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Ten steps to repair and protect your online reputation

Bad reviews can bite, wound, and sting. Worst of all, a mountain of them can appear in a matter of seconds. Social media, it’s a wonderful thing, until it turns against you. So, what’s a person to do when his or her online reputation is suffering at the hands of others? Plenty.

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The three P’s of powerful leadership

Leadership is not a position! The power of the position and the potential of the leader are maximized only when the leader understands and leverages their performance, presence and profitability.

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Don’t confuse serving up with sucking up

“I don’t suck up; I don’t care who the person is or what their title is.” Although this statement may be true, that no one should really ever kiss up to higher levels, the mindset of the person saying it is flawed. Serving up is what great professionals and leaders do to accommodate their clients, organizations and coworkers. Don’t let those unwilling to serve change your personal mission of serving others.

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Engage employees with elevated communication

Have you ever had a conversation with someone you felt just didn’t get anything you said despite their involved contribution to the conversation? You probably sensed their minds were completely focused on what they wanted to say next, and not on absorbing and processing what you were saying. Well, that is disengaged listening, and most of the time although we might be hearing what’s being said, our minds are actually busy thinking about what to say next.

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Leak-proof leadership: The security of character

In a time when everything is someone else’s fault and serious wrongdoing often goes unpunished, it often seems as though we’ve lost all sight of what it means to be a business person of character and integrity. Every day, from community leaders to elected officials, from clergy to corporate executives, it seems like we hear about a major character lapse from someone so trusted by the public that they definitely should have known better. These are leadership leaks.

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Motivating employees to embrace change

The agriculture industry is evolving at a faster pace than ever. Companies that expect to survive and even thrive through such volatility need employees to understand what is happening and why these evolutions require a change to business. Done right, change management can actually strengthen employee engagement. So, how do you bring your employees along rather than have them digging in their heels or, worse yet, heading for the nearest exit?

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Outdated computer systems play havoc with the bottom line

One of the greatest characteristics of computer technology also can be problematic. It’s ever-evolving. While that’s exciting for techies, it can be a headache for business leaders, whether they are corporate executives or small business owners. Businesses periodically need to upgrade or replace creaky computer systems, or risk falling behind their competitors. If they try to muddle through with a cranky jalopy when everyone else moved up to the latest sports car, they may find themselves out of the race for consumer dollars.

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8 steps to outstanding sales structure

You have great products and services, often complicated and technical, which require trust in order to sell them. Even if you’ve made a compelling presentation, it often takes weeks before you get a response. Therefore, you must burn vivid examples and key ideas into the prospect’s mind so they cannot forget how you’re different from your competition. This is critical if you are one of several individuals or teams competing for the same business.

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How to obtain personal and professional balance

In business today, leaders and organizations have to be more aware than ever of how their employees balance their work demands and their personal demands. Organizations are constantly focusing on how to improve production, profits and performance, while at the same time maintaining a high level of morale. The issue is the search for personal and professional balance. As there are no definitive parameters for measuring balance, the real goal should be personal and professional separation.

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Lead employees to soar, PILOT them to higher levels

Have you noticed that your employees or staff members seem stuck and unable to move upward? Do you have employees who sit in meetings like a plane stuck on the runway? Have you noticed that your employees don’t seem to be reaching for the sky? If you have noticed any of these situations in your business, it may be time to PILOT your employees more than merely manage them. Not only will you notice an increased amount of motivation among employees, you will begin to notice that they are contributing more and becoming more involved and invested in your business.

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