how to be happy in life Keanu Reeves

I always liked Keanu Reeves’ movies (Matrix especially) but never knew much about him.   Last week, my husband forwarded this article to me on Facebook – Keanu Reeves shares 5 Pieces of Wisdom on how to be happy in life.  My first thought was “Really?  Keanu Reeves?  How deep can it be?” I stand corrected.  I

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how to develop leadership skills

Leaders like Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft entrepreneur Bill Gates might cringe if everyone knew one of their greatest secrets, and the core principle that elevates all leaders: Leadership is a learned practice. Today’s top leaders didn’t rise to their positions by happy accident. These leaders learned and successfully applied the leadership lifestyle. And,

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new year resolution ideas

Have you declared your New Year’s  Resolutions yet?  Well, I have, but not in terms of goals.  I have a new set of new year resolution ideas this year.   They are geared toward helping me achieving a more lasting change than what goals can achieve. But first, let’s talk about what make a good

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List of the most important communication skills

In an increasingly digital world, good communications practices both in-person and online are more important than ever before. Good communication can help you avoid potential issues, reach your goals and enhance your reputation both personally and professionally.  However, mastering this type of proactive, effective communication requires a very specific skill set.  This skill set is comprised

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list of leadership skills

How does Larry Page (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Tim Cook (Apple) and Mark Parker (Nike) have continued success in their industries and are still loved by their employees?  It’s not because they’re just intelligent and business-savvy, but they also have the soft skills that separate them from the pack. In other words, they’re great leaders

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stress management techniques

Stress can be a killer to your self confidence and productivity.   Even the most accomplished executives must learn how to manage stress in order to be effective all the time.    When you are not stressed, you can be at the top of the game.   However, when destructive stress sets in, it can suck

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how to improve communication skills

Good communication skills are a key factor in every aspect of your career; from being hired, closing a sale, working well within your organization or earning a promotion. Even if you outperform in every other area. If you’re marked poor in communication you’re less likely to advance in your career. Practicing good communication skills on

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how to be successful at work

The most frequently asked question I receive from readers is some version of how to be successful at work or in my career.   Below is the latest question I received in this category.   Ying, a Chinese immigrant working in the US used the Ask Me Anything tool inside the Soft Skills Gym to send

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how to prepare for a graduate school interview

Learning tips early on how to prepare for a graduate school interview will give you an advantage.  Applying to graduate school is a stressful and busy process. From choosing the programs you’re interested in to polishing your resume, securing references, and writing essays, there’s just a great deal to keep track of. But in the whole

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paris terrorist attack puts life in perspective

It was our team’s assistant who told me about the Paris terrorist attack on Friday afternoon.   Right before, I was busy updating a presentation and worrying about something I don’t even remember now.  I quickly halted both to follow what was going on in Paris and contacted our neighbor to find out if his daughter and

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teach soft skills to teenagers

Should we teach soft skills to middle school and high school students?  If so, how should we do it?  These are questions that have gained more interest in recent years.    A grad student just reached out to me on this topic with the following questions.  I am sharing my response in case you have kids or

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how to get a promotion

Even since I launched the first group coaching call on Insider Tips to Getting Promoted, I am pleased to received many great questions by email related to how to get a promotion at work.   Here are the top 5 most common questions and my perspective.  Overall, you will see a theme.  Besides being a good

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dealing with stress

If you are feeling stressed at work, I may have good news.  Some stress is good for you!  According to research done by Elizabeth Kirby from UC Berkeley, we are actually not optimal or happy unless we have a moderate amount of stress in our life. Too little stress leads to boredom and even depression Too much

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inspirational pop songs

Do you ever notice that kids can learn pop songs overnight?   Luckily my kids are gravitating toward the inspirational ones rather than the racy ones.  They have been singing 3 songs on the top of their lungs for the last few months.  Coincidentally, these 3 songs are exactly what I needed to hear. Work has been

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group coaching calls

We had an amazing first Group Coaching Call this past Tuesday.  The topic was Insider Tips to Getting Promoted.   I prepared the following materials and had a very interactive discussion with everyone for an hour. 3 Most Common Mistakes people make that jeopardizes their promotion – based on an article I drafted but haven’t published

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