Category Archives: Preparation

Need Talent? Ask the Right Best Questions

The New Year brings with it resolutions to make this year better in some meaningful way than last year. You many have exciting goals, challenging objectives, and positions to fill with new employees. What should you be on the lookout for?

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Will You Fight of Take Flight?

We all have an internal sense that there is a binary choice when confronted with a threat or an uncomfortable situation. This is known as the fight or flight response. When feeling threatened by people or things that create a sense of danger, we choose to fight and take on the threat or depart – to live another day.

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Keep Your Focus on the Boss’s Lack of Focus

When you want to talk with your boss about something that is important to you, do you sometimes get the feeling that they just wish you’d stop talking?! Sure you’ve gotten on their calendar and are eager to have a challenging exchange on a topic that is important to you, it doesn’t seem like it’s all that interesting to your boss.

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Diplomatic of Dishonest

“Do these pants make me look fat?” In an effort to avoid being considered impolite or rude, you may be trying to avoid embarrassment or awkwardness on the part of the other person. That can result in your being less than honest. But if you soften the truth —

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Build a Career of Your Own Design

No matter what kind of deal you made when you were hired, times change. Making changes, however, is not always as important for your employer as it is for you. And creating change is rarely easy. Before you go to negotiate for what you want, you need to break out some Power Tools so that you are more empowered and better prepared for the discussion.

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Back It Up!

I love it when things go exactly as I had planned. Reality mirrors what I’ve pictured in my mind. However, more often than not, reality takes a sharp turn and looks very different than what I had been thinking. That’s when I reach for my Back-Up Plan.

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Help From the Outside

Most folks can’t do it all, don’t have the skills or expertise to do it all, or many don’t have an interest in putting more on their plate than they already have. There are some times when bringing in some outside expertise to keep you focused and manage the communication process can be a critical step in having a successful meeting. program, or project.

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Small Talk = Big Impression

Small talk, cocktail chatter, kibitzing – it’s the communication basic for professional networking. A lot of people confess that they are not very good at it.

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Weather Event Plan B

As I write this post, the snow flurries from the first snowfall of 2015 are becoming a fine mist of snow. School closing and delays were broadcast on the crawl below the television picture and meetings have morphed into conference calls. While snow and winter are not mutually exclusive in […]

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Cooking Up a Great 2015

You’ve read all the books and articles there are that detail the simple formulaic recipe for success. • The 10 critical ingredients to successful networking; • The 12 strategies for growth; • The 5 steps for dealing with difficult people; or • The 22 ways to create a professional brand. […]

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