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Leadership is Child’s Play: 5 Lessons to Learn from Your Kids

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From the moment your child was placed in your arms as a tiny, squawking human, you knew your role was to guide her as she grows into her full potential. From the first time your son sat with a crayon in his chubby, little toddler hand, you knew your responsibility was to help him learn how to bring to life what he saw in the blank page before him – not just literally, but figuratively as he grew and discovered his path. After all, parenting is an exercise of love and leadership. As you look at your child now, perhaps…

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Good Leaders Know These Truths

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Leadership is personal. Effective leaders have their own style. Successful organizations are led by individuals whose leadership approach meshes well with the corporate culture. There are nuances to your approach that make your success factors unique and powerful, even if they don’t translate well for another leader’s success.  That said, there are also common factors among top leaders. These tangible and intangible skills seem to be present in more leaders than not. The good news is this: You can develop these assets for yourself. Willing to work for it Long-term success is never handed to you. If you want to…

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What’s Your Style: 4 Leadership Approaches to Try on for Size

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What kind of leader are you? Before you start mentally running through a list of leadership types you’ve read about once upon a time, let’s talk. We all have a natural leadership style. It’s the space we feel most comfortable in. It’s our default setting. Occasionally, however, our natural style isn’t the right approach for a situation or employee. Understanding the pros (and cons) of each leadership style and when to use them is a value skill. Authoritative Leader This is the captain of the ship. It’s the person with the plan for where the company is headed, and the…

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Going Out on a High Note: 6 Steps to Finish Off Your Work Day

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You know that how you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of you day. You’ve created a solid morning routine and it’s paid off. Sure, there were the usual pressures of an average work day. There was even an unexpected challenge or two to cope with. You, however, met it all head on. Now the day is coming to a close. You’re about to toss all your stuff in your bag and head out the door. Not so fast. Your routine at this point of the day matters too. In fact, getting tomorrow morning off on…

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Nix Meeting Fatigue in Six Simple Steps

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Today, American professionals will collectively attend about 11 million meetings, as estimated by the Harvard Business School’s Nancy Koehn. According to a study by software developer Atlassian, the average employee spends 31 hours a month in meetings. If you’re in the C-suite, you spend roughly 40% of each work day on conference calls and around the table with cohorts discussing the issues at hand. Not only is there a monetary cost to these frequent sit-downs (just imagine the dollar value of each attendee’s time!), there is the inevitable drain on productivity as we talk about getting something done, rather than…

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Now Hear this: Your Body has Something to Say

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Dr. Albert Mehrabian knows a thing or two about communication. Based on his research, Mehrabian asserts that 7% of what we communicate is based on the words we say. The balance of the message is split between our tone of voice and nonverbal elements like body language. While those percentages can shift depending on specific circumstances, the core of this research remains true: It’s not what we say; it’s how we say it. This may not be news to you. In fact, it’s part of why you focus on your tone of voice when correcting your children. The role of…

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7 Secrets to Being a Masterful Mentor

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Your support network has been an invaluable asset. Granted, it’s changed as you’ve progressed through your career. You’ve leaned from different mentors and champions at various points in your professional growth process based on what direction you were heading in at that time. Throughout it all, you’ve understood that success takes a village.  Now a colleague or friend has approached you for support. Before you take on the role of mentor, consider these points: You’ve got to have faith It’s flattering to be told someone else wants to learn from you. A good mentor/mentee relationship, however, is a two-way street….

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Change the World, One Act of Kindness at a Time

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Are you familiar with the starfish story? A man walking along the beach sees a young boy tossing starfish back into the ocean, one by one.  The man approached the boy to ask what he was doing. The boy explained, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” The man saw the futility in this effort. So many miles of beach. So many starfish washed up upon it. So little time. Despite his best efforts, the boy would hardly make a dent and he told him this. The boy, however,…

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8 Tricks to Squash Your Public Speaking Jitters

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For many, public speaking is the stuff of frightful nightmares. Even seasoned speakers can develop jitters before taking the stage. Anxiety can rise whether the audience is a handful of colleagues in the conference room or a full auditorium. Yet, at some point in our careers, we’re all called upon to make a presentation: to our department, to our executives, to a group of investors, or to conference attendees. These 8 tips can help you tame your nerves and knock it out of the park. Prepare and practice: It’s easier to pontificate on topics we’re well informed about. Give yourself…

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Setting New Goals? Not so Fast.

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As we begin to wrap up another 12-month span, there is a flurry of chatter focused on setting new goals for the new year. Wait. There’s another step to take before you identify your next set of impossible-to-miss goals. Before we can look forward and plan, we need to look back and evaluate the path we’ve been walking. Take measure You don’t ever want to bite off more than you can chew. Take a good, honest look at the goals you’ve been working toward this past year. Did you meet them? Have you made progress? Are you ready for a…

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