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Ethics of Influence

Last week I was invited to be the guest on Hollis Polk's internet radio show, "Your Life, Your Relationships." As I prepared to talk about increasing our influence in personal ...

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2012: What It Means

Every new year is an opportunity to re-set our expectations, our intentions, and our attitude just by recognizing our movement through time. 2012 has been imbued with additional meaning, all ...

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Gaining Influence in Your Career – Interview by Tony DeBlauwe

http://www.examiner.com/human-resources-in-san-francisco/gaining-influence-your-careerPlease visit, enjoy the article, and leave a comment there!

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Choosing Happiness

What is happiness? What does it take to be happy? We all want to feel happy. Do we know how?It seems we were born knowing how. Babies show their feelings ...

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Gratitude and Renewal

Lagging behind Canada by more than a month, we in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. For most, it's a big family, food, and football day. It's also a ...

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How to Get Out of the Drama

We say we don’t want drama in our lives, especially in our interactions at work. Drama usually means unpleasantness, frustration, conflict, lack of productivity. If it meant “real drama,” i.e. ...

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Reaching Consensus in a Crowd

You may have seen in recent news the so-called “people’s mike” in demonstrations on Wall Street and around the US. This caught my attention. It began as a result of ...

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Being Influential

Do you have good ideas? Are you sometimes frustrated when they go nowhere? What do you do when you run up against resistance or just can’t seem to get a ...

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A Brief Lull? Use It!

September 8, 2011 by 1 comment

I was inspired by a couple of blogs on what to do during boring meetings or conference calls. I agree with the writer that if you don't need to be ...

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How to Break the Communication Barrier

Is there someone with whom you have built up a barrier to communication? Perhaps you reached an impasse years ago and still work with this person. Perhaps you know what ...

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Now and the Future

It’s easy to see that what we do today is creating our future. How else will we get where we want to go? Since the only time we can take ...

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What Coaches Bring

Invaluable resources that help you get where you want to goSome of the most important benefits of coaching may be the least quantifiable. Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds, ...

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