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Feeling worn down? Time to recharge your personal battery

Feeling worn down? Time to recharge your personal battery

WASHINGTON, October 19, 2014 – An individual’s natural state of being is to be vibrant and fully alive. Yet many of us live out our daily lives feeling run down and constantly experiencing low energy. If you are feeling worn out on a regular basis, my suggestion to you is to take a look at

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Discover and follow core values for a values-driven life

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2014 – Can you answer the following questions? What is the key to having a higher success rate for accomplishing your personal and professional goals? What drives the decisions you make? What does not change in life except for their priorities? What impacts whether something resonates for you or causes a feeling

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Rules for being a gifted adult, Part 1: Secret origins

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 – Funny: the lines between being ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and gifted are really seeming blurry these days. Diagnosis and/or determination of ADD seems to depend on the line of business the academic  advisor / counselor / psychologist / specialist / whatever happens to be in and the primary source from

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NBC let David Gregory go, no explanation needed

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 — Firing personnel is the hardest action any supervisor must take. The act of firing personnel in private industry is very different than it is in government. In government, the merit system protects employees from being fired unless the justification for doing so is extremely persuasive. The documentation of how an employee

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Say what? Tips for talking to non-native speakers of English on deadline

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – Do you have coworkers who speak English as a second language? Obviously, you can’t and don’t need to learn a new language every time a coworker who speaks a different first language is hired. But knowing a few words from a coworker’s language can be helpful when you’re listening to

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First-line supervisors v. managers – Part two

WASHINGTON, August 4, 2014 — Last week, we talked about the differences between first-line supervisors and senior managers. We noted that first-level supervisors differ from senior managers in that managers learn the overall goals, precisely define the tasks that must be performed within those goals, and then clearly define their own role within those tasks. READ