Learn by Connecting—Don’t Ignore your Best Teachers!

If all your teachers walked, talked, thought and looked like you, your education would suffer greatly.  What makes you think mentorship is any different?  Whether protégé or mentor, when cultivating connections, diversity matters to maximize learning and growth. Talent takes many forms.  As a leader, you may know this intellectually, yet still find yourself guiding…

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Leaders: Get in the Trenches and Connect!

As a professional speaker, I’m always stressing the value of mindful, genuine communication in building effective business relationships. So, it’s no wonder I get excited when I hear of companies ready to step outside their comfort zone to put this into practice. That’s especially true when corporate leaders show they’re willing to break out of…

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Too Much Tech to Connect? 4 Strategies to Reconnect

Can you remember the last time you spent an hour with someone between the ages of 12 and 64, when neither of you checked your phone? Let’s face it—these days, media-free time is a rarity. In fact, according to research reported on Axios, we check our phones 50 times each day on average, with some…

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From Bedroom to Boardroom: The Power of Connection

How did Kendra Scott go from designing jewelry out of her spare bedroom with a $500 investment in 2002 to being valued at $1 billion in recent months? This smart, savvy businesswoman knows and leverages the power of connection. Witnessing Kendra on the platform at a recent event, I walked away with certainty that your…

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Do You Agree With This Thinking?

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it. ~Henry Ford Propped on my bedroom shelf, directly above my white laminate desk, rested the iconic, orange “THINK” sign my mother gifted me. Being eleven years old, the accompanying story about some company named IBM using the slogan…

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How to Employ Gratitude to Stand Out!

It’s that time of year again! Caught between candy bars and cranberries, we might overlook the true theme of this month: gratitude. Gratitude not only transforms how we see ourselves, but the way we view and interact with people around us. For those of us in business who are constantly relating to others-fellow employees and…

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Win the Game of Office Politics

If you view office politics as a dirty, slimy way to get ahead, I’m here to suggest playing this game doesn’t have to be manipulative or sleazy.  In fact, it’s one of the most direct, smart and savvy ways to make your mark and build connections with those that count. Yet, who can blame you…

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The Cost of Leadership Inconsistency

Leaders unknowingly destroy trust, undermine productivity, increase employee stress, and decrease engagement through inconsistent behaviors and practices. Substitute the word “leader” for salesperson, administrator, teacher, coach or parent, and the statement still rings true. Recent research even suggests employees prefer a supervisor who consistently acts like a jerk rather than an unpredictable one who wavers between…

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Leaders: To Connect, Learn to Accept

No, this article is not about setting aside your judgement and becoming more compassionate towards those you lead to create better connections. In fact, it’s just the opposite. I’m proposing that to maximize your relationships with others, you must first boldly accept yourself…flaws and all. Let me explain. Acceptance requires reflection and ownership of your…

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