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I'm a verbal affirmation junkie.

There. I said it. I'm a verbal affirmation junkie, an addict if you will.  I'm addicted to words and praise and adoration from other people. As I write, I'm battling the fantasies of comments I'll get (or won't get) in response.  The…
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What would you say today if you knew tomorrow you'd never speak again?

Don’t gloss over this question with the standard response, “I’d tell my loved ones how much I love them.” Of course, you would. Go deeper. There’s more, isn’t there?  More people you’d talk to? More questions you’d ask?…
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You're Built for a Time Such as This

You're built for a time such as this. My friend, I can't think of anyone better to handle what's going on in the world right now than you. Yep, you.  There's no one I can think of that's better equipped to handle the impact of health,…
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Communication is just so... basic.

For the sake of this exercise, envision yourself as the thinker in these office scenarios: 1.) Walking down the office hall:  "There's Sam from accounting, I should say hi, but I'm going to pretend I didn't see him. I've got too much…
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When you're married to the CFO there's bound to be conflict; One simple step to resolve issues and get back to work

According to a study commissioned by CPP Inc., U.S. employees spend 2.1 hours per week involved in conflicts, which amounts to approximately $359 billion in paid hours or the equivalent of 385 million working days. I don't know about you,…
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Can we talk?

According to Gallup's recent State of the American Workplace report, only 22% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their company's leaders have a clear direction for their organization. And only 13% strongly agree that their organization's…
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What would you say if you knew

What would you say if you knew that I fall within the 70%-96% of people who experience the fear of public speaking?  Not just a little, but a lot. What would you say if you knew that my anxiety level ranks moderately high to very high…
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It's not about you...

If you’ve been around leadership development, you’ve probably heard a phrase that goes something like this “you must know yourself before you can lead.” And I'm guessing you’ve worked hard to understand who you are as a person and…
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Are You Overthinking Giving Feedback? One question to ask yourself when you're debating whether or not you should "say something?"

I needed to give some feedback to a good friend and colleague. She was frustrated about the way a few collaborative projects had turned out.  She's an incredible person, consistently supporting others.  More often than not, though,  she's…