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Let’s All Volunteer

There are only a few opportunities in life where it is totally acceptable to be selfish. And one of those opportunities surprisingly is volunteering. Volunteering Not many people consider time spent volunteering to be for their own benefit, but it’s true.  Time spent volunteering easily delivers as much back to the volunteer at it does…

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Self-Awareness

Which leadership skill is the most important? listening motivating empathy relationship building self-awareness The answer is probably dependent on your leadership style and experience. I think, however, many would agree self-awareness is the leadership skill that garners the least attention. While there is not a single formula for being a good leader, self-awareness seems to…

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Gratitude

Thank you. Is that so hard to say? In the Workplace Intuitively, I know that thanking people is a strong motivator. I see it in myself. When someone goes out of their way to thank me for some act, regardless of how small, I feel good.  They thanked me, and I had a positive reaction.…

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Power Sharing

Do you have real power? I’m not talking about power like Superman (for us old people) or Mosaic (for everybody else). What I’m talking about is, do you have the power you think you wield around your office and among your peers?  Do you have the authority to take the kind of actions you challenge…

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Want to Know a Secret?

Is anything a secret anymore? It seems to me there has always been an attack on secrecy. The most recent onslaught on secrecy started with Wikileaks.  And, of course, there is the pervasive success of hackers to gain access to nearly anything they want.  And, the daily practice of publicly “leaking” confidential information about what…

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Being Vulnerable

Think back. When was the last day you can remember where not a single person asked, “How are you today?” In my office, it’s a commonplace greeting.  For close colleagues or walk-in clients, it’s the most common greeting I hear. And, although always posed as a question, it’s the one question that leads to the…

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Juicy Gossip

What comes out of your mouth reveals much about your character. Think about the people you know and what comes from their mouths. Through their mouths, people project wisdom, humor, profanity, pain, concern, and truth, just to mention a few personal idioms. It is through these words where people display what is on their minds…

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Success or Failure at Work

Have you ever been passed over for something you wanted? Maybe it was to be picked for a Red Rover team, passed over for a promotion, or lost an election. Regardless of what it was, nearly all of us have had the experience of failing to get something we wanted that we thought defined success.…

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Lonliness

What is the difference between solitude and loneliness? Solitude is defined as the glory of being alone.  Loneliness is the pain of being alone. The Small Business Person Solitude Starting a business follows a fairly predictable cycle.  The cycle begins by getting an idea and turning it into a business venture.  It’s your idea, so…

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The Cowardly Lion

Just face it, you are the Cowardly Lion. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Cowardly Lion was one of three characters Dorothy encountered on her journey to see the Wizard of Oz. This lion was not the ferocious type, but a meek and timid lion who desperately want to have courage.  He was the…

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