Management Mistakes from The Dark Side

April 16, 2012

There are plenty of great movies that focus on business or life in an office — Wall Street, Working Girl, Office Space just to name a few. But as I was catching up on my reading recently, I found a great article published recently that looks at the leadership lessons to be learned from a movie that seemingly has nothing to do with business and management — Star Wars!

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What New Hobby Do You Want to Start?

March 25, 2012

There is no doubt that you are well served if you make the decision to learn something new every day, even if it’s just looking up the species of the bird that you see perched outside your office window every afternoon. In my book, I discuss the importance of ongoing education in keeping our brains fresh and productive

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Taking a Break When You’re the Boss

March 21, 2012

Some business owners recently shared with Fortune magazine how they manage to take some time for themselves without causing long-term damage to relationships with their clients and to their careers. For example, self-employed professionals must plan ahead. if you can decide months in advance when you want to take a vacation, you can arrange project deadlines and notify customers appropriately.

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Facebook and Your Boss: To Friend or Not to Friend

March 5, 2012

You may have a great working relationship with your boss.  You enjoy a few minutes of casual conversation with her every morning when you both reach the office.  She appreciates your ideas and opinions and comes to you regularly to discuss the direction of the company.  Maybe you even share a lunch at the local […]

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Raising Expectations and Your Perspective

February 27, 2012

We all want to fit in. It’s natural to want to be accepted by those around you — to feel like you get the inside jokes and that you are invited to the good conversations around the water cooler. There’s comfort in being the norm. However, if you want to be a leader in your office and in your field, you need to decide that you are willing to step away from your peers and look at your environment from a different perspective.

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What Will You Do With an Extra Day?

February 20, 2012

2012 is a leap year. You get an extra day to make 2012 matter and that extra day happens here in the month of February. Did you realize that when you flipped over your desk calendar a few weeks ago? If you haven’t decided how to spend that extra day this month, I’d like to offer a few suggestions:

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Is College the Only Option?

February 13, 2012

Do you have visions of the back of your car someday bearing the bumper sticker, “My kid and my money go to (insert college or university of your choice here)”?

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Chief of Chief Naming Officer (CCnO)

February 6, 2012

Chief Internet Evangelist of Google Vint Cerf Apparently, titles like “boss” or “manager” or “supervisor” are so ten years ago.  Companies now need something more to illustrate how cool and creative they are.  According to Forbes magazine, there has been an explosion of professionals who are now known as “Chief Something or Other” at their […]

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Personal Branding Tips from NFL Teams

January 31, 2012

Think about some of sports organizations out there, or maybe even specific players, and how their names and associated mascots or paraphernalia could be used as inspiration for professionals in other fields looking to advance their image and career.

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How Do You Know When to Bench an Employee?

January 17, 2012

I could join with the thousands of other writers who are blogging about Tim Tebow these days, because I certainly count myself as among those who are intrigued by his story and the media attention he is receiving. But, today I want to focus on two other quarterbacks who had high-profile moments recently and ask the question — When do you decide to pull someone from the game?

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Make 2012 the Best Yet for Your Career

January 3, 2012

We are not far into the new year, but I imagine you probably already have read your share of lists. There’s the “Top Ten Trends to Expect in 2012” or “Most Anticipated Movies of 2012” or, of course, that list of states for each presidential primary day. And, you even may have your own list of resolutions that you’ve created. Despite all of this, I hope you will indulge me for one more list as we all look to make 2012 our most successful year yet.

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Everything That You Need to Know About Giving More Effectively

December 20, 2011

Giving back is rewarding and can be great for your family and your career. Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen has made it her life’s work to be a philanthropist and to teach others to become better ones. If you are in any way interested in giving your time or money to any way, I strongly recommend Giving 2.0.

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