The Stick

Stick, Carrot or F2F? Employees can be motivated by a stick. A boss might use a stick, such as warning, “If you don’t do this, you’ll be fired,” in order to speed up results.  The problem is that after a short time, people begin

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Charismatic Leaders and Diamond Performance

Charismatic Leaders and Diamond Performance

Charismatic Leaders Understand the Qualities of Diamonds In an interview, comedian Joan Rivers was asked how she stayed so thin and trim and the interviewer said, “Do you do a lot of exercising?” “Oh, my Lord no,” said Rivers. “If God had intended me

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Work Your Natural Talents

For Excellence, Work Your Natural Talents With the Strengths Finder The Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 is a valuable assessment tool for individual personal and professional growth and for team development. Karla Brandau routinely uses it in Workplace Power Institute workshops and training programs for

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Managers: Start the Day Out Right!

Hello! Good Morning! How are you today? Did you know these three phrases can start the morning right for you and for everyone you meet on the way into your office? As a manager of even a small team, these words can make a big

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The Power of Personality

As a Leader, Do You Comprehend the Power of Personality? Artists, painters, clothing designers, web designers, and many other professions need to understand the color pallet to be terrific at what they produce. Carolyn Bendall (be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn), editor

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Ambiguity

Is Ambiguity a gift or a problem? As a leader, “Let’s nail this down!” a familiar American idiom, sounds like the most productive thing to do, right? You are getting to the point, ruling out bad options and moving forward. Not so fast! It

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How Do You Handle Rejection?

Are you a classical music lover? I know it is hard to compete with the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Gladys Knight, or popular rap artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West or Eminem. Chances are, however, you recognize Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s (translated into English as

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The Charismatic Leader

Charisma comes from the Greek word, kharisma, and anciently it referred to divinely conferred power or talent. Starting in the 1950s the term has gained popularity, perhaps more in the personal success world than the corporate world. I think it is time to make

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Creative Tension

Creative Tension or Tension Stress?

Understand the difference between creative tension and tension stress and you’ll have new breakthroughs in personal productivity. Many executives and futurists are saying that the world is experiencing another paradigm shift. A paradigm is a mental model of how we see the world and

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