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Do the right thing, even when it's uncomfortable

On April 27th came another report of alleged sexual misconduct by a prominent media figure. This time it was Tom Brokaw. The allegations came one day after celebrity Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Since April, 2017, 211 politicians, celebrities, CEO's, and others have...

7 Ways to be a Good Undercover Boss

In the popular TV reality show, Undercover Boss, a high-level executive uses a disguise and goes to work with front line employees. The executive is looking for inside information about the company culture, systems, and employee performance through first hand interactions with employees…anonymously. While undercover, many bosses face the struggles...

10 Questions that Promote Work Culture Civility

Ericka, a regional director, recently contacted me for training on how to create a respectful work culture. She took a promotion from manager to director six months ago and inherited a team culture of infighting, bullying, and intimidation. Not a happy bunch. "The previous director played favorites and tolerated insensitive...

4 Stages of Work Culture Incivility

From Hollywood stars to news media anchors, the recent barrage of workplace sexual harassment allegations has sparked much needed conversations about workplace incivility. Society has avoided this topic far too long because this type of behavior can mean different things to different people and different industries, and it’s allowed. In...

How to Level-Up Your Leadership Influence in 2018

Looking for a new approach to expand your leadership influence? A new year doesn’t mean we automatically leave behind behaviors, habits, and tendencies that didn’t serve us well in 2017, especially when it comes to effective leadership. According to Roy Baumeister, a leading expert on willpower, people who are most...

Practice the Human Touch

Recently a friend asked me to write a letter to each of her two teenagers who were going on a weekend retreat with their church. The purpose of the letters was to acknowledge them as unique individuals. During the retreat, time was set aside for the teens to read letters...

Leadership Scripts to Stop Gossip

Gossip is one of the most common erosions of a healthy work culture. What may start out as a genuine concern for another co-worker becomes twisted into false rumors. To change your culture for good and stop the spread of gossip, leaders need to take a proactive stance. In today’s...

Follow These 3 Guidelines To Stop Problematic Employee Behavior

You’re in your office. An employee has come to you to complain about a co-worker. This person tells you the same problematic behaviors he/she has told you before about the other employee. You wonder how much time and energy is being spent on this ongoing conflict that could be spent...

A Personal Message from Bonnie

To my e-newsletter followers over the past four years, and those of you who've followed me since the start of my business, thank you for being on this journey with me. Shortly after moving to Pennsylvania, I founded A Conscious Choice. I transitioned from my work as a Marriage &...

The Leadership Skill that Motivates Change

Hank was angry. He couldn’t get his employees onboard with the new computer system. From his perspective, he did all the “right” things. He provided reasons for the upgrade and training to enhance efficiency, but employee resistance persisted. In our last blog, we discussed three possible reasons behind employee resistance...