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The 5 Best Personal Development Books of 2018

You can get tremendous value from a book that has great ideas, offers a new perspective, or allows you to gain new knowledge. In that way, all books provide personal development opportunities. This list is from my reading of new books released in 2018 where I found particularly valuable insights for personal and professional development. Here we go. In no particular order (and with affiliate links). 1) Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear. I’m finishing this one up right now and maybe because it’s so fresh in my mind … Read more

How Curiosity Can Be the Secret Weapon of Your Success

One of the most powerful ways to increase your value is to get better at your job. As you become a super star, you become more valuable to the company you work for now. You also become more valuable to the marketplace in the future. Because you will have a better story to tell. You will have a narrative that is deeper, more complete, and more compelling than everyone else in your position. What’s more, you will be much happier living this narrative than coasting as a mediocre employee. The problem, of course, is that much of your success in … Read more

How to Gain the Confidence to Speak Up More – 5 simple steps

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I used to get very frustrated in meetings because I had lots of ideas–good ideas–but nobody was interested to hear them. Maybe it was because I didn’t have enough authority. Or expertise. Perhaps it was because of my limited experience. Or worse. Maybe they knew I was really a fraud. That I didn’t know what I was doing and that it was just dumb luck that got me here in the first place. They are all experienced professionals and I am just barely scraping by. Of course, that’s not really true. But that is how it feels. Because it can … Read more

How to Handle Too Many Projects and Priorities When You’re a Perfectionist

Everybody has too much to do and not enough time to do it. But your situation is different. Because you feel a certain kind of stress when you are overwhelmed like this. And all the productivity wizards in the world won’t be able to help you if you don’t face the underlying issue. You’ve taken on too many projects. You have too many priorities. You don’t have enough time. You don’t have enough energy. And you don’t know what to do besides work more. Work longer. Drive yourself insane chasing all the loose ends. It’s hard to delegate because you … Read more

This Simple Truth Will Change The Way You Write

Simple writing is effective. That’s the truth. Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Old Man And The Sea” at a 4th grade level. Then he won a Nobel prize with it the next year. Simple writing makes it easy for readers to follow along. Which helps them to easily take in your message. And that’s what you want. Your goal is not to impress them with your writing. You goal is for them to hear your ideas. Once they take in your ideas, you can earn their confidence. Maybe even their trust. And then you can win their support. That support will … Read more

The Biggest Problem With Poor Communications, And How You Can Fix It

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I went from being stressed out by poor communicators to someone who is adept at getting the information needed to get my work done. You can too. I’ll tell you how it works so that you don’t have to learn it the hard way like I did. You might have some stress at work caused by poor communicators right now. Time pressure Unclear responsibilities A lack of strong leadership Negativity Low morale Uncertainty Issues like these can pile up and feed on one another. They make your work more difficult and less fun. But there is hope. While you might … Read more

Want to Have a Great Meeting? Prepare Like This

What if you could wave a magic wand and make all your meetings wonderfully effective? Well, there’s more under your influence than you might think. With a little strategic thinking and some thoughtful maneuvering, you can make a big difference. Even if you are not the team or meeting leader. And better meetings can make your day more productive, more enjoyable, and more satisfying. It will help everyone else too. Let me explain. The problem with meetings There can be many problems in any single meeting, and they can feed off of each other. The purpose of the meeting may … Read more