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Most people spend more of their time at work and with their colleagues than they do with their actual family and friends outside of the business. It’s no wonder that we develop good relationships and friendships (sometimes even romantic in nature) at our workplace. But sometimes those work relationships become such a burden that they weigh us down and prevent us from being able to focus on our career or family. How can you tell when a business relationship has become toxic for your life?

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Building your Persuasion Strategy

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered how that one guy or gal in your office always seems to get what they want or need, simply by having a conversation with someone? Does it make you think about what they may be doing right and what you may be missing when it comes to persuading your superiors? It may be as simple as them using strategic persuasion when they make their pitch.

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When it comes to influence, women have it made – ONLY when we focus on what’s going on inside ourselves. For so long men have taught us that influence is something external from us. Something that we do to another person to get an automatic response – not always one you wanted.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth … especially for women. When it comes to influence, women understand it differently. We prefer being influential to influencing. Yes, there is a difference … an important difference.

Being influential is a higher order of influence.

But the problem women run into is they have not discovered or claimed their real capacity to be influential. We’re so busy. But we need to

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Standing Up to a Bullying Boss

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

Did you have a bully when you were growing up? Maybe you got teased a lot in elementary school or we got beat up by someone bigger and stronger than you. It’s OK to admit. At some point or another, most of us have been bullied. But, we took in stride, overcame it and came out on top as a successful career woman. So what do we do when we encounter a bully in the workplace?

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Being an Influencer takes Courage

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

We all have a fear we would like to conquer, don’t we? It might be something like a fear of spiders or maybe it’s a fear of tight spaces. Whatever it may be, many of us take the time to work on these fears so that we can overcome it and feel more powerful and in control than we did before. It’s that kind of bravery and courage and willingness to look our fear right in the eyes and overcome it that we need to have in order to become an influencer in our company and career.

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Is it Confidence or Pride?

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

Pride. There’s a good reason why it’s one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride can get you in a lot of trouble when it comes to virtually every aspect of your life, your career included. Pride gives you blinders and prevents you from seeing problems with your career or company. Confidence on the other hand, is what you need to succeed in business.

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Using Adversity to Your Advantage

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

We’ve all experienced it from time to time. There we are, chugging along full steam ahead in our most recent business endeavor and then, out of the blue, adversity strikes. We put on the emergency brake and come grinding to a sudden halt to overcome the adversity that we’re now faced with. But you don’t have to let adversity get you down.

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