Summer Reading for Grown Ups

July 25, 2013

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Reading offers one of the easiest ways for leaders to expand their horizons at any time of year. But summer especially holds the promise of settling down with a stack of new books (or a loaded e-reader) away from the daily routine.

You might prefer the latest books on leadership or about your industry. But choosing books outside your field offers the opportunity to gain a new perspective and make connections between unrelated disciplines.

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5 Ways to Inspire Trust in New Relationships

July 5, 2011

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We all know the adage that people do business with people they know, like and trust. While most people believe that building trust takes time, here’s how you can start the process, even before meeting in person:

Referral or Introduction

A third party introduction from a trustworthy person gives you instant credibility. Your introducer can create a bridge between you and the person with whom you hope to establish a relationship.

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Speak Up and Speak Out

June 6, 2011

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Easy to say, much harder to do.

“I’d be too embarrassed.”
“Oh, I could never speak up to my boss.”
“I’m afraid of looking foolish.”
“It’s too intimidating.”
“What would I say?”

Sound familiar?

But here’s the payoff for you when you choose to take the risk:

  • Increased confidence
  • Visibility
  • Recognition
  • Respect
  • Rewards
  • Trust

Imagine what speaking up could mean to you and your loved ones at home, at work, or in your community:

  • better health care
  • a raise or promotion
  • a new client or customer
  • improved customer service
  • a refund
  • stronger relationships

And what if you used your skills to speak out on behalf of people who can’t speak for themselves because they’re sick, in economic distress, or starving?

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