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    April 17, 2014

    7 Horrible Mistakes You’re Making with Team Communication

    Remind your team that communication is critical to everyone’s success.

    Effective team communication is critical to your success a leader.  Each member on your team, including you, needs to know what is going on, deadlines, expectations, budgets, and more.  When information is flowing freely, your team is able to reach and exceed goals.   We all get busy.  We all have more than enough work to fill each day.  We all get stressed.  Unfortunately, that is when our communication skills tend to take a backseat to our other priorities.   Here...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on April 17, 2014

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    April 10, 2014

    There Is No One-Size-Fits-All in Selling

    When people prescribe the only solution they know, a lot of malpractice is likely to occur.

    We are all looking for the magic bullet.   And when we find something we like, something that seems to work, we can become rabid advocates for what we believe is the magic bullet.   But when it comes to sales methodologies, there is no magic bullet and no one-size-fits-all solution. No one training program fits every sales situation, every customer, every company or every seller. That's why we should be adapting and not adopting the latest, greatest techniques.   Recently, I surveyed...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Sales & Business Development on April 10, 2014

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    April 8, 2014

    How Vulnerable Are You?

    28 different points of view about the importance of vulnerability in leadership.

    Last year, 18 of the top 25 highest-grossing movies featured characters with super-human powers. Invincible leads like The Man of Steel, Iron Man and Thor appeal to us because we place such a high value on strength.    But there’s something different about the modern superhero. Even among the invincible, there is a decided vulnerability that we can relate to. In fact, it’s their very vulnerability that make Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, Dr. Ryan...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 8, 2014

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    April 4, 2014

    Managing Workplace Personalities: The Politician Without A Plan

    How to work with and manage difficult people.

    We don’t always get to choose the people we work with, nor whom we work for, but if you want to succeed, your relationships with everyone in your work environment must be cultivated, especially as a Manager. Managers need to maximize the potential of their team. If you leave people out because of personality clashes, everyone suffers, especially your results. One of the most annoying and common personalities to prepare for is the politician without a plan. Below are some tactics you can use to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on April 4, 2014

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    March 31, 2014

    Stop Doing It All & Start Leading Your Business

    4 Actions to Transition From “Doer” to “Leader”

    I don’t have time to do the things I know I should be doing. I can’t expect others to do what I do..the way it needs to be done. My clients like to work with me directly and if I rely on my team, my business is going to suffer.   Do any of these statements sound familiar? What about this one…When I do delegate, my employees either screw up, or come to me for every little thing, in the end, it’s just easier and faster if I do it myself.   Or this...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 31, 2014

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    March 27, 2014

    From Mentors’ and Mentees’ Mouths

    Five Lessons Worth Sharing

    Do you ever wish you had the Dalai Lama, Warren Buffet or your own personal Gandalf as a mentor or trusted advisor?  Me, too.     I could have used a conversation with one of them recently. Ironically it was because I was asked to participate in a mentoring event for young professionals a few months back.  Mentoring continues to be a hot topic -- and for good reason. Mentees seek ideas, tips and secrets to success. Mentors seek to share words of wisdom and add value.    As...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Professional Development on March 27, 2014

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    March 25, 2014

    Re-imagine Risk, Accelerate Innovation

    5 Characteristics of Innovative Organizations

    Nothing daring happens around here! Where’s the creativity? Where’s the innovation? Where’s the courage? Fortune favors the bold!    Of course we’ve heard that before. Every organization’s senior leadership longs for something great to happen, for the next great idea to emerge and propel the organization forward into a position as a market leader.    So we stimulate creativity….at least we think we do. We attend creativity sessions. We post our...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 25, 2014

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    March 21, 2014

    Leader Engagement – 4 Steps to Ensure Your Commitment to Lead Change

    Crafting a Successful Business Strategy vs. Committing to One

    Whether you are leading a corporation or building your small business, crafting a successful business strategy is bound to be one of your key objectives. But when executives are asked if their strategies will be successful, the results are impressive...in an unimpressive way. According to a 2011 Booz & Company Executive Survey, 53% of executives do not believe their company’s strategy will lead to success, 63% say they have too many conflicting priorities and 54% say their company’s way of...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 21, 2014

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    March 19, 2014

    How to Deliver Bad News That Builds Trust & Confidence

    3 Steps to Offer Feedforward vs Feedback

    Remember the last time you hit your thumb with a hammer?  You didn’t think twice when you yelled and let the (expletive) words fly.  For a few moments you stopped thinking about the task at hand, caring who was within earshot and instinctively reacted, grabbing your thumb to stop the physical pain.   Your brain went into “survival mode” and reacted.  No thinking required.  If we had your brain hooked up to a fMRI (a technology used by neuroscientists to produce...Continue reading

    By Christina HaxtonPosted in Management on March 19, 2014

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    March 17, 2014

    15 Things Your Boss Wishes You Knew About Being A First Time Manager

    A Guide for First Time Managers & a Resource for Those That Lead Them

    There is a lot to learn when becoming a manager for the first time.  If you are lucky, you will get ample training to get you up to speed on your company’s policies and procedures.  However, if you are like most first time managers, you will learn as you go.     To help you get ahead faster, here are 15 things your boss wishes you knew about being a first time manager.   15 Things Your Boss Wishes You Knew About Being A First Time Manager   1. Start...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on March 17, 2014

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