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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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Stop This Virus from Spreading in Your Culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 20, 2015
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Is gossip undermining your work culture?    Dear Bonnie During the staff meeting two employees looked at one another and rolled their eyes while another co-worker shared a new idea. Instead of stating their opinion about the suggestion their co-worker presented, they stayed silent.  After the meeting at the proverbial “water cooler”, they talked about…

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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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4 Tips to create a psychologically safe work culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 13, 2014
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What was intended to be a short, positive meeting turned sour quickly.   The staff had gathered to discuss how changes in the department were going.  All feedback up to this point from various staff members was positive.  As the Trainer I anticipated the good vibes to continue and celebrating how the team had worked…

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Three Assumptions For The Good

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 17, 2014
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You could feel the tension when you walked into the room.  The staff had heard negative rumors about the new manager and their guard was up.  They were skeptical and suspicious about change being positive. They had a great respect for their previous boss.  To say they weren’t happy about the new manager would be an understatement. …

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Present, But Not There

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 1, 2014
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Presenteeism.  This one word costs U.S. employers between $150-260 billion a year.  It’s a concept that is identified as a contributing factor to lower productivity and higher costs to employers.  By definition presenteeism is usually associated with employees coming to work who are medically ill, have an injury, or have an underlying anxiety.  In other…

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The Secret Sauce of Conflict Resolution

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 11, 2014
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As a Leader, your ultimate responsibility is bottom line results.  You watch the productivity numbers, the financial reports, and customer satisfaction surveys.  With more emphasis than ever on business sustainability, it’s understandable you might be focusing more on activities than people. What might it be costing you in terms of employee engagement when your focus…

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7 Tips to Manage Conflict and Increase Productivity

By Bonnie Artman Fox / February 25, 2014
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Conflict has really gotten a bad rap.  Most often, conflict is avoided which eventually leads to ugly disagreements and possibly fractured relationships.  Even in the workplace, conflict often goes underground leading to denial, gossip, sick days, and good people choosing to leave and work elsewhere. But what if conflict was viewed positively?  What if it…

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