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Are you a reluctant leader?

Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader? Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred to as Altitude Sickness. This is not the medical condition, which occurs when you are at high altitudes and cannot get enough oxygen. This Altitude Sickness refers to the fear of success, the fear of reaching great heights.

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The crooked yardstick: Redefining success

Take inventory of your successes. What comes to mind? The title of your position in your company? How much money you make? The value of your home? An award you won? If you had to measure your success, would you place yourself in the top ten percent? Top five percent? Did your company or your team meet this quarter’s sales goals? Regardless of which success percentile you stand in, does the nagging sensation that something isn’t quite right tug at you? You’re not alone.

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The 4Cs of brand management

There are plenty of reasons to care about your brand, and high among them should be to make your voice heard: your unique voice. Voice is the contribution made to something larger than oneself. It’s the medium for sharing one’s purpose, values, talents and vision for the future.

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How to fully engage staff in 5 easy conversations

Did you know that only a fraction of your staff bring their ‘A Game’ to work every day? According to companies like Aon Hewitt and the Gallup Organization, this number is about one in five. The rest? At best they are bringing their B or C games to work—at worst their main goal is to keep from getting fired. This is the employee engagement crisis we now find ourselves in.

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Four principles for staying cool under pressure

We all ask ourselves the same desperate question from time to time:

How am I going to make this work?

“No matter how well we’ve done laying the groundwork for everything to run smoothly – becoming educated, choosing the right spouse, treating others well -- we all face situations that challenge us,” says Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon known as “the Michael Jordan of lung surgery.”

“If we can keep our cool and adhere to some basic principles, we can not only meet any challenge – we can perform with excellence.”

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Twelve self-motivation tips

Can you imagine your life as you want it to be? Great!

Are you stalled in getting there? Take heart—you have it within you to succeed. These 12 tips will help.

1. Wake up with an attitude of appreciation. Why? Because you woke up!  Asked “How are you today?” your answer should be “fantastic, excellent or great.” G.R.E.A.T. stands for Getting Really Excited About Today. You are excited because you woke up—you can see, hear, walk, talk… Today could be your last day. Why not make it the greatest day of your life?

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Six tips to help professionals take leaps of faith

T.S. Eliot famously said "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." This could not ring more true in business, with risk often propelling professionals and businesses to new heights. But, risk is often out of our comfort zone and many are reluctant to take those barrier-shattering leaps of faith.

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Applying military principles to business risk

The concept to take more business risk is a counter intuitive principle to most organizations. There is a risk management industry as well as a risk management department, whose sole task is to understand, plan and mitigate risk across the entire business enterprise. So, how can taking more risk be good for business?

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Improving quality of life in your business

If you find yourself listening to co-workers complain at work, you’re not alone. A recent Harris poll found that 80 percent of workers feel stressed about one or more things in the workplace. Feelings of persistent high stress among workers have been shown to be related to negative outcomes including personal and professional burnout, absenteeism, lower productivity and lower job satisfaction.

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