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How to Reduce Stress as a Leader and Feel Peaceful

Key employee leaving? Team conflict? Not making your numbers? Tight client deadline? New competitor entering the market? Family conflict? Health challenges? Few leaders are strangers to stress. Some succumb to a heart attack or stroke. Others simply endure in silence. Only a few feel rock-solid serene through it all. From the very opening pages of [...]

The Single BEST Way to Get Smarter

“You’ll be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read,” was the motto of one of my mentors, Charlie Tremendous Jones. One caveat I’d add: The people you meet may change your life all right—but they may not make you any smarter. [...]

Love Notes to Share With Your Valentine

Those of you who routinely follow my blog know that I typically write about business topics: leadership communication, executive presence, sales presentations, business writing, and book writing and publishing.  But since we’re celebrating love this week with Valentine’s Day, I’m turning to personal relationships at home. Maintaining rewarding love relationships is both difficult and important. I’d [...]

6 Steps to Hire and Keep Top Leaders on Your Team

No one doubts the impact of great leaders to an organization’s overall success. The challenge seems to be finding them, growing them, cloning them, and keeping them. Miss any of these steps and your organization eventually sees gaps in its bench strength. 6 Steps to Hire: Fine-tune your interviewing process Far too many hiring managers [...]

How to Handle a Know-It-All

Know-it-alls walk the halls at every level—from the basement to the executive floor. It’s not their title or expertise that’s the problem. Most everyone welcomes helpful information or experience when solving a problem or seeking innovative ideas. The know-it-all label comes from a person’s communication style and attitude—that is, the manner in which their expertise [...]

10 Communication Productivity Tips for the New Year

Communication shouldn’t be that difficult. After all, you do it almost every waking hour. If you’re not on social media, you’re on the phone. If you’re not on the phone, you’re texting. If you’re not texting, you’re emailing . If you’re not emailing, you’re writing a proposal. But something that we do so frequently can [...]