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Clarity Conversations: Presentation Expert Joann Baney on the Importance of Listening

Be a good listener. It doesn’t sound sexy.  But most CEO’s, board members and C-Suite leaders will tell you it’s the single most important skill in leadership. We spend time talking to sound knowledgable. Yet people are much more likely to say we are smart when we listen to them. Today I speak with Joann …

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Clarity Conversations with Julie Baldwin, author of “The Creative Heroine’s Path”

  We are in the middle of a cold snap in the northern US, and I can’t help daydreaming about my friend Julie’s creative retreat in Tuscany this June.  In my corporate life I loved working alongside perfumers and visual creatives, yet I never really understood my own creativity until I started coaching.  When I …

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What Sunday Night Dinner Has to Do with Today’s Workplace

Thursday evening we had a multi-family picnic in an NYC playground under beautiful skies. One friend shared that when she was a girl, her extended family had Sunday dinner at her grandparents’ every week. I asked her if her family still does this today. The expected, and given, answer was “No.”   My friend’s story …

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Is Mentorship Dead?

Last week I led a workshop for 35 middle managers at a Fortune 100 multi-national. It was a high-achieving, hard-working group. As I shared my belief that today’s leaner companies make it difficult for senior managers to have the time to mentor their direct reports, and that job fluidity means we don’t spend more than …

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What Would be Possible if Your Middle Managers Were Working to Their Potential?

I recently asked VP/C-suite level managers about their challenges, hopes and ambitions regarding their teams. What impressed me more than specific answers was the passion, and frustration, they felt around what is possible, and the gap between that and where they are.   They want team members who are: Motivated Trust one another and collaborate …

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Are You Ready For A Bigger Game?

More than once in my professional life, I’ve made a big change. Those were usually scary “moments” that were months, even years, in the making. Going for something big takes courage, and it takes support. This Wednesday I will be joining my friend and colleague, Rick Tamlyn, for his Jump Start Your Bigger Game event in New York and would …

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