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Building Relationships with Assertive Communication

Building Relationships with Assertive Communication

As a leader, you understand the importance of building healthy personal and professional relationships. Using assertive communication allows you to build those relationships. When you communicate well you can exude confidence, persuade others, and manage conflict better. You are also better

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How to Fuel Your Motivation

How many times have you set goals that you never achieved? Somewhere along the way you got derailed, lost interest, and lost motivation. It is common so do not beat yourself up about it. Instead, look at it realistically. To

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How to Manage Your Emotions at Work

Do you find yourself getting frustrated with coworkers, feeling defensive in conversations, unable to resolve conflict at work, being angry when receiving feedback, or nervous when delivering feedback? If so, these are all signs that your emotions may be running

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Do You Have an Emotional Plan for Retirement?

Many people look forward to retirement. The clients I work with have mixed feelings about this topic because their situations differ. Some have been displaced, offered early retirement, hit retirement age, or decide to leave the corporate world to start

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Building Cross-Functional Alliances

I write and speak a lot about the importance of building relationships to enhance your influence as a leader. Today I am writing specifically about the importance of building relationships across multiple functional areas. It is one thing to expand

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Leading Change in the Workplace

The blog earlier this month addressed how leaders can prepare themselves to manage workplace change effectively. It is important for leaders to master those individual skills so that they can become change leaders in their organizations. The term change leader

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8 Steps to Better Decisions

Leaders solve problems and make decisions daily because it is part of their job.  When a problem arises, a skillful leader can gather information, size up the situation, make a decision, and then evaluate the impact of that decision. Some

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Making Values-Based Decisions

As a leader have you ever questioned some of your decisions because they just did not “feel” right?  Perhaps, during the decision-making process, you asked all the right questions, gathered all the right information, and consulted all the right people.

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Procrastination Can Derail a Leader’s Career

Are you a leader who has a habit of procrastination? Sometimes this habit stems from deep-seated reasons and sometimes it is simply caused by being overwhelmed.  Either way, when you procrastinate you might find yourself putting off difficult conversations, missing

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Setting Boundaries Around Your Time

Whenever I read an article about time management it says there is no such thing as time management because “everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, you cannot add more time to the day, and you can only

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Perfectionism is Not a Strength

Are you a leader who is a perfectionist?  If so, treat yourself to some self-compassion to remedy the situation.  Sometimes linked to fear or fear of failure, perfectionism can rear its ugly head in the following ways: Spending an inordinate

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Productivity Solutions for Remote Teams

I recently took a trip back to my roots in Michigan to spend some quality time with family.  After returning, I realized how much more productive I was after taking that break, changing environments, and reconnecting with loved ones.  I

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