Fitting In vs Belonging

There’s a little-known distinction between “fitting in and belonging” which can become an eye-opener on how we misspend our value across our careers and lives. In this vlog, Dean shares his philosophy — along with two simple tips — to go from “failing to fit” to the deeper resolution of “truly belonging,” which promises to be a game changer for anyone stepping up to leadership or presentation.

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Why Do We Hate Public Speaking?

So many of us actively hate to get in front of an audience to talk about anything. Why is that? And what can we do about it, especially when we’re in a situation where we have to do it? In this post, Pete shares his thoughts about the single most important thing you can do to end the hate, and embrace the opportunity.

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Why You Can’t Say “I’m Sorry You Were Offended”

When you unintentionally offend someone, your actions played a part in creating hurt feelings, no matter what you intended. But since you didn’t intend anything problematic, it can be hard to apologize. Nevertheless, you still can, and you will benefit from it. In today’s post, Pete offers up his own story as an experience we all can benefit from.

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Compass vs Map – Navigating Approaches

Dean uncovers another useful distinction in the workplace: the contrasting styles of “Compass People” and “Map People.” Akin to the difference between concept-driven and detail-oriented individuals, this dichotomy can lead to clashes in how we pursue shared goals. In this post, Dean delves into the distinct approaches of Compass People and Map People in plotting their course and offers insights on how to navigate these differences for optimal collaboration and success.

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Self-love is neither cliché nor trite — it’s business. People wonder what they need to inspire, sell, and influence when the stakes are high. Dean believes that self-love is a key ingredient in successful presenting, and in loving your audience, even when they push back.

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Blame and Power

Words like blame and responsibility are getting slung around like weapons these days, which can make them challenging to discuss. Nevertheless, Pete takes them on in this post, sharing his thoughts about the most empowering way for you to think of them.

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What Is The Meaning Of Your Firm?

Your firm exists to make a difference, but not just to you, not just to your employees, and not just to your shareholders. The biggest difference your firm exists to make is to the world it serves. In today’s post, Pete encourages you to think in this bigger, better, more powerful way. 

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The Hero Compass

Your professional brand is often an elusive thing — it can be hard to put your finger on what qualities you bring to the equation when you succeed in meaningfully connecting with and helping others. In today’s post, Dean introduces a tool he calls the Hero Compass that can help you begin the process of identifying those Hero qualities in you.

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What Apollo 11 Can Teach You About Presenting

Landing on the moon required two modes: auto-pilot, and manual. Believe it or not, your presence has these two modes as well. You’re most normal in auto-pilot mode, and when presenting pressure kicks in, it can be really hard to act like yourself. Dean looks at the Apollo 11 moon landing as a metaphor for how to be yourself under the pressure of presenting.

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Who Is Your Ideal Client?

When you think and talk about your target client in terms about demographics and hard facts, you can communicate useful information, but your heart isn’t necessarily engaged, and as a result your audience won’t be either. Pete proposes a simple way to bring more to the conversation when someone asks to learn more about who you work with.

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