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Seven-Minute Abs?

In the hilarious comedy There’s Something About Mary, Ben Stiller picks up a deranged hitchhiker who tells him about a brilliant idea he has for a product:

                  “You heard of this thing, the Eight-Minute Abs?”
                  “Yeah sure, Eight-Minute Abs, the exercise video.”
                  “Well this is going to blow that out of the water. Listen to this: Seven. Minute. Abs.”
                  “Great…Unless, of course, someone comes up with Six-Minute Abs, in which case you’re in
                   trouble, huh?”

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Speak to Lead

“At the beginning of my career when someone would ask me a question, I thought my job was to relay the vast amount of information I had on that subject, so I would tend to give a bunch of useless information. Over a period of time, I realized that it was the synthesis of that information that was so much more important. People were looking to me as an executive or a leader to just give the kernels of information that were important, not the laundry list of everything that happened.   And I think that we tend to do the latter—a lot.” — Nina Richardson, Board Director, Zayo, Silicon Labs, CallidusCloud. Women who are powerful communicators make the best leaders (and vice versa).

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There’s Power in Women Speaking

The young manager who stands at the head of the room starts to speak: “I was thinking that maybe I would give you some of the numbers and updates for the XYZ project? Unless, of course, I should sort of start at the very beginning, with, you know, the history of the project, before I get to our proposal?” How would you describe the speaker in one word? Unclear? Hesitant? Timid?

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Peeling the Onion (or, Always Remember that You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know)

Dealing with major change in the workplace is very much like peeling the proverbial onion. Just when you’ve managed to turn back one layer, another one presents itself. That was the case recently, as we introduced a new, online platform for delivering training. We anticipated some of the impacts of change on our customers but ran into a few unknowns inside the organization, where the change started.

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Give Me a Map and I’ll Follow You Anywhere

The journey: You’re in management at a company that has been honing its expertise and services for decades, using a business model and methodology that has served you well. Now, a new technology trend in your industry almost demands that you make big changes to the way you do business if you want to stay competitive. You decide to dive in, and boy is it exciting at first. But then, things get a little painful.

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The Power of the Pause

Six Minutes and Twenty Seconds

Emma Gonzalez stepped up to the podium in Washington, D.C. and faced the 100,000-plus March for Our Lives crowd, with more pain in her eyes than any eighteen-year-old should ever have. "Six minutes and about twenty seconds,” she began. “In a little over six minutes, seventeen of our friends were taken from us, fifteen were injured; and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community, was forever altered…

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4 Ways to Be Your Own Best Leader

Leadership is more than a position or title. It is a combination of behaviors, skills, and a mindset with a sense of responsibility for the company cause. To become an effective leader you must be an authentic communicator with a clear vision for the brand and its future. 

Being a transformational leader is no different, and is a skill that can be honed with dedication. 

What technical attributes do you bring to the workplace?  How do you improve your interpersonal skills?  From managing others to communicating with senior executives, leadership skills are dynamic and can be learned. Add these 4 simple strategies into your daily routine for an effective way to lead. 

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12 Ways to Impress Potential Investors

When it comes to high stakes presentations investor presentations are near the top. Continue reading to learn 12 ways to impress investors and take your company to the next level.

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