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5 Gems of Networking Wisdom–Guest Blog by Dave Atkinson

Networking is always mentioned as a necessary activity in developing a successful professional career. Many view networking as a commodity: that contacts and relationships are something to be exploited and collected like assets. They feel that having a full rolodex of...

6 Essentials of Onboarding

When bringing on a new team member for your company or non-profit, the orientation process is crucial for starting them out as an "aligned contributor" in that very first month. And if YOU are the one new to a team, and there is no formal onboarding process, you can...

4 Areas to Master Your Focus

Your focus is your key to success. That's because what you focus upon increases.  When I think about that word FOCUS (which is also one of my 5 strengths on the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment), I think about a laser-lock on one thing. Not getting distracted...

What to Do with Your Anger

Anger is simply one of our emotions, given to us as an indicator of an injustice and a motivator to take constructive action to right a wrong. Unfortunately, anger also shows up whenever our goal is blocked (e.g. when our time schedule gets suddenly altered) or...

Takeaways from Outgoing MSA President Bill Johnson

I enjoyed another connection with a top-shelf leader here in Tri-Cities: Bill Johnson, the outgoing president of Mission Support Alliance. I didn't know he was leaving when we had the interview, but glad that I had the opportunity to glean some nuggets of wisdom from...

My Takeaways from a University President Interview

I had the privilege this year to interview Beck Taylor, the president of Whitworth University in Spokane, where my son attends.  It is my habit for professional development to take a leader that I respect to lunch or coffee about once a month, to continue growing in...

Relationships I Intentionally Pursue–and Why

Relationships are the spice of life! The best moments in life are those shared with other people. Here are the relationships that I intentionally "feed" with my time and energy--because it helps me pursue emotional health, and hopefully, I'm adding value to the...

When to Cut Your Losses

How do you know when to abandon a current path and move on? When positive results have ceased on a regular basis. To continually invest in a losing course of action is futile, yet it's difficult to admit that it's simply not working. It's often helpful to get an...

LEAD Conflict Toward Resolution

When someone is confronting you about something (in work or your personal life), it is very difficult to not get defensive, which simply escalates the conflict instead of heading it toward peaceful resolution. Try the LEAD formula for cooling down your confronter,...

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