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Thursday, 23 February 2012
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Roger Babson said “It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.”  This quote reminds me of a talk I once heard from someone who was sharing some wisdom from The East.  She was talking about the fact that no matter how well or how badly things are going, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/23/2012 9:47 AM by Mary Fink
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Monday, 20 February 2012
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Working for an enthusiastic manager is often fun and exciting.  People want to follow leaders who demonstrate passion for their mission. Some say that your personality determines your level of enthusiasm and there is not much you can do about it.  Baloney!  Anyone can get excited about ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2012 9:45 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Thursday, 16 February 2012
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Let’s face it – unless you are a regular, speaking in front of an audience is terrifying.  It is often said that public speaking is the number two fear in life after death.  Some would say it is worse than death. You will never become a good speaker if you don’t start, so ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2012 9:44 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Monday, 13 February 2012
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We talk a lot in our classes about the down side of micro-managing—a problem for the manager and the managed.  For the manager, it becomes very difficult if not impossible to transition to leadership when he or she wants to be in control of everything employees do.  Micro-managing is ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2012 9:41 AM by Mary Fink
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Thursday, 2 February 2012
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You earn respect when you keep your word both in business and in your personal life.  If you don’t keep your word you may become the topic of gossip and which is never positive.  A few tips about keeping your word: Keep track of your major commitments Review commitments and recalibrate ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/02/2012 2:48 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Monday, 30 January 2012
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It occurred to me this afternoon as we were having our monthly conference call, this one being on the topic of networking, that this skill is one of the best things leaders can pass along to their staff members.  Leadership being all about relationships, it makes perfect sense that great leaders ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/30/2012 4:04 PM by Mary Fink
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Thursday, 26 January 2012
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“Under promise -Over deliver” is an age old and very simple formula that really works and will help you achieve personal success. I often see business people who, in an effort to please the boss, promise to deliver more than can likely be achieved. The over promising may feel good at the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/26/2012 4:01 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Monday, 23 January 2012
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I was at a networking breakfast recently and the speaker was telling the story of her business experience and growth.  To be honest, it's an impressive story.  However; ten minutes into the program there seemed to be a pattern.  Her entire story was about herself.  Over and over ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2012 9:25 AM by Susie Pritchett
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Thursday, 19 January 2012
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I recently had the privilege of hearing a local senior executive speak about the culture in his organization and it was clear from the start that the company’s values are central to the culture and everything that happens in that organization.  From day one, new associates are introduced ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2012 2:34 PM by Mary Fink
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Monday, 16 January 2012
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I recently observed a supervisor loudly criticizing an employee in front of several customers.  The supervisor achieved resentment from his employee and bad feeling from this customer.  And does work improve with that type of criticism – almost never. A more logical and effective supervisory ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2012 2:31 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Thursday, 12 January 2012
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One of the things we remind our students about time after time is that they need to have a learning agenda that is theirs, not just their company’s agenda for them.  It can be as simple as a routine of reading a business journal weekly to something much more time-consuming.  It is critical ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2012 9:35 AM by Mary Fink
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Monday, 9 January 2012
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We all feel a little better when we receive a “thank you” no matter the reason. So the challenge for all of us in leadership roles is to set the example with liberal and sincere use of “thank you.”  At home, at work and in the community there is only upside benefit in using ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/09/2012 9:06 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Friday, 6 January 2012
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In a coaching discussion recently we were assessing a certain business decision and how that decision impacted individuals. One of my associates raised the question “how was that decision made?”  That moved us into a very enlightening review of the decision factors and of the individual ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/06/2012 10:04 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Tuesday, 3 January 2012
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Those leaders who are most successful are those who are always out talking with the staff, and not hunkered down in their offices.  Staff want to see leaders walking around, asking and inviting questions so that they can know what is going on in the organization.  When the only source of information ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2012 10:02 AM by Mary FInk
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Thursday, 29 December 2011
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You have all heard the basic rule “praise in public and criticize in private” and that is certainly excellent advice. And the criticism should generally be as close the event as possible – delayed criticism creates serious uncertainly in other people’s confidence in your leadership. Recognizing ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2011 12:41 PM by Joe Scarlett
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Tuesday, 27 December 2011
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We hear a lot about team-building activities and what we need to do to bring teams together so that they are better able to work as a cohesive group.  Sometimes these activities involve getting to know each other on a little deeper level, and understanding what everyone brings to the team, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2011 12:38 PM by Mary Fink
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Thursday, 22 December 2011
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When I think about writing these blogs I often procrastinate waiting for a more “opportune time” to get to work.  What does procrastinating accomplish?  Let’s start with the stress of worrying about doing it later.  Then I have that assignment hanging over my head.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2011 10:56 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Monday, 19 December 2011
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Sounds like a simple philosophy, doesn’t it?  It is simple, but not easily accomplished.  If you as a leader are spending all your time worrying about your image or your success, a change is needed.  The whole concept of leadership is that you are able to get things done through ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2011 10:47 AM by Mary Fink
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Thursday, 15 December 2011
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Learning to be discreet in business comes with age, maturity and the basic use of common sense.  It is up to us to be in control of our words and actions. Know when to speak up and when to be silent, and if you are not sure be silent – you can usually speak up later on when you are sure about ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2011 10:50 AM by Joe Scarlett
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Friday, 9 December 2011
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What does this mean?  It means that every time you as a leader have an interaction with someone, whether an employee, waiter in a restaurant, neighbor at a sporting event, or any other place where you go, people are watching and listening and judging.  It doesn’t matter that you are ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2011 11:23 AM by Mary Fink
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