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Call to Action for Class of 2019 Applies to the Workplace

My nephew graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago.  While I was looking forward to seeing him graduate, I was not necessarily looking forward to the rest of the ceremony.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with many of the speeches, especially the principal.....
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Spring Thaw: Clutter in the Workplace

It’s spring thaw time in Chicago.  And the melting snow revealed many surprises in the yard of my house.  I have broken walkway lights, branches down, and various paper products that escaped on garbage day.  The melting snow also revealed some good things as well &.....
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Would You Use the Word “Love” to Describe Your Current Job?

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain I heard two polar-opposite comments related to people and their jobs last week. First, I heard a crazy statistic on the radio.  Eighty percent of employees seriously st.....
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3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Their Workplaces Today

There is a lot of work to be done each day in your organization. As a leader, you feel like you are inundated with tasks and responsibilities. But if you stop and think about it for a minute, without your employees there as part of your organization, your job would be s.....
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2018 Quotes and Statistics That Made Me Think

I continuous work on my listening skills.  To improve this year, I tried to capture quotes and ideas that may me think when I heard them.  As I reviewed my notes, I found several that still made me think deeper about work, life, and everything in between. Words to Pon.....
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Makings of a Memorable Learning Experience

In a previous blog, I wrote about learning using all 5 senses.  Recently, I had another chance to up my experiential learning with an out-of-the-box experience. While I like to find out-of-the box learning experiences, I sometimes fail to launch on these because I do n.....
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Underestimating the Power of a Reference

How often do you think about what the people you list as a reference say about you?  I am guessing not often.  For many of us, we think about our references only when we are looking for a new job.  And even then, we quickly mentally scan our friends and colleagues li.....
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What’s Your Vert? Introvert, Extrovert, or Ambivert?

As part of a leadership program, I had to introduce myself to someone I did not know.  During the conversation with my partner, I began describing myself to her.  At the end, she said “So you are an ambivert.” Ambivert?  I had never heard the word.  She told me .....
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Hiring Process: Make More than a Good First Impression

7 seconds. That’s how much time you get to make a first impression. And we are often reminded to make great first impressions, especially in certain situations – job interviews, meeting future in-laws, networking events, etc..  But what about our second, third, fou.....
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