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8 Steps to Cure Imposter Syndrome

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Congrats! Your career has taken a giant leap forward. Your hard work and determination have given birth to new opportunities. You’re taking the mantle of leadership; maybe it was a promotion, or an entrepreneurial venture. Either way, you’ve climbed another rung (or more) up the ladder of your career. Amid all the congratulatory praise and best wishes, however, is a small, nagging voice rising from deep within you. “What will I do when they find out I’m in over my head?” Meet the monster otherwise known as Imposter Syndrome. You’re not alone. First, take heart in knowing that you, by…

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5 Traits that Set Great Leaders Apart

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If you asked a dozen people to describe what makes a great leader, you’d probably get 12 distinct answers. Just as every organization has its own unique culture, the leaders that drive those organizations have specific skill sets and assets that make them the best fit to take that particular helm. What’s working for the leader of Company A, may not necessarily translate as-is to Company B. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t common leadership traits that transcend brand and company personas. In fact, some of the best leaders have a few key traits in common. They Facilitate,…

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How to Write & Deliver a Killer Presentation

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You may never set foot on a stage as a speaker at a TED event. The words “Keynote Speaker” may never appear next to your name in a conference brochure. You may never be invited to be the commencement speaker at your alma mater. And you may be more relieved than disappointed by these statements! Even if you aren’t in a position to take the stage and deliver the speech of a lifetime, you will be called upon to speak throughout your career. From project kick-off meetings to sales pitches and potential investor meetings, public speaking is an integral part…

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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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