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A Boss’s Ripple Effect…on Employee Engagement

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 15, 2018
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  It’s the call no one wants to get. The call from a family member who tells you a loved one is severely ill. It was 2003 when I received that call on a brisk, cloudy October morning, shortly after I had arrived to work. My brother-in-law had been taken to the hospital by ambulance…

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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…

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7 Ways to be a Good Undercover Boss

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 10, 2018
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In the popular TV reality show, Undercover Boss, a high-level executive uses a disguise and goes to work with front line employees. The executive is looking for inside information about the company culture, systems, and employee performance through first hand interactions with employees…anonymously. While undercover, many bosses face the struggles employees face every day and…

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The Leadership Skill that Motivates Change

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 17, 2017
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Hank was angry. He couldn’t get his employees onboard with the new computer system. From his perspective, he did all the “right” things. He provided reasons for the upgrade and training to enhance efficiency, but employee resistance persisted. In our last blog, we discussed three possible reasons behind employee resistance to change. Today, we address…

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How to Create a Connection with Employees You Don’t Like

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 14, 2017
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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.” “Sometimes, when an employee speaks…

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What is Your Plan to Get The Business Results You Want in 2017?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / December 14, 2016
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Are satisfied with your business results for 2016? If so, great! Keep up the good work! If not, what will you do differently in 2017?

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What Executives View as the Top Five Priorities?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 29, 2016
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Discover the top five executive priorities according to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital Trends survey based on challenges facing their organizations. ..

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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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Giving Poor Performance Feedback To An "All-Star" Employee

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 1, 2016
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Jenna has always been a conscientious, hard-working employee.  However in recent months, her attention to detail has declined and she has used all of her vacation and sick days, even taking days off without pay after she had used all the hours from her PTO (paid time off) bank.  While preparing for her annual performance…

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Three ways to increase employee brain functioning

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 7, 2015
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“I don’t have time for that touchy feely stuff, that doesn’t get the product out of the door” “People are lazy, if I’m not hard on them nothing will get done” “I was never coddled, and I turned out okay” The above are quotes from leaders who believe a dominant, blunt, and aggressive leadership style…

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