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Leverage your Family Role for Career Success

We continue our series of leadership stories, exploring the impact of family dynamics on conflict management styles. Today, we hear from Lee, a team leader who leverages experience from her upbringing to benefit her team by minimizing workplace tension. Have you ever felt like you’re in the same role at...

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

3 Ways to Gradually Erode Your Work Culture

Before my transition to Culture Coach, I spent several years as a family therapist. Most often, people came for help when the problem escalated to the point of crisis. They recognized the earlier warning signs and chose to ignore them. Had they addressed the problem earlier, significant consequences could have...

Socks, Shoe Laces, and Leadership Fundamentals

John Wooden has been referred to as the greatest coach of the 20th century. As the Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins Basketball Team, he led the team to ten NCAA national championships. What was the secret sauce of his leadership? Teaching the Fundamentals Photo courtesy...