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Leadership Traps: Communication Without Communicating



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Added by Gil Pizano on April 23, 2011 at 9:57pm — No Comments

A New Perception Can Alter Your Reality

What are you doing right now? What are you thinking about at this moment? How do you perceive the challenges you're facing today? If you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you could change something for the better, would you go ahead and do it? The outcome of something is greatly influenced by the perception a person has towards it. Even though I may be beginning to sound like a… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on April 5, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments

Aligning Actions with Values: Set the Example

Yesterday, I was reading an article about the sentencing of a beloved New England city mayor for receiving a bribe while he was in office. The incident in question was committed about three to four years ago by way of him accepting work to be done on his home at a greatly reduced price in exchange for favoritism on contractual bidding for work needing to be done for…

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Added by Gil Pizano on November 8, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Renew Your Energy

We all have a battery pack within us that helps to sustain our personal energy throughout each day. Nope, I'm not talking about the meal we have in the morning with that fresh cup of coffee or tea, although that is a part of the overall energy equation. I'm talking about…

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Added by Gil Pizano on June 13, 2010 at 5:19pm — 1 Comment

Let's Have Some Character; Keeping One’s Word

Keeping one's word. It's probably one of the easiest ways to build credibility and also one of the easiest ways to loose it. Keeping your word is also one of the simplest ways to show character and integrity. Why do I say that? Let me tell you what recently happened to me and how someone, unfortunately, tainted their character by doing something as simple as not keeping their word on more than one…

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Added by Gil Pizano on May 15, 2010 at 7:23am — 1 Comment

Why Would Someone Want to be a Leader?

It's a question I find myself asking every now and then. Being a leader always comes with it added responsibility in some form or another. Added responsibility because everyone has things they are responsible for in their life. Whether it is their rent or mortgage, grocery bills, school homework, parenthood responsibilities, job responsibilities, you name it. We all have them in some mix. When a person is a leader, added responsibilities come about. With that added pressures, added stress, more… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on April 20, 2010 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments

Sometimes It Comes Down to a Choice

Last week I was fortunate enough to be a participant in a two day leadership retreat. I was one of among thirty or so regional leaders chosen for a year long training program where participants will be involved in the development of a community based project. The two day leadership retreat was the first time everyone involved in the year long training program would be getting together. When I found out…

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Added by Gil Pizano on February 21, 2010 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

How Good is Encouragement?

A while ago I read a story about an elderly man who approached the famous nineteenth-century poet and artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential…

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Added by Gil Pizano on January 7, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Looking for Something To Do? Why Not Give Reading a Shot!

When I wrote this, it was snowing outside, thanks to the courtesy of winter storm Albert coming up the East coast. My town was fortunate to only get 12 to 16 inches. Some other areas of the state got over 24 inches. Due to my injury this past summer, I’m still recovering and medically forbidden from all strong twisting motions that may cause me to… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on December 28, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

An Annual Ritual: The Company Holiday Party

HolidayParty1 Today I went to an annual ritual enjoyed by many in the corporate world. Today was my company’s annual holiday party. Complete with raffles, cash bar and plenty of food, the atmosphere was ripe for mingling between colleagues. What I personally never fail to notice is how many people come to such parties and then basically sit by themselves with maybe one other colleague. At a similar company party many years ago, I asked one of my then colleagues, who told me he preferred… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on December 20, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

But I Don’t Know How to Network with People!

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At a recent event, someone I hadn’t met before came up to me and asked me for advice on how to network. I was flattered that the person asked me and puzzled at the same time. I asked him why he wanted my advice. He told me that he was observing me and noticed how easy it seemed for me to meet people and start a conversation with them. He also mentioned that I looked calm, relaxed and sincerely interested in the person I was speaking with. That last comment caught my… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on October 18, 2009 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Re-Branding Yourself

What's Your Brand?



I was recently at a great networking and professional development event in downtown Hartford, CT. Nope, not the "getMotivated tour" with Colin Powell,… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on October 1, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Little Note: Some Good Ways and Some Not So Good Ways to Network

If you want to network with others, there are at least two things needed. First and simplest of them is that it helps to go where there are people. Second, and probably the most important is that it helps to be genuinely interested in people. Dale Carnegie, one of the most influential people of the twentieth century when it came to winning friends and influencing others, once said, “ You can make more friends in two months by becoming really… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on August 24, 2009 at 3:28pm — No Comments

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