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DiSC Profile

We recently had the opportunity to partake in a team-building workshop led by Sherpa Executive Coaching, which was centered on the DiSC profile assessment. For those of you who are not familiar with the DiSC profile assessment, it is a personal assessment tool that helps understand behavioral tendencies. The assessment name represents four behavioral types: dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness. Each employee was asked to complete the assessment prior to our team-building workshop. During the workshop, we learned about our own DiSC results as well as our coworkers’ results. We learned how to effectively communicate with each other based on our behavioral styles. Here’s a...
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Online accounts security

Are you still using the same password you’ve had since 2005? Are you using it across multiple sites, logging into your email with the same password as your bank? If you are, shame on you. With over 552 million identities exposed in online security breaches in 2013, and that number only rising, managing your online security has never been more important. Fortunately, you don’t have to write all your passwords on post-it notes, keep a Google doc full of them, or follow whatever crazy method you have to remember them anymore. There are quite a few tools and methods out there that make it easy...
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‘Tis the season

As Thanksgiving passes, Black Friday fades and Cyber Monday extends into a newly founded “Cyber Week,” I find myself digging out of the clutter and chaos that seems to grow during the holidays. Hear me out: I am a HUGE fan of the holidays (my husband says I would make a great Elf, although I’m a bit too tall). However, even while I research for this very blog, I find myself sifting through a plethora of ads on every web page. Those shoes I looked at once are now following me, a mountain of emails and schedule requests piling up, and just like that, I...
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Essential to leadership

I’m a huge fan of archetypes, the monomyth and other ways our culture is based on deep-rooted psychology of the human condition. One particular interesting instance is the recurring archetype of an emotionless, untouchable leader in fiction. These depictions of leaders perpetuate a myth that to be successful in the workforce, one must strip themselves of emotion and become a ruthless stoic that is virtually untouchable. This theme of a fearless, transcendent leader – while attractive to those in or seeking power – makes most uncomfortable on some level. Again and again, research on emotional intelligence shows that the best leaders are those with whom...
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Giving thanks

‘Tis the season to be grateful. This time of year, we’re often thinking of the things, and people, for which we’re thankful. I’m fortunate to have a long list: my children, my husband, my family and our home, just to name a few. But what does it mean to be thankful in our careers? Do we stop to take the time to appreciate the lessons we’ve learned and the people who taught us along the way? This time of year has me thinking about, and being thankful for, just that. Here are my top five lessons that I’m thankful for learning so far in my...
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Leadership lessons

I remember my first lesson on the meaning of leadership. The day I learned the tough lesson that “life is not fair.” I was seven and at a summer league swim meet. I was excited because I had just won my race and was showing my mom my first-ever blue ribbon. As I basked in the glory, I noticed a friend in the same race and her mom approaching us. Her mom looked directly at me and said, “Wendy, you know that Susan won that race – you need to give your blue ribbon to her.” I looked at my mom, and without exchanging words,...
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Innovation, inspiration

The term innovation is everywhere these days. Seems like no one can write a business article without including at least one reference to innovation. My experience, over a good number of years, is making me a little dubious of all this innovation talk. I can't help asking some questions like: > What does innovation really mean for most businesses, and is that what they really need? Is innovation the holy grail-path to success in business? It seems that I am not the only one questioning this unwavering belief in the power of innovation. This Fast Company article talks about innovation as business driver, yet it starts to raise questions...
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Local finds

Inspiration is at our core; we thrive on it, and we look to unearth it in what others see as clutter. To do that, we often times break from the norm – or the every day routine - and try something new and inspiring. Follow us long enough and you’ll begin to see a reoccurring theme at the Z -food. Whether it’s a themed potluck, grilling out on our patio, or just ordering in pizza[s], food helps inspire us. Once a month, we Zs get out of the office and explore; we stretch both our legs and our bellies as we patronize a local eating...
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Working women

Hey, ladies. How often do you stop to “smell the roses?” Especially in the middle of a crazy day, in the middle of a hectic week, in the middle of a million items on your “To Do” list? My name is Suzy Weinland, and I am a project development manager at Intrinzic. It is my duty to pay attention to the details and processes, making sure projects go from point A to point B, settling into the hand of our clients with as few delays and hiccups as possible – and all within budget, of course! Then, I go home and do the same thing...
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Art of inspiration

At Intrinzic, we help to inspire not only our clients but the talented students in the community. In visits to Great Oaks’ Milford Campus and NKU's Visual Communication Design wholesale nba jerseys Program, we engaged students in an interactive workshop about inspiration. We illustrated that inspiration is a Month mindset, and it should be ingrained world! in what we do every day. How do you achieve a mindset of inspiration? We believe it can become second nature by practicing the following: be curious, look for uniqueness, in use your senses, wholesale jerseys and Fettisdagen have in perseverance. Connecting these observations creates a solution cheap nba...
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