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Want to be more confident? Do these 3 things now.

Want to be more confident? Do these 3 things now.

He can inspire a group only if he himself is filled with confidence. Floyd V. Filson When I tell clients that confidence is an important characteristic of good leaders, they’ll often get worried. Sometimes it’s perception: “It’s hard to be confident,” they’ll tell me,...

Will Strangers ever rule LinkedIn?

Will Strangers ever rule LinkedIn?

Lately on LinkedIn I’m seeing loads of posts complaining about people trying to connect with others they’ve never met. Some people seem downright angry when people they don’t know send them invitations. I’ve always found this sort of weird – isn’t the whole point of...

You May Be Right, but Are You Kind?

You May Be Right, but Are You Kind?

What’s up with all the recent LinkedIn rants about interviewees? If the ranters are to be believed, these days people interviewing for jobs aren’t dressed appropriately, they don’t bring copies of their resume, they don’t have the right handshake, and they behave in...

People, Being an Effective Leader Isn’t That Hard

People, Being an Effective Leader Isn’t That Hard

I just read an article called “22 Qualities that Make a Great Leader” published by a reputable online source, and man, I have a headache. 22 qualities? Really? How on earth is anyone supposed to make sense of that, not to mention apply what’s been learned? Let’s cut...

The Secret to Working with Millennials

The Secret to Working with Millennials

There’s loads of information out there about working with millennials, and much of it seems conflicting or confusing. Since I’m something of a workplace expert (self-appointed, but still...) I thought I'd help clarify the conundrum that inevitably results when you...

This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Heart

This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Heart

Have you ever been in a romantic relationship that looked great on paper, but just didn’t feel right in your gut? You could carefully explain to anyone who asked why she was So Great and he was Just Wonderful, but you somehow knew it wouldn’t work, not because it...

Life on the Observation Deck

Life on the Observation Deck

I did okay in college. I mean, some people might say I did great – I graduated with a good GPA as part of an Honors program at a great university. I’m not saying any of that to brag – although really, outside of a job interview in the 90s, where else would I get the...

Work With Purpose

Work With Purpose

One of the assignments I’ve given my masters level class in Leadership is to create a personal development plan. I’ve encouraged them to ground the document in their “purpose,” which I define as their essential self and their reason for being. Reading over their first...

3 Surefire Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

3 Surefire Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

Two of the most fascinating traits human beings share are the capacity for incredible change, and the fear of actually changing. In fact, most of us underestimate what we are capable of accomplishing in our lifetimes, and let our fears convince us that our wildest...