New Year’s Resolutions or New Year’s Reflections?

img_0286As we prepare for 2017 to roll in, I wanted to take a look at the concept of resolutions. There are folks that make them every year, swearing that “this is the year I’ll do blah blah blah”. Some keep the resolutions, while most fail to do so.

Others don’t waste their time. The thought being that they will break the resolution or that making a promise to do something worthwhile, like eating healthy and exercise, should be lifestyle changes totally detached from a “time of year”. They don’t want to make empty promises to themselves.

So what’s a leader to do?

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How to say “Thank You”.

img_0281As a leader, being grateful should be considered a key component in your leadership skill set. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. When utilized properly, gratitude has many benefits and works to increase your influence. We should use this with co-workers, family, friends and anyone we care about. But it’s not simple. There is a specific way to say “thank you”.

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(Thank you) The best part of blogging is discovering other bloggers.

img_0279I genuinely want to help others and this platform seems like a good choice. As I spend time writing posts and reading your blogs, I realize I am only one of many bloggers. Then I realize that wordpress is only one of many platforms for bloggers. With so many choices, can I ever make a dent in this world?  How can I compete? The answer shocked me.

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Group Projects Suck!

img_0272When I was in college, almost every class had an element of working in groups or figuring out something within a team. I can’t tell you how many times I cringed, when I heard the professor describing the project and giving the criteria for grades. My issue? I was a pretty good student, obsessively driven to get an A in each class. I worked harder than most and didn’t want my grade `to be reflective of folks who weren’t “putting in the work”. Continue reading to see how I survived.

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Obsessed with being perfect.

img_0266It can happen to the best leaders. They want results. They want their team to win. They want perfection. But, is that necessary? Is it even possible? At what cost does a leader pursue perfection? Here’s 5 reasons why being obsessed with perfection is not good leadership. And trust me, I need this list more than anyone, as I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way…

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3 Reasons to Respect Strangers

img_0259You never know who God will place in your path. In our daily lives, we probably interact with strangers more than our loved ones. At work, the bus stop, market, airport, etc., we are connected to people who are moving through this world at a rapid pace. No one knows the mind of a stranger. People have no idea who a person is or where they came from, which is why parents tell children to stay away. But the fact is, they are people with feelings and experiences. God knows this and if you are in tune with Him, he will guide you through these meetings and create some amazing experiences. The key is respecting them at all times. Here’s 3 reasons why.

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How to recover from mistakes.

img_0257You made a mistake. You lost confidence in yourself. Your performance is starting to suffer. People tend to do that from time to time. As a leader I have found that thinking positively, with the right perspective, can help you recover. This is a simple idea, yet hard to do. Here are 5 ways to ensure you think the right thoughts, in the midst of a mistake.

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