Protecting Your Business Isn't Enough

Business is full of trite adages telling you to focus on the clients and work you have. The “make hay while the sun shines” mindset helps you focus on your busy schedule and serve current clients. Yet it’s important that, while the sun shines, you also prepare for seasons lacking in bounty—when business is sparse, and growth isn’t feasible. Deborah Sexton, Industry Icon Award recipient, advises professionals on the value of being both protective and proactive:

“It’s a lesson in paying as much attention to the business you have today as to the business you have tomorrow.”

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The Value of Volunteering

One thing often leads to another. Never has that been more true for Deborah Sexton than in volunteering, the Industry Icon Award recipient says. Participating in organizations has led to meaningful relationships and plentiful opportunities. In this Wisdom Capture, Deborah shares the value of volunteering, even when it means adding a few extra hours to your work week. She advises:

“Being active as a volunteer leads to unprecedented opportunities.”

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Marty's Wisdom for Work-Life Balance

It’s 8:00 am on a Saturday morning, and you wake up to 36 work emails. It’s a situation we can all relate to. And the internal struggle that comes next: to reply or not to reply? We live in a world that expects instant answers in our personal and professional lives. Marty Balogh has the answer to finding the balance. Surprisingly, it comes not from employees, but leaders:

“You will be a much better leader if you are understanding and accepting that life sometimes has to come first.”

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From Disney to Navy Seals: 7 Leadership Insights to Apply Now

You can’t have professional development without personal development. In most cases, if you’re looking for professional growth, you’ll end up working on yourself too. Yet organizations and individuals often treat them as separate objectives. What happens when you combine the two? You get wisdom—a combination of knowledge and leadership practices that you can immediately apply.

The Power of Third-Party Accountability

The Power of Third-Party Accountability

If you’ve never heard of the concept, “Third-Party Accountability” is the idea that you can be held accountable to complete a task or reach a goal by way of enlisting others to help make sure you keep your promise. For things like quitting smoking or losing weight, this is a great way of achieving your desired result and might even make the day-to-day battle to stay on track a bit easier. For 57 year-old Len Forkas of Fairfax County, Virginia, keeping true to his promise means completing a coast-to-coast race across the United States entirely on a bicycle. Might not sound so bad to make the 3000-mile journey, but the Race Across America must be completed in a grueling span of just 12 days.

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

“No one left behind,” a simple, yet inspiring saying was adopted by the United Nations to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Set out to be achieved by 2030, these goals will promote the universal well-being of society through a holistic approach to transform the world. The goals acknowledge prevalent issues focused on sustainable development and further promote equality across all spectrums of society. Everyone is invited to join the campaign through conversation and action to show support for the following 17 Sustainable Development Goals.