Your Power as a Leader

Years ago, I had a very difficult boss. One-on-one he wasn’t a bad guy. He was warm and likable. But in a group—particularly in meetings—he become another person. Dr. Jekyll became Mr. Hyde.

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He would suddenly become cold and aloof. If I, or someone on my team, reported good news, he either didn’t acknowledge it or quickly dismissed it.

I’m Taking Labor Day Off

I am taking Labor Day off. It is a holiday here in the U.S.

According to Wikipedia, Labor Day celebrates the economic and social contribution of workers. The first Labor Day was observed on September 5, 1882. It ultimately became a federal holiday in 1894.

Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In fact, when I was a boy, school didn’t start until after the holiday. Those were the days!

Enjoy the time with your family and friends.

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

This is a guest post by Allen Schowengerdt. He is a writer for YourLocalSecurity.com and is an avid sports fan and marketing enthusiast.

We all do it. We put off that dreaded task for five more minutes, then for thirty minutes, then for another hour, until it doesn’t get done at all. And the worst part is we still weren’t able to enjoy our day. We spend so much time stressing over that looming task that it deprives us from actually being able to focus on other tasks.

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Why do we do it? We know it never ends well. The problem is that the cycle can feel nearly impossible to break. We get so caught up in the cycle of procrastination that we almost forget how to effectively tackle hard tasks.

#024: How to Become a Happy Person Others Want to Be Around [Podcast]

In this episode, I discuss the seven steps necessary to becoming the kind of happy person others want to be around. This is a topic that has intrigued me for a long time. I’ve noticed that there are at least two kinds of people: those who are positive and attract people and those who are negative and repel people.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Yuri_Arcurs

Several months ago, my wife, Gail, and I attended an industry mixer at a conference where I was speaking. Almost immediately, I was cornered by an author who proceeded to complain about all the incompetent people in his life.

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No Podcast Until Thursday

Since I posted on my blog yesterday (Tuesday), I decided to wait and post my podcast on Thursday. Thanks for your patience. I think you will like this episode. It’s one of my favorites so far.

The 10 Most Common Objections to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

I have been using a virtual executive assistant now for over a year. It’s one of the best business decisions I have ever made. Tricia, my assistant, has enabled me to focus on what I do best and less of what I either don’t do well or don’t enjoy.

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As a virtual executive assistant, she is really no different than what I was accustomed to in the real world. She can do anything that doesn’t require her physical presence (like running errands or bringing me coffee).

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I’m excited to address the Telecom Association of Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has a great reputation in the telecom industry. It is a non-profit organization, providing educational programming, public policy knowledge, and regulatory compliance assistance to its members.

Date: September 11, 2012
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Telecommunications Association of Michigan
Topic: Shift: Leading in Challenging Times
Sponsor: Telecom Association of Michigan
Venue: J. W. Marriott
Location: 235 Louis Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

How to Manage a Micromanager

About five years into my career, I found myself working for a micromanager. He drove me crazy. He wanted to know everything I did and when I did it.

He required me to furnish daily status reports. I had to document every call, every conversation, and every action I took on every project. It was oppressive.

How to Get Noticed by Your Boss

This is a guest post by Jeremy Kingsley. He is the president of OneLife Leadership. He has written four books. His newest one, Inspired People Produce Results, will be published by McGraw-Hill in March 2013. You can follow him on Twitter.

Have you ever wondered what it would take to get noticed by the “big boss?” To get promoted? To get a raise? What do I need to consistently do to achieve professional advancement?

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We often overanalyze and forget to stick to fundamental principles that have worked for years. Let’s keep the answer easy and simple by concentrating on “The Three C’s of Professional Growth: Competency, Commitment, and Courtesy.”

How to Launch a Bestselling Book

Ever since my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, hit the bestseller lists, I have been asked how I did it. Aspiring authors want to know what they can do to enhance their chances of success.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/jcarillet

I spoke on this topic yesterday in New York City under the title, “My Bestseller Launch Formula: How I Mobilized My Tribe to Drive My Book onto the Bestsellers List.” It was well-received, so I thought I would share the highlights here.

You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are.

Tom Rath
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