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Presentations – Missing the Mark (and How to Recover)

Presentations – Missing the Mark (and How to Recover)

Sometimes you have it. And sometimes you don’t. Whether you present to your team or executives, or customers, there will be some failures. There will be days when you walk out of the presentation, and every part of your body sinks. In some cases, the pain is much earlier (during the presentation) or much later in the form of harsh feedback (well after the presentation). How do you handle that feeling? How do you take feedback – whether your own…

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The Middle Manager’s Guide to Middle Management: Truth

The Middle Manager’s Guide to Middle Management: Truth

You’ve just been promoted into management – Congratulations, you’ve made it, right? You can just sit back and let everyone else do the work. Ummm. No. Aside from the fact that very few people actually want to be in middle management – it is now about the possibility of using your influence to benefit the organization. And it really doesn’t matter whether you’re now CEO or the lowest tier of management possible – there are a few inevitable truths about…

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Leadership – 5 Skills to Become a Strong Remote Leader

Leadership – 5 Skills to Become a Strong Remote Leader

As a remote leader for the last 8 years of my career, I haven’t had the learning curve that some leaders find themselves on right now. Transitioning into a remote leader does require a re-tune. Organic moments in the office don’t happen unless you make them happen. And unless you have a sixth sense that crosses the space-time continuum, then you have to know what to focus on to do that. Forbes released a visual guide on five key things…

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Improv at Work

Improv at Work

I really can’t stand team-building exercises. I always feel like it’s forced fun. And I’ve been through so many team activities from pasta making to ax throwing to go-kart racing; I feel like I have done it all. Are our teams any closer because of them? I have no idea. So when I heard we were going to do a virtual team meeting with another team-building exercise, I was thinking, “Here we go again.” And when I was told I…

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The Language we use

The Language we use

‘Sort of’ is such a harmless thing to say. Sort of. It’s just a filler. Sort of. It doesn’t really mean anything. But after certain things, ‘Sort of’ means everything. Like after, ‘I love you’ or ‘You are going to live.’ — Demetri Martin The language you use can help you or harm you at work. The words you choose, the phrases you adopted along your journey, the types of things you choose to speak about – all matter. Do…

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Greatness

Greatness

I once believed that for me to be great at my job, others had to be bad. Like it was a competition among my colleagues. I see it in others, too. I see it in a new staff member. He oozes this idea of greatness. But it’s a trick. Him being great has nothing to do with me. Or anybody else. And me being great has nothing to do with him. Or anybody else. We can both be great. Others…

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