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  • Get ahead of the day before it gets ahead of you.

    Get ahead of the day before it gets ahead of you.

    It’s challenging to be productive in our always-on, face paced world, but it’s possible. Here’s how to create a personal productivity process that will keep your mind clear and actions focused.

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  • How Emotions Impact Decisions

    How Emotions Impact Decisions

    “Emotions are not reactions to the world; they are your constructions of the world.”― Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain Barbara lost her job in the travel industry during the pandemic. She’s looking for opportunities in other sectors that have more growth potential. Recently, Barbara interviewed for…

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  • How Assumptions Block Authentic Communication

    How Assumptions Block Authentic Communication

    “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” – Rudyard Kipling (reprinted from Authentic Success Newsletter) If you want to excel at communicating, commit to inquire more and assume less. Unless highly aware, you will likely interpret the meaning of others’ words and deeds through the filter of your experience and…

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  • Why Authentic Leadership Matters

    Why Authentic Leadership Matters

    We live and work in a world packed with so much information, we exhaust ourselves trying to separate fact from fiction. So, when it comes to our leaders and influencers, we want direction and guidance that is simple, clear and honest. According to The Leadership Challenge, Sixth Edition, based on 3 decades of research and more than 1.3…

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  • A Mindset of Commitment and Passion

    A Mindset of Commitment and Passion

    Portrait: US Army (USA) Brigadier General (BGEN) John H. Stanford What happens when we decide to be “all in”? Why does it feel good and why is it good for us? Recently, I had the good fortune to facilitate a board of directors retreat for a local chapter of a national charity. I was once…

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  • The Power of Awe

    The Power of Awe

    Can awe make you happier, smarter and less time-crunched? We often don’t think about awe until we experience it. If you have ever witnessed the vastness of the Grand Canyon, watched an inspiring performance or listened to an astronaut speak of the Earth from the vantage point of hundreds of thousands miles away in space,…

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  • Gratitude-A Culture Strategy

    Gratitude-A Culture Strategy

    Thanksgiving is a traditional time of year we stop and metaphorically “smell the roses” giving thanks and appreciation for what we have. What if gratitude were a strategy for better work as well as a better life? It can be. Especially in the areas where entitlement and low engagement are an issue. Gratitude increases positive…

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  • Fall is the Time to Take Charge

    Fall is the Time to Take Charge

    With summer behind us, fall is a good time to renew our commitment to our best selves at work and at home. Because most of our childhoods were conditioned around the school year, this last quarter can feel like a time for getting serious again. If summer is for fun and daydreaming, then fall is…

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  • How to Influence Like a Leader

    How to Influence Like a Leader

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you shared your perspective but it wasn’t received well? Or maybe you wanted to voice your ideas but were hesitant about the possible repercussions? Or maybe you just couldn’t find the right words to express the solution you could “see” inside your head? If any of…

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  • Listening: The Secret to Great Public Speaking

    Listening: The Secret to Great Public Speaking

    Yes, I know that sounds counterintuitive. As an executive coach who helps people hone their public speaking and presence skills, public speaking should be about speaking not listening, right? Wrong. Here’s why. The audience wants to be part of your presentation. They want this experience to be a conversation between you and them (even if…

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