Accountability in the Workplace Two Paths

One of the toughest decisions a leader makes is taking action when an employee isn’t working out. Maybe the reason is due to inadequate performance or it could be a poor cultural fit. In either case, if appropriate steps have been taken to resolve the issue and lots of support has been given, the right…

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Addressing Conflict in the Workplace (and out)

“Can a person ever change?” That was the question we kept looping back to in a virtual meeting I held with several managers last week. These seasoned professionals posed the same question multiple times and in various ways. But it all boiled down to the idea of whether conflict in the workplace can truly become…

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Finding connection through isolation

A new house guest In February, my husband, Pete, and I agreed to foster a dog with separation anxiety. This was new territory to us, but because I worked from home, the local shelter asked if we would be willing to take this on. Mayflower, a 7-year-old mastiff with an overall mellow temperament, suffered panic…

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Cracking Ice like Toxic Workplace Culture

If you’ve got “bad” communication going on in your organization, it’s not just going to blow over. In fact, communication is one of the keys to a consistently healthy culture. When you replace it with trademarks like harshness, one-sidedness, or even intimidation, the result is a toxic workplace culture. In that kind of environment, it’s…

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Dog-Inspired Lesson Employee Engagement Ideas

Employee engagement matters. And according to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace, only 15 percent of employees are engaged in the workplace. If someone is disinterested, lacking skills, or feeling bad about the work environment, how would you expect their performance to be? Of course, it will suffer. That’s why it’s critical that you find…

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Things move fast in today’s workplace. And for good reason. Being nimble to adjust to changing landscapes is crucial. But there are some things that can’t be rushed, like the quality of strong work relationships. They are built with each interaction, either moving positively or negatively as we work on setting boundaries. Getting to know…

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Not everyone works like you do. While that might seem obvious, it’s easy to forget, which can derail progress and your team dynamics! It’s challenging when you’re trying to accomplish something with someone who has a completely foreign approach. Instead of recognizing and appreciating the difference, we start to get tense and frustrated that things aren’t…

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Have you, as a leader, ever overlooked some key element because you were so focused on the problem at hand? Sometimes, talking about compassionate leadership means really listening to an underperforming employee, getting to the root of a “bad” hire, or trying something new with a team that’s totally out of sync. An unconventional approach…

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Team Dynamics between Cat and Dog

When things don’t work out the way you planned, it’s easy to think you failed. Our tendency is to stick with a plan, even when serious flags are evident, because we think we can make the team dynamics work or even worse—that we can get someone to change their ways (instead of honoring that person’s…

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Learning to embrace difficult times and let the unexpected delight me 2019 is nearly over. It’s been a year of big transitions that brought major changes for me. At times, it felt overwhelming, sad, difficult. Yet, in whole, this was one of the best years for me. And once I brought this new awareness to…

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