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"I'm feeling a little resistance"

My friend Jen and I send each other messages over Voxer pretty much daily.  We’re small business owners and self-proclaimed nerds trying to figure out the world of entrepreneurship. We share war stories, successes, and do our best to hold…
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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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Is it hard or does it require more care?

"White pants are hard..."  I got lipstick on my white pants the other day. The spot wasn't big, nothing too noticeable, I made a passing attempt to blot it out in the bathroom, which failed.  I commented to a colleague about how it was…
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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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Boardroom or bored room?

How do you turn a room full of bored executives into a boardroom full of people who want to take action? Good question. According to a recent Harvard Business Review survey, 71% of senior-level managers said meetings are unproductive…
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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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What is Presence Anyway?

I'm glad you opened this today because I'm talking about a hot topic in leadership development. Presence (aka executive presence, leadership presence, professional presence)  Let's get right down to business, shall we? What it is and…
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The one thing people really want from you when you talk

Picture this: you're at work and trying to explain to Steve (a co-worker) how a new software program works. You think you're giving directions that are clear, however, Steve is getting fidgety. Then he turns red in the face and then gets…
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What a Group of 7th Grade Girls Can Teach You About Business Storytelling.

The Five Ps of Your Business Story My daughter and about 40 other tween and teenage girls participated in local STEM event a week or so ago.   Lured in by swag bags and brownies the girls were highly encouraged to stay for the remainder…