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11 May Commit To Win – 4 Ways To Achieve Results

Some people routinely underestimate how difficult achieving goals can actually be but smart leaders know that to attain objectives, you must truly feel bound to them.  To accomplish any objective, you must first fully commit but if motivation only gets you started, what type of dedication is required to empower your journey? If you want to drive better productivity, encourage strong...

04 May Chess Not Checkers – Elevate Your Leadership Game

When it comes to growing your business and leading successful teams, small companies or up-and-coming managers can get by with a “checkers mind-set” – one that is surface-level and tactical.  However, to take your results to the next level and help grow an organization, you must be open to shifting to a “chess mind-set” – a multilevel, strategic approach that...

28 Apr Use Improv to Improve Collaboration

The formula for leadership and teamwork have changed, and the skills that once earned professionals a chance to get ahead a generation ago may not work anymore in a fast paced world of social media communication and decentralization.  Chicago’s Second City theater troupe is best known for their ensemble-based improvisational comedy where spontaneous collaboration treats audiences with laugh after laugh but...

20 Apr How To Reinvent Your Relationship With Fear

Effective leaders don’t settle for unsatisfying or unpleasant status quos.  Taking the easy way out and avoiding risk can be tempting for some but leaders who face adversity through acts of bravely often end up with better outcomes.  F.E.A.R can have two meanings; forget everything and run or face everything and rise.  The choice is yours but your ability to...

14 Apr 3 Ways to Promote “Above-the-Line” Workplace Culture

Workplace culture sometimes forms naturally yet as a leader, you don’t want to let culture just happen randomly. Strategy can give culture direction, but even a perfect strategy has no chance if it doesn’t align with your culture.  Are you waiting for an annual engagement survey to identify corporate health concerns or empowering employees to help you recognize signs of...

07 Apr 8 Secrets of Success

Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither.  Most successful people are passionate, enjoy working hard, and practice diligently to become proficient in their craft says marketer and analyst Richard St. John.  After years of research around what makes people successful, St. John condensed his results into this 3-minute TED Talk about the eight...

31 Mar Turn Leadership Trials Into Triumphs

Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic Roman emperor in 170 AD, knew how to turn obstacles into opportunities. During his 19 years as emperor, he faced many difficult problems including frequent wars, lack of treasury, an attempted coup, and a disastrous plague. Aurelius’ leadership demonstrated patience and courage and he built a reputation for turning trials into triumphs.  What disciplines did Aurelius...

24 Mar 4 Ways To Rise from Middle Management to Executive Leadership

If your career transition goal includes rising from middle management to an executive leadership role, consider using caution.  In other words, don’t jump at the first opportunity to secure an executive title - until you are ready.  The higher you rise in your executive journey, the more sacrifices you must be willing to make and the more costly they may be....

17 Mar What’s Your “Leadership Story”

What kind of leader do you want to be? Perhaps a “servant leader” like One-Minute Manager author Ken Blanchard, a “purpose-driven leader” like True North author Bill George or a “steward leader” like Nelson Mandela. Regardless of the style you use to lead others, inspiring and motivating employees through action (not words) plays a role in building your leadership story. Stories...

01 Feb How The O*NET Can Help You Find Your Next Job

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help career seekers better understand the roles and responsibilities of various jobs. The O*NET is a great tool for career seekers to explore and learn more about a variety of detailed job descriptions which can help prepare you for what to expect as you explore different career titles (it...