The great Zig Ziglar once quipped, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” He is right. Motivation is fleeting. It’s something we call on when we’re pressed against the edges of our comfort zone. To Ziglar’s statement, I add that a steady diet of the […]

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To be viewed as more valuable to a current or future employer, be proactive about increasing your skills portfolio. If you’re seeking a salary increase, a promotion or a new job, it’s important to demonstrate that you’re not afraid to challenge your own growth potential. Do so by being on a constant lookout for your […]

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If public speaking freaks you out, here are four rituals that Harvard Business Review Contributor Nancy Duarte says can pump you up, or calm you down. The Empathy Ritual can help you connect to your audience. Get to know your audience by working the room before you speak. Or sit in the audience seats looking […]

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Success is created by the self-responsible – people who know for sure that they are accountable for their lives professionally and personally. Successful people don’t wait for others to secure their future. In fact, because they trust themselves to step up and take care of their needs and interests, they succeed in spite of circumstances. […]

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” As hard as change can be, it is necessary IF you want to grow, or at least remain relevant. Even if you want to stay where you are until you retire, changes in your industry […]

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Are you crystal clear about what you’d like to accomplish over the next month, six months or 2 years? If your goals are specific, congratulations! You’re ahead of the game, and you’re likely to achieve them. If your goals are more general, perhaps even vague, you’re less likely to make meaningful progress. When you’re specific, […]

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Can working for someone you consider a bad manager damage your health? A recent Gallup blog post, characterizes having a bad manager as a one-two punch. You feel miserable at work, and as a result you feel miserable at home. This compounds stress and harms overall well-being. When employees are unhappy and unhealthy, absenteeism, performance, […]

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Human nature can lead us down the path of emotional comfort. For example, Gallup says one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they build their team is picking people who are too much like them. As a result, they surround themselves with a homogenous group. While homogeneity may reduce conflict, Gallup points to research […]

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 Are you starting an entrepreneurial venture? Have you already begun one? Or, do you work in a place where the entrepreneurial spirit thrives? If so, here are the 3 types of people Gallup says you need on your team. The Rainmaker. The aggressive, optimistic, risk-taker who is intensely motivated by sales and revenue. The […]

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Psychologist and author Theodore Issac Rubin said, “Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after achieving a difficult task that demanded our best.” I tend to agree. How about you? Completing easy tasks does come with a certain sense of satisfaction. Anytime we can check something […]

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 If you’re in a high-tech field, you’re likely familiar with the term SCRUM. It refers to an iterative and incremental framework for managing product development. One philosophy that undergirds SCRUM is advancing progress by failing fast and fixing early. What might that look like? Well, if you’re working on a big, complex project, try […]

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Recently, a client confided that she tends to present green project dashboards. Green means everything is moving forward, as expected. In taking her all-green, all-good approach, she fails to share the full reality. She wants to present an image of one who is able to handle big challenges. As we continued talking, the realization dawned […]

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Fear Of The Unknown Is Choking Out Your Creativity For most of us, uncertainty is frightening. We try to control as much as we can. We want to know what’s ahead, and what the results of our actions will be. This felt need can stifle our desire to explore and discover new things – in […]

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Are you riding the wave that life has placed under you? Or are you consciously choosing a life that is personally meaningful and fulfilling. If you’re content being carried along by forces seemingly beyond your control, then stay the course. But, if you’re depressed, anxious, struggling to find happiness and purpose, your life is calling […]

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Sales Superstars Don’t Necessarily Make Good Leaders If you’re a senior executive don’t be swayed by star performers who aren’t team players. Stop being overly inclusive as a means of avoiding conflict. And, be honest when a team member’s performance no longer makes the grade. A recent article by McKinsey & Company says the talent […]

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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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These 3 Questions Can Turn Problems Into Solutions When something bad happens, it can launch us into a negative spiral of thoughts and reactions, “blame-storming” or an overwhelming sense of intractable defeat. Such reactions are not productive, nor do they acknowledge the full reality of the situation. Remember, there are opportunities within what is perceived […]

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Is Your Comfort Zone Holding You Back? Are you ready to move up the ladder, but feeling plagued by the “What if’s?” Are you nervous or unsure about a new role you’ve got your eye on, or a lateral move into an area that will broaden you experience and responsibility. Rest assured. You’re not alone. […]

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