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3 Reasons Why Charity Is Good for You
By David Ackert on May 30, 2018

There is ongoing debate over whether it is appropriate to mix business with one's personal interests (e.g., is it okay to "friend" your referral sources on Facebook?). But there's no...

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Ask for What You Want
By David Ackert on March 14, 2018

I know, it would be so much easier if people just gave us what we wanted without having to be asked. Clients would refer their colleagues, referral sources would introduce us to all of...

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Are You Positioned for Failure?
By David Ackert on February 28, 2018

There is a common theme among many of the clients my team and I have been coaching lately: failing to measure up to unrealistic expectations.

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4 Questions that Foster Change
By David Ackert on January 31, 2018

The moment you identify and implement the right strategy, your circumstances will change for the better. The only thing that stands in the way is inertia. You have to be willing to stop...

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Trust Your Gut
By David Ackert on January 26, 2017

As you are hunting for new business, it may occasionally occur to you to take actions that are beyond your comfort zone. In most cases, your survival instinct will take over and dissuade...

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How to Worry Intelligently
By David Ackert on October 20, 2016

We can't help it. Worrying is part of the human experience. We stress out over everything from our workload to the demands of our biggest clients to the well-being of our loved ones....

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The Cost of Taking It Personally
By David Ackert on August 20, 2015

It’s perplexing, I know. Your prospective client looked you in the eye and told you the signed engagement letter would be in your hands by the end of the week. That was two months ago....

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Why You Shouldn't Strive for Excellence
By David Ackert on February 27, 2015

A perfectionist will tell you that their tendency towards high standards is a virtue. But there is a connection between the unrealistic demands many of us have on ourselves and the...

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Why Professional Jealousy Is Good for You
By David Ackert on November 20, 2014

There are those for whom success seems to come easily. We watch their rise with a pang of envy and wish we could somehow snap our fingers and have what they have. Perhaps for you, it's...

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How to Outsmart Your Inner Critic
By David Ackert on September 4, 2014

I don't know about you, but I hate looking like an idiot. The feeling comes over me whenever I judge my actions as unpolished or poorly timed or just plain stupid. Then, when I seek out...

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