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    September 12, 2014

    Track Your Way to the Top!

    What’s YOUR professional story?

    As long as lion’s have no historians, the victors shall always be portrayed as humans.   I’m reflecting on the first half of the year. I’m trying to be more mindful about my life – personally and professionally. The June/July timeframe seems like a good time to pause, contemplate, and assess where I am with my goals. This allows me to refocus my activities, so I can achieve my objectives, or recognize that it’s time to refine my resolutions.  I’m crystal...Continue reading

    By Michelle BraunPosted in Professional Development on September 12, 2014

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    August 20, 2014

    Grow Up to be Big and Strong: Define Your Strengths

    Three things we can do to grow up & make the most of our strengths.

    When a parent wanted you to eat your vegetables, were you told something like, “Don’t you want to grow up big and strong?”  Mine certainly did. We put a lot of emphasis on being strong -- and for good reason.  Being strong is as old as the biblical Samson.  Being strong indicates we are healthy.  Being strong means we have a shot at being Superman, Superwoman or simply super.  Being strong while communicating says we get our point across.    Donald O....Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Professional Development on August 20, 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 10, 2014

    How to Achieve Audience Buy-In: Sell It!

    Spend less time discussing the how to, & more time celebrating the what if!

    Have you ever tried to pitch an idea? In public speaking we are often times trying to sell something, sell change, sell innovation...    Noteworthy speakers are able to engage the audience, inspire, and have a successful call to action. The challenge is how? When you're proposing a new model or process you don’t want to spend time outlining the steps that will be taken in your new world; for that you could put together a job aide or process map, hand it out, and take a seat. You're giving...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on March 10, 2014

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    December 29, 2013

    55 Resolutions That Can Positively Impact Your Career & Business

    What will you do differently in 2014?

    As 2013 comes to an end and 2014 begins, it is a great time to consider some resolutions that open opportunities for career growth and professional success.  We started this list last year and have added some new opportunities to consider. Here are 55 ideas to spark an impactful action plan to improve your career and business.  What is it that you want to improve?  Are you doing what is necessary to get where you want to go in your career?  Now is the time…here is our take on...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 29, 2013

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    November 24, 2013

    How Giving Thanks Can Bring Perspective At Work

    What Are You Thankful For?

    Most people look forward to Thanksgiving as the kickoff to the holiday season, the festivities and the perspective we tend to gain by being thoughtful about the blessings we have in our lives. Family and friendships, the world around us, we absorb it, we appreciate it, we see the good in each and every aspect.  The mental state we create is a choice. We choose to acknowledge the good over the bad during this time of year. Maybe this year we can choose to extend that acknowledgement to our employees,...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on November 24, 2013

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    October 20, 2013

    Mentor Me?

    Asking, Answering and Amplifying When The Question is Popped

    Not to be confused with the great Bruno Mars’ song Marry Me, we do have an engagement of sorts when we ask for someone’s hand in helping to develop our career. Whether it be an informal or formal relationship, there are great ways of asking for -- and making the most of -- a mentor’s assistance.     For the mentee, how do you approach a potential mentor? How do you maximize the value of this burgeoning relationship? How do you best communicate your challenges without sounding...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Professional Development on October 20, 2013

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    September 26, 2013

    Does your boss think you have a “Poor Work Ethic?”

    5 Steps to Help Structure Your Time & Deliver High Quality Work

    A new study by Millennial Branding reports that GenY employees may not be in sync with their employers. Findings include perceptions of new grads as follows:  47% of employers believe new grads have a "poor work ethic" 46% of employers say GenY employees are easily distracted at work  Yikes.    Regardless of whether these are generalized perceptions of higher-level managers, or street level experience from managers of Gen Y, it makes sense to reflect.    Two...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Professional Development on September 26, 2013

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    August 25, 2013

    The Power of Radical Ownership

    3 Steps To Overcoming Powerlessness & Overwhelm At Work

    Some days I feel powerless.    It starts with a trigger.    My manager uses “that tone.” My kids “overlook” their home chores. My direct report hasn’t completed the task that I thought was a given. A payment to one of my vendors is late because of an “error in paperwork” that no one called to my attention.    It could be anything. But the feeling is like hearing fingernails drawn down a chalkboard. It’s a low-level kind of...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Professional Development on August 25, 2013

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    August 18, 2013

    7 Things Very Effective People STOP Doing

    Productivity At Work - Are You A Fast Hamster?

    Do you feel fulfilled and accomplished at the end of the day? Or are you more often frustrated over what you did not get done? When no matter how much you do still feels like you haven’t done enough, it can become overwhelming and sometimes physically exhausting, a little like a hamster on a wheel. Well, we know there is much more to you than that, however this is a common feeling shared by many business leaders.   It’s not productive and doesn't make the most of our time and...Continue reading

    By Jayne JenkinsPosted in Professional Development on August 18, 2013

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