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5 Awesome Ways to Energize Your Day

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One of the five factors of well-being is energy to get things done. You die a slow death when you don’t energize your day. Vacation might help but those who neglect their energy… Continue reading → energy Leadership Development Leading

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3 Ways to Lean on People Without Being Needy

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There’s a word for the place where people lean on each other, community. I should have leaned on more people. The lid on potential isn’t lack of talent. It’s reluctance to lean on… Continue reading → Leading


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5 Ways to Teach Your Face to Express Your Heart

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Children show their feelings. Leaders learn to do the ‘right’ thing instead of the real thing. When you hide your heart, you hide yourself. Dare to be authentic. Express your heart on your… Continue reading → Leading

6 Ways to Find Freedom While Leading

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Leading can become a ball and chain for sincere leaders. Relentless challenge sucks the life out of everyone. Eventually you go through the motions but you’re dead inside. You cannot run at 100%… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading energy Leadership

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The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

5 Steps to Solve People Problems

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People problems don’t go away on their own. Contamination spreads. 5 steps to solve people problems: #1. Solve the right problem. The things that frustrate you are usually symptoms, not real issues.

24 Ways to Challenge People Without being a Jerk-Hole

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Performance is about rigorous standards, high expectations, clear goals, and providing support. Challenge people and be tenderhearted. “The best leaders are toughminded on standards and tenderhearted with people.”

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Stay Interviews: 5 Simple Steps with Questions

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Exit interviews investigate why people leave. Stay interviews explore what motivates people to stay. Stay interviews*: Deliver information that can be used today. Give practical insights for engaging and retaining top performers.

7 Leadership Development Secrets from Michelangelo

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“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michelangelo Think of leadership development as setting angels free. Someone saw something in you that you didn’t see in… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading

3 Ways to Do What Matters Today

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Everyone wants to do what matters but we’re afraid to define it. After all, when you define what matters it’s unsurprising. Think love, relationships, satisfaction, health, and making a difference (mission).

5 Ways to Matter More in the World

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You matter more when you reach beyond yourself. #1. Don’t strive to matter more. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

The 4 Burdens of Leadership People Don’t Understand

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Meaningful service and happy feelings don’t always go together. A happy life is easier than carrying the burdens of leadership. Some people get to the place where they want a simple job with… Continue reading → Leading

5 Surprising Reasons for Poor Performance You Can Solve Quickly

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Poor performance is exhausting and frustrating. A manager who brings out the best in others multiplies talent and maximizes resources. Poor performance degrades, de-energizes, and devalues. 5 surprising reasons for poor performance: #1.…

6 Ways to Make Leadership Meaningful

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Dedicated leaders tend to lose themselves to work. They end up frustrated, drained, and burned out. Take the helm of your leadership journey. Don’t let others drive your life. Life is too precious… Continue reading → Purpose Leading Managing Leadership Development

Are You Stuck or Are You Procrastinating: 4 Brilliant Ways to Get Unstuck

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NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Marlene Chism to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of her new book, From Conflict to Courage.

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Enjoy Big Difference from 7 Delightfully Small Things

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High achievers push themselves. One of the joys of life is small things that make a big difference. Small, simple, and attainable is better than dramatic, complicated, and out of reach. Arrogance scoffs… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading Growth Managing energy

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How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.

10 Weaknesses that Derail Leaders

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Maximizing strengths enhances performance and elevates fulfillment. “A A man should never be appointed to a managerial position if his vision focuses on people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths. The man who always… Continue reading → Leading

10 Ways to Enjoy Work Now

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You spend much of life working. Enjoy work so you can enjoy life. Enjoy work or hate life. 10 ways to enjoy work: #1. Don’t work. One of the best ways to enjoy… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading positive leadership

3 Ways to Give Feedback that Works

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Teachers use feedback when they correct our schoolwork. People persist in doing wrong things apart from feedback that works. Improvement requires feedback. How to give feedback that works: #1. Check intentions. Feedback that… Continue reading → Feedback Leadership Development

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4 Simple Reasons Your Calendar is Out of Control

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Time management isn’t about time. It’s about you. Your calendar is out of control because you lack the character traits to control it. 4 reasons your calendar is out of control: #1. Lack… Continue reading → Leading

12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.

4 Ways to Be a Great Leader Today

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The abilities to cast vision, communicate, and motivate don’t make you a great leader. Hitler did all those things and more.

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Vulnerability: Smart Seems Stupid to Knuckleheads

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Vulnerability is mocked by arrogance and rejected by fools. Smart people have told me some wildly underwhelming things that eventually dawned on me. Glimpses of vulnerability: When I asked Jim Parker, former CEO… Continue reading → Leading

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How a Successful Woman Entrepreneur Began Without Investors or Ambition

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Sometimes ambition finds us. I talked with a woman entrepreneur who didn’t begin with a vision to become an entrepreneur. “I I never really had an ambition to start my own business… My… Continue reading → Leading

3 Creative Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Connection

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I asked Canadian scholar and author Henry Mintzberg to share the word of advice he most enjoyed giving managers. He said, “I can give you one word. Connect.” I was underwhelmed. His wisdom… Continue reading → Leading

12 Tips for Selling to the C-Suite

The question for sales pros is this: Are you ready for the challenge, and opportunity, of selling to the C-suite? The following 12 tips can help ensure that you and your team are.

3 Secrets to Employee Retention

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Employee loyalty is a relic of the past. Employee retention is a fantasy in organizations when people are treated like tools. Free food and a foosball table in the employee lounge are sugar… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading

Dear Dan: How Do You Find a Mentor

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Dear Dan, I enjoy your articles. One thing I agree with but don’t know how to achieve is a mentor. It just seems like everyone is busy and no one cares for it… Continue reading → Mentoring Leading Leadership Development

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10 Stupid Things Smart Leaders Do

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“Stupid is as stupid does.” Forest Gump The danger of stupid is it seems smart. Smart people do stupid things. You must quit doing stupid things to make room for smart things. The… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading Marks of leaders doing stupid things stupid things

The Positive Value of Negative Emotions

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Pretending everything is great is stupid. Everything is never great. Positivity that excludes negativity is illusion. You flounder when you deny reality.

The Power of Conversation Intelligence

This eBook will answer all your questions and more on Conversation Intelligence (CI) by providing a complete overview and its need in Revenue organizations - delivering impact from your Sales Development Representatives all the way to the C-Suite.

Successful Time Management isn’t about Getting More Done

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You can find lost keys, but a wasted hour is gone forever. You complain that you don’t have enough time. But if you can’t manage time, it doesn’t matter how much you have.… … Continue reading → Leading Time management Leadership Development Time Management

3 Powerful Steps Toward Confidence

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Life without confidence is agony. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller Insecurity loves excuse-making. You’re less than you could be when you’re afraid to make a decision. 7 signs… Continue reading → Leading building confidence lack of confidence

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7 Powerful Proactive Responses to Hot Emotion

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Proactive people make things happen. Reactive people wait for things to happen. Reactions come with their own punishment. Reactions are spontaneous. Someone pushes you; you push back. You say something that causes harm.… … Continue reading → Leading

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3 Ways to Increase Personal Energy

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A person without energy is dying. Exhausted leaders have neglected personal energy. 4 kinds of personal energy: Physical energy concerns your body. Movement, rest, and nutrition impact physical energy. Emotional energy concerns perception.… … Continue reading → Leading

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The First 90 Days: Onboarding Checklist

Connect with your people from day one with this development and engagement checklist.

4 Important Ways Complaining is Good for You

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We had a time of joyous complaining before Easter lunch this year. Politicians spend all their time trying to make each other look bad. Putin won’t stop until someone stops him. One case… Continue reading → Leading

5 Energizing Conversation Starters for One-on-Ones

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One-on-ones are drudgery if all you discuss is past to-dos and new assignments. Create a list of conversation starters that energize your one-on-ones. People are too valuable, and time is too short to… Continue reading → Leading

Three Things You Must Let Go

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A man is hanging by a branch above a deep ravine. He looks down; then he looks up and yells, “Help! Is anyone up there?” “I’m I’m here,” the reply comes. Can you… Continue reading → Personal Growth Leadership Development Marks of leaders leadership success Letting go

12 Questions Guaranteed to Energize People

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Lousy managers are anchors. Successful managers are wind. The first step in filling people’s sails is setting an intention to energize people. After time with you, you want people … Standing tall.

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100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.