threatened by social and economic changes, like an outsider – one who is no longer central – spoke out in this year’s Presidential election. When people feel ignored, discounted or […]

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Are you in a rut?  Having trouble getting excited about your projects, or the job itself?  Do you no longer feel challenged?  Are opportunities to move up limited or non-existent?  If so, here are a few Mindtools.com tips that will help you recharge. Get to the root of the problem.  Journaling about how you’re feeling […]

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Labels are an intrinsic part of how human beings make sense of our world.  But, reducing people or situations to categories falsely convinces us that we understand our unknowable universe.  Labels are, and have always been, the great separator.  At work and out in the world, labels are often used to make uninformed snap judgments.  Communication laced with labels influences the way […]

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We’ve all experienced that feeling of intense irritation that builds into frustration, which builds into anger. Whether it’s on the highway, when the slow driver in the left lane won’t get out of the way; or maybe it’s when a co-worker takes up our valuable time talking about his problems when you’re trying to make […]

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Corporate Wellness programs appear to be losing steam across the country.  According to the Wall Street Journal, companies find them expensive, and the return on investment that they expected – lower health insurance costs – isn’t what they anticipated. But Huffington Post contributor Henry Albrecht says companies may be overlooking the real benefits.  Wellness and […]

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We all know the saying “good news travels fast.” Well, “bad information travels faster.”  The rumor mill can quickly take control of your message and cost you hours in damage control and lost productivity.  Simply announcing the “what” without explaining the “why” and it’s anticipated impact – particularly to those affected – may overshadow what […]

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No matter where we are in our company’s hierarchy, we all have someone we answer to. Most people report to a manager or supervisor, while those at the very top answer to a Board, stockholders or customers.  If you’re among the many with a boss, here are some tips to help you engage upwards in […]

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According to a recent article on Inc.com, Warren Buffet has spent 80 percent of his career reading and thinking. Inc.com contributor Brian Scudamore says even though it seems counterintuitive to devote that much time to not being “busy,” he heralds Buffet as a trailblazer in this regard, and several high profile CEO’s are following suit. […]

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In one of author Alan Zimmerman’s blogs called “Tuesday Tips,” he quotes Psychologist Jack Berg, who said, “the human mind reaches for understanding like a flower for the sun.” Zimmerman believes people yearn to be understood, and without understanding, we may drive a wedge between ourselves and others. Understanding, and being understood, becomes a special […]

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Have you ever wondered how best to say you’re sorry after making a big mistake or unconsciously doing something that generates unintended negative consequences? According to Psychology Today, for an apology to be effective, it must focus on the other person’s needs – not your own. Too often apologies are ineffective because we’re trying to make ourselves feel better […]

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I felt it important to look at some of the different expectations for women in the workplace and offer ways they can be more successful. In her weekly blog, author and organizational development expert Dr. Anne Litwin sites study after study that conclude that women perform better than men […]

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A 2015 Wall Street Journal article extolled the virtues of humble executives.  The article praised what humble execs are known for — listening well, admitting errors and their willingness to share the limelight. The article also reported on examples of leaders who were undone due to their lack of humility.  In particular, a self-promoting division […]

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Science now confirms that you only get one chance to make a first impression, and that impression takes hold more quickly than you might think.  Psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Bastian Schiller and a team of researchers in Switzerland have discovered that subconsciously, we decide within milliseconds who or what we like or don’t like.  The […]

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“Have a vision. Be demanding.” Those are the words of Colin Powell, the first African American appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Vision is a practical necessity for individuals and businesses. A great source of inspiration, vision is also the basis for developing strategy, setting goals and establishing plans of action. In our personal and professional […]

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