More articles in category: Leadership

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3 Key Foundation

Today, most people want to be a leader. This can be an admirable endeavor when done properly. Who doesn’t want to be the best at what they do? The bigger question I pose however is, “Who’s willing to pay what it costs to get there?” This is not to suggest that we should empty our pockets through bribery to make it to the top positions. What I am suggesting is going through …

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6 Ways to Ease Tough Conversations For Your Board

The best laid plans for delivering premium service do not always work. Effective nonprofits begin by looking at things they can control before going outside to discover what went wrong. When emphasis is on doing an external scan, problems inside the organization go unnoticed.

Dedicated people in nonprofits do not set out to be ineffective at solving social problems. M…

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The Power of Mentors

If you want to go further faster, you will do it with a mentor. 

Quill Cloud

I recently started doing Bikram Yoga again. Yoga isn’t cheap (and I’m very cheap). I thought about it for weeks and even toiled with the idea of just doing yoga in my living...

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Human Partnerships vs Product Partnerships

What is leadership? Is it more than science, art, or is it just a skill? Each leader must look inward and understand that the ability for a leader is more than science, art, or a skill. Instead leadership is meeting the needs of the people that are around you as a leader. As leaders we need to make human partnerships that will lead to success of a vision, goal, …

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Be A Great CEO? Start With The Man In The Mirror!

The role of a CEO in a company cannot be overstated. A good CEO is the best sales person, a marketing expert, a savant of financial tracking and a politician. If you are considering founding your own company or aspire to hit the top C-level job in a major corporation, then you better start developing your attention to detail and multi-tasking a…

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Demonstrate How You Make a Difference

Step 4 of the process of Building High Performance Nonprofits is to Clearly Define the Value You Provide. Here you answer the questions, what problems do we solve? Why would people turn to us to solve these problems instead of someone else? What do we do exceptionally well? Your mission tells others about an opportunity to partner with you to solve problems…

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Staying on Track; Measure the Things That Matter

Staying on Track is the third step to building a high-performance nonprofit. This is done by Measuring or Evaluating, what works, what needs to be changed, and examining new things to consider. By the time we reach this point, all of the gaps identified in step 1 are being filled through outsourcing or colla…

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What makes a good leader?

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.—Gandhi

There is a lot of literature out there defining the term ‘what makes a good leader’. What can we learn from the wealth of research and articles?

Here are some qualities we should be looking for in a good l…

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Creating Effective Action Plans

‘The process of defining your foundations is not merely an academic exercise. While it does require considerable effort up front, it will save lots of time and create greater focus later. The time it takes will be saved in the long run, leading to better outcomes for your organization and the people you serve.

Once you have completed this inventory, you have the bui…

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Church Hurt At It’s Best

 As the tears roll down my cheeks. I’m left with the broken heart of a misunderstood spirit. Sometimes you don’t know how big your heart really is until you have to sit back and say nothing while people brush you under the rug after you helped them. My heart is huge. I spend my entire life trying to push people to their full potential, give where I can, but sometimes …

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Finding your Passion

We all know that one person. They succeed at EVERYTHING. Seriously, no matter the task, new job, parenting, bringing people together – they succeed. Literally everything they ever touch turns to gold. They all make it look so easy. Of course sometimes it can be pure luck, but often it’s just a lot of behind the scenes good old fashioned hard work.

So of…

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Find a new approach

 Everyone expects to live to be one hundred years old. Everyone wants to be the one to make it to one hundred years old. What do we do with our lives until we make it to the big one hundred? Many of us won’t make it to the big one hundred, but we all dream that we will. 

 Everyone spends their free time searching for true friends, true love, or true success. Is any …

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Defining Your Foundations

Defining Your Foundations is the First Step to Building a High Performance Nonprofit Organization. High performance in any field is built upon a solid foundation. Nonprofit organizations are no exception in this regard. Ingredients for a solid foundation are strong core values, strengths; clear understanding of existing gaps, and a process for continuous improvemen…

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Never Forget Where It Started

 A little over five years ago, after 24+ years of military service, I held my retirement ceremony. The ceremony was attended by colleagues, friends and family all of which I was honored by their presence. It was a great ceremony, lots of fun and I am still very grateful to all who made the day happen.

 What many people didn’t know was my decision to join the militar…

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Everybody needs a mentor

 As a little girl I used to dream crazy dreams about all the things that people who grow up to chase “GREATNESS” dream about. I was a misunderstood child and kind of an outcast at school. I faced a lot of bullying. I was shy and timid. I wasn’t the prettiest child either. I got made fun almost every day. I’d go home crying hoping I never have to go back. As I’d go home cry…

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4 Steps to Building a High Performance Nonprofit

When Jim Collins wrote the books “Built to Last,” and “Good to Great,” he was defining what it took for an organization to make lasting pos…

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H.O.T. Leadership

Would you follow you?

I’m currently contributing a chapter to a book on women’s mentorship and leadership, and as I’m writing this chapter for this book, I find myself in a constant state of query – questioning EVERYTHING I know about leadership.

Like, what really makes a leader?

I’ve read hundreds of books, taken the courses – heck, I even remember bein...

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Fog of Change

As with anything leaders need to help clear the fog when it come to making changes within the organization. You may have heard of a term used in the military called the ‘Fog of War’ well there is ‘Fog of Change’. Strategic change doesn’t happen on its own. Effective leaders guide the process from the start to finish. But without good communication the ‘Fog of Change’ se…

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The Irresistible Power of StorySpeak

What is StorySpeak?

When Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the US and holder of the unofficial title “America’s Greatest StorySpeaker” was asked, “Do you enjoy your work?” He replied, “I tap-dance to work.” That’s StorySpeak.

Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech was delivered in StorySpeak, as was Steve Jobs’ legendar…

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Are You a Successful Change Leader

Change management research has demonstrated time after time that organizational change initiatives fail more often than they succeed, despite the resources put into creating change management processes.

In our fast changing world, the strategic imperative to change is often clear: without doing things differently, our company is unlikely to continue doing anything …

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Who Bears Responsibility for Fundraising?

This question stirs up many emotions and draws a wide range of responses in nonprofit circles, especially when posed to board members and trustees. In a recent discussion on Boardsource, opinions ranged from none to their primary responsibility. Reality is somewhere in the middle.

On the full responsibility side, it’s difficult to make a case to ask someone els…

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Practicing What We Preach

“If someone said that to me, I know what I would say”

“Well, if that happened to me, I would’ve done something totally different.”

We all face conflict whether it’s with family, friends or co-workers. How many times have we given advice on how to handle situations surrounded by conflict? Or do we question ourselves following a negative inte…

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Leadership – Why Should People Follow You?

LEADERSHIP – WHY SHOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU?

By H. Roy Austin, CPA, CMA, MBA

“Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error and from experience.” – Colin Powell

All organizations rise and fall according to their leadership. Today, many companies, once giants in their industry, either no longer exist or are...

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In-Decision

Is your decision to stop being in-decisive? If you’re anything like me, you know there is a certain uneasiness when you make a decision and it’s not the right decision. Your mind is constantly looking for ways to justify that you are on the right path, but you know something doesn’t feel right. The hardest thing to do at this point is admitting you are heading…

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Survival Mode

 As a child I used to dream about what I would become when I grew up. I remember I collected a lot of stuffed animals. I remember playing with my dollhouse. I remember playing with marbles. I remember the popular gadget at the time was a nano. I remember how we used to drive the teachers and our parents crazy because we would feed our nano. Today, children have fidget spinne…

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Pitching for Profit

READING TIME: 90 SECONDS

“I went back and checked,” Kevin O’Leary said in a recent interview, “and it turns out that every person who got a deal on Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den, without exception, was able to connect and articulate their business idea in 90 seconds or less.” To illustrate what Kevin means here’s an excerpt from page 251 of Convince Them in 90 Secon…

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VISIONEERING A NECESSARY SKILL FOR LEADERS

The Essence of Visioneering

Although you may have impeccable technical, analytical, designing, etc. skills, often that is not enough. Mindset and skill sets are two independent yet inter-dependent pillars to a flourishing business.

The essence of visioneering is the skill to create detailed mental pictures of the results you intend to ...

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Party your Way to the Top

READING TIME 90 SECONDS

On March 16th, 2008 Jussi Karppinen closed his office door in downtown Helsinki, sat down at his desk and Googled “borrow money.” On the other side of the door his staff of twenty-five realtors plodded about their business convinced any day soon would be their last.

“My company was suffering from the financial crisis.” Jussi e…

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Women in Sales and How to Stand Out

A smart man not so long ago (we will say 50 years) made a wise decision to instrumentally place a woman in a sales position and never questioned himself again. Don’t we wish ladies? If only it was as easy as that. Don’t get me wrong, We have made tremendous leaps in the work force and women no longer feel as threaten by sexual harassment but, with women naturally being …

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The difference between “complete” and “finished?”

No dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. At a recent linguistic conference held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world: Samsundar Balgobin from Guyana, took the first prize.

His final challenge was this: Some say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. Please ex…

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Why Art Matters For Human Survival More Than Ever!

Here is your first lesson of “imagination”. Imagine a world with no color, music, story, dance, ideas, etc. You just Imagined a world without these innate human attributes which ARE necessary for survival.  It is a pre-requisite to being a human.

Why is this so much more important than ever before?

Long are the days, where IBMs, and analytics of...

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Where’s your enthusiasm?

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Several years ago, I agreed to go to a meeting in place of a coworker who was on maternity leave. I had no idea what I was getting into, but was simply excited just get out of my office. The meeting was with a group of college faculty from different disciplines who had way more degre…

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Paralysis by Analysis

“Well Ted, the analytics tells us that Waldo will hit a home run every 2.876 times when he is hitting on a Friday afternoon with the wind blowing in from left field and the sky is overcast. Today is a perfect day for Waldo with the sky overcast and the wind blowing in from left field and its a Friday afternoon. So look out fences when Waldo comes up to bat.”

Have …

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What Is The Authority Factory?

So, by now many of you have taken note of the incredible work that is being done at the Authority Factory. 

What?

You haven’t heard of it?

The Authority Factory is a program that recently emerged out of 15 years of experience that I collected as I have been building my speaking career, my books, my company and my personal desire to h...

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Imagination rules the world

“Imagination rules the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte – Emperor

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein – Theoretical Physicist and Genius

Great orators and communicators rely on their ability to feed that imagination with what it likes best; pictures, sounds, feelings, smells and tastes. 

Ask any high school student w…

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Building Trust – Part 4: We Are What We DO!

“We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist

Welcome back to our adventure in discovering the proven ways we can build trust.

As I’ve shared earlier, trust is a natural outgrowth of countless actions, words, thoughts and intentions. We have to be willing to take action on a daily basis to...

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Do you Give or Ask for Feedback?

Reading Time: 130 Seconds

Feedback –“Information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.” 

We all make mistakes in our lives and if we are sensible we will take the opportunity to try and learn fr...

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12 Traits of Great Leaders- Part 3

Reading Time: 60 Seconds

This is the concluding article of three where I have discovered some traits Great Leaders display for you to think about… Hope you have enjoyed them… 

Trait 9 Thoughtful

Generally people like and warm to those who are considerate and thoughtful of others and be aware of those around them. Th…

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You were made for GREATNESS!

You must have plans to become successful. You must have plans to become great. I know the world’s probably been unfair to you. You spent so many days lonely saving the world. You spent so many nights crying feeling under-appreciated. You try so hard to dedicate your life to something – humanity work, a cause, family, a career. The only thing you ever seem to meet is…

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Are You a “Manager” or a TEAM LEADER?

I’ve always had an issue with the word “Manager”. To me the word has a negative/hard tone to it. It reminds me of the old days of food service manager who yells at his/her workers on an assembly line. In my head I see the bean boss, screaming at their workers with no care or concern for them as people. They are a number and a place holder who works for them and for a paych…

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A Leader’s Place at the Table

Walking into most board rooms today, I see a typical setup with large rectangular tables. It has been a custom throughout the ages for leaders to sit at the head of a large table. Looking from the entry at the far end is a chair that is larger and a little more plush that the others around the table. This view is less than inviting, especially if you are go…

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7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Presentation

It’s Presentation Time! (Yay!)

Does the idea of doing a presentation make you want to run and hide?

Perhaps your grades depend on a dazzling oral demonstration of your knowledge, or the direction of your job hangs in the balance. My advice?

Be prepared, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

How would you like 7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Pr…

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Winning Self-Published Authors – Part Two

As you probably know, there are a TON of services, people and programs offering to make you a successful self-published author easily and quickly. The problem is, their definition of “successful” may only mean that you end up holding something you can call your own book in your own hands. I have worked with many people who have bought this dream not knowing that it will tak…

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Winning Self-Published Authors – Part One

For those of us who love books, the self-publishing industry is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Becoming a published author is a breeze compared to the old days, which gives us more to read than ever before. On top of that, those of us who want to write our own book have a much easier time of it.

But becoming successful in self-publishing is not a sl…

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12 Traits of Great Leaders – Part Two

A continuation from last weeks article about traits of great leaders….

  • Trait 5- Sorry

A great leader is not afraid to say they are sorry when something has gone wrong. This may or may not have been their fault but regardless the strong leader does what is needed to make amends to this situation. A weak leader blames everyone e...

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There’s no substitute for the real thing.

READING TIME: 60 SECONDS –

When we bond face-to-face, the “seeking” emotions trigger the release of a feel-good chemical inside us called dopamine: and we feel energy and pleasure. If we like and trust the person, the calming and “satisfaction” rewards of oxytocin and serotonin are triggered to balance the highly addictive effects of the dopamine.

When we...

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12 Traits of Great Leaders- Part One

Reading time: 60 Seconds

What makes a great leader? What makes a weak leader?

Read on whilst I share with you some traits that great leaders have and examples of the traits they display. This is the first of three articles:

In my experience I have worked for only a few peopl…

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For The Matriarchs

This is not your regular Mother’s Day post.

I have more to say than some nice sentimental hallmark card to the mother’s out there.

This is a call to arms for mothers around the world. Almost a ‘KICK IT UP A NOTCH’ post that I dare you to not just read, but implement in your life as a MOM of ANY AGE!

See here’s the thing MOMMIES – You aren’t really playin...

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The #1 Risk-Takers Advantage
“A ship is always safe at the shore but that’s not what it’s built for.” Albert Einstein.

The British have a wonderful tradition called a “Gap Year.” It’s a year taken off by a student between secondary school and higher education. Generally it involves a trip to a distant land to make or break it on your own. Parents typically pay for the tick…

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Pastors and Marital Affairs

 I grew up in the church. I sat through multiple sermons. In every church; behind every pulpit is a handsome man in one way or another. We love to praise that man or we love to hate that man. He either reminds us of things we need to change in ourselves or he helps us find a better way to live. He does it all through God and the bible of whatever doctrine of denomination…

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LEAD FROM THE FRONT

This past week I was fortunate enough to attend a training conference in Las Vegas with my amazing wife and a bunch of friends we made through our Social Marketing Business. While, I’m not going to elaborate on that business in this article, I invite you to reach…

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Clean Up To Move Up

 “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” ~ Proverb

 There are so many different things that come up in our lives. Things that we struggle with but you know something new will come, tomorrow will come, spring will come. During the winter months we often shut ourselves in, almost hiding ourselves from the world. I know …

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Volunteers Make the Special Olympics Special

Everyone has watched the Olympic games held around the world every four years. Less known are the Special Olympics and the special gift the competition gives, not only to the Olympians but to the volunteers as well.

What are the Special Olympics?

Unlike the Paralympics, Olympic Games for those with physical disabilities, the Special Olympics, …

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These are the People In My Neighbourhood #1

Dear Friends, Neighbours, & Readers,

I am very proud to introduce Neil Damackine the founder and the heart of Construction ND Inc. 

Before I give you every reason to work with Construction ND Inc., let me talk to you a little about my dear ...

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Leadership vs Technology – Could Cause War

Have you ever heard of the concept “Managing by Wandering Around”? Tom Peters wrote several books in the 70’s thru the 90’s dealing with Excellence, In Search of Excellence, A Passion for Excellence, and Thriving on Chaos, in each of these books he writes about leadership getting out from behind the desk and talking with the people of the diffe...

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Learn To Be Still

Recently I was doing a radio interview and the radio host had asked if there was one thing that I learned later in life that I wish I could go back and be better at. The host waited for my answer, which I responded to automatically, but I seemed to catch the interviewer off guard with my response. I answered, “I wish I had learned to be still sooner in life and unders…

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How to Tell if You Operate an Innovative Nonprofit

Nonprofits currently operate in an environment that requires measurable proof they create the impact they were meant to deliver. Impact seems to to be a term that is being overused in some circles. This is far from the case when it is used in the proper context. It’s also important to understand that this context is defined by the people the organization se…

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Is corporate life unfulfilling?

I’m on the plane returning from a reunion in Europe of my university days there. It’s been 20 years since graduation. And 20 years is enough time to get frustrated about corporate life – and actually, it is plenty of time to get over the frustrations, too.

On the dance floor in the wee hours of last Saturday night I didn’t do statistics of the people who might have go…

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Five Stages of Decision Making

Five Stages of Decision Making

Most of us rarely, if ever, consider the process we go through in making a decision. It’s just something we do. Yet understanding the process can provide a greater understanding of how to improve the outcomes of your decisions. Did you know there are five stages of decision making?

  • Una…
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Why managing Generation Z is easier than you think

Look out, employers: Generation Z is just around the corner!

“Generation Z” (AKA Gen Z) is the latest generation to hit the workforce. However, not everyone agrees on who, exactly, belongs to it: some say it includes anyone born between the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, while others specify 1995-2012.

Regardless of your definition, this…

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The Rehire Technique

One of the best tools to learn and teach to your leaders is what is called the rehire technique. This is demonstrated and spoken to in my book Shortcuts Get You Lost and it is truly an effective way of demonstrating to the recipient, this is where the rubber meets the road conversation.

We all hire and employ individuals for them to be successful, as their success is…

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Creating A Sense Of Urgency

“What ideas or goals do you have that you keep putting off?” That is the overriding question that haunts us throughout the 12th chapter of T.J. Hoisington’s “If You Think You Can”. This short chapter is packed with warnings about how to use y...

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5 Books By, For, and About Women in Business

If you are a woman in business –or are a friend, colleague or family member– these books are well worth a read for personal stories and actionable advice on strategies to help women reach their full potential in their careers, while advancing their families and companies at the same time. 

What Works: Gender Equality by Design, by Iris Bohnet (2016)

Ge…

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Fear Is Between Success & Failure

My father was a Drill Sargent before I was born. Our upbringing was a disciplined upbringing as it was my father’s natural nature. In addition, my father was a man that all through my life I never saw him display any fear. In fact, the only time I heard him speak of fear was when he knew he was dying of pancreatic cancer and he mentioned it once. But as we took care of him a…

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The American Police Officer–Racist or Color Blind

The American Police Officer – Racist or Color Blind? 

In the wake of sensational media reports and the Department of Justice review of the Chicago Police Department, the politically incorrect question must be asked: are cops in America truly racist or has …

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Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influencing and earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance and negotiation. His books including Influence, Science and Practice are the result of decades of peer reviewed research on why people comply with request. Influence has sold…

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Leading vs. Managing

Excerpts from When the Glass Ceiling is Stained:

Leaders need managers. Managers need leaders.

Leaders are vision people. They see the big picture. What they often don’t see though are the steps that need to be taken to make that vision a reality. They need managers. Managers are the implementers of the leader’s vision. They instinctively know how to t…

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Irony

A Day of Appreciation That Began With Tragedy

This Year’s Law Enforcement Appreciation day has begun on an incredibly tragic note for Florida officers and the Law Enforcement profession. Master Sergeant Debra Clayton of Orlando Police Department was shot to death after contacting a known murder suspect, while an Orange County Sheriff Deputy died fro…

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Why you should NEVER choose a coach in January

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Hire a coach?  During the month of January, it’s a time when we are all vulnerable and caught up in the ritual of setting annual goals, making New Year’s resolutions – which by the way are often forgotten before January 31st.  For this reason, you should never hire a coach in January. 

First of all, have you noticed that there i…

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How to Make a Difference – When No One Cares

Let’s Make It Matter!

As 2016 came to a close, I took some time to ponder the things in life that bothered me most, in the hopes of insight to making changes. I contemplated what was within my own power to change and what I could at least have an impact on. In today’s world, it’s easy to feel insignificant and powerless to affect any real or lasting change. We …

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The Practice of Gratitude – Let’s Get Started

 In my last few articles I discussed the power of having a practice of gratitude which includes giving and...

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The Practice of Gratitude During the Bad Times

 Over the last couple of articles I have written, I talked about the power of having a practice of gratitude which inc…

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Play BIG! Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Brian Tracy

Do you remember days as a kid when you’d step outside your comfort zone just for the fun of it? You may have felt a twinge of fear, but you shook it off and took a chan…

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Developing The Responsibility Habit

Responsibility is a habit. At birth, we are responsible for nothing. As we mature, we learn responsibility much like we learn to walk and talk. Our level of responsibility is determined by the degree to which we take ownership of our actions, both good and bad. The scary part of responsibility is the fact that each of us is 100% in control of what we do. 

Repeated ...

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Simple Tips To Help You Set Better Goals For 2017

As 2016 comes to the end, it’s worth taking the time to review how you did against your 2016 goals, and then look to see how you can use that information to help you set the right goals for 2017.

One of the things that I often notice is that as the year progresses some of the goals that I have set for that year become less relevant than they were at the start of th…

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Resiliency Life Skills – Mindfullness

Resiliency is a buzz word in business and in our society today. We have been discussing how to use like skills to become resilient in our life. Last week we capitalized on our strengths by balancing your thinking. This week we want to learn how to use acceptance strategies by learning about being mindfulness. 

Rather than avoid negative thinking, deny that negative ev…