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Vol.19 Issue. 06 Personal Excellence Essentials is published monthly by HR.com, 124 Wellington Street East Aurora, Ontario Canada L4G 1J1. Editorial Purpose: Our mission is to promote personal and professional development based on constructive values, sound ethics, and timeless principles. Submissions & Correspondence: Please send any correspondence, articles, letters to the editor, and requests to reprint, republish, or excerpt articles to Editorial Department, Personal Excellence, 124 Wellington Street East, Aurora, Ontario Canada L4G 1J1. Phone: 1-877-472-6648 Email: PE@editor.hr.com Customer Service/Circulation: For customer service, or information on products and services, call 1-877-472-6648 or email: PE@editor.hr.com Internet Address: www.hr.com Personal Excellence Publishing: Debbie McGrath, CEO, HR.com, Publisher Shelley Marsland-Beard, Product Manager Ken Shelton, Editor of PE, 1984-2014 Brandon Wellsbury, Corporate Sales Adnan Saleem, Design and Layout Marketing Offices: Leadership Excellence 124 Wellington Street East Aurora, Ontario Canada L4G 1J1 1-877-472-6648 Copyright © 2013 HR.com No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without written permission from the publisher. Quotations must be credited. Personal excellence is an inward out process. It is not really about making yourself better than everyone else; in fact it is a strive to improve your performance throughout so that you can be a better individual than you were yesterday. It helps to improve your relationships, career, finances and your overall approach to life. So, what are the qualities required to be a better individual? From confidence to motivation, courage to contentment, drive to willpower, the list is endless… In this edition of Personal Excellence, our cover article Perfecting the Art of Active Listening by Lisa Kelley also speaks about one such skill for personal growth and excellence- the art of active listening. She discusses in detail about how this critical life skill brings about positive changes in life. We always are under the impression that we are good listeners, but the truth is that most of us are not active listeners at all. Isn’t it true that we prefer talking than listening? When we argue, we never listen to the other person. Instead we are busy formulating on how we should hit back through words. We do not like to listen. And how is an active listener different from a passive one? The former listens with his/her ears, eyes, head and heart. So where do you stand? Only if you are totally involved in the listening process you can grow your relationships and trust with others, build morale of friends, families and co-workers and provide a communication pathway for creativity, partnership and invention. Lisa’s article is a definite eye opener that will make you ponder over the question, “Why are so many of us poor listeners?” She also provides tips that can help you improve your active listening skills. Yet another interesting article that will help you make the path to excellence an interesting ride is Christine Chen’s Journey to Excellence. She puts forth a suggestion to face each day with an attitude of excellence. She feels, pursuing excellence and doing a job to the best of our ability not only creates a positive environment but can be exciting and each day could actually be thrilling. The article oozes out fresh energy and readers can feel it immediately. Work is definitely worship, but that doesn’t mean its all work and no life. Jeff Davidson through his article Balancing Life and Work talks about 21 ways that professionals with work-life balance are different from others. A thought-provoking read especially for today’s generation. In brief, this edition of Personal Excellence Essentials is a right platform for all those who want to bring about a change and excel in life. Read, enjoy and do send your feedback! Editor’s Note Regards, Debbie McGrath HR.com Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 06.2014 4


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