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5 Signs You Are A Controller

5 Signs You Are A Controller

 "It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other." - Fred Rogers The World According to...
Deadlines, pressure, and stress

Deadlines, pressure, and stress

Deadlines.  We all have them.  Whether it is a report that needs to be written or a performance eval that needs to be given, deadlines can spur productivity except when they have the opposite effect of procrastinating. Procrasting is usually driven by an underlying fear of some kind such as fear...
4 Things Millennials Want Out of the Work Place

4 Things Millennials Want Out of the Work Place

As a millennial, I want the same things people have always wanted out of their jobs. The only difference is, I think I prioritize them a bit differently. Here’s my list… To Make a Difference You may think 20-something-year-olds are highly concerned with themselves. It’s that time in life to...
Same Problem, Two Ways to Handle It

Same Problem, Two Ways to Handle It

As a culture consultant and coach, I'm honored to be the outsider who works with leaders to identify behaviors that undermine their business success and team cohesiveness. Usually, an outsider’s perspective is needed when leaders see a problem, but don't know what to do about it. They want an outside...
The Simple Secret to being a Healthy Leader

The Simple Secret to being a Healthy Leader

This is the final part of a three-part series comparing leadership and parenting. The first blog addressed the importance of determining who owns the problem – your employee or you. The second blog discussed the importance of a culture plan so employees know exactly what behaviors you expect to drive...
Why You Need a Culture Plan

Why You Need a Culture Plan

What do you do when your employees act like children? In other words: When competition overshadows teamwork When comparison creates jealousy When bickering undermines collaboration A frustrated senior leader recently raised this question when her employees were more concerned about recognition and status than working together. “Our meetings are like...
Being a Leader is Like Being a Parent

Being a Leader is Like Being a Parent

During a recent coaching session with an executive, my client struggled with how to manage an employee with skilled performance but poor behavior. She said, “Leadership is a lot like parenting.” Curious, I asked how so? “Sometimes it seems like my employees test the limits to see what I’ll do...
How to See the Humanity in Your Employees

How to See the Humanity in Your Employees

This is the final part of a three-part series on setting the tone in your work culture. “Sometimes people are jerks. They are rude, abrasive, and selfish. They may say the right things, but the way they behave makes my guard go up and it’s hard to see anything good...
How to Create a Connection with Employees You Don’t Like

How to Create a Connection with Employees You Don’t Like

This is part two of a three-part series on setting the tone in your work culture. “It’s so hard to stay in control when an employee is condescending and rude!” “I know I’m supposed to be impartial to all of my employees, but some are easier to like than others.”...
How to Keep Calm and Set the Tone for Your Work Culture

How to Keep Calm and Set the Tone for Your Work Culture

As a hostage negotiator, George Kohlrieser has been held hostage four times. Even when a pair of scissors was against his throat, he chose to talk rather than call for force against his captor. In those tense moments, he chose his words carefully in order to build a connection from...