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Personal Development and Success

What does it take to succeed? How can you be successful in business and life? Use these personal development, self-help and success strategies to achieve your dreams.

 

 Minding Your Global Manners

On any given business day you can find yourself dealing face-to-face, over the phone, by e-mail and, on rare occasions, by postal letter with people whose customs and cultures differ your own. One small misstep could cost you big. Use these tips to be sure you don't offend your international customers.

Office Manners: Are Yours Civilized Or Crass?

Even George Washington felt compelled to comment on manners. Most of the rules he espoused are just as relevant today as they were more than two centuries ago. Take a look at some of these rules, their modern-day applications, and check to see if you yourself are guilty of any of these uncivil office behaviors.

How Much Stress Is Just Right?

Stress can actually be good for you -- in the right amount. If you don't have enough stress, you'll probably find yourself bored and tired. But we all know too well what too much stress can do to our wellbeing, not to mention job performance.

Setting Goals - Your Ticket to Success

If you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there. That's what happens if you don't take the time to figure out what your goals are and WRITE them down. There's power in writing things down. 

Sealing the Deal over the Business Meal

Taking clients to breakfast, lunch or dinner has long been an effective way to build relationships, make the sale or seal the deal. But too many people jeopardize an opportunity because they fail to use good dining etiquette. Here are a few basic rules to make the experience pleasurable and profitable.

Successfully Meeting and Greeting

When you are making the initial contact with a client or a colleague, you want to get off on the right foot. Doing so will make the first encounter and subsequent ones go smoothly and easily. Save your energy for later and use these simple strategies for a successful start.

7 Successful Stress Management Techniques

Everyone needs successful stress management techniques. Easy to learn and easy to implement, you can use these seven strategies for your own stress management or teach them to help others manage theirs. 

Cross Cultural Gift Giving Etiquette

In today's business world, it's not uncommon to find yourself doing business with individuals and companies in other countries. And, although gift giving is not the norm among business associates in the US, it is often expected elsewhere. This guide to cross cultural gift giving etiquette can help.

18 Ways to Avoid Change

Change is not something most of us look forward to. Yet, continuing to do things the same way when it doesn't work makes little sense. Here are 18 ways people avoid change. Avoid these and you won't become victim to the status quo.

Perpetual Innovation Through Informal Learning

More than 70 percent of learning experiences in the workplace are informal or accidental, not structured or sponsored by an employer or a school. Informal learning is responsible for building many of the skills we use daily in our jobs and holds an invaluable role in helping a company excel. Find out how you can foster informal learning in your workplace.

Bring the Joy Back to Your Life

Is it possible to age yet keep the sense of wonder we had as children and experience the joy of being alive every day? In his new book, Second Innocence, author John Izzo tackles four key areas of human experience (daily life, work, love, and faith) and will lead you to new perspectives on your own life and provide thought-provoking insights for reclaiming the innocence, idealism, and wonder that we often associate with youth. Read an excerpt here >>

Book Excerpt: Winning Habits

Winning Habits is about making great things happen around you and for you. This powerful parable identifies the four fundamental habits that lead to success and helps you apply those habits in your life. Click here to read an excerpt >>

Master Your Beliefs, Master Your Emotions

Learning to manage your feelings is a critical step toward living a happy, successful, and fulfilled life. Here are steps you can take to begin mastering your emotions.


Business Travelers: 5 Tips to Keep the Spark Alive
When you travel frequently for your business, your marriage can seem a bit like a long-distance relationship. And though absence may make the heart grow fonder, too much absence can add unwanted stress to an otherwise healthy marriage. Here are five tips to help you keep the spark in your marriage even when you have to be apart.

The 4 Downsides of Being a Lifelong Learner
A commitment to your own personal development is vital to your long-term business success. But you’ll need to avoid these four issues if you want to get the most from your investment.

The Benefits of Doing Something Uncomfortable
Do you find yourself avoiding new situations because they make you uncomfortable? It's normal to feel apprehensive before you try something different or face a new challenge, but stepping outside your comfort zone can lead to big rewards.

Breaking a Bad Habit: From Dirt Road to Superhighway
When you want to change your behavior, it’s like trying to build a superhighway out of a dirt road. You can do it. Just know that breaking bad habits is a construction project in your brain that takes time.

The 4 Steps of Encouragement
You may not be a cheerleader by nature, and that’s okay when you’re in a situation where another person is discouraged. There’s a much better approach for encouraging others that works like magic.

Is Your Ego Your Downfall?
Business and life are full of big and small negotiations. Whether you're trying to get a client's buy-in on an advertising campaign or trying to land a new client for your law firm, your ego could kill the deal. This excerpt from How to Win Any Argument shows you why.

Discover Your Strengths and Talents
Knowing your unique talents can help you decide where to focus your efforts and when to hire outside help. There are lots of online assessments you can take to figure this out, but one of the best ways to discover your strengths is to ask those who know you best.

Responding to Complex Problems
Complicated problems may seem like they have no solution. The author of the new book, "The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts" explains in this excerpt how we're likely to react when faced with a complex problem.

Why You Need to Ask for Feedback from Others
In your role as a leader, you have blind spots about how your behavior impacts others. Even though it’s hard to ask for feedback, you’ll learn things you could not discover any other way.

How to Get Over Past Mistakes
When you make a bad decision, you can waste valuable time beating yourself up. Find out how to get over mistakes quickly so you can move on and regain your momentum.

Why You Need to Give Compliments
If you don’t take time to give genuine praise and positive feedback to the people who work with you, you’re missing out on a golden opportunity to strengthen your relationship with them. There are three reasons why leaders often overlook this important activity.

Achieve More In Life
Have you ever wondered why some people accomplish far more than others in life? Most people who achieve great things in life don’t have any more luck, friends or money than anyone else. So what do they have?  Find out a what they do and how you, too, can achieve more.

7 Ways to Get a Head Start in Negotiations
If you want to start negotiations in a winning position, then you need to prepare like a tiger. That means you must pay attention to 7 crucial areas.

Secrets to Business Success I Learned From My Grandpa 
There's nothing that can replace the wisdom of a grandparent, not even in this day and age of computers, smart phones, and instant access to information via the Internet. Here are three priceless lessons one businesswoman learned from her grandfather.

10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness
 "The Apprentice"-winner Randal Pinkett offers clear advice for business success for African Americans in his book, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness. Read this book excerpt for an overview of the strategies.

5 Ways To Work Smarter and Be More Productive
Ever noticed how some entrepreneurs get way more done than others without working themselves to the bone? If you ever want to be able to have more time for things you enjoy, working smarter is critical. Here are five things you can start doing right now to become more productive without working longer hours. 

Work-Life Lessons from the Legendary Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker's influence on business management is legendary, yet his ideas about personal growth have largely been overlooked. In his new book Living in More than One World, Bruce Rosenstein compiles Drucker's wisdom on self-management. Read an excerpt here.

How Social Roles Can Determine Your Success
People take on roles for different reasons. Sometimes it's because it's what is expected of you. Other times it's because you think it will help you get ahead. If you're playing a role that doesn't suit your natural talents, you could be undermining your own success.

Choosing Accountability: Own Your Own Success
Do you blame your problems on other people? Think your successes are a result of pure luck rather than something you did yourself? In The 85% Solution, Linda Galindo teaches that personal accountability is the key to success in business and in life. Read an excerpt here.

Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?
Perfectionism is a goal that, though admirable, is unattainable. And when you run your own business, striving for perfection can actually have a negative impact. Here's how perfectionism can hold you back and some tips for getting past it.

When to Say No in Business
Do you feel guilty when you say "no"? Are you overcommitted and stressed out because you say "yes" far too often? From the authors of the new book Womenomics, here's advice on when and how you should say "no" in business.

Top 10 Strategies For Becoming Uncommonly Successful
People who become uncommonly successful share many of the same traits. Here are the top ten strategies they use to overcome adversity and excel.



10 Commandments of Goal Setting
Like any tool, your goals can be powerful victory-builders. But be careful. If you set your goals too high, you’ll quickly become frustrated. Read more >>

4 Lessons from Captain Sully’s Landing in the Hudson 
Here are four lessons we can learn about dealing with high stress situations in our businesses and jobs from Captain Sully and his crew.

The Journey To Success
Is the recession – or all the talk about it- getting to you? The journey to success can be long and hard, but no matter where life takes you, there’s beauty. All you have to do is look for it. Start here.

 

Overcoming the 12 Hidden Crises of Professional Women
A professional crisis is telling you that change must occur--now. That doesn’t mean it will be easy--most likely, it won’t--but, one step at a time, you can create your own breakthrough. Kathy Caprino, a career and life coach and author of Breakdown, Breakthrough, offers 10 tips for getting started.

Why Taking Care of Yourself is Good for Your Business
You work and work until something happens and you stop for a while. Maybe you get sick or a personal emergency happens. Whatever it is, outside circumstances force you to take a break. Sound familiar? Here are three reasons why you should take a break to take care of yourself if you want your business to thrive.

Business Ethics Survey: How Ethical Are You?
A number of recent reports show the American consumer is increasingly demanding businesses to be run with honesty, integrity and sound business ethics. Take the Business Know-How ethics survey for business owners and employees, and find out how ethical you really are.

6 Things to Forget for Your Vacation
Summer is almost here, the kids are out of school, and your much-deserved vacation is just around the corner. In addition to your regular pre-vacation to do list, consider creating another list - this one of things you'll want to forget. Read more >>

The Story Behind the Story
Are you trying to learn from the rainmakers in your company? Or from gurus outside your company? The stories they tell about how they achieved their successes can provide valuable insights, but usually leave out a lot of pertinent facts. Here's why you need to get the story behind the story.

Are You Making Unnecessary Mistakes?
There are "tried-and-true" sales techniques that are so simplistic that it seems they cannot be really effective. Many times, we try to re-evaluate, improve upon, and complicate them. Read on to find out why we try to make things harder than they really are >>

The Silent Killer of Business Success
It's not what you think. Not a scary monster or evil force, but arrives in the disguise of good intention. And although it seems innocent, it will rob you of time, productivity, and ultimately profit... but only if you let it. Read more >>

Proper Perspective on Priorities
Sometimes it seems that the responsibilities that we have for coworkers, company, career and family are in tragic conflict. How can we balance the requirements and the responsibilities between personal and professional lives? Read more >>

7 Traits of Greatness
We are all born with the potential for greatness. Yet most people realize less than 10% percent of their potential, while a small handful of others rise to extraordinary heights and become legends in their own rights. So what's the difference? What separates the average people from the great?

Positive Relationships Bring Business Success
In business it's easy to let building good relationships with those around you take a backseat to dealing with the daily aspects of running your business. But not taking care to nurture relationships with your customers, staff, suppliers, and others is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Read more >>

Is Your Body Language Helping or Hurting Your Business?
If you want to build stronger rapport with prospects and increase business, it's time to take a look at how you're communicating with them - without words.Body language is undeniably your most potent form of communication and once you know how to portray your message powerfully through actions, life and business become a whole lot easier.

20 Things That Will Ruin Your First Impression
You can have the best looking suit, a great smile, and a smooth and flawless presentation, but one small mistake can kill your credibility. Here are 20 things you should watch for when trying to make a good first impression.

Create a Healthy Lifestyle You Can Keep
New Year Resolutions are full of great intentions, great aspirations and great enthusiasm. The key to keeping them, and attaining the healthier lifestyle you desire, is to focus on changing your routines little by little rather than making drastic changes. Read more >>

Avoiding Errors in Decision Making
Most of the time we do a pretty good job when choosing what to do. But the human mind is prone to certain errors in judgment. Read this article from the author of The Go Point to find out what they are and how you can avoid them.

Conquer the Business World with Kindness
Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval have moved to the top of the advertising industry by following a simple but powerful philosophy: it pays to be nice. In The Power of Nice, through their own experiences and the stories of other people and businesses, they demonstrate why, contrary to conventional wisdom, nice people finish first. In this excerpt from the book, learn the six power of nice principles >>

Quiz: Are You a Workaholic?
There's nothing that can replace hard work and dedication in building a small business. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs take it to the extreme. Instead of enjoying your dream of business ownership, you could find yourself stressed and burned out. Are you a workaholic and perfectionist? Take this short quiz to find out.

Turn Self-Criticism into Self-Confidence
Self-confidence is important to all of us. In the stress literature, it's one of the characteristics of the hardy professional, the professional that remains healthy in the face of the high stress of constant change. It's important, but how do you build  self-confidence?

How to Make a Great First Impression
Did you know that within seconds of meeting someone for the first time, your appearance, body language and non-verbal communication will create a lasting first impression, and that person will assume to know everything about you? Like it or not, it's true and the work world demands making a great first impression and keeping it. Learn how to make a great first impression in this article from a human resources expect and image consultant.

How to Remember People's Names
Do you have a hard time remembering people's names? Does it embarrass you and make you avoid people? It's a common problem, but also costly if it prevents you from approaching a business contact. Here are some of the reasons why we forget people's names and tips on how to remember them.

7 Tips for Socializing with Your Boss and Employees
Whether you're headed to your company picnic, a fund raising event, or some other happening with coworkers, minding your manners is important to the future of your career. Here are seven guidelines for after-hours get-togethers.

Get on the Road to Real Results
How do you inspire people to work harder, reach higher, and achieve more? How do you get them to support you and go above and beyond in everything they do? How do you get them to care? Find out in this article from the authors of the new book, Revved! >>

Balancing Work and Home Life
If you're like most people you are probably working harder and longer than you used to. As a result, finding balance in today's fast-paced world is more difficult than ever before. Yet, a healthy balance has also never been more important. Here are a few strategies that can help >>

Stop Trying to Be Perfect
Think your presentation needs to be perfect? Think again. Trying to be perfect will ruin your presentation. Find out why >>

Why Assumptions Are Bad for Business
We make assumptions when we don't fully understand a situation. It is a natural reaction to immediately fill in any missing information by making up our own story. The problem with this is that most of the time our story is incorrect which causes all kinds of complications. Read more >>

Put Your Best Face Forward
The expression on your face when you are interacting with others has as much of an impact as what you are saying - if not more. With that in mind, do you know what unspoken message your face is giving others? Read more >>

Problem Solving Made Easy
Faced with a big challenge? Not sure where to start? In this excerpt from How to Get Anyone to Do Anything, learn techniques to simplify problem solving.

6 Tricks to Remembering People's Names
Remembering a customer's name can improve your sales, but that is one of the most common difficulties salespeople have. Here are six simple things you can do to help you remember names.

Getting Over Defensiveness
Do you think most everyone is out to get you? Do you treat simple questions as accusations? Do you feel all that matters is being right? Don't let defensiveness ruin your career or relationships. Here are some tips to help you get it under control.

Want to Succeed? Lose a Little
Nobody enjoys losing. But you have to be willing to take a risk to begin with if you want the chance to succeed. Read more >>

How Real Women Get Ahead
Forget what you have heard about being one of the boys, having it all, and going for the jugular. Here is how real women get ahead.

Revolutionary Ideas Come from Ridiculous Questions
Every creative business idea begins with a question. A question that grabs attention. A question that might sound ridiculous at the time. A question that propels a wrecking ball of through the walls of ordinary thinking. Read more >>

Achieving Your Personal Best
Is your business or career going ok? Are you doing as well as last year - but not much better? And, is that the best you can achieve? Don't be so sure. See what others have done to achieve more in their businesses and careers.

Office Manners: Are Yours Civilized Or Crass?
Even George Washington felt compelled to comment on manners. Most of the rules he espoused are just as relevant today as they were more than two centuries ago. Take a look at some of these rules, their modern-day applications, and check to see if you yourself are guilty of any of these uncivil office behaviors.

Instinct: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial DNA to Achieve your Business Goals
Is the ability to succeed in business hardwired into our DNA? Are entrepreneurs, like racing thoroughbreds, simply born to win? Startling and groundbreaking, Instinct is the first book to apply the tools and insights of human genome research to the concept of success. Read Chapter 1 of Instinct here >>

How To Solve Unsolvable Problems
Is there something stopping you from reaching your business goals? Is there a problem you face that appears insurmountable? Here's a strategy that could help you deal with your problems and move ahead.

Ending Poverty on a Shoestring Budget
Would you try to end world poverty if you only had $27 in your pocket? Probably not. But Professor Muhammad Yunus, formerly a professor of economics in Bangladesh would and did. Continue reading this excerpt from The Art of Business by Raymond T. Yeh.

How Much Stress Is Just Right?
Stress can actually be good for you -- in the right amount. If you don't have enough stress, you'll probably find yourself bored and tired. But we all know too well what too much stress can do to our wellbeing, not to mention job performance. Read more >>

Setting Goals - Your Ticket to Success
If you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there. That's what happens if you don't take the time to figure out what your goals are and WRITE them down. There's power in writing things down. Read more >>

Sealing the Deal over the Business Meal
Taking clients to breakfast, lunch or dinner has long been an effective way to build relationships, make the sale or seal the deal. But too many people jeopardize an opportunity because they fail to use good dining etiquette. Here are a few basic rules to make the experience pleasurable and profitable.

Book Excerpt: Triumph from Failure
Triumph from Failure explores fundamental human themes, such as success, eating, sleeping, understanding, beauty, kindness, and failure. Read about achieving success in your workplace and private life by learning the art of kindness in this excerpt from chapter one.

Using Lists to Learn
Lists work great as an organizational tool, but that's not all. You can leverage the power of list making to learn about yourself, your business and even your customers. Read more >>

Get Yourself a New Dream
When you start your first business, it’s difficult to sustain a dream that’s more complicated than survival. But once you surpass that goal, you need to create a new dream for yourself, one that will lead you to achieve new and better things. Read more >>

Excerpt - Pitch Like a Girl: How a Woman Can Be Herself
Shelves full of business books have told women that the only way to win at work is to be like a guy. The truth is that science shows that the brains of men and women work differently. Find out more in this excerpt from Pitch Like a Girl.

Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Leaders who understand the power of their own viewpoint do not become victims of circumstance. Rather, they identify the challenges and the opportunities which are presented to them at the moment - whatever the adversity. Read more >>

10 Traits Successful People Share
Why do some people succeed, while others fail to reach their goals? Here's one business owner's observations about what successful people do that others don't.  

Resolutions That Will Never See the Light of Day
Resolutions are nothing more than a wish list of bad habits and shortcomings we'd like to change. But everyone knows that most resolutions are forgotten faster than they are made. So, instead of making resolutions of our own, here are a few resolutions we'd like to see others make.

How Business Owners Create Their Own Good Luck
Good luck isn't something that just happens to you; it’s up to you to create the conditions to bring yourself good luck. Learn the five principles that the creators of good luck have in common.

Happiness and Work: Your Life Depends On It
Are you suffering in a job that you find less than satisfying, even if it is financially rewarding? There is hope for a happier, more fulfilling future, but you have to take action to get there. Read more >>

When Success Feels Like Failure
Have you fallen into the trap of believing that material success will lead you to feel happy and fulfilled? Unfortunately, for many (if not most), it doesn't. Read more in this excerpt from From Burned Out to Fired Up by Leslie Godwin.

7 Successful Stress Management Techniques
Everyone needs successful stress management techniques. Easy to learn and easy to implement, you can use these seven strategies for your own stress management or teach them to help others manage theirs. Details >>

18 Ways to Avoid Change
Change is not something most of us look forward to. Yet, continuing to do things the same way when it doesn't work makes little sense. Here are 18 ways people avoid change. Avoid these and you won't become victim to the status quo.

Top 10 Tips for Attending a Conference
When you attend a conference related to your area of expertise, you will get opportunities to communicate with nationally known leaders of your profession. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of the conference.

The Special Challenges Women Face in Business
Much as we’d like it otherwise, women are still facing obstacles that men are not.  Read about women's challenges here>>

Yogi Berra's Business Wisdom
As well as a top Yankee hitter and catcher, Yogi Berra also spent years as a successful team manager. Yet Yogi will also go down in history for his odd comments. In fact, Yogi’s witticisms are actually clever, full of hard-won insight. Read more >>

Book Excerpt: The 5 Paths to Persuasion
Good ideas do not always sell themselves, and how you say something can actually be more important than what you say. Read more in this excerpt from The 5 Paths to Persuasion.

Smoothing Ruffled Feathers
Ruffled feathers can spread like a virus throughout your office, department or corporation. Depending on the influence of the 'ruffled one', that spread can be fatal. Read more >>

The Power of the Lowly Checklist
Checklists are good for more than just keeping up with your grocery list or to-do list. Read more >>

Business as Self Discovery
When you become an entrepreneur, you'll get to know yourself better than you ever expected. Read more >>

How Does Today Impact Tomorrow's Success?
Learn to take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life. In Today Matters, author John C. Maxwell shows you how to seize the day.

Excerpt: Tiger Heart, Tiger Mind
Tiger Heart, Tiger Mind is a book about waking up every morning with a will and a willingness to practice doing and being. The journey continues in the fourth book of the highly acclaimed Zentrepreneur Guide® series, embraced by readers and reviewers everywhere. Read an excerpt here >>

Perpetual Innovation Through Informal Learning
Informal learning is responsible for building many of the skills we use daily in our jobs and holds an invaluable role in helping a company excel. Find out how you can foster informal learning in your workplace.

Book Excerpt: Learn More Now
In her book Learn More Now, Marcia Conner distills her renowned learning solutions into an easy-to-use ten-step program that can help readers overcome information overload, absorb facts on the fly, and get things done faster. Read an excerpt here >>

Book Excerpt: Winning Habits
Winning Habits is about making great things happen around you and for you. This powerful parable identifies the four fundamental habits that lead to success and helps you apply those habits in your life. Click here to read an excerpt >>

Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words
Has it ever occurred to you how much you are saying to people even when you are not speaking? Unless you are a master of disguise, you are constantly sending messages about your true thoughts and feelings whether you are using words or not. Read more >>

Book Excerpt: How to Change the World
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas tells the stories of people around the globe who are solving many of the world's most intractable problems.
Read an excerpt here >>

Have a Meaningful and Fulfilling New Year
Traditional goal-setting methods advise you to pick a goal "out there somewhere" and then suggest you plan how to get there as quickly and painlessly as possible. Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way. Here are some ideas on how to move forward in the best direction for you this new year.

The Power of Recognition
How can you increase productivity, enhance morale, and improve retention - without spending any money? Simply recognizing employees for a job well done can do a lot more than you'd expect. Here are 10 no-cost ways of improving employee performance.

Straight from the Gut - Building Self-Confidence
In his twenty-year career at the helm of General Electric, Jack Welch defied conventional wisdom and turned an aging behemoth of a corporation into a lean, mean engine of growth and corporate innovation. Read an excerpt from his autobiography here >>

Master Your Beliefs, Master Your Emotions
Learning to manage your feelings is a critical step toward living a happy, successful, and fulfilled life. Here are steps you can take to begin mastering your emotions.

End the Information Glut
Do you have enough time during the day to respond to all the messages others send to you? Chances are, you don't. Use these strategies to tackle the information glut and make more time in your day.

Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work
Thinking For A Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work shows how changing your thinking can indeed change your life. Read an excerpt here >>

Book Excerpt: Negotiate This!
Every day, in countless ways, we communicate with others-boss or broker, landlord or customer, spouse or child-in attempts to influence their behavior. In this  book, Herb Cohen teaches you that negotiation is not a do-or-die gambit to bend others to your will-but a high-minded game to master, to enjoy, and to win. Read an excerpt here.

Create a Beautiful Work Day
How do you spend your business day? Do you plow through a dreary to-do list? Do you struggle through regular tasks that you’ve been doing day in and day out? How you spend your day has a huge impact on your potential success. Read more >>

There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics
How does a person judge what is ethical? Sometimes it's clear. You know Enron's leaders were in the wrong. But is it always easy to see where the line is in your life? What's the standard? And can it work in all situations? John C. Maxwell, author of the new book There's No Such Thing As Business Ethics thinks it can. Read an excerpt >>

Solving Difficult Problems
From identifying the problem to implementing the solution, this simple five-step process can help you identify creative solutions to your most difficult problems

Right Risk
Will the risks you most regret be the ones you didn't take? An author and a coach--inspired by his fiery era as a professional high diver--offers insight and advice for taking smart, spirited risks. Read an excerpt here >>

Make a Powerful First Impression
In the first thirty seconds people make judgments about you on a subconscious level, based on what they see, hear and sense. To create a Powerful First Impression, you must create a positive visual impact.

Using Your Intuition
Intuition is an incredible resource and gift that we have been given to help us live our best life. Unfortunately, not many people know what it is or how to use it. Here are five ways to get in touch with your intuition.

Starting from Scratch
What does it take to start and grow a profitable IT business without a lot of money? Here is practical advice from someone who did it.

Book Excerpt: Bringing Out the Best in Others
Learn about what creates consistently high performance in this second excerpt from Bringing Out the Best in Others. Details >>

Book Excerpt: Why Do Good People Fall Short?
Why do some people excel easily and others struggle to succeed? Find the answer and ideas on how you can help in this excerpt from Bringing Out the Best in Others.

6 Resiliency Lessons from the Chilean Mine
The 33 miners who survived the Chilean mine cave-in offer dramatic lessons in resiliency that anyone can learn.  

The 4 D's of Deliberate Success
Whether you're seeking success in your career or personal life, it all starts with a Dream, the first of the 4 D's of deliberate success. Learn the remaining three in this book excerpt.

Renewing Your Competitive Edge
Maintaining the status quo in a competitive environment is not a viable option. Even if you are moving ahead, the speed you are moving must be faster than the speed global business advances -- otherwise, you will still be trailing behind! Click here to learn the three R's of renewal.

The Shocking Truth about Your Image
Whether it’s fair or not, we are often judged on first impressions. Since a customer's impression of you will determine whether or not they want to do business with you, the impact on your career and on your organization’s bottom line can be staggering. Details >>

Rebalancing Your Busy Life
In the final part of this series, learn how you can use technology to gain control and balance in your life. Read more >>

Speak Up!
Ever been in a meeting with something important to say and remained silent? You owe it to yourself and others to speak up. Read more >>

Beyond Juggling
Achieving balance in your work and life is not impossible. If you’re an exhausted juggler looking for a better way, consider the following five alternatives, gleaned from interviews with hundreds of busy professionals. Read more >>

Creating Good Rapport
How people perceive us during the first few seconds has a major influence on whether they will trust us, be attracted to us, or want to do business with us. To create a positive first impression, we need to know how to connect immediately with others regardless of their age, gender, ethnic background, mood, or the situation. Details >>

Too Busy to be Productive
To build loyalty, reduce costs, make more money, and serve as a model corporate citizen, you don't have to work harder -- just smarter. Read more >>

Bring Your Future to the Present
Do you feel that you should pursue your calling, but you have bills to pay, family responsibilities, and other day-to-day concerns that don't allow you to stop everything? So, how do you take care of your immediate needs without letting go of a meaningful future? Get help here.

Enhance Your Image
How you come across in your interactions with others affects everything from your social life to your sales goals. Improve the impression you make with these 12 tips. Read more >>

The Sinking of the Titanic
The Titanic still rests on the bottom of the ocean, but we can resurrect the truth. The lessons we learn can help our businesses stay on course and improve our ability to lead others. Read more >>

Take Charge of Change
The ability to master change has never been more important. Do you have the characteristics you need to handle what the world throws your way? Read more >>

The Path to Excellence
What is the one strength that would help you excel in your career? Acknowledging and dedicating yourself to your natural talents is the key to success. Read more >>

Finding the Magic
Imagine if you could spend most of your time doing what makes you happy, where time flies and where it's easy for you.  Successful entrepreneurs throughout history have achieved greatness by focusing on their strengths. This article helps you discover your natural talents.

Taking Responsibility
If you want to become a progressive leader then blaming others cannot be tolerated. Put a stop to the "blame game" and take a big step forward in your career. Read more >>

Create Your Ideal Scenario
Most people spend more time planning a vacation trip than designing their perfect life. If you want to succeed in life, put some work into creating your own ideal scenario. 

Divide and Conquer the New Year
With a fresh new year before you, your dreams and goals have no limits! A blank calendar may seem somewhat intimidating, but all that's needed is a little planning.

Looking glass
Are you looking at the world through dirty glasses? Find out how it affects your business. 

Travel Safely
SOHO business owners often have to travel alone. Play it safe while you're on the road. Heed these travel safety tips!  

9 for '09: 9 Ways to Brave a Scary New Year
With daily headlines on bailouts, bankruptcies, and a broken-down job market, workers everywhere are bracing themselves for 2009--afraid for what's next. Here are 9 ways to brave a scary '09 at work, home, and beyond.

Strategies to Make 2009 Big, Bold and Profitable
Are you or your company becoming a "shrinking violet" in this economic downturn? Do you find yourself controlled by a "wait and see" attitude, hoping the future will magically get better? Do you realize that, if you don't put the brakes on this no-win thinking and behavior soon, 2009 will be more of the same, or worse? Read more >>

Make Your Vocation a Vacation
Your satisfaction with your job has a direct impact on your willingness to give it your all and make a real success out of your career, or just toughing it out till it's time to go home. Here's how you can find a career that suits you so you can excel professionally, emotionally and financially.

7 Ways to Get What You Want in 2008
You can get what you want in 2008 if you resolve to say "no" early and often. To what? You name it -- a lowball job offer, your "needy" teenager, the asking price on a home or car, and more. Here are 7 steps to get you started >>

Achieve More 
Another year is upon us and if you are like most people you have hit the floor running without planning a clear objective for the upcoming year. Setting goals is not a complicated process nor does it take a lot of time. Use these techniques to help you achieve your targets.

 

 

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