From the category archives:

Self Awareness

Who is Leaving? Who Are You Attracting?

April 13, 2014
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The people that care the most leave first. This was a key point in Seth Godin’s recent blog post, “You are not the lowest common denominator,” which references the methodical way that companies (technology companies, in particular) eventually, consistently lower their standards in product innovation and service in order to appeal to a broader audience.

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7 Ways to Make Positivity a Habit

March 30, 2014
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For some reason, positivity often gets a bad rap. In television and film, overly positive people are portrayed as airheads who are clueless as to what’s really going on. A great story around the office is usually one that gets the most laughs by vilifying the boss or rehashing an epic failure. It’s much easier to think of […]

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Want Trust? 5 Things to Stop Doing

March 3, 2014
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Trust… it’s difficult to define and impossible to force. Building trust with others is the foundation of success. Trust glues marriages together, bonds friends for life, builds partnerships and connects business men and women. Trust between a leader and a follower impacts lives.

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Be More Than Mediocre

February 27, 2014
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One of the things I enjoy most about my job is meeting face-to-face with the people that we serve. I spend a lot of time in the field with clients of Impacting Leaders. I’ve also recently increased my time supporting other clients’ of our Impact Performance Group entities. It is both humbling and refreshing for me to […]

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3 Ways Your Words Matter

February 20, 2014
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Train says it best in the lyrics of the song, “Words:” Words, they’ll try to shake you, don’t let them break you or stop your world from turning. When words keep you from feeling good, use them as firewood and let them burn.

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Check Your Ego, Please!

February 17, 2014
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Last Sunday evening I was watching the Olympics figure skating team event when Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko stepped onto the ice. Evgeni is known as his country’s greatest male figure skater, and this is his fourth Olympics. As Evgeni performed, one of the commentators said something that caught my attention. She said that Evgeni […]

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Wanted: Transferrable Skills

January 9, 2014
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I talked to two friends about their résumés this past week, and while I was discussing résumé options with each of these friends I notice they both had an interesting take on where they felt their skill sets would be valuable. They were attaching their value to the industry in which they were currently working.

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Four Myths of Self-Accountability

December 15, 2013
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M y work with leaders inside all sorts of different companies has taught me that regardless of the company’s size or industry or age, most face the same few challenges. One of those common challenges is self-accountability. It’s easy to talk about how we should hold ourselves accountable, but sometimes we’re a bit more reluctant […]

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3 Things to Say Instead of “I’m Sorry”

November 18, 2013
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Are you a person whose knee-jerk reaction is to apologize any time you make a mistake? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that in many cases, “sorry” really isn’t what your leader wants to hear! I’m not saying that there aren’t times when we should apologize. I am saying that […]

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Halloween Candy and Leadership

October 31, 2013
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Happy Halloween! Believe it or not, Halloween and leadership do have something in common…candy! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could choose our leader like we choose our favorite Halloween candy? Sometimes we might lean toward a sweet, soft marshmallow leader or a Laffy Taffy stick-to-you leader, or maybe we’d even prefer a hard, jawbreaker […]

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