Your Business Needs Cross-Training

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You’ve barely finished your first cup of coffee. You’ve settled into your favorite chair, ready to preview the emails and voicemail messages that wait for you in the office so you can get a jump start on your day. You delete the irrelevant junk mail. You flag a few for follow-up later. And then you hit the message that threatens to derail things. An employee, the one that’s elbow deep in a big project with a looming deadline, is sick and won’t be in. That’s okay. You figure you’ve got a little breathing room on this one and she can…

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Back to School: Adding Another Block to Work-Life Balance

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You are ready to make the leap. You’re going back to school. Whether you’re dipping your toe in return-to-school waters with one course, or you’re diving right in to a full degree or certificate program, school adds an entirely new and challenging dimension to the work-life balancing act you’ve been trying to master. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this. Delegate You don’t have to do it all. All those things that usually fall on your plate, both at work and at home, don’t necessarily have to be there. Take a hard look at the tasks you’re currently responsible for…

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4 Surefire Ways to Unleash Your Creative Side

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The project before you requires some creative thinking. We’re not talking about finding your inner Picasso. This isn’t about a masterpiece. It’s finding a better way to communicate a tough idea or identifying a solution that requires you to stretch outside the bounds of the tried-and-true. Even the most right-brained among us can struggle to get our creative juices flowing when the pressure is on. If you’re struggling to unleash your creative side, try these four tips. Exercise Your Muscles Sure, taking a walk, pulling out the yoga mat, and lifting weights could help. The distraction of channeling your energy…

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If You Want to Shine, Ditch These Three Phrases

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You want to be successful. You’ve been reading up on the things that set successful people apart from the pack. You’re ready to adopt the habits that will propel you forward. You’ve got a game plan on how to make it all work and it’s a good one. Awesome! Before you go too far, however, let’s talk. The words you choose to use are as important as the actions you take. If you want to be successful, drop these phrases from your vocabulary: “I’ll try” When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world he didn’t say, “Apple is going…

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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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Ask for Help Like Your Success Depends on It

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There’s a new opportunity before you. It’s big and it’s exciting. It’s also outside of your wheelhouse. Sure, the skills you’ve worked hard to hone will be useful. You’ve got the foundational pieces you need to tackle this endeavor, but there’s also a lot you don’t know. It’s a bit intimidating. At this point you have two choices: You can admit what you don’t know and look for the resources to support your success, or you can pass on this opportunity in favor of staying in your comfort zone. If the latter means you’ve settled for second best, you may…

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Job Hunting When Your Resume isn’t Goldilocks

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You just finished reading “Love Your Life: Cultivating Your Vision and Tending Your Dreams.” You completed the exercises in the book and have come to the realization that you’ve reached a point in your career where it’s time to shake things up. You’re ready to take a chance and toss your hat into the ring for that supervisory position that was just posted. Maybe it’s something more than that and you’re ready to stretch into an entirely new direction and pursue a different field altogether. Either way, there’s a hurdle you need to jump: Your work experience doesn’t exactly match…

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Master (Life) Gardening 101: Those Dreams Aren’t Going to Grow Themselves

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Think about the first time you planted a garden. You started by tilling the soil. You might have added compost to bolster the nutrients in the ground. You placed the plants, gently resting them in their new spaces, and filling the remaining bits of each hole with healthy soil. You might have placed mulch around the tender plants and given your new garden a good, healthy initial watering. If that’s the last you tended to your garden, it likely didn’t thrive. If there’s one thing even the most novice of gardeners knows it’s this: gardening is an ongoing process. As…

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“Who has Time for Vacation?” You do!

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The person standing in line behind you at the coffee shop is prattling on about her upcoming vacation plans. Her trip sounds just like the recent ad you lingered over earlier that morning. Her friend chimes in with the details of her pending getaway. It seems to be that time of year when time-off requests are as common as trips to the water cooler. “Must be nice,” you think. “Who really has time for such things? Certainly not me.” Your calendar is chock-full of commitments. There’s work – both your full-time job and the side-gig you’re trying to get off…

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