Up Your Game with These Productivity Tools

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Your phone is buzzing. There’s something new demanding your attention. Your email inbox if shooting off new message notifications with wild abandon. Your social media alerts you to important new content faster than you keep up. Yes, it’s true, tech can certainly be a drain on your time. It’s easy to get distracted by the stuff on your devices (granted, that latest cat video was pretty awesome.) On the other hand, technology can be a productivity game changer. Apps that help you organize your to-do list, manage your schedule, keep track of important ideas that popped up in the middle…

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“If Only” You Could Put These Excuses Aside: 4 Roadblocks to Your Success

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“If only…” How many times has that simple phrase interrupted your dreams? You’d open your own shop, if only you had the funds and business acumen to get started in retail. You’d launch your own consulting firm, if only you had the contacts to help you get it off the ground. You’d pursue your climb up the corporate ladder if only you had the time. “If only…” Ready for a game changing truth? Everything that comes after “if only” is an excuse born of fear and not a roadblock. That’s not say the road to your dreams will be an…

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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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6 Questions to Ask Before You Pursue Your Goals

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From the turn of a page on our calendars to new chapters of life spurred by graduations and career changes, we’re presented with a litany of opportunities to set new goals for ourselves. Expanding our potential, however, is rooted in setting the right attainable goals. Stretching to the type of goal that grows into a life you love takes more effort than your typical resolution-setting process. Before you leap into identifying where you think you should be headed in the short and long term, take a moment to ask yourself these questions. What is important to me? Lose weight. Get…

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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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Destination Success: The Journey Matters

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How do you define success? It seems like a pretty straightforward question, right? As a word, success has a clear definition: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Your personal definition of success may be identified by meeting certain life and career goals. Success could come in the form of a job title or a salary bracket. It could be something you identify by a measure of fiscal comfort, your relationships with others, or some other tangible component of life. No matter the specifics, however, you always come back to that dictionary definition. You set a goal. You met that…

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6 “Better than Coffee” Tricks to Boost Your Hustle and Bustle

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Remember when you sat down and mapped out your goals and objectives with a target deadline that lie in the seemingly distant future? You had great plans. You bolted out of the gate with gusto. Full steam ahead! Things were going to be spectacular. Then life sort of happened. You got delayed here. You were tripped up over there. Things didn’t move so swiftly. Or maybe they did. Maybe you’ve been gunning along just fine but as you get closer to your finish line, the stress started to mount. You forgot to factor in year-end business obligations and holiday social…

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6 Reasons Side Gigs are for More than Superheroes

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Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent had a side-hustle. When he wasn’t interviewing sources and writing powerful journalism, he was flying around Metropolis as Superman, saving the world one adventure at a time. In comic books, the outside-the-office gig was left to superheroes with alternative identities. In real life, however, those who pursue passion projects in addition to their daytime jobs are more commonplace than supernatural. If you haven’t given much thought to tackling a second venture in your spare time, you may want to read this. A Profitable Hobby This is your opportunity to delve into that thing you’re passionate about…

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Grateful for the Fall? Three Lessons to Learn from Failure

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Gratitude. All around you people are listing the things for which they are grateful. A warm glow emanates from them. After all, there’s something warm and fuzzy about appreciating what you have, what you’ve achieved, and where you’re headed. Right? Except right now you’re having trouble feeling the love. That bright idea you’ve been nursing and pursing all year is a big flop. It’s hard to feel gracious when you’re disappointed that your plans are D.O.A. It’s not helping that the well-meaning around you are quoting Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,”…

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Grammar Check Part TWO: You Need TO Get These Grammar Rules Right, TOO

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How you speak and write can belie how brilliant your ideas are. As noted in our recent article, misusing a word or common phrase can quickly turn your professional presentation into a perceived display of ignorance. In addition to the commonly misused phrases covered in the last article, well-meaning writers run into a litany of common grammatical errors. The bad news is: It can happen to any of us, at any time. A rush deadline. A flurry of ideas. A long work-session without enough coffee. Our fingers begin to wander across the keyboard, words begin to blur in our fury…

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