Did you know that personal and professional development are free? That’s right. All it costs is a little time. My website, spiritofpurpose.com, has dozens of videos, and hundreds of podcasts – all created for the sole purpose of helping you live and lead from a place of purpose and fulfillment. You’ll find a huge variety […]

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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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Think about something you’ve learned. For example, how to manage meetings, make effective presentations, write well, play tennis or golf. How to be a good listener, a great salesperson, teacher, parent or surfer. Whatever you know how to do today, you’ve learned it by degrees. I call it learning in layers. The first layer of […]

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Even the Best Team Members Benefit from Basic Skills Training Some leaders believe that because they manage their time well and prioritize with ease that doing so comes naturally to everyone. For these managers, any employee who procrastinates, misses deadlines or is disorganized is a source of frustration. Leaders have a responsibility for developing employees, […]

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Successful managers understand that they must adapt their leadership style to the situation at hand. In their book, Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman, and his coauthors identify six effective and emotionally intelligent ways to lead. The Affiliative & the Democratic Leader The Affiliative Leader puts people first, focuses on harmony and emotional connection, and encourages inclusion. […]

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There May Be No Such Thing As A Selfless Act Many people see volunteering as an act that benefits the people and programs they serve. But, ironically, what appears to be selfless giving has proven to be beneficial to the giver. Several research projects have shown that volunteers themselves exhibit improved psychological well-being as a […]

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Summer is the perfect time to add books on leadership to your reading list. Here are some of my favorite books for emerging and existing leaders. Tom Rath and Barry Conchie’s Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams And Why People Follow builds on their bestseller, “Strengths Finders.” Rooted in extensive research, the book identifies three […]

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Networking for Newbies or Refresher for Workforce Returnees If you just graduated, or are returning to the job market after an extended leave, networking is likely part of your strategy. But with little or no experience, how can you impress those with whom you’re meeting? Fast Company offers these five tips: Draft a list of […]

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When Layoffs Happen, How Do You Manage The Team that Remains? Headlines say the economy is doing great. Yet, in our ever-changing business landscape, the reality is downsizing and layoffs still happen. If you’ve suddenly found yourself leading a smaller team, Mindtools.com offers these suggestions for moving forward. Don’t preach that people are lucky to […]

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Why It Doesn’t Work and How to Avoid the Pitfalls A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the growing phenomena of talent hoarding at large companies. A 4.5% unemployment rate is making it harder to find good employees, so some keep a tight grip on their superstars. But when people eager to grow feel […]

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I enjoy ads and commercials. The good ones stick with me. I’m impacted by their images, sounds and words. The best ones have a dramatic tagline or slogan – a succinct, repeatable core message about the product or service that conveys the essence of what the company wants you to believe and remember. They’re designed […]

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Experts say the reason people throw temper tantrums into adulthood is because they work.  This frightening behavior gets the tantrum thrower exactly what they want – even if it is at the cost of co-workers or workplace civility.    The first step to taking the sting out of another’s workplace tantrum – whether it’s your […]

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Dear Teressa, Any advice on how I can get more people to speak up in my meetings?  ~John V.   John, I’m glad to hear that you’re a leader who wants more voices in the conversation – more people engaged and contributing. Here are several strategies that have worked for a number of my clients.  […]

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I’m a manager in a large company with 15 direct reports.  Sometimes, I have trouble figuring out how to handle certain performance problems.  How do I figure out what to do?    ~D.G. Dear D.G., Here are a few “how to” pointers for your consideration.  As you weigh various options, remember to make use of […]

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Q: Dear Teressa, I have a burning desire and drive for making my Motivational Speaking business a huge success. It is important to mention that I discovered my purpose (Motivational Speaking) in 2010 but I started speaking at school during my spare time in 2007.  I am a full time employee at a public institution […]

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“I hear and I forget.  I see and I understand.  I do and I remember.” Though Confucius spoke those words long ago, they remain relevant, today. We’re approaching the beginning of the new school year for children and adults who’ve returned to school or who are continuing through the advance degree process.  But even if […]

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The people who are the most in tune with today’s technology are young people.  My daughter, nephew and their friends can do way more with my iPhone and iPad than I can even imagine. Frankly, they can do more than I’d ever want to do, but that’s not really my point. When they show me […]

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To get clear about the best way to effectively address a specific performance or behavior problem, the first step is asking yourself which course of action the problem calls for? Is feedback sufficient?  You simply describe the person’s behavior and its impact. Is coaching more appropriate?  You work to strengthen performance through teaching, training and […]

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While interviewing a group of people for a client’s 360 Feedback process, one of the raters told me she has a rule with her team. They have to make at least one mistake a week and tell her about it. She is also bound by the same rule. She has to make at least one […]

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There is wisdom in turning a welcoming ear to complaints, in listening to negative comments – whether at home or in the workplace.  Why?  Because, like it or not, those complaints and grumblings are feedback, most probably based on a germ of truth and, certainly, they hold the seeds of a solution. Listen carefully and […]

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