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A Few Thoughts About Sex in the Workplace

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2018

 

My colleague Mike: “I actually don’t know anyone personally who I believe has it in their character to sexually harass anyone—I just can’t see it!”

Me: “Well, I don’t know any female who has not experienced it. So someone has to be doing it!”

 

One of the biggest reasons why sexual...

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Questions are an Important Tool for Leaders

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2018

 

A client of mine was shocked.

He had recently received feedback that his direct reports felt like he ‘yelled’ at them, or ‘scolded’ them.

“I don’t yell at my team”, he said. “And I really don’t scold them. They ask questions, and I tell them what they need to do. Simple as that!”...

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When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2018

 

Work can be fun. It can also be, well…work. Things can happen every day that interfere with accomplishing your goals. Some days feel like a boxing match where you keep getting punched with problems and don’t have time to recover in between.

Every once in a while, rather than just sparring, something happens that feels like it...

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Why do you do the work you do?

Uncategorized Jan 19, 2018

 

Why do you do what you do?  This is an important question for every single person for their work life.

Beyond most people’s need to support themselves or their families—why do we do what we do?

Passion, or it’s slightly less emotional cousin, caring, for your work comes from having an important reason to do it and...

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Some Frank Talk About Throwing People Under the Bus

Uncategorized Nov 14, 2017

Let’s chat about the phenomenon called ‘throwing someone under the bus’.

This is not a pleasant topic, and I’m sure none of you, dear readers, has ever done this.

However, it happens all the time, so SOMEONE must be doing it!

What is it? It is when things are not going well, and the leader pins the blame on someone else...

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Civility and Kindness Count

Uncategorized Nov 01, 2017

I constantly marvel at how poorly people treat their family members.

These people, our spouses and our children, who we vow to cherish and who are our own flesh and blood, are sometimes treated worse than anyone else on the planet.  I guess in many cases, there is truth to the saying “Familiarity Breeds Contempt”.

Sadly, the...

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For Leaders Who Hate Conflict

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2017

Do you hate conflict? Do you hate confrontation? Do you get uncomfortable when conveying something the other person doesn’t want to hear?

It isn’t necessarily easy for anyone to be the bearer of bad news, negative feedback, or to say “No” to a potential vendor. It isn’t easy to disagree with people or not give in to...

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Frequent Communication Leads to Success

Uncategorized Sep 28, 2017

Many of the leaders I work with feel like all they do is talk to people all day. When I speak with their teams, they feel like they hardly ever see or hear from their boss.

What gives?

Are these people living in parallel universes in the same office space??

No.

The truth is that we, as humans, are selective listeners. We can’t focus on all...

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What are the Values of Your Work Team?

Uncategorized Aug 31, 2017

What are the values of your work team/organization? Have you taken the time to take your group through the exercise of identifying values that you share and want to exemplify as a team?

Without doing so, your people will not be sure how to work and what to work on. That is a recipe for lack of effectiveness and confusion.

As a group do you...

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Do Your People Feel Psychologically Safe?

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2017

We all know what the polls say—the majority of workers, some say up to 79%, are not engaged at work. About a quarter of those are so DIS-engaged they are actively working AGAINST their supervisor! And, half are looking for work elsewhere.

How can that be? How can so many people be so dissatisfied with their jobs?

One reason people are...

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