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Happiness is a Warm Brand – Four Questions To Ask Yourself

What do you feel at the end of the work day? Exhausted? Exhilarated? Satisfied? Beaten? Happy? Now, I am personally satisfied and wish there were more hours in the day. However that wasn’t always the case. I was flipping through my old blog notes and was reminded of a time that I knew at the time was profound. I knew because something happened that never happened before. I was sitting in a class in grad school and tears were streaming […]

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Why Personal Branding Influences People You Want to Influence and 6 Ways to Get a Hold on Your Personal Brand

A pivotal moment in my life happened when I walked into my office on the 17th floor with my hair still wet, a t-shirt and kahki pants with flippity flip shoes in that they were noisy.  At least I wasn’t wearing flip flops. There were people in my office waiting for me.  I was late and remembered the meeting I set the day before for the very start of the day. They were from sales. The poised woman was slowly, […]

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Appropriately Handling a Death in the Office

Appropriately Handling a Death in the Office

Appropriately Handling a Death in the Office There has been a death in the office of one my friends. Her coworker completed a suicide.  He was a manager and had people reporting to him.  They are stunned.  They don’t even know what they feel.  One might wonder, “What happens now?  How do the people who worked for him behave?  How do they work at their desks?” Because it was a suicide that just complicates things.  Beyond the stigma that is […]

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Power of Authentic Leadership: Transparency in Today’s Workplace

Power of Authentic Leadership: Transparency in Today’s Workplace

Power of Authentic Leadership: Transparency in Today’s Workplace We hear a lot about authentic leadership in the world of developing leaders for your organization.  I have to laugh when I hear that because what is the opposite of authentic?  The opposite as far as I can find is from not authentic, false, fake, mock, synthetic or the worst I can find is fraudulent.   Please tell me why anyone would spend one minute in any of those categories when leading people?  […]

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A Need for Coaching: The Stages of Change

A Need for Coaching: The Stages of Change

A Need for Coaching: The Stages of Change The tipping point, or the breaking point, or the last straw, or whatever you want to call that very nanosecond where you decide ENOUGH.  I am not doing it the same old way for one more moment.  I am going to ask you to think back to a time when you reached your tipping point in business when, again, you did not prepare for the presentation and now you are so stressed. […]

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Motivating Employees for Company Success

Motivating Employees for Company Success

Motivating Employees for Company Success To quote Steve Schott on motivating employees, “You cannot motivate anyone else if you are not motivated.”   Realizing that behavior, for employees to model, starts with us is the first step to “controlling” others.  Well, this article is not really about “controlling” others, but tactically using our influence to motivate employees and/or the team to be more engaged.  Gallup (the polling company from way back when) has studied millions of employees in organizations on how […]

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Building Trust in Business: A Coach’s Perspective

Building Trust in Business: A Coach's Perspective

I was asked recently about how building trust in business with key stakeholders.  The question surprised me in that I have always espoused that integrity of word is one of the strongest career development tools in your reach.  You tell people what you are going to do and then do it.  Simple, until asked then I knew that answer was not enough.  In any business there are there are well-known deal breakers.  But when there is a lack of trust […]

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Behind the Coaching Curtain: Coaching Brings The Leader Out of Managers

Behind the Coaching Curtain: Coaching Brings The Leader Out of Managers

Behind the Business Coaching Curtain: Bringing The Leader Out of Managers I am often asked, “What do you do?” resulting with the typical answer.  “I am an executive coach.”  Since people have heard of that but do not really know what that is or what it looks like, they stop asking questions.  In honor of International Coaching Week I would like to answer those questions never asked. What does it mean to be an executive coach? Well, it is a […]

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Millenials in the Workplace: A New Generation of Workers

Millenials in the Workplace: A New Generation of Workers

The multi-generational workplace is common and the biggest age span to date is currently occurring.  As a leader, does keeping pace with the work get in the way of making everyone happy?   With four (or more) generations in the workplace, personalities differ and challenges are present for each generation.   The diversity is desirable but how do you keep them all motivated and communicating? First, you should know the workplace generalizations about your own generation.  Second, you have to know what […]

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Working above Your Title

Finding Success Working Above Your Title Let me rant for a moment.  If I had a nickel for every time someone, when asked about their career, told me they were waiting to get promoted, I would be rich.  Rich, I say!  The truth is that, when it comes to your career, you’re in the driver seat.  When you are in the driver seat you know that you have to drive.   Seriously, if one of my people came to me and […]

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