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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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Know When to Hold ‘Em: Mastering the Art of Delegation

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Have you ever attempted to juggle? There are talented artists who make the task of keeping multiple items moving from hand to hand seem effortless. Yet, no matter how graceful and seamless they appear to bounce items from palm to palm, the truth is there’s a limit to how much the juggler can keep moving before something drops. Here’s another bit of truth: We’re all jugglers, although most of us are a little less obvious about it. You and I may not be floating items through the air between each hand to entertain an audience, but we certainly are keeping…

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Map Your Own Course to Success

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Odds are the way you answered that at 5 years old changed by the time you were 15, and perhaps a few more times before you arrived where you stand today. The question to ask now is “Are you were you want to be?” and if not, “What’s keeping you from getting there?” Naming the roadblocks that are holding us back is not often the challenge. We can point to a lack of resources or opportunities. We can identify missing skill sets or a row of doors closed off to…

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5 Steps to Get Back On Track When Your Day Derails

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When you crawled into bed last night you had high hopes for today. You even had the spark of satisfaction starting to glow because you knew today was going to be productive. Today, things would get done.  Fast forward a few hours to when you’re sitting at your desk feeling overwhelmed. You’re wondering when things went off track and how you’re going to manage to hit your deadlines when the tasks that should have been completed an hour ago are still waiting for your attention. It doesn’t take much to shake things up. Maybe you hit the snooze bar one…

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Take the Wheel and Steer into Change

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Life changes every day. Sometimes we’re bystanders watching the world unfold around us as we go along for the ride. That can be frightening. It’s the reason Disney World’s Space Mountain amps up the thrills: you can’t see the dips and turns coming. You can’t prepare and you certainly can’t steer. Sound familiar?  It’s time to slip into the driver’s seat of change and take control of steering your future.  These 4 tips will help you embrace change and steer yourself through the curves. Go in with your eyes open One of the biggest mistakes we make is grabbing hold…

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Listen! Opportunity is Knocking

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Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ ~ John Greenleaf Whittier Whittier was right. Of all the sad words uttered, the saddest are those that lament a missed opportunity. Opportunity is literally everywhere around you and today is the day to evaluate your options, seize the one that could fit you like a glove, and pursue it with passion.  Today I challenge you to begin to manage your focus in a way that invites you to recognize possibility. When you do, you will find many options to consider and embrace. Be…

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Some Goals Need a Stop Sign: Learning When to Quit

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You’ve created your  impossible to miss goals. You did your due diligence. You aimed for something you’re passionate about.  You’ve broken things down into bite-sized, measurable pieces and you’ve documented it. It’s been taking a while to get there, though. That’s ok. You realize that sometimes the best things take time to percolate and grow. You’re in for the long haul…but, should you be? It’s true that persistence is sometimes the difference between being successful and faltering. Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” It’s hard to argue with…

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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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Who are you? 5 Steps to Crafting your Personal Brand

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“We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You,” writes Tom Peters in The Brand Called You. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a C-suite executive or a new force to be reckoned with in the working world, you need a personal brand. This isn’t about catchy slogans and slick logos; in fact, good branding never is. This is about defining your unique voice that accurately and consistently conveys who you are and what you have to offer. Cultivating your personal brand can…

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How to Succeed in Business: Go Back to Class

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Traditional education leads to closure. When we reach the end of a school career, there’s a cap and gown to don, a procession to march in, and a piece of parchment to mark our achievement. Regardless of how many degrees you pursue, there’s a sense of finality at the end of your formal school journey. If this has been your mindset, it’s time for a change. Continuing education should find its place on your list of goals. Why Continuing Education? There are some fields where continuing ed is mandatory. In medicine and education, for example, practitioners are required to participate…

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