Expert Author Denise Federer

A variety of factors shape leaders' effectiveness, but one of the most undervalued might be leadership presence. This criterion - how you are perceived and accepted by others - can open limitless career opportunities, or derail even the most talented people from reaching their leadership goals. In essence, it's about your attitude, character, and behavior when no one is looking, transcending other measuring sticks such as technical ability and emotional intelligence.

Perfecting the following three elements is the key to enhancing your leadership presence:

  • Be fully aware and present
  • Lead from the middle
  • Communicate effectively with others

Being fully aware and present means having strong self-awareness, understanding how others see you, and realizing they start judging you the moment you enter the scene. It also includes successfully navigating the business culture - knowing what's normal and expected versus what's not well tolerated - as well as the official and unofficial hierarchies.

Leading from the middle means leveraging your power and influence through your interactions with peers and superiors, managing across, up, and down. Your leadership success can hinge on the trusted relationships you make by being predictable, consistent and accountable; knowing technical expertise will only take you so far; developing mutual respect; aligning your goals; and being authentic.

Communicating effectively with others means knowing the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication. Only 7% of communication is accomplished with actual words; a far greater percentage is based on body language (55%) and vocal qualities like tone, pitch, and pace of delivery (38%).

How you communicate has a lot to do with how you are perceived by others. The good news is that you can increase your leadership presence by focusing on your verbal and non-verbal communications skills.

Verbal communication:

  • Understanding differing communications styles, i.e., detail-oriented or big picture
  • Listening strategically, understanding others' priorities and "hot buttons"
  • Asking questions
  • Honing your conversational skills
  • Knowing which topics to avoid

Non-verbal communication:

  • Establishing 70% eye contact
  • Smiling
  • Using open gestures, i.e., palms up
  • Sitting or standing erect
  • Using a lower pitch voice
  • Speaking slowly and distinctively
  • Being aware of your entrance into a room
  • Giving a solid handshake

When you become aware of all the nuances in your own behavior as well as others', you can use them as a way gain respect and trust - two byproducts of leadership presence that can go a long way toward enhancing your career success.


Expert Author Denise Federer

You've probably heard the phrase "leaders aren't born, they're made." I certainly agree with that, and I've seen plenty of instances when people worked hard to become strong leaders, or did little or nothing and failed in leadership roles. There's no surefire path to leadership success, but there are steps you can take to enhance your chances of being a leader who flourishes.

Before you think about things like what your leadership style will be, or what kind of leadership presence you hope to have, you need embark on a behavioral change plan, completing the following five steps:

  1. Evaluate your readiness for change. This includes having a clear and specific vision about the type of leader you want to be, and understanding you may need to operate out of your comfort zone to get there. If you're not ready to stretch, you may need to revisit whether you're ready to change.

  2. Break down behavior that seems complex. Remember that all complex behavior is a bunch of simple behaviors combined, so drill down to separate your larger goal into "bite-sized" components. For instance, if you want to be more collaborative, you might schedule meetings with colleagues, focus on being more open-minded, and identify people who are collaborative and consider the behaviors required to be thought of as a collaborator.

  3. Just do it. Behavior is easier to change than feelings, so it makes sense to try a new approach and see what happens. In the best-case scenario, you get reinforcement, but in any case, you'll learn something that will help you down the line. You want to focus on completion rather than perfection.

  4. Shift your mental framework. Set a model for change by establishing SMART goals (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, timely) and writing them down. It's been proven over and over again that when goals are written, they're more powerful and effective, as accountability rises.

  5. Assess your own motivations. Think about why you're making behavioral changes to enhance your leadership skills. For instance, if you want to be considered as a strong leader, think about the language you use. If you frequently use the phrase "I can't," reprogram yourself to use "I won't" instead. The former reflects weakness, while the latter represents a choice you've made.
  6. As with all behavior modifications, the ultimate goal is to incorporate new, helpful behaviors into your leadership style. When you accept this challenge wholeheartedly, the result will be an inspiring journey of self-awareness that can significantly boost your leadership aspirations.

Denise Federer, Founder & Principal at Federer Performance Management Group

Our core services include Family Business Consulting, Performance Coaching, Speaking Engagements, Financial Advisors Succession Planning, Leadership Development, Next Generation Planning and Team Building.


Expert Author Denise Federer

Having the opportunity to join a family business can be a dream come true or quite the opposite, a horrible nightmare. What I find is true for many children involved in family businesses is that they wished they'd done more "due diligence" before they came on board.

Some children feel lured by their parents to join the family business, and perhaps shortchanged because they were never able to realize their own dreams. Many children blossom under a parent's tutelage, while others wither. Family dynamics can be significantly affected as well; some families grow closer as a result of working side-by-side, and others get torn apart.

The tips presented below are meant primarily for children who aren't yet working at a family business, but they can also provide some food for thought for those who've already made that leap.

Before you join your family's business, ask yourself some important questions: Why are you doing it? Your motivation is important, whether it's for sentimental reasons, you want to own the business someday or you're passionate about what is being sold. Minus the proper motivation, i.e., fulfilling someone else's dream, you may be in for an unhappy work life.

  • What's expected of you? "Trust me" is not an appropriate response to a query about job specifics. Like any other employee, you need to have your pay, benefits, responsibilities and title spelled out in writing.

  • What's the "end game"? Will you have the chance to buy the business at some point, or will it be gifted to you? To ensure no misunderstandings occur, define ownership opportunities from the get-go.

  • What's your value proposition? Do you have the appropriate education and business acumen? It's best to gain industry experience by working for at least two years at another company, and it's also invaluable to learn entrepreneurial skills.

  • Will your ideas be heard? If you already have a hard time communicating with your parents, what makes you think things will be different in a business environment? You don't want to feel ignored or misunderstood at work.

If after some soul-searching, you decide to join the family business, be sure that transparency is maintained at all times. You also need to create boundaries, for instance, calling your parents by their first names rather than mom or dad.

Since your non-family colleagues will likely think you have an "in" with management, you have to work hard to show them you have to adhere to the same requirements they do. If you are named the heir apparent, it's even more important to gain respect, ideally by starting at the bottom and working your way up via your accomplishments-not your name.


Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

Finding a natural supplement for your dog is not difficult but first you must decide what you want the supplement to accomplish. Will the supplement be used for overall health and immunity, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, urinary tract infections, injuries, or a combination of factors?

There are many natural supplements for dogs on the market today so it can be not only confusing knowing which one to choose, but to make matters more difficult for the consumer, many of the supplements are targeted towards a specific ailment or even combinations of ailments and not just overall health. So, unless you are a veterinarian many people feel overwhelmed by the selection.

Another concern when purchasing a natural supplement for your dog are drug interactions. If your dog is using any medication like Rimadyl, Etogesic, or Deramaxx for arthritis then you most surely want to make sure there are no interactions for the natural formula you are going to buy. You can speak with your vet or carefully read the full package disclosure. Most natural supplements made for pets can be used alone or with prescription medications but always check to be safe. The good news for you and your dog; ultimately the natural remedy can replace the need for harsh drugs.

As an example, arthritis and joint problems affect one in every five dogs, and giving them drugs like Rimadyl are not the only culprits that could be hurting our pets with side effects. Over the counter drugs like Ibuprofen or aspirin have side effects like vomiting, gastro-intestinal bleeding and ulcers. NSAID's are very toxic and can damage the kidneys and liver and they should never be given to a dog on any synthetic steroid hormone. On the other hand, glucosamine sulphate is an amino derivative of glucose which occurs naturally in supportive tissues. This is a great start, but there are formulas that include this and other ingredients to not only support muscles and joints for mobility and flexibility, but improve bone health and actually improve liver function. An added plus is the fact that the dosage is designed in curative amounts so you don't have to guess on the correct amount, especially if you bought a product made for humans.

A natural supplement for your dog, no matter what the health issue is, can be an excellent way to make sure they live a long and healthier life. It's not a bad idea to start early on while they are puppies with a multi-supplement to give them an advantage, but also make sure they have plenty of high quality dog food so they develop to their full potential. Hopefully they will be the four out of five that don't have mobility or other health issues in their senior years.


Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

Herpes, the painful skin blisters, that once acquired, are with you for the rest of your life! It's definitely not the best news and it can be emotionally and physically devastating. Having the virus is something that can be lived with but precautions need to be taken to prevent or minimize further outbreaks. As of this date there is no cure, and it's doubtful that they will ever find a herpes cure, but there are many things you can do to control outbreaks and prevent spreading the disease to others.

There are three types of herpes virus that are the most common:

Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) is the typical cold sore variety that normally breaks out on the lips, mouth and face, although the virus can break out on the fingers, or in the eye causing "pink eye" or conjunctivitis. The virus can also (rarely) extend into the brain causing encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. The virus does spread by contact, either the sore or the fluid contained in the sore are highly contagious, although the virus can spread without any visible signs of a sore. It used to be thought that a person had to have an active case of herpes, but it was found not to be true. This virus can also cause genital herpes.

Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) is the virus that usually causes genital herpes and is spread by sexual intercourse. The blisters erupt in the genital area leaving an ulcerated open sore, but symptoms vary from person to person. Condoms can reduce the risk of infection but not eliminate it. Blood tests are available but the most positive way to find out if you have genital herpes is to be seen by a doctor at the time of an outbreak. A sample can then be taken from the sore and it will be diagnosed in a lab.

Herpes zoster is the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles. Shingles usually develop in the adult years with people who have had chicken pox as a child. The virus is dormant in the body after chicken pox has long gone and then suddenly shows its face years later when you are suffering extended stress, using corticosteroids or using a class of drugs called immunosuppressants. These types of blisters cause long-term nerve damage and are usually found around your mid-section, lower part of your body, stomach area, or lower body; they can however show up in other areas of the body.

There are other types of the herpes virus but they are not as common as herpes simplex type 1 and 2. There is no medication available that can actually kill the virus in the nerve cells. Research is being done and the only prescription drugs available are acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir, denavir, famvir, penciclovir, valtrex and zovirax. These drugs are not a herpes cure, but shorten the duration of the outbreak. The common drug side effects are upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, tiredness, agitation, joint pain, hair loss and vision changes. More severe side effects are hives, rashes or blisters, itching, difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, hoarseness, seizures, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, trouble sleeping, fever, sore throat, chills, cough, abnormal bruising or bleeding, blood in the urine, stomach pain or cramps, bloody diarrhea, decreased urination, headache, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that are not real), confusion, aggressive behavior, difficulty speaking, numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms or legs, temporary inability to move parts of your body, and, last but not least, uncontrollable shaking.

Taking these types of medications is not a herpes cure and they have an abundance of side effects like every prescription drug. To top it off, these drugs have the same success rate natural herpes remedies do as far as controlling and lessening the time of outbreaks. Also, after you no longer take these drugs it does not stop future outbreaks, these are lifelong medications.

The best way to prevent an outbreak is to strengthen your immune system. There are many people giving recommendations on various message boards which are worth a try because many of them work. Just also remember that everyone is different so it may take you awhile to find your pre-herpes regime. Remember, your body is your temple! Treat it well, and it will treat you well.

Basically the top recommendations and the closest thing to a herpes cure:

Eat a healthy diet, avoiding sugar, chemical sweeteners and alcohol. They suppress the immune system!

Take L-lysine 1000mg three times per day and eat foods high in lysine and low in arginine. Most vegetables and fruits, meats and fish are good choices. If too much arginine is consumed you most likely will have an outbreak. Foods highest in arginine which should be avoided are seeds, soy protein isolate and egg whites.

Reduce stress and anxiety. Many people feel a herpes attack coming on when they are very tired or stressed for a lengthy period, lowering your immune system functioning. As soon as you feel an outbreak coming, start the lysine, other supplements and a topical treatment. Try meditation, yogi, deep breathing, laughing, and listening to music, a massage, or a warm bath, before and during an outbreak.

Use herbal remedies topically which are antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature like tea tree oil, neem oil, and clove oil. If they seem too strong and sting when applied, mix a drop with neutral oils (like almond) or a q-tip soaked in water which will dilute the concentration enough so as not to irritate.


Expert Author Susan Leigh
Retirement is something that numerous individuals are wanting to take prior in their lives, and with the chances of improved medical services, diet and way of life ordinarily individuals can anticipate numerous solid and satisfying a very long time ahead. 

- Mindset is a significant aspect of the condition. Being keen on what is happening around keeps an individual fascinating to be with. Being intellectually dynamic and occupied with life prevents us from getting self ingested and isolated. Being quick to think about current issues, the news, new auditorium shows, learning new premiums keeps us playful and roused, just as intellectually ready. 

- Looking in the same class as conceivable regularly reflects individual certainty levels. Keeping up great cleanliness, keeping hair and garments brilliant and putting forth the attempt to look alluring develops confidence and furthermore guarantees that others approach us with deference as well. We radiate a superior impression when we are brilliant and certain. 

- Health. As we get more seasoned parts do destroy a bit. Tuning in to the messages from our body, approaching ourselves with deference and affectability and permitting recuperating to take the time it needs are on the whole keys to remaining admirably for more. Resting when required, eating steadily and keeping intellectually alert are extremely significant variables. 

- Exercise. Reasonable exercise is essential to keep the body moving and well. There is no motivation behind why an individual can't remain dynamic and make every second count, however tuning in to the body, letting it take the effort to recuperate if important is a key component. Numerous Leisure Center run classes for the over 50's and these are incredible for individuals who are somewhat weak or who have not consistently practiced previously. They frequently join a social component, which is a casual method of meeting new individuals. Deciding what level of activity is fitting for you is a significant factor in remaining sound and dynamic. Fit more established individuals can be seen utilizing their extra spare opportunity to ascend mountains and take up exercises like skimming. 

- Money can be more tight for some resigned individuals. Post for a portion of the limits that are accessible at off-top occasions. There are numerous spots that are accessible for nothing or at diminished rates to more seasoned individuals, or at specific occasions or on specific days of the week. Transform it into an undertaking. One resigned couple in the UK chose to travel all adjust the nation on an over 60's pass, and had a great deal of fun doing it. They took as long as they needed and visited better places in transit. Start a book club where a gathering of individuals alternate to pick a book for all to peruse and afterward examine it a month later. That path there is something to do and the upgrade of sharing a fascinating conversation a short time later. 

- Goal Setting. Whatever age we are objective setting can guarantee that we stretch ourselves somewhat more and do new or various things. A few people utilize New Year or a commemoration to record their significant objectives. At that point plan them into your organizer so that there is a guarantee to remember them for your life. 

- Volunteer. Numerous associations would welcome the assistance of an alarm excited individual with an opportunity to submit. Creature noble cause and clinic visiting are two guides to consider. 

- Relationships. It is flawless to have a unique companion or accomplice to impart life to. Numerous individuals are left all alone as they get more seasoned, possibly through mourning or separation. Connections need consideration and exertion and if an individual has lived alone for a period it very well may be hard to figure out how to think about someone else. Now and then taking things gradually can be the key. Sharing a feast, a show or a walk together can assist two with peopling become familiar with the benefit of having somebody unique in their lives once more. 

- Adventure. Attempt to accomplish something else consistently. Indeed, even simply cooking an alternate formula or booking to see a show that you don't know you will appreciate. On the off chance that it turns out to be well, that is extraordinary, and in the event that it was not very great, well at any rate you did it. It is tied in with keeping open to new chances and beneficial encounters.
Expert Author Richard Peck
.NET Framework is a free application which has now been consolidated into the center Windows bundle. 

Presented in the last part of the 90's, as a way to normalize application advancement across various forms of Windows, it lies at the center of an enormous number of the most significant Windows highlights. 

Unfortunately,.NET system has been known to cause countless blunders/issues for a long time. 

While it doesn't by and large reason the issues itself, it's frequently because of helpless combinations or comparative, that they show up. 

In the event that you've been prescribed to "re-introduce" or "repair".NET, the accompanying instructional exercise should help. 

Note - .NET can't be eliminated. 

Since it's such a basic aspect of the Windows environment, it's really difficult to "eliminate" the.NET structure from later forms of the framework. 

While you're at freedom to refresh, fix and oversee it - eliminating it doesn't work. 

Accordingly, in case you're encountering issues, you should be certain that you have the most recent adaptation and that it's effectively running on your framework. 

To do this, you have to follow the means underneath: 

1. Run The Verification Tool 

The initial step is to run Microsoft's.NET confirmation device. 

This is a free bit of programming which essentially checks for any issues that might be available with.NET. 

You're ready to download it via looking for ".NET Verification apparatus" on the web, and tapping the principal connect (it ought to be a Microsoft page). 

In the wake of downloading the apparatus, run it. 

In the event that you don't know which form of the.NET system you're running, just select.NET adaptation 4. 

The facts *should* confirm that the structure ought to check (it possibly truly verifies whether the right documents are on the framework). 

In the event that there are any issues, it will give you a blunder code which you have to check on the web... something else, proceed beneath. 

2. Run The.NET Repair Tool 

Subsequent to doing stage 1, you may need to "fix" any of the issues that.NET has. 

To do this, you should run the.NET fix device. 

This is another device made by Microsoft, and basically permits you to tidy up any of the issues that Windows may have with its.NET establishment. 

Like the confirmation instrument above, you can discover it by clicking onto your preferred web index and searching for ".NET fix device". 

Snap on the principal Microsoft connect - it should give a page a major orange catch. 

When you've tapped the catch, download the application to your framework and run it. 

Follow the means on screen and restart your PC once finished. 

3. Upgrade.NET 

On the off chance that the above didn't work, you might need to have a go at refreshing the system. 

This fundamentally abrogates any of the records that might be risky at any rate, permitting you to tidy up any blunders it might have. 

To do this, you should do the accompanying: 

Quest online for ".NET most recent download" 

You ought to be given a Microsoft site page 

This page will have two choices - ".NET Core" and ".NET Framework" 

Snap on "Download.NET Framework Runtime" under the.NET Framework choice 

Spare the record to your PC 

Open it and run it 

It will either let you know whether you have the most recent form, or brief you to continue 

On the off chance that you can continue, follow the means and restart your framework 

4. Reinstall.NET In "Windows Features" 

In conclusion, you might have the option to eliminate the component from Windows Features. 

To do this, you have to follow these means: 

Press "Windows" + "S" keys on your console 

Type "Projects and Features" 

Select the principal alternative (in Windows 10, there might be a possibility for "Turn Windows includes on or off" - which you should click) 

Snap onto "Turn Windows includes on or off" from the left menu 

From the rundown, distinguish ".NET 4.7" 

Uncheck the crate 

Snap "alright" 

Restart your framework 

Open the applet once more, and this time check the crate 

Windows ought to play out some establishment measures 

When complete, restart your framework once more 

Test to check whether it worked 

In case you're actually encountering issues in the wake of following the abovementioned, you should guarantee that any of the applications your framework is running are working effectively. This can commonly be accomplished by re-introducing them.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
Repetition, regardless of whether it be willful or obligatory, brings its own issues and stresses. As does retirement. Regularly my customers are worried about the budgetary ramifications, regardless of whether there has been a singular amount installment from work. Numerous individuals are worried about what the future may hold as far as their future job, individual significance and worth. This weight can genuinely affect on confidence and certainty. 

Numerous individuals characterize themselves through their activity. Request that somebody 'educate me concerning yourself' and frequently their activity is a key aspect of the answer. Work is frequently the greatest aspect of our life, the hours and responsibility needed to work admirably regularly overshadow different things, similar to family and public activity, or even wellbeing concerns. 

Maturing effortlessly needs to have an impact in choices over future objectives and choices. Youth brings its own energy and eagerness, yet frequently different weights factor in, similar to stretch, accounts, profession, family. As we age regularly a tranquility and simpler feeling of parity can happen. There is regularly less force, less boundaries of feelings. The modernity of life experience can carry with it a less critical feeling of viewpoint to life occasions. 

Thus, how would we locate a decent equalization in life as retirement draws near ? 

- Personal connections should be sustained and put resources into so when the youngsters begin to venture out from home, or the every day work routine starts to change, accomplices and companions are still there and are a significant aspect of our continuous life and backing group. 

- It's essential to discover a harmony between the energy required in attempting to keep up ones own guidelines, while valuing that one is certainly not a youngster any longer. 

- Listen to ones body, for weariness, wellbeing admonitions, rest needs, dietary changes, recovery times. Figure out how to see the 'golden light' , like with traffic signals, that blaze to make a need aware of moderate or perhaps stop for a brief period. This is essential to keep up great wellbeing and deal with any feelings of anxiety. 

- Read magazines, accept counsel from salons, excellence counters, classy companions, design experts. While acknowledging what suits, it's likewise significant not to be left with similar search for quite a long time. Keeping snappy and brilliant is a gigantic factor in energy levels and individual certainty and confidence. 

- Exercise is significant. Numerous recreation communities and exercise centers have less expensive participations or day by day rates for the over 50's and frequently run uncommon meetings. Golf clubs and astounding clubs frequently support the 50's in daytime enrollments. 

- Maybe consider taking up an expertise or pastime. Numerous nearby schools do recreational courses in dialects, expressions and artworks, interests that individuals have yet where there is no compelling reason to take a test toward the end. So the course can be appreciated, without the weight or worry of having a test. The University of the Third Age has a great deal to bring to the table here. 

- Voluntary work can be fulfilling. Numerous associations depend intensely on gifted, skilled, vivacious individuals who are not, at this point utilized in standard positions. Good cause associations, the League of Friends, the National Trust are only three models. 

Consider retirement a chance to do the things that you have needed to do, perhaps travel, see the grandkids more, take up that leisure activity or intrigue, while simultaneously, having the option to do it on your own terms. Another period of life to be delighted in and acknowledged.