bad leadership

There can be many bad leaders in one organization.  Why?  Ironically, it’s because bad leadership creates a vicious cycle.  Bad leaders promote other bad leaders, either because they don’t know any better or they don’t want to be found out.  If you’re a kick-ass doer in an organization full of bad leaders, you won’t get promoted for one of

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Interpersonal communication is an important skill across all facets of your career. Whether you’re aware of it or not, interpersonal communication is present when you’re interviewing for a job, talking with your co-workers, or asking for a promotion. Even when you do well across the ‘hard’ skills, such as data analysis, accounting, programming, you still won’t

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dealing with difficult coworkers

We all come across difficult coworkers.   How we deal with them can fundamentally affect our career and happiness.  Below is a real life situation from an avid reader around dealing with difficult co-workers.   I am thankful she reached out so I can not only help her but also shared this situation and my advice with any of you in

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What is your definition of career success?  For most of us recognition, status, financial security, and wealth come to mind.   Why wouldn’t it? Our society has trained us to associate these things with career success.   There is also an implicit promise here that if we are successful, we will be happy.  But is it true?

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business communication skills

Communication is key in every aspect of life, but it’s especially crucial in the workplace. Whether you’re just starting out in business or are further along in your career curve, there are specific business communication skills necessary for success. What business communication skills and “soft skills” will help you work smarter?  Here are 9 communication

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what are leadership skills

Great leaders don’t rise to the top by happy accident. Rather, these leaders hone a very specific set of leadership skills that contribute to their own success (and the success of others) such as growing a business, streamlining business operations, or motivating people to work smarter toward common goals. What are leadership skills in every

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workplace communication skills

You may—or may not—be surprised to learn that the vast majority of work-related problems stem from bad communication. Poor workplace communication can cause frustration, misunderstanding, apathy, revenue loss and poor performance. Communication issues account for 64% of workplace negativity, and often these problems are completely avoidable. With communication issues so prevalent in the workplace, the

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life is always just beginning

I went to a seminar last month and heard this saying “Life is Always just Beginning” from a 82 year-old lecturer, Bill McKeown.   I have been thinking about these 5 little words ever since.  It has helped me re-frame my perspective on life and my inner dialogue. Do you ever notice how much we

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Only 20% of professionals get 100% correct on this quiz.  Are you in the top 20%? Find out in just 2 minutes by taking the quiz below. Your interpersonal communication style can directly affect your work reputation and your overall work effectiveness.  Your communication style pertains to How you speak to someone one-on-one or in a group setting. How you

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Recent trends show most current executives aren’t confident in giving up the reigns of their organizations to rising leaders. And, while leadership development is consistently rated high on many organizations “to-do” list, few have actually implemented programs to cultivate leadership skills. Organizations with this lack of leadership strategy are missing critical opportunities for business and

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farewell letter to coworkers

It’s never easy to say farewell to a company and a team.   However, this will happen many times in your career, as most of us have at least 7 different jobs until we retire.  While many farewell letters to coworkers are fairly standard and boring, it may serve you to take some time to craft

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career advancement

Mastering soft skills is critical to your career advancement.   Louis Johnston, one of our executive authors, agrees.  He shared in this interview how mastering certain soft skills helped him skyrocket his career and quadruple his compensation. Louis started as an Online Marketing Associate, 10 years ago.  He has since been promoted to Manager, Director, Senior Director, and

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leadership lessons from kungfu panda 3

This weekend, our family went to see KungFu Panda 3 and loved it.   It was both entertaining for the kids and educational for us all.   I was amazed at how well the story line conveyed some fundamental leadership lessons while being utterly adorable at the same time.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly

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good communication skills

Practicing good communication skills remains a core component to success in today’s digital age of texts and tweets. It’s great to communicate in today’s lines; to Snapchat, Like, Retweet and Tumble, but when it comes to the workplace, it comes down still to human interaction. Good communication skills never go out of style. Good communication

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unexpected lessons from 15K

Two weeks ago, I ran in a 15K race in San Francisco.  It was the Hot Chocolate Run.   I didn’t run fast nor break any records.  On the contrary, I didn’t train for it, had only two hours of sleep the night before, and almost didn’t make it to the race.   This was not like me.  This article

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