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Back to Basics — Five Ways to Win Friends

November 21, 2015
Back to Basics — Five Ways to Win Friends

Tweet Before starting kindergarten, I reviewed the basic ways of treating people correctly with my son.  As a raving fan of Dale Carnegie, I felt it was necessary to set him up for success in his new school.  My recommendations embody many of the principles outlined in Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence...
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Let’s Talk Turkey — Three Profitable Ways to Show Appreciation

November 12, 2015
Let’s Talk Turkey — Three Profitable Ways to Show Appreciation

Tweet ‘Tis the season to save a bundle from a consumer’s perspective, and sell a ton from a retailer’s perspective. What is often missed—especially when forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving, is the true spirit of the season. There are umpteen ways to show your gratitude to employees and customers, however these three tips are...
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Six Reasons Sales Aren’t Scary

November 3, 2015
Six Reasons Sales Aren’t Scary

Tweet Many people shy away from sales because they fear confrontation; making a mistake; cold-calling and other rationales. Here are six reasons sales roles simply aren’t scary. Sales start everything. Henry Ford famously said, “Nothing happens until someone sells something,” because at the heart of every enterprise is the revenue-generating engine of sales. Appliances...
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Three Ways to Maximize Motivation

October 28, 2015
Three Ways to Maximize Motivation

Tweet When most people land a new job, they are full of excitement and begin contemplating how they can be successful.  After a while, responsibilities become routine and the balloon of motivation that was once ready to burst is now almost completely deflated.  Before we dive into ways to maximize your motivation, consider the three...
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Nice to Beat You — Four Ways Workplace Competition Pays Off

October 21, 2015
Nice to Beat You — Four Ways Workplace Competition Pays Off

Tweet Dale Carnegie once told a story demonstrating how powerful competition in the workplace can be. To incentivize workers in the Charles M. Schwab steel mill, Schwab wrote the quantity of steel that the day shift had produced on the floor.  The night shift worked extra hard to top the day shift’s number and soon both...
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Four Ways to Pump Up Your Productivity

September 30, 2015
Four Ways to Pump Up Your Productivity

Tweet If one of your goals is to be more productive at work, follow these four simple tips. Get your groove on.  When I returned to the workplace after half of a decade raising small children, I was surprised by the number of millennials with earbuds in their ears.  “How can they possibly get anything done?”...
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Three Paths to Innovation at Small Companies

September 23, 2015
Three Paths to Innovation at Small Companies

Tweet Most people agree that an innovation strategy is critical to a company’s success, however many also say that it is easier said than executed.  Of the one hundred largest companies in the U.S. a century ago, only seventeen survive today.  The rate of new product innovation in consumer goods increases exponentially year over year.  Surprisingly, 95...
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The ABC’s of Excited and Engaged Employees

September 16, 2015
The ABC’s of Excited and Engaged Employees

Tweet As summer days wind down and with most vacations finished for the year, it is common for employees’ drive-to-thrive to dwindle. Here are three ways to keep employees excited and engaged at work all year long. Activate their potential. The main reason most people stay at their job is because they enjoy the...
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Three Ways to Hardwire Happiness

September 4, 2015
Three Ways to Hardwire Happiness

Tweet Are you quick to criticize or complain? Is your natural inclination during an argument to declare that the other person is wrong? If so, you are not alone. In Dr. Rick Hanson’s book, Hardwiring Happiness, the author explains how our brains have been wired to scan for threats, ultimately fixating on negative experiences....
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Positive or Negative Attitude — Your Choice

August 30, 2015
Positive or Negative Attitude — Your Choice

Tweet School will soon be back in full swing. If you have children, you know first-hand how the hustle and bustle of fall activities can be stressful. Even if you are not a parent, you may become frustrated by traffic exacerbated by school buses. Life’s obstacles are limitless, however we can limit our stress...
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