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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.

Flying without a Helicopter – A Book for Millennials, Their Parents and Their Bosses

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Recently I was having a conversation about parenting with three people I love the most – my husband, daughter and son-in-law. This topic has immediate relevance for them since they had their first child in October.

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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.

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Support Coaching Is Essential for New Habits

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“Mastering any kind of skill takes time, effort and patience. Along the way, there’s much you can do to help someone stay on track.” – Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D. in Support Coaching Do you know someone who’s trying to break a bad habit or form a new, positive one?

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The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

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.

How to Make Someone Feel Special…or Not

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This year my primary care physician got promoted to an administrative position, so I needed to find a new doctor.

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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.

The Worst Listeners Are Guilty of This

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I was trying to have a conversation with this person. But I found myself getting irritated with one thing he kept doing…interrupting me in the middle of a sentence and talking over me.


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Today I’m featuring a guest post from Henry Kimsey-House , co-author of a new, must-read book for every leader, Co-Active Leadership. A few years ago, Karen and I went to a workshop down in Silicon Valley called “Slideology” put on by Duarte Creative Design.

How to Eliminate the Drama in Your Life

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I’ve been on a path of self-development for as long as I can remember…always on the look-out for books, podcasts, videos and quotes that inspire me to become more effective as a human being.

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How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

How Quickly Do You Get to a Place of Acceptance?

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On the first day of 2014, my husband and I had a terrific fall/winter garden in place, with rows of healthy vegetables like kale (3 varieties), collards and broccoli growing nicely. But then the bitterly cold weather hit a few weeks later, with temperatures in the single-digits.

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How to Help Everyone in an Organization Become a Coach

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When I got my first job as a supervisor, I was given no training on how to be an effective leader. I made a lot of mistakes. And I had absolutely no idea how to coach my direct reports on to improve their performance. Unfortunately, what I experienced is not uncommon.

Judy Robinett: A True Power Connector

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A few years ago I got a phone call from a woman I’d connected with on Twitter. She had been following my blog and the blog of my business partner, Denny Coates , and said she was very impressed with our content. She said we were the kind of people she liked to connect with.

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The High Price of Ignoring Intuition

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In our last office space, I had a private door to my office off the main hallway. I typically used that door for trips to the ladies’ room since it was closer than our main entrance.

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Mental Rehearsal: The Secret to Superior Performance

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When you observe truly outstanding performers in any field, it’s like looking at the tip of an iceberg. You can see only a tiny fraction of what lies beneath the surface. You aren''t able to watch the commitment, preparation and repetitions that preceded the performance.

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5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

How to Prepare High School Students for Life

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Even though it’s been more than 40 years ago, I can still clearly remember the day my parents dropped me off to start my college career. I had no idea what to expect.

Fear vs. Worry: Why They Are Not the Same

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Among the many useful insights I took away from Gavin de Becker’s masterful book The Gift of Fear , one of the most profound was a deeper appreciation for the distinction between worry and fear. Until reading the final chapter, I had not pondered the difference.

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What Are You Feeding Your Brain?

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Sometimes you discover information that’s so important, you want to scream it from the rooftops to make sure everyone else finds out about it, too.

Sheryl Sandberg and a Pivotal Question

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As I was reading Sheryl Sandberg ’s thought-provoking book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead , I encountered a passage that popped out at me. As the sub-title implies, Sandberg addresses this book to women. But it’s an excellent read for men as well.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

A Group Intervention at Work

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Several years ago I was supervising a team of ten people, and most of them got along well. But over time, I picked up serious rumblings from four of them about “Rita,” one of the team members.

Wayne Dyer Wisdom – A Change in Perspective

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“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer, American author (1940- ) My husband Lee was a residential builder for almost 30 years. By training, he’s a mechanical engineer. That means he likes to take things apart and put them back to together.

Would you Rather Argue or Have a Dialogue?

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We miss many opportunities to have meaningful dialogue with another person, and as a result, we lose out on deepening the relationship. What often happens instead is that people assert their opinions without considering the reasoning, assumptions, or facts that their opinions are based on.

Blind Spots, Feedback and Change

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My husband Lee and I were in the kitchen preparing dinner last week, and I said, “I’m thinking that broccoli would be great as a side dish.” He looked at me and chuckled. What are you laughing about?” “It’s

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

Change a Habit, Change Your Life

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Recently I was reminded once again how hard it is to change the way we think and the way we act, specifically when it comes to giving up a bad habit and adopting a good one.

Optimism: A Strength You Can Develop

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Back in 1994 I completed the self-assessment in Martin Seligman ’s now-classic book, Learned Optimism. With most quizzes, I answer the questions, think about the interpretation for a few minutes and promptly forget about it. Not this time.

Don’t Use THIS Tone of Voice…EVER

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My company had just completed a survey of our customers using our 20/20 Insight software, asking them to give us feedback about our product and our technical support staff. I was studying the results to identify areas we could improve the program and our service.

Dustin Hoffman on Tootsie and Pre-judging People

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It’s been more than 30 years since Dustin Hoffman played the starring role in the movie Tootsie. This now-classic film required him to dress up as a woman in order to play the character of Dorothy Michaels. But before he agreed to play the part, he had a requirement.

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The CFO Playbook: How to Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

To increase employee retention, you need to consider more than universal healthcare benefits in your turnover calculation. Discover how investing in the right employee benefits can decrease turnover by 138%.

Keep Asking, Even When the World Says NO

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Imagine this. You have an idea for a book that you believe would be fantastic. You draft a proposal and send it to five publishers as a test. They all say no. You try five more. They say no, too. You’re discouraged but decide to double up and send your idea to TEN more publishers. Still no takers.

Rewiring the Brain about Food

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When people set New Year’s resolutions, many include a weight loss goal. My husband and I took a different twist on this since he doesn't have additional pounds to lose and I have just a few.

The GPS Guide to Success

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Alex Tremble, author of The GPS Guide to Success I am drawn to people who have an exciting vision and take bold action. I’m especially impressed with individuals who develop these behavior patterns at a young age. Alex Tremble is such a person, and I’m privileged to know him.

Are You Disengaged at Work? Ruth Ross Has Answers

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Every now and then, I read a book that’s so potent I’d like to get it in the hands of everyone in the workplace. Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Career by Ruth Ross is such a book.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

The Power of Persistence

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The principles in Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich can certainly be applied to the accumulation of money. But they also represent an outstanding roadmap for accomplishing any worthwhile achievements in your life.

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Feel Gratitude, Express Appreciation

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“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” - Jacques Maritain, French philosopher (1882-1973) This time of year we’re encouraged to think about the people and things in our lives that we’re thankful for. Actually, this is a good thing to do every day.

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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.

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The Best Kind of Accountability Coach

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Several years ago we retained the services of a marketing consultant who gave us some terrific ideas for growing our business. In the process of working together, I got to know “Brian” well, both personally and professionally.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.