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As 2013 comes to a close, the IAFC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Bugle Brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


5 things super successful people do before 8 a.m.
Forbes
From Oct. 8: Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful, and healthy, lifestyle. That's right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m., Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 a.m. and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, wakes at 4:30 a.m., just to name a few.
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Successful leadership requires 6 critical resources
Forbes
From Aug. 8: Leadership is a chess match. Every decision you make influences your next five decisions. Unfortunately, many leaders don't realize the implications of each of their decisions. It's like an entrepreneur who battles long and hard to reach their desired goal, and stops 90 percent of the way, not knowing they only had 10 percent more to go to get there.
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7 things really respected people do
Inc.
From Sept. 10: Respect is not something you can conjure or demand, no matter how often you sing Aretha's anthem. Respect is earned. And often the people who are most respected don't have to try to earn it. They simply take action in a way that makes others feel admiration. Without respect, it's hard to lead a company, manage a team or gain accomplishments. Earn and cultivate the respect of those around and you'll soon find support that can help you achieve almost anything.
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The 5 Cs of great leaders
Tech Cocktail
From Oct. 8: What does "executive comportment" really mean, and how do you qualify for it? The following are the "five Cs" that are key ingredients defining it, and they can be useful when looking for co-founders and other team leaders.
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The 4 most effective ways leaders solve problems
Forbes
From Nov. 8: With as many problems as we are all faced with in our work and life, it seems as if there is never enough time to solve each one without dealing with some adversity along the way. Problems keep mounting so fast that we find ourselves taking short-cuts to temporarily alleviate the tension points — so we can move onto the next problem. In the process, we fail to solve the core of each problem we are dealt; thus we continuously get caught in the trap of a never-ending cycle that makes it difficult to find any real resolutions. Sound familiar?
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7 things really amazing communicators do
Inc.
From Oct. 8: It doesn't matter whether you are in the business of delivering products or services — either way, your success depends heavily on communication. When things go wrong, you can almost always trace the problem to a breakdown in communication. And when things go right, it's usually great communicators who helped create the successful results. It's a necessary skill in every aspect of business, social and family life.
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Nice or tough: Which approach engages employees most?
Harvard Business Review
From Sept. 23: It's probably no news to most people who work that poor leaders produce disgruntled, unengaged employees. Our research also shows convincingly that great leaders do the opposite — that is, that they produce highly committed, engaged and productive employees. And the difference is cavernous.
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4 ways to build leaders, not followers
Inc.
From Sept. 10: In the business world, there is a lot of discussion about leadership. Very often, these discussions are really about how to lead followers. Very rarely are these discussions about the skills required to lead leaders — which is unfortunate because that is where transformational business growth really comes from. The approaches overlap, but there are some distinct differences that need to be understood.
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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
From Aug. 22: Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work." The reasons apparent eagles turn out to be total turkeys can most often be attributed to one of these four, common hiring mistakes.
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5 ways leaders bridge the generational divide
Forbes
From Oct. 22: We're in the middle of a historic evolutionary leap driven by digital innovation and software technology. And it's created a generational divide that holds both promise and peril for leaders, managers and HR departments. This is a large fail for those of us in the trenches fighting this ongoing employee engagement crisis.
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