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Set Goals Then Tell Others

One of the most powerful ways to set your direction is to begin with the end in mind.  So, it is great to have goals, and know what you’re working towards.  But this is really part of a multi-step process.  I would argue that you should set goals then tell others.  By sharing with others…
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3 Lessons Learned From The MBA

Going into the MBA at Duke, I expected to learn a few things- and there were a lot of lessons learned from the MBA.  I expected to learn about accounting, statistics, marketing, cost accounting, and more.  I expected to make some network connections, and to experience some excellent teaching.  The things that I didn’t expect…
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Keep It All In Perspective

One of the hardest things to do at work, or in life is to keep it all in perspective.  At the end of the day, what is the real cost of a mistake?  What is the benefit to you of doing something, or meeting a deadline?  What will people remember about you when you’re dead?…
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5 Tips to Build Relationships at Work

One of the keys of a good leader is someone who cares for those around themselves, and who has relationships with others.  You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat others.  Networking and building relationships doesn’t necessarily come naturally, especially to women.  So what is a person to do? Here are…
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A Real Leader Builds The Next Generation of Leaders

I’ve heard it said, that anyone can have followers, but a real leader builds the next generation of leaders.  I think that is very true.  It is not so difficult to get other people to follow you, if you are smart, and charismatic. How do you build the next generation of leaders?  What does it…
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When All Else Fails…..3 Tips

Despite the best of planning, things sometimes do not go well.  In fact, sometimes things go horribly, terribly, and most fantastically wrong.  In fact,  I’m currently digging myself out from under a mountain of Girl Scout Cookies in the garage, that we haven’t sold yet, because the weather hasn’t cooperated.  So, what do you do…
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Living With a Top Girl Scout Cookie Seller

When my oldest daughter started Girl Scouts, she would sell a couple hundred boxes of cookies per year.  It is fairly easy to get to a couple hundred in our family- call all of the relatives, post an order form at work, go door to door in the neighborhood, and work a couple of cookie…
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Writing Is The One School Subject I Use The Most

I find myself spending a significant percentage of each day writing things. I write dozens of emails each day.  I prepare slides for meetings, which involves writing.  And I find myself taking notes.  In short, Writing is the one school subject that I use the most.  I find it hard to describe how much writing…
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Communicate Early and Often

It is very easy to fall into the trap of assuming that if you work hard, and do great work, you’ll be recognized.  Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy.  If you don’t communicate what you’ve done- early, and often- and claim credit for your achievements, they may go unnoticed.  Therefore, you must communicate early and…
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1 Communication Tip: Ditch Email

If there is one communication tip that I have for people in the modern era, it is that they ditch Email.  Why do I say that? I say that because I think that people rely entirely on Email at times.  I know that I have been guilty of it myself.  Rather than get up, and…
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