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    5 Steps to Manage Conflict Better

    Most people say they hate conflict, yet avoiding it causes more problems. In today’s culturally diverse, multigenerational workforce it’s bound to happen. Conflicts can be frequent, often petty, and very costly between people speaking different languages, from different generations, and having different religious beliefs and cultural norms.  Tempers flare and regrettable things are said.

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    What Is Leadership Charisma

    What is today’s charismatic leader like: They are enablers — energetic, spirited, gutsy, feisty, and maybe a little bit of an ass-kicker. Research shows…

    -They excite their staff by constantly introducing new ideas.

    -Have a creative ability that inspires others. -Bring energy and focus to implementing new ideas. -Change with the time at breakneck speed.…
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    You’re In Control of Your Brain

    Powerful Lessons from Two Four-Year Olds My grandniece had a rough day at home. She’d soiled the heat vents in her room, roughed up her little sister’s toys, spoke some new and inappropriate words, all resulting in extended “time out” in her room.  At dinner in between conversation with her parents about the day, she…
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    Get Coaching But Don’t Tell People

    Get leadership coaching but don’t admit you got it. The best in every field of endeavor gets coaching — that being objective, professional advice and direction. Trust me, whatever field you’re in, your competition is getting outside input right now. To compete you should too but just don’t tell anyone. Not that it’s a sign…
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    Control Your Attitude Or Someone Will Do It For You

    I wore a yellow dress to my mother’s funeral. It caused the wags of the relatives to whisper in disapproval but my mother had instructed me to wear it before she died. She knew I’d be sad and she wanted to remind me to be untroubled and lead a cheerful life like she had taught…
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    Choose a Productive, Constructive Perspective Rather Than a Destructive

    If I haven’t made it clear enough in my last two posts, let me recap that if given a choice, your managers and colleagues prefer to have around them an individual who:

     

    Has an inexhaustible good nature and is habitually affable.

    Has a determined cheerfulness and is easygoing even in adversity.

    Is happily disposed …

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    Attitude is Everything to Your Boss

    CEOs tell me about the importance of managing your good attitude:

    “I can easily hire qualified people, but it’s not so easy to find people with a good outlook.”

    “I hire attitude. Skills can be learned. I’ll take good attitude any day.”

    “I can teach people the technical side of the business a lot easier …

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    You Are In Control of Your Attitude, and Only You

    The only things you can control in this world are your attitudes and your effort. You have little or no say over the craziness of your colleagues, boss, the government, or your family, but you can take charge of your own actions and how you interact with others. As a thinking adult, your outlook on …

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    Do a Self-Check as to Where You Are in Your Career

    A Personal Relevance Reality Check

    Take a moment for a personal relevance reality check because at any age these painful things can start happening to you, and if they do, you’ll want to change your course of behavior:

    -You increasingly feel that your smarts aren’t getting you anywhere, that your skills aren’t being used.

    -You …

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    Leaders Needed: Apply Within

    It’s Not Too Early or Too Late

    You have to continue to differentiate yourself at each stage in your career. Regardless of your age, at every point in your life, there is a younger person eager to step into your job. If you are 30 years old, there is an impatient 20-something coming up on …

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