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How to Get Someone’s Attention (Without Being Annoying)

The leaves are changing, the coffee is spiced, and your emails remain unanswered. “Let’s circle back after the holidays” season is officially upon us. Ugh. Whether you’re in sales, heading up an internal project, or just trying to get some feedback from your boss, getting attention this time of.

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How to Tell Someone They’re Wrong (And Not Have Them Hate You)

Early in my career, I worked in sales for a training company. At the end of the year, I was slated to present a big proposal to one of our customers. My presentation was full of new ideas and solutions for the upcoming year. I was pitching a robust.

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Re-Discover Your Potential with these 3 Mental Hacks

Children are inherent dreamers. They have imaginary friends, create new games, and change direction all the time, viewing the world as a place full of possibility. I watched my own children start a new “business” every weekend, from lemonade stands, to jewelry made from sticks, to “ice sculptures” (i.e..

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What Holds High Performers Back

Several years ago, I ordered a package of concert tickets.  The package was for a variety of artists all performing at the same venue, spanning over a couple of months.   The morning of the very first concert some friends called to invite us to an impromptu party that night..

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How High Performers Keep Learning (Even When They’re Busy)

Traditionally, our collective view on learning and development has been somewhat narrow- blocked out time specifically dedicated to improving the skills you need for your current job. But when people are tired and busy…that view just doesn’t work. According to LinkedIn data, 94% of employees would stay at a.

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A Response to HBR’s Latest: What’s the Purpose of your Purpose?

Lately, all the cool kids have purpose. It’s well documented that purpose-driven firms outperform their competitors. Customers want to buy from companies that stand for something bigger than just their quarterly targets, and employees want to be part of something bigger than themselves. In an era where BlackRock’s CEO,.

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How to Have Tough Conversations with Confidence

Do you ever find yourself putting off challenging conversations at work? Sometimes, just thinking about a potentially difficult conversation has the power to fill us with anxiety. And that wave of dread often causes us to kick the can down the road, and avoid a conversation that really needs.

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How to Host Virtual Meetings that Inspire Action and Urgency

What percent of your time at work do you spend in meetings? Previous estimates were that middle managers spent 35% of their team in meetings, while senior leaders spent 50%. Now with virtual work, many leaders say as much as 90% of their time is spent in meetings. Or at least it.

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Thinking About Work at 2 AM? Here’s How to Truly Unplug

We know that disconnecting from work can reduce our risk for burnout, jumpstart creative, innovative thinking, and overall, make us happier and more grounded people. Yet for many, particularly high achievers, disconnecting sounds easier than it actually is. If you’re trying to unplug for an evening, or even for a week or.

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3 Signs you’re working for a Toxic Leader

Working for a disorganized or disengaged boss can be frustrating, but dealing with a toxic leader can be downright awful. If you’re waking up each day bracing yourself for the inevitable crisis du jour, it may be time to reassess. Here are three signs of a toxic leader and.

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