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Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR
Leadership & Communication Skills Trainer, Professor
Leadership & Communication Skills Trainer, Professor


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32 of 58 for 58: Keep on Battling
I thought I had it. What I wanted professionally. The pay was good. The position appeared to provide a modicum of stability in the form of a multiyear contract. I could finally exhale. Relax a bit, kick back, and do my job without fear of how I'd be earning...

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31 of 58 for 58: Follow Your Own Advice
I've written 30 blog posts outlining lessons I've learned--one for every year I've been alive. I have another 29 to go to meet my commitment.  It seems like a tall order. I feel like I've run out of things to say. Then it dawned on me. The sum total of what...

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30 of 58 for 58: Learn to Deal with Your Mistakes
Sometimes the spotlight finds you even when you do your best to avoid it. Regardless, you need to be ready. You need to conduct yourself with aplomb. And you have to display a sense of humor even when you feel like fighting what’s happening. I learned these...

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29 of 58 for 58: Get Clear About Your Story
I've long struggled to craft a compelling and coherent professional story.  I grappled with how to explain disparate experiences in my career. I didn't quite know how they fit together in a way that made sense, even just to me. I suffered as a result. Consi...

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28 of 58 for 58: Get Clear About Your Why Before You Pursue Any Goal
I've studied three languages in school: Spanish, French, and German. At one point I could read all of them. At present, I can get by conversationally in Spanish. That's it.  I entertain visions of achieving fluency in French and Spanish at some point. I've ...

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27 of 58 for 58: Catch People Doing Things Well
It was likely a typical Sunday afternoon to employees at the Philadelphia International Airport. To those of us waiting out a storm to board a delayed flight, it most certainly was not. Babies were wailing. People crowded around the check-in counter. The te...

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24 of 58 for 58: Be Willing to Forgive (even when you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do so)
I’m unable to forgive three people. I’ve struggled to do so
for the past three years. When I was hurting, they I feel they turned on me—individually
and collectively. It’s not like I was expecting their unbridled support. That
said, the chain of events that...

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22 of 58 for 58: Take Yourself Seriously and Do the Work
I hadn’t given a lot of thought to the career of Ethan
Hawke. Then I read this
morning’s profile in the New York Times . It seems Hawke’s work had been routinely and harshly
criticized for years. Now, it seems he’s receiving more than his share of
respect a...

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21 of 58 for 58: Rightsized is the Best Size
Merriam Webster
defines rightsize as “to reduce (or undergo a reduction to) an
optimal size.” On an individual level, that means to be devoid of
grandiosity, arrogance, and hubris. In my case I’ll add to this list anger,
bitterness, and frustration. On my b...
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