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15 Nov21:06
15 Nov21:06
Nov 2017
Nov 2017
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Soft Skills or Hard Skills: Which is More Vital in Business?

The answer to this trick question is “neither.” They’re equally important in business. Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills Hard skills are the ones we have mastered, such as math, a foreign language, programming, reading, or expertise with powerpoint. These skills are easy to quantify…

15 Nov20:43
15 Nov20:43
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Be Intentional About Work

The word “intent” refers to my mindset at the time of a specific action, and it’s something many don’t think about in the workplace context. So, what can be said about working intentionally in 2017? Working In Purpose Today, the mindset of many workers…

01 Nov16:34
01 Nov16:34
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3 Things Millennials Can Do To Be Successful In Corporate America

Are Most Millennials Self-Employed? While some research has shown that the majority of millennials want to work for themselves, the reality is that many will have careers in traditional “corporate America.” Having spent 20 years of my life (from 25 to 45) in corporate…

27 Oct21:21
27 Oct21:21
Oct 2017
Oct 2017
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Is an MBA Really Worth It?

I’ve been asked over and over by success-oriented college students whether or not I believe an MBA is worth it. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one answer to that question because everyone’s situation and reasoning is different. First, I usually ask the following questions, which…

16 Oct17:24
16 Oct17:24
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Conversation: A Modern-Day Struggle

A TED Talk on Talking One of my closest friends, Dr. Mark Cohen, is a retired OB/GYN, our current Medical Director, and the best conversationalist I’ve ever known. Always willing to help others grow, he told me about a certain TED Talk on the…

05 Oct16:02
05 Oct16:02
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How to Negotiate a Raise

Money Talk We’ve all been there. Most of us have sat in the chair across from a superior, contemplating a request for a raise. Though a lot of us have indeed contemplated it, many (if not most) have “chickened” out. Why? Because money talk…

27 Sep16:13
27 Sep16:13
Sep 2017
Sep 2017
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3 Big Leaps Toward Better Business Relationships

It’s hard when I hear professionals discussing business without either of them using the phrase, “I have a great relationship with…” For me, the most valuable parts of a business career are the relationships. Bottom line: In business, relationships are crucial. If People Like…

21 Sep19:44
21 Sep19:44
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Strong Ways to Answer the “Weakness” Question

What’s your greatest weakness? I think we’re all familiar with that famous interview question: What’s your greatest weakness? Cue the eyeroll. This question, though considered important to employers, is so common that the answers themselves are all too common. You’ve heard the typical, “Well, my…

20 Sep16:32
20 Sep16:32
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7 Ways to Impress Your Way to Success

Starting a new job is one of the most important times in a person’s professional life. As someone who has hired over 50 people and been responsible for as many as 600 at a time, I have come to identify truly great hires. I…

14 Sep19:44
14 Sep19:44
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Three Essentials to Keep from Boring Your Audience

We’ve all been there. We’ve sat in the two-hour seminar, dozed off during a class lecture, and daydreamed through a sermon or two. In today’s case, I’ve been sitting in a meeting of about 350 people, and it started 90 minutes ago. So far,…