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  • Often Missing From Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion: Cognitive Diversity
    by Sara Canaday - August 23, 2017
    I don’t typically write or comment on issues of diversity and inclusion. But an often-overlooked aspect of the topic — cognitive diversity — is starting to come into the spotlight, and I have some insights on it because of the focus of my work. In my experience, I’ve seen that companies produce the best results and are better able to innovate when their team members don’t all think, process inf...
  • Feeling Stagnant As A Leader?
    by Sara Canaday - June 7, 2017
    Many leaders experience setbacks—or even failures. Perhaps they feel like their influence is waning. Their ideas aren’t translating, or their teams aren’t producing at the right level. These leaders might be doing all the right things, but their effectiveness seems diluted. Ever had that feeling? If so, the problem could be leadership blind spots. These occur when there’s a disconnect between our...
  • Shifting From Manager To Leader
    by Sara Canaday - May 23, 2017
    Shifting from Manager to Leader Just because you have a management title doesn’t automatically mean you’re a great leader. But making that sometimes-subtle shift is essential for the success of your career and your organization. There’s a lot at stake. So what’s the real difference between management and leadership? Effective managers are task-focused and might be described as dependable and...
  • How Can I Take Charge Of My Own Leadership Development
    by Sara Canaday - March 9, 2017
    Many people greet the new year with a renewed commitment to professional growth. But what about existing leaders? They often feel overwhelmed and put others first. Unfortunately, demanding and stressful conditions could be holding them back from even greater success. The truth is, we all need to devote time to our own leadership development—no matter what level we’ve reached within the organization. Waiti...
  • Maintaining Leadership Balance: Deliberate vs Authentic
    by Sara Canaday - December 29, 2016
    Many leaders can come off as either too polished and phony or not polished and poised enough. Knowing when and how to be authentic versus deliberate is the key to maintaining your leadership effectiveness. For years, leaders were trained and advised to be more deliberate in their interactions. Polished and professional at all times. Calm in the storm. Carefully prepared for any type of communications. They worked hard t...
  • Understanding Professional Blind Spots
    by Sara Canaday - December 22, 2016
    Blind spots in our careers can lead to the same result as blind spots in our cars: unintended mishaps and expensive damage. Professional blind spots occur when intentions and perceptions don’t match…when there’s a disconnect between the way we believe we’re projecting ourselves…and the way others experience us. There are hidden gaps. And because of those gaps, our professional reputation i...
  • Identifying The Turning Points That Make Us Great
    by Sara Canaday - November 14, 2016
    Please join me in welcoming a new guest blogger, Bernie Swain, co-founder of Washington Speakers Bureau and today’s foremost authority on the lecture industry. Over the past 35 years, Swain has represented former US Presidents, cabinet members, business executives, public figures, media leaders, and sports legends. His new book, What Made Me Who I Am, is available everywhere. I’m honored to have Bernie share his...
  • Boosting Your Resilience
    by Sara Canaday - August 11, 2016
    Life can (and will) throw us curveballs. No matter how much we plan, things don’t always go as expected. That’s certainly true in business. We all face adversity…problems we didn’t anticipate…issues that force us to shift our direction. For some people, those inevitable curveballs lead to major stress and meltdowns. But others have mastered the art of resilience and flexibility. They know...
  • Enhacing Your Emotional Intelligence
    by Sara Canaday - August 4, 2016
    The formula for career success changes as we work our way up the corporate ladder. The tangible skills and credentials we collected for our resumes become less important. Instead, our success depends on how well we work with and through others. The focus on IQ shifts to EQ: emotional intelligence. Discover how to strengthen your EQ and incorporate the qualities required for success at a higher level.I remember taking math c...
  • Conveying Executive Presence
    by Sara Canaday - July 28, 2016
    Certain leaders just seem to have that “Business X Factor”—something that propels them to the top of an organization almost effortlessly. Opportunities emerge. Doors open. Advancement occurs on a fast track. Some people refer to this intangible, success-attracting quality as executive presence. What is it exactly? And how can you incorporate those elusive attributes to increase your career momentum?Music producers are usual...