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  • Your Challenge as a Leader is to Find Strength in Differences. Here's How
    by Steve Farber - October 15, 2018
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was made up only of people who are just like us, who like us, and who think exactly the way we do? Well, no. Because (1) we’d be wasting iconic truisms like “opposites attract,” and (2) it would be monumentally boring, and (3) it would be just plain un-American. Anyone in a leadership position ought to have as a goal–especially here in the U.S. with our natio...
  • Want Your Employees to Follow You? Here Are 5 Ways to Build Trust
    by Steve Farber - October 8, 2018
    People respect you. But do they trust you—and should they? That’s the question anyone should be asking, but especially those of us who are mentoring others in a quest to build future leaders. So ask yourself this question: What did you do today to deserve the trust of others? In these interesting times, there’s no big surprise that someone–the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer–is surveying Americans...
  • Using Social Media to Engage Employees and Share Your Company Values with the World
    by Steve Farber - October 3, 2018
    72 percent say social media is meaningful in business. Here’s my four-point plan to use it to engage employees and show the world what your company values. We’re well past the time when social media is optional. You already know that and are probably looking to improve your reach and influence . . . and you’re right. Training magazine’s 2018 survey of more than 500 learning and development profession...
  • The Average Person Wastes 50 Minutes a Day in the Car. Here's How to Reclaim That Time.
    by Steve Farber - October 2, 2018
    It’s understandable that a lot of people complain about their commutes to and from work, appointments, or client meetings. I don’t. It’s not that I like being cut off in traffic or sitting at stoplights; it’s just that I have learned to see the time I spend driving as an opportunity. A recent AAA survey says the average American adult drives 17,600 minutes—that’s almost 300 hours—ev...
  • Hack Your Brain to Become A Better Leader
    by Steve Farber - August 8, 2018
    The entrepreneur’s brain at times can resemble the grand finale of a million-dollar fireworks show. Music’s blaring and things are blowing up all over the place. And while it’s pretty and entertaining, it’s also out of control, hard to follow, and a bit exhausting. It’s easy during these times for leaders to end up mentally drained and emotionally overwhelmed by the high-speed, explosive challe...
  • Pursue Your Goals With Passion
    by Steve Farber - June 5, 2018
    The summit of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) is 20,310 feet above sea level, and Werner Berger was 200 feet from the peak. Just another 20 minutes of climbing and he would cross the tallest mountain in North America off his list. The weather, however, had turned nasty. And rather than risk getting caught in a whiteout, Berger’s group turned back. “Everybody was so disappointed for me and wondered how...
  • How to Illuminate and Eliminate the Problems Haunting Your Company
    by Steve Farber - May 3, 2018
    Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers first recorded the song “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” in 1944, and many stars have covered the tune–Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, and, for you punk fans, The Vindictives, just to name a few. But for David Corbin, it was a version by a dancing bear that stood out. Corbin, a friend I’ve grown to respect as a fellow professional speaker...
  • Don't Eliminate Tension, Harness It
    by Steve Farber - April 24, 2018
    You’ve heard of the legendary Charles Atlas, right? Big dude. He was born Angelo Siciliano, but he changed his name after going from a skinny weakling to a specimen so ripped he resembled the Greek Titan known for holding up the sky. A century ago, Charles Atlas bulked up to become the most famous bodybuilder of his day. He then created a fitness plan based on “dynamic tension,” and, with the help of a tim...
  • 13 Qualities to Look for in Your Next Business Speaker
    by Steve Farber - April 12, 2018
    Every business leader I know is looking for the same thing: An edge. They all want that elusive something that will get their team and their organization ahead of — or keep them ahead of — their competition. And one place many look for it is by investing in the wisdom of an outsider — the professional business speaker. Yeah, that’s me. But I’m one of many, some good and some, well … cave...
  • How to Find Value in Your Hidden Inventory
    by Steve Farber - March 27, 2018
    When you are consumed by an idea – as most entrepreneurs are – it’s not always easy to put the car in park and take an inventory of your business. There’s work to be done, right? Goals to pursue. Clients to call. Customers to serve. Employees to inspire. There’s a strong pull to go, go, go … There is value, however, in having a clear picture of the value of your business. And for many en...