4 ways to stay cool under pressure 
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by Candace Chellew
7h ago
I’m not a natural athlete. This sad fact became evident at a very inconvenient time — my first day of new agent training at the FBI Academy. New agents are tested in physical fitness and are required to accumulate a certain number of points in different areas. I landed at the bottom in every category; the pressure to perform was intense because if I didn’t get high enough scores, I’d get kicked out of the Academy. Everyone experiences stressful events, which trigger a boatload of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones can prepare us for action, but they can also make it difficul ..read more
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How to attract the best AI gurus
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by Candace Chellew
1d ago
The use of AI has become so pervasive that demand for AI talent now grossly eclipses the supply. So much so that even heralded Big Tech companies are finding it challenging to recruit and retain the top AI gurus in the industry. With this demand showing no signs of abating and organizations increasingly adopting machine learning and large language models into their business structures and offerings, these companies need to know: How can they attract the best AI minds?  Dedicated AI programs Simply having an overarching IT department will no longer suffice. Setting up a dedicated AI unit w ..read more
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3 tactics to enhance performance in a multigenerational workforce
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by Candace Chellew
3d ago
Peter Drucker, “the father of management,” famously said, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Feedback remains essential to continuous improvement and competitiveness. However, current feedback systems are broken and disliked by both managers and employees. They focus on the past, feel reproachful and often lack problem-solving opportunities. Insights-based system-wide approaches to feedback are needed now more than ever, as we have up to five generations in the workplace. Millennials and Gen Z require more novel approaches to feedback that allow for real-ti ..read more
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One trait of the super successful (and how to get it) 
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by Candace Chellew
4d ago
Confidence is considered an essential trait for success as a leader. When a leader exudes self-assuredness, it creates a positive atmosphere that encourages team members to believe in themselves and their work, leading to higher levels of engagement and productivity. This self-assured demeanor not only fosters trust and credibility but also enables confident leaders to make well-informed decisions swiftly, especially in the face of uncertainty. Here are five ways to increase your confidence and achieve the success you desire as a leader.  1. Communicate with certainty One of the key thing ..read more
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Conquering the fear of goal-setting
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by Candace Chellew
1w ago
(Author’s note: One of the staples of my mastermind groups is goal setting. We set both professional and personal goals and then share them as well as enter them into a spreadsheet. Every 6-8 weeks, we review our goals and report on our progress. Despite the structure and stated expectations, some group members struggle to follow through. They don’t seem to see the value in the exercise or simply don’t know where or how to start. Recently, I started a meeting early to allow members who had not yet set their goals to do so with my support, and it made a huge difference.) Setting goals is o ..read more
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What’s your career spirit animal?
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by Candace Chellew
1w ago
I recently participated in a panel discussion with several executives about careers and career development following a keynote speech I delivered during career week in their organization. When asked about their philosophy of growth, one panelist shared what he’d heard shortly after joining the organization: “Here, you’ll tend to be either a monkey or a cat.” He went on to explain that the ‘monkey’ archetype tends to swing from tree to tree, opportunity to opportunity, moving around the organization and trying different experiences, whereas the ‘cat’ tends to find that comfortable spot and curl ..read more
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AHIP 2024: Tech, human touch a balancing act
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by Doug Harris
1w ago
Health care and society at large are in the midst of “a technological revolution with human connection,” and while that holds promise, if we aren’t careful and intentional, personal and doctor-patient relationships will get lost amid the advancements, Abraham Verghese, a physician, professor and author, told attendees at Day 2 of AHIP 2024 on Wednesday.  Verghese, whose keynote address sometimes had hints of a college lecture, said the AI age in health care is “as profound as the discovery of antibiotics.” There is so much more data available about patients than ever before, but that info ..read more
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Why I cheerlead for those I coach
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by Candace Chellew
1w ago
A favorite word of mine in coaching is Brava! (Or Bravo for men.) For many, being coached is not fun. Discussing your performance and aspirations, including your plans for positive change, with a stranger takes gumption. While the coach is a willing listener, their role is to challenge your thinking so that you question your assumptions and come to new understandings of yourself. Whew! That takes work, so when someone I am coaching achieves a milestone or comes to a new moment of awareness, I applaud them. I pride myself on being a cheerleader for those I coach. Time and again, those I coach t ..read more
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5 hidden opportunities of being micromanaged
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by Candace Chellew
2w ago
No employee signs up for being monitored daily, needing constant approval or doing endless rework. At the same time, no boss wants to be viewed as a micromanager.  The paradox is that without getting employee feedback, micromanaging bosses are often unaware of the behaviors that lead to increased turnover, low morale, wasted time and lowered productivity.  Most employees won’t willingly offer feedback to their boss unless the boss asks for feedback. Unless the feedback is anonymous, it’s probably not accurate. I’m making a bold suggestion: Employees, initiate a difficult conversation ..read more
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Upgrade your next presentation
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by Candace Chellew
2w ago
Thoughtful preparation and dedicated practice will elevate your performance during your next presentation.  Focus on two things — your message and your delivery.          Preparing your message Clear thinking is a prerequisite to preparing a compelling message.   Start by answering these questions: What is the problem or opportunity you are addressing? Why is it essential to the audience? Write out your answers and discuss them with a trusted advisor. Keep revising your answers until they are precise and clear.    Create a ..read more
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