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Building Relationships

Are You Going to Be the Person to Make It Happen?

​I am really grateful that there are so many ways to stay in touch with people electronically using LinkedIn, Facebook, Text and Email. Snapchat is also another way (and sometimes the only way) to connect with the millennials in your life. I am by no means an expert on that one, but it is a great way to connect to them. All of these electronic options have definitely helped me and many others stay connected when we left our jobs…
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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July for all of those in the US today! I went to see the Hamilton play not that long ago. It really brings home what it took for us to create our independence. Creating our government and things like our banking system, etc that did not exist before. It made me realize how much I had forgotten from all of those history classes! Such courage and bravery to create the democracy that America is built on. Many…
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How Can Your Interactions Make a Difference Today?

​Yesterday I had a call with someone that I used to work with, but haven’t talked to in many years.  We shared a few messages on LinkedIn every once in awhile, but that was about the extent of our chats before yesterday.  He wanted to congratulate me on what I was doing and let me know that I was doing some great things that would help a lot of people.   He also wanted to see if I would be interested…
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How Can You Improve Your Ability to Be a Connector?

One of my favorite topics is the importance of connecting. Here is a post on that topic from Guest Contributor Mona Reiser: In reading an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Matt Arnett “A Curated Life” there were two sentences that resonated with me and were easily “business/leadership attributable.” “Matt maintains friendships with many influential people in Atlanta, many of whom refer to him as a “maven”, an “influencer”, a “connector”. For the reading of this blog, let’s focus…
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How Can You Compare Megamind to a Mastermind?

​My son and I were flipping channels over the weekend.  When we passed by the kid’s movie called Megamind, he said “go back to that show Mom.”  There are some top notch actors who lend their voices to the characters in this movie…Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell to name a few.  A movie with a superhero/villain storyline, Megamind is the bad guy in this show.  (Spoiler alert!  if you haven’t seen the movie, you may just want to…
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Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary – 5/5/17

Welcome to the Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary!      This week’s summary includes:  building influence, building relationships, connecting with remote workers, building self-esteem, achieving extraordinary success, what is influence, how can you build relationships with influencers, how can you build your influencing skills and preparing for your own influencing conversations.   Articles/Ted Talks/Quotes     How to Build Influence and Land That Leadership Role by Gordon Tredgold Leadership is all about influence, the more influence we have, the better the leader we…
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Are You Being Careless With Your Leadership?

​I was reading this article today called If Your Employees Act Like They Don’t Care, You Might Be Doing These 11 Things Wrong by Sunny Bonnell.  The first quote in the article is: “People come for great vision and leave for poor leadership.” This is such a true statement.  I have seen people make decisions to stay in an organization because of the vision that a leader shared.  They were inspired and believed that the leader would help them reach…
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Do You Want To Get Better At Networking Online?

​Networking is generally thought of as in person activity, but the internet provides you the opportunity to network with people all over the globe. There are so many choices of places to network online.   You have probably used Facebook and LinkedIn.  Many of you may also use Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.   Have you thought about networking with these people vs just accepting the connect, friend or follow request? Some people seem to just be trying to get as many connections…
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What Are The Best Practices For A Networking Conversation?

  Networking events are a great way to meet new people in a short period of time.  When you attend an event, are you energized or full of anxiety when you walk in the room?  Being able to go up and introduce yourself to people you don’t know can be a struggle when you don’t know what to say.  Here are some best practices that you can leverage. Introduction – What is the first thing you do when you meet…
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Will You Be The One To Help Someone Today?

My Dad was a big Buck knife collector.  For those who don’t know about these knives, they are collectibles that in many cases are custom made and produced in very small amounts.  The knives may only have a production run of 25 so they become more valuable.  Some of them have etched scenes in gold, signatures by the people who made them on the blade and beautiful handles.  My Dad would shop on eBay and buy the knives that he liked.  It…
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