Be Confident

When we are asked to think of a leader, someone who inspires us to do our best every day, a wide variety of different people come to mind. Maybe someone in your personal life, someone from a television show or movie, or a historical figure whose personality you greatly admire.

While the type of person can vary immensely, more often than not, they will all have a certain set of skills and personality traits that make them a good leader. According to recent surveys, many groups find that a good business leader will often have several or all of these characteristics.

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After a long day at work, sometimes all you want to do is sit on the couch, eat a bag of chips, and zone out watching television. The thought of attending a networking event seems so daunting. Not only do you have to give up free time, but you also may have to talk with strangers.

With this type of mindset, it's easy to see why so many people are apprehensive about the concept of networking. However, when you avoid networking, you miss out on so many great opportunities.

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Last week during my Office Hours on Youtube, a client asked about how to deal with a workplace bully. After spending many years in corporate HR, I flipped to the other side and became a career therapist. So, I've seen both sides of this situation in the workplace. In this video, I discuss why people struggle to deal with bullies and what you can do to change the situation instantly.

Last year, millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. As a result, more and more millennials are being pushed into managerial positions without fully knowing how to manage co-workers their own age.

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Can you imagine traveling without transportation for 5,950 miles with no breaks within 10 days? It sounds crazy, but the bar-tailed godwit bird does it every year, traveling from Alaska to New Zealand with virtually no breaks in between. A trip you might think takes months to accomplish takes less than two weeks for this creature. It might sound crazy, but this bird can teach you a lot about reaching your goals. “Sometimes in our lives, we want to accomplish so much,” said Joanne Chan, a presentation coach at Own The Room, a communication skills training company. “But we say to ourselves, ‘[I] can’t do that. I don’t have the capabilities.’ But capability is not the problem.” Chances are, you can’t even fathom making that journey. You probably think to yourself, “That’s impossible.” So, why can the bar-tailed godwit do it? According to Chan, part of this is attributed to focus. The bird, unlike a human, isn’t looking to other birds during its flight thinking, “Why is that bird flying faster than me?” or “What does that bird think of me?” It’s not distracted by these kinds of thoughts, so it can stay focused on the main goal. According to Chan, there’s tons of energy and power within us that we haven’t tapped into yet. The problem, she said, is that there’s so much “noise” in your head that distracts you from reaching your goals. “Get rid of the noises in your head,” said Chan. “Get rid of the bad energies and the things that are not meant for you. Listen to the inner voice and just let your heart guide you to where you need to be. If you truly nurture the things that are meant for you, you start to fly, and you will arrive at a great place much sooner than you think.” When it comes to reaching your goals, eliminate the distractions in your head. Send away those unnecessary and unwanted noises that fill up your mind, distracting you from your goal. This will allow you to get there as quickly as possible.

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