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Are You Being Fooled? Influence vs. Manipulation

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC There are many ways to influence people. Some are sincere and well-intentioned, and others are more sinister in nature. Can you tell the difference? Do you know when you are being influenced vs. manipulated? I would argue that in many cases, you do not, because it is frequently done […]

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How to Break Old Habits and Make New Ones Stick

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC As a coach, I regularly help leaders with breaking old habits and developing new ones that will serve them better. The first step in changing any behavior is to determine why you want to change it. Change is hard because it requires energy and effort. Therefore, you need a […]

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Building Human Connection in a Virtual World

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC There has been a common thread in my dozens of coaching sessions with leaders this past month: people are ready to get back to the office. Although most people don’t miss the commute into work, many are working longer hours, while being far-less productive. This is due to the […]

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How to Prepare for the Unknown in 2021

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Like many people, I took an extended vacation at home over the holidays. Besides responding to a couple of emails, I did nothing work-related. Instead, I binge-watched several Netflix series, ate too much, and slept way more than usual. Even the 9-10 hours I was getting didn’t seem like […]

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10 Virtual Activities for Families, Friends and Teams

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC This holiday season will be unlike any other. There won’t be large gatherings for holiday parties with friends, family and co-workers. Instead, many of us will be celebrating with just our immediate families. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still connect and have fun together. Below is a […]

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Tips for Better Self-Care This Holiday Season

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC It’s important to take care of ourselves during these challenging times, especially with the upcoming holidays and the long pandemic winter ahead. If you supervise others or have children, it’s a big responsibility to have others count on you. Therefore, you must first care for yourself before you can […]

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Are You Checking In Enough? It’s Now More Critical Than Ever.

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Many people have been working virtually for nearly 8 months now, and it’s starting to wear them down. For many, the work day extends well into the evening hours due to distractions with kids homeschooling, and no clear boundaries on when the work day ends. The virtual environment is […]

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What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC I just completed a year-long coaching engagement with a very talented engineer, leader, contract manager, mother, and all around super star. Nina Batie is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and has worked there for 12 years. In order to advance her career to the next level, she […]

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Leading with Emotional Courage

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC I continue to be amazed and impressed by the group of leaders that I have been working with since February of this year. Last week, the 2020 Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) cohort program ended with this awesome group of leaders presenting a final project of what they learned from […]

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The Epitome of Great Leadership

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Major General Brian Cummings is without a doubt the best leader I have ever encountered during my 23-year career in leadership development and organization development. He is the shining example of what I teach in my leadership training courses and what we read about in books on leadership. He […]

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