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building a business

Building a Business with FACTS

Building a business is like riding a rollercoaster. There are times of anticipation as you climb slowly to the top, and times of thrilling swoops and turns. There are also times of sheer terror, when you’re certain the cars are headed off the track and you are doomed to plummet to earth in a final […]

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creating your career

Coming Out on Top: Creating Your Career in the Gig Economy

Creating your career isn’t what it used to be. For decades, you could work diligently, pay your dues, learn the ropes, and move up the career ladder. There was a beautiful wedding cake of promotion possibilities – from lead worker to manager, to supervisor, division director, vice-president and beyond. Then things changed. The career ladder […]

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team facilitation

9 Tips for Successful Team Facilitation

Team facilitation can make or break the best intended planning session. You gather your team together, set aside one or more major chunks of time, and launch your agenda. And you come away with a dynamic, focused plan and enthusiastic support… or not. There are no guarantees that your brainstorming or strategic planning sessions will […]

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Career success

Seven Keys to Career Success

What is Your Career Strategy? Have you ever wondered about the keys to career success? There are an infinite number of formulas and ideas, and thousands of books on the subject. Some formulas are simple, some are complex. There is no one right answer, but let me share one simple concept that I’ve found effective. […]

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your personal strategic plan

Create and Achieve Your Personal Strategic Plan

What is your personal strategic plan? Where do you want to go, and how do you plan on getting there? What milestones do you need to reach along the way? What do you need to accomplish in order to meet those milestones? And will you really get there? Most of us have dreams, visions or […]

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career ooptions

When Things Get Tough: Evaluating Your Career Options

  When the workplace becomes intolerably stressful, what are your career options? Often, a career path is anything but linear. You may be charging toward advancement one minute, and ready to charge out the door, never to return, the next. Most of the time, you roll with the punches. But sometimes the pattern becomes increasingly […]

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Accelerate your career

Boost Your Career – Don’t be Left Behind!

What are you doing to boost your career? What is your vision for yourself? What are your aspirational goals? How will you achieve them? The workplace is in constant, whirlwind change. New doors are opening, while others you might have relied on are slamming shut. Your next opportunity might be with your current organization, or […]

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Firing a customer

Firing a Customer: Strategies and Options

Whether you’re corporate or entrepreneurial, firing a customer can create an emotional roller coaster. More than likely, the soon-to-be ex-customer has been a source of frustration, discord, anger and financial loss. You know everyone will breathe easier, but you can still dread the showdown. The problem customer might represent a major account, responsible for a […]

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holiday balance

5 Top Tips for Holiday Balance

Holiday balance can seem impossible. Instead of visions of sugarplums, we see an avalanche of work deadlines, holiday pageants and cookie trays. We breathlessly dash through the season, and collapse at the end, grateful to have somehow survived. Let’s step back. We probably can’t recapture the golden memory days (which probably weren’t as golden as […]

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holiday work-life balance

Creating Holiday Work-Life Balance at Work

Creating a holiday work-life balance can seem beyond impossible. Indeed, work-life balance at any time is a challenge. But for many businesses, the 4th quarter means closing out the fiscal year, meeting sales quotas and deadlines, and setting budgets and plans for the upcoming year. Meanwhile, on the home front, there are family gatherings, winter […]

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