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Remember the rising star in your company whom everyone “just knew” was going to rocket to stardom?

Yet his career never seemed to take off.

It’s not that he wasn’t smart. He was.

It’s not that he didn’t work hard. He did.

It’s not that he wasn’t well liked. He was.

Yet, in the wake of a stellar lift off, his career seemed to stall after being launched.

What exactly happened?

This rising star allowed his success to reach its expiration date!

Yes, everyone’s (current) success has an expiration date attached to it.

In the book written by Spencer Johnson titled: “Who Moved My Cheese?” Johnson discusses how to successfully deal with the inevitable changes we face in both our personal and professional lives.

And if one thing in life is certain, besides death and taxes, it’s change.

The rising star whose success expired failed to successfully navigate professional change.

He failed to remain relevant.

What was cutting edge technology today may well be irrelevant tomorrow.

What was known to be a “sure thing” today, is factually proven wrong tomorrow.

Forecasted trends prove worthless in a global economy whose rapid pace of change is staggering.

Following are some valuable ways to help you stay relevant – so your success does not reach its expiration date:

1. Adapt to the changing landscape. The only thing constant is change. Rather than waste your time and energy fighting change, learn to adapt to it. Otherwise, you and your skill-set will become obsolete.

2. Be Flexible. The Japanese observe how, during a heavy snowfall, the resilient bamboo bends but the unyielding oak breaks. As the winds of change blow in your company and your field, rather than strongly resisting it – be flexible and embrace it.

3. Be Pro-active. Seek out the upcoming trends and educate yourself about them. Staying ahead of the curve will keep you relevant.

4. Observe and Listen. Observe the trends and listen to its experts. Then perform your own due diligence.

5. Read. Reading is arguably the best way to stay on top of your game. Reading will let you know what is “in” and “out” in your industry, and where things may be headed. Reading will keep you informed and ahead of the curve.

The information, knowledge and expertise that made you successful today, may be totally irrelevant for tomorrow’s success. It is your responsibility to stay relevant so your success does not reach an expiration date.

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UCONN HUSKIES Women’s Basketball Team Success Secrets Wouldn’t you love to lead in business the way the UCONN Huskie women’s basketball team leads on the court?

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to love March Madness!

One of the many reasons I love sports is because they are such a great analogy for life. You win some, you lose some and you don’t always get the call(s)!

For example, Saturday night my beloved Wisconsin Badgers men’s team lost to the Florida Gators in an exhilarating buzzer beater (#On Wisconsin).

While on Tuesday evening my state’s team – the women’s reigning basketball champion UCONN HUSKIES continued their domination with another not-even-close victory over Oregon.

You win some, you lose some!

Of course nothing in sports (or life) is a sure slam dunk, but it looks as if Geno Auriemma’s HUSKIES are well on their way to winning their 5th consecutive national championship.

The word unprecedented is often overused; however, the UCONN Women Huskies basketball program continues to achieve unprecedented greatness with the most consecutive NCAA wins – 111 and counting, most consecutive national championships – 4 on the way to 5 – and the list of achievements goes on and on.

UCONN Huskies Secret to Success

You know you have transcended your sport when not only other coaches, but also leaders in every industry are in awe of what a program has accomplished. And they seek to emulate it.

Coaches and players from all sports and geographical locations pilgrimage to Storrs, CT, home of the Huskies, in search of this powerhouse programs’ winning formula.

Here is what they have discovered.

Drumroll please.

First and foremost.

There is NO secret success formula! There is NO unique coaching skill set that Geno or his legendary assistant Chris Daly transmits to the Huskies that result in their greatness.

Rather, the UCONN Huskies success is based upon a tried and true formula operationalized throughout the ages – in sports, business and life. The formula is not hidden in Geno’s playbook or any other book.

What makes this program so successful?

High expectations, an unrelenting attention to detail rooted in the fundamentals along with an uncompromising work ethic based on persistence and consistency. These are the Huskies guiding principles that Geno and his staff utilize to catapult the UCONN Huskies to greatness, year after year after year.

If you want to achieve success in your career and/or your life, allow these three principles to guide your actions.

3 Principles for Success

1. High EXPECTATIONS. Expect to do your best – and give your all – 100% of the time. Not only when you feel like it, but perhaps more importantly, when you don’t feel like it.

For the Huskies, nothing less than their absolute best is acceptable – not just during game day – but during every practice, during every single drill, during every single moment they set foot on the court.

High expectations define the UCONN Huskies mindset – anything less is unacceptable.

Parents, you should take note of these principles and consider them to be your “best practices” for parenting. Your kid’s teachers, coaches, peers and community will thank you! And you might actually be able to stop financially supporting your kids once they enter adulthood – which begins, more of less at 21 years old, not 30 years old.

But I digress.

2. Unrelenting attention to detail rooted in the fundamentals of the game.

IF you want to learn or teach anyone the fundamentals of basketball, watch the Huskies at play. Every single time the HUSKIES are on the court, they put on a passing, shooting and running clinic – with an emphasis on doing it the right way.

You will also notice there is very little, if any showboating from this team.

The fundamentals of basketball are rooted in a team effort – it is truly about “we” and not about “me”.

Countless times you’ve watched Geno upset after the HUSKIES scored a basket or earned another “W”? Why? Because the results were secondary to the way the Huskies played. If they played sloppy or ignored the fundamentals – the basket or win was irrelevant. The emphasis is on the game being played correctly.

Geno states: “It’s about doing it in a way that it can’t be done any better. That is the goal every day.”

Which leads me to the Huskies third guiding principle for success.

3. Work Ethic comprised of persistence & consistency.

Practice doesn’t make perfect.

Perfect practice makes perfect.

In “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” author Cal Newport states that incredible success comes from expert practicing. “… they can push themselves to the exact limit of their skillset and thus expand their abilities day after day. If you’re not expanding yourself in such a fashion – called deliberate practice – in the org psych lit – you’ll never be ridiculously successful.”

This concept goes beyond Malcolm Gladwell’s belief that ten thousand hours is the magic number needed to achieve greatness. Is it not just about the time put in, rather it is about the way the time is put in.

Perfect practice makes perfect – as Geno’s above quote emphasized!

Watching the UCONN Huskies play basketball is like watching poetry in motion.

When this happens, we are tempted to think the team and its program are comprised of superhuman geniuses. They aren’t. The Huskies are just like you and me.

With one exception.

It is this one exception that differentiates good teams from great teams, good companies from great companies, and good leader from great leaders.

And this exception is the norm for the UConn Huskies Women’s basketball program: high expectations, an unrelenting attention to details and an incomparable work ethic.

Anything less is unacceptable.

Oh – and one more thing #playlikeagirl.

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Click video image above to watch this brief video where you will learn 4 powerful, easy & highly effective tools to decrease stress out of your life – both at work and at home!
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~ as published in The Huffington Post

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Mar
01

Do You Have the “It” Factor?

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Do you have the "it" factor?Wouldn’t you love to be that guy or gal that everyone wants to be around?

The person who commands a “presence” when they walk into a room.

The person who exhibits magnetism that makes others naturally gravitate towards them.

Everyone wants to be on his or her team.

Everyone wants to work with them – or for them.

Question: So what exactly is “it” that these people possess?

Answer: Executive Presence

What is Executive Presence?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett states that Executive Presence is seen in the way you act, look and sound.

People with executive presence exhibit confidence, competence, poise, effective communication skills and the ability to remain calm in the eye of the storm -all fundamental characteristics of executive presence.

If you don’t look, act and sound like an executive or leader, it will be extremely difficult to be perceived as one or to become one.

Here’s the really good news. Executive Presence can be learned.

3 Key Ingredients Essential to Executive Presence

1. Gravitas – how you act or behave is perhaps the single most important component of Executive Presence.

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~ as published in The Huffington Post

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holiday-office-party-sml Remember the guy from last year’s holiday party that got so drunk he threw up all over himself – and everyone around him?

Or the gal who showed up so scantily dressed you did a double take (for all the wrong reasons) when she walked in the room?

Of course you do! And so does everyone else.

Holiday Office Parties are Back!

Once thought gone for good, the office holiday party is back!

And make no mistake about it; these parties are not really parties. They are business events masquerading as parties.

We’ve all heard and/or seen people commit career suicide due to their inappropriate behavior at these events.

Sure, these parties are a chance to hang out with business colleagues, usually in a fun and informal setting.

Do not be lured into the false pretense that you are hanging out with your friends – no matter how good the music, the booze or the food.

Do’s and Don’ts for the Office Holiday Party

Below is a list of do’s and don’ts for your company’s holiday party to avoid politically shooting yourself in the foot while spreading good cheer!

1. GO! Don’t even think about blowing this party off.

Love em or hate em, it will serve you well to be seen at them.

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~ as published in the Huffington Post

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Did you know that the relationship tools for success are the same today as they were years ago? Watch this brief video where I share the ABC’s for success!

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staycalm3The ability to stay calm under pressure is often found in people with high levels of Emotional Intelligence. In the workplace, the ability to stay calm in the eye of the storm directly correlates with high performance.

TalentSmart research found that 90% of the best performing employees possess the ability to control and manage their emotions under pressure. Consequently, these people do not allow unbridled emotions and/or impulses to drive their decisions or actions.

People with high levels of Emotional Intelligence control their emotions, rather than allowing their emotions to control them.

Following are four simple ways to learn how to control your emotions so you can stay calm under pressure. The ability to manage your emotions will increase your emotional intelligence and overall performance, thereby increasing your success at work.

1. Get off Grid! Never ending work results in never ending stress. Working 24/7 seven days a week damages your body and brain. Everyone needs to give his or her brain and body a break.

You might think it’s cool you are always “on” but research shows your level of productivity diminishes once you hit the 50-hour work week.

Last year CNBC published an article discussing the ineffectiveness of overworking in an article titled: “Memo to work martyrs: Long hours make you less productive.” Check it out here.

Technology often makes it appear to be a herculean task to disconnect from work.

My advice here is to quite simply – turn it off! This includes your computer, your cell phone, your iPad and any automatic electronic notifications that “alert” you to incoming work messages. Unless you are a brain surgeon or involved in national security (and if you are reading this blog my guess is you are not), most incoming messages you are receiving “off “ hours are not that urgent! Really, they are not, so don’t flatter yourself!

Finally, totally unplug for a specific timeframe every single day. If that is impossible due to the nature of your work – then unplug at least over the weekends and during vacations and holidays.

YOU must control technology, rather than having technology control you.

Going completely off the grid will do your body and brain a world of good. It will give you a chance to rest, refuel and reenergize – otherwise you will always be running on fumes.

AND – to the point of this blog, going off the grid will directly increase your ability to stay calm under pressure – allowing your decisions to be made thoughtfully – not impulsively.

2. Keep things in perspective. All stressors and pressures are not created equal. S**t happens. It happens to everyone. It happens every day to someone. This begs the question: “How are you going to handle these pressures?”

We can’t control everything that happens to us – no one can. However, we can all control how we respond to our circumstances.

The very best way to handle stress when the s**t hits the fan is to ask yourself the following question: “What is the absolute worst thing that can happen as a result of this circumstance?”

Chances are no one will lose life or limb. Sure, some very unpleasant things might happen. Earnings might plummet, jobs might be lost, but life and death are probably not hanging in the balance.

This realization will go a long way in helping you keep things in perspective. This, in turn, allows us to stay calm and avoid making impulsive decisions or knee-jerk reactions since we know the world is not coming to an end!

People with high levels of Emotional Intelligence keep things in perspective. They keep reactions in check. They don’t overact.

3. Remain Positive. Closely connected to keeping things in perspective is remaining positive. Since we know keeping things in perspective helps us understand the world is not coming to an end, it allows us to avoid a doom and gloom case scenario attached to the crisis.

This realization will allow you to remain positive when faced with a crisis.

The key to remaining positive is to have a positive mindset. A positive mindset is half the battle in finding the solution to a difficult situation. There is no real value to hand wringing and expressing doom and gloom to a situation that most people already know is challenging and difficult.

Staying positive not only helps you find a solution – it is also contagious.

A “Negative Ned” and “Negative Nancy” can bring everyone down – a “Positive Paul” and “Positive Pam” brings everyone up. They provide hope and belief that you can find a way out of what might appear to be, at the moment, a dark – but not endless tunnel.

The ability to remain positive during a crisis allows you to be the calm in the eye of the storm- a trait exhibited by those with high emotional intelligence.

4. Breathe. Breathe deeply! The best way to remember to breathe when under pressure is to practice breathing on a daily basis. This way, when you are faced with pressure you can more easily remember to breathe appropriately.

This might sound simple but it works.

Deep breathing allows you to get centered and focused during times of stress. It promotes oxygenation to the brain, allowing you to think clearly.

The next time you are stressed, remember to breathe. You might be surprised how much this will increase your ability to process the stress and stay calm.

The ability to stay calm under pressure is a characteristic commonly found in people with high levels of Emotional Intelligence. Utilize the techniques discussed in this blog and watch your emotional intelligence – and success soar.

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15

The Secret to Getting Promoted

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Would you like to know what it takes to get that coveted promotion at work? Watch this video where I share 3 secrets that you must know if you want to move up the corporate ladder!

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5_Core_Components_Emotional_Intelligence2Do you know someone who is so smart – yet they constantly trip themselves up at work by saying the wrong thing, to the wrong person, at the wrong time, in the wrong way?

It seems as if these people cannot get out of their own way, both professionally and personally.

And if they could just get their act together, they would be so much more successful at work – and happier in their personal lives.

Chances are, these intellectually smart people lack emotional intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence Trumps Your IQ

Arguably, a high level of emotional intelligence trumps a high level of IQ every time.

No one really cares how smart you are if you cannot get along with people. If people find you to be abrasive, divisive and/or obnoxious, your career and business will take a direct hit as a consequence of your behavior.

No one will want to work with – or for you. You’re not that smart that people will be willing to tolerate you making them feel miserable, stupid, and angry or any other negative emotion(s) no one in their right mind wants to experience.

Therefore, nobody will voluntarily choose to be around you. As a matter of fact, they will avoid you like the plague.

Low emotional competence will cost you success in your work and create unhappiness in your personal life.

Why? Because Emotional Intelligence is an absolute prerequisite for success.

What exactly is Emotional Intelligence?

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~ as published in the Huffington Post

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