Tonia Richardson

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Crock Pot Recipes Adapted From Slow Cooker Recipes

Time to break out that crock pot that has been sitting around, collecting dust in storage for years on end. You know, the one you got for your wedding or housewarming or were handed down from your mom or bought on a whim at a yard sale but never used. We all have one. If you are thinking crock pots …

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Strengthen Your Strategic Thinking Muscles

Have you been told that you need to be more strategic? Whether through 360 feedback or after a failed promotion attempt, being told that you aren’t strategic enough really stings. Worse is when you try to clarify what “more strategic” would look like and get few tangible suggestions.<p>Being more …

30 Questions to Help You Reflect and Get Excited for 2015

<i>This post originally appeared on BrandMentalist.com</i><p>Another year has almost gone by, but now is the perfect opportunity to reflect and build a plan for next year.<p>I've come up with a set of questions to help you reflect, focus and build a plan to make your 2015 a successful year that embraces …

11 Moments When the Universe Is Speaking to You

Some events are so uncanny, they force us to question whether life is random or something magical is at play. Other marvels are quieter but still …

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Better Yourself by Understanding Why You Don't Like Certain People

Try as we might, there's always somebody either at work or in our personal life that we just don't care for. By identifying their main quality that …

Read Fiction with Your Coworkers

I have to confess that I have never entirely understood the concept of “summer reading” for adults. In the Northern Hemisphere (especially the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere, where I live) the three months of summer offer a rare chance to be outside in weather that is actually enjoyable. …

Help Employees Think on Their Feet

When employees don’t have enough information about projects or goals, the fog of indecision can settle in – people make the wrong decisions, or no decisions at all. In the corporate landscape, many employees aren’t given enough business context to be able to spot or distinguish threats and …

Proven Ways to Earn Your Employees’ Trust

Trust is often talked about as the bedrock of a company’s success. Most people think about the issue in terms of customers: They have to believe in you and your products and services. But trust within the organization is just as important: Your employees must believe in each other. When they don’t, …

Change Your Intention to Focus Your Attention

With busy schedules and to-do lists that carry us from hour to hour without much time to breathe, it’s rare that we stop to reflect on our motivations. But when we take the briefest of moments to set clear, positive intentions for what we’re doing, the payback is enormous. We can make a remarkable …

Your Employees Want the Negative Feedback You Hate to Give

Would you rather hear positive feedback about your performance or suggestions for improvement?<p>For the last two weeks, we’ve been compiling data on this question, and on people’s general attitudes toward feedback, both positive and corrective. So far we’ve collected it from 899 individuals, 49% from …

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy

Study after study has shown that listening is critical to leadership effectiveness. So, why are so few leaders good at it?<p>Too often, leaders seek to take command, direct conversations, talk too much, or worry about what they will say next in defense or rebuttal. Additionally, leaders can react …

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

When I took over as CEO of Intralinks, a company that provides secure web based electronic deal rooms, the company was hemorrhaging so much cash that its survival was at stake. The service was going down three times per week; we were in violation of the contract with our largest client; our chief …

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7 Ways to Optimize Your Brain

How can neuroscience-based innovation enhance behavioral and brain health? This was the question asked at the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, which brought together 170 participants from 19 countries. More than 2 billion people worldwide suffer from brain-based health and productivity challenges …