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The Happiest And Most Successful Professionals -- 8 Ways They Think Differently

In my work as a career success coach, I regularly survey thousands of professionals each year. These surveys and studies allow me a special lens into the deepest thoughts and beliefs of people who are building careers that excite and inspire them, as well as those who are despairing and …

Self-improvement

How to Get the Most Out of Having a Mentor

Three Dog Night got something right when they sang, “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” And as entrepreneurs we pretty much feel …

Leadership
Body Language

Ten questions to ask a mentor at your first meeting

So you finally mustered the nerve to ask a mentor for a cup of coffee. You're sweating. You can feel the pressure mounting.<p>She strolls through the coffee-shop door holding an Americano with two pumps of hazelnut in one hand and years of experience in the other. Here are 10 questions you can ask her …

Be Grateful to Your Mentors

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." -- William Arthur Ward.<p>As a spiritual practice, gratitude establishes a context for seeing everything in a new light, which becomes an opening for something greater to occur. As we find even just one thing to be …

How to find a great mentor

Every young person needs a mentor. If they don’t find one in parents, coaches or teachers, they’ll emulate movie stars, athletes or rock musicians.<p>As …

9 Characteristics of a Good Mentoring Relationship

A good mentor is a gift from the Universe. If you find one, do everything you can to convince them that it is worth their while to mentor you. I am fortunate to be on both sides of the table almost on a weekly basis -- meaning I have awesome mentors that inspire me and hold me accountable and I …

How to Beat Depression and Start Feeling Better About Yourself

Albert Ellis<p>You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.<p><b>Are You Feeling Depressed?</b><p>Depression …

Confidence, Courage and Failure -- A Formula for Career Success!

Recently, I spoke at the Indiana Governor's Conference for Women. It was a day brimming with professional development to empower women to lead and take control of their careers and lives.<p>Confidence was a key theme throughout the day accentuated by the luncheon keynoters: Katty Kay and Claire …

8 Things Happy People Do But Rarely Talk About

<i>Sponsored Links</i><p>by Steve Kux <br>Life Hack<p>Most of us like to think we are fairly happy people, but deep down we might not necessarily believe it or feel …

Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Better Listener

“It can be stated, with practically no qualification,” Ralph G. Nichols and Leonard A. Stevens write in a 1957 HBR article, “That people in general do not know how to listen. They have ears that hear very well, but seldom have they acquired the necessary aural skills which would allow those ears to …

Archives

Staying Motivated After a Major Achievement

In 1993, after leading his country to an Olympic gold medal, winning his third NBA championship, and scoring more points than any player in the league for a seventh consecutive season, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball. He was 30 years old.<p>“I just needed to change,” Jordan …

Mentoring

The Top 7 Management Tips From Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review recently released a book of their top Management Tips. Here are the ones I felt were the most insightful and actionable.<p>Get …

Leadership

The vital soft skill of successful leaders

Conflict is one of the great inevitabilities of life (after death and taxes). And while you can try to avoid conflict for a while, you cannot escape …

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

How to Master a New Skill

We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the …

The Science of Goal Setting

Why do some goals fail?<p>Do you ever wonder why some New Year's resolutions die a long, slow death while others seem as easy to do as a simple checklist item? It comes down to science.<p>I want to teach you the science of goal-setting.<br>• The research behind resolutions.<br>• Our investigations for …

Goal Setting

The 20 People Skills You Need To Succeed At Work

Do you think you’re qualified for a particular job, fit to lead a team, or entitled to a promotion because you have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills? Well, it turns out that while those things <i>are</i> crucial to your professional success, it’s imperative that you <i>also</i> have great …

15 interview questions to measure emotional intelligence

Earlier this year, Container Store CEO Kip Tindell said one of the most important things a leader can have is high emotional intelligence.<p>“Emotional …