Personal Growth
Patience

Patience

My favorite patience definition is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Delay, trouble, and suffering are our constant partners in our professional and personal lives – how we respond to these difficulties is what defines us.

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Civility — A Matter of Respect

Civility — A Matter of Respect

“Civility is not about dousing strongly held views. It is about making sure that people are willing to respect other perspectives.” Jim Leach , American Academic and Former Congressman Civility is more than manners — being polite, please and thank you, and holding the...

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Sharing the Stage

Sharing the Stage

“A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.” — Thomas Jefferson At the end of a movie, the end credits appear featuring all the individuals who were involved in creating the film. From the lead actors to key grips, the stage is shared for all who made the...

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Overlooked – Feeling Invisible at Work

Overlooked – Feeling Invisible at Work

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt Feeling unappreciated at work? You are not alone. According to a survey conducted by One Poll, almost 50% of American workers left their job because they felt unappreciated. At the same...

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Worrying About Work – Time to Recharge!

Worrying About Work – Time to Recharge!

There is a difference between unplugging and recharging. Unplugging is leaving work, while work remains in your head. Recharging is physically and mentally leaving work, moving to an activity that energizes you mentally and physically. Examples would be vacation, exercise, hobbies, and meditation. You step away from work, and you clear your mind of professional commitments. You focus on what you are going to do, instead of working.

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Agreeableness — Asset or Liability?

Agreeableness — Asset or Liability?

“When you start to work with someone, there's a negotiation that takes place involving what's going to happen when you have a difference of opinion. Most attempts at collaboration never survive the negotiation. Merely being agreeable is not enough.” — Walter Becker...

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Leading Yourself: “Writing People Off”

Leading Yourself: “Writing People Off”

We dismiss people in our lives who do not measure up to our expectations. People we see as failures. People who make us uncomfortable. People who challenge our thinking. We determine they do not add value and write them off. A common definition of writing people off —...

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Standing Firm – Don’t Walk it Back

Standing Firm – Don’t Walk it Back

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” - Abraham Lincoln Strike Three! Touchdown! Goal! These are examples of sports decisions made by umpires and referees under the most challenging conditions. No chance to sleep on the decision, officials...

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My Left Turns Turned Out to be Right

My Left Turns Turned Out to be Right

“Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders — not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks.” -...

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