Looks are important; but the components underneath are critical

This winter has been mild with very little snow. Yesterday and today we’re seeing a typical New England storm with lots of the white, fluffy flakes falling. It’s sticking everywhere and bringing a whole new look to the landscape. That seems appropriate as I’m in the final stages of creating a whole new look to…

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Get the right people together and good things happen

In the ten years since starting my business, I did something last Friday that I have never done before. I invited a variety of clients to come together and talk with each other about their experiences using the Profiles assessment tools. The way I looked at it, those people “in the trenches,” doing the work,…

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Clear communication becomes dog’s play

It’s really fun to watch two animals play together. They seem to have a rhythm, knowing what to do and when to do it. If one does something the other doesn’t like, it’s communicated clearly, in a way that expresses their desire, without judgment. No grudges held or lingering resentment, no baggage left to deal…

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There’s a whole lot of ignoring going on in the workplace

Have you ever been ignored by your manager? Most every afternoon, Grace lets me know if I’ve been ignoring her. The first sign is the “walk-by,” meant to get my attention, and at this point, she’s actually quite diplomatic. She doesn’t whine or tap my leg. She just makes sure we have eye contact. Then…

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Bumps in the road can create better outcomes

Have you ever had that feeling of being at the end of your rope? As if all your hard work has been for nothing? I certainly have. As regular readers will know, I’ve been on a recent quest to understand and resolve the issues related to Grace’s diet. I’ve read books, blogs, informational websites, talked…

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The best way to leave a lasting (favorable) impression

You may recall in my last post, I mentioned that I was having trouble figuring out how to access my pictures from my iPad while traveling. A few hours after I published that, I got a message from the company that manages my IT “stuff.” Deb and Tom took note that I was stuck and…

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Why a dog matters to your leadership style

I’m in the midst of redesigning my website. One of the primary goals is to integrate this blog so it has the same look and feel as the website. Which means I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to articulate why this dog-inspired blog should beintegrated to my consulting practice. One might wonder…

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I still believe we can make a difference working together

Managers can create a workplace that has the spirit of giving all year long As Christmas approaches, visions of Santa Claus in his furry red suit are dancing in my head. My husband teases me that I should take Grace to get her photo taken with Santa (she would freak and he knows it, that’s…

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Why you should be micro-managing

I really don’t enjoy digging into the minute details of a situation, especially when the data is mundane, technical, or complex. So you might be surprised when I tell you that I’ve been absorbed in analyzing the long list of ingredients found on dozens of dog food bags. (It certainly surprised me.) I mean, half…

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