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Weekend Love, June Twenty-Seventh

iStock_000001746407Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Here’s an interesting survey result from Gallup:  89% of employers believe that workers leave their company for more money. However, as it turns out, only a mere 12% of people actually do leave for that reason.  Carly Sec provides some key insights on employee motivation in 3 Simple Ways to Inspire Employee Motivation [Infographic].

As a coach, it’s sometimes difficult for people to understand what I do.  Their thoughts range from mentoring to therapy and it’s hard to convince them that these are not coaching.  Madeline Blanchard weighs in on this topic in her short article, What Coaching Really Is.

I go on my annual fishing trip in a month.  Michael Hyatt thinks I need to do more.  Who am I to disagree?  Read 9 Reasons You Need More Fishing In Your Life.

Before you take your summer vacation, you might want to spend an hour following Karyn Greenstreet’s advice on 7 Steps to Create Your Autumn Marketing Plan This Summer.

Just for grins:  Scientists aren’t quite sure why, but Laughing Helps You Learn, Babies (and Scientists) Say.  Can I at least get a smile over the opening line?

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Weekend Love, June Twentieth

DiSC MapHere are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Ever wonder how to sell to different DiSC styles?  Leslie Ye of Hubspot Marketing provides some core insights when she writes about How to Sell to 4 Different Personality Types.

If you are ever in a position where you have to rationalize a summer vacation, Fiona Moriarty provides you with five solid ideas when she writes about Five Reasons Why Smart Leaders Take Vacation.

For me, Naomi Dunford produces incredible insights when she writes.  This article about the difference between truth and the PR truths we tell ourselves is tough to ignore.  Understanding this may be The Greatest Leap Your Business Will Ever Take.

Not too long ago I wrote a blog about what you might say in a commencement address to a younger you.  Tiffany Sauder had a similar idea when she wrote Advice to My 24-Year-Old Self: 8 Career Lessons I Learned the Hard Way.  It’s solid advice.  In fact, it still fits me.

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Weekend Love, June Thirteenth

iStock_000029910540Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Meetings got you down?  You are not alone.  Ray Williams shares some ideas on avoiding meeting and/or making them more productive when he talks about How Mindfulness Can Make Your Meetings More Productive.

Who among you doesn’t hear a customer say, “I’ll think about it” and then tell yourself it’s a done deal?  Emma Snider of HubSpot has some on point insights about what customers are really saying when she writes about The Sh*t Buyers Say, Translated [Comic].

We often think that if we just focus on our strengths, then our leadership will improve.  Dan McCarthy thinks we can sometimes have too much of a good thing when he writes about how Leadership Strengths Can Turn into Weaknesses.

I’ve long believed in the benefits of understanding other’s DiSC styles.  I was ecstatic to see I was in agreement with Dr. Tony Allessandra.  He recently wrote about Diversity through DISC Styles Adaptability.  You might want to hold onto this one so you can read it again.

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Weekend Love, June Sixth

iStock_000017544995Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Randy Conley from the Ken Blanchard Companies makes a strong case for Your Success as a Leader Depends on This One Thing.  He even has a simple acronym to help you remember it.

I know this sounds strange, but a lot of leaders and wannabe leaders aren’t very good at working with people.  Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic gives four ideas for How to Work with People Who Aren’t Very Good at Working with People.

As someone who considers himself an introvert, this TED talk from Susan Cain has a lot of meaning.  It should for extroverts as well.

From the archives:  We’ve all heard this, but the details will make surer you never forget The True Cost of Multi-Tasking.  There are also seven  simple ideas of how to stop it.

 

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Weekend Love, May Thirty

reading for leadershipHere are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

As a direct sales coach, I often have a discussion with clients about working with two companies at the same time.  Naomi Dunford provides a well thought out answer to that questions when she says to Never Look Back.

I’m a visual learner and I even like to read for relaxation.  Michael Hyatt thinks there are Five Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader.  What can I do but agree?

Love (or compassion) is a key social skill for working well with others.  Didn’t your teachers tell you that?  Susan Cramm provides an update when she writes about What’s Love Got to Do with Business.

I loved the title, 12 Pieces of Advice for Giving Talks That Have Impact and thought it was going to be a video.  It turns out to be a quick summary of a TedWomen session hosted by Courtney E. Martin called “The 19th Minute.”   It’s great advice to look up before you have to step in front of a group.

 

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Weekend Love, May Twenty-Second

Memorial DayWith a holiday weekend coming, I thought I’d do this post a day early.  Enjoy your three-day weekend and take a little time to honor those who died serving in the armed forces.

Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Most of us build relationships as we go.  What would happen if you planned it a bit more?  Never mind, you probably can’t.  You can be open to learning and improving.  Sarah Landrum writes about 10 Things I Had to Learn in Order to Create a Happier Relationship.

Coaches spend a lot of time thinking and talking about transitions.  It’s what we do.  We tend to be a bit jaded about them because we do talk about them so much.  Bonnie Bell’s article about Transitions: Big Ones, Small Ones, and Everything in Between is a great look at that topic.  I’ve read it twice and flagged it so I can look at it again.

Is it time to move on?  Joseph Irvin provides five tests when he lets you know This is Why I Quit My Job.

From the archives:  Why Study Philosophy? ‘To Challenge Your Own Point of View’.  It’s not a blog post.  It’s an interview with Rebecca Goldstein in The Atlantic about not thinking like a scientist.  It’s about understanding your compassion and yourself. (P.S. It’s also about Google and what they are missing.)

 

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Weekend Love, May Sixteenth

iStock_000001055722Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Feeling a little down?  Frank Sonnenberg offers 17 Action Steps to Take During Hard Times.

Mike Bundrant makes a strong case for not being a Polly Sunshine.  You can be positive and see alternatives.  Read The Truth Behind Positive Thinking for more insights.

Feeling Trapped in your job?  Hate that commute?  Jessica Sweet offers some Career Help for Trapped Professionals.  She has a great follow-up article in which she asks, Is Starting A New Career A Risk or An Adventure?

Top performers in every field know the importance of keeping themselves in the game.  Jon Espina makes a good case for you to Be Prepared For Your Big Break.

 

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Weekend Love, May Ninth

iStock_000005342281Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently.  This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content.  Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file that hits my mood.

Moms are smart people.  The interview at Ted Talks proves it.

No one loves long meetings, especially if they can be shorter.  Dan Rockwell writes about 10 Ways to Shorten Long Meetings.

Angie Sarhan writes, “I used to believe that in order to notice the positive effects of change, the change needed to be noticeable to others, massive and life altering.  I’ve discovered though, that sometimes simply making a few adjustments in your daily routine can be the extra boost you need to get less chaos and more calmness into your life.”  I’m not a Zen kinda guy, but I’m going to try this for a couple of weeks just to see.  Read more about 6 Ways to Create More Zen in your Day.

Jennifer Britton, one of the world’s top group coach trainers, has been in business for eleven years.  I appreciate her reflections on getting this far. She writes about Business Lessons Learned as a Coaching Business Owner.  What will you say about your journey at this point?

 

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Weekend Love, May Second

Details of the climbers hard on a wall

Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently.  This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content.  Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file that hits my mood.

Sometimes I come across an article that makes me reflect on “I wish I knew that when I was starting.”  I still find them good reminders.  Amy Gallo’s interview of Susan David is one of those as they talk about Overcoming the Toughest Common Coaching Challenges.

I love reading on self development, but, some of this stuff really deserves a red flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Tara Schiller agrees in her article on 4 Taboo Myths Of Self Development.

I thought about this article for David Witt as I was working on my blog post for Monday (no spoiler).  He has some 30 second insights into Leadership Transparency: 3 Ways to Be More Open with Your People.

Do you want to develop the habit of thinking and acting more strategically on a daily basis?  The Center for Management and Organizational Effectiveness has a three minute, must-watch video for you on Applying Strategic Thinking. [Click the link if you can’t see the video below.]

 

 

 

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Weekend Love, April Twenty-fifth

iStock_000034498990Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently.  This handful of links takes you to tools or great content.  Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file that hits my mood.

If you were working too hard on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day, then I hope you feel guilty enough to watch a video or two from Ted Talks to help you celebrate this weekend.

Essential Oils are one of the hot new products in direct sales.  Mark Sisson shares some research about the truth of the claims in his well-researched article on Essential Oils: Separating Fact from Fiction.

Gallup Management recently reported that Only 35% of U.S. Managers Are Engaged in Their Jobs.  The good news that if the manager is engaged, so is the team.  You can reach some easy conclusions about your work as well.

You need to sit down with a cup of coffee and read this article from Frank Sonnenberg like a fresh cup of fine roast.  He writes about Now or Never but it doesn’t mean quite what you think it does.

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