Fear of Failure is Dangerous to Your Job Health

By Jeff Wolf

Fear of making a mistake can cripple even the most talented leader’s efforts to succeed.  It stifles creativity and discourages risk-taking, while upping the stress ante and creating a tense work environment for everyone within a department or team.Imagine how many inventions and technological innovations would never have become realities if the people who came up with them had been a

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Never Stop Developing People

By Jeff Wolf

How can managers and leaders develop the people who report directly to them so these direct reports can assume more responsibility? • To develop people to take on more responsibility, a leader must support and coach people so they can cultivate new skills and embrace opportunities for professional development and personal growth.  Leaders must guide others to create their

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Priorities, Planning and Execution

By Jeff Wolf

We have a greater need now to be highly effective through clear focus on purpose, centered on principles, and execution around priorities.  If there is little agreement on purpose and direction, the culture is characterized by control, contention, and confusion.  The reason for this tragic ineffectiveness is a lack of focus and execution.Priorities. Focusing on priorities unleashes

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6 Essential Leadership Traits That Build Effective Teams

By Jeff Wolf

To create a fully functional team, the leader needs to exhibit six leadership traits.1. Build trust.  Trust is a three-way street: A. You must be able to trust each member of your team. B. They, in turn, must be able to trust you. C. Team members need to trust one another.  Trust is earned, so set the stage for success by creating regular and ongoing teambuilding opportunities

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Teamwork and Strong Teams

By Jeff Wolf

Effective leaders know that their organizations will realize substantial benefits by building strong teams to reach their objectives and strategic goals.  Bringing people together on the same page is highly effective because people can accomplish more collectively than individually.Every participant brings a unique skillset to the team. Some may be highly creative at coming up with new id

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Nonverbal Communication

By Jeff Wolf

Functions of Nonverbal CommunicationIt’s vital to understand how we communicate, not just the meaning of the words we speak.  As a leader or manager, you should explore how nonverbal communication serves many functions:• Repetition. Gestures, such as nodding, serve to reinforce what’s being said.  A nod of the head is, in fact, one of the most universal

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How Visions Become Shared

By Jeff Wolf

How do individual visions become shared visions?  A useful metaphor is the hologram, the three-dimensional image created by interacting light sources.  If you cut a photograph in half, each half shows only part of the whole image.  But if you divide a hologram, each part, no matter how small, shows the whole image intact.Likewise, when a group of people comes together to share

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Macro versus Micro!

By Kathy Boyle

Juggling it all… Entrepreneurs, whether solo or managing a fleet of employees, never seem to have enough hours in the day. If I had a penny for every time I heard the phrase “I’m so busy” from an entrepreneur I would be worth gazillions in pennies! However, the reality is that you could be busy but not maximizing your potential. Every business owner needs to balan

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Kicking the Can Down the Road!

By Kathy Boyle

Effective Strategies for Success by Chapin Hill Advisors, Inc.Kicking the Can Down the Road?Tax Deadlines…If we didn’t have deadlines created by the IRS and face potential penalties and fines, many of us would probably delay our tax filings. But since we have those deadlines, we get it done.  It may be at the 11th hour and we may take advantage of extensions but event

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10 Ideas For A Stronger Career In 2017

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine

As we finish off one year and prepare to start the next, it’s a good time to think about how we want 2017 to be better, which for purposes of this column means a better career. Here are 10 ideas for new year’s resolutions to adopt for a stronger career in 2017:1. I will stay in touch.You can start the networking habit with a holiday mailing. You can continue by reaching out in

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