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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.

Virtual Coffee – A Power Tool for Connecting

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What if you had a way to give free positive publicity to one of your key connections or influencers? Would you do it? Recently I joined the community of More Clients More Fun to learn more ways to leverage the power of LinkedIn to build strong relationships.

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Are You Unforgettable?

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You can have a positive, enduring impact on another human being today. And it’s simpler than you may think. A few years ago, I was offered a complimentary 2-hour coaching session by my good friend, Jason Goldberg (aka JG).

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.

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.

Astonish People with Radical Generosity

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On rare occasions I read a book that blows the lid off my thinking about a specific topic. Giftology is that kind of book. It’s forever changed the way I approach gift-giving.

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.

How to Achieve True Collaboration at Work

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"Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else's puzzle." - Lawrence Kushner, American author (1943- ) Unfortunately, “collaboration” is not visible in many workplaces. Instead, there’s competition and jockeying for position.

How I Recently Overcame the Need for Perfection

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In his LinkedIn Riches course (which I highly recommend), John Nemo suggests you create a head-shot “About Me” video introducing yourself and place it at the bottom of your LinkedIn Summary section.

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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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What It Takes to Create a 25-Year Business Partnership

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Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that I’ve had the same business partners - Denny Coates and Paula Schlauch - for more than 25 years. But it’s true.

Strategies

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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.

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.

Are You Living a BIG, FULL Life?

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I was sitting in one of the church pews with my husband, daughter Alison and son-in-law. We were attending the funeral of a good friend, the father of one of Alison’s best friends. His death had come as a shock.

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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.

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.

A Refreshing Take on Addiction and Recovery

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Most of us know someone who struggles with an addiction. Often it’s alcohol or drug abuse. But other types also cause trouble— like gambling, food, sex, shopping, internet surfing or even the need for approval from others.

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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.

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.

Reflections on Our 2014 Family Reunion

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In 1988 my parents organized the first family reunion for me and my 5 siblings, our spouses and children. At that time there were 17 of us. Today we number 34. And yet, every 3-4 years most of us have been able to gather together at the beach, thanks to the generosity of Mom and Dad.

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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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Self-Esteem Has 6 Pillars

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My favorite author on the topic of self-esteem is Nathaniel Branden. No one holds a close second. Through his writing, I believe he’s done more than anyone else to show just how critical a healthy sense of self is to a person’s overall well-being and happiness.

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.

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.

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.

You Can Make a Difference…Today

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Sometimes a simple, three-minute video can touch your heart and make you pause. That’s what happened to me when I watched this Thai ad. You never know the ripple effect that your words and actions can have on another human being.

3 Ways to Keep Clients for DECADES

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Success in business depends on getting new customers. That’s obvious. But what’s not so obvious is what it takes to create relationships that are so strong your clients want to continue working with you for years.

The Best Gift You Can Give…Year-Round

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This time of year, people spend a lot of time looking for the perfect holiday presents for loved ones. These gifts can involve a lot of money. Sometimes you luck out, and the present hits the mark. It’s just what the person hoped for.

Create a Coaching Culture and Reinforce Training with Support Coaches

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After people have attended an outstanding training program, there’s often an afterglow of good feelings for the instruction they received. They’re eager and motivated to use what they learned.

Dialogue: A Powerful Alternative to Arguing

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Think of someone you’ve had disagreements with. Do those interactions ever escalate into a heated argument, where you both get upset and end the conversation frustrated, angry or hurt?

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Are You a Time Warrior?

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“The best futures get created in the present moment.” – Steve Chandler in Time Warrior I just finished reading the last “time management” book I’ll ever need. Actually, referring to Time Warrior by Steve Chandler as that kind of book is a misnomer. Because it’s so much more.

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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Poor Leaders Drive Good People Away

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A friend of mine in another state recently resigned from her job. She was excellent at what she did and had received rave reviews from colleagues about the quality of her work. She wasn’t upset about her pay, and she liked her coworkers. So what caused her to take this drastic action? Her boss.

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.

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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A Lesson in Courage from Wood Ducks

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Nature shows are favorites for my husband Lee and me. They allow us glimpses into the animal kingdom that would otherwise be hidden from us. An added benefit: Watching these creatures in action often gives us valuable insights for our own lives.

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.

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.

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.

Conversations Overheard on a Blueberry Farm

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Every summer my husband Lee and I visit a local blueberry farm to pick spray-free berries and stock up with a year’s supply. We usually avoid going on Saturday because of the crowd. But on this particular weekend, that was the only day we could go. Lee and I are serious berry pickers.