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November 2020

What Leadership Isn’t

If you google the term Leadership, you will get approximately 402 Million search results. It is definitely a highly searched term (although Covid-19 currently generates 663 Million search results). The reason the term Leadership produces so many results is that it is a highly-desirable trait and position, and yet a term that is hard to pin down. Therefore, it is a topic about which much is written by professors, professionals and pundits alike. It seems most everyone has an opinion on what constitutes Leadership, especially in business. But how often do we think about what Leadership is not?

Here are some things leadership isn’t.
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Getting the Most from LinkedIn Engagement in 2021 – Part 2

LinkedIn is the social media site of choice for the business world and for professionals who want to network, learn, find motivation and inspire like-minded peers. And, most of the content posted on LinkedIn is work-oriented with a significant focus on personal development. So how should a person or company maximize the effectiveness of their LinkedIn engagement, especially given recent changes to the algorithm, for 2021? Here are some strategies to increase engagement and optional formulas to measure engagement. Continue reading

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Getting the Most from LinkedIn Engagement in 2021 – Part 1

Most business owners have a LinkedIn profile for their company, and most savvy professionals and execs are active on LinkedIn… or hire a social media expert to handle their activity. It is the social media site of choice for the business world and for professionals who want to network, learn, find motivation and inspire like-minded peers. Most of the content posted on LinkedIn is work-oriented with a significant focus on personal development. So how should a person or company maximize the effectiveness of their LinkedIn engagement, especially given recent changes to the algorithm, for 2021?

Start by being aware of some of LinkedIn’s recent updates. Continue reading

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Beginnings and Endings – How to Handle the Hardest Parts of Most Endeavors – Part 2

If starting a new project or task might seem daunting, finishing can feel just as difficult or even moreso. The more time spent on a project and the more complex it is, the more likely it is to drag on long after it should have and could have been completed. Getting the last 10% buttoned up can be a challenge because fatigue, perfectionism and second-guessing can all push completion back. And when it is work that will be judged by others, there is a tendency to keep tweaking and questioning. But that does not have to be the case. Just as there are ways to jumpstart a kickoff, there are also strategies to help push projects across the finish line. Continue reading

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Beginnings and Endings – How to Handle the Hardest Parts of Most Endeavors – Part 1

Starting and finishing are the hardest parts of most any endeavor. Beginning is often a challenge. Whether it is a smaller task like submitting a Quarterly Budget or a major task like doing the entire Inventory of a shop, it can be daunting to just start. Where to begin? How to tackle it? What is needed? There can be an overwhelming urge to procrastinate. But endings aren’t much easier. After working on an Annual Sales Plan for weeks or customizing a new software program for months, getting the last 10% buttoned up can also be a challenge. Fatigue sets in. Do I have to keep at this? Is there anything missing that needs to be added? How will it be received? The desire to keep tweaking can make the last bit drag on. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to jumpstart the kickoff and wrap up with flair.
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