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Starting on the Right Foot
by Martin Yate, CPC

Take the time to get your feet on the ground, learn your way around, make friends, and absorb the culture. As you do this you'll see plenty of opportunities to make a difference with your presence. Here are some strategies that will help you avoid cranial-rectal inversion in your first months at that new job, and get this next step in your career started on the right foot.

It’s Better to Be Different than it is to Be Better
by Jeff Beals

Many people will admit that personal branding is an effective way to bolster a career, but they’re simply not comfortable doing it. Specifically, many people worry about going too far. So, if you’re worried about crossing the line from “healthy personal branding” to “egotistical boasting,” you’re not alone.

Focus on the Most Fascinating Thing
by Jeff Beals

Professionals who have well defined and carefully crafted areas of self marketing expertise will ultimately be more successful, because they never run out of interesting things to talk about. An area of self marketing expertise becomes a magnet, attracting people to you.

Ten Ways to Market Yourself in 2011
by Jeff Beals

Today’s business environment remains somewhat perilous, but at the same time, there are great prospects for those who play their cards right. That’s why it is so important for you to build your personal brand and create opportunities. Whether you want more/bigger clients or a better career opportunity, make a commitment to market yourself in 2011. To get you started, here are 10 items to consider.

How to Make Goals and Resolutions You Can Keep (VIDEO)
by Mary J. Lore, Author of the Multiple Award-Winning Book and Audio Book: Managing Thought

It's about that time when we begin to break the resolutions we made at the beginning of the year. For many of us, this happens year after year and some of us have gotten to the point where we don't even bother to make resolutions. This gentle reminder offers some guidance to help you reformulate your resolutions in order to keep them and achieve long-lasting success.

Create What You Truly Want in 2011
by Mike Robbins
Many of us either don't set powerful intentions for the New Year or we do so out of fear in a way that creates more stress in our lives.  One of the best things we can do to shift our perspective about this and create an empowering relationship to our process of setting goals for 2011 is to understand some key distinctions - intentions, goals, and actions.

Making 2011 Your Year
by Jim Seybert
Your world in 2011 will be different than your world in 2010. Having an accurate and up-to-date personal inventory will help you navigate the challenges - and exploit the opportunities - that lie ahead. Knowing who you are and what you're able to do will give you the ability to approach each day with intentionality and confidence rather than reaction and dread.

No Room for Shrinking Violets: Why You Must Market Yourself
by Jeff Beals

Why must we market ourselves? In short, we have no choice. There really is no place left for the "shrinking violet," the quiet, shy person, who waits passively for the business to come to him or her. Passive behavior is out, assertive behavior is expected, and sometimes a little aggressive behavior is necessary. We are operating in a highly competitive, fast-paced, global economy that doesn't take time to stop and smell the roses.

Steve Jobs: Career Advice for Tough Times
by Carmine Gallo

The global recession has forced many people to reconsider their careers and life choices. In these turbulent times, where does one turn for career advice? As I was researching the material for my new book, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs (McGraw Hill) I realized that many of the principles behind Jobs' breakthrough success at Apple apply equally to the management of one's career.

So Close and Then We Blow It
by Anne Riches

One of the key distinguishing features of great sports champions, great managers and leaders, great colleagues and great friends is that they can hold it together under pressure. They can be relied on to hold their nerve, hold on and persevere to the end of the race, the challenge, the game. How do they do it? It seems to me that this involves two key elements: Our ability to control our responses to our amygdala and Resilience.

Does Success Change You?
by Michael Beck

Imagine this scenario...  You spend years working hard to succeed.  During these years, you have some success, mixed with lots of false starts.  But you never really reach the level of success you dream of.  And then something shifts.  Everything begins to work, and your fame and fortune take off. Does success change you?  Understanding the answer to this question has significant implications for your future.

The Emerging Identity of Women
by Marcia Reynolds

There is a new generation of women in the workplace. They grew up in the self-help era with more confidence than the women who came before them. In fact, the majority of the women at work today represent the first generation of women who were told they could accomplish anything they put their mind to. 

Accessing Your Inner Guidance
by Brian Tracy

You must absolutely trust that what is right for you is the right thing to do. You must never compromise on what your inner voice tells you to do. You must never go against what you feel to be correct. You must develop the habit of listening to yourself and then acting on the guidance you receive.

How to Identify Your Personality, Strengths and Weaknesses in 15 Seconds and Make It Work For You
by Jacqueline Wales

Reading personalities is an art form, and an extremely potent way of connecting with people in a deep, meaningful way. In business a deep, meaningful connection means lasting profitable relationships. It’s also a powerful way to get to know their greatest strengths and also, their greatest weaknesses.  You will be surprised at the difference between the two.

Retreat to Advance into a New Decade
by Eileen McDargh

The Immaculate Heat Community Center for Spiritual Renewal is the main house for a 27-acre retreat facility known as La Case De Marie. It is a nourishing place of peace for people of all faiths and persuasions. For 15 years now, this has been where I come to begin each year: to think, to write, to read, and to hike the steep trail of El Camino de Cielo that zigs and zags four miles from sea level to the top of the mountain.

Becoming More Resilient
by Michael H. Smith, Ph.D.

Resilience may be a hard term to define, but it’s a very real phenomenon. The truth is: Some of us survive hard times better than others. Be prepared for those hard times by developing those skills and qualities. When the difficulties inevitably come, you’ll be glad you did.

Six Tips for Women Entrepreneurs
by Peri H. Pakroo J.D.

More women than ever before are grabbing the reins and starting their own businesses. The number of women-owned small businesses is growing approximately twice as quickly as the national average for all start-ups. The following tips address some of the issues and concerns that are most commonly faced by women entrepreneurs.

Franchise Opportunities - Fears That Drown Dreams
by Dennis Schooley

While there are certainly legitimate reasons why a person may not become an entrepreneur, I will focus on a few of the main reasons cited by people that would like to begin a business but haven’t made that leap. I will also offer some thoughts on how to defeat the fear, and progress towards the dream.

Losing Your Job? Psychological, Spiritual and Practical Advice
by Kenny Moore

It’s said the reason we ask children what they want to be when they grow up is because we’re looking for ideas. 10% - 20% of us are presently out of work.  Those who aren’t understand quite well that with the next reorganization, we could be out on the street as well. We may want to start lining up now to get some counsel from the kids. This is an absolutely brilliant article that will move you, guaranteed. (ed.)

Four Little-Used Career Advancement Secrets: You Are a BUSINESS, so Go Out and Act Like One!
by Ken Lizotte, CMC

Beyond the usual blah-blah jobsearch advice of putting together a great resume, monitoring and other job listing websites, putting the word out via Facebook or Linked In and getting out and networking, there are four additional if little-used techniques that can ensure your career advancement momentum stays strong and effective. In fact, these techniques are so little-used they might for all practical purposes be labeled “secrets.”

Fears That Drown Dreams
by Dennis Schooley

Studies show that 70% of the people surveyed indicated that they had a desire to own a business, and yet so many never pull that trigger. While there are certainly legitimate reasons why a person may not become an entrepreneur, I will focus on a few of the main reasons cited by people that would like to begin a business but haven’t made that leap. I will also offer some thoughts on how to defeat the fear, and progress towards the dream.

Why the Law of Attraction Will Not Help You Achieve Your Goals Unless You Obey the 4 Laws of Action
by Karim Ismail

Do you think you can you really just think and grow rich? Well, you're in for a rude awakening. I am sure that even Napoleon Hill would agree with me that you cannot merely think and grow rich. The Law of Attraction only works when paired with what I like to call the Law of Action.

How to Get Things Done in Business – Even if You Absolutely Hate Those Things
by Bernie Kastner, Ph.D.

A former professor of mine told me that if you have something unpleasant to do, don't put it off – it will only get worse. Upon further reflection, why should anyone begin one's day with something unpleasant?  Why not first do something you like, and then do the dirty work?  This way you already have something positive under your belt for the day.

Starting - The First Step Toward Success
by John C. Maxwell
In leadership, as in many other areas of life, the beginning often determines the end. False starts and weak foundations can be ruinous. Here are five insights to help you start successfully.

Three Strategies for Success in Your Job
by Vaughan Evans

You figure you’re in the right job or business. But you’re not fully satisfied. You feel you could be doing a bit better. And things may be set to change in your market or company. What should you be doing now to prepare for such change?

The Almond Effect® - Up Close and Personal
by Anne Riches

Self-aware leaders learn how to catch themselves in the clutches of The Almond Effect® before it clouds their judgment. This way they mostly avoid making poor decisions based primarily on irrational emotional responses not cognitive thinking.

When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How To Stick Their Necks Out
by Nikki Stone

As I grew and developed through my years in gymnastics, and eventually, aerial freestyle skiing, I found my mom's advice invaluable. But it wasn't just her words about the Turtle Effect that helped me to become an Olympic champion. It was putting them into action, and experiencing challenges and pitfalls that would eventually help me understand the true depth of their power.

Are You in the Right Job? Here's How to Know and What to Do About It!
by Vaughan Evans

One-half of US employees are dissatisfied with their jobs, up from two-fifths 10 years ago. Are you one of them? But are you really in the wrong job or business? Or is it just a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence? Are you dissatisfied or unfulfilled for little or no reason? Here are some steps to help you figure out if you’re in the right job.

Marketing Strategies: 5 Tips to Turning a Resolution into a Reality
by Maya Bailey, Ph.D.

Do you know that 90% of Americans break their New Years Resolutions by January 31st? Here are five tips on how you can prevent this from happening, and how you can turn your resolutions into a reality.

The Almond Effect® and Me
by Anne Riches

It is said that you teach what you most need to learn! Although we usually focus on a business aspect of The Almond Effect® and the neuroscience that impacts us at work, I wanted to share with you my very real and first hand experience of The Almond Effect® over the holidays in a non-work setting.

Looks and Career Advancement
by Nicole Williams

Whether we like to admit it or not, our looks play a part in our success. We don't all have to have supermodel good looks, but we do have to pay attention to the details that are crucial to making strong and lasting impressions. More than that, it's about feeling the confidence you need to rock that interview, stand up to your bully boss, or to ask for the raise you should have gotten a long time ago.

Backing Your Passion
by Vaughan Evans

Are you unfulfilled in your job? You are not alone. One-half of US employees are dissatisfied with their jobs, up from two-fifths 10 years ago. Perhaps it’s time to move on. But where? You should find a job that fires you with hwyl—the Celtic concept of passion, fervor, and spirit that can lift you to extremes of success.

The 85% Solution: Choosing Accountability—Three Steps to Owning Your Success at Work and in Life  
by Linda Galindo

If your mind-set is that you’re at least 85% responsible for your success—and that just 15% could depend on the way the wind blows—you can get the results you’re looking for. If not, odds are, you blame your problems and failures—big or small, personal or professional—on other people, “circumstances beyond my control,” or just plain bad luck. The good news? Accountability is not only a mind-set—it’s also a skill-set that everyone can learn. It may not be as easy as one-two-three, but it is a three-step process.

Living in More Than One World: Work-life Lessons From the Legendary Peter Drucker
by Bruce Rosenstein

Peter Drucker—“the father of modern management”—turned management theory into a serious discipline. Yet, today, most people don’t know that Drucker’s teachings on personal growth—or self-management—are as profound as his views on organizational management. This wisdom, while a recurring theme in Drucker’s work, had remained scattered throughout his myriad writings—until now.

Marketing Strategies: 7 Tips to Creating Success From the "Inside Out"
by Maya Bailey, Ph.D.

Why do most business owners fail to achieve their dreams and reach their financial goals? Is it a lack of motivation, a lack of drive or a lack of business know how? In my 12 years of coaching business owners to double and triple their incomes, I have found that none of the above is the reason they fail. Instead, it is the presence of self-limiting beliefs, many of which are hidden, that stop business owners in their tracks.

The Power of Patterns
by Anne Riches

In order to change and to build leadership skills, we must develop and hone the ability to reflect on our patterns, good and bad, and assess their impact on others and how much they contribute towards our goals. Sometimes understanding this can be the most important step we can take towards becoming a great manager.

New Learners for the New Economy
by Kirsten Olson

What qualities do you need as a learner to adapt to our new economy? What learning attributes do employers seek in the flatter, fragmented, and constantly changing workplace? Based on a book I just wrote, it's clear many of the ways we were taught to be learners in school are directly in contrast to the qualities we need in today's economy and job market.

Ten Tips to Creating a New Life Direction
by Laura Berman Fortgang

In her new book  Now What? pioneering life coach Laura Berman Fortgang shares the process that she has used so successfully with hundreds of clients to help them make major changes in their lives. Here are ten tips to help discover a new direction for your life. 

Making a Successful Career Transition
by Lucille Maddalena, Ed.D.

Now is the time to choose your path to begin the next new phase of your career. The impact of personal and job transitions affect our self-image, relationships, and confidence, as well as the roles we accept in life activities. Let's begin by exploring self-branding.

Jumping to Conclusions
by Anne Riches

The science tells us that we make snap judgments about people's trustworthiness and competence as part of our survival system. However we need to remember today that when our brains developed this safety mechanism we weren't dealing with customers and employees and divorce laws hadn't been drafted!

His Boss Was a Woman, and Other Irrational Reactions
by Anne Riches

Primarily our responses are emotional and irrational. The amygdala is the first to receive the stimuli and the first to react. The frontal lobe then kicks in with a more appropriate response. In between times, the transmission can get a little blurry and this is where The Almond Effect takes over.

The Am I a Soloist? Quiz
by Jonathan Littman & Marc Hershon

How do you know if you're a Soloist, or at least destined to become one? The easiest sniff test is how many times a day you mutter, shout, or even think to yourself, "I hate people!" But not all People Haters are necessarily Soloists.  This quiz will help determine the depth of your Soloist leanings. The higher your score, the more Soloist blood in your veins.

The High Cost of Gutlessness
by Anne Riches

Courage is persevering despite fear. It is gumption, grit, and the capacity to get up after a setback, with one's heart on fire. Courage is an essential virtue, a source of strength that contributes to all significant human endeavors. Every great accomplishment requires courage... courage simply is "making the decision to do what you know is right."

Warning: What You Don't Consciously Remember Could Mess With Your Career
by Anne Riches

Have you ever seen people at work react to something in a totally illogical way? The role that emotional memory plays in our everyday interactions and reactions is profound. Not only do our emotional memories cause us to react to perceptions of physical threat but also to certain people and events as well.

How to Get Everything You Want in Business and in Life by Having B.A.L.L.S.
by Sandy Grason

When I stopped to look at some of the amazing and FUN things that I've experienced in my life, I noticed that often times 'it' required me to step out of my comfort zone- sometimes in a major way. So I came up with these tips and inspirations gleaned from my new favorite compliment.

Confronting Your Fears
by Donald J. Trump

An antidote to fear is as simple as problem solving. Whether you have investing, estate planning, or running a business on your mind, or all of those things, they can be broken down into units of thought and dealt with in an orderly manner. It's a bit like a jigsaw puzzle -- you need to find the right place for each piece of the puzzle until the whole is apparent.

What’s Your Worry? Using Thoughts to your Advantage
by Mary J. Lore

Powerful thoughts keep us in a state of vision and possibility, moving us in the direction of what we want, even in the most difficult times. When we practice managing our thoughts, we are at peace and inspired. It is then that the ideas on how to handle or transcend difficulty shine through and we know the right thing to do. It is then that we achieve significant results.

The “Vision Thing” — Critical to Accelerating Women’s Careers
by Suzanne Bates

In today’s economic environment, companies need great leaders. Yet lately much public conversation has focused on whether our economic crisis has been partly the result of too much “leadership testosterone,” both on the trading floors and in the boardrooms of banks and investment firms. Would a more balanced male-female presence have made a difference in averting the current crisis?

Managing Personalities at Work
by Anne Riches

It is important for anyone who is managing or working with a group of people to understand the role The Almond Effect ® plays in the workplace. It gives us insight into other employees as well as our own leadership style. The Almond Effect ® is when we react without thinking, saying or doing things that we regret afterwards.

My Organization Divorced Me!
by Tamara Strickland

I am the woman "that didn't see it coming." I thought the relationship was committed and we had all the characteristics of a great partnership and would continue our bond for years to come. Then I began to suspect that maybe there were underlying issues between us but had full faith that we would focus on the long term and pull through. But after our twenty three years together, via e-mail, you broke up with me! My organization is leaving me for another suitor.

Making Certain Moves in an Uncertain Marketplace
by Marshawn Evans

Regardless of whether you're a business owner, entrepreneur, or recent grad, the marketplace has everyone uncertain about what tomorrow will hold, but there are a few things that we as women (this applies for guys as well!) can keep in mind to be sure that we are equipped and protected in spite of these uncertain times.

by Vince Poscente

You flinch . . .  you lose. Imagine skiing at over 130 mph on skis and you catch an edge. One instinctive flinch to catch your balance and you lose any chance at winning the race.  The challenge is overcoming the protective instinct to throw your hands out for balance while maintaining stability and maintaining your line. How then do you overcome instinct and not flinch?

Keeping Resolutions
by Mary J. Lore

It's about that time when we begin to break the resolutions we made at the beginning of the year. For many of us, this happens year after year and some of us have gotten to the point where we don't even bother to make resolutions. This gentle reminder offers some guidance to help you reformulate your resolutions in order to keep them.

Meaningful Work: Where Do I Look?
by Nina Ham

Meaning has so many dimensions and is so subjective that very few rules can be written about how to achieve it.  Shifting an attitude or perspective, mentoring a younger staff member, challenging yourself to grow in some respect, may be all that's required to find new meaning and satisfaction.   Once you clarify where meaning lies for you, you can be intentional about creating it and savor the fulfillment of achieving it.

Choosing Our Intentions
by Mary J. Lore

When we practice self-awareness, even in difficult times, we can see these thoughts for what they are—thoughts. We know that we are the observer of these thoughts and we can choose whether to utilize these thoughts or not. We can choose our intentions.

The Predicament of Personal Finance
by Estienne de Beer

Generally most, if not all of us, want and crave for something better and to improve our lifestyles. It is part of us to want a bigger car, a better house, to buy good things for the family. We keep hoping for more but, in order to get what you don’t have, you’ve got to do something you have never done before. All of us have heard the cliché before that it is insane to do the same thing over and over again and every time expect better results!

Great Shark Expectations
by Anne Riches
I would like to talk about how life's little surprises can sometimes catch us out - and what to do about it! In particular I'm going to talk about the role of expectations at work, and how that relates to my search for Great White Sharks in the Neptune Islands, off Port Lincoln in South Australia.

Breaking Old Habits
by Mary J. Lore
Have you noticed that as you move into the holiday season, old, familiar patterns emerge? Perhaps you feel sad and alone at the holidays, or maybe you often get sick or worry about money. There’s a reason that we have the same experiences over and over again, and with a little self-awareness, a little self-mastery and a little being-on-purpose, we can break those patterns.

The New Global Marketplace Requires the Versatility of a Swiss Army Knife
by Karla Brandau
Think about the different skill sets you could develop that would make you more valuable to your organization, as valuable as a Swiss Army knife is to the outdoorsman. When you develop skills in addition to your core strengths, you will find the versatility puts you in a unique echelon of achievers.

Beware: The Imposter Phenomenon Is Back
by Lucille Maddalena
Today, women are in positions of power at small businesses and global corporations.  We maintain political offices of importance and influence the development of our society.  This is evidence that norms are changing, but not fast enough for us all. If you find yourself still under the influence of this misperception, now is the time to take action.

LIFT VS. DRAG – A Business Leader’s Perspective
by Waldo Waldman
If you want to reach new heights in business and in life, make sure you do whatever it takes to maximize your lift and minimize your drag. Not only will you avoid the missiles, but you’ll hit your target as well!

Be More Successful: Create "ME INC."
by Karla Brandau
Creating "Me Inc." distinguishes and differentiates you and enables you to shine through the crowd of people vie for promotions or competing for the same customer. As you develop your brand and operate from deep inside, you will become a virtual magnet, pulling people to you who want to do business with you or who will be willing to give you more responsibility in your organization. Through this process, you catapult yourself into an elite league of achievers.

Do You Procrastinate? Or Would You Like to Answer That Later?
by Anne Riches
What is it that holds us back from starting or finishing certain things? What is it that makes us knowingly procrastinate - and then, and here's the worst part, beat ourselves up for doing it? And why is it that so many people seem to share this predicament? The more people I talk to about my growing interest in this topic - the more people say to me: when you find the answer - let me know!

Transition and Change
by Sloan Campbell
We move through life, we make numerous personal transitions inherently knowing how to successfully move from one life milestone to another without missing a beat …  we listen to our little voice and all is well … right? WRONG, I have recently made another type of transition, a professional transition, which has gone about as shaky as any change has ever gone in my life to date. This is an issue for me because I am a firm believer that we must make changes to be able to grow in our personal or professional lives.

What! Luck Comes from Hard Work?
by Karla Brandau

When I complained about my lack of luck to a friend of mine, she quoted Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, who said, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." As you seek for greater levels of success in your life, remember these "Luck Rules."

Downshifting - The Six Step Solution
by Sally Lever
Downshifting is a viable solution for those of us who find maintaining an externally imposed "standard of living" stressful and meaningless. It's about finding a quality of life that transcends all of that and concentrates on living according to our core values. I hope that, whatever your circumstances, you will find here some of the information and inspiration that you need to recognise your dilemma as the wonderful opportunity that it is!

Seven Calculated Choices to Make Your Career Leap Like a Geyser
by Karla Brandau, CSP
Nature in its various manifestations is the man's greatest teacher. The eruption of desire to achieve success in human heart finds its parallel in a geyser. Here are various tips to drill through the rock of inertia and make your life leap like a geyser for your success.

Maximize 4 Meta Talents: Discover the 4 Talents Every Project Needs to be Successful
by Faith Ralston, Ph.D.
In my work as a coach with business leaders I've discovered four meta-talents that are essential for success. Organizations, and especially teams need all 4 meta-talents to implement work projects and change initiatives. Here's a snap shot of these 4 talent types.

Discover Your Sweet Spot: How to Align Your Talents With Pressing Business Needs
by Faith Ralston, Ph.D.
You want to use your talents and add value! The goal is to find the sweet spot - where your best talents align with the needs of the business. When you find the right match, both you and your projects succeed.

The Eight Drivers of Your Best Life
by David M. Traversi
The solution to our worsening societal woes, and conversely our best societal life, is in leadership. Leadership at the societal level begins with leadership of the self. Each of us living our best individual life will flow into our best collective life. It is just a matter of accessing powers – drivers – with which we are already endowed.

Find Your Talent Zone: How to be True to Yourself and Inspire Others
by Faith Ralston, Ph.D.
Everyone has a talent zone. Make a point to find it. Your talent zone is like a jet stream that can propel you and your career into high gear. Once you step on - your career takes on a life of it's own. So jump on - and enjoy the ride.

Avoid Five Career-Limiting Traps: How To Recognize The Pitfalls Even Great Leaders Stumble Into
by Faith Ralston, Ph.D.
In today's market, just knowing your talents isn't enough. Many individuals have great talents but they're not using them. In my work as an executive coach, I've discovered five traps that keep leaders from using their talents. I'm not talking about lackey's here - these are very talented leaders - but they're still vulnerable to these traps.

"On By" - Taking the Risk
by Lucille Maddalena
Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by risk? Balancing the odds of success, the investment you've made in relationships, the value of the win -- how do you make your choice? Often it is the actions that others don't see that truly defines winners from losers. Maybe we need an "on by" command for our up-and-coming business leaders to use when they have the passion, the drive, and the commitment to succeed.

You Are Talented - How to Recognize and Appreciate Your Unique Talent Strengths
by Faith Ralston, Ph.D.

When you think about talent, you might think of Michael Jordon or Oprah Winfrey. But do you see yourself as 'talented?' Absolutely everyone has talents. You and the people around you have talents. I want to take the mystique out of our notions about talents. You're already talented so here are some ideas to help you make the most of your talents.

Ten Career Skills to Keep You Employable in the 21st Century
by Karla Brandau, CSP
Some of these skills will be relatively simple and others may be difficult for you to implement. As you improve in each area mentioned above, however, you will increase in confidence and competence and create an environment where you add value to the organization and a need for your personal services. You will have greater job stability.

Career Search Tip: How to Locate and Harvest Your Sweet Spots
by Nina Ham
While there are many tools that offer guidance on this topic, the present discussion focuses on your daily Sweet Spots, those almost mystical moments or situations when you're "in a zone", doing whatever you're doing without effort. Learning to harvest a Sweet Spot, understanding the factors that make it effortless, can yield invaluable information about what you want to be looking for in your next career.

Sustaining Your Success through Personal Adversity: Some Suggested Do's and Don'ts
by Nina Ham
Learning to stay true to your vision of success during personal adversity will greatly enhance your potential for reaching it.   Learn some simple, gentle do's and don'ts of attitude and practice that will help you sustain your success momentum.

Seven Financial Strategies For Transitioning From Salaried to Solo
by Nina Ham

Everyone has to decide for themselves what level of sacrifice and risk they're willing to undertake in order to enjoy the satisfactions of working independently. Knowing these strategies for managing the risk will allow you to make a well-informed decision.

Is Your Definition of Success Broken?
by Nina Ham

Do you have a working definition of success that fits for you, or has the word lost its meaning? Did it once have personal meaning, or was it never truly yours in the first place? Is "success" a dark cloud hovering over you, or a foggy place in your mind you'd rather not visit? And - Is there a hidden cost to letting it remain broken?

Moving Out of a Career Rut
by Jim Clemmer

For professionals “on the grow” middle age can be a time of career renewal. Others can find their careers stagnating. Here are a few symptoms of stunted growth and how they can be rectified.

Overcoming Rejection: Five Secrets for Turning Failure into Success in Six Months Guaranteed!
by Richard Fenton

What if every time you heard the word no, you became stronger, more powerful, and more resilient? What if the greatest success strategy in the world was not to go for yes, but to go for no?

What Are Your Intentions?
by Jerry Stein

If you have a goal or a burning desire and are feeling blocked or frustrated in your pursuit of that goal, I have a couple of ideas that might help you get unstuck. Here are three goals and four questions that can guide you to happiness.

How to Eliminate Workplace Conflict and Instantly Improve Productivity
by Dr. Alan Zimmerman

You don’t have to become the best of friends with that difficult co-worker. You don’t have to spend a lot of time together. Look for your "point of entry," and you’ll get an immediate, positive boost in your working relationships, and a substantial increase in productivity.

An Unexpected Tragedy: People are Happier at Work than at Home
by Anne Riches

What does success look like for you? What does happiness look like for you? What does 'no stress' look like for you? You get the picture. Here are some thought-starters.

A Very Bad Run
by Darlene Pineda

I started running a few months ago, training for a half marathon, and I'm doing an okay job. But sometimes you have bad days. Sometimes you have REALLY bad days.

Helping Your Family Find Success in an Uncertain Future
by Greg Langston

Whether your child is just starting college or is in high school, you want to give him or her every possible advantage. How can you help them avoid walking down the wrong path over and over again until they find the best one?

Building a Legacy: It's Only Too Late If You Never Start
by Greg Langston

By discovering your unique strengths, determining your core values, and directing your future with ambitious lifetime goals, you can achieve amazing success.

Building Positive Attitudes In and Out of The Office: The 4-Day Attitude Diet
by Dr. Alan Zimmerman

Research makes it clear that attitude is more important than any other element when it comes to ensuring success.
So how do you build a positive attitude that ensures your success?

The Value-Added Life: Living the Unique Positive Experience Principle
by Greg Langston

The key to succeeding in all areas of your life is to add value. Whether it is your relationship with your supervisor, spouse, friend, or mentor, constantly providing a Unique Positive Experience is the fuel that keeps the whole process running.

The Quest For Career Success
by Estienne de Beer

You have to understand that you cannot rely solely on the Human Resources Department to drive your career. It is not your boss' job. It is your own responsibility. And guess what? Results rule!

Manager's Corner 2006
by Liz Weber
Liz Weber's regular column in The CEO Refresher provides insightful and actionable tips for managers at all levels. She has experience and a clarity of thinking that will help you become so much more effective in all you do.

The Menace of Micromanagement
by Estienne de Beer

Employees hate micro-management passionately. They want to be inspired and led.

Winners' Wisdom 2006
by Jim Stovall
For a man faced with the challenge of total blindness, Jim Stovall sees very clearly and his insights always illuminate and inspire. (ed.)

Learning: The Art of Improvement is Always a "Process"
by Jay A. Ewing

One thing at a time. Here is a remarkable story of learning the maddeningly magnificent pursuit of golf.

The Perils of Positive Thinking
by Estienne de Beer

Positive thinking without substance is nothing but a fairytale for adults.

Finding a Job: 21st Century Style
by Kenny Moore

I've worked for a heavenly CEO (figuratively speaking) in a New York City Fortune 500 company. Prior to that, I spent 15 years working for another heavenly CEO (literally speaking) as a Catholic priest.
Here's my practical list of worldly and otherworldly advice for getting that perfect job.

Mid-life Crisis - or Finally Figuring Out Your Priorities
by Steven Bryce

You may have a friend or heard of someone who left a really great career in the Corporate World.
Why change your career? What could the benefits of such a change be? Am I an anomaly or an early indicator of a coming trend?

The Power of Choice!
by John Boe

The key to cultivating and maintaining a positive mental attitude is to use your power of choice and take control of your thinking. It's a challenging task to develop a calm, focused mind, but well worth the effort.

Intelligent Optimism Wins in Today's World
by Eileen McDargh

Intelligent optimists understand that change and chaos are given. They know that "this too shall pass". In the meantime, they choose to take whatever action they can within their own sphere of influence.

Made for Success
by Chris Widener

It's all about your ability, motivation, attitude, being ready for opportunity and your focus.

A New Conversation About Dreams - The Power of Intention
by Marcia Wieder

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams.

Create Your Past
by Chris Widener

Do not relive yesterday. Do everything you can today to make it an incredible day. Whatever you would like to look back on tomorrow and see as your accomplishment, do today.

A New Conversation About Dreams Integrity: The Key to Getting What You Want
by Marcia Wieder

The more your life is in order, the faster and easier your ability to manifest dreams will become. It's just that simple.

Hey You - Watch Your Mouth!
by Chris Widener

Have you ever thought about the way you use your mouth and the results that you see from it? Here are some examples of ways people sabotage themselves with their mouths and some ways to reverse that trend and create success for yourself.

We Need to Find a New Word for Retirement
by Gordon Neufeld

Corporations are beginning to feel the first effects of the new Baby boomer retirement. This new phenomenon will have significant effects on a corporation's abilities to ensure an organized transfer of skills and knowledge between senior executives and newer high potential employees.

Five Tips for a Safe Online Job-Search
by Teena Rose

With the Internet's convenience, a breeding ground for scam artists continues to grow each year as well. Identity thefts have increased to an overwhelming 10 million cases per year, and many of them are the result of phishing - not surprisingly, the employment industry is under attack as well.

Winners' Wisdom
by Jim Stovall

Coaches and Critics, Beyond Your Imagination, All About Life and Defining Love - Today’s the day!

Work is a Four-Letter Word
by Eileen McDargh

Kahlil Gibran proclaimed, "Work is love made visible". I would further clarify his position by insisting that a job is what you do for a paycheck. Work is what you do for a life.

Winners' Wisdom
by Jim Stovall

The Churchill Legacy, The Miraculous Age, The 80/20 Rule, Customer Service and Doing Your Best. Today’s the day!

Tips for Effective Leadership
by Wolf Rinke

Effective leaders have the guts to look at what others do … and do something different.

The Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills
by Ronya Banks

If you desire to lead a passion-filled life wherein you are a positive influence to everyone, you will enjoy incorporating the following practices to assist you in consistently living your life as a conscious and strong leader.

Manager's Corner - Your Job, Respect and People Power
by Liz Weber

What's your job as a leader? Do you respect your team enough to change your organization? And do you believe in the power of your people?

Winners' Wisdom
by Jim Stovall

Out of the Box , Rich as Rockefeller, Who Thinks You’re Crazy? and Worry and Concern. Today’s the day!

Tips for Effective Leadership - Don’t Prove Yourself
by Wolf Rinke

You can have a dramatic impact on an organization and achieve your goals if you forget about proving anything to anyone. Instead, I urge clients to use the following 11 steps during their first 30-60 days in any new leadership position.

To Achieve Your Career Goals Use the Power You Have
by Mariette Edwards

When I asked participants at a recent women's conference focusing on fulfilling potential why they had come out so very early on a Saturday morning, one woman shouted out, "To be empowered." I thought, "Oh, if you only knew the power you have."

Winners' Wisdom
by Jim Stovall

Training, When Life Defies Definition, Knowledge and Wisdom, and The Prominence of Problems. Today’s the day!

What is your Recovery Rate?
by Graham and Julie Harris

How long does it take you to recover from actions and behaviours that upset you? Minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? How long? The longer it takes you to recover the more influence that incident has on your actions, the less able you are to perform to your personal best.

Manager's Corner - Magic Pills, Good Managers and Good Leaders
by Liz Weber

Two focused, concise ideas on how to take your people and organization to the next level of success - "There is No Magic Pill," and "Good Managers are not Necessarily Good Leaders."

Tips for Effective Leadership - Don’t Have Goals and Objectives
by Wolf Rinke

We’ve all heard how important it is to set goals and objectives. I disagree. Instead, I recommend that you establish one HOG --- a Humongous Overarching Goal --- that drives employees' energies in laser-like fashion in a singular direction for the next 10-30 years, and makes your vision come alive.

Desperate Money Never Wins
by Mariette Edwards

Have you ever taken on a client or a job that you just knew wasn't right for you but you really needed the money? If you find yourself in such a situation, look for the opportunity to create something better now and in the future.

Winners' Wisdom
by Jim Stovall

The Credibility Crisis, Fear and Respect, Talking and Communicating, and On the Same Page. Today’s the day!

Manager's Corner - Lunch, Legacy and Leverage
by Liz Weber

Three focused, concise ideas on how to take your people and organization to the next level of success - "Get Your Lunch and Succeed;" "What's your Legacy?" and "Increase Your Power; Give it Away."

Real Time Management
by Byron Kalies

Time management training is awful. Time logging, hints for dealing with telephone calls, email tips - nothing seems to work. You can't even begin to look at taking anything away from a time management course until you've considered your own mortality.

Winners' Wisdom
by Jim Stovall

The Blink of an Eye, Circling the Wagons, Hiring and Firing Yourself and The World of Work. Today’s the day!

The Power of Personal Regeneration
by Robin S. Sharma

Every day of our lives presents with opportunities to experience, learn and grow. The wise person recognizes this and commits himself to the inner work required to constantly expand ones personal frontiers.

Becoming the CEO of ... Yourself
by Pamela Ruebusch

When you can show that you are in control, empowered and responsible in your job, you will be given the opportunity to make a difference.

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