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Turn Off Notifications to Turn On Your Ultimate Potential

May 8, 2018
Turn Off Notifications to Turn On Your Ultimate Potential

Tweet Warning—by the time you’re done reading this article, you will have been presented with the option to resist, or respond to, your smartphone. In fact, Americans check their phones on average once every twelve minutes according to a study performed by global tech protection and support company Asurion. This means that they’re checking 80...
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Three Reasons Soft Skills Matter as Much as Smarts

May 1, 2018
Three Reasons Soft Skills Matter as Much as Smarts

Tweet Soft skills are represented by a cluster of productive personality traits including leadership, self-awareness, communication skills and emotional intelligence. While all are important ingredients for professional success, EQ, or emotional intelligence is the focus of this article. Essentially, while IQ or a person’s intellectual ability to manage ideas, knowledge and thoughts may get their foot in the...
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Three Habits that Heighten Your Personal Productivity Potential

April 24, 2018
Three Habits that Heighten Your Personal Productivity Potential

Tweet Both successful and unsuccessful people have 24 hours each day, however how those hours are optimized is the key differentiator. Here are three ways to accomplish more in less time. Set daily and startup activities. As author Charles Duhigg explains in his book, The Power of Habit, following routines increases productivity levels. Regardless of your role or...
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Five Ways to Engage Employees on Earth Day

April 17, 2018
Five Ways to Engage Employees on Earth Day

Tweet Earth Day is on April 22nd and an ideal time to engage employees in a teambuilding activity. If your organization doesn’t have anything formal planned, don’t fret. Even simple activities can connect and energize employees. Celebrating Earth Day not only benefits the planet, it’s good for employees too. Here are five ways to engage...
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Moorhead-Based Auto Shop Improves Lives by Paying It Forward

April 9, 2018
Moorhead-Based Auto Shop Improves Lives by Paying It Forward

Tweet Higher Power Automotive Ministries opened two and a half years ago with the sole goal of repairing cars for those in need—for free. This local nonprofit has grown tremendously since then and recently opened a for–profit auto shop, Fix It Forward. Whenever someone takes their vehicle to Fix it Forward for repairs, the...
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Deadline Approaching to Register for Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures List

April 3, 2018
Deadline Approaching to Register for Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures List

Tweet Entrepreneur and Energage are searching the nation for high-performance cultures to be part of their third-annual Top Company Cultures list. Winners will be featured on Entrepreneur.com and in Entrepreneur magazine. To qualify, candidate companies must be headquartered in the U.S.; employ at least 35 people; have been founded before February 2016 and be currently led by a founder...
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Four Game-Changing Workplace Perks Worth Considering

March 20, 2018
Four Game-Changing Workplace Perks Worth Considering

Tweet Given the high-cost of employee turnover, many companies struggle to retain top talent, especially for highly-skilled roles.  An SHRM study predicts that each time a company replaces a salaried employee, it costs six to nine months’ salary on average. For a manager earning $50,000 per year, that could equate to a cost of...
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Three Reasons Nice People Finish First

March 13, 2018
Three Reasons Nice People Finish First

Tweet The old adage, ‘Nice guys finish last,’ isn’t always true. If we could classify every single ‘giver’ and ‘taker,’ and study their career paths over time, we would witness that nice, compassionate people really do finish first. Here are three reasons why. ‘Givers’ tend to be more influential. As opposed to ‘takers,’ ‘givers’ in...
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Maintain Credibility with Clients by Avoiding Three Statements

August 10, 2017
Maintain Credibility with Clients by Avoiding Three Statements

Tweet Genuine credibility is comprised of trust, experience, reputation and empathy.  Attaining an optimal balance of each element requires an investment of time in each customer relationship.  To avoid damaging your credibility, avoid these three phrases. “Sorry; something came up.”  Dale Carnegie’s 12th Human Relationship principle, ‘If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically,’ is worth applying to maintain...
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Four Ways to Win a Promotion

August 3, 2017
Four Ways to Win a Promotion

Tweet If you think you’re ready for that big promotion, be sure to take the following four steps. Be accountable.  While accountability is an intrinsic human characteristic, employee ownership can be fostered in the right environment.  Dale Carnegie’s 17th Human Relations principle is, ‘Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.’  Leaders must be sure to...
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