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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…

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Release the family baggage

Release Family Baggage: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

By Bonnie Artman Fox / May 22, 2019
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This month’s story around how family upbringing affects leadership and conflict management explores how Ryan found the gifts of resilience, empathy, and improvisation and uses them to his – and others’ – advantage. He leverages his history to create productive conflict strategies. Ryan tells the story of his upbringing below and then we examine a…

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Workplace Conflict Taking Its Toll? 8 Questions to Determine if It’s Time to Move On

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 25, 2019
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Are you struggling to get along with a difficult co-worker? You love your job, yet there’s one person at work who makes your workdays virtually unbearable. On one hand, the job itself is great and you’ve worked hard to attain the position you’re in and the respect you’ve earned. On the other, the physical, mental,…

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During Conflict, Do you Give Away Your Power?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 25, 2019
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Jeremiah could feel the stress building. For months I’d been listening to my boss’s ranting about some production issue that hadn’t gone as planned. I felt responsible as a leader and was genuinely trying to do a good job. I wanted to defend myself and explain my attempt to solve the problem. Suddenly, I realized…

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Follow These 3 Guidelines To Stop Problematic Employee Behavior

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 2, 2017
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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 doing productive work. You’ve tried…

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A Personal Message from Bonnie

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 5, 2017
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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 & Family Therapist to Executive Leadership…

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How to See the Humanity in Your Employees

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 28, 2017
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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 about them.” Do you feel…

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How to Keep Calm and Set the Tone for Your Work Culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / February 28, 2017
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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 the hostage taker’s despair to…

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How to Avoid Going in Circles With Reasonable Suspicion of Substance Use

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 11, 2016
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We’ve all been there. In conversation with employees exhibiting unacceptable behavior. Are you ready to get off of the merry-go-round?

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5 Signs You Are An Avoider And Need to Grow Your Self Awareness

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 7, 2016
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“Feelings are mentionable and manageable” – Mister Fred Rogers   In his television show of 895 episodes that ran from 1968 – 2001, Mr. Rogers taught kids about a variety of life skills such as valuing themselves, self-control, curiosity, appreciation of diversity, cooperation, patience, and perseverance.   Through meaningful lyrics, scripts, and puppetry, Mr. Rogers presented…

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