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Giving Yourself a Year-End Review
Posted By Duncan Fish on December 5, 2017
Giving Yourself a Year-End Review

Do you know someone who sets the same New Year’s resolution every single year….and every single year, they fail? Could it be that they never really stop to examine how they’re going after their goals, and why they’re failing in the first place (beyond just giving up)? These are the people who need a personal year-end review. Are you one of them? As an aspiring Engaging Executive and businessperson, it’s important to reflect on your successes, failures and progress. After all, that’s the only way to move forward rather than backward.

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The Road Blocks Keeping You From Success
Posted By Duncan Fish on November 14, 2017
The Road Blocks Keeping You From Success

Everyone goes through tough times at work and everyone faces road blocks in their career, and this is especially true for those who have high aspirations and high expectations for themselves. However, how do you distinguish between a mere inconvenience or pet peeve at work, and a real road block? And then, how do you actually overcome that road block?

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Do You Know Where You Want to Be in 2018?
Posted By Duncan Fish on November 6, 2017
Do You Know Where You Want to Be in 2018?

An article about how to make sure 2018 is your best year yet. Are you questioning your career? Are you happy with your lot in life? Could things be better? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this article may offer you something.

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Inspiring a New Tomorrow: How the Pull Method Changed This Team for the Better
Posted By Duncan Fish on October 18, 2017
Inspiring a New Tomorrow: How the Pull Method Changed This Team for the Better

This article is about how to use an inspirational style of influence to bring people along on a journey and get buy in.

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The Two Ways You Can Learn to Influence Others
Posted By Duncan Fish on October 9, 2017
The Two Ways You Can Learn to Influence Others

If you want to become a good leader in your workplace, you’ll need the skill of influence on your side. After all, a good leader is never a dictator; instead, good leaders inspire those under their leadership to follow them to the ends of the earth, all of their own free will

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Is Your Task Focus Ruining Your Career?
Posted By Duncan Fish on September 18, 2017
Is Your Task Focus Ruining Your Career?

Let’s talk about Bill, one of my clients who came to me extremely frustrated. Even though Bill is a top thinker in his field, with years of technical experience and the unwavering trust of his superiors to get the job done, he’s been passed up for a promotion for several years now. He came to me with one big question — why? He does excellent work. He’s an extremely bright guy. He’s been loyal to his company and rarely takes a day off. He volunteers for overtime when it’s needed and he does whatever he’s told without question. To Bill, he’s been the perfect employee. So what’s happened? Why does he keep missing out, while his colleagues who really aren’t as technically brilliant as him, or even as loyal, keep moving up the ladder?

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Is the Way You Act at the Office Ruining Your Career?
Posted By Duncan Fish on September 17, 2017
Is the Way You Act at the Office Ruining Your Career?

Let’s talk about Bill, one of my clients who came to me extremely frustrated. Even though Bill is a top thinker in his field, with years of technical experience and the unwavering trust of his superiors to get the job done, he’s been passed up for a promotion for several years now. He came to me with one big question — why? He does excellent work. He’s an extremely bright guy. He’s been loyal to his company and rarely takes a day off. He volunteers for overtime when it’s needed and he does whatever he’s told without question. To Bill, he’s been the perfect employee. So what’s happened? Why does he keep missing out, while his colleagues who really aren’t as technically brilliant as him, or even as loyal, keep moving up the ladder?

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The Importance of the First 5 Minutes
Posted By Duncan Fish on September 3, 2017
The Importance of the First 5 Minutes

What you do when first meeting someone in the first five minutes matters — big time. For better or worse, humans are hardwired to automatically make assumptions about the people we meet. Maybe it’s a primal habit that makes us feel somewhat safer. After all, if we can fit someone into a box and categorise them nicely, then they’re no threat to us. We know what to expect of them. While first impressions can often be wrong, and we may end up being surprised by many, many people throughout our lives, one thing about first impressions is hardly surprising at all — how we create them. In most cases, the way you, your coworkers, celebrities, millionaires, executives and everyone in-between introduces themselves, is much the same. How so? Let’s take a look at the first five minutes of most conversations, between two people that have never met. What are the questions that are going to be asked?

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The GROW Model: A Formula for Aspiring Coaches
Posted By Duncan Fish on August 20, 2017
The GROW Model: A Formula for Aspiring Coaches

The coaching method can be very difficult for some individuals in leadership positions, because it’s so far away from their typical methods of communicating with those on their team. Let’s look at the example of one of my clients, who we’ll call Adam. Adam had risen to the top of his team because of his great technical skills. He was more knowledgeable than anyone in his department, and it could truly be said that
he knew what he was doing, and could be trusted with nearly any challenge. However, when put into a leadership position, he found himself unable to relinquish tasks to his lesser skilled (but still extremely talented) colleagues.

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Coaching Your Team for the Long Haul
Posted By Duncan Fish on August 9, 2017
Coaching Your Team for the Long Haul

Coaching is not just for sports teams. From teachers in the high school classroom, to group leaders in the office, coaching is an alternative to delegating or merely instructing — and the results are noteworthy. The primary reason? Coaching allows your team to learn something for themselves, rather than you just handing them the answers and telling them to now “just do it.”

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