13 clever ‘hacks’ to adopt a more optimistic mindset

13 clever ‘hacks’ to adopt a more optimistic mindset

In this expert panel from the Forbes Coaches Council, 13 Forbes Coaches Council members, including me, shared clever “hacks” that you can use to increase your optimism, or at least turn your pessimistic outlook into a more optimistic mindset. Being more optimistic...

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Want to be a better leader? Try growing up, not out!

Want to be a better leader? Try growing up, not out!

“Grow up!” This phrase has new meaning to me this year now that I’ve started to study vertical stage development to grow leaders. Vertical stage development is more about an individual’s personal growth and less about the skills an individual acquires and polishes. To...

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How to be credible and confident with your choice of words

How to be credible and confident with your choice of words

How carefully do you choose your words -- especially PUNG words (probably, normally, usually, and generally)? The latter have a reputation for being tentative words that can diminish the power of your message. However, those who communicate clearly and credibly adjust...

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Bless your heart! Do you need me to be direct or indirect?

Bless your heart! Do you need me to be direct or indirect?

What’s your communication style: direct or indirect? And how does it affect you on the job and in your community? This was one of the lively discussion topics in the intercultural training program I recently facilitated for expat employees moving to Charleston for...

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How to protect your right to speak and vote to save democracy

How to protect your right to speak and vote to save democracy

Company leaders ordering employees to stop talking about politics at work is akin these days to generals who are preparing to fight the last war. How do you win a war of words when the conversation has moved past politics? The new dividing line is between facts and...

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Why and how to ignore this bad advice: “Know your audience”

Why and how to ignore this bad advice: “Know your audience”

“Know your audience” is great advice for actors, musicians and other performance artists. For those of you working in organizations, “know your audience” is bad advice because it sends the wrong message. As another saying goes, you want to be much more granular in...

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