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If you’re a leader, invest in yourself first

My first column for 2016 for ProfitGuide.com came out on Friday, and this one talks about a subject that every leader should think about, but many don’t! Most leaders consider it hugely important to invest in others – staff, peers, and their organization – but many forget that their capabilities as leaders is determined by what they have available in their own fuel tanks, which is why it is critical for them to invest in themselves first. Leaders can’t help anyone else if they’re running on empty! So in 5 Practical Ways You Should Invest in Yourself, I offer specific ideas on what leaders must do to refuel, so that they have the skills and energy to invest in others.

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So what ideas do you have to add to the list? What are you doing to “put on your own oxygen mask first”? Please share by commenting below.

P.S. 2016 marks my second year as a regular contributor to ProfitGuide.com’s panel of business experts. You can find links to my previous columns on their site. For your information, Profit Magazine is a sister publication to Canadian business magazine giants Canadian Business, MoneySense and Macleans, and their list of columnists reads like the Who’s Who of Canadian business, so I am proud to be in such distinguished company.

The five-step method for crystal-clear communication

My newest column for ProfitGuide.com hit cyberspace this morning, and this edition focuses on a complaint I hear from many a leader – Why is it that I give what I think are crystal-clear instructions to an employee, only to discover later that they didn’t quite get it? As common as this issue is, the good news is that the solution is actually fairly easy. In How to Give Instructions Your Employees Will Actually Follow, I address this frequent problem of staff not always hearing what you are saying, and lay out five specific steps to give directions in a way so that your employees understand and act – the first time.

ProfitGuide101615Well, what have been your experiences when it comes to staff not always understanding and acting on your message? What are you doing to ensure clear communication – to make sure that you are heard, clearly, the first time? Do share please.

P.S. In case you didn’t know, I am a regular member of ProfitGuide.com’s panel of business experts. You can find links to my previous columns on their site. For your information, Profit Magazine is a sister publication to Canadian business magazine giants Canadian Business, MoneySense and Macleans, and their list of columnists reads like the Who’s Who of Canadian business, so I am proud to be in such distinguished company.

What does it take to become more persuasive?

Okay, I’m super pumped! Today marks my first column for ProfitGuide.com, the online version of Profit Magazine, a Canadian business magazine aimed at entrepreneurs, focusing on how to find opportunity and seize it, management practices, case studies and access to peer groups. Today’s column is titled How to become a persuasive triple-threat and explores what it takes to get more people to buy your ideas.

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