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Tell Me About Yourself… What’s your 30 second Billboard Speech?

NAIL IT!® Success Stories In my first career I worked in public relations. In my PR role I wrote a lot of news releases. There’s a formula for writing a news release that gets read and it starts with your lead – the first line. Your hook. After that your news pitch either gets thrown in the slush pile or it catches the editor’s attention and gets a more thorough look. The question “Tell me about yourself” demands a good first line. It’s opening you up to share your lead to let others decide if they want to know more. It’s a tricky question
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You’re the Boss — What’s the Answer?

Around midnight – nine hours before the bell would ring for the first day of school – my husband and I were having a whispering debate about how to treat our eleven-year-old’s flu symptoms. Tristan had called us into his room to let us know he was thirsty and his headache was getting worse.  We suspected he was going to throw up any moment because his symptoms had been building all day.  We didn’t want him to miss his first day of school. So, there was a bit of denial happening. Like maybe this will pass. Maybe he won’t throw up. Maybe
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Is Your Stretch Goal Too Stretched?

Get Aligned With Your ‘Why’ I have no desire to rappel down a 13 story building. Yet in June of this year, there is a slight chance I may be doing just that. It’s not a marathon, so not something I can train for. It’s a total mental type of training. At least that’s my take. My friend and former university roomie, who is trying to persuade me to literally take the leap says she’s told the experience leaves you feeling fabulous when it’s done. A real sense of accomplishment. Hmmmm. Of course, it’s not just leaping from a building.
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Why Do We Excuse Bad Behavior?

Managers Need to Step Up and Course-Correct I recently met with the head of a company who said she’s finally figured it out. She actually had to fire some employees if she wanted to grow the business and create the kind of work environment she envisioned. Even though these employees had been loyal and been with the company for many years, they were toxic. She had continuously excused their bad behavior because they were good at their job and, well, had just been there so long it didn’t seem right to let them go. They had become her friends. She’s now
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How One NAIL IT!® Participant Got Her Dream Job

  We often think that advancing in our career means moving up a rung in the corporate ladder. This seasoned professional has proven that it’s more about finding a role that aligns with your values, motivations and that ultimately makes you happy. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation between me and one manager who recently used the six simple steps of my NAIL IT! ® program to land her dream job. Q: When your boss offered you the chance to go through the NAIL IT!® program what was your reaction? A: It was a little bit of an eye roll because my
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What it Really Means to Lead from the Heart and How to Do It

On a recent trip to the US, I lost my cell phone. It happened when I was frantically rummaging through my bag at the airport looking for my passport.  If you’re thinking about now that I, Karen Kelloway, may just be a bit scattered on trips and probably shouldn’t travel alone, you are correct. But I don’t yet have the status for an entourage.  So, when travelling for work, my strategy is to imitate what feels like an appropriate level of confidence and hope for the best. On this occasion, my iPhone slipped from its dedicated pocket inside my bag,
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It’s Yours to Create – A Fairy Tree Tale

What I love about this Fairy Tree is how it got its start. It wasn’t always the star of the forest. In the 15 years or so that I’ve been walking along its popular path I hadn’t really paid it much attention. It just blended in with the other trees. Then one December day that all changed. Someone had come along and placed a single ornament on its branches. Soon, others were added. Within a week it had become a beautifully decorated tree. When I brought my kids to add their own homemade ornaments, they thought the tree must be
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Can A Company ‘Be Genuine’?

I’ve been madly preparing for a three-day intensive workshop I’m attending later this week in Atlanta on a subject I’ve long had on my ‘stretch goal’ list — Investing. And while I initially planned to write a blog on how to start and reach a stretch goal, I’ve decided to dig in a bit more and share what I’m learning related to investing in companies. Phil Town, Investment guru and author of the New York Times bestseller Rule #1, is hosting the workshop and is essentially responsible for kick starting my stretch goal. I saw him speak at a conference
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What’s Your Billboard?

Get More of What You Want by Helping Others Help You You’ve driven by the blank billboards that entice you to advertise and “Put your name here.” Imagine if on one of these days, you’re driving home from work feeling frustrated at being passed up for yet another promotion or dream assignment. You catch a glimpse of one of these billboards and think, “Hmm, if my manager could see me, larger then life, on that billboard promoting all of my talents and achievements, then it would just be so easy for him/her to hand me that plum assignment…” And then
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You Have to Slow Down to Speed Up

I remember as a child waiting patiently for my cousin, Matthew, to clean the bugs out of the pool so we could all go swimming. He had a net attached to a pole and was making short, quick sweeps of the water but wasn’t making much progress. My Uncle advised him that he was going too fast. He pointed out that Matthew was missing most of the bugs and just stirring things up. He then took the net and showed him how if he went more slowly and purposely at the beginning, he could get more bugs the first time
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