Trust Your Aha Moments A team of international researchers, including Drexel’s Dr. John Kounios, have discovered that “Aha moments” often yield the right answers. They suggest that analytical thinking may be best when there are known strategies for arriving at solutions – like in arithmetic. But when there is no set path to a solution, […]

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    How To Boost Your Own Morale Are you in a rut; having trouble getting excited about your projects, or the job itself? No longer feeling challenged? Are opportunities to move up limited or non-existent? If so, here are a few Mindtools.com tips. Get to the root of the problem. Some times journaling about […]

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Meetings That Move Things Forward Today’s work environment is meeting intensive. In-person meetings and conference calls can take up a lot of our valuable workday. Here are 3 tips that can make effective use of your time and move projects forward. Set and send out your agenda beforehand. Include how much time you intend to […]

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Why Executive or Leadership Presence Is Important I’m often asked to speak on the topic of Executive Presence. It is something that may seem superficial to some, but for existing and rising leaders, being able to command respect is part of the success equation. Here’s why executive presence is so important. We make split-second judgments […]

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What Motivates People If you’re a manager, you are called on regularly to motivate others. Being a successful leader relies on your ability to help others perform well.  Traditionally, we use the carrot and stick approach.  We bribe people with money or other incentives.  But, once the incentive goes away, so does the drive to […]

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Keen observers of self and others have a competitive edge. But, too often, our willingness to pay attention is dialed down too low. Much that we should see, and could capitalize on, passes us by. We’re blinded by the habit of inattention. We’re no longer fully present, noticing what’s going on within us and around […]

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Creating a satisfying and successful professional and personal life requires active awareness and conscious choices.  What constitutes work-life balance is as unique to each individual as their fingerprint.  Too often, we’re driven by other people’s voices that we carry around in our heads rather than our own internal and unique truth. Those outside influences can create inner conflict that […]

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When unwanted results show up, and they always do, where do you put your energy and attention?  On the problem or the solution? If you’re like the majority of people, in your personal and professional life, the things you don’t want end up captivating you.  You think about them.  Talk about them.  Wrestle with them.  […]

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You can stimulate workplace learning and discussion that results in real change.  You can help ideas gain traction – new ideas to enhance your organization’s culture, strengthen its leadership and improve its financial performance.  How?  Share books and articles. Share good ideas and best practices.  Encourage discussion about new, forward-looking possibilities.  Relevant, thought-provoking readings are […]

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Dr. Maya Angelou lived a noteworthy life.  There is no question that her teachings and way of being positively affected the lives of many people around the world. In one of her quotes that I treasure, she said:  “One isn’t’ necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.  Without courage, we cannot practice […]

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When New York Times Editor Jill Abramson was fired, she was in the process of working with a career consultant who was helping her address some of the “management style” problems that reportedly did her in. Understanding how you’re perceived by others at work is invaluable knowledge that can be put to use to enhance your […]

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Every individual, every task, project, team, department and business, has a purpose – a distinct contribution to make.  We feel most satisfied, and successful, when performing the service, or utilizing skills and qualities that align with our sense of purpose. If you want to do work that resonates with your heart-felt sense of purpose, remember, […]

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Recently, I had the honor of speaking on a topic that intrigued and inspired me.  The topic was about how African Americans in Atlantic City’s early history created a strong, affluent and successful community in spite of pervasive racism and negative stereotypes.  My talk was among many activities supporting The African American Heritage Museum of […]

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Recently, I read that most of us check email 37 times per day…37 times!  I was shocked.  That accounts for 37 daily interruptions…37 times when you stop reading, writing, talking, listening, thinking, analyzing, planning, studying. Take stock of your email checking habits.  If you’re among those who allow email to regularly interrupt your focus and […]

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How do you feel when someone says to you, “I have a question for you?”  Do you say, “YES!,” with great excitement and anticipation?  Or, do you feel a little anxious, perhaps defensive, concerned about whether you know the answer? Many people feel more comfortable with answers than they do questions. They prefer the knowing […]

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Curiosity, a natural activity of an intelligent mind, is peaked when presented with thought-provoking questions – questions that make the listener think.  When we’re open to queries and view interrogatives, no matter how challenging they may, as an opportunity to explore a new area and learn something we didn’t know, we serve the process of […]

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In a recent blog post titled, “The World’s Worst Boss,” Seth Godin reminded us that we are our own bosses.  We’re in charge of all aspects of our lives.  The post prodding readers with statements like, “If you had a boss who talked to you the way you talk to yourself, you would quit.  Or […]

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