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Finding the Balance in Self-Promotion

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

Finding the Balance in Self-Promotion

  It’s been said that if you’re indispensable, then you can’t get promoted. While there’s some truth to that, promoting yourself too much can also backfire. You have to find a balance. It must be handled in the right way. No one likes someone who is in love with him- / herself. Psychologists call that narcissism. We all have something of a bent in this direction, but some people stand out as being more inclined in this way than others. Those who are like this don’t get promoted because they lack the diplomatic skills that are...

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Leadership through Communication

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

Leadership through Communication

Which of the following is the right thing to do? Should you always tell people the truth, or only when it is expedient to do so? Should you always keep people informed on their future, or should you only tell them when you think they need to know? Should you keep your people in the loop, or should you keep them in the dark for as long as possible? As a leader, your answers reveal a great deal about your attitude towards communication. You can talk all day long about the need for transparency and openness, but unless you are willing to do it,...

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How Your Professional Development Can Make You Stand Out

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

How Your Professional Development Can Make You Stand Out

  At one time, before technology toys ruled the roost, it was suggested that much of what children received for one Christmas could be re-wrapped and put under the tree the following year. That’s because they would have lost interest in those toys within a few days of the first holiday and by the next one would have forgotten about having received them at all. Many adults do exactly that to themselves every year. Come January 2nd, maybe before, they decide that next year will be different. That whatever it was they hoped to achieve,...

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Listening with Purpose

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

Listening with Purpose

Listening is a lost art. Few people know what it means; never mind how to do it. If actions truly speak louder than words, then the absence of the latter proves the former. Sitting in silence demonstrates that the purpose of doing so is to profit from whatever the other person has to say. Contrast this with what modern day listening has become. Conservations consist of people interrupting and talking over one another, and finishing the sentences of others. It’s not about learning; instead it’s about using the time while another speaks to...

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It’s Up to You !

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Women | 0 comments

It’s Up to You !

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” So says Cassius in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. Although you’re not debating in a Roman portico, much of what is said by Cassius applies to you in your job and ultimately, in your career. That’s because your future is not determined by your stars, but by you. And only you can decide what goal to aim for. Your current job may be much less that you’d like it to be. It may even feel like a dead-end. More probably, it’s a stepping-stone...

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How to Get the Results You Want with Quality Feedback

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

How to Get the Results You Want with Quality Feedback

Probably the most effective way to get the results you want from someone is to give quality feedback. What does that consist of? Two things. The first is that it must be timely. The second is that it must be appropriate.   Timely feedback Whether you have children or not, you know that the best time to give them feedback on their behavior is at the time you observe it. You praise them for good work and correct them when it isn’t up to scratch. And you know that they have understood what you said by what they do the next time. But...

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Innovative Leadership

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

Innovative Leadership

In 2009, David Meerman Scott revealed the 325 most commonly used words and phrases found among more than 700K press releases issued by North American companies in the previous year. These expressions he termed gobbledygook because their meaning had become so diverse and watered down that no one could be certain what was intended. Pride of place went to the word “innovate” with more than 51K uses. Thus, this idea of organizational innovation led by an innovative leader is obscure at best. In truth, it can mean almost anything; and so...

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How to Kill Employee Motivation

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

How to Kill Employee Motivation

Managers are at a loss as to how to motivate the people they supervise. It seems that nothing they do makes any difference. What does a lack of motivation look like? Lethargy is a primary characteristic. These employees generally have no ambition and no goals. They appear to be more interested on the clock on their desks. Demotivated employees tend to run in packs, too. It’s rare to find one person who is like this, while everyone else is upbeat and excited about working for the company. This is important, and we’ll come back to it a bit...

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Spring Cleaning

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

Spring Cleaning

You may be one of those who at the end of the year reviews your goals, notes which ones you achieved and which ones you didn’t, and from them creates new resolutions. Maybe you’re even among the few who actually keep them. But if you’re like most people, then you slipped back into your old habits before February was out. Maybe you’ve repeated this cycle for so many years that you don’t even bother to look at your resolutions until after the next Christmas. Well, it’s time for you to take another approach. Why lose nine months?...

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Competence through Coaching

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Featured, Individuals, Miscellaneous, Organizations, Women | 0 comments

Competence through Coaching

Athletes do it, actors do it; even executives do it. What do they all have in common? They all hire coaches who can help them to improve their performance. No matter what you hear or read in the press or popular literature, no one is self-made. They all had help. They had a mentor, an experienced friend, or a coach that helped them find their way through the various challenges in their paths – to get from where they were to where they wanted to be. Time is the one thing that most people can’t get enough of, and so if someone who has done...

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