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Good Times: Are you prepared for the best to happen?

By Shira Miller | July 27, 2017 |

From Stephen King to Maya Angelou, numerous cultural icons have been quoted on the concept of hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Many organizations certainly operate with that mindset, creating contingency plans galore for handling crisis situations. But if everything goes right, how well-equipped are you to accept good times? It takes…

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What Wonder Woman can teach us about employee engagement

By Shira Miller | June 21, 2017 |

It might seem like Wonder Woman doesn’t have much to do with employee engagement. After all, the beloved icon uses bullet proof bracelets, the lasso of truth and super human strength to protect humanity (and rack up box office gold) while companies focus on employee engagement to improve productivity, reduce turnover and enhance results. However,…

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Claim Your Greatness: Five Tips for Mastering Self-Advocacy

By Shira Miller | April 20, 2017 |

I have been a sucker for riddles since first encountering them in the form of bad jokes (Q: How do you catch a squirrel? A: Climb up a tree and act like a nut.) on the side of a Dixie cup in kindergarten. But my all-time favorite is one that has provoked thought for generations…

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Five Ways to Get What You Want (Sorry Mick Jagger)

By Shira Miller | February 15, 2017 |

There is no doubt Mick Jagger rocks it out; his poster graced my bedroom wall growing up while peers were drawn to the comelier visages of Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez or John Stamos. But unlike his refrain from the enduring Rolling Stones hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” believing that you can achieve…

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How to become an “A” student in the Art of Deep Listening

By Shira Miller | October 18, 2016 |

In RUN-DMC’s catchy 80’s hip-hop tune “You Talk Too Much,” the artists castigate people who never shut up, right down to the line “Your mouth is so big, one bite would kill a Big Mac.” in this world of polarizing presidential candidates and non-stop social media rants, their lyrics continue to resonate as society overall seems…

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Engage your employees by developing their critical thinking skills

By Shira Miller | August 9, 2016 |

During the exceptional Women’s Foodservice Forum Executive Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas on July 27, internationally recognized leadership expert John Mattone noted that “critical thinking skills are a key predictor of executive success” while talking about emerging talent. In that moment, I gave my 14-year-old self a fist bump for joining the debate team. It…

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Shift your career into “rock star” mode with four lessons from Taylor Swift’s dating life

By Shira Miller | June 28, 2016 |

Want to shift your career into “rock star” mode? Consider taking lessons from Taylor Swift’s dating life. On the work front, the 26-year-old has been a star for nearly a decade, helped change the way Apple Music pays artists for streaming and earned $80 million last year with 2014’s top-selling album/tour – all at an…

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See it to achieve it: How to use visualization to succeed at work

By Shira Miller | June 16, 2016 |

If you are serious about bowling, you probably don’t want me on your team. Haven’t bowled in two decades and even then, didn’t score much higher than the typical highway speed limit. But in the name of team building, I went to an upscale bowling alley with a great group of co-workers in town for…

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Want an engaged workforce? Get better at giving thanks!

By Shira Miller | February 15, 2016 |

Before traveling to a foreign country, I learn the local phrase for “thank you.” Taking that simple step inevitably leads to great service, whether I’m trying to find the nearest Pilates class, attempt not to look like a dork (too late for that) while sight-seeing or  convince a chef to make the perfect egg white…

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Express Yourself: Why Bringing More Personality to Work Promotes Greater Employee Engagement

By Shira Miller | August 13, 2015 |

Whether Madonna sang about it, or the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed it, the freedom to express yourself resonates deeply with many of us. Like my 77-year-old mom, who laces her texts with pink hearts and kissy emoticons to express love or my buddies Rich and John, whose Halloween party costumes – ranging…

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