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How to Deal with an Abrasive Co-Worker or Boss

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 2, 2023
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Are you sensing pushback when you try to connect with colleagues or bosses who are edgy, irritable, and short-tempered? Are you feeling a sense of pushback when you try to connect with colleagues or bosses who don’t know how to communicate?  Do you ever think to yourself “I love my job, but I don’t know…

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How to Stay Non-Reactive and Set Healthy Boundaries in 5 Words or Less

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 12, 2023
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Leadership is often like parenting when it’s necessary to draw lines and the lines aren’t always clear. Sometimes it can seem like steering on ice. Just like a parent, it takes discernment to know when to:       Draw a firm, tight line and demand a lot of your employee       Give…

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Small Changes Over Time Could Mean Big Changes For Your Leadership In 2023

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 5, 2023
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Have you heard the saying “Small actions create big changes”? That’s my wish for you. To take small actions over time to create big changes in your interpersonal skills as a leader in 2023. In a meta-analysis of thousands of studies about corporate culture and the top factors that best predict toxic behavior in the…

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Are your dysfunctional family conflict patterns affecting your leadership conflict patterns?

By RDD Support / December 8, 2022
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Great, it’s happened again. An abrasive leader has exploded on one your team members yet again. The team member is embarrassed, afraid to contribute when the leader is around, and becoming disengaged from the organization. The last time this happened you swore to yourself that you’d address it the next time it came up, but…

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Does your Staff Meeting Remind you of a Tense Holiday Meal?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 10, 2022
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Imagine you have a high-performing team member, let’s call him Rob.  He’s worked for your organization for years and knows your business inside out. While Rob is one of your most valued employees from a performance perspective, he has some rough edges in how he treats people. When projects don’t go as planned, his temper…

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Toxic workplace? How One Woman Chose to Stay & Grow

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 20, 2021
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“When I was growing up, I learned to be cautious of what I said because it could set my dad off in an angry outburst at any minute. Just like in my family when I didn’t want to rock the boat with my dad, the same thing is happening at work with my boss.” A…

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Three Strategies for standing up to the office bully

3 Strategies for Standing Up to the Office Bully

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 18, 2019
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“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” ~ Lao-tzu Most people either endure working with a bully or leave their job, even if they love what they do. After all, it’s risky to stand up to a bully due to the possibility of retaliation and the…

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A Boss’s Ripple Effect…on Employee Retention

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 18, 2018
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I wish you could have been there, sitting in my office as a fly on the wall. You’d hear story after story of courageous people who want to make sense of difficulties in their lives in order to be their best in both their personal and professional lives. Before I coached leaders to strengthen organizational…

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A Boss’s Ripple Effect on Business Culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 20, 2018
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Cheryl and her boss Dan were in a conversation about a project that needed to be accomplished. As the conversation was about to wrap up, Cheryl made a comment with an edgy tone that didn’t directly address what she was upset about. Without skipping a beat, Dan calmly stood up, closed the door, and sat…

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5 Signs You Are A Controller …

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 20, 2016
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This blog is the second of a multi-blog series addressing how events during family upbringing affect your conflict pattern and business relationships.          5 Signs You Are A Controller … 1. My way or the highway You have a vision of how things should be done and if things deviant from your…

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