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Do you know yourself? Great leaders know who they are. They know their strengths, weaknesses, preferences and capabilities.  If I asked a leader what his/her greatest accomplishment was, he/she would be able to answer me right away.  This is because s/he spent time considering things like this about himself/herself.  It could be because s/he practices intraspection (the act of self-examination or reflection according to FreeFactFinder.com).  Perhaps she/he takes self-assessments or questionnaires regularly.  It may even be because he/she makes a habit of asking others for input on things that are noticed about

Today, I found myself talking with a 34-year-old man who was looking for career direction.  He explained that he saw himself going to college despite not having his high school diploma.  We discussed interests and pre-requisites he already had.  After some discussion, we came to an understanding that it was fear that kept him from taking steps towards his goals.  He shared: “What if I get into the program and it’s not what I want?  What if I waste my money?  What if I’m not successful?  What if I can’t do it

When you see someone you know approaching, do you say “hello” first?  Or do you wait for him/her to initiate the salutation?  If you walk into a busy store and spot someone you knew in high school, do you pretend not to see them? Or do you act surprised when they greet you?  If you said yes to either of these statements then I challenge you to consider breaking out of that comfort zone.  Start saying “hello” first. Here’s why: Confidence Even if you do not feel confident, being the first to say

Life, Lessons, Leadership I keep a journal (several actually) where I record thoughts, ideas, memories and dreams. On one page, I jot down lessons that have been key to keeping me centred and grounded. Here are three lessons that I want to pass on to future generations of leaders: Keep your chin up I don’t mean this in the proverbial way of getting through tough times (although that is great advice too). I mean it literally. When walking or sitting, look up. Show people your eyes, look at the world,

We all have those days where we wake up and the thought of leaving the comfort of our cozy beds is unthinkable.  Laying quasi-awake anticipating the day, you have to make the decision of what you will wear and that just makes the bed that much more appealing.  The choice to wear the “old stand-by” comfortable or familiar outfit, is the easiest one.  It isn’t a “power suit”, it doesn’t have a statement, no one typically comments on it ever but it gets you by when you don’t feel you

Youth Get a Bad Rep Listening about a new program coming to the educational institute I work for, my attention was peaked when the coordinator said there would be a class to teach “tact and diplomacy”.   I was intrigued because I am in the business of image, etiquette and leadership in my side hustle, VNC Image and Leadership.   Tact and diplomacy are things I teach or talk about. In my opinion, the basics of manners, protocol, image and respect (the precursors to tact and diplomacy) are in demand

When I am researching for articles, posts or material for VNC Image & Etiquette, I have many words that I will use in my search that are related.  I’ve included them here.  Let me know of words that you might think of and include them in the comments below. Etiquette Manners Image Wardrobe Style Fashion Look Leadership Career Success Civility Kindness Courtesy Mentorship Career Politeness Positivity Optimistic Friendliness Thoughtfulness Respect Self-esteem Confidence Congeniality Social Grace Charm Protocol Butler Poise Elegance Class

  I’ve been working for many (many, many) years towards getting a business off the ground. The vision began with a joke between a friend of mine and myself. We were both career counsellors at an employment agency and were commenting on the need for some of our clients to understand the importance of their attitude, wardrobe, manners and behaviour choices. We thought it would be funny to have our own etiquette business to teach these necessary but absent skills. After some time and several clients later, I began to

  Confidence is key in this western society that we live in. Jobs, relationships, perceptions and self-esteem can all be made or broken by how much confidence we exude or don’t. Many times, we simply are not confident. We might be nervous, feel inferior, not feel knowledgeable or unprepared and worry that we just don’t fit the bill. Even though we may feel that way, it doesn’t mean we can’t present ourselves confidently.  Even just looking the part despite not feeling it, can get us through until, eventually, our artificial

These are women that I see as role models. They are women I’d like to have at my supper table and who I’d love to sit down and chat with. From what I know of them (and of course that is through the lens of the media) they exemplify the following characteristics: Criteria: • Often seen smiling • Present positively • Sense of humour • Well – groomed • Well dressed • Courteous • Humble • Giving • Authentic • Not afraid to look silly • Courageous • Confident •

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