literary agent

Why Do Literary Agents Take So Long to Respond?

“The agent requested my proposal right away after I sent my pitch. But it’s been two weeks, and I haven’t heard a word. Is that good or bad?...

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merger chaos

How Not to Manage Merger Chaos

Big Bank acquired our Small Bank mid-month (real names removed to protect the guilty). Small Bank notified customers a month prior to the merger...

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leadership communication skills

Great Leaders Master 3 Skills Early

When you think of great leaders, what image comes to mind? For many, they envision a well-known CEO granting an TV interview or see a politician...

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leadership communication

How Leaders Communicate Differently From Divas and Deadbeats

Leaders talk often about data and metrics—and new AI possibilities. But some roles and activities defy measurement. For the most part, leadership...

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telling your story

3 Essentials in Telling Your Story to Insiders

Most professionals need to perfect the same storytelling skills as sales professionals. After all, in selling the executive team’s philosophies and...

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Dump That Part of Your Communication People Skip

When asked by an aspiring novelist the secret to his success, crime novelist Elmore Leonard replied: “I try to leave out the parts that readers...

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