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The Secret to Building High Performing Teams

Posted on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

 

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All That and a Box of Rocks

Posted on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

By Suzanne Bates, CEO

Back in elementary school, my second grade teacher Mrs. Sharp invited our class to bring things important to us for Show and Tell. I knew immediately that my choice would be my prized collection of rocks, unearthed from the backyard digging hole my parents allowed my brothers and I behind a fence next to the patio. (Today, I collect postcards from my travels, which of course would have been a lot more convenient to transport, but back then I hadn't been beyond Central Illinois.) Anyway, in second grade, rocks were pretty cool.

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Five Tips for Looking Polished on Camera

Posted on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

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Do You Have Tongs?

Posted on Mon, Mar 9, 2015

By Suzanne Bates, CEO

My husband and I are getting ready to "downsize" because like many people "our age," the house is getting bigger and we're basically living in four rooms, if you count the master bath. In a time-honored tradition, we thought we'd clear out the basement, cupboards and cabinets, and put together a little Saturday yard sale. We set the date, put an ad on Craigslist and prayed for good weather and lots of bargain hunters. 

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An “Unnecessary” Ski Lesson

Posted on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

Our family of four just got back from a ski vacation in Big Sky, Montana.  Skiing out west has been a family tradition for many years, but this trip felt a little more special than usual: My daughter, Hannah,  is a senior in high school, so when she goes off to college the kids won’t have the same vacation week anymore.  So our thinking is that we just won’t do a ski trip again for at least five years.

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Your Future CEO is Today’s Trivia Crack Champ

Posted on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

By Karen Marinella, Principal

On a recent snowy weekend in the mountains of Vermont, my husband’s extended family had gathered to enjoy a weekend of skiing, snowshoeing, and lots of conversation gathered around a roaring fire. All of the nieces and nephews were racing around the house enjoying a good old-fashioned winter getaway weekend complete with marshmallows, hot chocolate, and board games. 

Well… no board games, actually.  

The “hot” game of this weekend was not Scrabble or Monopoly but Trivia Crack—the most downloaded game app in December 2014, modeled after the old Trivial Pursuit game that many of us were addicted to back in the 1980s.  

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Dealing with the Challenges of Remote Interviews: How to be Authentic When You Aren’t Face-to-Face

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

By Karen Marinella, Principal

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Tags: Media

Executive Presence: Why it's so Tricky to Address

Posted on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

By Bill Macaux, Senior Vice President, Executive Development

Much of what we learn about leadership comes by simply observing others and through informal conversation with those more experienced and pract

iced than we are. But when it comes to something like executive presence - something so all-encompassing, nuanced, and intuitive – it’s difficult for even the most perceptive and fluent leaders to offer as much specific and actionable advice as they or we might like.

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Survey Says: The Perils of One-Way Communication

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

By Scott Weighart, Director of Learning and Development

A few years ago, our family flew from Boston to Iceland for a two-week vacation.  The flight is only 4 ½ hours, so I was happy enough to occupy myself by reading while sampling some chocolate-covered licorice—a popular Icelandic treat.

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Tags: Building Influence, Communication

The Constellation of Presence: Appreciating What Makes Leaders Shine

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

By Meghan McGrath, Marketing and PR Associate

In fourth grade, I met one of the most influential people in my life thus far, a leader who shaped my character and helped me become the adult that I am today. It was my soccer coach – Mr. Maccini.

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Tags: executive presence, Discover Your CEO Brand

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