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Everything we do uses up energy, and as a byproduct of living in the west, many of us are ignorant, if not resistant, to the idea that we can manage our energy in ways that allow us to be the best us we can be. Here are a few reasons you should give it a try! 1: Keeping your energy in a neutral place allows you to look at problems from all angles No one makes their best decisions when they’re in an extremely good or bad place energetically. If you’re elated about certain things, such as a specific person’s performance at work, you may become blind to some of that person’s issues. Inversely, the saying, “blinded by rage” exists for a reason. Through daily grounding exercises and conscious acknowledgement  Read the full article…

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I was thinking about this saying last weekend and realized that there are many levels of peace involved with this! 1: Self Are you at peace in your heart, mind and soul?  The ability to be calmly grounded and at peace internally touches everyone that you come into contact with.  Most of us have a constant dialogue going on in our minds about family, work, politics, the community.  Very few have peaceful minds.  There’s a lot of research that shows the incredibly positive impact that mediation has on people’s lives.  Exercise achieves the same thing for many people.  I also teach a grounding exercise that when done regularly helps you shift yourself in challenging moments.  Peace must start in our own hearts before it spreads  Read the full article…

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Every interaction we have with people in our daily life is a powerful chance to influence them positively or negatively. We subconsciously and consciously do things that affect these relationships one way or the other.  If you’re looking to up your influence with those around you, here are a few tips! 1: Listen to what they’re saying It sounds cliché but listening to someone as opposed to truly hearing what they’re saying are two totally different things. If someone’s taking the energy to talk to you, whether it be about their kid’s troubles in schools or even about their favorite baseball team, it’s disrespectful and hurts the relationship if they know you’re not listening. Engage in the conversation, practice parroting to keep the conversation going and allow them to really open up.  Read the full article…

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Many people aspire to be great leaders who inspire others to work hard and to be the best they can possibly be, not just in work, but life as well. While these aspirations are certainly noble andworth chasing, not everyone is the next Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates, or even the regional manager of a small paper firm in Pennsylvania. In fact, the large majority of us will be following a leader throughout our lives. As one of the followers of the organization, you have more influence over the day to day operations than you might believe. Here’s how to be the most effective follower in steps. 1: Recognize that your boss is human too It doesn’t matter if you think your boss is the worst person you’ve ever met  Read the full article…

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Change is not always easy to deal with, particularly in the workplace. People grow accustomed to schedules and routines, which gives them a feeling of comfort. It may not be the most exciting prospect, but there is a certain sense of being at ease that comes with being able to go into work everyday and knowing exactly what to expect. Unfortunately, the lack of change is not always a good thing. It can lead to a stale, unbending work environment that is not able to quickly and effectively adapt to new opportunities. It may also hinder the flow of new, creative ideas that could lead to improved operations or the development of fresh product and service offerings. While change may be difficult, it can also  Read the full article…

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Although conflict in the workplace is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be if it is not resolved quickly and effectively. Conflicts left unaddressed can fester and spread to other people and other business units, resulting in productivity loss and communication problems between coworkers and teams. In the worst case scenario, conflicts may even lead to lawsuits. Fortunately, business leaders and managers with adequate conflict resolution training can bring disputes to a close in a way that benefits everyone involved. When conflicts are resolved successfully, they can lead to creative solutions to problems on top of new respect for everyone involved. One of the keys to mitigating any heated conversations or exchanges is being able to identify them before they happen or when they  Read the full article…

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As a leader in the workplace, one is given many responsibilities that range from banal to exciting. One responsibility that isn’t explicitly outlined in any contract is the use of power in the workplace. Striking a balance between using a managerial position to encourage or motivate and instill​ fear and intimidation is a delicate one – and with vastly different results. Just as superheroes are faced with the decision to use their powers for good instead of evil, leaders should follow in the steps of Superman and Captain America and use the power of their position to create a positive office environment. The pros of positive power Demonstrating one’s power in a business setting can be tricky, but consciously focusing on the well-being of the rest  Read the full article…

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Imitation is often regarded as the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to leadership, people need to look into developing their own personal style. As the Harvard Business Review noted, several researchers have spent years conducting numerous tests trying to figure out what makes for the best leader, and the results of each research project came back inconclusive. The fact of the matter is that while great leaders do have some traits and beliefs in common, there is no mold that people can simply shape themselves into and expect to command the respect of their coworkers. “No one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else,” the news source explained. “You can learn from others’ experiences, but there is no way you can be successful  Read the full article…

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Unfortunately, excuses exist everywhere in the workplace. Some people make excuses about why they cannot afford to divert resources to a new project. “We have never done anything like that before,” “it’s contrary to policy” or “we are doing okay, we do not need to do that,” they may say. Some people make excuses to cover for their own poor performance. “That is someone else’s responsibility, not my job” or “there is not enough time,” they may say. Regardless of why excuses are being made, they can be detrimental to the health of the department or team and to the company as a whole. Excuses prevent progress from being made and may prevent the implementation of processes, policies and programs that could help the business take bold  Read the full article…

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Companies rely on their sales teams as principal growth engines. Without these departments converting leads into actual customers, businesses would have very little avenue for growth. Thus, many organizations are actively looking for possible ways to improve the results of their sales teams – if these people are more successful, then the company directly benefits. So, what lies at the core of a successful sales person? Although there are many different answers to this question, there is no escaping the fact that influence plays a pivotal role in achieving success. The salesperson who can leverage influence successfully is often better able to navigate tricky scenarios and achieve the intended results of conversations with prospective clients and customers. A natural influencer is a master in the  Read the full article…