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First Impressions – The Door to Future Realtionships

Life’s a first impression business; a sad fact and perhaps unfair but there are ways to make it easier.   Consider these 25 psychological life hacks that will help you gain an advantage in social situations – these are good reminders for us all. Whether you are just beginning your career or

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Eleven “Second Acts” – Getting Back Up After Failing

Scott Fitzgerald (author of the “The Great Gatsby) once remarked that “there are no second acts in American lives.” History definitely seems to indicate otherwise.  A short article from Inc Magazine looks at eleven well known leaders who either had significant setbacks before becoming successful, or fell from the heights

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Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill Explain It All For Us!

There are thousands of books on how to create success for yourself, but most of them can trace their ancestry to a unique collaboration between two remarkable men:  Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie.   Carnegie arrived in American as a penniless Scottish immigrant in 1848 and not only created what became

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Five Lessons From Marissa Mayer

There are many articles on Marissa Mayer who has taken on the remarkable task of trying to make sense of what business Yahoo is in and what its future might be.   Whatever the outcome, you have to admire the career she’s had so far.  One business writer has recapped her journey

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From Leather to Electronics – What Can We Learn from Radio Shack?

Most people alive today would have trouble remembering when there wasn’t a local Radio Shack store.  For  years, it was synonymous with things electronic.  This past week it filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with most if of its brick and mortar assets probably destined to be resurrected as Sprint Stores.

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Chicken Soup and The Rule of Five for Your Success

Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen became famous (and rich) as the authors of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”   Writing a great book is one thing….getting others to think it might be (and to buy it) is quite another.   They solved their promotional dilemma  by adopting what they call the “Rule

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Who is the Father of Management: Drucker or Caesar?

The late Peter Drucker was often referred to as “the man who invented management.”  While Drucker’s contribution to the canon of management is legendary, he certainly was not the first to comment on or grapple with the art and science of managing subordinates. Jerry Toner, a professor of classical studies

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Be Stoic Before Being Heroic

Heroes are people who choose the difficult when they don’t have to, including a difficult philosophy of life.   Start your day with a few observations from one of antiquity’s greatest CEOs, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and another “thought leader” of that era, the philosopher Seneca .  Aurelius’  “Meditations”

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From the Brink of Extinction to Winner: Are there Lessons for Your Company?

We celebrate comebacks, like so many other events, because they are rare.  These stories are valuable because, as John Henry Newman observed over 100 years ago, “history offers lessons, not rules.”   A turnaround for the times is a company that came back from the brink of oblivion to a level

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5 Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders

Many executives are constantly asking “how can I be better?” and “‘what can I do differently?”  As important as that question is, an equally important question is what should I stop doing?  Maybe a good place to start would be this article: Five Habits of Highly Annoying Leaders .  After reading this article, ask yourself,

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