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4 Signs You Should Not Be a Leader

When I was first promoted to a leadership role, I had no idea what was in store for me. I thought my job was to give instructions and answer questions. Little did I know that there was a lot more required to be a successful leader. It took some time for me to understand what skills were important to be an exceptional leader. I believe many people have this experience; they are promoted to a…

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The Top 5 Reasons Employees Leave

In 1998, I moved from my native New York to Washington, DC searching for a fresh start. I needed to get away after some of the toughest months of my life: my parents were divorcing after 25 years of marriage, I had just broken up with my boyfriend, and my grandfather had just died of Alzheimer’s disease. I figured things could only get better. My best friend from college lived in DC, so I quit…

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How to Get More of What You Want in Life

I recently had the opportunity to attend a week-long conference with Jack Canfield, the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. The event was focused on helping people break through to higher levels of success. The first principle of success Jack introduced was “Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life.” Most of us have been conditioned to…

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My Five Favorite Leadership Books

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” ~Harry Truman When was the last time you saw a positive and uplifting story on the news or the Internet? Our news media is saturated with negative stories and messages. While it’s good to be informed about current events, as leaders it serves us to feed our minds with positive information and stories so we can inspire and empower our teams. Not only is reading…

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Characteristics of Influential Leaders

My first job after college was as a help desk service representative in an insurance company. I knew it wasn’t a position I wanted to be in long-term, but it was a way to get my foot in the door. After working in that position for a few months, I realized that I wanted to work towards a leadership role. It seemed so glamorous–having the authority to make decisions, being in charge of a department,…

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How to Achieve Your Goals Without Massive Effort

We’ve all heard the statistic that only 8% of people achieve their New Year resolutions or goals each year. So how do you ensure you are one of those successful leaders who ends the year accomplished and fulfilled? In this video, I share the one thing that can help you achieve your goals this year–without massive effort. Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know… What is one small action you can…

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The Two Most Important Leadership Skills

As we near the end of the year, are you on track to achieve your goals? Is your team focused and on track, or are they running in 15 different directions? Are you wondering how it got to be November when you haven’t had the chance to get nearly as much done as you planned? In this month’s video, I share the two most important skills for a leader to be successful. You can be…

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4 Strategies for Building Your Leadership Pipeline

Earlier this year, I was working with an executive who had all the characteristics of a great leader; high emotional intelligence, an engaged team, an approachable leadership style, and great results. There was one thing missing: he didn’t have a successor. Although his team members met or exceeded expectations in their current roles, not one of them was prepared to move into a senior leadership role. This was a concern for the organization, as the…

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How to Upgrade Your Leadership

A few weeks ago, I enrolled in a program for entrepreneurs. The first two weeks of this program are about decluttering your life–your physical space; including files, closets, and drawers, and your mental space; including negative beliefs and information overload. The premise is that by decluttering the things you don’t need or that don’t serve you anymore, you make room for better things in your life. As I’ve been working through this program, it feels…

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A Better Planning Method that Gets Results

It’s our business anniversary today, and we are celebrating by posting our very first video! In this video, Laurie Maddalena, CEO of Envision Excellence, shares information about a new planning system that helps leaders and organizations get better results faster. Laurie also shares one of her personal goals she is committed to taking action on in the next 12 weeks!

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