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Build Powerful Engaged Teams

Build Powerful Engaged Teams

Outstanding teamwork doesn’t just happen. The core competency of management is to truly appreciate your staff and make the team more powerful than individual workers to produce business goals. Training is not enough. You can develop the individual until the cows come...

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Is online learning for you? Let’s find out

Is online learning for you? Let’s find out

Online learning isn’t for every professional. It might work for you, let's find out. For me, I have been taking and creating online courses for several years now, and it occurred to me that I should look at the characteristics of successful online learners to see if...

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Getting through to your boss

Getting through to your boss

Have you experienced any of these issues with your boss? Your boss tells you to do something that is completely the opposite, or in contradiction to what he/she told you to do earlier Your boss forgets what he/she asks, and repeats things you already know, or doesn’t...

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How to use your voice more effectively: 4 Critical strategies

How to use your voice more effectively: 4 Critical strategies

To get a job or start a business you probably spend a lot of time perfecting your resume, personal description of strengths, your handshake and your pitch. You likely had a professional head shot taken for your website, or put effort into creating one that would make...

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The need to be right versus the need to know

The need to be right versus the need to know

In his book How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie writes that one of the biggest obstacles to living a happy life is allowing the need to be right to take over the need to know. Most of us will defend our beliefs to the death, even when all evidence...

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Want more confidence? Try these steps!

Want more confidence? Try these steps!

Have you ever found yourself watching someone else participate easily in a conversation with a stranger and wondered, “How did he/she do that?” Or perhaps you watched a presenter put forth a series of ideas with brilliant logic, a great sense of humour, or...

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7 Barriers to communication and a lesson from YouTube

7 Barriers to communication and a lesson from YouTube

Barriers to communication can be removed!   Ask employees in any workplace what the company’s biggest internal problem is and the majority  will say without hesitation, “communication,” (insert eye rolling and groans here). Why is it that although we are social...

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Reflections on high school reunions and cultural awareness

Reflections on high school reunions and cultural awareness

I had a crazy moment of cultural awareness/flashback/shock at my 40th high school reunion event a couple of weekends ago. Like many people I know, if you are still in touch with even a couple of people from your high school days 10 years afterwards, you are in the...

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Virtual introductions: The “why” and “how”

Virtual introductions: The “why” and “how”

When you are anxiously looking for work or trying to find a client, where do your thoughts go?  After reading this post, hopefully they will zero in on one tiny, often overlooked but immensely powerful practice: the virtual introduction. The four categories of people...

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The power of a true vacation, and why you should harness it

The power of a true vacation, and why you should harness it

“You can’t do a good job if a job is all you do.” - Artifact Uprising “A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” - Morris Fishbein I have a confession to make. Since I started my business 10 years ago I have only taken one vacation – ONE vacation, ONE...

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