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Busy and Afraid, or Busy and Motivated?

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Every workplace is unique. The people, the work, and the culture, all workplaces have these, but each one is different. Look around your workplace, are people busy and afraid or are they busy and motivated? Peer-to-peer asking for help or assistance is often met with, “I’m too busy.” Some workplace cultures quietly promote hiding out,

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Is It Worth The Risk?

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Talk is easy. There are a lot of people and organizations that talk about change, but change requires risk. Do you believe change is worth the risk? Many people operate in their safety zone. They never get too close to the edge, color outside of the lines, or risk something that they feel they might

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Do You Need A Raise?

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Job raises are serious business. It isn’t something that most people or organizations take lightly. What about you, do you need a raise? It’s certainly not a secret that most people desire compensation for the work that they perform. Sometimes in motivation seminars I urge participants to think about what else is important for them

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Does Paying It Forward Work?

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Have you ever stopped to consider who helped you along the way? Someone who helped your career, your life or the outcomes that you have achieved? Do you pay it forward? Too often people become focused on their short-comings, they focus on the promotion that they didn’t get, the person who stole their idea, or

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Communicating with the C-Suite

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It can be elusive, scary, and a place where people sometimes go and are never seen again. Some people will work for most of the career striving to get to the C-Suite, others prefer to avoid it. Is it harder to communicate with those occupying the tower of the elite? If you’re not in the

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When Your Boss is the Problem

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You’ve probably already heard a version of this, but there is a popular phrase that has been around for years. It goes something like this, “People don’t quit companies, they quit their boss.” I’m not sure who deserves credit for those words but many times this is an absolute truth. What you’re about to read

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Are You Your Worst Critic, or Best?

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You came up short on your life goal, you narrowly missed being selected for the promotion, or a gigantic roadblock appeared that you didn’t expect. Are you your worst critic, or best? As people we often see the worst in ourselves. We punish ourselves for coming up short, making a mistake, or narrowly missing an

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Do You Bring Solutions to the Meeting?

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month and Andy who is an outnumbered millennial team member finds himself sitting in a monthly managers meeting. He is nervous and his anxiety levels are through the roof. His baby boomer boss Robert is about to call on him for his monthly report and Robert has little tolerance

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Performance Reviews for Millennials

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Performance reviews are often one of the most important yet misunderstood development tools used in organizations today. Recently I’ve been asked some questions about the performance review process for the millennial generation. Should the performance review process be different for a millennial? I believe the answer is both yes and no. No, the general characteristics

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Does My Baby Boomer Boss Respect Me?

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Generational differences, that is how most people label challenges associated with communication and working with others who have a significant difference in birth year from their own. Do you have a baby boomer boss that respects you? Occasionally you might hear the words generational respect, but we very seldom hear words or phrases connected with

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