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Leadership Tips

The Performance of an Attitude Matrix

by Jeff Saari

In my work I have discovered that there are two general areas for celebration and improvement with each employee.  I call these two key areas performance and attitude and I have created a matrix of four possibilities that may be helpful to managers and leaders when thinking through the current reality of their individual employees.  Here is the matrix:

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How to Survive a Crisis

by Ann Connor

In a moment of crisis—be it one of physical or (more frequently) financial danger—handling the situation takes great skill and even better tact to come out still standing. And while crisis management may not have been in your job description as a leader or small business owner, it is certainly a crucial skill set to have when (and it most certainly will, though we hope infrequently!) misfortune strikes. Here is some sound and savvy advice to help lead your company out of crisis:

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What NOT to do to Make Friends and Motivate People—Backed by Science

by Ann Connor

In a world where we’ve become ingrained to expect rewards for good behavior and punishment for poor results, it may seem counterintuitive to tell you to abandon it all. But, after recent studies and years of research, that may be just the thing your company needs to boost creativity and progress within your business. Read on for the three things not to do in order to gain respect and motivate your employees.

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Don’t Just Organize—Organize Your Mind: A Review of Daniel J. Levitin’s The Organized Mind

by Ann Connor

You lost your keys. Again. You can’t remember if you’re credit card payment is past due or early, or if that medication should be taken with or without food (you’d double check, but you forgot where you put your glasses). Sound all too familiar?

Managing the day-to-day can feel more stressful than it seems when you stack up all the almost-everyday obstacles you have to face. It can be exhausting. In fact, scientifically speaking, it is. Often times, we’re actually working against our brains, instead of with them, which results not only in all this perpetual chaos but also that feeling of “is it bedtime yet?”

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How Old Habits CAN Die Hard (in 3 Easy Steps)

by Ann Connor

We all know the old adage “old habits die hard.” And if you’ve ever tried to break a bad habit—from nail biting to desert cravings—un-conditioning your body can be a seriously difficult task. So much so that, even the science community didn’t think it was all that possible…until now. Turns out there is hope after all!

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