A Fable – Versions of Reality

Here’s a famous Indian fable about six blind men that come across different parts of an elephant.  Each creating their own version of the elephant from their perspective. Is what we perceive actually the reality of the situation? This fable is a great reminder to consider multiple perspectives in our personal and professional lives. Blind…

Excuse Me, Sir, That’s My Seat

First, watch this video: Excuse Me, Sir, That’s My Seat By: Elizabeth Bower Sheryl Sanberg said, “Sit at the table.” As a woman, it’s really empowering to hear this. I also have a daughter, whom I want to sit at the table and not underestimate her abilities and worth. However, like Sheryl pointed out, there…

Genuine Compassion: Work-Self & Real-Self

First, watch this video: Genuine Compassion: Work-Self & Real-Self By: Elizabeth Bower Working for or with a company that leads with compassion is something I would aspire to be a part of.  There are many companies and people who are only compassionate for egotistical or material gain. The recipe Chade-Meng Tan says to create a…

Reflection: Drew Dudley’s Leading with Lollipops TEDx Video

First, watch this video: Reflection: Drew Dudley’s Leading with Lollipops TEDx Video By Elizabeth Bower I know I have had lollipop moments in my life.  I hope to one day be able to recall many of them.  However, in the fog of my life currently, someone else’s lollipop moment, or moments, are fresh in the…

How to Get Motivated Doing A Project You Loathe

There are some projects that seem like they were put in our funnel straight from the devil himself. The project may seem never-ending, have a zillion revisions, the client’s a bear, or it’s just not fun or interesting. When a project you dislike is in your pipeline sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to…

Don’t Overthink. Interact! FREE 2018 Calendar of Employee Engagement Ideas

Improve Your Employee Relationships Daily interactions with your employees will improve relationships and show that taking an interest in and communicating with them is a priority for you as a leader. Improve your frequency and effectiveness in employee interactions and raise employee productivity and engagement. Happy Employees Are Good For Business. Be a Creative Leader!…

11 Interesting Questions to Ask in an Interview

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Blah.  What are three of your weaknesses? Boooo. There are some interview questions that get overused, overvalued and are just plain boring. Great interview questions are so important. Here are a few key reasons why having GREAT interview questions are important: Outside of the box questions can…

6 Ways to Be More Proactive

It’s easy to skate by, do the clock-in clock-out, and fulfill your job description. But walking with Mr. Bare Minimum down Easy Street isn’t going to make you happy in the long run. Without challenges, your career can quickly become just a ‘job’ and be a drag to go to day in and day out….

How to Respond to Rude, Passive-Aggressive Emails

Have you ever received an email that reads:   “AS I TOLD YOU, MANY TIMES ALREADY, this project is ready for immediate review.” “I’M NOT SURE WHY YOU’RE NOT UNDERSTANDING but we can’t do it that way.”   We’ve all gotten those emails. They’ve either left us feeling perplexed, angry, or vindictive. Or all three….

Priorities: What processes should you be focusing on in your business?

Everything you do in a business should be with the end-game in mind…Closing sales and growing your business! There’re many activities and tasks that need to be completed in order to reach the ‘end-game’.  Direct profit activities – such as creating proposals. Indirect profit activities – such as updating your blog and social media platforms.  Both direct…