What is confidence and how do I get it?

“Confidence is not they will like me, confidence is I will be fine if they don’t” Cristina Grimme In all of my conversations about leadership and success, confidence is a must have in meeting presentation, communicating with both managers and direct reports, as well as personal relationships. It can accelerate …

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Step out of your tired career rut and get energized

“I’m ready to just quit and stay home and try to create a family” This quote from a woman who works in a large Pharmaceutical Company, made me so sad to hear! After numerous years spent earning higher degrees, blazing her path as a woman in science, she was too …

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80 Percent is Perfect

"Eighty percent is perfect," said the speaker at the front of the auditorium. “But that doesn’t make sense!” The woman at the microphone was indignant. “I insist that my staff dot every i and cross every t. We need to ensure the highest possible quality for our work, all the …

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Congrats on Your Failure! Really!

The value of failure is being recognized more and more in business, education, leadership, and elsewhere. Thomas Edison is once said to have remarked: “I have not failed, I have tried 700 ways that did not work.” When you visit Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory you’ll notice a long wall with …

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Why You Should Never Ask Why

“Why isn’t this working?” “Why do we do it this way?” “Why can’t I change?” ‘Why’ questions almost always focus on the problem. They cause us to ruminate and go deeper into whatever is troubling or vexing. ‘Why’ can trap us in a downward spiral of “why can’t I figure …

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Label Yourself!

Label yourself! Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Remember that schoolyard saying? The truth is that naming possesses extraordinary power — not only to hurt, but also to heal, enhance, and benefit. I recall how empowering it was when I finally accepted the …

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