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Leadership Tip: Change Your Perspective

If you keep running into the same problem, the issue may have more to do with your view–not what you do. Changing your perspective is hard, especially if you’ve been seeing things the same way for a long time. Yet it’s one of the most important capabilities of successful leaders. Being able to change how […]

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In a Summer Slump?

Summer is here–a time to relax and recharge. But if you’re like many people, you might be experiencing a “summer slump.” It happens to the best. Signs are: You’re not being as productive as you need to be. You’re not as energized about your work or the business. You’re feeling stagnant or lethargic. You’re procrastinating […]

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An Ideal Leadership Project for You

What projects are you working on? If you’re like most people, you are working on projects that you’ve been assigned–or “must do” projects that pay the bills. You’re probably good at managing the moving parts and achieving the results you want. The projects may seem familiar, even predictable. You know the work that needs to […]

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Good Leadership Advice – Just in time for Halloween

It’s almost Halloween. Business can be scary. Even strong leaders have fears that get the best of them from time to time. Just for fun I thought I’d serve up some seasonal leadership advice. 1.  Quiet the voices. Are you hearing voices? If so, that’s normal. They’ll haunt you, if you let them. What if […]

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Having trouble with time management?

What are your top three specific priorities for the month? If I asked you that question, would you be able to name them quickly? If not, you’re like many executives I know. Intuitively you may know what’s most important, but instead you’re reacting to problems or requests as they arise. You may find yourself thinking, […]

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Is your insecurity showing?

“I thought I was ready, but had no idea what I was getting myself into. What if I’m not really cut out for this?” No matter how much experience you’ve had, it’s easy to doubt yourself and wonder if you’re “good enough” to get to the next level. In working with many leaders over the […]

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What to do when you hit a roadblock

On the path to improvement, there’s one thing for certain–you’re going to hit a roadblock. It’s inevitable. Could be a number of reasons: Perhaps you fall back into patterns that give you problems in the first place. Human beings are creatures of habit. (“I’m doing what I know how to do on autopilot.”) Maybe you […]

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What if you can’t get it all done?

If you feel like you’re racing through your day trying to “get it all done,” be careful. You might be doing more harm than good. I know you’ve been conditioned to complete your tasks and meet deadlines, but if you are constantly struggling to keep up, something needs to change. Unfortunately many executive clients with […]

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What’s your best advice?

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a “speed mentoring” event for professional women sponsored by the local business journal. As a mentor I was available to have five minute conversations with individual women who could ask questions about anything. Most asked specific questions about how to advance their business or career. One woman […]

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Are you outcome oriented?

What’s the biggest business obstacle you’re facing? Obstacles are a part of business. Some are external, like the snow storms that hit the country this winter. Businesses scrambled to make the best of a difficult situation. Some obstacles are internal, like employee conflicts that make getting work done next to impossible. I’ve always contended that […]

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