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Five Critical Mistakes That Blunt Leadership Effectiveness
August 2015

Since 2000, according to numerous national surveys, less than one-third of workers in the United States are engaged in their work as measured by their involvement, enthusiasm, and commitment to their work.

By: David Waits

Playing it Forward: The Benefits of Fun in the Workplace
July 2015

To have fun or not to have fun? That is the question.

By: Nat Measley

4 Secrets to Communicating with Clarity
June 2015

After learning to create and present a clear and succinct value proposition, Gerry, the owner of a small company, was overheard lamenting: “I had no idea how important it was to get rid of all those extra words and slow down.

By Mark A. Vickers, Speaking Is Selling

Hunting in a Farmer’s World
May 2015

Everyone in business is either a Hunter or a Farmer. The working style that fits you best isn’t really a matter of choice, nor is it determined by your job description. It is ingrained by eons of cultural evolution.

By John F. Dini

Indispensable, Irreplaceable You
April 2015

6 Tips to Creating Peerless Value at Work

By DeEtta Jones

The Most Desired Skills of the Future
March 2015

“Three Practices to Communicate, Engage and Influence People”

By Nathan Jamail

Medium vs. Low Voltage Technology For Multi-Megawatt Electric Heating Systems
February 2015

Medium voltage technology greatly reduces installation, operating, and maintenance cost for a multitude of thermal processes throughout an entire facility.

By Mark Wheeler and Christopher Molnar

Rethink Employee Retention
January 2015

7 Guidelines for Engaging and Accommodating Your Older Staff

By Ruth Crocker

GPS Your Career: Tools and Tips to Get You Where You Want to Go
December 2014

Over 300 women scientists, engineers, educators, and other professionals attended the second annual Inspiring Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Conference in October. Talent management consultant Mary Schaefer offered a speech…

By Mary Schaefer

Are You A Reluctant Leader?
November 2014

Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader?

By Walt Grassl

Be an Authentic Rock Star Communicator: Four Tips
October 2014

Investors in a hotel meeting room wait to hear presentations from two utility CEOs, a widely-followed financial analyst and a respected portfolio manager. The CEOs start. Each one shows PowerPoint slides that illustrate their large companies’ “bright futures.” As they speak, people in the audience read Blackberries and Wall Street Journals.

By L.J. Rittenhouse, CEO Rittenhouse Rankings

Identify Your Employees by the Theory of 21
September 2014

“For every person who will say yes, there are twenty who will say no. For a positive response you must find the twenty-first person.” – The Theory of 21

By Chuck Reaves

Seven Tips for Hiring “A Players”
August 2014

Your business doesn’t run itself. The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team—a motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success. You want A Players, those colleagues who contribute disproportionately to the advancement and profitability of the organization.

By Richard J. Bryan

Top 10 Presentation Skills Challenges Your Sales Team Is Not Telling You!
July 2014

The biggest challenge for a newer sales team might be how they actually feel when they give their presentations. Many first time speakers want to feel confident, want to engage their audience, and want to feel good about actually giving their presentation. But how is this achieved?

By Scott Topper

5 Qualities of a Lasting Leader
June 2014

Leadership isn’t just something you do, it’s someone you become. But that requires a personal transformation, not just a personal agenda.

By Barry Banther

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