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Gratitude is Good for You: 6 Reasons Your Career Needs a “Thank You”

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Gratitude is good for you.  Researchers who have studied the matter have found that those who focus on what they are thankful for tend to be more optimistic, happier, and healthier.  Sounds great, right? Wait, there’s more good news. Gratitude isn’t just good for your personal life. It can also enhance your professional life and here’s how: Gratitude is a team player Researchers Adam Grant and Francesca Gino wanted to know how a simple “thank you” impacted work teams. Through a series of four experiments, they found that individuals were willing to take on extra tasks when they felt appreciated….

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We’re Not in This Alone: 5 Reasons You Need a Mentor

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“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am a product of great mentoring and great coaching.” ~ Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo You are creative. You are brilliant. You are a force to be reckoned with. You’re breathing life into your own business or you’re contributing to someone else’s; either way, you’re a successful professional with great ideas and immense potential. You’ve got a handle on it, right? You don’t need a guide. You’re self-navigating like a pro. Listen, as a woman who leads the second largest food and beverage business in the world, it’s safe…

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Not all To-Do lists are created equal: 7 Tips to Getting It Right

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If there’s one thing all good missives about productivity have in common, it’s the to-do list. Of course, jotting down the tasks that need to be completed is a good idea. Having a running list of your responsibilities and their associated deadlines at your fingertips is a natural way to keep track of them (and to keep you on track to complete them!). The mistake in these articles, however, is assuming you know how to craft the sort of to-do list that makes a difference. Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to get yourself organized…

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It’s Back-to-School Season for You, Too!

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Currently, retailers are loaded to the gills with crisp, clean notebooks, unsharpened pencils lined neatly in their box, packages of loose leaf paper, and stacks of untouched Post-Its. This is a time where children and adults alike are caught in between the emotions inherent in seeing summer’s waning days inch toward a close and a new school year ripe with possibility about to dawn. As a kid, perhaps this time of year meant trying on new corduroys and sweaters. It meant pushing your feet into the not-yet-broken-in leather of clean, white sneakers.  You waited patiently, more or less, for the…

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The Questions that Lead to Personal Growth

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Here’s a bit of simple advice: Listen more and ask lots of questions. Success isn’t born out of having all the answers. Success comes from being open to asking the right questions, and listening for the right answers.  Sometimes that means learning from others; sometimes, as you’ll see in the list of questions that follow, it means being more attune to what your own heart is saying.  If you want to grab that brass ring, make a habit of asking these questions more often. Will this move me closer to my goals? We’re all terribly busy. There are some things…

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5 Steps to Uncover Your Superpower

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It’s summer and that means the film industry is unveiling one potential blockbuster film after another in the hopes of capturing a bit of your downtime.  Screen-worthy (and sometimes not-so-worthy) adaptions of heroic figures take their place on the silver screen trying to entice ticket sales.  Put down the popcorn, because I have a challenge for you. Take a break from debating the merits of the latest web-slinger or the Amazonian princess, and identify your own superpowers. You may not be leaping buildings in a single bound or flying through the air, but you do have natural talents. If you…

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Move Forward by Expanding Your Skill Set

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In 2006, Facebook left its collegiate confines and Twitter hit the internet. The social-media-as-business-tool momentum would take a few more years to find its feet. The iPhone made its debut in 2007. In the decade since, tech has taken a bigger role in our personal and professional lives. How we interact, how we work, how we relax are all influenced or touched by technology and that tech evolves at an ever-increasing rate of speed. What does that mean for you? Unless you just entered the workforce, the world in which you began your career has changed. The change may be…

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“Oh, the Places You’ll Go….” If You Just Make the Time

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, penned “Oh the Places You’ll Go” in 1990 and it sold more than 10 million copies by its 25th anniversary. That’s not surprising, of course, when you consider the illustrated book is a favorite gift to give graduating students, as well anyone else about to set out…

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Dare to Believe: Live the Life You Love

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Whose dream are you living? When you’ve been plugging away at a career or life path, it can be hard to remember what pushed you in that direction. Take a moment to retrace your steps. Are you following your belief system or someone else’s? How you answer this question may be the reason you are (or are not) having success progressing toward your goal. Often, we live our lives under somebody else’s belief system, and these views can hold us back. These beliefs may be hidden because we often don’t even realize they are there.  (For an example from my…

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Cultivate your Vision & Tend Your Dreams!

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Do you love your life? Does your current trajectory reflect your vision and dreams? Has your life veered off its course at some point? Come to think of it, have you ever really had a handle on what course you should have been on to begin with? There’s a lot of heavy thoughts to unpack in those questions. Maybe you’re not quite ready to sort them out. Maybe you are. Either way, I want to tell you something important: you’re not alone. We’re all on a path of self-discovery and even when we think we have things figured out, we…

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