Strategy

Successful companies have two inextricably linked characteristics in common.  First, they have good people. Second, strategy is not given lip service. These companies place a high priority on developing a strategic plan.  The benefits of having a well-conceived...

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Personal Strategy

“Strategy” a word of Greek origin, was initially used in the context of warfare.  The term, however, is also applicable to other areas such as business, sports, and your personal life.  While you may never have thought about putting together a personal strategy, it is...

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The Importance of Weight Training

One area which is often overlooked as part of an exercise regimen is weight training.  Some of this is due to misconceptions about weight training such as it is only for athletes or that it will add bulk.  Part of this is also due to an unfamiliarity with weight...

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Which Exercise is Right for You?

Regular exercise is key to maintaining good health as there are myriad benefits to a fitness regimen There are different types of exercise which can essentially be broken down into three categories – aerobic, strengthening, and stretching. Aerobic exercise includes a...

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The Importance of Physical Fitness

Having a fitness plan is not optional, it is mandatory, and in today’s environment, more important than ever.  Our lifestyle has become sedentary as we spend more time sitting, either behind a desk, in a meeting, in a car, or for extended periods while traveling,...

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Improving Your Communication

Communication is a skill that can be learned and developed.  It is one of the top traits companies look at when hiring and promoting.  Being an effective communicator is a prerequisite for success in all aspects of your life.  To improve your communication skills do...

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Communicating More Effectively via E-mail

Over 90 per cent of all mail being sent or received is done so through electronic means.  While e-mail is convenient and fast it also has its drawbacks as you have a constant flow, almost bombardment, of information, with speed trumping style, often resulting in a...

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Barriers to Communication

When communicating, there are impediments to successful transmission and receipt of the message.  These barriers can be due to any number of factors. To ensure effective communication, you need to be cognizant of these barriers. 1.  Language – Use of overly technical...

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Types of Communication

There are three types of communication – oral, written, and nonverbal.  Oral conversation includes direct conversation between two individuals or among several people, such as face-to-face discussion, meetings, telephone conversations, presentations, lectures, and...

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Communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Shaw The ability to communicate is one of the most critical skills for someone to be successful in the business world, or anything else for that matter, including a...

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Five Characteristics of Effective Leadership

1.  Communication – A leader must be proficient in all facets of communication. An effective leader must be able to articulate their vision in a clear manner so that everyone understands the strategy and their role. A leader should be approachable and able to directly...

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Ten Leadership Mistakes

1.  Mismatch – Prior to stepping into a leadership role, both the organization and the individual should conduct a candid assessment as to the individual’s capacity for leadership. 2.  Confusing Positional Authority with Personal Authority – Someone who relies on...

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