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3 things great leaders do before tough conversations
3 things great leaders do before tough conversations

All great leaders who thrive in having these conversations embrace the use of a three-part formula: Standards + evidence + courage = direct dialogue.

5 stages of relationship conflict
5 stages of relationship conflict

Learn to recognize when you're causing your own relationship drama in the workplace.

Are your expectations getting the best of you?
Are your expectations getting the best of you?

Expectations are often not met because we make assumptions instead of paying attention.

What expert authors can tell you about storytelling and business
What expert authors can tell you about storytelling and business

Storytelling helps people understand where facts and data alone won't suffice.

How to keep teams informed and engaged after M&A
How to keep teams informed and engaged after M&A

The C-suite's idea of effective M&A communication doesn't always match that of employees. Here's how managers can bridge the gap.

Practicing the no-surprises rule
Practicing the no-surprises rule

Surprises aren't fun at work. Here are some lessons learned.

Warning: Do not try this at home
Warning: Do not try this at home

Even for a practiced motivation leader or coach, talking to family isn't easy.

If you can make an earnings analyst laugh, you've got it made!
If you can make an earnings analyst laugh, you've got it made!

A study of earnings calls highlights the power of humor in business situations.

5 ways to speak up and get your voice heard in meetings
5 ways to speak up and get your voice heard in meetings

Doing good work matters. But so does showing up and owning your space in the meeting and in the organization.

These gestures will improve your next presentation
These gestures will improve your next presentation

Not enough instruction is given on how to gesture effectively during a presentation.This article aims to bridge this gap.