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3 Tips To Build Your Leadership Skills

3 Tips To Build Your Leadership Skills

Improvement, Leadership
Leadership skills are like a knife. The blade will not stay sharp on its own forever. It requires a conscious effort to hone and strengthen ones skills to maintain their edge. Here are three tips to keep your leadership skills sharp. Develop A Plan: Develop clearly defined and concisely outlined plan of goals and objectives. Use facts, data and means through which you intend to achieve those objectives. Admit Failures And Weaknesses: Contrary to what some may think, admitting fault or weakness does not compromise a leader's strength or command. Mistakes are unavoidable. And no one person can excel at everything. We each have our strengths and weaknesses, our knowledge and our ignorance. Stubborn determination to be "right" in fear that being "wrong" compromises your intelligence will only hold you back. Never Stop…
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Save Time by Saying No

Save Time by Saying No

Process
What matters more: the amount of time you work or the results you produce? Any smart manager would say the latter. Yet, many people spend long, wasted hours at work. If you're struggling to keep control of your time and boost your performance, try doing these three things. Decline meetings. If you don't need to be there, don't accept the invitation. Explain your workload and request to see the meeting's minutes instead. Delete emails. Not all of them of course, but only keep and respond to the most important ones. Dial down your effort. If you can't say "no" to a certain request, recognize that it may only require a B+ effort. Don't spend time bumping it up to an A+ unless you really need to.
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To Persuade a Listener, Establish Common Ground

To Persuade a Listener, Establish Common Ground

Communication
It's one thing to give a smooth presentation. It's another to move the people in your audience to do something. To accomplish the latter, figure out what you have in common with the people in the room, and speak to the audience at that level. Think about the values, interests, shared experiences, or challenges that you share so you can reference them in your dialogue. This is tougher to do with a broad audience like a group of seminar participants from a variety of organizations and industries. The overlap won't be immediately evident, because there are so many perspectives and backgrounds to consider. So you'll need to work hard to find it, but that work will pay off.
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Five Free Tools To Improve Your Life

Five Free Tools To Improve Your Life

Improvement, Personal Growth
Throughout the election season candidates on all sides have made statements about what we need to do to fix the economy and have fair wages. The problem with all of them is that they are trying to push the economy back instead of working with what the economy is becoming. Individuals are going to have to take responsibility for things their employers used to such as health benefits, retirement benefits, etc. We are moving towards a "gig economy" where you find your jobs and move from company to company. Everyone will be an entrepreneur. You have to be ready to take advantage of these changes. To start you on your way, here are five free resources to help you. Your Public Library While we all think of the stacks of…
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People Expect You To Exceed Their Expectations

People Expect You To Exceed Their Expectations

Customer, Improvement
With David Letterman having left "The Late Show" one year ago, I found myself watching some of his best monologues and interviews. In several of them he talked about his hosting the Academy Awards. He received scathing reviews. Why? Because he did the same type of material that he did on his late night shows. Seth Macfarlane had a similar issue. He was criticized for the material he did when hosting the Oscars despite the fact that it was exactly the type of material he made his career on. Why should people be upset by the fact that these people did exactly what they were hired to do and what does it mean for you? People will hire you based on your past performance, but they expect you to exceed…
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Compete To Be Unique, Not the Best

Compete To Be Unique, Not the Best

Customer
Most companies want to be the best at what they do. But in the vast majority of business, there is no such thing as "the best." Trying to imitate rivals will get you nowhere: It's impossible to do exactly what your competitors are doing and end up with superior results. Customers choose different products and services for different reasons, and it's unlikely you'll win them all. Instead, focus on creating superior value for the customers that choose your company. Doing this profitably means accepting limits and making tradeoffs—you can't meet every need of every customer. Don't set out to win a war. Instead find your audience and capture their attention and loyalty.
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The Biggest Financial Measure You May Be Missing

The Biggest Financial Measure You May Be Missing

Evaluate
Whether you are running a business or a household managing the money is a big part of it. While gross income and costs are the most common metrics people track, many forget about one very important measure: cash flow. Knowing how much money is coming in and going out is crucial. Cash flow adds the time element to that. Many businesses have failed because they didn't track when money was coming in and going out. Timing is very important because if you have too much money going out before you have money coming in, that's where financial problems start. The concept is very simple: a negative cash flow indicates that you are spending more than you are earning, a positive cash flow indicates that you are earning more than you are spending.…
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Great Leaders Present Themselves As One

Great Leaders Present Themselves As One

Communication, Leadership
The first thing someone notices about us is our appearance and behavior. It is important to watch both of these things in order to make a good first impression. There are, however, other elements that define how others see and react to. These elements combine to create your leadership image. To be considered a leader, you need to present yourself as one. These elements can get you on your way. Be In Balance: Smart leaders know how to strike a balance between being strong and supportive. You have to balance between being able to take a joke and commanding respect and authority. Being able to juggle these two is important but difficult. If take either to extremes you will lose your employees' respect. Be firm and confident but be supportive. You get…
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Use Your Energy More Wisely

Use Your Energy More Wisely

Improvement
Most of us operate at full tilt, with little energy to spare. So we need to be strategic about where we put our energy so that we apply it to what matters most. Harvard Business Review recommends these tips to start: Track your energy. Set your phone to beep at random times to prompt you to notice how you’re spending your energy. Know what matters. Figure out what brings the most value and joy to your life. Plan wise energy investment. Once you know which things matter most, schedule as many of them in your calendar as possible. Plan where not to invest. Once you become more aware of where you’re putting your energy, you’ll notice which activities are pointless energy drains. Don’t overthink it. It can be as easy as pulling yourself out of a useless…
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Don’t Overmonitor Your Goals

Don’t Overmonitor Your Goals

Evaluate
Having goals is a good thing. But the current trend of self-monitoring, whether through time trackers such as Toggl or fitness trackers such as Fitbit, means we’re constantly evaluating ourselves — the sales we make, the hours we work, or the miles we run. Overmonitoring can get tiring and cause us to lose sight of what really matters. Avoid this trap by taking a more humane approach: Assess yourself. If you’re constantly measuring what you’re doing and feeling uneasy about things you actually want to do, it’s time to loosen up. Reevaluate the why. Think about whether you’re monitoring habits because they work for you or because it’s what you think you should do. Disappoint people. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the things people expect you to do and be. Let some of them go. Be brave. Stop looking at your…
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