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    Presents aren’t The Only Thing the Holidays Bring…

    It’s that time of year again and you know what that means…

    As we roll into December, managers and employees across the country prepare for everyone’s “favorite” things, performance reviews!

    While a performance review is less than fun (both for those having to put them together and for those who they are about), it is …

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    One Sentence You Should Never Say at Work

    Our jobs can be a challenge amidst all the change that invariably is happening at our companies. Whether we are at a fast growing start-up, a huge corporation adapting to new market conditions and competitors or somewhere in between, odds are this is a reality of work.

    No matter what your job, company or industry, …

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    One of the Biggest Mistakes Companies Make

    Working for a large corporation I am accustomed to the same regular routine. If the previous year (or quarter or month) was a good one, then there is a brief period of celebration and recognition and then it’s on this year and how we need to “keep up the momentum” or make “this year the …

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    How to Speak to an Executive

    Most of us have been asked the old cliché, scenario.

    “what would you say if you were in the elevator with the CEO of your company and you had to pitch him/her an idea but only had the time from when the elevator left the lobby to when it reached their floor?”

    The ability to …

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    The Best Way to Lead is to Follow

    Many people have this misconception about leadership.

    They think leading others is directing the troops. Setting a vision, telling people what to do, and keeping everyone on track .While leadership is all of these, the real difference between good and great leadership is empowerment.

    If the CEO of a company maintains complete control on all …

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    “Expect Delays” Even When There is No Sign

    An early morning a couple weeks ago I was headed to a work conference. It ended up that this conference wasn’t at the typical convention center or hotel. Instead, it was located at a retreat out in the woods. While scenic, the road leading there was naturally winding and heavily wooded.

    At one point, where …

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    Is Taking It Easy a Good Thing?

    As Ferris Bueller said in the 1986 movie, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This was true then and is even more true now. Over the Labor Day weekend, I took it’s purpose to heart and did some thinking.

    Our lives as …

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    You Gotta Hit the Curveballs

    As we reach the latter end of the dog days of summer, as a baseball fan, I think about the impending pennant races and excitement to come as the fall approaches.

    Recently, I was at a baseball game and watched as one of the players from my home team (the San Francisco Giants) battled against …

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    Think Globally: Get Outside of Your “Four Walls”

    With the Olympics in London underway, there is a wave of global consciousness that seems to run through many of us. Whether it is being inspired by the stories of the Olympians competing from all corners of the globe, or it’s being exposed to new cultures and ideas, a rare level of consciousness is in …

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    The Best Question a Manager can Answer: “Why?”

    Let me lay out a situation that most of those that work at almost any company are familiar with: Company management undergoes a reorganization and change is coming. The change can be vast including entire groups or functions going-away, leaving hundreds or thousands without a job or could be something slight, like people have to …

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