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Working on the right side of the brain – with Dan Pink

Number-crunchers, engineers, and computer programmers continue to be some of the most sought after professionals in business today. We need them to calculate possibilities and prove potential, we need them to build new structures and technologies, and we need them to write the code that makes it all shareable on our laptops and smartphones. But …

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The profit and his three P’s

CNBC’s small-business TV program, The Profit, features Marcus Lemonis as he uses his own money, and tough love, to fix struggling small businesses. Lemonis, 42, knows what he’s doing. He’s the CEO of Camping World/Good Sam, a $3 billion national retailer of recreational vehicles and camping supplies that employs over 6,000 people. The show is fun …

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Why deadlines are our friends

Deadlines stir fear and agita in the bravest among us. We schedule them, we change them, and sometimes we even blow right through them. And while deadlines may not be our favorites, there are good reasons to embrace them. Deadlines turn promises into products. They make goals real, and they drive forward progress. They help …

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10 rules for brilliant women

The internationally-acclaimed COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, may be the best-known champion of women executives in the world, but author and women’s business coach Tara Mohr is making significant contributions to the cause as well. Mohr’s book “Playing Big:  Find Your Voice, Your Mission, and Your Message” is about the tools she’s used with thousands …

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Telling the kind truth

If you’re involved in client service or consulting you probably think regularly about the most productive ways to deliver the best advice and service. Patrick Lencioni, in his book “Getting Naked” outlines three main fears that can threaten strong and lasting client relationships:  fear of losing the business; fear of embarrassment; and fear of feeling inferior. To overcome these fears, …

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Solve like Sherlock using more mindfulness

What we can learn about better concentration — and problem-solving — from the quintessential unitasker and mindfulness master, Sherlock Holmes. Multitasking has become a badge of honor and esteem in our modern lives. Many of us pride ourselves on our multitasking prowess, and even strive for higher levels of frenzied activity. The remedy for our overloaded senses …

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Power-posing and its effect on positivity

Posing for two minutes in a powerful position — with the body expansive and the limbs stretched out — can have a profound effect on how you feel.  Even though more than 20 million have already viewed the wildly successful TED talk by Amy Cuddy, I couldn’t help but share it here. Her findings on …

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Time commitment triage – better ways to manage your time

Everyone wants a piece of your day. Here’s how to determine if you should give it to them. It’s flattering to be invited to meetings of all kinds. We all like to be included and be asked our opinion. Many are rich and rewarding experiences, but others can be time suck disasters. In “18 Minutes: …

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