Learn and Do

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In a work skills class I teach, each person takes a learning style quiz.  Usually, more than half the students identify themselves through the assessment as a kinesthetic (learning by doing) learner, yet most of the way education is structured today is geared towards visual (read it or see it on a slide presentation) and auditory (hear it in a lecture) learning, not learning by doing.  Yet it takes all of these methods in order to maximize learning, regardless of your dominant style. A key to discovering your talents, passions and values is to actually do something to see what you like and don’t

Count Your Problems and Be Thankful

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An employee of yours is late for the third time this week; you know you are going to have to have a discussion with him. Your company has had a stellar year. Now you’re worried about what size check you are going to have stroke to Uncle Sam come April 15th. A customer calls mad because their name was spelled wrong on a letter you sent to them. You realized you sent a marketing piece to print containing incorrect numbers. To top it all, your computer crashed and, ouch, you don’t have your files backed up. Leaders deal with problems

Want to maximize your learning?

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If you’re like me, you may be a little bit overwhelmed by the amount of information that is out there just waiting to be absorbed.  And so much of it is free! It’s exciting to think that so much potential for learning is just a click away, but it can be daunting to think about where to start in consuming the knowledge that may be of interest to you. Before launching into an in-depth search for learning material based on that in which you are passionate, challenge yourself to discover how you learn best and then find mechanisms that help

Use Your Brain- Both Sides

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My good friends at Red Sage posted a fun quiz on Facebook this week- Are you right brained or left brained? Intrigued by all things personality related, I partook in the quiz, which told me I was 78% right brained. Going on the premise that your dominant brainside is the opposite of which hand you write, I have always considered myself a confused-brainer. I write with my right hand, but ask me to do anything else with my right side like throw a ball, shoot a ball or slalom ski and your out of luck. My left side wins. My

Saying “No” to Something is Saying “Yes” to Something Else

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A key to creating career and personal success is to realize that in order to live your mission, there are many things in which you have to say “no”.   If you have worked through the Power of 3 Worksheet, you will notice that there is a section for you to note three things that you need to stop doing in order to live your mission.   I think these things we need to say “no” to come in two categories:   Bad habits- Things like not exercising, eating unhealthy, drinking too much, playing Candy Crush for four hours a

5 Tips to Help You Avoid your New Hires Going Up in Flames

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Last week, we discussed how leaders might be limiting hiring pools and therefore potential competitive advantage by being too stringent on the hard and fastskills required for a job. I think one of the main reasons we do this as leaders is because we don’t want to take the time to train people. We hire people, assume they are up to speed on day one (and we make this assumption because they met our requirement of five years of experience in such and such), and then we throw them into the fire and expect them not to burn. Want people

Are You Limiting Your Potential Competitive Advantage Through Your Job Postings?

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How specific are your job postings? You post a job and that job has specific knowledge, skills and/or abilities that the person needs. These things can be acquired in a variety of ways. Some postings are very specific on requirements, while others are vague and open to interpretation. I’ve seen many that require at least five years of experience in a specific role before a candidate will even be considered. And the truth of the matter is, more times than not specific requirements aren’t even validated as needed. It just sounds good. While I echo Ben Eubank’s advice to job