Lifting the Quality of Life: In Search of Good Conversation

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Published: January 3, 2017

No matter what work you do, with a galaxy of friends or family around you, the quality of your life will be enhanced with good conversation.  Conversation is an exchange of ideas by people willing to learn and laugh at each other.  Good conversation makes life more valuable.  Enhance the relationships that you touch with […]

Don’t Waste Time on Meetings

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Published: May 28, 2015

                A meeting is a waste of time –unless it contributes to your definite purpose.  Why do people meet in business? To review recent activity To ensure that people are coordinating their work To plan ahead To consider changes that may happen To initiate change Sometimes these meetings […]

Meetings that Are about We, not Me

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Published: March 3, 2015

Nothing turns off a conversation faster than a one-sided sales pitch.  At least, that’s how I react.    When two people meet for business purposes, I always see the objective as “let’s build a relationship and find ways to help each other.”  I don’t want to take my time to hear someone pitch their position to […]

Radiance out of the Darkness

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Published: February 18, 2015

Is that you smiling?  Can I trust that look? I believe there is a paradox at work here – if you want to be radiant, you must know the darkness as well.  Carl Jung wrote, “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.”   When we are familiar […]

The Difference Between Speaking And Connecting

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Published: January 7, 2015

Any college graduate with a project report and vital information can speak before an intelligent audience. Some people not only speak, they touch the hearts of their audience. People care about what they have to say. If you are just sharing information, better speak briefly and to the point. Your audience is going to dismiss […]

Project manager: Think like a Leader

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Published: December 2, 2014

Project manager: if your work changes your organization, you need to think like a leader.   I believe this about many dedicated project managers: they focus on getting results. They understand how to use the right technology, prepare the right analysis, and build the right team. Great project management can help an enterprise gets results […]

Building A Team For Project Performance

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Published: November 18, 2014

How do you build a five-star team? Through appreciation, individual attention, challenging assignments, and involvement with something hugely meaningful. Even though your team may not have won any awards (yet), if you start with trust and rapport, you can build a team that you will proud to call, “a high-performance team.”   Start with trust. […]

You are Being Watched, So Go on Parade

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Published: August 19, 2014

  Your words are always under scrutiny. If you are the boss, then other people will listen to your words, interpret them, and find ways to wiggle out of what they mean. General Patton wrote, “You are always on parade.” If you are a leader, especially a leader in an organizational setting, then expect: someone […]

Who should a leader listen to?

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Published: June 6, 2014

  The illusion is that a leader makes decisions by him or herself. I would not have faith in this leader, would you? The ability to listen and gather useful information from intelligent people is a key leadership skill. One of the fastest courses for failure would be to see a leader fail to listen […]

Five Ways to Get Your Boss to Call You A Leader

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Published: April 29, 2014

      Do you want to be seen as a leader? Some activities will invest you with greater credibility (“cred”). Do these things and do them well, and people may decide that you are a leader.  It is not a guarantee – however these are things that leaders do. Executive Education Gets Personal Listening. […]

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