No is a Complete Sentence

Saying yes when we want to say no is a common mistake that happens not only in the workplace, but with friends and family, as well. There are several motivating factors that play into this type of word exchange. One simple tool that can help clear your plate of a whole lot of unwanted Yeses,

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New Year, New Leadership Skills

A new year brings new challenges but it also brings new opportunities – especially new opportunities to better yourself. Each of us, as leaders, is constantly striving to find how we can be better and more effective in our leadership. On the Leadership Training blog today, author Scott Seroka posted regarding four great ways we

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Practice Makes Perfect

We’ve all heard this before – “practice makes perfect”. Usually the adage is applied to playing an instrument or a sport or something of that nature. But have you ever applied it to your people skills as a leader? Leadership skills, like athletic or musical skills also need to be honed. In a post on

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Bringing Cheer to Your Workplace

It’s the holiday season and everyone is trying to spread love and cheer everywhere but what about spreading that cheer at our workplace? As leaders, it is part of our responsibility to motivate our employees and give them a pleasant and happy environment. In a recent post on the Blake Connect blog, this topic was

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Taking Ownership

A certain element of leadership has really been on my mind today. The element of taking ownership not only of your mistakes but of your problems. Too many times we push our problems onto others and blame the situation on something they are doing. In some cases, it may be a problem that is a

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What Motivates You vs. What Motivates Me

We are all motivated by different means. Yes, there will frequently be some overlap but the combination of factors is fairly customized to each individual. As a leader, figuring out the perfect motivation is a skill. In a blog post today on The Recovering Engineer, motivation types were discussed. One prevalent model for motivation is

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But that doesn’t apply to us…

How many times have you been working on building a strategy and have looked at a solution used by someone else and said “that wouldn’t work for me or my organization”? I know I have fallen into that habit many times. You may feel that the normal rules don’t apply in your situation. It must

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A “Little” Help for Women in Leadership

Ever look around for tools to help you as a woman in a leadership role? It just so happens that those tools are all around us and they aren’t always just skills to build. Sometimes they even come through technology! In an article on the Fast Company Leadership blog, Belinda Parmar highlighted some great apps

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What a Leader Should Never Say

As leaders, we expect that our employees, our team members, will listen and take value in what we have to say. By that same note, we need to make sure that what we are saying is actually of value and is helping those people be better at what they do and at who they are.

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Company Culture overcoming Leadership

Have you ever worked in a place where the culture is so important that everyone becomes almost lemming-like? Though a company’s culture is extremely important, it is also wise to stay in touch with reality and not be overtaken by the influence of the all-powerful culture. On the Leadership Training blog, author Bill Stinnett wrote

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