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    Four Professional Alternatives to “F**k You”

    When we were bright-eyed young career starters, we undoubtedly all had a certain vision of our career-self as a true professional. We’d wear snappy suits and swan out to important client meetings and say things like “tell Jack it’s imperative that I have the xyz file on my desk by 5pm”.

    Moreover, we’d be the …

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    Posted in Reputation Management, Success Strategies

    Opinions Matter and Are to Be Welcomed

    We have all been a party to sensitive discussions both personal and in the corporate environment. We know that if we do say what’s on our mind, the other person will take offense. So, although we have the urge to blurt out our opinions we tend to hold back. Most of us are taught that …

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    Posted in Career Development, entrepreneurship

    4 Things You Need to Start Rewarding Yourself For

    The problem with Millennials, according to people who have never been one, is that they expect praise and rewards for everything. Participated? Medal. Attempted? Pat on the back. Lost? Trophy.

    But far from breeding laziness and entitlement, as is often claimed, rewarding ourselves frequently and liberally helps us learn new skills and develop desirable traits. …

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    What Will You Do Next?

    Very frequently we find ourselves at a ‘fork in the road’ that has us pausing to consider what to do next. Unfortunately, most people do not think out their next steps ahead of time before making pronouncements that prove to be premature.

    How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m going to…” but that …

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    Posted in entrepreneurship, Success Strategies

    3 Drivers Supercharge Success

    It’s a known fact that most businesses fade away within the first year. Reasons vary from not realizing upfront that being in business feels overwhelming and includes negative self-talk along with negative feedback from others. Overall, it is an ordeal to cope with the hassle of being in business.

    On the other hand, employment is …

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    Posted in Career Development, entrepreneurship

    The Pipeline Model Experience

    The sales pipeline model dictates that not everything works out as we hope. Some people can manage where they are, while others seek out a new direction. Remaining in place or moving to the next opportunity does not necessarily indicate that one path is better than the other. However, it is the attitude toward the …

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    Succession Planning Starts Early

    Have you made a succession plan yet?

    No matter where you are in your career you should be thinking about and considering a succession plan.

    This goes for your day job aka “your career” and it also goes for volunteer and philanthropic projects and effort where you spend your time.

    Pro Tip: Create a succession …

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    Posted in Personal Branding

    Love Your Job? Put an Exit Plan in Place.

    When you hate your job, you often think about leaving it. But when you are happy with your work putting an exit plan into place seems somewhat bizarre. Nevertheless, smart employees should always be prepared to quit their job tomorrow.

    The reason is that the future is always unknowable. Just because your job satisfaction is …

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    Build Influence On High

    We may learn much from today’s political scene. Newscasters and folks on Twitter are now tallying “Pinocchio” statements for those in the news. That is, counting the lies that spew forth is now in full force in addition to becoming a game. In the business world, no one lasts long when lies are detected.

    Trust …

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    Objections Lead to Success

    Upon hearing, ‘that’s not what we’re looking for’ most people stop in their tracks. They don’t know how to respond in meetings. Consequently, these folks leave the room as quickly as possible. All hope for a beneficial outcome disappears, but this could be turned around with the right conversational strategy.

    Objections are another type of …

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