Danger: Is your comfort zone holding you back?

​Comfort zones can be a dangerous place to be. Confidence is a learned skill, just like leadership and public speaking. The way we become more confident is to try new things. When we try new things, we learn what does and does not work for us and eventually conquer that new skill. In talking with my friend Dr. Peter Buckley, the Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the school, I asked if some people were born more confident. Dr. Buckley’s reply was “We are all born with the same innate confidence. It is experience that builds or destroys confidence in anything we attempt. If we fail at any

DARE to Golf

Join me and PGA Professional, Jackie Cannizzo for an interactive program Many of you have heard me say that if you don’t like golf, don’t golf, but on November 2nd, I dare you to get in the game with me. Join me at the Roswell Country Club for the first annual DARE To Golf event where you’ll learn everything you need to know about golf along with tips to take charge of your career. DARE To Golf Monday, November 2, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EST) Country Club of Roswell 2500 Club Springs Drive Roswell, GA 30076 DARE to Golf is a program based on the coaching principles of PGA Professional Jackie Cannizzo’s 30 plus years of teaching golf and leading women’s initiatives. In the corporate wo

Listen Up. Your Career Depends On It.

Take Charge of Your Career: Learn to Listen You have two ears, are you using them? Here’s how to leverage them more effectively to be a better listener. Listening is a key skill for any leader, especially in today’s world where leaders are more dependant than ever on feedback from the front line. Things are changing too fast for any individual to keep up in a vacuum. Having an environment where people feel free to speak up, and respected when they do, is vital. For many years I struggled with feedback I received that I was not a good listener. In my efforts to improve in this area I found a couple of changes to my behavior that proved invaluable. Three Tips to Become a Better Listener Seek I

Six Tips To Solicit and Accept Feedback Constructively

How to Receive Constructive Feedback from Your Boss When writing my book DARE, I interviewed many women, but also men. In talking with the men I asked: “If you could give women in the workplace one piece of advice, what would it be?” The number one response I received was “I wish women would not be so defensive when I give them constructive feedback." Many men said they would not give candid feedback to women because women typically get too emotional or upset. Women managers, on the other hand felt that men got very combative when receiving their feedback, leading to a breakdown of the process. My initial response was to tell both men and women they may want to think about how their feedbac

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