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Why Watching Movies Makes You a Better Business Person

How often do you indulge your creative spirit? Creativity makes you happier and successful.  Yet for many people, their work is devoid of creativity.  Sometimes it seems like organizations specialize in sucking the creative spark out of people.  Roles and departments get siloed and with no outside creative energy,.

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How to Get Yourself in the Mood to Start Anything

Do you have trouble getting started? Whether it’s writing a report, scoping a big IT project, or simply welling up the energy to clean out your closet, many of us procrastinate because we’re simply not in the mood to start. As a writer, I’m well acquainted with the perils.

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Why Participation Trophies Erode Confidence

You didn’t win, but here’s a trophy for trying. Go you! Participation trophies are emblems of millennial entitlement, a well-intended effort to make kids feel special, even when they lost. It’s time to call it a day on this ruse. Kids know when they lose! If you want to.

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How to Rule the World of Work: 12 Habits Holding Women Back

Are you great with details?  Are you a team player? Are you a rock star networker? Those qualities will help your career – until they hurt your career. If you’re a man reading this and you’re about to stop, hang in there. You’re about to discover some new information.

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Values: Why Most Companies Get It Wrong

Have you heard about the fast growth Houston, Texas company that had their core values etched in stone in their lobby? Integrity was at the top. Still struggling to remember? They became really famous. It was Enron. Epic level value failures like Enron show up frequently in the news..

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2 Reasons So Many People are Reluctant to Be Positive

Is there an incentive to be friendly?   For many people, there are actually more incentives to be negative. Recently, we were working with a client who was trying to improve their customer service.   Despite training, continual prompting and incentives, several team members were reluctant to be positive..

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Who is the Real Leader?

Is it someone with a specific title, a handful of direct reports, or just a lot of experience? As organizational hierarchies fade and teams become more wide than they are deep, the need to lead without formal authority is on the rise. One mistake I see a lot high.

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Venting Doesn’t Release Negativity – It Rehearses It

It starts with the speeches. You know, the little speech you rehearse in your head, getting ready for the big moment when you finally let them have it. Perhaps you practice it in the shower or your car. Or perhaps you share your frustration with others. Maybe it’s the.

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13 Awkward Situations at Work and How to Deal with Them (Head On)

Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation at work? We all have, whether it’s what to say when your colleague beats you out for a promotion or dealing with a smelly co-worker. When LinkedIn Learning asked my partner Elizabeth Lotardo and me to create the course:  Navigating.

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When You’re on Your Deathbed, Are You Thinking About Work?

What if your work mattered so much to you that – on your deathbed – you found yourself wishing for one more day at the office? A few years ago, I lost my father. In the months before his death, I had time to reminisce with him about his.

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