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How to Recession-Proof Your Career

LinkedIn News reported today, “A clear majority of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal now say they expect the U.S. to enter a recession within the next 12 months. The latest tally shows 63% predicting a recession in the next year, a big jump from July’s 49%.” If.

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How to Work with Difficult People

Maybe it’s someone who makes excuses, someone who has a big ego, or someone who can’t take critique. We all encounter people throughout our careers who are challenging to work with. These difficult people suck your energy and can, at worst, dampen your own performance. But you’re not powerless..

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The Science of Optimism: How to Train Your Brain to Look on the Bright Side

Doom and gloom are at an all-time high. Yet, many of us still have to go to work, lead our families, and sleep at night. It begs the question- how can we be optimistic- especially in the face of deep, turmoil? Learned optimism is an idea rooted in positive psychology..

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How to Rebuild Relationships after a Long Pause

“So, how’ve you been?!” You search for the words. Between unrelenting work chaos, managing virtual school, and the constant anxiety of dealing with a pandemic, it’s hard to know how to respond to a well-intended reach out like this. “Uh, we’re hanging in there! Crazy time right!?” You awkwardly.

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What the Most Depressing Song in the World Tells Us About Human Nature

The first time I heard the song I kind of liked it, until I really listened, then I despised it. The twangy country ballad about a son discovering how much his late father loved him, spoke to people. Randy Travis sang, “We all thought his heart was made of.

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3 Not So Romantic Reasons Long Marriages Last

Friends of mine recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. While you can never really be inside someone else’s marriage, this couple seems happy. Not gushing PDA besotted. But during the entire time I’ve know them, they always smile when they say the other person’s name. That’s the “tell.” Pay.

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Are you stuck in 1985?

“I’ve sat through the same sales meeting since June 20th 1985.” When our client, the EVP of a large commercial bank, dropped this statement, it got me thinking. How many communication norms from 30 or 40 years ago are still in place today simply because no one recognized how.

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Why a Good Apology Requires Wading in The Muck

A good apology is a rare and treasured gift. It’s a treasure for both the giver and the receiver because a true apology includes a transformational moment of empathy. Consider this common workplace challenge: Someone takes credit for your idea at a meeting.  They realize it afterwards, or someone.

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Why Working on Hobbies Makes You Better at Your Job

Would you hire a wind surfer?  How about a furniture painter?  Would leadership promote someone who spends their weekends writing and reading poetry?  We often think hobbies and leisure time activities take us away from work.  But developing a rich life outside of work can make you more successful.

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Why Do People Still Bother To Write Books?

Have you ever heard someone say, “I should write a book?”  Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. I believe everyone has a book in them. As an author, people often approach me with the “everyone says I should write a book” line. They then proceed to either tell me their.

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