Moving from the Home Stretch to the Finish Line

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You can see the finish line. You can’t quite touch it yet. You’re not that close. You can see it, though. It’s right there on the horizon.  As you’re counting off how many more paces you’ll make to get through the last few miles, you must admit, you’re getting tired. You feel your energy starting to wane. Your enthusiasm is sagging. You want a break, and at the same time, you want to push through to the end. If we were talking about a running marathon, we’d delve into tips on how to push through the pain and pace yourself…

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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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5 Steps to Conquer Fear in the Face of Change

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Are you afraid? Maybe you’re about to take on a new set of responsibilities in your current profession. Perhaps you’re preparing to dive into a completely new career path. Maybe it’s a new direction in your personal life. Whatever it is, change is afoot. Does it scare you? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. In fact, some of those who said “no” are also a bit frightened too; they just aren’t saying it. It is completely normal for you to experience feelings of fear and uncertainty. You are in the process of recreating your life. Of course, that can…

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Finding Balance Between Summer Fun and Summer Work

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Welcome to summer! The kids are out of school. The temperatures are climbing. The allure of the beach, the mountains, or your outdoor haven of choice is beckoning. You’re thinking about the warm sun on your face. Then the phone rings, pulling you back into the reality that is your desk and the pile of work sitting upon it. Summer longing aside, listen to this: Carving out time away from the office (and the work that goes on in it) will benefit you. Science is in your corner on this one. Research says you’ll be more focused and productive when…

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Start Your Day on Productive Footing

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This morning when the alarm went off, what did you do first? Did you reach over, eyes still squeezed tightly shut, and grope for the snooze button? Did you reach groggily for your phone and scan your email to see what awaited you? Did you hop out of the bed, your to-do list running through your mind and overwhelm creeping up your spine as you mustered the energy to start the coffee pot? How you greet the morning can set the tone for your day. A few simple tweaks to your usual morning routine can bolster your mood and boost…

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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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Receive the Gift of Constructive Criticism with Grace

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Receiving feedback on your work is always an incredible gift. It can offer affirmation that you’re on the right track. I t can also offer input to help you communicate more effectively or to take your next steps on a more clearly illuminated path. While accepting positive feedback is a skill most of us can easily cultivate, learning to respond to constructive criticism with an open mind and a dose of grace can take a little more work. Start by mastering these 8 steps. Stop Before you respond, take a moment to measure whether your emotions are in the driver’s…

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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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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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“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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