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Release Family Baggage: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

This month’s story around how family upbringing affects leadership and conflict management explores how Ryan found the gifts of resilience, empathy, and improvisation and uses them to his – and others’ – advantage. He leverages his history to create productive conflict strategies. Ryan tells the story of his upbringing below...

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...

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...