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  • Performance Prep

    Performance Prep

    A pilot does a pre-flight check. Musicians tune their instruments. Radio announcers do a sound check. But what type of prep do you do before your performance? Your performance can be anything from going to work every day, to a keynote speech, to an important sales call, to delivering a [More]

  • Starting a job before you start

    Starting a job before you start

    When was the last time that you started a new project, role, or job?  Did you ever think about what you should do before you actually assumed your new responsibilities? While it may come as a surprise, what you do just beforehand will often have a great impact on your [More]

  • One Thing

    One Thing

    We are often distracted by things around us. Indeed, sometimes entire mornings or afternoons can go by without actually accomplishing much. If you string these days together, it is no wonder why we are not reaching the level we think we should be at: we're too busy multi-tasking between emails, [More]

  • September Makes You Stronger

    September Makes You Stronger

    After a summer of vacation or an extended vacation, a relaxed pace, and perhaps a bit too much socializing, you're back at your desk, thinking about how to kick-start your career - or at least keep a semblance of work-life balance. After all, you've just come back from a great [More]

  • Secret Sauce

    Secret Sauce

    There is no shortage of books, experts, websites, and computer programs that purport to tell you how to achieve professional (and also personal) success. They exist because of the market's insatiable appetite for self-improvement. When you examine them closely, the vast majority have two things in common: Success will be [More]

  • The Hardest Call

    The Hardest Call

    The essence of just about any job - or any type of business development - is reaching out to connect with other people. Yet one obstacle typically gets in the way: making that very first call. It shouldn't be an obstacle, but it is uncomfortable.  And we tend to avoid [More]

  • Vacation Stress

    Vacation Stress

    If you're counting the minutes before you go on vacation, you probably aren't alone. You're looking forward to seeing family, taking some long-needed R and R, and recharging yourself for the new year. But halfway through the vacation, you start to experience "vacation stress": that insistent worry about your return [More]

  • Tracy Slotin

    Tracy Slotin

    Last night, I met a delightful individual, Tracy Slotin, who works on the road delivering seminars for financial types (How to be a great controller, etc). I was going over my own business plan, and she suggested a different type of planning. Where do you want your business to be [More]

  • Business Travel Balancing Act

    Business Travel Balancing Act

    When you are interviewing for that new position, and are asked about how you feel about business travel, most people will say that it isn't a problem. In fact, some may see the prospect of travelling to exciting new places as a key benefit of taking the job in the [More]

  • Summer Resolutions

    Summer Resolutions

    We've all heard about New Year's resolutions, but how about Summer Resolutions? Or, for that matter, First-of-the-month Resolutions, Monday resolutions, or 9am resolutions? While some of these may sound absurd, there is actually something that can be learned from them. For most people, resolutions have two things in common: they [More]

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