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Two Things the Most Effective Leaders Do

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Have you ever had a boss who asked you such a profound question that it stopped you in your tracks and caused you to think differently about who you are and what you’re doing? I have. But unfortunately, there are very few leaders who have this kind of impact.

The Art of Asking Questions

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Today I’m featuring a guest post from Guy Parsons and Allan Milham , co-authors of Out of the Question: How Curious Leaders Win , an important book for leaders who want to take their skills to a higher level. This article is an excerpt from Chapter 3.

Stop Criticizing Other People

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Steven Pressfield’s brilliant book about overcoming resistance, The War of Art , contains this profound piece of wisdom about criticism: "Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement."

Is Your Heart at Peace or at War with Others?

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Do you have an ongoing conflict with someone in your professional or personal life? If the tension and differences have been going on for a while, you’ve probably made a substantial list of things about that person you’d like to change.

Self-Esteem and Our Company’s 25th Anniversary

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Meredith Bell and Denny Coates, co-founders of PSS In October, 1987, Denny Coates and I each started our own consulting firms. Even though we often worked together, we didn't officially merge our businesses until 1991.

Your Voice of Encouragement: The Role of Personal Strengths in.

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Having strong people skills is absolutely critical to being an effective leader. You've got to know how to give and receive feedback, listen well, and resolve issues that arise between individuals on your team

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Habits Take Time to Ingrain - for Leaders and Everyone Else

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There's a reason why athletes spend hours and hours practicing to improve just one small element of their game. Whether they realize it or not, what they're doing is strengthening the neural pathways in their brain so the pattern

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How to Build Momentum

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“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” - Chinese proverb Do you ever have trouble motivating yourself to get started with a project?

Do You Talk Too Much about Yourself?

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I’d arrived a few minutes at the beauty salon for my hair appointment. While I was waiting for my stylist to arrive, I couldn’t help overhearing the only other stylist who was there with a client. Sheila” was talking non-stop about a worker’s compensation situation involving her brother.

Gratitude - Express Appreciation to the People in Your Life.

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When you're having a busy day, it's not easy to tell others how much you appreciate them. Yet finding ways to value others is one of the best investments you can make to strengthen relationships. In this video I explain the payoffs for

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The Courage to Make a Change

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During the summer of 1982 I was working as director of federally-funded programs for a local school system. It was my second year on the job, and the difference between Year 1 and Year 2 was like night and day.

Kathy Ireland: A Role Model for Persistence

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At the 2011 Glazer-Kennedy SuperConference, I had the privilege of meeting Kathy Ireland and hearing her address the audience of 1200 entrepreneurs.

Creating Memories That Stay with Your Children

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For some reason, many of today’s parents feel they have to go all-out for their children, whether it’s for birthday parties, vacations, holidays, or celebrations after recitals or sporting events. And later, with engagement parties and weddings.

Break Through Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

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Your deeply-held beliefs about yourself and what’s possible for you determine what you attempt. Living within these self-imposed restrictions limits your ability to see opportunities that are available.

Three Steps for Building a New Habit

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When you decide to make a change, you''ve taken an important step. Now you need to follow through on your commitment. But there’s a problem. As you begin this undertaking, you find that your old way of doing things kicks in more often than the new way.

What Kind of Impact Do You Have on Others?

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I was working at my desk when my business partner Paula walked into my office. She was visibly shaken and her face was red. She had just gotten off the phone with a salesman who was trying to book an appointment for one of their reps to see her about our 401(k) plan.

Listening Skills for Phone Conversations

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The listening skills you need for telephone conversations are not exactly the same as what you need for in-person meetings. Since the speaker can’t see you, it’s easy to get distracted and start doing something else when it’s not your turn to talk.

Your Voice of Encouragement: Are You a People Pleaser?

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Young children love to get attention and approval from their parents. If you're on a playground, observe how many kids yell, “Watch me go down the slide, Mommy!” And then they wait for the positive look or exclamation from her once they

Listening – A Lesson in What NOT to Do

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I was just finishing up my third year of teaching 4th grade at an elementary school in Blacksburg. While I’d enjoyed those three years, I was ready for a change. I’m the kind of person who thrives on variety and challenges. But my principal didn’t want to reassign me to a different position.

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Give Feedback the Right Way

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Giving feedback to someone who has created a problem for you is an important life skill. If you don't do it well, the other person is likely to react defensively and shut down the conversation. When you learn the 4 steps for giving

What’s at the CORE of Your Abilities?

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It’s taken a lot of effort for you to become the person you are today. As this diagram shows, you develop different kinds of ability during your life. You began some of this learning when you were young, but the learning didn’t end when you became an adult.

John Wooden on Managing Your Emotions

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John Wooden wasn't just an exceptional basketball coach. He helped young men become successful human beings for life. In this video I share his wise words about what happens when you don't manage your emotions and then suggest some ways

Do You Find It Hard to Apologize?

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Offering an apology doesn't come easy when you're the one who's made a mistake or done something wrong. Yet those two simple words, “I'm sorry,” go a long way to making amends and restoring a relationship. Learn what may be keeping you

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Fairness – Treat Others with Respect

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It's easy to judge or criticize people whose backgrounds or opinions differ from ours. But you can learn from everyone you encounter when you show them consideration and courtesy

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Situational Leadership for Dummies

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Today I'm featuring a guest post by Henna Inam , a colleague whose outstanding new book, Wired for Authenticity , is a must-read for leaders. This past Sunday I got to spend a few hours as a “dumb blonde." It taught me some great lessons about authentic leadership.

Self-Confidence Is the Foundation for Achievement

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You have the potential to accomplish some really important things during your life. But will you do them? Most people barely scratch the surface of what they’re capable of. There are many reasons for this. A big one that holds back a lot of folks is a lack of self-confidence.

Are You Willing to Listen to Feedback?

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We all make mistakes. While you probably agree intellectually with that statement, it’s not always easy to admit when you actually make one. Especially when someone else points it out to you.

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VISION - Imagine the Future You Want

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When you're busy trying to complete your daily tasks, it's hard to think about the future. Taking time to visualize what you want most will give you greater energy and purpose

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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For some reason, many of us wait until January 1 each year to set new goals. As if that’s the only time it’s appropriate to describe what you want to do, have or be. Actually, any day can work.

Listening: The First Step of Encouragement

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When you see that someone is discouraged or upset, you may be tempted to dispense advice or try to solve their problem. Neither of these responses is helpful to the other person and could actually result in a negative reaction

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Your Voice of Encouragement: Perseverance - Be the One Who's Still.

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When the going gets tough, you'll wonder if it's worth it. But if you don't quit, if you keep on fighting, you give yourself a chance to achieve your goal. Applying the ideas will give you the resolve you need when you're face-to-face

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Personal Development - A Common Trait of All High Achievers

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When you finished your formal education, did you assume you were finished with most of the learning you’d need to do in your life? For many people, graduation means they are done. They don't want to read any more books or study ever again.

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Express Appreciation and You’ll Build Strong Relationships

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I had started my morning by reading the latest issue of the Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle (GKIC) newsletter, which is packed full of business-building tips for entrepreneurs. When I turned to page 12, I couldn't believe what I saw.

Take Your Networking to the Next Level

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I recently purchased and studied an online program called Connected by Eben Pagan and Dave Logan. Without a doubt, one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

Top Tip: Master ONE Skill at a Time

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"Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential." - Bruce Lee, Chinese actor

Personal Strengths Are Behavior Patterns, Not Passive Qualities

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When it comes to character development, people often use words like “quality” or “trait” to describe personal strengths like honesty, integrity, courage and perseverance. But these terms miss the mark.

Discover Your Unique Talent

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Your unique talent or gift is obvious to the people who know you well. But maybe you take it for granted or don’t give yourself credit for it. In this video, Meredith Bell shares a quick, easy way to learn what your top strength is – and why you need to do that.

Do Your Workouts Include MENTAL Weight Training?

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Sometimes you find life lessons in surprising places. I was reading Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by brothers Chip and Dan Heath to stimulate my creative thinking for marketing strategies.

Excellence - Set High Standards for What You Do

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It's tempting to take the easy way out and just do the minimum to get by. Most people take this approach. But when you set and meet high standards, you can take pride in what you've accomplished – and you'll definitely stand out from

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Life Lessons from The Freedom Writers

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If you’re drawn to movies that touch your heart, mind and values – and demonstrate how one person can make a difference in the world – it’s hard to imagine a more powerful story than The Freedom Writers.