Leadership Development

Three Reasons Soft Skills Matter as Much as Smarts

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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

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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

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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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Three Reasons Nice People Finish First

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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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Navigating the Emerging Generational Shift in Leadership

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November 17, 2017

Tweet Navigating the Emerging Generational Shift in Leadership The Nuts and Bolts of Succession Planning By Bethany Berkeley, Corporate Solutions Consultant The emerging post-boomer workforce is a topic on everyone’s minds. We’ve heard the numbers and knew it was coming – the Social Security Administration now estimates an average of 10,000 Baby Boomers are...
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Four Characteristics of Star Employees

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May 26, 2017
Four Characteristics of Star Employees

Tweet The identification of star employees is essential to every organization’s success.  Managers must know who their top performers are for succession planning and mentorship purposes, otherwise they risk losing top talent.  If you’re curious to know if you yourself are a top employee, check out these four indicators. Speak-up confidently. Sometimes, employees refrain...
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Four Secrets to Communicating with Millennials in the Workplace

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May 5, 2017
Four Secrets to Communicating with Millennials in the Workplace

Tweet By 2025, millennials—individuals born between 1980 and 1995, will make up 75% of the U.S. and Canadian workforces1.  As thousands of millennials graduate this spring, the fortunate ones will be coming to a workplace near you.  Here are four secrets that will help you communicate with them successfully. They communicate needs when you...
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The Three C’s of Leadership Success to Overcome Confirmation Bias

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April 26, 2017
The Three C’s of Leadership Success to Overcome Confirmation Bias

Tweet Stellar leaders easily compel team members to their way of thinking; align them towards organizational goals and inspire them to develop talents that they often never realize they have.  They are keen decision makers who trust their gut.  Sometimes, the same skills and intuition that led them to their leadership position can backfire...
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Five Steps to Solve Prospects’ Problems and Seal the Deal

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January 11, 2017
Five Steps to Solve Prospects’ Problems and Seal the Deal

Tweet Whether a sales professional’s sales cycle is short or long, here are five specific steps that will help seal the deal.  Consider the customer’s point of view.  Dale Carnegie’s 17th Human Relations principle, ‘Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view,’ is paramount to building a strong relationship with...
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Four Formidable Things to Do during Your Downtime

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December 28, 2016
Four Formidable Things to Do during Your Downtime

Tweet Everyone knows it’s important to take time off from work, yet many people struggle to do so.  In fact, a Glassdoor survey revealed that the average American employee only takes half of their earned vacation or paid time off. Unplugging every so often is essential to attain a healthy work-life balance.  To help...
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