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    How to Present Yourself Like an Executive 

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    In business, no man or woman obtains a top job, lands an extraordinary deal or develops a significant following without a combination of poise, authenticity and confidence in their abilities.

    That combination of poise, authenticity and confidence is the foundation of what is referred to as executive presence.

    Needless to say, having a presence that …

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    A Sense of Urgency trumps a Panic Crush

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    What’s the difference between panic and urgency?

    Panic: You can usually tell when somebody is in a panic situation. They are making rapid and too often unwise decisions.

    Urgency: Is when a person is more calm and deliberate as well as skilled and focused.

    Everyone has moments of panic. That’s just part of life and …

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    Why a Personal Email Address Matters

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    Do you have one?

    Do you have more than one?

    How many personal email addresses do you have?

    Personal Email Addresses Matter

    In my case I currently have three that I regularly stay connected with and respond to inbound email. How many do you have? If none, why not? Perhaps this post will help change …

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    Top Ten Traits of Creative Leaders

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    Creativity, innovation and adaptability are the hallmarks of today’s best leaders. Not CEOs mind you, leaders. Don’t confuse a title like CEO with the reality that most of us will lead from the back of the pack, or somewhere in the middle.

    Creativity is a calling. Innovation is a burning desire. Adaptability is personal trait.…

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    Make the Ask … Everyone Wins

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    Put it right up front.

    Put it out there.

    Ask for what you want.

    Up Front Is Better

    There are two lines of thinking here. My thinking is driven by a VP I used to work with at Microsoft. He suggested that people put the ask up front. He didn’t want a lot of pre-amble. …

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    Errors to Avoid and Communication Consistency Will Fuel Sales

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    Nothing is more distressing than to try to work with someone who is inconsistent throughout all of their communications. This includes verbal, written, and behavior in addition to body language and facial expressions.

    The inconsistency is troubling because it raises the question of whether the person may be trusted. As a business professional it is …

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    Which Path Appeals to You?

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     What if…?

    The lack of time to get everything done, myriad of special requests, and the need to do extra research will sometimes put us in a tailspin. What if a routine commitment suddenly required hours of research without extra income – would you politely decline or accept the responsibility?

    This type of decision is …

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    Putting your out of office message to work

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    It’s summer time.

    Time for vacations.

    Time for the inevitable Out of Office message.

    Who still uses Out of Office messages?

    It should come as not surprise, even to millennials, that there are still a lot of people that use email. Yes, there is a trend towards text messaging, instagram and snapchat. While I don’t …

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    Anonymous Rage

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    Digital anger happens to everyone. Whether blindsided by a rude comment or engaged in a chat that quickly heats up, there is no evading the feeling of wanting to yell at your inanimate screen before throwing it on the floor. Unfortunately, breaking your screen won’t erase the rage now bubbling inside you. The message remains …

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    Avoid these Potholes in the Road of Communication

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    Communication is already complex.  It is a road filled with U-turns, roundabouts and dead ends, stretching on as far as the eye can see. Communication is extremely layered, encompassing spoken words, volume, timbre and body language in a complex display of sound and movement. With the advent of email, text without the subtle signs of …

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