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What These Engineers Are Learning is Just as Important for You

What These Engineers Are Learning is Just as Important for You

So, what are these engineers learning that's so important? Let's find out: “Social scientists have recognized that success is strongly influenced by personal qualities such as perseverance, self-control, and the ability to work well on teams. Companies recognize that...

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Lead a Horse to Water, Then Persuade It to Drink

Lead a Horse to Water, Then Persuade It to Drink

Humans are stubborn. However, they can be reasoned with, appealed to, inspired, and persuaded. Perhaps you can’t make that horse drink the water you led him to. You can, however, lead those around you to “water,” and persuade them to act and drink. In previous posts...

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Deciding On Your Call to Action

When you walk into a meeting, what do you want your audience to do? What is your call to action? Focus on these three outcomes: What do you want them to think? What do you want them to feel? What do you want them to do? Build in, before you leave a call to action,...

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Emotional Intelligence Case Study: Elon Musk of Tesla Inc.

Emotional Intelligence Case Study: Elon Musk of Tesla Inc.

Emotional Intelligence in leadership can be difficult to find. However, when it is found, especially in executive leadership, the cultures of those companies often follow the tone established by its leaders. Imagine a company culture based on sincere interest and...

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The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

Unlike a good caramel candy, an inviting bed, or the perfect sweatshirt, “soft” has traditionally been underrated when it comes to desired business skills. They get overlooked by recruiters, management, and others. Why is that? Effective communication, personal habits...

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The New LOL

The New LOL

IMHO, ISO, J/K, BRB, LOL … the list goes on and on when it comes to what many “older” generations might consider the “foreign language” of texting. However, most individuals—no matter their age—are adapting to this new form of “language” in order to relate to younger...

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Acknowledging Others’ Feelings: A Strength, Not a Weakness

Acknowledging Others’ Feelings: A Strength, Not a Weakness

I’ve addressed the topic of emotional intelligence before and will continue to do so. Why? Two reasons: (1) having and being aware of your emotional intelligence is a critical characteristic for not only your career, but also (2) to be a successful human being. We’re...

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Story Form

  When you're up there to tell your story, tell your story in three forms. Awareness: Number one, create awareness of why you're even there. Conflict: Maybe there's a problem; Make them aware of the problem. But that's not enough. Resolution: You have to tell...

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The “Ah-Ha” Moment That Changed Everything

The “Ah-Ha” Moment That Changed Everything

My “ah-ha” moment happened on a fateful day during my career at Bloomberg in New York. I found myself giving a speech to a group of professionals where, at the end of my message, the audience members would ask me questions. The cameras started to roll, and the...

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    Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    It’s just the tip of the iceberg. That phrase was ultimately what sunk the great Titanic. In the Spring of 1912, the “Unsinkable Ship” would make its maiden voyage – launching from Belfast, Ireland and set to arrive in New York City.  Considered a modern marvel at the time, individuals …
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    Experiencing Abundance and Scarcity All at Once

    Abundance and scarcity are typically talked about as worldviews on opposite ends of a spectrum.  On one hand, you have an individual who perceives life full of opportunity – plenty for each person.  On the other end, you have an individual who believes there’s not enough success or opportunity and …
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    Are you Going to Fight, Or Take Flight?

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