Lead With Joy: How To Have More Impact While Loving What You Do

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Sabina Nawaz posted at Forbes.com Abelio is the CMO of a US Fortune 500 company. When his sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, Abelio decided to relocate to Colombia to help her. He had the full support of his CEO and his team for the move. But managing an organization, dealing with his peers and customers across international borders and managing his mostly US-based team remotely...

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Become a Director – Not an Actor – of Your Life

  This is a guest post by Brilliance Inc. All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players – Shakespeare Step Off the Stage If you want to take control of your results and your life, get off the stage, get out of character, and get into the director’s chair. More often that not, we are so immersed in the show called life that we forget we own the script rights....

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Leadership Skills You Need To Survive

How you represent yourself determines if your ideas get implemented. Being politically competent is part of that equation. Here’s a valuable article from Inc.com by Samuel Bacharach. Put simply, successful leadership comes down to having the ability to rally people behind an idea and gather the support necessary for your idea to bear fruit. Regardless of the quality of your idea and the appeal of your charm, if you lack political competence, you are not...

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Target store manager goes 300 to get team fired up for Black Friday invasion

by Terry Gault This is a fun video that ended up on the web page at Fast Company. A Target store manager gives his team a pep talk before opening the doors to the store moments before the hordes overrun the store for Black Friday sale. While the presentation coach in me was distracted that he had happy feet, I thoroughly admire his chutzpah, spirit of fun, and energy.  

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Ummm… What Did You Say?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Kimberly Davis of  Onstage Leadership Oh my gosh.  Night-before-last I did the parent-thing that I swore I’d never do.  My kiddo was talking a million miles an hour and I was….well yes, I was on Facebook…and according to witness testimony, I was nodding and smiling and responding to what he was telling me.  Ten minutes later my kiddo came back into the room and made reference to...

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Conflict Zones – Navigating Conflict with Clarity

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Erica Groschler of TPS Consulting When you hear “conflict” which of these statements ring true for you? a)      Oh no, conflict is bad b)      Conflict should be avoided c)      It’s better not to stir the pot d)      Someone did something wrong e)      Bring it on! Most of us are not comfortable engaging in conflict – whether at work or in our personal lives.  The messages...

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Fitting Praise

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Denise Green of Brilliance Inc. Just Say No to “Fruitcake Praise” Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of leading 195 leaders through a Coaching for Brilliance Workshop. During the two days together, we talked much about how no two people are alike and how, if you want to truly connect with and inspire others, you need to respect and adapt to others’ style, preferences, and context....

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Why Change Efforts Fail (and How To Change That)

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Denise Green of Brilliance Inc. Resolve No More A few years ago, I gave up the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions, thus giving up the sense of failure and accompanying guilt that rolled around mid-March. Maybe you are one of those people that always keep your resolutions. If so, stop reading. If not, don’t despair: you are entirely normal (unlike those other freaks). Blame it on...

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Does your Company or Trade Association bring in Speakers for Events?

Terry Gault: Authentic Communications Coach Terry Gault is a Managing Partner at The Henderson Group, based in SF since 1990.  He has been a coach, trainer, and consultant in communications skills since 1997. He has trained thousands of professionals at Oracle, GE, Wells Fargo, Visa, EMC, eBay, and hundreds more in other large organizations. Terry was trained as a classical actor, teacher and director at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The San Francisco Theater...

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Do You Project Confidence and Competence?

by Terry Gault When I came across this article from Chief Learning Officer magazine on projecting confidence and competence as a leader, I was struck by how many of the suggestions are things we already cover in our workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions. Here are six do’s and don’ts of which learning leaders should be mindful. Do’s Do keep your head level. In the business world, one of the best ways to project executive presence is to keep...

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