Leadership Development

Show Some Love—Make Mentoring More Meaningful

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February 5, 2016
Show Some Love—Make Mentoring More Meaningful

If you’ve had the privilege of being supported by an amazing mentor, what was it about this person that made such an impact?  Perhaps their guidance enabled you to set and achieve goals much more quickly than had you tried without their wisdom. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and in the spirit of...
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Five Questions to Determine If You Are a Micromanager

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January 21, 2016
Five Questions to Determine If You Are a Micromanager

There is a distinct difference between micromanaging and being involved in your employees’ work lives.  A survey published in the book My Way or the Highway showed that 79% of respondents had experienced micromanagement.  Worse yet, 69% considered changing jobs because of being micromanaged.  Determine if you are a micromanager by posing the following questions which...
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Four Professional New Year’s Resolutions Worth Adopting

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January 6, 2016
Four Professional New Year’s Resolutions Worth Adopting

If you are among the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions1, here are nine that will help propel your career.  If you haven’t already chosen your resolutions, consider adopting the following this year. Become an early bird.  One study cited by Psychology Today found that early birds are generally happier because they were more...
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Six Body Language Movements That Send the Wrong Message

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December 9, 2015
Six Body Language Movements That Send the Wrong Message

Many people don’t realize that we communicate with much more than words.  Our nonverbal communication, or body language, which includes our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and even our voice inflection are critical to message delivery.  In fact, a person’s voice inflection, facial expressions and body language can make up over 90% of...
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Science Says—Five Ways to Prepare for Public Speaking

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December 4, 2015
Science Says—Five Ways to Prepare for Public Speaking

Public speaking is the #1 fear in America according to the Wall Street Journal.  If you have an upcoming public speaking opportunity, follow these five tips to thwart anxiety and instead, deliver a speech your audience won’t forget—and one you’ll be proud to have given.  Practice until you’re comfortable in front of a crowd. ...
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5 Steps to Simplify the Solution and Seal the Deal

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November 27, 2015
5 Steps to Simplify the Solution and Seal the Deal

Here are five steps to make it easy for prospects to buy your product or service. Know thy customer.  Instead of rattling off all of your product’s or services’ bells and whistles, pare down the perks that pertain to the prospect’s situation.  Dale Carnegie’s 8th Human Relations principle is to, ‘Talk in terms of...
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Four Ways to Wake Up Like a Warrior

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November 18, 2015
Four Ways to Wake Up Like a Warrior

Here are four ways to wake up like a warrior so you can maintain peak performance every day of the year. Eat lighter later.  Many people believe eating a large meal will help them relax and fall asleep—the food coma notion, however this simply is not true.  In fact, some studies have concluded that...
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Let’s Talk Turkey—Three Profitable Ways to Show Appreciation

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November 13, 2015

‘Tis the season to save a bundle from a consumer’s perspective, and sell a ton from a retailer’s perspective.  What is often missed—especially when forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving, is the true spirit of the season. There are umpteen ways to show your gratitude to employees and customers, however these three tips are...
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6 Habits of Successful People Worth Adopting

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November 5, 2015
6 Habits of Successful People Worth Adopting

A recent Inc. article reveals 17 things successful people never stop doing.  Every single action featured in the article echoed one of Dale Carnegie’s Human Relations principles.  Here are six actions to take immediately to grow your level of success. Listening is necessary to learn, yet many people struggle to master active listening.  The...
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Three Ways to Maximize Your Motivation

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October 28, 2015
Three Ways to Maximize Your Motivation

When most people land a new job, they are full of excitement and begin contemplating how they can be successful.  After a while, responsibilities become routine and the balloon of motivation that was once ready to burst is now almost completely deflated.  Before we dive into ways to maximize your motivation, consider the three...
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