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Survive – Alive – Contrive – Thrive – How to get to your personal brand

A client described feeling dead inside.  It was so weird because she looked very much alive, vibrant and living a life that was interesting and exciting from the external point of view.  The death that she described wasn’t her heart, her soul or her drive.  It was her dream.  She forget what she was supposed to do in life and found herself on a path that looked like success but felt like a trap. Knowing your personal brand is finding […]

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New Year Resolutions – contemplation and change

New Year Resolutions – contemplation and change – I think I’ll pass… Resolution as defined in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary (a personal favorite from college) The act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. The act of resolving something An answer or solution to something The ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail I knew resolutions were challenging and fleeting and this is validating. Resolutions are just a step to […]

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Why Tuesdays Matter by Patricia Weiland

No one even thinks about Tuesday. It’s not painful to start the day… it’s just Tuesday. The hump doesn’t happen until tomorrow. Anything that doesn’t get done today will get done tomorrow. The biggest meeting day is Thursday. Traffic in normal on Tuesday and horrible on Thursday. A coincidence? I think not. Tuesday is no Friday or Saturday and never mind being anywhere near a Sunday. Tuesday is, well, just Tuesday. What Tuesday lacks in flash and emotion it gains […]

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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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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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The Changing Relationship between Leaders and Employees

The Changing Relationship between Leaders and Employees

Leadership’s Changing Relationship No shocker, the workplace is changing. The market shifts, raw materials are not available or are no longer environmentally or socio-economically friendly – so things change. Consumer demand has changed, technology changed, available information has changed. Internet is pervasive and requires tossing the old marketing standards when communicating with consumers, customers or a client, never mind employees, because those same messaging tools do not produce the same results. The way we do business now cannot be the […]

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Fostering an Environment of Success for Your Team

How to Create Success for Your Team Seriously, don’t we all want to “foster” “success” as leaders?  My definition of success includes going home at night feeling like we really moved the mark today.  We did good work and it was appreciated. Companies like 3M, Smith Sport Optics, Deckers, Patagonia know how to build the environments that inspire creativity.  Do they have meetings, budgets, hiring freezes and the normal worries of business today like supply chain issues and quality breakdowns?Absolutely, […]

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6 Signs That You Are Stuck In Your Job

6 Signs That You Are Stuck In Your Job Do you have the dream that you’re running and your legs are moving in slow motion?  Yeah, the one where you’re not getting anywhere?  Or the dream where you’re under water and you’re moving around and you see the light…but moving towards it isn’t coming fast enough? Or the one where you’re in a meeting and you’re on a task force for a new  product and the two directors of “slightly” […]

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