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When Complainers Won’t Stop…

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 17, 2018
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“Today we saved a life. We would have done the same for you.” During a recent international trip, the lead flight attendant made an announcement.  “If there are any medical doctors on board, please go to the back of the main cabin.” When two doctors and one nurse anesthetist responded to the request, they found…

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Choose Your Mindset Before Your Next Candid Conversation

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 30, 2016
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Before having a candid conversation with a difficult employee, choose your mindset to optimize the likelihood of a positive outcome.

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Who's Got Your Back?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 7, 2016
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Every morning when I walked into work I didn’t know how the day would unfold. Some days were filled with productivity and camaraderie with co-workers. Other days it was difficult to focus and there was little interaction with others due to an angry outburst from the Chief Operating Officer. Employees retreated to their respective offices…

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Never Let Your Mindset Hold You Back Again

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 19, 2016
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I recently had the privilege of consulting with Bob, an extremely competent employee who was the recipient of an abrasive boss.  The purpose of the consultation was to help Bob gain skills to improve collaboration in the workplace while setting expectations of being treated with respect and civility. The tone of his voice and overall…

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How to Approach Your Year End Review

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 17, 2015
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What inroads have you made for your 2015 goals? As 2015 winds down in just over six weeks and you reflect on the past year regarding personal and professional growth, what are you celebrating? What didn’t happen that you intended to happen? Maybe this has been your best year ever and everything that you had…

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8 Ways to Build Inner Resources, Resolve, and Resiliency

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 3, 2015
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What inner resources help you cope with demands, distractions, and disappointments?   “We are expected to do more in less time” “Leadership doesn’t get how unrealistic their demands are.” “I hold everything inside – I don’t sleep, I am depressed” “We are constantly on – even on sick days and vacation, we are expected to to…

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Do This Before Your Next Conversation…

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 14, 2015
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As Walt walked down the hall to the conference room for a meeting with Jim he felt dread. In his mind he was replaying the complaints he had received from Jim’s fellow co-workers about his behavior. A surge of anger went through him that made his steps faster and his face flushed. Your mental mindset…

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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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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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