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Kate Zabriskie

Harness the Power of “Thanks” and Step-Up Your Gratitude Game

By Kate Zabriskie If you’re grateful but don’t take the time tell anyone, does it count? Maybe, but it’s a bit like clapping with one hand. You know you’re doing it, but does anyone else? Probably not. When shown appropriately, gratitude has tremendous power. At a minimum, it will keep you from appearing like an […]

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Gregory Lay

Making Mistakes Is No Mistake

Take Risks Willingly To Find Learning Opportunities By Gregory Lay “Whattya mean, I’m not making enough mistakes?” Ron sat dumbfounded at his boss’s desk, wondering if she’d lost her mind. “Take a breath,” she smiled. “The point is that you’re not reaching your potential because you’re too worried about making mistakes.” “Of course I try […]

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Todd Cohen

Three Deadly Words

The Phrase That Can Spell Career Disaster By Todd Cohen The English language has an unending supply of words and phrases that are built to create conversations that convey meaning and leave impressions. How you use and deliver these words makes a huge impression on people and leaves them thinking and feeling a certain way […]

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Natalie Holder

Managing Office Bullies

By Natalie Holder Have you ever worked with a yeller, saboteur, or person who stole credit for your work? Then your work environment was plagued by a bully. Bullying in the workplace is on the rise and is gaining recognition as a national and international problem. According to studies, 35 percent (an increase since previous […]

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Eric Bloom

Accomplish More in Less Time

Climbing the Seven Step Productivity Pyramid By Eric Bloom The establishment of an ongoing, organization-wide productivity improvement program requires the right company culture, a continuous improvement mindset, innovative thinkers and the active support of senior management—but this is not enough. To be successful, it must also have a defined set of processes, the ability to […]

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Walt Grassl

The Stress Relieving Ability of Authenticity

By Walt Grassl Paul and Trudy work in a medium size company. Paul has recently had to present in meetings with both upper management and with customers. He has been getting more and more stressed out with the higher levels of scrutiny. Before each and every meeting, he tries to figure out how he needs […]

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Nathan Jamail

Don’t Confuse Serving Up with Sucking Up

By Nathan Jamail “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 […]

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Walt Grassl

The Art of Imitation: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity at Work

By Walt Grassl Sam and Boris were having lunch. Boris candidly told Sam that he admired his creativity and innovation. Boris was pretty risk-averse and never wanted to be the nail the stood out and got pounded down. Sam mentioned that he didn’t always think that way. He learned to acutely observe the traits, ideas […]

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Nathan Jamail

What Success Looks Like: A State of Mind vs. a Destination

By Nathan Jamail Success can be defined in a number of ways. If you look up the definition you will several that you may agree with; the accomplishment of one’s goals, the attainment of wealth, position, honors or achieving your goals. All of these definitions are correct—and none of them are. When it comes to […]

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Walt Grassl

Asking for Forgiveness, Not Permission: The Importance of Judgment and Responsibility

By Walt Grassl When you hear the phrase “ask for forgiveness, not permission”, what do you think? Do you think, “I can do anything I want and if something goes wrong or if I get caught, I’ll just say I’m sorry?” Wrong! Actions have consequences. Often in business, if speed and agility are important and […]