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Small Decisions and their Big Impact

Small Decisions and their Big Impact | train tracks crossover
Most of us are well aware of the big decisions we have made and the significant impact those decisions have had in our lives. The decision to attend a university and graduate is a big decision that most people would agree had a positive impact on their life (with the exception of the student loan […]
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Playing it Safe Might Be the Riskiest Strategy

business man with his head buried in the sand
A senior level manager we are coaching shared with me a powerful story. One of her peers had secretly confessed to her that she was leaving the company after she received her annual bonus check. When I asked the leader we were coaching if she had let her CEO know this important information, she said […]
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There’s More to Success than Passion

There's More to Success than Passion
There is an old cliché–and even a book–titled, Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow! If you Google “love your job” or “passion for your job,” you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of articles that come up. Passion in your job is such a popular topic that there are even coaching companies who have […]
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6 Words that Will Hurt your Ability to Lead

6 Words That will Hurt your Ability to Lead | Business man with caution tape on his face | I'll be honest with you
There’s one question that I have been asked hundreds of times in my career and it is, “Can I be honest with you? Other variations of the same line include: “I’m going to be honest with you.” “I need to be transparent with you.” Or, better yet, “Can I be frank?” Every time someone asks […]
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7 Ways Leaders Can Make Their Own Luck

7 Ways Leaders Can Make Their Own Luck - Slot Machines
Winning the lottery is luck. Your physical size or height is luck. I even feel there is luck in meeting the love of your life. Where you’re born and who you’re born to has an element of luck. There is a lot of research that statistically documents it is easier to be born rich. Tom […]
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Mentors are Everywhere

Mentors are Everywhere | Two kids looking at a computer screen.
Will somebody please slow down this crazy world and give me time to catch up? No. That’s not going to happen. As slowing down is not an option in today’s fast-paced, competitive world, our only option is to speed up our learning process. To optimize our ability to learn quickly and efficiently, finding a mentor […]
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How All Leaders Can Embrace Technological Change

How All Leaders Can Embrace Technological Change | Hand holding a phone with a Facebook-style like
According to Michael Cox, vice president and chief economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the rate of technological adoption spreading throughout the population is incrementally speeding up. While it took over 25 years for half of the U.S. population to have a telephone in their home, it only took five years for cell […]
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Top Leadership Traits, Uncovered

Top Leadership Traits, Uncovered | Man walking with open sky behind him
Are you a great leader? Here’s a test for you. Ten years ago, you were the manager of a successful employee. The company you both worked for was acquired by a larger organization and you were let go because of a duplication of your position. Today, you work for a successful company and you have […]
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Change is All About Perspective

Change is All About Perspective | Holding up rose colored sunglasses
What’s the difference between seeing a change as negative or positive? Your world view. Your attitude. The only thing you have 100% control over is your attitude. Everything else happens around us, happens to us, but each day we wake up and we get to make a choice about what kind of attitude we have. […]
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A Leader’s Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse

A Leader's Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse | Angry business man smashing office technology
What attitude did you bring to work with you today? Unfortunately, very few leaders are aware of their attitude at any given moment. We talk about attitude a lot, but what, exactly, is it? Psychologists define attitude as a learned tendency to evaluate things a certain way. Most people are aware if they don’t feel […]
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