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By Molly Cain, Forbes.com
Special to Online Career Tips

We humans (that means me included) often get stuck in a hamster wheel of habit. We do things that aren’t good for us, remain where we shouldn’t and put ourselves through voluntary suffering all in the name of comfort. We don’t know these things are damaging, because it’s normal to us.

By Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes.com
Special to Online Career Tips

One of the most important hiring criteria for many companies is the ability to work as a team player—yet, so many of us have colleagues who don’t play well with others. If you have one bad apple in the bunch, it can really hurt the morale and enthusiasm of an entire department,” says Andy Teach, author of From Graduation to Corporation, and host of the YouTube channel FromGradToCorp.

By Peggy Drexler, Forbes.com
Special to Online Career Tips

With the volume of media attention (Lean In; Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection) and the decibel level of the discussion on the life of working women, the assumption might be that the lives of female executives is unbalanced and unfair and unrewarding, however new studies (and a closer look at older ones) show that women are much happier, and more confident about their careers than the tone of the discussion would indicate.

By Michelle Maldonado
Associate Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Relationships, American Public University System

In this issue, we have a frank discussion with Lt. Richard Goerling of the Hillsboro, Oregon Police Department about his groundbreaking work using mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques that teach officer resilience and tactical communications in his department and surrounding communities. Richard is featured in the cover story of the October 2013 Issue of Mindful magazine and has also appeared in several law enforcement publications as he helps police officers “pause and protect.”

By Michelle Maldonado
Associate Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Relationships, American Public University System

In this issue of the Authentic Leadership Series, I talk with Eddie Maldonado, Administrative Services Manager for the VA Roseberg Healthcare System, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and two-time recipient of the “Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year” award to discuss the leadership approaches that have made him successful during his career.

By Michelle Maldonado
Associate Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Relationships, American Public University System

Middle managers serve as critical connectors between senior management and frontline employees. They must execute strategy, make hard decisions throughout strategic and tactical deliveries and balance employee morale and expectations with overall organizational objectives. In this issue of the Authentic Leadership Series, I speak with Stacy Shamberger, Executive Vice President of Skyline Group, to discuss why “developing the middle” not only makes good business sense, but also promotes organizational success and sustainability.

By Michelle Maldonado
Associate Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Relationships, American Public University System

Leadership style is a personal and necessary expedition that often requires trial and error, introspection and guidance. In this ninth issue of the Authentic Leadership Series, I speak with American Public University System Vice President Terry Grant to discuss leadership transformation based on the four principles that define her distinctive leadership style and the culture of her high-performing enrollment management and student support organization.