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Think Personal Branding is Icky?  Read this.

Think Personal Branding is Icky? Read this.

Six years ago when I started The Playground Group I was a little skeptical about personal branding. I thought that there was something just a little too forced, fake-y, and frankly, a little slimy about consciously adopting a brand for yourself. As the years have gone by, and I’ve learned more about the subject, I now […]

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11 Ways to Connect with Your Team that Every Team Leader Should Know

11 Ways to Connect with Your Team that Every Team Leader Should Know

A recent Gallup poll shows that only 29% of Americans are engaged at work (Gasp!). While this seems like bad news, the good news is that your business outcomes could improve considerably with just a small bump in employee engagement. As a team leader, you have the power to move this number upward and improve […]

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3 Lies Ineffective Leaders Tell Themselves

3 Lies Ineffective Leaders Tell Themselves

As a leader, are you guilty of telling yourself any of the following lies? If so, the good news is that there are solutions that can turn each of these around. Read on. Lie #1: I know what motivates my employees. In-effective leaders assume that dollar signs are the quickest way to an employee’s heart. […]

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The Shocking Truth About Your Co-Worker

The Shocking Truth About Your Co-Worker

Yep, we know there’s that certain someone in the workplace that probably annoys, baffles, or downright brings out the worst in you. The shocking truth is that most likely it has NOTHING to do with you and everything to do with the fact that his or her priorities and tendencies in the workplace don’t match […]

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How to Take Charge of Your Sunday Night Blues

How to Take Charge of Your Sunday Night Blues

When I was a kid, the tick, tick, tick of the 60 Minutes clock would induce that dreaded feeling known as The Sunday Night Blues. Lucky for me, I don’t have those kinds of blues anymore, but I know plenty of people who do. Whatever the reasons behind them, the Sunday Night Blues rob you […]

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Warning: 3 Ways You’re Throwing Away Precious Hours You’ll Never Get Back

Warning: 3 Ways You’re Throwing Away Precious Hours You’ll Never Get Back

Bad habits at work are costing you precious hours of your life. On days when it feels like you’re flapping your wings as hard as you can, but you never seem to get anywhere, one of the habits below is usually to blame. Give up even one of these habits and you’ll get more done […]

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5 Quick Ways to De-Stress at Work

5 Quick Ways to De-Stress at Work

5 Quick Ways to De-Stress Even When You’re Super Busy 1.  Smile.  Yes, it sounds so simple, but using the muscles in your face to smile releases tension, and you can’t help but feel better when you’re smiling.  Take a 5 second Smile Break. Go ahead, try it.  Smile for 5 full seconds right now. […]

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Help for Chronic Stress

Help for Chronic Stress

My daughter just learned to drive.  The learning process was a stressful endeavor for both of us.  On one of our first outings, she encountered a yellow light.  She hit the brake, then she accelerated, then she hit the brake again.  As we came to a stop in the middle of the intersection, I said […]

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How to Say No and Not Feel Guilty

How to Say No and Not Feel Guilty

If you’ve ever spent any significant time around a 2 year old, you know that one of the first words we master in the human language is “No!”.  But somewhere between our terrible twos and the terrific thirties (and forties, and fifties), some of us forget how and when to use that simple two letter […]

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Want More Energy?  Pick One.

Want More Energy? Pick One.

At any given time, I have a laundry list of things that need attention.  These are the tasks that easily fall to the bottom of the list because they aren’t urgent.  Things like changing light bulbs, fixing a glitch with the computer, or printing digital photos that have been piling up for months. It’s the […]

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