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Liz Trocchio Smith

Liz Trocchio Smith
Certified Executive Business Coach
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The Joy of Girlfriends

First, for all you men who just rolled your eyes and decided this Monday Morning Coffee doesn’t apply to you, read on.   I know you have women in your life – a wife, girlfriend, mom, sister, co-worker or friend who is a woman, so don’t turn away, you might just learn something. Girlfriends are different.   A lot of women have “friends”, but the really lucky ones have “girlfriends”….

A Labor of Love

In honor of Labor Day, I’m rerunning my post from Labor Day 2013.  Enjoy the post and enjoy your well deserved day off! Do you ever wonder when the first Labor Day was celebrated or who decided that we should even celebrate Labor Day, or do you just know that you get a long weekend the first Monday of every September and that’s really all that matters to you?  Well,…

Life’s Simple Reminders

I’m sure most of you have read Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.    If you have or  have not read his book,  now that school is back in session it’s a great lesson for both kids and adults.  This morning, I share his Credo with you. Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up…

Does Your Car Have Blinkers?

Like me, I’m sure everyone seems to be out driving in their cars a lot.  To and from work, kids back at school, dropping kids off at  the many activities they have, running errands, etc.  Has anyone but me noticed that people DON’T use their blinkers?  I wonder sometimes if cars are just not make with them anymore, I mean seriously. I did a little test when I was out…

Don’t React Right Away When You Get Feedback You Disagree With

Maybe it’s your performance review. Or advice (solicited or otherwise) from a colleague. Whatever the feedback was, it was wrong — that person doesn’t understand the situation! They don’t really know what you do. And besides, their advice wouldn’t even work. Getting feedback you disagree with can be maddening, and while you might be tempted to launch into a well-reasoned rebuttal, it’s better not to react right away. Give yourself…

Get Your Team to Follow Through After a Meeting

After a meeting ends, it can be challenging to keep your team motivated and focused on doing the agreed-upon tasks. Of course, you need to end the meeting with clear agreement on specific actions and completion dates for each item, but that’s not enough. Ask people to speak up if they realize they won’t be able to deliver on an action item. Assign someone to track and follow up on…

Is It Possible to Ask Too Many People for Advice?

When you need advice, how many people should you ask? It’s tempting to get a lot of opinions — say, from friends, coworkers, and mentors — but doing so can backfire. You won’t be able to follow everyone’s advice, of course, and research shows that those whose advice you don’t take may have a worse view of you afterward. They may even see you as less competent or avoid you….

Leaders Need to Learn How to Take Criticism

If you’re in a leadership position, you need to know how to take criticism well. Being resilient will help you stay focused on what the company needs, rather than on the naysayers. One strategy is to brainstorm several ways to respond to criticism and write them down for reference. It can be hard to know what to say in the moment, so general responses will ensure you have something ready….

No Time for a Vacation? Take a Minibreak

Planning for a vacation can be exhausting, which is why shorter “minibreaks” are so useful. For example, taking a short trip, two to three days long, to somewhere local can help you relax without requiring a lot of planning or logistics. (A minibreak is also useful if a longer trip just isn’t practical for you right now.) To make the time as refreshing as possible, leave town early on Friday…

20 Fun Facts about the 4th of July

On this federal holiday, also known as Independence Day, marking the Colonies’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from the Great Britain and its king, we thought it would be appropriate to share some fun facts about this historic day. We are already familiar with the fireworks, parades , barbeque and festivities like picnics, fairs, concerts and parties that take place on this…

Managers, Know When to Stop Talking and Start Listening

As a manager, you probably have to talk a lot. You want people to have the guidance and direction they need, of course, and there are plenty of situations where you need to speak your mind. But at some point, talking a lot can turn into over communicating. You can end up dominating conversations, which means employees’ perspectives aren’t being heard. To make sure you aren’t talking too much, listen…