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  • Community Involvement – Personal Benefit

    Community Involvement – Personal Benefit

    Who are those individuals who organize charitable events, act as fundraisers, and sit on not-for-profit boards? How do they find the time, when the challenge of maintaining life balance means that time is at an all-time premium? In addition to the "feel-good" that comes from helping others, there are some [More]

  • Give and You Shall Receive

    Give and You Shall Receive

    Many people are not really comfortable developing new business relationships - or personal ones, for that matter. Yet this skill - networking - is critical to business success whether you do it within your organization, or amongst your peers in a trade association or professional group. It increases your value, [More]

  • The 1% Solution

    The 1% Solution

    Nowadays, very few people get excited about collecting pennies. This isn't particularly surprising: even after finding 100 of them, you can't even buy a coffee at your local Starbucks. Unfortunately, this attitude of ignoring the pennies causes us to think of ALL "small" things as not making a material difference. [More]

  • What would my mentor do?

    What would my mentor do?

    Mentors and coaches hold a special place in most successful managers' careers. They provide advice on difficult decisions, give valuable perspective, and smooth the political way when problems occur. But what should you do if your mentor is not available, and you need their advice? Stalling or deferring your decision [More]

  • Becoming the Perfect Candidate

    Becoming the Perfect Candidate

    My coaching clients often will ask - how do I make myself perfect for an opportunity that I just became aware of? Most people know the basics: do the research, do a ton of networking, write a great cover letter, and customize your resume. And make sure that you know [More]

  • Fit and Sharp

    Fit and Sharp

    Most successful executives are bombarded with emails, voicemails, text messages, Social Media messages, and a queue of people looking for feedback or approval. With their attention so divided, how much time do they have to be creative, do their own analysis, or even digest the big picture? And once family [More]

  • Self-promotion

    Self-promotion

    Almost everyone dreams of getting that big promotion, yet for most people the goal is elusive, and infrequently occurring. So what is the secret of getting the bigger chair, corner office, and higher salary? The big secret is that there is no big secret. When someone is promoted, "everyone" thinks [More]

  • Lead from behind

    Lead from behind

    Much has been written about leadership, but what makes a great follower? In fact, who even wants to be known as a follower? Being a follower brings up a terribly unhealthy picture: you are uncreative, require close management, have little intellectual capability - and certainly have no leadership potential. While [More]

  • Thinking inside the box

    Thinking inside the box

    After a seminar I recently delivered, I was approached by two undergraduate business students and asked if I could give them some advice. They hoped to get into consulting, and wanted me to suggest the "best" courses they should take over the next two years. I gave them some ideas, [More]

  • Two ears and one mouth

    Two ears and one mouth

    Did you ever wonder how children can so quickly learn new things? And ever hear the expression "Children should be seen, and not heard"? Maybe there is a connection between these two concepts that can help us be better leaders. Consider: it is 100% impossible to learn from others if [More]

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