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Don’t Give Up, Deliver: Overcoming a Setback to Deliver Results

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 18, 2017
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It was 7 days before our wedding and I got a call that our ceremony vocalist was injured in an ATV accident. She flew over the handlebars and had facial injuries. She didn’t know if she would be able to sing at our wedding and suggested we look for another vocalist, just in case. My…

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Deadlines, pressure, and stress

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 26, 2017
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Deadlines.  We all have them.  Whether it is a report that needs to be written or a performance eval that needs to be given, deadlines can spur productivity except when they have the opposite effect of procrastinating. Procrasting is usually driven by an underlying fear of some kind such as fear that you’ll run out of…

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5 Signs You Are A Controller

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 26, 2017
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 “It’s very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It’s easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.” – Fred Rogers The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to…

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Same Problem, Two Ways to Handle It

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 5, 2017
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As a culture consultant and coach, I’m honored to be the outsider who works with leaders to identify behaviors that undermine their business success and team cohesiveness. Usually, an outsider’s perspective is needed when leaders see a problem, but don’t know what to do about it. They want an outside perspective to see what they…

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The Simple Secret to being a Healthy Leader

By Bonnie Artman Fox / May 23, 2017
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This is the final part of a three-part series comparing leadership and parenting. The first blog addressed the importance of determining who owns the problem – your employee or you. The second blog discussed the importance of a culture plan so employees know exactly what behaviors you expect to drive the success of your organization.…

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Why You Need a Culture Plan

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 25, 2017
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What do you do when your employees act like children? In other words: When competition overshadows teamwork When comparison creates jealousy When bickering undermines collaboration A frustrated senior leader recently raised this question when her employees were more concerned about recognition and status than working together. “Our meetings are like a family meal with children…

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Being a Leader is Like Being a Parent

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 10, 2017
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During a recent coaching session with an executive, my client struggled with how to manage an employee with skilled performance but poor behavior. She said, “Leadership is a lot like parenting.” Curious, I asked how so? “Sometimes it seems like my employees test the limits to see what I’ll do just like my kids do!…

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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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3 Ways to Gradually Erode Your Work Culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / February 14, 2017
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Before my transition to Culture Coach, I spent several years as a family therapist. Most often, people came for help when the problem escalated to the point of crisis. They recognized the earlier warning signs and chose to ignore them. Had they addressed the problem earlier, significant consequences could have been prevented and family relationships…

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