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7 Steps to Build Confidence and Self-Worth as a Professional

By Natalie Lemons
March 18, 2018 Category: Leadership

Each and every one of us is unique in our way. We were each raised a different way, and each have our own hopes and dreams. Yet most of us spend a great deal of our time questioning ourselves as individuals in general, and as professionals. Women, in particular, are guilty of downplaying our own talents and unique features. We give to others, but are reluctant to give the same credit to ourselves. Society makes us question whether we are smart enough, educated enough, pretty enough, or thin enough. We are concerned about how we are perceived more so than if we are happy with ourselves. This is not healthy or productive for anyone. What is the secret that highly confident professionals have discovered, and what steps do they take? We will explore some of the most tried-and-true steps to attaining the confidence and self-worth you have always desired. How Professionals Build Self-Worth and Confidence Youve seen this person before: she truly believes in herself and emits an aura of success

Confidence - Was She Born With It?

By Susan Baracco
March 18, 2018 Category: Leadership, Spotlight

An extraordinary, almost unimaginable belief that you can succeed, even when the odds are stacked against you. The sense that you can achieve what you set out to do; that you have what it takes. You just know it. Thats confidence. Why is it that women seem to struggle with confidence? It turns out that question comes with a rather complex set of answers. Many factors like life events and societal norms contribute to and detract from our level of confidence. For both men and women. And for the record, Im not talking about ego or arrogance. Confidence is much quieter than those obnoxious twins and runs far deeper. I believe in part that its a matter of absolutes; we are seeking a definitive black or white answer. Either we are confident, or we are not. But remember, confidence is quieter than ego, so it may be harder to recognize in ourselves. I took this question about confidence to thirty successful women leaders over the past several months. Their answers might surprise you. Perhaps

5 Secrets of Super Confidence

By Carrie Sechel
March 18, 2018 Category: Leadership

What is the biggest challenge preventing you from starting that business youve been thinking about for so long, living your vision, making the impact you deeply yearn for, treating your body well, nurturing your spiritual self, or having loving relationships? I ask this question all the time and get one answer 75% of the time: Lack of confidence Through my experience, years of mentoring and coaching others, and a long career interacting with tons of successful people, I can tell you one thing: everyone has times of self-doubt and feels their confidence challenged. The people who are ultimately very successful in all areas of their lives just handle self-doubt and confidence challenges differently. They know and follow 5 secrets of Super Confidence! Challenge leads to success People who are operating on all cylinders know that to get to where they want to be, they need to keep challenging themselves. They know that if they arent a little scared theyre getting complacent. Feeling challenged

5 Things You Say That Rob You Of Influence And Respect AND What To Say Instead

By Carrie Sechel
January 30, 2018 Category: Leadership

Imagine the scene: you have a coffee meeting on your calendar with a few people you havent seen in a while. Your morning got off to a crazy start. You rush to the meeting with your mind reeling about your huge to-do list and packed day ahead. You get to the coffee shop almost on time, feeling both relieved and panicked. As you sit down, you hear some ask how are you?, and the first thing that comes out of your mouth is busy. Every day you have countless conversations. These conversations are HUGE opportunities to move forward, to share the best of yourself with the world, and to open yourself to new and unexpected opportunities. Make sure you wow others with your contributions, points of view, solutions, or well worded challenges that the other person may be able to help you with! Watch the video:https://youtu.be/DxLaQKDax8c Im busy Theres a lot going on. I get it! But do you want to be just another person saying Im busy? When someone says Im busy to you, whats your reaction? Neutral

The Three Keys to Happiness and Success, And What's Leadership Got To Do With It?

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
September 07, 2017 Category: Leadership

Long ago in an ancient time, humankind was so abusive of the keys to happiness and success that the great elders and wise women of the time decided to take the keys away and hide them where no one could ever find them again. But, where? The Leader of the Wise Women decided to call a meeting of the Council of Elders to discuss the hiding place. When they were all together she put the question to the group and asked for ideas and suggestions. One of the more senior elders raised her hand and said, Oh, Wise Leader, we should take the keys of happiness and success and bury them in the deepest, darkest depths of the Earth. No one would think to look there and if they did, it would be much too difficult to dig down and find them. The Wise Leader thought about this for a moment and then said, Thank you, but no, I dont think they would remain hidden there. Humankind is very resourceful and will find a way to uncover them. Another of the council members raised her hand and said, I know! Lets

Are sales organizations more susceptible to the Peter Principle?

By Carol Roby
May 24, 2017 Category: Leadership

The Peter Principle dates to 1969 and describes the folly of promoting someone based on past performance instead of the abilities needed for the new position. Its usually a shorthand for promoting people to the point of their incompetency. As an experienced sales person, Ive seen that what often makes a great sales person is not what makes a great sales manager. High performers focus on themselves, constantly adapting their strategies to reach their goals. The ability to self motivate helps sales people navigate the volatility in wins and losses yet remain focused and energized. High performing sales people often have characteristics such as confidence, resilience, independence, focus and optimism. Sales people who succeed have honed their specific skill set. A manager, on the other hand, is responsible for their team. They need to motivate and develop their team. Unless properly trained to manage diverse personalities, many sales managers coach and motivate their sales people in the

When You've Done All You Can... Stand

By Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm
May 24, 2017 Category: Leadership

I have heard the statement over the years, If you dont stand for something, youll fall for anything. This is usually meant to suggest that, at different points in life, you will be required to take a stand or declare your position on something even when it is difficult and may cost you something like family, friends, popularity, status, credibility, etc. I can recall several times in my life when I was required to make a decision as to whether I should or could stand, and if I was willing to pay the price either way. (This is a good place to remind you that every stand taken or not has a price associated with it.) As a teenager, my first major stand was to confront my boyfriend, who I had allowed to physically abuse me for several years. Ive often recounted that the choice was to continue to be abused or to stand up to him with the possibility that he could kill me. I chose to stand because to remain battered was no longer an option -- my future was worth the risk of death. My second

Six Takeaways from Woman of Power Conference 2017

By Jen Beroff and Bethany Cook
May 11, 2017 Category: Leadership

Twenty years ago, AKHIA was founded by our fearless and dedicated leader, Jan Guisich, during a time when the business world was really dominated by men. Jan defied the gender bias every step of her journey, ultimately growing her two-person firm into an agency of more than 60 employees (talk about girl power!). Driven by her own experiences, some of which consisted of her being the only female in a room, she is passionate about sharing her story to empower other women. Jan was recently invited to be a panelist in Rising Medias Woman of Power Conference held in Cleveland, and we couldnt be more proud. We were lucky enough to represent the AKHIA team and attend to conference, soaking in the powerful stories from Jan and a number of other strong and successful community leaders. Here are the top 6 things we learned at the Woman of Power Conference: Realize that theres always a plan. MaryAnn Correnti, CFO for Heinens, kicked off the conference with a bold, engaging and unforgettable speech.

Now Fear This

By Meghan McCarthy
May 04, 2017 Category: Leadership

I once worked for a boss who operated from a place of fear. At times, he could be a really good guy. He was a father and a husband, a family man so to speak. He also had a rough upbringing, plagued with health issues and as a result, took pessimism to an extreme. The glass wasnt half empty; it was shattered and broken beyond repair. He was a man waiting for the other shoe to drop, mainly because at one point or another, it had. When things were going smoothly at the office, work was great. The environment was pleasant, open, and even jovial. We collaborated, we came together, and we challenged each other in a respectful fashion. We brought out the best in one another and our team. When something scared him though (an employee made a mistake or someone above him asked a question he couldnt answer), his knee jerk reaction wasnt pleasant. Suddenly this amiable person put up a wall. He refused to listen at all, much less to logic or reason and instead spewed out demands, which ultimately

Take a Risk on The Real You

By Bob Klonk
February 09, 2017 Category: Leadership

One my favorite quotes is by Jim Tressel (the former OSU football coach turned college president): On your best days, be great. On your worst days, be good. Every other day get better! This is the same approach that I recommend for all those seeking leadership positions within our organization and for any community which they serve: be the best you can possibly be, day-in and day-out, and strive to get better tomorrow. Though I havent walked a mile in your shoes, as someone who has built a career on advising clients on their risks, I know a bit about the barriers that can come between people and their goals. My challenge for you is to stop and think about the real, authentic you- not your job title or job description; but, rather, the passion in you that brought you to the job and what drives you to continue advancing in your career. At Oswald Companies, we are not just in the business of risk and insurance consulting, we are in the business of guiding leaders to make the best decisions

5 Quick Tips about Content Marketing

By Irene Dickey
February 09, 2017 Category: Leadership, Spotlight

There are a lot of definitions of content marketing and how it works, but I think my favorite is from Hubspot (a great digital marketing resource!): Content marketing is a marketing program that centers on creating, publishing, and distributing content for your target audience usually online the goal of which is to attract new customers. The most common components of a content marketing program are social media networks, blogs, visual content, and premium content assets like tools, eBooks, or webinars. Accounting and financial firms use content marketing to increase brand visibility and include social media posts, blogs, white papers, byline articles, webinars, and more. Many consumer brands, such as Expedia, rely heavily on content marketing. Currently, their strategy involves a variety of different content channels, but they also strive to earn a presence in high-authority publications whenever possible and place well-designed infographics on such sites. They also publish guest

Network With Ease

By Maria Johnson
February 09, 2017 Category: Leadership

Have you had the good fortune to have someone invest in your professional growth- someone whom, looking back, you realize helped bring you to where you are today? Or, maybe youve never had a mentor and have had to figure it out all on your own? What about today? Do you want to make a difference in someone elses career? Are you wondering how to connect with others? Ive been there and heres my personal story of how I connected for support and to share through the creation of a Womens Employee Resource Group. Heres what I learned are the three keys you can take to connect with other professionals to enhance your career or to support others: dream big and share your dream with others, take that first step towards your goal, and do this with genuine desire to add value to others. #1 Dream Big! Share Plans! Dreams can develop into visions. And, visions are achieved by planning and taking steps towards the goal. I had attended a womens leadership seminar and wanted to continue the stimulating

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