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April 9, 2012

The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Spring is in full force here in the San Francisco Bay Area as evidenced by the major rain storms predicted for the remainder of the week. Spring always brings to mind thoughts of change and growth. This is a good time  to take a lesson from the season and cultivate your own professional growth. What are you doing to enrich your own skills, knowledge, talents or network?

With change in mind, I would like to direct you to a few other posts that have some excellent advice and resources. First, I wanted to share a blogpost  from Bridgestar, How to Develop Yourself as a Nonprofit Leader.  It has lots of practical advice from some very distinguished leaders in the sector. While many of the recommendations are common sense, it is always nice to see what the pros recommend. Consider embracing one of the ideas and working on it through the rest of spring and summer and take stock come fall. Using the change of season is a convenient way to set a timeframe for a personal goal.

Another useful resource is this handy compilation from ResumeBear on 20 Impressive & Inspiring Productivity Experts on Twitter.  Twitter is a great resource for quick and dirty tips and tricks for all parts of our lives. Anytime I can find a helpful resource, I like to try to spread the word. See if these tweets don’t help you on your quest for some personal growth.
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October 17, 2011

So I recently watched the movie, “Horrible Bosses.” For anyone who doesn’t know, it is a crazy comedy that follows three friends who each work for a horrible boss and fantasize about killing their bosses. The movie is quite unbelievable and even painful to watch at times but funny.  However, it does get you thinking about the different types of bosses there are in the world and what makes one bad versus good.

Today I want to draw your attention to an interesting article about the 10 Secrets of Successful Leaders. While it is easy to criticize a boss for their shortcomings, we don’t always stop to think about what it is that makes a good leader. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, these tips are useful.

Now, if you do find yourself working for a horrible boss, plotting murder is not recommended. I do suggest dusting off your resume, embracing social media and conducting an active job search.