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Assertiveness – Your Behavior; Your Choice

Assertiveness – Your Behavior; Your Choice

In any work situation (as well as outside of your job), you have a choice to be assertive, aggressive, or non-assertive. Your choice depends on many factors, of course, but which choice is typically the right one? Let’s start with a definition of the three choices we...

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Enabling Your Best Self

Enabling Your Best Self

How do you enable your best self? Let’s face it: the past couple of years have not been easy. Remaining open, yet vigilant; positive, yet cautious; and resilient, yet flexible has been no easy task. For many, taking care of our loved ones has taken precedence over...

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What’s Your Purpose? (Part 2: The Plan)

What’s Your Purpose? (Part 2: The Plan)

Last time, in Part 1, we discussed the importance of having a purpose for your life, and we related it to many of the same reasons that a company has a vision. Just as an organization’s vision acts as a statement of potential and a description of what it wants to...

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What’s Your Purpose? (Part 1: The Issue)

What’s Your Purpose? (Part 1: The Issue)

“Hi, my name’s Kevin. So…what’s your purpose?”, I ask. “What? Wow, Kevin, where did that come from?”, you respond. I know, I know. There are so many things to do. You’re so busy it seems that you barely have enough time to breath, let alone think about something as...

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The 5 Cs of Employee Fit

The 5 Cs of Employee Fit

A topic that I frequently speak with executives and managers about is their work environment… and their ability to influence their company’s culture. Although the leaders at the top of the organization have an important role in molding and shaping it, a frequently...

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Cows Don’t Give Milk

Cows Don’t Give Milk

An old story tells that a peasant used to say to his children when they were young: “When you all reach the age of 12, I will tell you the secret of life.” One day when the oldest turned 12, he anxiously asked his father what was the secret of life. The father replied...

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Resiliency: A Key Leadership Trait

Resiliency: A Key Leadership Trait

The concept of resiliency has gained increased focus the last couple of years as the COVID pandemic heightened the level of uncertainty, anxiety, and even fear that many (if not most) of us have experienced. In May 2020, I posted a Resiliency Tip Sheet to provide some...

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Everyone Needs a Coach, Including the Boss

Everyone Needs a Coach, Including the Boss

Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt have both famously said that "Everyone needs a coach." However, there remains many misguided thoughts about the need for, or value of, a coach, especially for executives. Some even think that getting a coach is a sign of weakness when,...

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Making Lemonade from COVID-19 Lemons

Making Lemonade from COVID-19 Lemons

The past nearly 2 years have been difficult for most, if not all, of us – and I don’t need to list the myriad ways here. Suffice it to say that, in our lifetimes at least, we’ve never experienced anything like it. However, during this time, I, like many of you, have...

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