Our Words Shape Our Self-Confidence and Ability To Achieve Our Goals While the conversations you have with other people can be life defining, so is the monologue that runs, nonstop, in your head, all day, every day. What you talk about with others, and your self-talk, shape your thoughts and feelings. The more you talk […]

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We’re more than half way through January. How are you doing with your resolutions? The New York Times offers up these suggestions to help you sustain commitment and stay the course. Be specific and concrete as you set goals. Make goals measureable. Establish milestones to measure your progress. Aim high and make sure your goals […]

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If You’re Not Relevant, Your Job May Not Be Safe In your company, are you seen as competent and capable? If you’re not asking that question of yourself, you can bet people who count on you to deliver results, or look to you for leadership, are asking it about you. Here are six questions to […]

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Regular One-On-Ones Could Prevent Future Crises Few leaders have the luxury of exclusively leading people. Typically, leaders have extensive to-do lists of their own. But, as a leader, your highest priority is supporting, motivating, guiding and inspiring the people who report to you. If you’re not already holding regular one-on-ones with key members of your […]

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Are your current business goals big, more challenging than ever?  Do they feel unrealistic, impractical, unattainable? What if the goal is not the issue, but you are – you and your limiting beliefs?   You could be rooted in an old story about who you are and what you’re capable of?  Are your thoughts filled with […]

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Tackle the LIES® That Keep You From Achieving Your Dreams You want things, but you’re afraid to pursue them. Maybe you’re afraid you’ll fail. Or maybe you think that what you want requires more work than you can handle. Or maybe expressions of doubt that someone spoke to you, about you, are playing over and […]

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Valuable Life Lesson From The Yoga Mat In Yoga, it’s common for the instructor to ask students to set an intention for their practice. An intention is the goal the person wishes to achieve, like being present, breathing deeply, more fully embodying a particular posture. Intentions are powerful tools, on and off the yoga mat. […]

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A recent study by researchers at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, INSEAD and Columbia looked at how power dynamics affect one’s ability to persuade. They found that successful persuasion depends on how powerful or powerless the speaker’s audience feels. The researchers measured responses to “high power” communication that focused on competency and skillfulness, and “Low […]

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Increase Your Chances of Success Before You Take On The Boss Speaking truth to power is important, and risky. Often, it’s hard to understand when and why speaking up might backfire. Harvard Business Review contributors Megan Reitz and John Higgins suggest asking yourself these questions before confronting someone above you. How much do you believe […]

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Summer is a great time to catch up on recreational reading. But it’s also the perfect time to make progress toward life goals with books that nurture your inner coach.   Here are a few of my favorites: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Dr. Martin Seligman. He provides tools to […]

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Polite Ways To Turn Someone Down Saying “no” can be difficult – even if it’s the right thing to do. WorkingMother.com contributor Renee Peterson Trudeau offers these eight ways to do the deed. Try Just no. “Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.” Then say nothing more. The Gracious No.  “I really appreciate you asking, but […]

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Others See More In Us Than We See In Ourselves Abraham Lincoln once said, “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” Sometimes, when we are blind to our own talent and potential, others see our gifts and believe in […]

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The Secret to Not Quitting What’s your approach to goal setting? Most of us use the process we’ve been taught: set a goal, make a plan with specific action steps, identify needed resources and determine a timeline. Even if we follow the plan perfectly, we don’t always get the result we want in the timing […]

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4 Steps That Will Help You Address Bias Safely It’s not easy to speak up when someone says or does something that you believe reveals negative bias. Yet, you become complicit in unwanted behavior if you don’t speak up. A recent Harvard Business Review article suggests taking these steps to address bias without offending others. Use […]

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  Are your company policies in alignment with your brand and mission? Industry experts have been dissecting the recent high profile issues plaguing airlines. They point to onerous rules that prevent well-trained workers from problem solving. Instead, they hold fast to policy. In the long run, it ends up costing the company in a big […]

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Is Oprah Happier Than You? How about Jennifer Lawrence or George Clooney? I admit it: I haven’t actually asked any of them how happy they are, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say yes. It’s not for the reasons you might think. Not because they have so much money that they […]

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Do you get excellent reviews, but no advancement opportunities? Are you denied training opportunities because your boss says you’re too busy? Do leaders discourage you from applying for other positions in the company and give you reasons you don’t want that job? Does your boss frown on you communicating with people in other departments or […]

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When it comes to decision-making, do you procrastinate? Do you weigh the pros and cons, over and over, again? Do you hesitate in an approach-avoidance dance? If you do, you’re not alone. Many people fear making the wrong decision, so they make no decision at all. According to “Psychology Today,” Emotional procrastination starts with the […]

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