Didn’t get that promotion or great job for which you had applied?  New York Times Smarter Living Editor Tim Herrera says it’s okay to feel bad about it, but don’t get stuck there. Here are some ways he says you can reframe and grow. Stop obsessing about “what if” by writing down three things that recently […]

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Olympic gold medalist and World Cup soccer champ Abby Wambach is turning her attention to building women leaders. The author of the new book, “Wolfpack,” says it’s time to update the rules that governs how women approach leadership.   She told the New York Times that she wants women to:   Champion each other.   Power, success and joy are […]

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Brainstorming has long been a productive way to bring new ideas to the fore.  Research at University of Texas Austin suggests that you can kick your brainstorming up a notch.  They studied three groups.  One group was incentivized based on the number of ideas they generated. One was given a flat incentive, while another group received nothing.   Each […]

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Are you a leader who struggles to see the value of building relationships with your team?  Do you see the personal stuff as a distraction? Harvard Business Review says this is a recipe for high turnover and lower productivity.  They offer five ways to adjust your management style. Get Feedback. Ask key stakeholders to rate your focus on […]

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Intense business demands can lead to highly task-focused leaders whose myopic approach to getting things done can be productive and it can be harmful, especially if they view people-focused activities as inefficient and a waste of time. Because, nothing could be further from the truth. The Harvard Business Review says it’s just as important to focus on […]

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As a leader, it’s okay to admit that you have feelings.  Sometimes it’s even good to share those feelings with your team.  But the Harvard Business Reviewsays there’s a thin line between showing you’re vulnerable and over sharing.  Here are five ways to manage yourself. Figure yourself out.  Learn to recognize the signs that it’s time to hit the emotional […]

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When you communicate with others, do you use a one-size fits all approach?  Do you write or speak from your perspective or from that of the person with whom you’re communicating? Effective communication requires attention to the ways your receiver processes information.  To better understand others, try using the DiSC system. DiSC is an acronym for the behavior […]

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What’s your approach to introducing a new initiative?  Do you plan alone or with just a select few?  Do you make the decisions and tell others?  Do you push for closure, focused primarily on getting the task done? If you answered, “Yes” to the above questions you may find that your good ideas often fail before they’re even […]

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What are your thoughts about the idea of being self-made? Recently, I saw a man wearing a t-shirt with the caption, “SELF-MADE!”  It was written in CAPS and seemed to scream at me, emphasizing the point. It got my attention, perhaps because earlier that day a client and I talked about how interdependent we really are. How, alone, […]

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Are you holding on to processes or practices that no longer serve anyone or can be handled more efficiently?  While the current practice was a great solution years ago, the problem that led to a particular work-around no longer exists or maybe technology is helping you do it better. For example, there might be a report […]

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One way agile companies foster growth is they cut down on the complexity of their decision-making processes. We don’t always realize the high price we pay when our systems require significant time and input before a decision can be made. Gallup suggests that if you’re looking to streamline your company’s decision-making process, start by thinking […]

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You’re a control freak and you know it.  But you can’t find your way clear of this stressful, energy-stealing frame of mind.  Oprah.com contributor Martha Beck offers 5 tips to help you get comfortable with letting go. Relax your need to relax.  If you’re trying to relax, you’re not actually relaxing. Give yourself permission to be as tense […]

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Did you know that we are sometimes biased against ourselves?  Yes, you heard me right.   Because of what we’ve experienced and how we’ve internalized it, we can carry biased beliefs about ourselves. Like a belief that we don’t have what it takes to succeed, or we don’t belong.  When we unconsciously adopt false, limiting ideas or attitudes, and […]

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While conflict is inevitable and can be seen as the healthy manifestation of competition, how we engage during conflict is key.  A little self-awareness can go a long way to help us steer away from behavior that serves no one.  Here are a few well-worn ruts to resist. The “I’m right, you’re wrong” mindset.  A hint that you’re […]

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Confirmation bias is when we seek out information that validates our own point of view.  We tune out everything that doesn’t align with our world view or reinforce our opinions of the people around us.   Confirmation bias closes our hearts and minds to the full truth.   But there are ways to open our minds and learn to […]

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Your schedule is jam packed, but there’s an important team meeting that you want to participate in.  The clock isn’t on your side, but with proper planning, here’s how you can ensure the team hears from you. Let the meeting leader know beforehand that you’re coming but can’t stay. Plan to attend the first 30 or […]

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The earlier we begin building relationships in the workplace, the easier it is to do our job well.  So, when bringing on new hires, after you’ve shown them their work space, the lunchroom and restrooms, and introduced them to the team, try this.   Give the new hire a list of key stakeholders to meet with to […]

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Sometimes opportunities that we weren’t expecting come our way – something that seems like such an unlikely fit, it wasn’t even on our radar.  It may even be something we think we didn’t even want. Your first instinct may be to say thanks, but no thanks.   But, before you do, hear the person out.  Allow them to explain […]

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Do you allow LIES to limit you? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. LIES are labels, illusions, excuses and stories that exist in your mind, just out of awareness.  They shape your thoughts, feelings, decisions and actions. LIES lead to detours on your path to happiness.  They short-circuit your ability and willingness to change and grow.  LIES cause you to work […]

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In today’s business environment, creativity is an asset.  Yet, when Gallup spoke to over 16,000 employees, they found companies rarely have an expectation of creativity, allow time to be creative, or provide a safe environment for the risk taking that is inherent to creative pursuits. Besides being risky, creativity is hard to measure unless it’s quickly […]

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