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Tools for developing personal skills, as well as growing one’s mental powers and strengthening your ‘inner game’

How to Track your Time and Priorities in 15 Minutes

To be an effective CEO or manager, you must know and control your time and priorities. This means you must track your time and priorities. You need to do it. And, you need the managers who report to you to also do

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How to Tackle a Stretch Assignment

The question was, paraphrased, how do I handle a promotion I’m not ready for? My prior boss left, now I have his role, and I get asked to do things I don’t understand how to do. I feel frustrated. I

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How to Show Confidence

(326 words, approximately 2 minutes to read) The question was: I have been accomplishing quite a bit in my role and moving up the ranks quickly. I love my job and am proud of the work I do. Sometimes my

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How to Reflect in a Daily Journal

For the manager who wishes to become a Best Boss, there is no learning without reflection. Yet I sometimes find clients or potential clients who are unwilling or unable to reflect or journal. This inability prevents coaching and learning from

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How to Create the Outline for a 25-Minute Talk

Face-to-face communication remains the most powerful persuasion tool humans have. That is why every leader needs to be able to create and deliver a speech. No other communications modality gives you the leverage of an in-person speech: You reach more

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Just Listen Again – an interview with Dr. Mark Goulston

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:09 — 6.9MB) To be a better leader — more able to mobilize others — you must get through to them. The best way to get through to someone is to truly

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Selling Pot in Washington State, and How to Predict the Future by Journaling

Experience is mandatory. Learning is optional. Today’s headlines include the news that Washington State is legalizing the recreational sale of marijuana. How should a leader — or aspiring leader — handle such a potentially disruptive event? By learning from it.

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How to Ask your Efficient Friend for Help

My client Mick has a friend he admires — Jo. They’re both solo professionals, both lawyers, with adjacent specialties. They refer work to each other and don’t compete directly. Jo is a monster of efficiency. When they compare results, Jo

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Not Knowing Communication Styles can Sabotage your Work

Jim walked out of a recent meeting with his promising, smart new teammate, Jill, seething with frustration. “I can’t tell which Jill will show up — Jeckyll or Hyde,” he spluttered to his coach. Jim’s gestures were sharp, fast slashes at

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State of Your Personal Union

This year’s State of the Union address holds many lessons for all leaders.  Here are three, and the actions I suggest for you. Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Know your Strategy Negotiate Dispassionately Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Peter Drucker

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How to Simplify Your Life

January needn’t be a time to make well intentioned promises to yourself that you soon break. (And most do get broken. According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1/4 of resolutions only last a

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Three Ways to be Nicer to your Future Self

Have you noticed how different your future self is, from yourself today? My future self, apparently, has lots of free time.  He has money. He’s very decisive. He goes to the gym with the regularity of a metronome. His self-control

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More on Acing your Personal Improvement Plan

Dear Matt – Thanks for writing and asking for help with succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan (PIP), also called a Personal Development Plan or a Performance Improvement Plan.  You’ve already read the Basic Guidance.  Here are some advanced tips. Clarify

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How to Use your New Virtual Assistant

CEO Kathy had just decided to hire a virtual assistant, Sissy.  (I’m coaching Kathy.) “I’m trying to get ready for my first meeting with her, and I’ve got so much she could help me with,” Kathy said. “What does ‘so

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How to Ace your Personal Improvement Plan

Uh oh. You just got put on probation at work — your boss and HR gave you a “Performance Improvement Plan” or “Personal Development Plan”. The bad news is, you’re now half-way to being fired. The good news is, you

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