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  • Stretch yourself and reach up

    Stretch yourself and reach up

    Most athletes understand the importance of stretching: avoiding injuries, becoming more flexible, and improving performance. But unless your business is fitness (or you are a performance athlete) how might this be relevant to you? First, let me suggest that you ARE a performance athlete, but in the arena of business. [More]

  • Balancing Act – Chapter One

    Balancing Act – Chapter One

    How do you find Balance, when you are in the middle of the biggest project of your career? Often the answer is that you cannot - and sometimes the answer is that you should not. The reason why can be found in any good mystery book. During the first chapter [More]

  • Mentor Mentee

    Mentor Mentee

    I'm not sure if mentee is a proper word, but it should be. So much has been written about the importance of finding a mentor, but when you get one, what is your role as the mentee? First, consider the reasons a mentor is showing an interest in you. They [More]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

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