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Get Someone to Like You in 3 Minutes

Making an impression is important.  As leaders in our work and life being likable is sometimes critical to building relationships with colleagues and others.  So what can you do to quickly become likable?  Could a simple skill like listening improve your likability and your overall leadership effectiveness?  The act of listening has been proven to elevate your […]

Leadership Luck
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Leadership Luck

Leaders need to be open to whatever luck or misfortune is thrown at them.  Yet great leaders often seem to be luckier than others. Or are great leaders just better able to respond to the circumstances they are dealt?   What about these popular sayings:  “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we […]

Multitasking
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Why Multitasking Fails

Do you think you’re good at multitasking?  Feeling energized that you can accomplish writing multiple email messages while simultaneously listening to discussions on a conference call?  The ability to multitask is something some people brag about.   It is also the way many people who struggle with being able to focus operate.  Is it the most […]

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A New Year to Do Things Differently

At the start of a new year, I encourage my clients to follow a practice I do of reviewing the past year before setting intentions for the new one.  I find that a thorough review of the previous year can provide important guidance for growth and moving ahead.  I make a list of “successes, accomplishments, […]

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Promote a Culture of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, appreciate, and give thanks for all that we have.  For many of us, thankfulness is directed towards our family and friends who are seated beside us at the table.  However, too few share how grateful they are for their colleagues and employees. Gratitude Increases Engagement and Performance Research on […]

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Building Resilience

Currently, one-fourth to one-third of all employees view their job as the number one stressor in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Many of us work in constantly connected, always-on, highly demanding work cultures where stress and the risk of burnout are universal. Since the pace and intensity is not likely […]

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How to Thrive in the Workplace

Earlier this month at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, gave an emotionally charged keynote on how to thrive in the workplace. Although traditional career success can often seem one dimensional, like keep your personal matters outside of work. Carla broke that mold with her multi-faceted […]

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5 Keys to Effective Networking

For some people, networking can feel uncomfortable and contrived, and even cause social paralysis (aka being “tongue-tied”.)  For others, just the thought of attending a networking event can produce an inordinate amount of stress.  Ever notice the ones who seem so naturally comfortable with networking that they always walk away with new career or business […]

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4 Reasons to Attend Your Next Conference

I have been attending conferences for years. Some I had little expectations, and walked away being greatly impressed. Others where I was an “industry newbee” and felt really stretched out of my comfort zone; and determined to learn new skills. Regardless, I can’t think of a conference that did not expand my network, my learning […]

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3 Tips for Dealing with a “Hands Off” Leader

Far too often in my coaching practice I experience laissez-faire leaders.  It’s unfortunate because such leaders can disrupt both employee and team level of engagement and productivity.   Laissez-faire leaders often fail to take responsibility for leading.  They tend to believe that it’s best to be “hands off” or “supportive only when necessary.”  Some even believe […]

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5 Reasons to Master the Art of Conversation

Have you ever thought about the way we communicate in our texting, emailing, social media-obsessed world?  With communication becoming more and more diluted by technology (chat acronyms, emojis, and bitmojis) there is a higher than ever importance of valuing great conversation—an essential element in building strong, mutually beneficial, and profitable relationships for business leaders and […]

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NonProfit Leadership with Joe Rusiewicz, Foundation for Pottstown Education

Joe Rusiewicz sees limitless potential for growth — like scholarships, athletic equipment, field trips, STEM programs, and opportunities for children in the Pottstown School district.  He is an accomplished nonprofit professional who recently transitioned mid career to lead the Foundation for Pottstown Education. The Foundation is a community initiative which builds partnerships and resources to […]

30 Minutes to Get Out of Comfort Zone
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30 Minutes to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

There are definitive correlations between doing something different and taking potential risks, and finding more success. Have you counted the number of times you have gone outside of your comfort zone — each day or week? Once, twice or maybe even more? Eliminate the fear of discomfort   If you step outside of your comfort […]

Leadership Effectiveness
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How One Leader Gets Better

When Gettysburg College contacted me to coach one of their directors, I never imagined that he was caught in an endless loop.  That’s how Michael Kotlinski, Gettysburg Bookstore Director, described his professional life.  He simply was not performing to his highest level and as a leader in retail that is a dangerous slope. Wants to […]

Women Leadership CEO Andrea Funk
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Leadership with CEO Andrea Funk of Cambridge Lee Industries

Andrea Funk, CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished women in manufacturing.  She represents a very small percentage (less than one-half of 1%) of manufacturing leadership and is passionate about closing this gender gap for a more inclusive business environment. In this episode, we talk all about leadership. Andrea shares an early leadership moment […]

Inspirational Leadership
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What Inspiring Leaders Do

There is one leadership quality that separates the most effective leaders from the average or least effective. It is what even great athletes like Michael Phelps, LeBron James, and Sarah Welting do naturally.  And it is also the one trait that your colleagues would most like to have in their leader.   It is the […]

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Why Some People Have All the Luck

Some people just seem to have more luck than others.  In fact, many business leaders and professionals I know say that their success is simply a matter of luck. But in business is it entirely luck?   Consider these popular sayings:  “luck is preparation meeting opportunity” or “you make your own luck.”  And according to Ray […]