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A Formula for Better Meetings

How many meetings have you attended so far this week? Were they worth your time? It’s probably no surprise to you that meetings cost organizations valuable time, energy, and money. Most leaders are in so many meetings, that there is no time to get real work done! Does that sound familiar? According to Ted.com, meetings are estimated to waste about $37 billion a year in the United States. A meeting with several managers and executives…

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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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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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6 Strategies for Becoming a Persuasive Speaker

Many years ago, as I prepared for one of my first presentations as a leader, I remember filling each PowerPoint slide with information, ready to “wow” my audience. I don’t remember the outcome of that presentation, but I’m pretty sure my audience was glazed over as I went through and read each slide in detail. Although I have learned to be more concise and persuasive over the years, one of my biggest challenges as a…

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5 Things to Start Doing This Year

Do you want to elevate your leadership impact this year? Leaders are busy, and sometimes it’s a challenge to just get through the day. But we often put off doing the things that will help us make a bigger impact and get better results for ourselves and the organization. Where we focus our time has a significant impact on our success in leadership. Here are the top five things I think leaders should start doing…

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Eight Ways to Overcome Perfectionism

I was recently working with one of my executive clients on the area of perfectionism. She talked about the standards she places on herself; feeling inadequate if she makes one mistake, mulling over it for days as the uneasiness builds.  This is an area I know all too well. I’ve struggled with perfectionism throughout my life, and have often wasted a great deal of time and energy striving to create the perfect business plan, the…

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Do top grades in school predict great leadership?

I was a good student in high school, but not at the top of my class. If I didn’t find a subject appealing (um, chemistry) I didn’t put as much effort into it as I know I should have. So I was relieved when I read an article that said emotional intelligence is more important than IQ when it comes to being a successful leader. It turns out you don’t have to be valedictorian to be…

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Habits of the “Super Achiever”

One of my personal goals each year is to improve my habits over the previous year. Whether it’s being more productive, spending more time planning and prioritizing, exercising more, or focusing on cultivating personal relationships, keeping my focus on getting better and better helps me to get greater results over time. Small incremental improvements yield better results than a list of lofty resolutions or goals.   This year, one of my small improvements is implementing…

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Employee Satisfaction vs. Engagement

This year got off to a great start for me. Our family welcomed our second child, Luca, on January 18th.  We are very excited to have him join our family, and big sister Olivia is enjoying him! Here is a picture of baby Luca. I was also honored to be interviewed for the article, “Coaching Outside the C-Suite” in the January edition of Credit Union Management magazine. Since I am taking a few weeks off,…

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