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When a Risk-Averse Agency Leader Takes A Leap of Faith

February 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Tweet   By Catherine Merritt As someone who has worked since she was in eighth grade (yes, I was the shampoo girl at Mary Sue’s Hair Design), going out on my own never felt possible, not even an option. I always gravitated towards stability, safe-roles and opportunities that would be around for years to come. […]

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How to Control Your Voice Like Morgan Freeman

January 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Tweet By John Millen Our human voice is a truly amazing instrument. We produce a range of incredibly nuanced sounds that are capable of conveying meaning, emotion, and subtle cues to others. Here’s a passage of dialogue from Morgan Freeman, as “Red” in The Shawshank Redemption. Try reading this without hearing his comforting, mellow-toned voice: […]

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Dress for Success: Cracking Office Dress Codes

January 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Tweet I’ll never forget the summer afternoon when Sears CEO Arthur Martinez agreed to a “trial” casual days program for corporate headquarters. The always impeccably attired CEO’s two requests: trial period would run until Labor Day and we would make sure employees understood the difference between business casual and beach casual. Our ensuing Do’s and Don’ts Fashion […]

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10 Mistakes New Pros Make and How to Avoid Them

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Tweet Mistakes are inevitable as you begin your career. Simply being aware of the most common mistakes can keep career damage to a minimum. Avoiding them entirely will propel your career. Based on my personal experience and observation, here are the 10 most common early-stage career mistakes: Over confidence. Sometimes there is a fine line […]

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Words Matter: How To Speak With Authority

January 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Tweet By Tim Conway As Adjunct Faculty at Chicago universities for the past decade, I have witnessed endless presentations.  Being a generous grader who rounds-up, most productions barely earn a “C.” Reason for poor performance:  Undergraduates/MBAs bore audience through over-use of “fillers.”  Unfortunately, these bad habits carry forward to the workplace. A filler word or […]

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