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11 Pitfalls

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” By John Stoker, of Switchandshift”

Recently, I was asked to observe a Home Owners Association board meeting and to provide feedback about what the board members could do to have more effective meetings. From the outset, it was obvious these individuals had never received any type of business communication training.

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Leadership

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” By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief”

eadership is the ability to not only understand and utilize your innate talents, but to also effectively leverage the natural strengths of your team to accomplish the mission. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, answer key or formula to leadership. Leadership should be the humble, authentic expression of your unique personality in pursuit of bettering whatever environment you are in. – Katie Christy, founder, Activate Your Talent

A parable is told about a pencil-maker who was preparing to put an important pencil in a box. Before doing so, though, he took the pencil aside. “There are five things you need to know,” he said. “If you can remember these five things, you will become the best pencil you can be.”

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Improve Public Speaking

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” By Skip Prichard, of Leadership Insights”

Over ten years ago, I found myself in a class for leaders and managers. After building rapport and working to create a safe environment of trust, the class facilitator decided to have us go around the room and share our insecurities and fears. The coach was specifically homing in on our weaknesses and asking for us to be transparent with others in the room.

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Stretching past your fear

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“By Mary Jo Asmus, of Aspire”

Very few leaders will claim that they are fearful of anything. Other words might be used because the word fear in itself is frightful. They might say that they “avoid” something, “mistrust” someone, or have “anxiety” – perhaps more acceptable terms to use.

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FBI Leadership Traits

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By LaRae Quy, of SmartBrief”

I loved being an FBI agent because there was a sense of meaning and purpose every time I walked into the office. The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

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Partnership

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” By Greg Wartes, of Managed Services”

My firm performs a lot of services really well, and we know where our strengths are – simple right?  Not reality though.  Because I am in sales, I meet people for a living – prospects, networking, saying hello to people in line at the grocery store, business owners and the folks in “the channel.”  The thing that always amazes me is that when I meet a business owner that tells me they are good at A through Z, not skipping anything in between; really?  You excel at everything? 

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Leaders Can’t be Offended”

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” By Michael Hyatt, Of Michael Hyatt”

Here is one big downside to being a leader: You are going to draw fire. You will have critics, trolls, second-guessers, and people who insist on thinking the worst of you.

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“Tin Man” leadership

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“By Mark Nation, of SmartBrief”

I recently had a conversation with the leader of a nonprofit about how we so easily become mechanical in our work, especially when we are in positions of leadership. The man I was talking with made a quick, off-the-cuff reference to the story of the Tin Man, and then moved on, but the metaphor really stuck with me.

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Employee Retention

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By Jennifer V. Miller, of SmartBrief”

Have you heard about the recent fad in the hallways of middle schools across the US? Homemade “slime,” created from laundry detergent and white glue, is a big hit at our house right now.

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Restore Your Rationality

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By John R. Stoker, of SmartBrief”

Recently my college-age son hit a large piece of asphalt while driving our 1997 Toyota Avalon down a country road at night. The impact against the undercarriage caused the airbags to deploy and shatter the car’s windshield.

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