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Five Ways to Project Confidence When You Speak

Over the last few weeks you have probably become tired of watching politicians stumping for a job. Well, it’s over now and we’ll have a short, merciful reprieve before it all starts again. Even though the incessant political posturing wears us out, there is something to learn from it. Whether you agreed with any of the candidates or you didn’t, note that they all speak with an air of confidence.…

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You Are Supposed to Answer Your Email; Immediately! (Really?)

As I was finishing a conversation with a couple of my team members, my boss saw me, walked over and said, “You haven’t answered your email.” I told him I hadn’t been in the office for a while so I hadn’t seen the email. He pointed to the Blackberry attached to my belt and asked if it hadn’t notified me. When I told him I did not have it set…

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How to Make Your Employee Evaluation Process Less Painful and More Valuable

“Everyone can’t be outstanding; therefore, employees should be evaluated such that they fit a normal distribution with some below average and some above average.” That’s the philosophy I was taught early in my leadership career. The general belief was that, while it wasn’t a perfect fit, ratings should resemble a bell shaped curve. Many companies still look at employees the same way, even suggesting that those who rank lowest on…

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Leadership Lessons from the Political Follies

Politics provide an interesting show. Like a multi-act play, there are heroes and villains, plot twists and surprises. Everyone in the audience sees the show a little differently and when it’s all over, everyone applauds and returns to their normal lives, though some stay to watch the repeat performance which begins the next day. As the players take the stage for this quadrennial show, there are a few parts of…

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Attitude Reflects Leadership; Lessons from Leaders Good and Bad

I just got back from this year’s Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) annual convention where a few of my fellow Academy Leadership affiliates and I manned a vendor booth. Just like last year, as part of our setup we put up a white board and asked passersby to play the Bad Boss / Great Boss game. They would write a characteristic of the worst boss and the best boss they…