Relationships

The Pros and Cons of Assuming the Worst

April 21, 2016
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Last week I blogged about the importance of believing the best. So, what if you’re one of those people who naturally assumes the worst? Well, all hope is not lost! Ha! Actually, teammates whose minds naturally go to “what can go wrong” still bring a valuable perspective, even if it’s one of the glass being […]

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Getting Beneath the Surface

March 22, 2016
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Have you ever been asked, “How are you doing?” only to have the asker already out of earshot by the time you turn to answer? If we’re honest, we’ve all probably been that question asker at some point. We’re busy, and we have enough challenges to deal with in our own lives, so we exchange […]

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Giving Forgiveness

February 14, 2016
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Who do you need to forgive? I don’t mean just saying, “I’m over it.” I mean real forgiveness. Who changes your heart for the worse when you think of or have to deal with them? Who are you fighting inwardly? At one time or another, we’ll all have to deal with someone who we wish […]

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7 Things I’ve Learned About Values

February 11, 2016
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One of the most beneficial exercises we do with teams when we work with them is the values exercise. The values exercise gives each individual teammate the opportunity to sort through and identify the values that he or she holds most dear. They then share those values with their teammates. What does an individual teammate’s […]

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Let Your Team Lead Your One-on-Ones

November 17, 2015
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I can’t overstate the importance of having one-on-ones. Yet, I’m familiar with all the excuses we (me included) can find not to have one-on-ones…we’re too busy, we already talk often, we meet as a team, and the list goes on.

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What Drama Really Looks Like

September 22, 2015
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We all probably know one person at work who always seems to be caught up in some sort of personal or office drama. You know who they are, and you know better than to get caught up in their latest turmoil de jour. However, while we refuse to allow ourselves to get caught up in […]

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Four Ways to Overcome the Win-Loss Mentality

August 21, 2015
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I’ve noticed an increasingly prevalent point-of-view in the workplace and in society in general these days: it’s the view that if I win, someone else has to lose. While this belief is true in the sports world (and should be), it’s not always applicable in the corporate world, especially within the organizations we lead. When […]

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Four Actions for Building Relationships

August 14, 2015
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Effective leaders are good at building relationships. In fact, relationship building is a deal breaker when it comes to influencing others. You can have every other leader quality in the book, but if you can’t relate to others, your leadership sustainability and effectiveness will not last. So, how do we build relationships? Here are four […]

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5 Leadership Lessons for Graduates

May 27, 2015
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Graduation season is upon us! Whether your child is graduating from high school or college, the anxiety can easily mount as we get used to loosening our reins (Note: I did not say let go! Ha!). I’ve been a blessed mother of three beautiful children, two who graduated from college and now our baby of […]

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Being Besties with the Boss

March 23, 2015
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Last week a webinar attendee submitted the following question on the subject of critical conversations: “What’s the best way to approach your boss regarding the way they go back and forth between being your “Director” and being your “Buddy”…When they constantly go between being besties and then letting you know that the two of you […]

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