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Does your Staff Meeting Remind you of a Holiday Meal?

Imagine you have a team member, let’s call him Rob.  He’s worked for your organization for years and knows your business inside out. At the same time, he has some rough edges. He has a short temper. If something doesn’t go his way, he can go from zero to ten...

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...

Gain Employee Buy-In to Change

The company faced a new rollout. Employees learned a new computer system and it changed the daily workflow. The manager got frustrated with employees that complained about the changes  and weren't appreciating how the  system boosted the company’s efficiency and long-term competitive advantage. When your employees resist change, it has...

Don’t Give Up, Deliver: Overcoming a Setback to Deliver Results

It was 7 days before our wedding and I got a call that our ceremony vocalist was injured in an ATV accident. She flew over the handlebars and had facial injuries. She didn’t know if she would be able to sing at our wedding and suggested we look for another...

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

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

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...