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19 Effective Strategies for De-Escalation

Escalation is a rapid increase or severity of growth in conflict. Effective conflict resolution involves de-escalation in areas of dissatisfied customers or business colleges, dealing with family issues, traumatic situations, potential violent encounters or countless other stressful interactions. Here is a list of ways to help de-escalate conflict: Remain positive. Negativity is fought with optimism.

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Powerful Maxims to Change Your Life

A sentence or concept has the power to change your life, if you act. Here is a list of maxims to practice. Knowing without doing is futile. All the information in the world in your possession is never going to matter if you don’t act on it. You can know how to eat healthy and

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Characteristics of Contrarian Leadership

What do Henry David Thoreau, Galileo, Henry Ford, Joan of Arc, Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso, Socrates and Rosa Parks have in common? That’s right, they all are classified as contrarians; a person who takes a position that is opposed to that of the majority or goes against a popular belief or ideal. Contrarians see the

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8 Ways to Improve Your Coaching Skills

May I coach you? Chris Carmichael coached Lance Armstrong to the Yellow Jersey. Chuck Silvers coached Steven Spielberg to box office blockbusters. Bob Greene coached Oprah Winphrey to shed pounds of fat. Edward Deming coached Japan to international business stardom. One striking denominator of highly successful people is that they employ the use of a

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What it Takes to Be Your Best

Being the best is not exclusive to famous celebrities. You too can be your best. Doing something well is what we all crave. Each one of us has something we want to do our best at. Over the years, I have noticed certain things that people do to be their best. Anyone can experience their

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Ways to Resolve Conflict in Your Life

Conflict is part of life—almost as unavoidable as the common cold. Even the most intelligent and ethical people will differ. Sibling rivalry, friendship feuds and disgruntled co-workers are part of life. With the right tools conflict can produce great results. It can actually bring people closer together when the conflict is resolved. Here are 3

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How to Live a Life of Integrity

We hear a lot about integrity being tied to our success. At some point in our day we will come face to face with our integrity. How do we live a life of integrity? Integrity is the quality of being whole or undivided. Quality buildings, space rockets, boats and cars are known to have structural

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How to Deal with Change

The only thing that stays the same is change. The key is dealing effectively with it. Change is here to stay. Resisting change does more harm than good. Fighting change is a losing battle. Change is constant in business, in politics, in family and in life. You can’t escape it so you might as well

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How to Create and Foster Respect

We can all agree that respect is one of the building blocks of great relationships. How do we create respect with people with friends, family and business associates? We can improve all of our relationships with one word: respect. Here are 3 tools to use to create respect. 1. Focus on giving respect. The more

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Habits to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

We negotiate every day of our lives. We negotiate the price of an automobile or house. We negotiate a specific salary or pay increase. We negotiate in legal problems. We negotiate in relationships with friends and family. Negotiation involves reaching agreement. Here are some tools, tips and habits to improve your negotiation skill set. 1.

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How to Overcome Burnout

If you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, zapped of energy and pessimistic, you might be experiencing burnout. Burnout is a problem that seems to be getting more prevalent in society. Burnout can cause depression, apathy and a feeling of emptiness. Burnout is the new personal and professional hazard. It affects millions of people around the globe and

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21 Habits to Achieve Your Goals

The ability to achieve is within each of us. It is possible to achieve our goals just like Henry Ford, Leonardo da Vinci, Helen Keller and Amelia Earhart. Maybe you have goals of taking an exotic vacation, buy a new car or house. Saving for retirement, growing a business or starting a new career. You might want

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How to Make Yourself Invaluable

What do the most successful people and companies all have in common? When you look at the most successful people and companies in the world you’ll notice that they are tuned into a state of constant improvement. There is always room for improvement is their motto. Call it making yourself an invaluable resource. We can

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Motivation Techniques to Improve Your Success

Without proper motivation successful business leaders, sports teams, entrepreneurs and sales people would evaporate. Motivation is a driving force, an impetus, causation. It’s a carrot on a stick, an incentive, an attraction, an urge, a triumphant call. Motivation is a siren song, a persuasive spirit, a compulsion, an obsession. Your ability to get things done

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How to Deal with Criticism

We can’t escape criticism. It’s all around us. In fact, we experience it every day of our lives. Criticism has the power to destroy us. It also has the power to make us stronger.  Here are 3 tools for dealing with criticism: 1. Be open to it & learn from it. Be willing to learn

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How to Create Accountability

Accountability is tied to success. When you are accountable, you are incredible. Here are some tools that can help you to be accountable and how you can hold others accountable, too. 1. Get an accountability partner. Exercise is easier to act on when you have a workout partner or hire a personal fitness trainer. Who

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Ways to Increase Self-Discipline

If you are not achieving what you want you might be lacking self-discipline. Self-discipline is something we all want more of.  If you are having difficulty following through at your job or hitting the gym or completing your household chores, you could be suffering from lack of self-discipline. You already know what you need to

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How to Deal with Negative People

Negative people come into our lives almost daily.  How we deal with them will determine if their negativity rubs off on us.  How do we effectively deal with negative people?  Negativity can destroy relationships and can get in the way of our personal success by squashing opportunity. When we encounter a negative person, which is

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How To Overcome Procrastination

Getting yourself to take action when you don’t feel like it is crucial to your success. We all procrastinate on some level and we need tools to overcome it. Here are some tools we can use to overcome procrastination: Procrastination is the putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time. Overcoming procrastination

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How to Make Effective Decisions

We make decisions every day, big and small. And we want to make good decisions. A day never goes by that we don’t have to make decisions. Effective decision making looks easy when some people do it. What is it that they do? How can you make better decisions? Our decisions affect every aspect of

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How to Build an Unstoppable Team

Our entire existence depends on teams. Everything from giant corporations to small businesses to marriages to families to friendship, each demands a high-performing team in order to be successful. If you want to increase your team effectiveness at both work and home then take charge now and practice these powerful habits. Here are 21 habits to

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Ways to Improve Customer Service

The only difference between you and your competitors is the level of customer service satisfaction you offer. The path to excellent customer satisfaction begins with a genuine commitment to create and maintain a service-oriented attitude. The customer service tips and habits I’m going to share are basic, but don’t let that fool you. If they were

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Ways to Conquer Fear and Develop Courage

Fear is the killer. It’s the destroyer of dreams. It can crush your business and bust your sales. It can strangle your talents, skills and ambitions. Our ability to achieve personal and business success is directly related to how well we can break through fear. What fears are holding you back from achieving the things

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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of False Leadership

Many people can claim to be leaders, but they might be false leaders! Erroneous leaders display several characteristics. Sadly, many people are fooled into following these so-called leaders only to eventually be rattled. Here is a handful I’ve noticed over the years. Let these characteristics be signals to recognize false leaders or when you might

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Ways to Fuel and Ignite Your Passion

Passion is the fuel that ignites your soul. Throw a bucket of cold water on passion and it will turn to vapor before reaching its fire. Passion is a commanding emotion. It’s a boundless enthusiasm of devotion to a cause, a tireless diligence, a compulsive interest marked by strong desire. One common denominator of successful

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Diversity Leads to Better Results

Magnificent innovations have been discovered through the differences we share. Destruction has occurred throughout history when attempting to constrict diversity. Diversity is a variety of anything. A diverse population will have different personalities, abilities, cultures, age groups, sexual preferences, religions, races and beliefs of thought, to name a few. Your personal and professional success is

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21 Ways to Show Appreciation

American’s spend 8.7 hours per day working. At least one-third of your life is spent conducing work related activities, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 70 percent of U.S. employees are not engaged at work, reported by Gallup Polls on Employee Engagement. Acknowledging positive behavior is the best way to perpetuate it. One way to create

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