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Articles About Integrating the Conscious Professional Tools into Your Daily and Work Life

12 Signs of Ethical Issues In Business Relationships

In my twenties, I once asked an experienced CEO about going into a business partnership and how to set up it for success. He said, “Choose a partner with integrity. If you don’t, nothing else will matter.” At the time, admittedly, I was too young and...

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Intentional or Autopilot?

When I first moved to Boulder, Colorado, I met a rabbi who shared this question that his daughter asked him when she was 8 years old: “Abba, when you are asleep, you can wake up, right? So when you are awake, can you wake up even more?”This idea of “waking...

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3 Simple Ways to Reflect

How often do you take the time to reflect back on your day, on your work, or on a particular experience? Open-minded reflection is a valuable habit. One of Albert Einstein’s gifts was to think so clearly and precisely that it allowed him to make...

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Shape Your Future

When I first began growing a company, it was because I had a vision. It popped into my head while I was driving. I was wondering what would be the ideal working environment for me in the future. I was in the middle of a transition, and trying to figure out...

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8 Morning Routines for Changemakers

Do you like the way your day begins? When you embrace the morning, you’ll be more positive, and able to show up powerfully and proactively for your purpose.. You’ll also find your stress levels decreasing, and that you have more time to dedicate the things...

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The Three Paychecks in Any Job

When I was in high school, I was determined to go on a marching band trip with my friends, but I needed money. So I decided to sell Avon products by going door-to-door and calling on my neighbors. Pretty soon my basement was filled with perfumes, creams,...

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Equal Time for the Bright Side

Getting to the other side of fear feels good. Liberating. Accomplished. Like the warmth of the sun on your face when the clouds finally part after a storm. I don’t want you to try to get rid of your fears, to be ashamed of them, or try to make them stop....

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Wrapping Up a Meaningful Meeting

Congratulations! You’ve finished your meeting. You should be proud of all the hard work you put into planning and facilitating an effective meeting. Most meetings don’t produce the value you have created. But the work isn’t over yet. Just a few more things to do and...

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Leading Meaningful Meetings

“Meetings are the linchpin of everything.” —Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting Leading a meeting is no small task. Once you figure out what conversations really need to happen, plan for them, and set up for...

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Meaningful Meetings: Doing the Prepwork

Meetings… love ’em or hate ’em, they’re not going away any time soon. Most of us long to get meaningful work done during meetings, but the distractions, disruptions, and lack of meeting management derails us. Leverage your frustration with poor meetings as...

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Believing in Yourself is Overrated

Thank goodness you don’t actually have to believe in yourself to do things in the world. Frankly, I’d never get anything done if I had to believe in myself first. I believe in a lot of things. I believe in the power of our intention, and I believe in...

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Conquering Your Fear of Confrontation

How to confront someone at work is one of the biggest challenges I am asked about. But it doesn’t have to be a problem! In fact, the positive results of thoughtful candor can change work lives in wonderful ways. Conflict isn’t good or bad. It just happens...

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Let Your Heart be Your Guide

We make thousands of decisions every day… what to wear… which email to read first… what to say… how many cups of coffee to drink… Usually, those are simple and easy choices that we make without even thinking. But sometimes, we have much bigger decisions to...

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Following His Footsteps

Mentors, lessons, and opportunities are all around us. Not just at the workplace, but also within our families. If you start to shift your perspective about the value of personal growth, you can start to see how family members can help you develop the...

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Are You Stuck?

Do you ever feel like you’re moving throughout your day on autopilot? Doing the same things, dealing with the same situations, without realizing you have a choice to respond in a different way? There’s a problem with the phrase “think outside the box.”...

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A Unique Path of Growth

My career journey was by no means simple and straightforward. I went from training to be a high school teacher to working with computers, to entrepreneurship, to working as a business consultant …and now a leadership coach. Career transition goes...

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5 Tips for Real-Time Development

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge and effectiveness, you may be thinking of traditional methods such as going back to school, taking a course, or pursuing a certification. The problem with those approaches is not many actually do it. So if you do,...

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The Power of Being “Not Ready”

The easiest way to stop being “not ready” is to simply be ready. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret… You’re probably never going to be 100% ready. There will always be a little bit of fear, some feelings of doubt, maybe discomfort… but that...

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What Are You Looking For?

Throughout life, we are changed, molded, and shaped by the things we do, the things that happen to us, the people around us…We are deeply influenced by the different jobs we held, the leaders we encountered, the communities we lived in, journeys we went on, and relationships we formed.

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The Secret Places Your Mentor is Hiding

The best mentors are hiding all around us. Everywhere you look, there’s an adviser… someone you can teach you something, whether it’s how to do your job more effectively, or simply how to treat the people around you.

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How to Make Your Ideas Heard

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re struggling to get improvements made in your workplace? Do you find that senior staff can be dismissive of your new ideas or concerns because they’re too comfortable doing things they way they’ve always been?

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