Wintry Day Reading

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As I write this blog post, the sun is shining. The weather in Nashville has finally risen above freezing and the light snow from last Friday has begun to melt. After a busy year’s end…then beginning…that held both expected and unexpected time commitments, I finally allowed myself a luxury I don’t take as often as […]

Be smarter with your smart phone

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Our phones keep getting smarter. But are we, as their users, keeping pace? Some of us have been steadily growing ever more dependent on these sleek little electronic devices. So here’s a reminder – to you and to myself – smart phones can distract us, they can give us a false sense of self-importance, and […]

3 email mistakes

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Ever struggle with email? I do. Some days I feel like email is a monkey on my back that I just can’t shake. Messages are easy to send these days, and email is the primary medium. So most of us in the workplace receive a boatload of it. It gets tiresome to manage all that […]

Crisis management: It helps to have a plan

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The phrase “going postal” was coined in 1993 following a ten year period where a total of 35 people were killed in 11 different post office shootings by postal employees. The term has come to be synonymous with disgruntled workers in any profession taking their anger out at the office. September 11, 2001 is a […]

Presentation: Delivery

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Want to make better presentations? Here are 10 tips to help you get there. 1. Do everything you can to bolster your personal confidence. Best thing you can do to bolster your confidence is to dress, prepare, and be a professional. 2. Make eye contact. You don’t have to connect with every audience member, but […]

Tips for dealing with change

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Change can be tough. Sometimes we’re ready for it…or think we are…other times it takes us by surprise. Change can be refreshing…exciting. Or change can be unwelcome…terrifying. Only one thing about change is certain: it comes. It comes whether we’re prepared for it or not. Here are a few tips for dealing with change. Expect […]

10 skills gained through mentorship

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Employers want employees with the following skills: Interpersonal skills Leadership Perseverance Commitment Personal responsibility Maturity/work ethic Knowledge/skills of the profession Each of these skills can be gained and/or honed in mentoring relationships. 10 skills specifically gained through mentoring 1. Increased confidence 2. Risk-taking behaviors This one is especially important. Risk-taking is necessary for career advancement. Mentors […]

A Lesson on Reputation

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Reputation matters. It’s a living, breathing thing. It is fully dependent on you, yet…has a life of its own. It can precede you into new territory, and come along after you’ve left the building. In fact, reputation will outlive you. It is something you have little control over, on the one hand, but total control […]

Employers want global mindsets

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Global skills and a global mindset are in demand. What does it mean to have a global mindset? Bloomberg Businessweek: “The New Global Mindset” A global mindset is an expansive way of thinking. It is inclusive. It embraces diversity. It says, “I don’t have all the answers. I can learn from others. I could be better…stronger…more […]