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The Surprising Benefits of Conflict

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Many people dread conflict and actively avoid situations that might be conflict prone. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible if you want to be successful at work. Fortunately, there are some surprising benefits of conflict. Think of a time you got into an argument with a romantic partner. Remember how the conflict was horrible while you were in the middle of it. But once you resolved […]

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Authenticity

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You might wonder what authenticity has to do with starting or growing a business? Authenticity creates trust. And investors have to trust you to give you money. Employees have to trust you to even hire on in the first place and then follow your lead. It will probably even be hard to get started if people don’t trust you. Would […]

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Break the Cycle of Habitual Thinking and Speaking

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Our words speak our truth in more ways than we realize. And it’s not just our spoken words but what we are continually saying to ourselves in our mind, as well. Our speaking, internal and external, makes visible our thinking and our thinking creates our perceived reality. We then make decisions based on our perceptions, often reinforcing our thinking and […]

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Collaboration in the Workplace-We Practice What We Preach

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Guest Blog by Susan Lightner, COO, Leading From Center It’s difficult enough to get a job these days and then, when you do, you are now dealing with different personalities, styles and strengths in your co-workers.  Taking time to learn how others work and in what areas they excel, then blending your strengths with theirs makes for a collaborative workplace. […]

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Three Ways To Spot A Leadership Problem

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Despite your seat at the table as an investor or board member, you have a rather limited view into the workings of your growth company. Sure, you meet regularly with the executive team, review its reports, and crunch through its numbers – but you have virtually no idea what it’s like to work with them, or for them, on a […]

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Change your thinking to change…everything

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The most well known, concrete form of behavior change is behavior modification. Remember Pavlov’s dogs? Easy to understand, this time-honored approach to behavior change is favored by parents and companies alike. Rewards and punishments play a central role. They can be tangible, like earning a bonus or losing your allowance, or they can be emotional like “I’m so proud of/disappointed […]

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Learn to develop trust. It will be worth your effort!

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I spend lots of time talking and working in the startup/growth company world as a coach, advisor and investor. I am continuously amazed at the lack of attention to the people side of the business. The focus is on product or drug development, technology, business strategy, marketing. All important, yet all on the very tangible, concrete side of the business. […]

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Mavericks, Gamblers and CEOs

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Guest post by LFC coach Mary Ann Rettig-Zucchi   By their very nature, most entrepreneurs are mavericks and gamblers at heart. They are drawn to the promise and possibility of creating something new. Undaunted by the inherent risk and uncertainty, they would rather strike out on their own uncharted path than follow a well-worn one in an established organization replete […]

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The Golden Globes of Leadership

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Watching the Golden Globes last night, I was struck by how much time, attention and money goes into TV and movie entertainment. And I’m wondering why we don’t have a big award ceremony for Leaders. Certainly leadership is as important as entertainment. We could all dress up in our best business clothes (or t-shirt for you startup folks), eat and […]

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Be smart, not SMART

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Happy 2013! It’s that time again. Resolutions and goal setting are the standard for this time of year. The number of ads for weight loss items is staggering. My gym was full to overflowing on New Year’s Eve day with people getting a jump on their resolutions. But I’m pretty sure that by late January the gym will be back […]

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