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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 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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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 Behaviors that Family and Senior Leaders Should Embrace

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 16, 2017
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For many years as a Marriage & Family Therapist, I worked with couples and families to strengthen relationships and work through hard times. In the first session, I emphasized the courage to ask for help and recognized it as a healthy behavior. After all, challenges are part of life and an outside perspective helps us…

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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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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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