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Present, But Not There

Presenteeism.  This one word costs U.S. employers between $150-260 billion a year.  It's a concept that is identified as a contributing factor to lower productivity and higher costs to employers.  By definition presenteeism is usually associated with employees coming to work who are medically ill, have an injury, or have...

Peace Gives Power

It started out as a typical day for Antoinette Tuff at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy Elementary School.  When suddenly a gunman entered the school stating "We are all going to die today". During this unexpected moment of crisis, she had a choice to react with panic or to...

Teen Teaches Adults About Focus with Tag Words

Much has been written about teenagers' difficulty with focus. Most often, it is cited as a sign of immaturity. The Psychiatric and medical community even have a diagnostic code Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) that justifies the use of mediation for such a condition.  A 15-year-old Somali boy has recently shown...

This Can't Happen To Me…

It started out a peaceful, relaxing Sunday morning.  I finished my morning meditation and began getting ready for church.  I heard the comforting music of hymns my husband played on the piano.  Between songs,I told him how much I appreciated his music and to continue.  In the atmosphere of calm...

I Don't Have Time

One of the most frequent comments I hear of what gets in the way of taking the much-needed time for personal recharging and renewal is "I don't have time".    The reason behind this thought seems that if time is taken away from your to-do list to be still and focus on...

I wouldn't go in there if I were you

“I wouldn't go in there if I were you” “What do you mean?” “He’s in one of those moods.” “Thanks for the heads up, I’ll come back when the coast is clear.” Could this interchange between two of your employees be about you?  Do people know when to stay away...

The Secret Sauce of Conflict Resolution

As a Leader, your ultimate responsibility is bottom line results.  You watch the productivity numbers, the financial reports, and customer satisfaction surveys.  With more emphasis than ever on business sustainability, it’s understandable you might be focusing more on activities than people. What might it be costing you in terms of...

7 Tips to Manage Conflict and Increase Productivity

Conflict has really gotten a bad rap.  Most often, conflict is avoided which eventually leads to ugly disagreements and possibly fractured relationships.  Even in the workplace, conflict often goes underground leading to denial, gossip, sick days, and good people choosing to leave and work elsewhere. But what if conflict was...

Listening beyond words

Think of a time when you were overwhelmed, angry, discouraged.  Do you have it in mind?  What was your mindset?  Were you focused on all that was wrong about the situation, a particular person?  Not able to see a way around the negativity?  How does your body feel right now...

Five Tips to Engage Employees

Imagine feeling the tension in the air as soon as you walk into your office.  Your customer service department is under an unusually high volume of calls.  Your sales department is scrambling to complete a proposal for a prospective client that could potentially skyrocket quarterly earnings.  Staff is coming to...