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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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Manners Matter: 7 Tips for Better Business Etiquette
By David Ackert on June 20, 2014

Lest I come off sounding like your mother, let me start off by saying that I have committed all of the following faux pas at one time or another. On a few occasions, I'm pretty sure they...

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If You're Anything Like Me
By David Ackert on May 1, 2014

If you’re anything like me, part of your mind has already finished reading this blog. It is thinking about the meeting you have in twenty minutes, strategizing ways to cut it short so...

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Why Responsiveness Is Critical
By David Ackert on March 19, 2014

We are wired to be highly responsive to our clients, but in our frantic race to meet their expectations, we often fail to treat our other relationships with the same respect. Our...

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Personal Development

Just Between You and Me
By David Ackert on September 19, 2013

My networking lunch was going well. We were hitting it off nicely, we seemed to have a lot in common, we knew a lot of the same people, and we had good business synergy. I was hopeful...

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The Trouble with Excellence
By David Ackert on August 9, 2013

Our expectations are often unrealistic when it comes to our performance. We expect top-tier results and criticize ourselves when our revenues are flat and our initiatives are...

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Where Is Your Feedback Loop?
By David Ackert on April 5, 2013

You got plenty of it in school. It's part of what made you so smart—the evaluative and often corrective feedback you received from your professors (when you weren't partying). So, what's...

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