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So I started sending my team a weekly motivational email ...

A few years ago I began the habit of getting up earlier and writing in my journal, taking the time to be reflective, appreciative, and grateful. I gradually felt compelled to share these positive and uplifting stories that I had discovered with others. I decided to start by sending a weekly email to the thirty people on my team at Acceleration Partners. The email was originally called “Friday Inspiration,” and I sent it out each Friday morning to the whole company.

Use empathy to negotiate well

“I told them, ‘You’ve created a successful business after breaking away from another firm. I find that inspirational. I want that same story. And I can’t do this without your support.’”

Waterworld: Maggie Steffens conquers a grueling sport

When’s the last time you practiced treading water while a jug of water was poured onto your head?

Make the most of your to-do list

To tackle your ever-expanding responsibilities, you create a to-do list. That’s a good start. The real test of your productivity, however, involves how you use your list.


The future is now

Remember the face time

Today's Leadership Tip

If you're experiencing doubts about your ability to become or remain a leader, it might be time to take the mirror test. It's brutally simple, and for some, enlightening and liberating. In a quiet room, stand in front of one for a full 60 seconds—but not in a business suit, or anything that presents yourself as a professional. Instead, just be completely yourself. Empty your mind. Look yourself in the eyes and think of just one question: Do I see a leader? Hold your gaze and block out conscious thought. As time stretches out, a gut feeling may well come on strong one way or the other.


Q. I volunteered to serve on a committee to boost my visibility here. But I keep getting assigned time-consuming projects on top of my normal job. The projects aren’t very interesting, and it feels like the committee chair is just dumping chores on my lap. Should I quit this stupid committee?

Chronic negativity frequently starts with only one or two employees, but it can quickly infect an entire department. Don't let things go too far—learn how to put a strategy in place to combat negativity. Watch this webinar to learn specific strategies for combating negativity in your group and promoting more positive attitudes. Watch the video now.

Project management training, advice and wise counsel can be found anywhere. Fair less is written about leading projects. This short article won’t put much of a dent in the balance of that writing — project management vs. project leadership, but it will illuminate five key lessons that I have learned from personal experience, as well as coaching and observing others.

Take a lesson from Pat Summitt.

Q: “Are applicants required to tell a potential future employer that they were terminated from their previous job? If so, how should this be done?”