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March 29, 2022

How to Be an Accountability Partner – #MTtalk Roundup

"If you hold others accountable without being accountable yourself, this is called being a hypocrite." – Sonia Harris

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January 31, 2019

Take Control of Your Organizational Culture

What is corporate culture? Ask a random group of people and you’ll likely get vague and varying answers. "It’s the atmosphere in the office," someone might say. "It’s just how work gets done around here. It’s HR policies and procedures." Ask organizational expert Karen Jaw-Madson, though, and the answer gets more specific. “[Culture] is a […]

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December 20, 2018

Seasonal Pressure at Work – Your Top Tips for Survival

For many people, it doesn't get much more exciting than the winter holiday season. And even the "grinches," who refuse to enjoy the festivities, are likely counting down the days until their summer vacation. But, there's no escaping the fact that holidays in any season increase the pressure on those left behind. Seasoned Workers Think about […]

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February 1, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work

Annie McKee, Ph.D is an adviser on happiness to leaders of multinational companies and governments around the globe. So I was surprised to learn that, not so very long ago, she was cleaning houses and waiting tables. These are not jobs designed to make people happy. McKee mentions those early career experiences in her new […]

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December 4, 2017

Will Your Holidays be Christmas Chaos or Christmas Calm?

"’Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…" – from The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit From St. Nicholas So goes the much-loved poem that will be read to countless excited children all round the world this Christmas Eve. If only reality matched the […]

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October 5, 2017

How to Communicate With Presence

In Dianna Booher's view, you can't separate leadership and communication. Indeed, she believes that learning to communicate "is the essence of leadership and the reflection of your thinking." So, if you're a poor communicator, you’ll always be a poor leader, regardless of the merit of your ideas. Put like that, this soft skill packs a […]

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August 31, 2017

Action Plans: 4 Steps to Strike the Right Note

Imagine you are a violinist. It's the evening before a big concert at the Lincoln Center. It's your debut for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra! On the program is Mahler's epic fifth symphony. For some bizarre reason, you decide to go rogue. You're going to keep the sheet music for this particularly challenging piece locked […]

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April 24, 2017

Six Ways I Beat the Blues of Being a Team of One!

Most organizations contain teams – encompassing anything from just a few people to possibly 30 or more! But, have you ever worked for a company where there's a team of just one? I have. In fact, I've been that team of one on several occasions. I currently work as a temporary assistant, meaning that I'm essentially left […]

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September 2, 2016

The Day I Learned to Think in Pictures

Someone once asked me to create a presentation using pictures and just two words per slide. That moment would go on to influence my career in a number of surprising ways. The challenge came as part of a presentation skills course. It helped me to realize that slides are often used as a crutch for the presenter. Most people, […]

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May 30, 2016

Join the Scrum

The word "scrum" brings to mind some vivid images – Black Friday shoppers, rush-hour commuters, mud-covered rugby football players jostling above a ball. And how about this one: business people standing together to review progress on a project? The last two images are more related than you might think. Scrum is a project management approach […]

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