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Business Leadership Books You Didn’t Read on Summer Vacation

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting We’ve hit the summer mid-point in the DMV. The heat is still on, so learn to cool some of your workplace conflicts with a great business book. Head to your favorite quiet spot during lunch and do some reading. Some books to consider for your list: The Book of Hard Choices. James Autry and …

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Hot Enough for You? Tips for Motivating Both Yourself and Your Team

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting It’s hot, really hot, as in the typical dog days of DC summer hot! Despite the heat, we’re still at work because let’s face it, your mortgage lender isn’t going to accept a late payment with an excuse like, “It was just too hot to go out of the house”! So, what do you …

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Put Your Inner Critic on Holiday

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting “I can’t believe I did that – how did I miss that issue when I hired them? Clearly, they don’t know what they’re doing! I’m such an idiot!” How many of us have hired someone and then regretted it? Or selected someone to lead an important project only to find out that the person …

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Relationships and Rules

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting President Trump recently hosted his administration’s first state dinner with France’s President, Emmanuel Macron. France is the United States’s oldest ally. And as reported in the news, Trump and Macron appear to get along and like one another. In keeping with diplomatic protocol, Macron brought a gift, a Durmast oak sapling, a non-native oak …

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Taxation Without Representation

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting April, a month that brings cherry blossoms, rising temperatures, tourists, and of course, a check-in with the tax man! As a leader, do you commit taxation without representation? Do you expect your team members to perform without giving them appropriate rewards, feedback or direction? Are you the type of leader who is quick to …

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting It’s the season of love, at least it’s supposed to be. No doubt you’re thinking, “this is work, Melissa – what’s love got to do with it?” Understandable reaction because this is a column that talks about leadership and communication in the work environment. However, let’s consider the different types of love and how …

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Making Positive Changes Throughout the Year

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or make fun of people who make them, the new year is a reminder that there is a clean slate of months. This year, I encourage everyone to spend time each month on ways to improve yourself. From small changes to career changes, progress can happen in April …

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Get Help Applying for College Financial Aid

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS) Parents and students from across the county are invited to attend a workshop offering free assistance completing the FAFSA application. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas, from 6:00–8:00 p. m. in the downstairs computer lab. Assistance with the Free Application …

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How to Practice Courageous Behavior

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting Let’s talk about integrity. This wasn’t the topic I started to write about this month, but considering all that has transpired, it seemed timely and more than relevant. Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched various people in many careers stepping down or undergoing an ethics review. It even has a name, “the Weinstein …

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Put Emotional intelligence on Your Thanksgiving Menu

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting In less than a month, we’re going to enter into “the season”… the six weeks of eating, visiting, drinking, and “guilting” that is the period from the middle of November through to Christmas. Guilting? Making up your own words, Melissa? Well, yes. I call it guilting because there is so much guilt being thrown …

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