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Dawn Kohler
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Inspiring personal growth, professional development & spiritual living
Inspiring personal growth, professional development & spiritual living

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Last Saturday marked the largest protest in US history. Women, men and children from all around the world peacefully gathered to send one very big message. We want a world where all lives matter. Where power is used to create positive, respectful change that advances our human potential and protects the environment that makes it possible to live.

Yet, what’s as great as the message itself, is the way the message was sent. From Los Angeles to Amsterdam the experience of protestors can be summed up in one word. Kindness. Masses of people being polite to one another. Women and men who showed concern when somebody fell, or apologized when the inevitable toe was stepped on as the swell of the crowd pushed bodies together in what would have otherwise been an uncomfortable situation.

What we showed the world on Saturday, was what the world can be like. It was about respect, compassion and consideration. Now we need to keep the momentum going. Lead yourself and others with the sentiment of the Women’s March and eventually our leaders will reflect it.

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I often speak with people who would like to be promoted. They are hardworking employees who feel that much of what they are doing is going unnoticed. And, they’re right. The truth of the matter is your boss will likely see 20 to 30 percent of the work you accomplish each day, and that’s if they’re paying attention.

Yet, we can’t blame the boss for what they didn’t see if we didn’t find a way to show them. The people that tend to get promoted the quickest are the ones that know how to self-promote. They make a habit of not only doing good work, but reporting up their accomplishments on a regular basis.

The best upward reports are the ones that can be written in ten minutes and read in four. Along with your accomplishments, make sure to include key information to keep your manager in the loop, and give credit when due to those that helped you achieved the reported results. Before you hit send, sit back and read what you’re written. Let it sink in. Acknowledgement of your accomplishments starts with you. The rest is icing on your sooner-than-later promotion.
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I have heard more grumblings as of late from people feeling passionless. Their needs are met, they make good money, they are even in satisfying relationships. Yet there is a blankness in their stare that reflects the baffling void once filled with a flame.

Purpose and passion go hand-in-hand. It’s the activity that lives at the intersection of a Venn diagram of three things: What you love to do, your skills or natural gifts, and a need in the world begging to be addressed—by you!

When people find where their Venn diagram intersects, they find their purpose, their calling. Yet those who are living their calling rarely stumble upon it. Purpose and passion is something you find, make time for, and set as a priority. Only then can we nurture the spark of passion into a warming flame.

Where does your venn diagram intersect?
Feeling Passionless?
Feeling Passionless?
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Have you ever noticed that the advice we often give others is the advice we need to take? Such was the case last week when I was taking an early morning jog through a remote park in West Los Angeles.

On my run, I crossed though a basketball court where a celebrity rapper was working out with his personal trainer. The trainer was encouraging him to do a few push-ups while the rapper resisted. Hearing their playful banter, I looked over and chimed in. “Even I can do a pushup” I said in that girl-power kind of way. That’s when it hit me. “Bam!”
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I have received more emails this week than I can keep up with. My inbox is bulging from not only the normal flow of work related correspondence but an onslaught of advertisements trying to get me to buy something on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or Giving Tuesday. Enough already!

The only thing I need at this point is the time back I’m wasting on deleting my emails. So today, I dug up a list of actions steps to stop email madness. Besides the obvious “unsubscribe”, Click to read 5 of my favorites to help bring back the sanity. http://ow.ly/ilZB306KJpk
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Today we will elect our next President. Which makes it a great day to reflect on the need for leadership and what makes a leader effective. Is it politics or presence? Principles or vision? The ability to lead a group of people toward a common goal, or the skill to negotiate a desired outcome based on diverse agendas?

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I am not a huge fan of Halloween although admittedly I enjoy the candy. If I wish to be horrified I watch the news and would prefer that to a full-grown vampire, or blood dripping corpse at my door. Yet, what redeems this night for me each year is one little girl.

New Halloween story on DawnKohler.com...

Wishing you many treats this year!
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How to speak up in meetings AND be heard.
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New blog post today! What to do when you get fired...
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