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The 25 Most Common Abrasive Personality Behaviors that Lead to Employee Exodus

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 14, 2022
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Are valued employees leaving your organization because of one particular leader? This leader is known for explosive angry outbursts, condescending comments, and public humiliation of employees? Perhaps you can relate to this concern from an executive leader I recently spoke to. “She has an abrasive personality. Several of my employees are threatening to quit because…

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What do your employees say when you leave the room?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 21, 2022
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What do your employees say when you leave the room? That you’ve got their back – strive to help them succeed or do they perceive that you’re only out for your own career advancement? When you’re not around, do employees complain about your emotional outbursts and never know when they’re going to be yelled at?…

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How To Talk About Mental Health With Your Employees

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 30, 2022
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When you see one of your employees struggling emotionally, how do you respond? Ignore, hoping the employee will work it out on their own? Ask someone else to check in on the employee because you’re not sure how to handle the situation? In anticipation of May Mental Health Awareness Month, the below video is an…

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7 Strategies to Address Team Infighting

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 30, 2022
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Would it surprise you to know that having conflict with your team is healthy? It’s true. Having healthy, respectful disagreements where everyone expresses their point of view is important and allows the best ideas to emerge. When handled well, conflict can actually make a team more cohesive. However, when disagreements become dysfunctional when they explode…

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Lessons for Leaders From a Mother Who Fought to Make Her Wrongs Right

By Bonnie Artman Fox / May 4, 2021
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Before becoming a speaker, author, and leadership coach, I was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This role gave me the privilege of helping individuals, couples, and families share their stories, learn new skills, and turn around the unresolved conflict in their lives. I often think of a woman named Jane who came to me…

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Want to accomplish more? Be Willing to Get Vulnerable with your Colleagues

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 9, 2021
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Would it change the way you think about your co-worker if you knew they were the oldest of five kids and they grew up in a single-parent home in a rural area? They became like parents themselves at a very young age and have little patience for child-like behavior or goofing around at the office.…

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A Nurse’s Courageous Approach to Workplace Conflict

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 12, 2021
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My brother-in-law is a nurse anesthetist. He told me recently how frustrated he gets when colleagues talk about one another instead of talking to one another.   This is a man who isn’t afraid to speak up and “rock the boat” if needed. So, what did he do? Instead of fuming to another colleague or complaining to a superior, he…

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Removing Uninvited Guests at Your Thanksgiving Table

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 25, 2020
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This Thanksgiving is like none other. Perhaps people are missing from your table because they don’t feel comfortable meeting in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, there may be people present at your table who have completely different views about the handling of the pandemic. Whether you are sitting around the…

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The Antidote To Transforming Your Conflict Management Pattern

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 26, 2017
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The last several blogs have addressed various conflict management patterns that show up in business relationships and the workplace. These are patterns learned in childhood that are learned by age six or seven to cope when things got tense. You may identify with a couple patterns and based on the circumstances use each one at…

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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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