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Pontiff and Pastor

Condoms okay?  What was the Pope thinking?...

By Patricia McGuire | December 16, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Figuring it out

"Smart people can figure it out."...

By Patricia McGuire | December 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

Are leaders found or grown?

  A client of mine recently was lamenting the performance of a manager on her staff. "He's just not a  leader -- he doesn't have it in him."   This is a common thought that I run across -- that...

By Hile Rutledge | November 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

'Unpaid' doesn't mean 'no reward'

She leaned forward, eager in her business suit, pen agitating above her notebook, salad untouched as she launched right into the "informational interview" about my career path....

By Patricia McGuire | November 11, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Work Less and Focus More on What Matters to You

  "Still going.  Still going."  You know that pink bunny in the commercials with the cool shades banging the drum?  To me the "Energizer bunny" is a symbol for boundless energy and the "just keep going" attitude.  At times, I...

By Jeanine Cogan | November 4, 2010; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (19)

Entrepreneurship in Tough Times

This is the best time to strike out with a new business vision if you've got the fortitude and resources to forge ahead. There is no better time.First of all, when times are tough everyone else pulls back. You will...

By Seth Kahan | October 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Does social networking create antisocial behavior?

Remember when social networking meant you went to local networking meetings to connect with supposed rainmakers who could refer business to you? You would eat some rather tough chicken and be exposed to a den of losers whose homemade business...

By Garrison Wynn | October 14, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Always more to learn

Success comes in many different packages, as does the power that success often brings -- it has different connotations to different people. For me, success is the result of my ability to use my own insight and talent to forge...

By Kristina Bouweiri | October 7, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Even

"Sue those boys!"...

By Patricia McGuire | September 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The power of positive talking

Unfortunately, in the business world, there is no "Communication 101." We are taught how to make deals, read the financial pages, pinpoint an economic trend, balance a budget, and develop a strategic vision. The Center for Creative Leadership tracked high-potential...

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | September 23, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Four Secrets

People constantly ask me how I maintain such a positive attitude, day in and day out ... how I have the endurance to keep going. I have four secrets. They are faith, gratitude, future-focused patience, and my web of influence. Embrace...

By Marissa Levin | September 16, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Digging myself out

In 2004, I went through a very difficult time in my business. It forever changed my view of what it takes to succeed. I learned how to pull myself out of a steep dive down, up and out of a...

By Seth Kahan | September 8, 2010; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (15)

Success through conflict

"Fire McGuire!" From the windows of Trinity's president's office I could see the placards and hear the protesters chanting.  But these were no wild-eyed students. No, these were nice ladies in sensible pumps and pearls vociferously greeting Trinity's trustees as they...

By Patricia McGuire | September 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Saying no can save your career

My friend Mavis and I were sitting in a local cafe and I was talking about a new job my boss had offered me. The project I had been working on was complete and I planned on starting my...

By Jeanine Cogan | August 26, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

To excel, be fearless and flexible

During this past commencement season, anxious graduates received lots of advice urging them to hang tough or "buck up" until things recover and they can begin climbing the career ladder of their choice. ...

By Michael J. Berland | August 18, 2010; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

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