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May
06

Book Review – The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace by Cy Wakeman

Last week Cy Wakeman released her new book The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. I want to start by applauding Cy for pulling no punches as she delivers her perspective on how to be successful at work. It comes down to one thing and really only one thing – taking accountability for your own behavior. […]

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Apr
29

Book Review: Give and Take by Adam Grant

It took me a long time to read Give and Take although not for the reason you might think.  While I did find that Adam Grant has a tendency to repeat himself from time to time, overall I found the book to be thought provoking.  I often put it down to consider a point and […]

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The Pitfalls of Labels

The more time you spend in management or HR, the more you will come in contact with tools like DiSC, Forte, Myers Briggs and Insights Discovery Profiles.  These communication style surveys are great tools for inspiring conversation around how different people work and communicate.  But be careful when you use them because they come with […]

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How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down in a tough patch, we all go through periods […]

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Mar
29

Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I’ve taken quite a few communication style surveys over the last 10 years, and every one pegs me as an extrovert.  I’ll confess that I procrastinated reading Quiet for several weeks even though it was strongly recommended to me by a co-worker who had read it (and who self identifies as an introvert) because I […]

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Mar
27

The Speed of Leadership

Have you ever been driving on a highway and missed your exit?  There’s a moment of panic and indecision as you see the sign and wonder if that’s where you should get off.  Maybe another car is blocking you and you can’t move over fast enough.  Maybe your GPS is telling you to go a […]

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Mar
25

If You Think You Are Beaten You Are

My 7th grade English teacher had us memorize this poem and it’s still a great reminder of how important your own attitude, your own will, and your own belief are to your potential for success.  Thank you Mr. Knowlton, wherever you are today. If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you […]

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Mar
22

Book Review – Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is everywhere right now. Turn on CNN and she’s talking to Soledad O’Brien. Pull up Harvard Business School’s website and she’s the lead story. She’s talking to Oprah.  Her book launch was the talk of the twitterverse and everyone wants to weigh in on whether she’s a genius and an icon of women’s […]

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Dec
01

Management Lessons from The Art of Racing in the Rain

I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It’s sort of about a dog and sort of about race car driving but it’s really about an approach to life and to challenge that I found both inspiring at a personal level and applicable […]

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How to be Successful

Everyone wants to be successful right?  Or more accurately, no one wants to fail.  But how can you find success in your life, your job, or anywhere else?  The answer is simple. Love what you do. There’s nothing that will make you better than doing what you love and pursuing it with all your heart.  […]

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