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From Brutal To Supportive…How An Abrasive Leader Changed

By Bonnie Artman Fox / February 2, 2016
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At a recent training I was attending, I met Barb, a COO who after learning about my coaching program for abrasive leader turnaround, without skipping a beat she said “I was an abrasive leader”. Intrigued by her humility and willingness to share so openly to someone she had just met, I asked if we could…

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You Can Lead A Horse To Water…

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 22, 2015
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This is a four part series of blogs addressing the question “Can Abrasive Employees Really Change?”. Part I addressed the importance of the managers working through their own anxiety before intervening with the abrasive employee. Part II outlined key elements of a proven change process. Part III discussed accountability as both helping to sustain change…

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This Leadership Approach Accelerates Change

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 9, 2015
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This is a four part series of blogs addressing the question “Can abrasive employees really change?”. Part I addressed the importance of the manager working through their own anxiety before intervening with the abrasive employee and staying calm. Part II outlined key elements of a proven change process. Today in Part III, we discuss a…

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Abrasive Behavior Turnaround: 6 Key Elements Of A Proven Change Process

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 25, 2015
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This is a four part series of blogs addressing the question “Can abrasive employees really change?”.  In Part I we addressed the importance of the manager working through their own anxiety before intervening with the abrasive employee.  Today we address how to create the conditions of change through a proven change process.     Change…

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Can Abrasive Employees Really Change?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 11, 2015
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When people inquire about my coaching program in working with employees to turn around abrasive behavior, I am often met with the question can people really change?  My answer is emphatically “yes” people can change, whether change actually occurs depends.   Change is possible   “You can’t teach an old dog new trick” is a…

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3 Choices In Dealing With Abrasive Bosses

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 2, 2015
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Nick is a hardworking, forward-thinking employee.  He has tried for almost four years to get along with his abrasive boss.  Despite repeated efforts to work collaboratively, he was met with condescension, micro-managing, and disrespect.  A good day at work was when he didn’t have to interact with his boss or his boss took a day…

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Why We Need The Healthy Workplace Bill

By Bonnie Artman Fox / May 19, 2015
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More than likely you know someone who has been bullied or harassed in the workplace. Here’s why we need the Healthy Workplace Bill. Currently there is no legal protection if an employee feels they are receiving abusive treatment at work such as bullying. Workplace bullying, abuse, and harassment is four times more prevalent than sexual…

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The Mental Mindset For Difficult Conversations

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 22, 2015
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As a leader, Ben knew he needed to address Bob’s abrasive behavior towards co-workers, but found every reason to avoid it. He anticipated Bob being defensive instead of taking responsibility for his behavior and the impact on the work culture. Perhaps you have a “Bob” in your work setting that you need to have an…

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4 Tips to create a psychologically safe work culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 13, 2014
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What was intended to be a short, positive meeting turned sour quickly.   The staff had gathered to discuss how changes in the department were going.  All feedback up to this point from various staff members was positive.  As the Trainer I anticipated the good vibes to continue and celebrating how the team had worked…

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