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During Conflict, Do you Give Away Your Power?

Jeremiah could feel the stress building. For months I'd been listening to my boss's ranting about some production issue that hadn't gone as planned. I felt responsible as a leader and was genuinely trying to do a good job. I wanted to defend myself and explain my attempt to solve...

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...

Seeing with new eyes

In the next two days between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day you may be exchanging gifts between you and loved ones. If today is a working day for you, perhaps there will be gifts exchanged between you and co-workers. You may have drawn the name of a difficult family member...

Three questions that will enrich your Holidays

Rituals. They are the practices that we have as part of Holidays that give us comfort and stability. Rituals can be special foods, practices, or most simply "just how things are done" that provide meaning and significance. Several years ago, I started a ritual with my extended family by asking...

A Mindful Gift that will never be forgotten

Are you tired of the commercial aspect of the Holidays where the emphasis is on buying gifts that people either don't need or want? Do you lack original ideas of what to buy? Perhaps you have people on your list who have everything and you are stumped as to what...

How to approach the Holidays Mindfully

With the holidays quickly approaching the likelihood of fitting one more thing into your already packed schedule may seem daunting. Chances are you already feel overwhelmed in keeping up with work and home responsibilities and the Holidays may seem more like a burden than a time of celebration. Perhaps you...

What have you been missing?

Your day starts out as any other day - hurried and busy. As you are driving to the office you are thinking about all of what you have to do today. You realize you have back to back meetings. There is no wiggle room for the unexpected. You are wondering...

How Curiosity Sparks Creativity

Have you ever seen something, but not really saw what you were looking at? Or perhaps been a part of a conversation, but didn't really hear what the other person was saying? We've all been there, caught up in our own thoughts and not really paying attention to what is...