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    Employment Notebook - Manager's Guide to Getting Results
by David Dye and Tim Muma - May, 2016
Managerial success could be defined in a number of ways, but there's no denying the path to such success has changed over the past few decades. The workplaces, cultures, expectations and employees have all evolved and it impacts the way a manager can effectively run a team. David Dye, founder and president of Trailblaze, Inc., explains to Tim Muma how motivation is a myth and quality teams start with hiring. David also gives u...
 
    Employment Notebook - Conversations to Help Develop High Performers
by William Dann and Tim Muma - May, 2016
One key to long-term, sustainable success is the level of performance put forth by each employee. Not every person comes to your organization as an 'A' player, but there are ways to bring them up to high performer status. William Dann, founder and president of Professional Growth Systems, leverages his years in management and as a CEO to discuss the types of communication that develops high performers. He also explains to Tim...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals...and in Business
by Jason Selk and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
We often get caught up in the importance of talent and skill in sports and in everyday work places. The reality is, the most consistently successful individuals have mastered the mental game as well. Dr. Jason Selk, a performance coach and former director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, discusses the things elite athletes focus on to enhance their play on the field. Jason explains to Tim Muma that the same tact...
 
    You Do What? - I'm a Crime Scene Anaylst
by Ross Gardner and Tim Muma - Feb, 2016
There are many things that go into solving a crime, one of which is analyzing the scene to determine what did or did not happen. Ross Gardner is an experienced and well-respected crime scene analyst with Bevel, Gardner & Associates. Ross has played a role in determining countless criminal outcomes, and tells Tim Muma about the detailed nature of the analysis, how technology continues to evolve and improve the field, and why he...
 
  Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How To Understand Conflict and Resolve yours Successfully
by Kathy Caprino - May, 2016
Conflict is everywhere. We cannot live our lives, communicate powerfully, share our diverse opinions, support our divergent agendas, or honor our own deepest values without some degree or form of conflict emerging. The question is: How can we address our conflict with others in ways that are mutually beneficial, supportive and positive, rather than damaging and bridge-burning, leaving body parts in our wake? To answer that...
 
  The 6 Dominant Action Styles: Why You Need To Know Yours To Be Happy And Successful
by Kathy Caprino - Apr, 2016
Over my 11 years of coaching professionals, five years as a therapist, and 18 years in corporate life, I’ve worked with and seen every type of person with every type of challenge you can imagine. Through the process of coaching and studying professionals, I’ve observed that there are six dominant action styles – six key ways in which humans naturally and preferentially take action towards a goal and approach change. I’ve di...
 
  Emotional Intelligence Part 2: Signs of Strong EQ
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Apr, 2016
In the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (2005), author Daniel Goleman quotes a search firm executive who says, “CEO’s are hired for their intellect and business expertise – and fired for a lack of emotional intelligence.” Many of us grew up believing that high IQ was a surefire predictor of success, however, studies have found that, while “smarts” can help yo...
 
  How the 52/17 Model Can Revolutionize Your Productivity
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2016
Over five years ago, I wrote one of my first posts for the Fast Track blog. The article was about how I was able to hold down four paid jobs in addition to raising a toddler. Fast forward to today, when I am working on at least a dozen paid jobs and am responsible for an additional child. I’m still using the same system, and it’s still working. One of the things I mentioned in the article is how I leave two hours per day fo...
 
  The World's Largest Minority Might Surprise You, and How We Can Better Serve Them
by Kathy Caprino - Apr, 2016
Part of the series “Women, Leadership and Vision” What is the largest minority in the world? The answer might surprise you. It is people living with disabilities. In honor of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in March, I had the honor of connecting with Loreen Arbus, a tireless disability rights activist, philanthropist, television producer, and author, who is passionate about supporting those with disabilities and ot...
 
  Can Machines Deep Learn Project Management
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2016
Artificial intelligence has been in the news a lot lately, specifically related to machines’ ability to deep learn, or more closely mimic the actions of a human brain. In the near future, will a computer’s algorithms be able to do the project manager’s job as well as you can? It started in 2011. Stanford professor Andrew Ng holed up at the Google X Lab at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters and initiated a project d...
 
  Overcoming Fear
by Carole Kanchier - Apr, 2016
Darryl wants to establish his own business, but thinks he’ll deprive his family of their comfortable lifestyle. Kelly wants to return to school, but fears she’ll lose her independence. What’s stopping you from going after what you want? We often hesitate to follow our hearts, because of perceived fears. To take charge of our lives we need to state what we fear. Are any of the following stopping you from pursuing dreams?...
 
  Hey HR, Can You Really Be Effective Internal Coaches?
by Marshall Goldsmith - Apr, 2016
Can internal HR professionals do an effective job of coaching leaders? Definitely. Will most internal HR coaches be effective in coaching leaders? Maybe. My friend, Linda Sharkey, did some outstanding research on internal HR coaching when she was at GE Capital a few years ago. The findings were very clear: Not only could internal coaches do as good a job as external coaches, internal coaches often did a better job than e...
 
  Why Customer Experience Is Literally Everything
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2016
To business futurist Brian Solis, capturing an audience’s heart, mind, and spirit is mandatory. I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Solis, principal analyst at the Altimeter Group, who has written a book that’s not really a book. X: Where Business Meets Design looks more like a sexy app than a business how-do, but it still does a great job explaining why customer experience, more than any other business priority, defi...
 
  Why ADHD IS Wreaking Havoc On Your Life and Business, and What To Do About It
by Kathy Caprino - Mar, 2016
Part of the series "Living and Working Better" As career coach (and former therapist), I've worked with hundreds of professionals who've shared the intimate details of how they live and work, day by day. In these vibrant and detailed descriptions, I can often catch glimpses of how they are operating that they cannot themselves see. For example, I can detect the signs of ADHD in adults who have been "diagnosed" or labelled a...
 
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