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How Female CEOs Could Lead with Impact

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:21
A record number of women are Fortune 500 CEOs. Women are launching businesses at 1.5 times the national average. There are now 8.2 million American women running their own companies. “The numbers are notable,” said executive and business coach Debora McLaughlin, author of The Renegade Leader: 9 Success Strategies Driven Leaders Use to Ignite People, Performance and Profits. (www.TheRenegadeLeader.com) “From 1997 to 2011, the number of U.S. women-owned businesses increased by fifty percent,” McLaughlin said. “And in 2011, the median compensation for female CEOs was thirteen percent more than for male CEOs,” according to NerdWallet Financial Markets. According to Catalyst,… Read more...
It’s not your imagination: You’re getting less time with your doctor. Primary care physicians are in short supply in the United States, which means increased pressures and heavier workloads for those in practice, says Dr. Paul Griner, author of "The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine." “Many physicians say their favorite part of being a doctor is the relationships they form with patients,” Dr. Griner said, “but those are harder to cultivate now, because physicians are so squeezed for time.” More than eighty percent of physicians said patient relationships were the “most satisfying” part of their job, according… Read more...

Spice up the Bedroom

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:34
“It’s so hard finding time for each other.” “I just don’t seem to want to anymore.” “I’ve never tried anything like this before. Where do I start?”   As a sexual health educator and consultant for Pure Romance, these are a few of the many comments and questions I have addressed on a regular basis for the past six years. You see, Pure Romance parties are not just parties anymore: They are gatherings where women could ask questions, learn about their sexuality, and find ways to reconnect with their partners.   As relationships mature, they become deeper and more comfortable—but they also… Read more...

Is Your Employee Appreciation Backfiring?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:39
People who work in an environment where doing their best is recognized have a better chance of feeling good about their work and a better chance of becoming successful producers who enjoy pleasing customers. Genuine praise goes a long way in helping workers stay productive, especially when demands are high. When it comes to appreciation, it's often not given, infrequent, or ineffective. When it is given, it isn't always helpful. Why? Because certain types of appreciations BACKFIRE! Appreciation could be tricky business. Sometimes the most well-meant praise brings unexpected results. Just imagine you come to work in an old suit… Read more...
Do feel like you butt heads with your partner more than you connect? Well, here’s some advice from family therapists and a mediator on how to argue without hurting your relationship. Don’t worry about being “fair.” Family therapist Dr. Jacob Spilman says that may seem counter intuitive, but what seems fair to you, may not seem fair to them. So, don’t try to guess what will make them happy. Instead, tell your partner what you need. And ask what will make them happy. Let them choose what they want to do. Fight as a team. How can you be a… Read more...
Winston Churchill said it best: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This brings to mind employee recognition, though the topic is certainly relevant to anyone you encounter. Here are 10 easy, no- or low-cost ways to recognize others and demonstrate your appreciation:  Take her out to lunch.  Offer to do one of his unpleasant tasks that he would normally have to do.  Ask him questions about his personal interests and aspirations.  Send her a thank you card via mail, expressing your gratitude for what she does. Be specific.  Put up… Read more...

Spreading Joy is as Simple as a Smile

Monday, 26 November 2012 13:02
One of Oprah's Lifeclass sessions is about spreading joy. The example she gave was when she gave a brand new car away to each and every one of her audience members. That was real joy spreading if you remember. There were people screaming, crying, and jumping up and down. She said the the high she got off that show was unparallelled.It’s true—doing nice things for people makes you feel better and lifts your mood. But not everyone can give someone a new car! Here’s a list of small and free gestures you could make to improve someone’s day: Smile. It’s… Read more...

Team Up to Handle Eroding Relationships

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:24
Over the last fourteen years as a counselor specializing in marriage therapy, I have seen many couples co-destroy a once happy relationship. Conflict is an inevitable part of any relationship if two people really reveal themselves to one another, but why do some relationships suffer and decay because of it while others survive and triumph life's challenges? Research confirms that the erosion some couples experience is not just due to differences, but how they are handled. The fact is that no one is more important to us than our intimate partner and because of this intensity, our reactions can be… Read more...

Full Time Mom: In or Outside of the Home

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 11:59
According to the 2007 US Census, 30.4 percent of businesses in Michigan were owned by women. As of July that year, there were nearly ten million people living in Michigan, which means 3,002,260 women in Michigan owned businesses. Exact percentages for working mothers in Michigan were not available, but with approximately three million women business owners, the number of moms who manage a career as well as a household is high. So is it becoming more socially acceptable for moms to work full time outside of the home? Do full time stay at home moms have it easier? We asked… Read more...

5 Tips for Delivering Bad News Gracefully

Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:02
No one wants to deliver unwelcome news. It's no fun for both the recipient and the messenger. But sometimes it’s a necessary evil of doing business, and you’re the unfortunate soul who has to bear the burden. Here are five tips to mitigate the drama: Let your own emotions run their course before you have to share the news with others. You may not like or agree with the news you must deliver, but there is a reason why it must be done. Find a way to come to terms with it in your own mind so you don’t bring… Read more...
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